Happiness

Having said this, even this sort of happiness is a product of positive thinking and positive action, with good fortune lending a helping hand. In short, it is a product of will in relatively favorable circumstances. But isn’t it peculiar to imply that happiness can be of one sort or another? Are there not simply happiness and unhappiness? I think not. The sort of happiness that the sage talks about is compatible with misfortune. It is preeminently a doing from within – while without, the only prerequisite for it is that the sage be alive and capable of thought. It is a feeling of serenity, of being at peace with his situation and his conscience, as a well-adjusted and fully …

Anniversary Gift Baskets

Anniversary gift baskets are the perfect way to celebrate a wedding and send your best wishes to the happy couple! However, you don’t need to settle for taking a wedding anniversary gift basket to a party or event; consider sending an anniversary gift basket to the workplace or the couple’s home where they can enjoy their special day with a sweet celebration! From gourmet treats to baked goods, there are plenty of ways to find a completely new combination of treats that will leave a lasting impression. Many people send flowers or gourmet chocolates to celebrate a wedding anniversary or other wedding-related occasion, but these don’t necessarily stand out from other gifts received on the special day. A wedding anniversary …

An Education In The Arts

For some people art is just something you put on your refrigerator doors. It is something you have to do for schoolwork, or to while your time away. In truth, there truly is something beneath the surface of art that will tantalize every student and teacher. And this is the truth behind art education. Q. What Is An Education In The Arts? A. Art Education is the means by which a student gains an understanding of form and design. An education in the arts is typically divided into three areas – the fine arts, such as music, drama, sculpture or painting, the general arts, programs such as education, criminology, etc, and design, such as graphic design, web design, or interior …

How To Use Music And Art As A Relaxation Technique Meditation

The power of art induces a calm state of mind, this is a well-known fact. It is no use mentioning that the capacities of any beautiful object, be it a flower, a painting, a piece of music, a movie or a well-written book, help us let go all the negative thoughts and the daily preoccupations. Music and art have the strongest capacity to lead us to a meditating path, to produce that state in which we forget about all of our anxieties, worries, problems at work, with the kinds, with the mother-in-law. Music – The Guiding Sound Imagine a scented room, in which blends combine only to make even more perceptible to the senses the barely audible music that seems …

Art Schools, The Artist’s Choice!

Is Art School necessary to be a good artist? Being creative or artistic is truly a gift, a talent. But as with any talent, it needs to be tempered, honed, and optimized. Without proper training, one might never achieve the potential he or she was born with. And to help you hone your talents, you will need a good Art school! Any educational institution that offers training in the arts may be called an art school. They may offer vocational, undergraduate, or graduate and even post-graduate courses. These schools focus their trainings on the visual arts such as illustration, painting, advertising design, graphical arts, photography, sculpture, and other artistic expressions. In the last few years, even game design has become …

How To Produce An Abstract Image – Part 1

Perhaps the title would be better as the question I have so often heard: “How can I produce an abstract image?” Within the next few articles I intend to lead you into those dark secret places filled with wonderful tantilizing enigmas, where we will find all the passionate inspiration and the great variety of techniques required for you to be able to produce an astounding work of art worthy of Howard Hodgkin or Mark Rothko (do not worry if you do not know who they are … you will meet them sometime soon). So … how do you do it? I need to ask you a slightly different question in order for us to move forward upon this slippery creative …

How To Buy Your Favorite Music Online Legally For Just Pennies

As you no doubt have heard, the music industry has undergone major changes during the past decade. Nowhere has the progress of technology brought more change than to the recording business. In the 90s, music was overwhelmingly distributed on CDs. In the 80s, everyone bought cassettes. In the 70s, the venerable LP record was still in wide use. Good memories aside, those forms of music distribution were expensive, both for the record company AND for the consumer. The average hit LP cost several dollars to produce and sold for $5 to $10. The CD cost just fifty cents to make, but sold for $10 to $15. Then the Internet hit, and boy did it ever change things. Music could be …

How Important To Show Your Respect To A Grieving Family By Sending A Sympathy Gift Basket

Showing your respect to a grieving family may include sending cards, gifts, or even a sympathy gift basket. Sympathy gift baskets can show the family members how much you care and there are many ways to be creative with the gift and choose special items that can help them heal from their emotional pain. Some of our close family friends recently lost a parent in an accident. It was difficult to reach them while they traveled to the funeral, so we decided to send them a sympathy gift basket. The condolence gift basket was presented to them at the hotel they were staying in, and imagine their surprise when they learned that we had sent something across the country especially …

How Do You Know What an Autographed is Worth?

Have you recently started to become interested in autograph collecting and would like to know the present day market value of an autograph that you are interested in purchasing? Or have you inherited an estate from a family member and was surprised to find an abundance of autographed photos, items, cards, posters that you have no idea how to find the value much less who to sell them too? There are several sources to find out how much your collectible or autographed collectible is worth. The internet has open a world at our finger tips, with online auctions to online stores, published price guides that can be purchased at most bookstores offer a “ rough estimate”, mainly it is worth …

How To Decorate Your Holiday Table

A unique and festive holiday tablescape can easily be created with some planning, simple materials and your imagination. Just like dressing up for special occasions, little touches can make a big impact on how your table looks to your guests. One design trick to add height and visual interest to your tablescape is to use a pretty cake stand as a focal point, or several of varying heights if you have a large table. Cake stands are now readily available in many different styles, shapes and price points. A cake stand will make whatever is placed on them seem more important — and this need not be a cake! Hostesses now use cake stands to hold all types of foods …

How To Create The Perfect Thanksgiving Cornucopia Decoration

The cornucopia is Thanksgiving decor at its most classic. Also known as the “horn of plenty”, cornucopias have a history dating back to around 500 BCE and strong ties to Greek mythology which tells us that Zeus gave Amalthea a goats horn that could grant the owner anything they wished for. Today the horn has similar meaning in new context, granting the first European settlers in the new world a feast they did not dream possible — so the new tradition holds. Now inseparable from American folklore, the cornucopia is second only to the turkey in symbolizing the Thanksgiving holiday. If you love the look of a cornucopia you can easily create this decorative Thanksgiving symbol for your home and/or …

Modern Art a Conspiracy Part 1

I have been turned down several times by some ignorant gallery owners on both sides of the fence for their lack of interest in African Art. In their words African Art is primitive. The sad thing is that our so-called elites gallery owners do not get it too. In most cases they are worst and very ignorant and naïve about African art. How long are we going to allow these false monsters of the past run wild in our present time? I have realized that truth is usually a hard pill to swallow but we must confront our past for a better tomorrow. We have been forced to look down on ourselves. They held our minds captive with the television, …

Minimising the chaos – What to pack for college

As your teen embarks on their college adventures the excitement; apprehension and general chaos can be distracting. The process of your child leaving home for the first time is daunting. You want them to be prepared for their college experience. Being prepared is much more than just knowing what to pack for college. In order for the transition to be easier there are a number of areas that need to be organized. Equipping yourself with the basics is a good place to begin. Many major department stores will offer you a comprehensive guide outlining what to pack for college. Before you go on a shopping spree assess all the information you have. How much room will there be in your …

Airhead Behavior Becomes New Human Norm As Underachievement Reaches New Heights

Today, look high and low, and what do you see? Airhead behavior – in fact, so much of it that it’s threatening to become the new human norm. What is going on here? And can we find hope anywhere? Yes. Where, you may ask? We’ll take a look. But to infuse the proceedings with appropriate levity, let’s first present NewsLaugh’s Ten Slams For New Heights In Underachievement. Then we’ll turn to those gifted and resilient human beings who refuse to partake in the worldwide slide toward the moronic and, instead, valorously persist in their commendable quest for overachievement. Here are Ten Slams For New Heights In Underachievement 1. The insurgents in Iraq, for explosively undermining the peaceful and progressive rebuilding …

A Picture Perfect Wedding

Weddings are definitely one of the happiest moments in a person’s life. But, this momentous occasion does not always come as blissful as the event itself. Days and even months before the big day, couples usually cram up with the littlest details. The process of listing down and cutting down everything into specific details—the wedding date, the venue, the reception, the caterer, the designer of the gown and suit, all the way down to the wedding coverage—are the areas where stress usually ushers in. Due to hectic schedules, most couples usually do not pay much attention to one of the crucial things in any wedding—the wedding coverage. Despite the overwhelming tension and excitement, couples do not have to be nonchalant …

A Perfect Houston Wedding includes a Houston DJ

If you’re planning a Houston wedding, you’ll confront the million-and-one decisions that all brides face. Who should you ask to be in your bridal party? Where will you find the perfect wedding dress? What do you need to pack for your honeymoon? In the process, it’s important to remember that the enjoyment of your guests is also your responsibility. To ensure that they have a wonderful time at your reception, you should select a professional wedding DJ in Houston who can take some of that responsibility off your shoulders. These simple guidelines will help you find the Houston disc jockey that is a perfect fit for your wedding. Find the Right Houston Wedding DJ Initially, the thought of having to …