Interior Design Ideas – Conservatory Living

Can you imagine the joy of spending late autumn afternoons warmly lounging in the mid of your garden, of growing and harvesting your very tropical fruits and of twilight summer suppers that are guaranteed rainproof? No, this is not a description of life on a faraway tropical island, but a glimpse of the bliss to be had when you own a conservatory.

Yet another inspired Victorian concept that we are reviewing and appreciating anew, despite the disparity of lifestyles between then and now. A conservatory gives life a new dimension. It allows us to enjoy a garden year-round and stretches the living areas of our homes. All age groups can benefit: it provides an ideal space for a toddler to play in (the semi-outdoor finishes should stand up well), for an elderly person to relax in out of season, and for people of any age to enjoy atmospheric dinner parties.

Should you be on the brink of deciding to construct a conservatory, be sure to pin down your ideas well in advance;

How much do you want to spend? A finished conservatory may cost more than you imagine and such extras as heating, lighting, wall and floor finishes, furnishings and plants can add considerably to an initial estimate.

How will the finished conservatory look from outside? Do you wish its style to reflect the architecture of your home?

Which direction do you wish your conservatory to face? A southerly orientated conservatory will be full of sunshine, but without a good ventilation system it is installed and shade provided (by blinds or by painting the glass), it is likely to overheat in summer. A north-facing glass house will receive little sunshine and so will require an efficient heating system for cooler days.

To what purpose will you put your conservatory? Is it to be a place for indoor gardening, relaxing, dining, cooking or playing?

Do you wish your conservatory to become an integral part of an interior living area and / or to open up to and become one with your garden or territory? The larger your opening on to either or both of these areas, the more linked they will appear. Double, sliding or folding-back doors will help to achieve the connection you desire.

Because the conservatory represents a link between the house and its exterior, the most appropriate furnishings will be those reflect this connection. Well-designed garden furniture, softened with table cloths, cushions and upholstered seats, will help blur the line between inside and out, as will rattan, wicker or cane furniture.

A floor of flagstones, scrubbed wood planking or terracotta tiles will underscore the connection. Accessories can provide a similar link – garden statuary, urns, plants and terracotta pots are all particularly suitable.

The best window treatments are ones that do not detract from the view or interior planting. Tailored blinds or curtains of muslin or calico in a simple style are ideal.

When it comes to selecting a color scheme for your conservatory, the choice is yours – but do remember that the exterior views will become your 'wallpaper' and indoor plants your 'accessories', so choose colors that blend well.

Lighting a conservatory is a reliably easy process so long as electrical points have been well positioned and there are sufficient sockets for free-standing fittings. Wall- or ceiling-mounted lanterns will look good, as will discreet spotlights focused on features.

A well-lit garden will form a magnificent backdrop at night and a dining table might be lit by a simple country-style chandelier or candles in glass hurricane lamps on the table. Free-standing uplighters placed behind plants will add some magic to the room.

What Do Horses Know About Leadership?

A veteran educator in the field of leadership development, June Gunter, Ed.D., was not a very troubling trend. According to Gunter, the word "lead" has become the latest four-letter word. Being in the field of leadership development for the past 20 years she observed a growing pattern where the people with the character to lead were saying no to the job. When Gunter asked former leaders why they had chosen to leave leadership positions they said it was because the job was consuming, thankless, and not worth the sacrifices they had to make in their personal and family lives. It was hard for her to keep motivating them to lead. Because of Gunter's own experience, she agreed with them. Compelled to find a new source of hope for herself and her clients, Gunter set out on a mission to find a new model of leadership that would re-inspire people to become the leaders their communities desire. Much to her surprise, she found this new model of leadership on the back of a horse.

In 2004, Gunter founded an organization named TeachingHorse that provides experiential learning and leadership development with horses. Working with horses, leaders learn how to remain calm and confident in the face of uncertainty, how to communicate with authenticity, and how to create strong partnerships. All the horse activities take place with people on the ground and no horse experience is necessary. The foundation of TeachingHorse is a model of leadership Gunter referes to as MareWisdom that was developed in the course of her lifelong relationship with horses and a study of their herd dynamics.

From ballrooms to boardrooms to barns all across the country, June Gunter is bringing fresh ideas about how to lead our businesses, our families, and our own lives in ways that create healthy sustainable communities. With a no-nonsense style and a dry sense of humor sprinkled with an authentic Southern accent, this classic cowgirl with a doctorate in education is taking some of the traditional thinking about leadership and turning it upside down.

The MareWisdom model answers the question, "What do horses know about leadership?" For a herd to place their trust in a lead mare, she must demonstrate four capabilities. The lead mare must be paying attention and able to detect even the most minor changes in the environment. The lead mare must give them clear direction on where to go next. The lead mare must be able to follow that direction with focused energy, providing the herd with guidance on the pace (ie, walk, trot, canter) with which to respond to those changes. The lead mare must also show the congruence of her inner and outer expression. You do not have to wonder what she is thinking, her body language tells you and she never lies. Ultimately, the herd must know the lead mare has their best interest as her sole source of motivation at all times.

Attention. Direction. Energy. Congruence. When a lead mare demonstrates these capabilities, the herd becomes confident in her leadership. According to Gunter, "The bottom line is that confidence in the lead mare makes the herd agile in times of change. to adapt. People do not follow a direction, they follow you, and only if they are confident in your leadership. "

Test your MareWisdom by answering the following questions. What is your marketplace, community, staff and family trying to tell you? What is the direction you want to take and is the direction clear to those around you? Is your energy compiling and aligned with your direction? If not, why not? What does your authentic voice want to say and where do you need to let that voice speak for you?

Even with a new model of leadership, the question remains, what will make the life of a leader sustainable? How do we get beyond the clichés that it is lonely at the top and there is no rest for the weary? Gunter recalls a substantial leadership lesson from her lead mare, Yani. "When the lead mare of this herd is tired, she rests." A trusted member of the herd steps forward as her backup and others form a wall of protection around her. And why do the herd members watch over their resting leader? Because, creating a sustainable life for the leader creates a sustainable life for the community and gives them agility when they need it the most.

To learn more about June Gunter and TeachingHorse visit the website at http://www.teachinghorse.com you can contact her directly at junegunter@teachinghorse.com or call 541-582-2715.

Don’t You Deserve the Best Lift Chair?

Lift chairs are an effective, easier to use than ever before, and a more comfortable seating option for people experiencing conditions such as diabetes, arthritis, pregnancy, or knee, hip, shoulder, joint problems and old age. Apart from that, lift chairs even offer considerable benefit to patients with stroke or those who are recuperating from a surgery. As a result of these benefits, more and more people are now planning to buy a lift chair. Golden lift chairs have many different models and prices to choose from. Choosing an appropriate one for you has never been easier.

Below are some factors to consider before purchasing your Golden lift chair.

1. Style and Color: There are different styles to select from in lift chairs. While some of them resemble accent chairs, others look like sofas and recliners. There are also lift chairs available that appear as a bed when extended out. Select the one base on your requirements. Presence of a lift chair inside the house can add spice to your home décor…just as any other quality piece of furniture would. So, just like choosing any other color of furniture, the color of the lift chair should be selected in such a way that it aptly complements the interiors of the house rather than looking odd. Usually, a neutral brown works well with most any home interior.

2. Dimensions: This includes the size and height of the lift chair. Dimensions of the lift chair should be determined depending on the weight and how tall you are. Some are available to have the height adjustment option.

3. Weight capacity of the chair: This is another aspect that is entirely dependent on if you or someone else will be using the chair. To be precise, the Golden lift chair being purchased should be strong enough for your weight (approximately) sitting or reclining in it. There are different models available from Golden Technologies depending on the weight capacities that each one can withstand.

4. Power source: Depending on this factor, there are two different varieties of lift chairs. While in one variety power is supplied by battery packs (rare), in another conventional power supply is required where users are required to plug the cord into the socket. Both the options are good. However, in case of heavy duty lift chairs, dual motors are used in order to support weight of the user. These chairs can withstand weight up to 700 pounds. Where batteries do come in play with today’s quality Golden Tech recliners are having a battery backup. The battery backup allows you to get up in the home electricity should fail. An important consideration if your movement is limited.

5. Accessories: At present, Golden is offering a variety of accessories along with their recliners. You now have the option of getting it fitted with devices such as head and lumbar pillow, massage and heat option for additional comfort, left or right hand controls for convenience and side pockets for easier accessibility. Plus, many other available available accessories.

The One

To our modern eyes the concept of the One or Oneness is mystical and Eastern in origin and there will be found truth in this. But we can perceive this reality with our Western eyes. Try to imagine yourself as a grain of sand. You are nestled upon the beach, one of trillions and trillions of grains of sand. You are quite separate and yet also part of and similar to the whole. All you see around you are other grains of sand. But whilst you concentrate on those, you neglect to see the sky from which falls the rays of the sun that contain life and the drops of rain that feed the ocean that formed you. You do not see that those other grains of sand were formed in the same way as you and that they too come from the same rocks; you are all the same. And one day, in millions of years you will form as ancient sedimentary rock one again.

In this way, we are all formed by the same methods, with the same energy. We all eat the same produce of the earth and drink the same water. We shall all return to this same earth from where we came and the earth shall one day return to the universe from when it came. Ultimately it will all 'roll-up' in the Big Crash and all be one again. In truth, it is all one anyway. It is all connected and via quantum entanglement every piece of information is everywhere from all time in one place and in every particle. Imagine that! It's like a hologram plate. When we look at it the picture placed there by light energy is three dimensional. When we smash the picture into a thousand pieces, every piece has the picture of the whole! This is what the holographic universe is like, but this time we have more dimensions such as time itself. So imagine, you as an individual are really part of a multi-dimensional holographic universe where you are everywhere in all-time!

Well, that's kind of what the one concept is about in a really simple way. So did ancient man understand this principle and what lessons for us can we draw? For an answer to this I just knew from my own research that I should turn to my Sufi friends and their ancient wisdom.

There is a tale told by the 19th century Sufi master Ghuath Ali Shah and today re-told by Sufi masters across the world. To many the teachings mean nothing. They are just nice stories re-told again and again and have in the re-telling lost their value. But this is not true. Those with the eyes to see can understand the many meanings behind the tales and in this respect my years listening to and learning from various 'teachers' of the Gnostic loop, including Sufi's, has seen me in good stead. The tale I speak of is known as The Four Travelers and I will now myself in all humility to the ancient masters, re-tell the tale and offer some explanation for our modern eyes. Understanding of course, that in each tale, there are many levels of understanding and so you can find truths within for yourself.

There was a forest, black as midnight and thicker than thieves. It was a favorite route for many, but suffered from highwaymen and robbers and so it was that four travelers found themselves needing to rest for the night, but fearful for their lives and possessions. They were good friends and had three of them had been so for many years and so after discussion that they decided to take turns to watch around the campfire. They settled down and the first watch went to a carpenter and wood sculptor. He sat for a while and then noticed a small length of wood and so decided to pass the time carving a beautiful image of a woman. By the time he had finished it was time for the next watch and so he placed the wooden lady down and woke his friend.

His friend was a tailor and after a while he too not noticed the piece of wood and decided to make some clothes for the image of the woman. He produced a dress of silk and finished off with small leather sandals. Now it was time for him to sleep and he woke the next man who was a jeweler. Again to pass the time the jeweller decided to adorn the little figure with beautiful jewels. The final watch was summoned, but this time the man, a new friend the others had met on the journey, had no skills at all and so felt very ashamed of himself. He saw the wooden lady and agreed the art and craft of his new friends. He wanted to show that he too was capable of improving upon the wood. He decreed the only thing he could do was to seek the help of God and so he prayed:

"Oh, Almighty and Merciful Lord, give us some portion of your glory and as the Giver of Life bestow upon this humble figure the gift of life."

The fire finally went out and all was dark, all was one black place. Then the sun rose and crept across the landscape, revealing the countless forms that had been part of the darkness. One of these forms was now new to human life – the wooden woman was a living, breathing creature. The four men now wake were aghast and in awe at their creation. The wood carver accredited the contours; the tailor was gushing with pride at the serene silken dress and the jeweller thought the fine gems were full of inspiration. And yet the fourth man claimed the upper hand for himself, because it was he who had asked God to provide the life force. In truth, the four men, who just the night before had been friends, were now sworn enemies, each one claiming ownership of this thing of beauty.

And so, because they could not decide who owned the stunning mute female they made for the near town where they bought out the judge. Unfortunately the judge and the towns people simply thought they were fools and so sent then to see the king. Again, the king, thinking them to be fools sent them to the Sufi master who this time took all five out to see the Tree of Knowledge and with an assembled audience began to ask the tree for its wisdom. No sooner had the Sufi begun to speak than the tree opened up before them and as if by magic the young lady walked towards it and was swallowed whole. They never saw her again.

This marvellous tale reveals many 'truths', but I wish to concentrate on just two of them here. The fact is that the woman had come from wood and would there before go back to wood. She returned to the place from where she came, just as we all shall. This is the concept of the One. It is the unity of the cycle itself. Not only are we part of the whole whilst in this part of the cycle or that part of the cycle; we are the One before and after and always will be. As cosmic dust, solar rays and universal energy feed our planet and us, so too Shall we ourselves return to cosmic dust, solar rays and universal energy one day. We will return to the place from where we came, we are part of a great unified universe. There is no tomorrow, no yesterday, neither exist. The only place in time and space that exists is now and that is a slice through the whole.

But there is much more to this tale and for me there is a strong personal lesson for each and every one of us that can only be learned truly if we understand our 'place' in the greater whole. We are no different to that wooden woman. We came from the One into the One and so we are the One. Who is it that thinks they can form us, dress us and then give us life? Nobody owns us. To own is an anagram of now and in the now we exist. Whether your family, your town, your school or your employer or even your political or religious leaders – they all claim ownership at one time or another. And yet not one of them owns you just because they talk you ,ave you life, cave you reason, clothed you or employed you. No ruler rules you. You are the same as everyone and everything else and no matter what another gives you it does not empower them above you.

You may be a small piece of the holographic universe, but within you is the whole picture right now.

Permission to reprint this article is heby given by Philip Gardiner, 2006.

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Preventing Breast Cancer – How to Reduce Your Risk

An ad in my local newspaper read, “You Can’t Prevent Breast Cancer.” Reading this, I was upset when I thought about the thoughts of the women who read the ad: that they can only hope for the best. Preventing breast cancer has been made out to be a long shot, it seems.

This message is reinforced in subtle ways repeatedly in our medically dependent society. In grocery stores, PSA’s printed on shopping bags and at checkouts say “Early Detection: Your Best Protection.” A grocery store would be one of the best places to say, “Great Food Choices Available in the Produce Section, Scientifically Supported Real Prevention.”

Please understand that preventing breast cancer is not 100% possible. But you can reduce your risk, and the biggest achievable piece of that reduction is in your choices of foods.

The other good news: eating to reduce breast cancer risk is also really good prevention for heart disease (the leading killer of women), and similarly reduces the risk of prostate cancer (men), and other cancers. This is another great example of the holistic medicine approach, using one natural approach to health (in this case a cancer prevention diet) that benefits multiple outcomes at the same time.

A few things you can do to prevent breast cancer are:

1) Keep a sufficient daily intake of a wide variety of fresh vegetables and fruits

2) Keep your body weight normal and stay active throughout your life

3) Carefully choose the fats and oils you eat

4) Choose whole grains instead of refined sugars and flours

5) Avoid environmental toxins (including alcohol and charred meats)

6) Breast feed your baby

7) Supplement your diet with antioxidants like green tea

Monthly self breast exams and mammograms are also important. I say this because detecting breast cancer early means that as a result, you have ample time to start treating it.

One of the things I love about studying the healing properties of foods, whole foods specifically, is their multi-potent qualities. A single whole food rarely can be found which protects against only one disease, or promotes health in only one area.

And so it is with Rainbow Chard: we know because of its high levels of natural carotenoids (Vitamin A) that it contributes strongly to reduction in breast cancer risk. Rainbow Chard is a spectacular source of Vitamin A (as natural mixed carotenoids), providing over 5000 IU per ½ cup cooked serving. It is also a very generous source of vitamin K for strong bones (4 times your daily requirement in that ½ cup!), and provides a good dose of vitamin C and magnesium. That vitamin A protects the respiratory system, improves skin health, and along with other antioxidants protects the heart. Vitamin C serves of course as a very important antioxidant and is critical for wound healing and repair of the connective tissues that keep our bodies intact.

I am specifically emphasizing Rainbow Chard in this article for the very reason that it displays that splash of several bright colors. The research on phytonutrients is in its infancy, so we probably do not fully appreciate the disease preventing (including preventing breast cancer) value of all those natural pigments in Chard which show up as red, purple, and yellow stems in the middle of those deep green leaves. What we do know, especially from the research of Dr. David Heber (What Color is Your Diet?) is that purposely eating a rainbow of colors every day as fresh produce prevents many diseases, from cancers to heart disease and more.

Fall is a good time to look for chard in your local markets, because like many greens it grows well as a cool weather crop. So it may be that your local farmers are bringing it to market now, and that would be the best to get, a bunch that didn’t have to travel far to your table. But even in a large supermarket, this delicious a nutritious vegetable is a great choice; enjoy it now and commit to a healthier you with a rainbow of vegetable and fruit colors on your plate.

Rainbow Chard with Sundried Tomatoes (thanks to my wife Gail for this one)

First clean the large leaves by immersing in a sink-full of clean cold water, this gets any dirt or sand out of the curly leaves better than rinsing. Then cut off just the very bottom inch of the tough stem with a knife. Fold the leaf longways (like a paper airplane) and lay flat on a cutting board to cut slices across the leaf and the stem. The large pieces of stem below the leaf can be cut as well into short segments similar to celery. Definitely use these stem pieces, but they have to be cooked longer. Take a large flat bottom pan on the stove, heat 3 tbsp olive oil in the bottom, then sauté only the stem pieces with a clove of crushed garlic about 5 minutes. Then add 1/3 cup chopped sundried tomatoes and stir until hot. Place all the leaves in the pot, stir for one minute or until they start to wilt, then turn the heat down and cover the pot with a lid for 5 minutes. Turn off the heat, and stir again to make sure it is ready to serve. Do not overcook, as it may become bitter. This makes a delicious side dish especially for a pasta or fish meal.

What's the Hype With Coin Collecting? It's Fun

If you are ever wondering what the hype is about with coin collecting then this is the article for you. Coin collecting is a great hobby. It also turns into a business for some. Any variation from a coin that is in regular circulation is collectable. Some of the coins include Quarters and Dimes before 1965. They are made of 90% silver. An easy and very fast way to check for these coins in your wallet or from a bank coin roll is to just look at the side of the coins. If the side is all silver with no copper showing, then it is a silver coin. Be careful with nickels however, because only the 1942 to 1945 nickels are silver. They are 35% silver and checking the sides will not work because they do not have enough copper in them to begin with.

1944 Steal Penny

One of the best finds you could get would be a 1944 steal penny. These penny's are worth between $ 100,000 and $ 200,000. The same is true for the copper 1945 penny. The reason for this is because copper was used for the war to make bullets. They used steal for pennies during 1945 so they are supposedly to be steel. If they are copper when you find a 1945 penny then you have a very rare wheat penny worth a lot of money.

You can use the silver side trick for half dollars as well. Older half dollars are ninety percent silver and semi old Kennedy Half dollars are 30% silver.

You can also go on eBay or coin websites like heritage auctions.com. You can get US coins, International Coins, ancient coins, and more. When you bid on a coin in an auction site. Be sure to make sure that the coin is in at least fine condition. You do not want a coin that is in bad condition because it makes the coin worth less.

Coin Roll Hunting

If you really want something cool to get added to, try going to your local bank. Go to the bank where your checking account is. Ask for rolls of coins! I usually ask for a box of pennies, which is $ 25 worth of pennies or 50 rolls. I also ask for a few dime and nickel rolls. What you'll find will always be a ton of fun. I collect wheat pennies which I find in every other roll usually, Indian Head pennies which in great condition are worth at least $ 10 especially if the word "Liberty" on the headdress band is clear. The 1906 S Indian Head Penny is worth $ 600! It is rare. I've found buffalo nickels which when the dates are legitimate are worth $ 2.00 at least. I found Mercury dimes which show a winged liberty bust of lady liberty and are silver. Also, silver war nickels. Taking out a quarter roll is fun too. You'll find a few silver ones now and then. A 1932 Silver quarter is worth good money. Happy coin hunting!

Scott Pilgrim Review

In the past few years the Hollywood interest in comic book films has continued to crescendo with huge critical and financial successes such as the Spiderman, Iron Man, and Batman franchises. Aside from being overly saturated by testosterone, such hits have lined summers with blockbuster after blockbuster by sticking to a generic story telling structure of origin stories and world threatening conflict to provide enough action to coerce the adrenaline to come out and frolic. But top tier names are only so plentiful, so the surge in comic book popularity led to various graphic novels getting translations to the silver screen in the form of Watchmen, Sin City, and most recently Kick-Ass. These films focus heavily on action, but the visual flourishes in these films are much more prominent and distinctly separate them form the larger hyped films. So when a director who claim to fame is his astounding ability to deftly blend genres tackles a film that requests him to combine the entertainment of high action sequences with the charm of a niche graphic novel when I reach a killscreen am I going to want to press continue?

Edgar Wright's follow up to Hot Fuzz details the life of titular protagonist Scott Pilgrim as he literally fights for the love of Ramona Flowers whilst seeking success with his band Sex Bob-Omb. So, naturally, the film is an action film, correct? Well, not exactly. Edgar Wright makes comedies, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is stuffed to the brim with more big laughs and subtle Touches than I have had the pleasure of seeing since Superbad. But the film, it's certainly not a comedy, as the central relationship is far too much of a driving force. So essentially Scott Pilgrim is a video game meets a graphic novel makes love to a comedy spawns a romance and genetically engineers an action film, donning a musical thong. So I can naturally expect this film to have tonal inconsistencies, but Wright avoids this incredibly common pitfall by keeping the film moving at such a rapid pace, and really packing each and every frame with such a completely realized vision that it never has time to stray from the mood set from the opening Universal logo.

What I notice in this film, and even in Wright's former films, is exactly how much care is placed in every shot. Each use of pixelation, each blur, every censor, all the logos and the outfits, they all establish the world so perfectly. The visual aesthetic works wonderfully with the editing and other visual flairs of the film which include segments that play out at graphic novels and other forms of visual media. But what stands out the most on a visual level is the jaw dropping fighting sequences. Each one plays out so differently and allows Wright to showcase a range of film making techniques and styles that synthesize action with comedy, even meshing with music when the script calls for more flashy fights. The more time I have to sit with these sequences and really consider how visibly intensifying the scenes are, while still maintaining a delightfully charming low budget look, the more I admire the film.

And of course there's the soundtrack. Anchored by Beck and Broken Social Scene serving a stand ins for Sex Bob-Omb and Crash and the Boys, respectively, the variety of sounds are an absolute delight while still feeling natural and unfinished in the context of the film. But not only do the songs serve the overall tone of the film, they also enhance the action and comedy. Rarely have songs ever felt so integrally tied to a film that is not a musical. I suppose the easy comparison to make is to the score in I Am Love; despite the shift in intensity and purpose, the film is elevated incredibly by the use of a very specific type of music employed in a simply masterful manner. But beyond the soundtrack is the film's score, a string of wonderful compositions littered with signature video game sounds that play lightly in the background of many scenes. These effects create such a wonderfully engulfing mood that I found myself completely sucked in every moment.

However, despite my gushing so far the film is certainly not without its flaws. While the film runs at a neat, and incredibly quick, two hours, I did get the feeling that a complete story is not entirely present. Now I am aware that the film is based on pre-existing source material, so I was able to fill in a few of the holes, but even with this background knowledge I did not find myself incredibly invested in all of the plot lines. Wright juggles so many characters that I was not surprised to see some catch the short end of the stick. The Kim character is treated as such a removed character that one of the emotional pay offs does not work much at all. Perhaps having her not important is meant to show the distance between her and Scott, which does add up but still does not make the plot nearly as satisfying as many of the other threads running through the film. The movie needs room to breathe, to completely bring life to all of these characters, and to better reinforce the intensity of the central romance. These aspects are not the strongest, but one of the strengths in O'Malley's series of graphic novels is in the ability to insert quietly beautiful meditations on love amidst the action, and the film does capture the occasional sickeningly, yet always infectious, feelings of human connection near perfectly.

Another aspect of the comic that is captured in the film, and can stand alone without reading any of the graphic novels, is the character of Scott Pilgrim. Scott is meant to be sympathetic, but we are also asked to realize that Scott is both ignorant to the world around him, making him kind of a self centered dick. Cera brings this sense to the character wonderfully, combined of course with Wright's inventive way of conveying to the audience how exactly Scott's mind if working. As a viewer I do not always condone Scott's actions, but I can understand them, and the commentary on the ilogical human mind is wonderfully woven in to the film, as well as the idea of ​​a society that promotes such behavior. Of course these qualities all rely on the right type of delivery and Michael Cera further cements his status as the best comedic actor of all time by perfectly delivering Scott's lines while still conveying his disconnect with his environment. For much of the film Cera does remain in his comfort zone, and the film does really benefit from him doing so, but he does also have big scenes in the action sequences and he further proves his ability to be legitimate 'actor,' depending on one's definition of the art form. Scott is not the drastic change that the Dillinger character is in Youth in Revolt, but not only is he in top form in this film, his ability to work with the fight choreography, both on the ass kicking and ass kicked ends, is simply stunning and further sells what are likely the most enjoyable action sequences I have ever seen.

The film's diverse cast also boasts a ton of other talented actors, but the one that practically steals the show is Kieran Culkin. He impressed me in Lymelife, though I was certainly not prepared for simply how excellent he would be in the role of Wallace Wells, Scott's roommate. He floats through scenes with such poise and precision, delivering his dialogue with such sincerity and charm. His performance is truly a sight to behold. Jason Schwartzman is also excellent doing Jason Schwartzman, and actually all members of the League of Evil Exes play their character exclusively and wonderfully. A few of the secondary characters in particular were a huge hit with my audience as well. The females in the film are enjoyable as well, but very few are given very much to do. I wish that more time could have been spent with Envy Adams, not only because Brie Larson is mighty pretty but also because her The Clash at Demonhead performance contains one of the best tracks in the film, and the sequence between her and Scott is even more emotionally resonant. The stand out of the females is found in the form of Ellen Wong as Knives Chau, a heartbreakingly impressionable Scott super fan girl who exists as a wonderfully satirical spin on Caucasian perspective. Many of the supporting characters play one note roles, but each and every one plays that note pitch perfect.

Coming out of the film I was unsure of exactly how much value I found in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but as I started writing about the film I not only learned that I enjoyed the film far more than I had initially imagined, but the film is also significantly more admirable than I had realized. The startlingly inventive construction and editing are enough to make Wright's latest film a truly exceptionally enjoyable experience, but the film's ability to capture such raw moments of beauty in a minefield of laughs cements Wright's status as one of my favorite filmmakers, despite the abysmal Shaun of the Dead, and – finally – left me completely satisfied after seeing a comedy … as much as the label is applicable. At its worst Scott Pilgrim is a masterclass of filmmaking, but this film exists, on practically every level, as a film constructed for me to love. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is imaginative, inventive, and a film that truly exists as a representation of the time which spawned it while still holding enough timeless qualities to make it one of the year's finest.

Interior Design Ideas – Conservatory Living

Can you imagine the joy of spending late autumn afternoons warmly lounging in the mid of your garden, of growing and harvesting your very tropical fruits and of twilight summer suppers that are guaranteed rainproof? No, this is not a description of life on a faraway tropical island, but a glimpse of the bliss to be had when you own a conservatory.

Yet another inspired Victorian concept that we are reviewing and appreciating anew, despite the disparity of lifestyles between then and now. A conservatory gives life a new dimension. It allows us to enjoy a garden year-round and stretches the living areas of our homes. All age groups can benefit: it provides an ideal space for a toddler to play in (the semi-outdoor finishes should stand up well), for an elderly person to relax in out of season, and for people of any age to enjoy atmospheric dinner parties.

Should you be on the brink of deciding to construct a conservatory, be sure to pin down your ideas well in advance;

How much do you want to spend? A finished conservatory may cost more than you imagine and such extras as heating, lighting, wall and floor finishes, furnishings and plants can add considerably to an initial estimate.

How will the finished conservatory look from outside? Do you wish its style to reflect the architecture of your home?

Which direction do you wish your conservatory to face? A southerly orientated conservatory will be full of sunshine, but without a good ventilation system it is installed and shade provided (by blinds or by painting the glass), it is likely to overheat in summer. A north-facing glass house will receive little sunshine and so will require an efficient heating system for cooler days.

To what purpose will you put your conservatory? Is it to be a place for indoor gardening, relaxing, dining, cooking or playing?

Do you wish your conservatory to become an integral part of an interior living area and / or to open up to and become one with your garden or territory? The larger your opening on to either or both of these areas, the more linked they will appear. Double, sliding or folding-back doors will help to achieve the connection you desire.

Because the conservatory represents a link between the house and its exterior, the most appropriate furnishings will be those reflect this connection. Well-designed garden furniture, softened with table cloths, cushions and upholstered seats, will help blur the line between inside and out, as will rattan, wicker or cane furniture.

A floor of flagstones, scrubbed wood planking or terracotta tiles will underscore the connection. Accessories can provide a similar link – garden statuary, urns, plants and terracotta pots are all particularly suitable.

The best window treatments are ones that do not detract from the view or interior planting. Tailored blinds or curtains of muslin or calico in a simple style are ideal.

When it comes to selecting a color scheme for your conservatory, the choice is yours – but do remember that the exterior views will become your 'wallpaper' and indoor plants your 'accessories', so choose colors that blend well.

Lighting a conservatory is a reliably easy process so long as electrical points have been well positioned and there are sufficient sockets for free-standing fittings. Wall- or ceiling-mounted lanterns will look good, as will discreet spotlights focused on features.

A well-lit garden will form a magnificent backdrop at night and a dining table might be lit by a simple country-style chandelier or candles in glass hurricane lamps on the table. Free-standing uplighters placed behind plants will add some magic to the room.

Scott Pilgrim Review

In the past few years the Hollywood interest in comic book films has continued to crescendo with huge critical and financial successes such as the Spiderman, Iron Man, and Batman franchises. Aside from being overly saturated by testosterone, such hits have lined summers with blockbuster after blockbuster by sticking to a generic story telling structure of origin stories and world threatening conflict to provide enough action to coerce the adrenaline to come out and frolic. But top tier names are only so plentiful, so the surge in comic book popularity led to various graphic novels getting translations to the silver screen in the form of Watchmen, Sin City, and most recently Kick-Ass. These films focus heavily on action, but the visual flourishes in these films are much more prominent and distinctly separate them form the larger hyped films. So when a director who claim to fame is his astounding ability to deftly blend genres tackles a film that requests him to combine the entertainment of high action sequences with the charm of a niche graphic novel when I reach a killscreen am I going to want to press continue?

Edgar Wright's follow up to Hot Fuzz details the life of titular protagonist Scott Pilgrim as he literally fights for the love of Ramona Flowers whilst seeking success with his band Sex Bob-Omb. So, naturally, the film is an action film, correct? Well, not exactly. Edgar Wright makes comedies, and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is stuffed to the brim with more big laughs and subtle Touches than I have had the pleasure of seeing since Superbad. But the film, it's certainly not a comedy, as the central relationship is far too much of a driving force. So essentially Scott Pilgrim is a video game meets a graphic novel makes love to a comedy spawns a romance and genetically engineers an action film, donning a musical thong. So I can naturally expect this film to have tonal inconsistencies, but Wright avoids this incredibly common pitfall by keeping the film moving at such a rapid pace, and really packing each and every frame with such a completely realized vision that it never has time to stray from the mood set from the opening Universal logo.

What I notice in this film, and even in Wright's former films, is exactly how much care is placed in every shot. Each use of pixelation, each blur, every censor, all the logos and the outfits, they all establish the world so perfectly. The visual aesthetic works wonderfully with the editing and other visual flairs of the film which include segments that play out at graphic novels and other forms of visual media. But what stands out the most on a visual level is the jaw dropping fighting sequences. Each one plays out so differently and allows Wright to showcase a range of film making techniques and styles that synthesize action with comedy, even meshing with music when the script calls for more flashy fights. The more time I have to sit with these sequences and really consider how visibly intensifying the scenes are, while still maintaining a delightfully charming low budget look, the more I admire the film.

And of course there's the soundtrack. Anchored by Beck and Broken Social Scene serving a stand ins for Sex Bob-Omb and Crash and the Boys, respectively, the variety of sounds are an absolute delight while still feeling natural and unfinished in the context of the film. But not only do the songs serve the overall tone of the film, they also enhance the action and comedy. Rarely have songs ever felt so integrally tied to a film that is not a musical. I suppose the easy comparison to make is to the score in I Am Love; despite the shift in intensity and purpose, the film is elevated incredibly by the use of a very specific type of music employed in a simply masterful manner. But beyond the soundtrack is the film's score, a string of wonderful compositions littered with signature video game sounds that play lightly in the background of many scenes. These effects create such a wonderfully engulfing mood that I found myself completely sucked in every moment.

However, despite my gushing so far the film is certainly not without its flaws. While the film runs at a neat, and incredibly quick, two hours, I did get the feeling that a complete story is not entirely present. Now I am aware that the film is based on pre-existing source material, so I was able to fill in a few of the holes, but even with this background knowledge I did not find myself incredibly invested in all of the plot lines. Wright juggles so many characters that I was not surprised to see some catch the short end of the stick. The Kim character is treated as such a removed character that one of the emotional pay offs does not work much at all. Perhaps having her not important is meant to show the distance between her and Scott, which does add up but still does not make the plot nearly as satisfying as many of the other threads running through the film. The movie needs room to breathe, to completely bring life to all of these characters, and to better reinforce the intensity of the central romance. These aspects are not the strongest, but one of the strengths in O'Malley's series of graphic novels is in the ability to insert quietly beautiful meditations on love amidst the action, and the film does capture the occasional sickeningly, yet always infectious, feelings of human connection near perfectly.

Another aspect of the comic that is captured in the film, and can stand alone without reading any of the graphic novels, is the character of Scott Pilgrim. Scott is meant to be sympathetic, but we are also asked to realize that Scott is both ignorant to the world around him, making him kind of a self centered dick. Cera brings this sense to the character wonderfully, combined of course with Wright's inventive way of conveying to the audience how exactly Scott's mind if working. As a viewer I do not always condone Scott's actions, but I can understand them, and the commentary on the ilogical human mind is wonderfully woven in to the film, as well as the idea of ​​a society that promotes such behavior. Of course these qualities all rely on the right type of delivery and Michael Cera further cements his status as the best comedic actor of all time by perfectly delivering Scott's lines while still conveying his disconnect with his environment. For much of the film Cera does remain in his comfort zone, and the film does really benefit from him doing so, but he does also have big scenes in the action sequences and he further proves his ability to be legitimate 'actor,' depending on one's definition of the art form. Scott is not the drastic change that the Dillinger character is in Youth in Revolt, but not only is he in top form in this film, his ability to work with the fight choreography, both on the ass kicking and ass kicked ends, is simply stunning and further sells what are likely the most enjoyable action sequences I have ever seen.

The film's diverse cast also boasts a ton of other talented actors, but the one that practically steals the show is Kieran Culkin. He impressed me in Lymelife, though I was certainly not prepared for simply how excellent he would be in the role of Wallace Wells, Scott's roommate. He floats through scenes with such poise and precision, delivering his dialogue with such sincerity and charm. His performance is truly a sight to behold. Jason Schwartzman is also excellent doing Jason Schwartzman, and actually all members of the League of Evil Exes play their character exclusively and wonderfully. A few of the secondary characters in particular were a huge hit with my audience as well. The females in the film are enjoyable as well, but very few are given very much to do. I wish that more time could have been spent with Envy Adams, not only because Brie Larson is mighty pretty but also because her The Clash at Demonhead performance contains one of the best tracks in the film, and the sequence between her and Scott is even more emotionally resonant. The stand out of the females is found in the form of Ellen Wong as Knives Chau, a heartbreakingly impressionable Scott super fan girl who exists as a wonderfully satirical spin on Caucasian perspective. Many of the supporting characters play one note roles, but each and every one plays that note pitch perfect.

Coming out of the film I was unsure of exactly how much value I found in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, but as I started writing about the film I not only learned that I enjoyed the film far more than I had initially imagined, but the film is also significantly more admirable than I had realized. The startlingly inventive construction and editing are enough to make Wright's latest film a truly exceptionally enjoyable experience, but the film's ability to capture such raw moments of beauty in a minefield of laughs cements Wright's status as one of my favorite filmmakers, despite the abysmal Shaun of the Dead, and – finally – left me completely satisfied after seeing a comedy … as much as the label is applicable. At its worst Scott Pilgrim is a masterclass of filmmaking, but this film exists, on practically every level, as a film constructed for me to love. Scott Pilgrim vs. the World is imaginative, inventive, and a film that truly exists as a representation of the time which spawned it while still holding enough timeless qualities to make it one of the year's finest.

The Slow Motion Game

Recently, a friend invited me to stop and slow down. Just for a few minutes.

I slipped off my shoes and felt the cool stepping stones in her garden under my feet. In a few short minutes, with all systems slowed to the moment in front of me, I felt like Alice in Wonderland-one moment starting up at the giant, waving leaf of a tropical banana tree and the next moment bent down, in awe at the mini, star-shaped moss tuft peeping out between a crack in the stones.

Ten minutes later, as I finished this walking meditation in her garden, refreshed and ready to go about with my busy day, I knew it was something I wanted to remember to continue as a regular practice for myself and share with my favorite seven year old.

"Hey," I said to the curly haired boy, "Wanna play The Slow Motion Game with me?"

"What's that ?" he responded, with the keen skepticism of a seven year old who has been around the block and played a zillion games or two in his lifetime so far.

"Well, it's a kind of discovery game. We slow dooooown." I started talking in slow motion speak. "And when we look arooooound we see things that we've neeeeeeverrr seeeeeen beforrrrrrre."

I could see the spark of interest lit in his eyes now.

"And who finds the most cool stuff is the winner?" he yelled excitedly.

"Sure, something like that."

Five … Close your eyes

Four … Slowing down

Three … Your mind is going to sleep

Two … Your body is getting very relaxed

One … You are in slow motion mode. Open your eyes … And GO … slowwwwwww w …

Our bare feet made their way slowly through the back yard. The dirt felt good sinking between my toes. I watched out of the corner of my eye as the boy did his best slow mummy walk and then previously crouched down.

Between the two of us, we discovered treasures galore in our familiar backyard space.

An army of ants coming out of tiny hole in the flower bed, a bright green arrowhead-shaped sprout shooting out ninety degrees from a tree branch, a baby fly sunning its translucent wings, a baby bee buzzing. We discovered the glossy, tightly curled leaf of a waxy flower pushing its way upward, and crystalline water drops sitting in the very center of a regal succulent. A family of pincher bugs scurried away as we studied the natural, hieroglyphic markings on an old tree stump.

Long after we finished playing, the curly haired boy was still bent over, looking at potato bugs curled up in tree hollows or looking up through tree branches, discovering many more unseen treasures in the garden.

I did not mention to the wild-haired one the part that we would feel ourselves coming back to ourselves during this game.

I did not mention that by slowing down our spinning minds, we would enliven all our other senses, as we became part of the world in front of us.

I did not mention that by slowing down, we recharge and reconnect with that vital source within us.

I did not mention that part to him. I did not have to.

Yes, this was a good game.

Building a Chicken House – 5 Important Design Aspects

Proper Ventilation

When building a chicken house it is imperative that you must take into consideration proper ventilation of the coop because chickens need to be cooled down during the intensity of noon-time heat. Free flowing inflow of air within the building can tremendously help keep the temperature from rising; thereby making the chickens fully comfortable.

Good Drainage

Chickens must be dry most of the time; and you must avoid getting them wet. For this reason, the coop must have well designed drainage system that fully flushes the water out of the building; theby ensuring that the poultry is not wet since the moment that they are wet they are also highly susceptible to various health issues and diseases which could affect the entire poultry.

Proper Lighting

Lighting is essential in keeping the chickens warm during night time when the environment is cold; as well as during winter time and cold season. Bear in mind that chickens are not only sensitive to extremely hot condition but also to cold environment; and one way of keeping the room temperature from going down much more is to provide proper lighting.

Maintenance

Cleaning and maintenance is important since this can greatly affect the poultry; in terms of health.
So, you must also give provision for cleaning; ensuring that it is very easy to clean.

Appearance

Of course, when building a chicken house it is also ideal to make your coop look good within your property or farm. Here, it may be optional but it is also highly recommended to have some creativity in making its design and appearance very pleasing to the eyes of the viewers.

Therefore, when building a chicken house always keep in mind the aforesaid design factors because they can greatly affect the success of your business; failure to consider some of the vital aspects of the design can tremendously make a lot of differences on the overall condition of the poultry and your business.

Muscle Milk: Muscle Milk is the Perfect Protein Powder

Muscle Milk is a protein powder designed after mother's milk. It is a nutritional supplement used by athletes and body builders. This protein powder also promotes fat burning, quicker recovery from exercise and helps grow lean muscle. It also has an amazingly good taste and is easy to blend in water or milk.

The Lean Lipids in Muscle Milk promote fat loss instead of fat storage. The medium chain triglycerides in Muscle Milk are burned for energy instead of being stored as fat. 20% of the lipids in this protein powder are medium chain triglycerides. The long chain polyunsaturated fatty acids are also not likely to be stored as fat as they have been engineered that way. Studies show that calories from engineered lipids promote leanness.

Muscle Milk also helps grow muscles faster than just whey protein or creatine. Muscle Milk was engineered to be most like mother's milk which also promotes strong muscle growth. It also has factors that produce the best levels of creatine in the body which also fuels muscles.
It is best to take Muscle Milk before and after your workouts. Before a workout provides the energy and calories needed during your intestinal workout. After the workout Muscle Milk provides nutrients to speed up muscle recovery.

Muscle Milk as you can see is vital for the serous athlete or body builder. It provides energy that promotes leanness and muscle recovery. It is available in quite a few flavors that have always been rated as the best tasting of any protein powder.

Classification of Perfumes and Colognes

Perfumes, fragrances, or scents are all part of our daily lives, often without us even knowing it. The definition of natural perfumery differs depending on the sensitivity, imagination, and enthusiast. Making your own cologne seems like the quality in high-class, romantic contrives. It is a way to prey ones mood, cooccur with ones personality, and refresh ones flavor. Perfumes are more than a fragrance. By rigid resolution natural perfumery uses only natural botanical constituents and a few animal-gained marrows such as beeswax. Shampoos, food, soaps, and detergents, all have scents associated with them. The compounding is carefully made and analyzed at various somaresthesias and pH to make sure that the craved scent will not change. The botanical ingredients admit crucible oils but may also include pavements and abstractions which are raw plant essences drawn out using organic solvents.

Perfumery is not projectile science, but you do need to know the basics to make anything that plans of attack professional caliber. Depending on what you will be doing, where you will be going, and what time of day it is, you will pick which cologne accompaniments you and the situation better. The sense of smell is very cruel as it assists us enjoy many experiences. Once the essential oils are found, the floral artist makes the scents. The nose can discover seven primary aromas ethereal, pungent, camphorous, musky, floral, pepperminty, putrid and thus, lends to the sample of the repast. Essential oils are momentum made pure from plant stuff. Perfume is oil that has a fragrance that strongly charms to our signified of smell. So many dissimilar types of women fragrances brands being offered on the market, one of the chief problems that you might have is determining the one which is the most suitable for you and your gustatory perception.

Constitutive solvents render the best extracts for substances like rose; jasmine and other fragile florals that may be difficult to steam distill. The oil is taken from plants, plants, flowers, and seeds that have appealing scents. These fragrances are a result of volatile corpuscles which are given off and detected by the types of olfactory receptors in the nose that correspond to each of the primary odours. When plant stuff is extracted it generally provides a solid, impressive blend of the soluble material call the pavement. As medicine, floral was used to help people relax and regenerate. There are a kind of different ways that you can find the women fragrance which you really enjoy. You can resolve to go to a department store and see what types of perfumes smell invoking to you. Some of the women fragrances types include perfume with firmest, toilette spray, and cologne spray with least strong. Natural colognes are more composite than the blends used in aroma medical care.

20 Effective and Cheap Ways to Recruit Youth Football Players

Many youth football leagues do not allow recruiting of players, in other leagues it is needed for survival. Recruiting players can not be ignored, it is the lifeblood of your team.

Most of us do not have large recruiting budgets to do big newspaper adds.

Here are some inexpensive “guerrilla marketing” recruiting methods you can use:

Flyers to the Schools-( Chapter 4 of the book shows you how to get around school rules that block this tactic)

Punt Pass and Kick Contest- We had the winners compete at the halftime of our local indoor pro football team.

School Assemblies- Much easier than you think

School Lunch Room Highlight Shows- With a Portable DVD Player

Other Sports Sporting Events- Hand out flyers

School Open House Booths

Church Bulletin Announcements

Press Releases

Newspaper Articles

Radio Interviews

TV “Works Event” Coverage

Player “Bounties”- Offer $5 to your players for each completed application or entry to a pizza party.

Church or School Carnival/Festival Booths

Saturday Grocery Store Table or Flyer Handout

Web Sites

Posters

Parades- Your team marches in uniforms and hands out flyers

Trophy Displays at School

Team Game Jersey Days at School

Our Organization grew from 1 team to 16 in just 5 years using these methods. We ran just one very expensive newspaper add during this time period (it gave us little return).

Details on how to make it all work including free press releases and radio interviews are in Chapter 4 of the book and include examples of our flyers. Our Nebraska Youth Football team web site is

http://www.screamingeaglefootball.com

The web site was developed for free by a talented volunteer.

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