A Happy Daycare - May Newsletters   May 5- 9, 2014  It has been an exciting week here at A Happy Daycare. I love those videos in which a sky full of clouds above a picturesque landscape is shown in fast-forward. I get that same feeling listening to Buskin and Batteau sing the title track of their 2009 release, Red Shoes and Golden Hearts. David and Robin have conducted the introductions: a€?Exceptional intelligencea€¦ meet classical training. David and Robin were part of a Sunday evening group concert in Connecticut in mid-September They would be at rehearsals during the afternoon, but would talk during a€?down time.a€? We set up a phone interview to find out what their life paths would reveala€¦ Succinctly, it's been one hell of a ride. And then I got into folk music in high school, basically because a lot of girls were into it. From April 1963 to September 1964, a network TV show called Hootenanny featured pop-oriented folk music. Later on, a different coincidental event occurred where David went to a concert to see Blood, Sweat and Tears, The Allman Brothers and Appaloosa, a band that Robin was in.
After David got out of college, he was drafted and ended up in Army entertainment doing shows for the troops from the fall of 1966 to the fall of 1968. When he was around 8 years old, around 1956, Robin was on a trip with his family driving through the Adirondacks. Once, Dee Dee called to ask, a€?Do you want to get together and sight-read some classical music?
Robin left Harvard after his junior year, because his father died and the family was broke. After the band made two albums, Robin's mother found a well-paying job doing translations for the Boston court system and Robin was able to go back to school. Back at Harvard, he said, a€?I took a wonderful writing course with Kurt Vonnegut.a€? He remembers Kurt as a wise, generous man who, the more successful he got, the more he tried to give back to others. Pierce Arrow toured and opened for many big acts -- The Kinks and The Doobie Brothers among them. Things went well from there until one of the band members dove into a pool during an after-gig party and hit his head, breaking his neck. By then, David and Robin discovered that they were having more fun playing Everly Brothers songs backstage than they were doing the act onstage.
The steps that occurred in the formation of David and Robin plus Marshall Rosenberg into a full act is a testament to the generosity and flexibility of Tom Rush. The beginning of the end for Buskin & Batteau started when they were booked as the closing act at the first-ever Friday night show at the Newport Folk Festival. Robin did get involved with Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, which supports children with with incurable cancer and blood diseases. Now they've both realized that the most important thing is the love of making music together. David and Robin were part of a Sunday evening group concert in Connecticut in mid-SeptemberA  They would be at rehearsals during the afternoon, but would talk during a€?down time.a€? We set up a phone interview to find out what their life paths would reveala€¦ Succinctly, it's been one hell of a ride. An ethereal blend of two voices, guided by fate to find each other, travels the wire from iTunes to earbuds and into my ear canal a€” so exquisite, ita€™s almost unbearable. Hannah and Maggiea€™s almost unearthly harmonies evoke descriptions like a€?Simon and Garfunkel crossed with the Indigo Girls.a€? Indeed, they have been included in a number of Simon and Garfunkel tributes. When Hannah was around 10, there was an electric guitar sitting in the living room, a leftover from one of her fathera€™s stage roles. The drama club would host coffeehouses every first Friday and that was where Hannah first performed solo, singing her songs and accompanying herself on guitar.
Maggie was in chorus, but switched her energies to forming rock bands when she was still in middle school.
Although Hannah earned a degree in American Studies with a focus on Race and Ethnicity and Maggie in Comparative Literature with a focus on English and Spanish Literature, it would be music that defined their path going forward. The house to which Hannah was assigned was an old, Victorian-style residence (the oldest on campus) that, at 50 coeds, was smaller than most. At some point they harmonized on one anothera€™s songs and some friends suggested that they sing together. Hannah graduated in 2011 and moved to New York City, with Maggie still having one year left.
In January of 2012, they recorded their second album, the aforementioned Muscle & Bone, and released it in May. Hea€™d come backstage to change costumes and she would witness the transformation of her father to an actor with a€?elaborate costumes and crazy makeup.a€? She absorbed the idea that investing onea€™s time into performance and the arts was a valuable thing.
Maggiea€™s dad was happy that she was playing acoustic, and wasna€™t thrilled that her goal was to play rock. There was a broad range of types of performance, ranging from poetry and music (Hannah would sing and play guitar) to displays of visual art or even hair styling. In 2010, Hannaha€™s junior year, they sat down to play music together working on covers and originals. Hannah graduatedA  in 2011 and moved to New York City, with Maggie still having one year left. In January of 2012, they recorded their second album, the aforementioned Muscle & Bone, andA  released it in May.
I am a humble man of humble means, but I have been fortunate enough to play a small part in some historical events. With a last name of a€?Tune,a€? it is appropriate that music has always been a large part of my life.
The ASVAB test told me I could be an engineer, so when it came time to pick a college, my future roommate John, also an aspiring engineer, decided that UT Austin would be the best place for us. On New Year's Day, 1969, I was flipping channels on the TV and happened onto the Cotton Bowl in Dallas where UT was playing UT!
As arrogant over-zealous college kids, we took great joy in chanting, a€?We're Number One!a€? - especially when by all measures it was literally true! As a lowly freshman, I had little knowledge of the plans and preparation for taking a 200-piece band to a game in a€?enemya€? territory. As I recall, we left Austin Friday on a fleet of charter buses and headed for a hotel in a city in eastern Oklahoma, not far from Fayetteville, AK where the game was to be played. When we got to the stadium we were surprised at how small it was - about half the size of the Memorial Stadium in Austin.
We had just won what would soon be called a€?The Game of the Century,a€? but the band's jubilation quickly turned to confusion and concern.
Lest you be overly impressed with my memory for details of the game, I must confess to having help.
We had no idea at the time that one of our junior safeties was playing through the pain of bone cancer.
With two Oscar-nominated films and a hit animation movie in China under his belt, Mark Osborne can easily stay in his comfort zone. Mark Osborne, director of Kung Fu Panda and The Little Prince, gives a speech at the recently concluded 12th China International Cartoon & Animation Festival in Hangzhou.
He wants to create "something new and different", he tells China Daily during a recent visit to Hangzhou in East China's Zhejiang province. Osborne was there with Disney Animation Studios' president Andrew Millstein and Oriental DreamWorks' chief creative officer Melissa Cobb, to give a class to Chinese animation film professionals at the just-ended 12th China International Cartoon & Animation Festival. Chinese fans first encountered the 45-year-old director and writer through the 2008 smash hit Kung Fu Panda, which was the first animation film to earn more than 180 million yuan ($27.7 million) in China, and top the animation box-office charts that year. Osborne says DreamWorks Pictures' story creators watched Chinese martial arts blockbusters Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Hero to develop panda Po's kung fu skills. He was in the news again last year for the French animation film The Little Prince, which received critical acclaim for its use of stop-motion and CGI (computer generated imagery). The movie, adapted from French writer and pioneering aviator Antoine de Saint-Exupery's namesake novella, was released in the Chinese mainland in October. Osborne says when he first saw stop-motion film shooting as an animation student in California in the early 1990s, he was fascinated by the technique and thought it was magical. Stop motion is an animation technique that manipulates a puppet or object to make it look like it is moving on its own. Besides The Little Prince - which recreates the title role's fantasy universe through stop motion - Osborne's More is also made purely by stop-motion.
The 1998 short film, which centers on a young inventor's encounter with capitalism, was screened at more than 150 film festivals across the world and gained an Oscar nomination for best animation short in 1999. While most of the present-day, big-budget animation movies are made using computers, stop-motion is a somewhat old-school option. Among the 57 animation films released in the Chinese mainland in 2015, only the British feature Shaun the Sheep Movie is a stop-motion flick. But Osborne is apparently the kind of filmmaker who insists on following his heart, regardless of whether it is the latest trend. Osborne also says hard work is the best way for an animator to polish his skills, and he suggests that Chinese animators who have struggled for a long time with criticism over the quality of their work should do more than just improve visual effects. Interestingly, he says despite commercial success and festival-circuit honors, he is always discovering mistakes in his films. Osborne says his latest project is a no-dialogue musical piece, which may become a sole feature or a series.
Since the success of Kung Fu Panda and The Little Prince in China, the world's second-largest movie market since 2012, Osborne frequently hears that Chinese filmmakers want to be a part of his movies. Wu, 74, died of a heart attack in Beijing on March 4, 2014, just a month after he finished Song of Phoenix. The film revolves around an elderly suona (double-reed horn) performer's aim to pass on the art form amid its falling popularity in modern China. Veteran directors Tsui Hark (second left) and Huang Jianxin (center), alongside Song of Phoenix's lead actor Tao Zeru (second right), promote the late filmmaker Wu Tianming's final feature in Beijing. He was a man who stood up for his belief in freedom, freedom of expression and great human freedom, says the Hollywood icon. Wu's name may not be well known to younger Chinese viewers, but he is widely hailed as one of the most influential and significant figures in Chinese cinema. The former head of Xi'an Film Studio was instrumental in encouraging directors like Zhang Yimou and Chen Kaige after he took the position in 1983. His studio reforms, which cut red tape, helped young filmmakers of that time to flourish and thrive. In 1987, Zhang ran out of money while shooting his directorial debut Red Sorghum - which became the first Asian film to win a Golden Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival in 1988.
Seen as the "godfather" of China's fifth-generation directors, including Zhang and Chen, Wu is also noted for his in-depth look at China's rural life. Typical of the characters in his films, Wu stood out as a guardian of tradition who refused to sacrifice his art to cater to the box office.
Veteran director Huang Jianxin, who was among those supported by Wu in the mid-1980s, says: "Song of Phoenix mirrors Wu's struggles in real life, his persistence and his seriousness when speaking up for China's traditional arts. Hong Kong veteran Tsui Hark said Xu was "a brave and serious man who devoted his life to the Chinese film industry".
He made the comment at a recent event in Beijing, where he was with Huang to promote Wu's last movie. Jia Zhangke, a pioneering art-house director, says Wu's films were simple and effective, displaying his deft narration and editing skills. Several previews of Song of Phoenix have been held in Beijing, Shenzhen and Shanghai recently and the movie has received acclaim from both viewers and critics. But industry sources are concerned that the art-house film may be squeezed to a small number of screens by its powerful rival Captain America: Civil War. The biggest blockbuster in Marvel's cinematic universe will open in China on the same day as Wu's film. The dialogue was in reference to Cai's often "What about it?" barbs at contemporary Chinese art, for what he calls the lack of innovation. In 2008, his "fireworks of giant feet" at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics thrilled many. Cai's gunpowder drawing Homeland sold for 15 million yuan ($2.38 million) at a Christie's auction in Shanghai in 2013. While the Chinese art market has boomed since 2006, there is still a lot that artists can do in terms of their contributions to the art world, he says.
Cai was in Beijing in April to talk about the exhibition he has organized for the Qatar Museums Gallery Al Riwaq in Doha - What About the Art?: Contemporary Art from China. In recent years, many artistic works from China have set records at auctions and the art market in China is doing well, he says. To find the answers, Cai and his team chose 14 Chinese artists and one artist-collaborative duo from more than 200 through a three-year process. The conversations with individual artists, together with Cai's discussions with curators and scholars from home and abroad, are part of a 500-page book by the same name as the Doha exhibition title. What About the Art?: Contemporary Art from China was published by Guangxi Normal University Press in March.
Group exhibitions of Chinese art in recent years have presented different artistic forms: sculptures, painting, performance art and films, but that doesn't mean diversification of attitudes toward art or unique presentation skills in works, he says. In the book, Cai introduced artist Li Liao, who used installation art to express his state of mind after his wife's affair came to light. He gives an example of Chinese calligraphy to show that artists in ancient times paid great attention to form. Another problem with contemporary Chinese art is that artists talk more about methods rather than methodology, the method of methods, the most fundamental question in art, Cai says. He applauds an artist's free spirit, warning that artists should avoid becoming "zoo creatures", and this might be why he chose to start the book with farmer-turned-artist Hu Zhijun, who became interested in sculpture in 2013 at the age of 61.
The iconic artists have been confirmed for the Oct 7-9 concert at the Empire Polo field in Indio, in the California desert, an event being billed by music lovers as one of the greatest concerts ever. Tickets for the event, which go on sale on Monday, will range from $199 to $1,599, concert promoter Goldenvoice says. Concert organizers say Dylan and the Stones would launch the concert on Oct 7, Young and McCartney would perform on Oct 8, and the Who and Waters will close the three-day event on Oct 9. The festival could mark a final appearance for The Who, whose members have hinted at imminent retirement. The group was scheduled to end their tour in May, but have already added June dates to appear at festivals in Europe.
As a teenage actor of Zhe-jiang Kunqu Opera Troupe, he made his first trip from the country's east to Beijing along with the troupe's other performers, including Kunqu Opera veterans Zhou Chuanying and Wang Chuansong.
With its roots in Suzhou, in East China's Jiangsu province, Kunqu is among the country's earliest operas. Fifteen Strings of Coins tells the story of a respected legal figure in ancient China, who corrects a previously misjudged murder case. Staged dozens of times in the city, it was attended by top leaders Mao Zedong and Zhou Enlai, and some 70,000 people during a 20-day stay.
The troupe also toured other parts of the country with nearly 100 shows viewed by another 140,000 people that year.
Zhang was an apprentice of Zhou, who, along with five other Kunqu masters, remade Fifteen Strings of Coins in 1955 and established Zhejiang Kunqu Opera Troupe the following year.
To celebrate the contemporary show's 60th year, Fifteen Strings of Coins will return to Beijing on May 12. Artists from the three troupes have "witnessed history in the making" with the recreation of the Kunqu masterpiece, says Zhang.
In 2001, UNESCO listed it as a major masterpiece of oral and intangible heritage of humanity. Kunqu has also influenced other Chinese musical theaters, including its more famous cousin, Peking Opera. According to Zhang, before the 1956 debut of Fifteen Strings of Coins in Beijing, Kunqu struggled to survive with a shrinking market and very few artists. Since 1956, seven Kunqu Opera troupes have been established in the country and young performers have joined the Zhejiang troupe to learn from seasoned actors and actresses. Liu Yilong, 73, and Ji Zhenhua, 76, both masters from Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe, were among those who trained at the Zhejiang troupe. According to Gu Haohao, director of the Shanghai troupe, the two artists rarely perform these days. Fifteen Strings of Coins has been performed more than 1,500 times in the past six decades by different Chinese troupes, she says. The youngest performer in the new production is 14-year-old Zhang Tangxiao, who is a fifth generation actor from the Zhejiang troupe. At the second anniversary of the opening of DrumTower West Theater, Zhuo Bieling, a female writer and critic, recounted an anecdote about the time when her friend Li Yangduo gave her a screenplay.
The project turned out to be Black Coal, Thin Ice, which won the Golden Bear at the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival. Li is the money and mastermind behind DrumTower West Theater, a 240-to-290-seat venue that used to be a derelict rehearsal hall for a State-owned performing arts organization. Of the many such "small theaters" in the theatrically vibrant city of Beijing, hers is not the best located.
For about seven years, Li was a Guangzhou-based producer and distributor of television dramas and TV movies. Her first significant exposure to theater was Stan Lai's The Village, a 3.5-hour epic about the mainland diaspora in Taiwan. Six years ago, Li moved north to Beijing, unarguably the epicenter of China's theater creativity. She picked Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman as the opening salvo, directed by Zhou Ke, a promising talent with a flair for staging uncompromising fare. Since then, theater lovers have been arriving in droves, sometimes as early as the afternoon, where the adjacent cafe, Empty Cup Coffee, offers a bohemian environment for idle chat on the serious art of drama, surrounded by rows of books and wall-to-wall posters of the performing arts. The DrumTower West Theater, tucked away in a traditional alleyway, has become a favorite hangout for the city's young, hip and theatrically aspiring. Meanwhile, Li attributes her choice of repertory style to a later offering, How I Learned to Drive.
For her production of The Censor, a 1997 British play, to mark the theater's two-year anniversary, Li has turned to crowd sourcing. Ten of her friends joined in, including many media professionals who are fans of theater and her venue in particular. Chinese theater goers are accustomed to big-house shows that run for a couple of nights, but for an extended run that lasts 20-30 days she needs people who can spread the word to a larger clientele base. Unlike some in theater circles, Li does not complain about the proliferation of lowbrow comedies on the Chinese stage. In fact, Li is contemplating a new lineup of comedies to add to her existing, mostly dark works. Li is thinking of plays like The Housekeeper by American playwright James Prideaux, which centers on a writer and his new acid-tongued housekeeper, and builds towards a hilarious crescendo.
She says her house broke even by the end of 2015 when her initial investment was amortized, but each production takes 40-50 performances to recoup its cost. The 2004 winner of the Laurence Olivier Award for best new play is about a writer who depicts violence against children, and is suspected to be involved in one case.
This obscure one-act play, an early work by the American pioneer in the art of drama brought home its relevance to contemporary Chinese society, especially the notion of family as the societal core. This perennial favorite in modern Chinese dramatic literature was given a new spin by Swedish director Mathias Lafolie, who approached the familiar tale as a discourse on morality and relationships. This black comedy, which won four Tony awards, portrays the acidic relationship between an ageing matriarch and her spinster daughter, something rare for the Chinese stage.
This 1998 winner of the Pulitzer Prize for drama is based on an avuncular character and his influence on the coming of age of a teenage girl. This story of a female filmmaker of pornographic art and a middle-aged bureaucrat is so titillating that it could well lead to ratings for theatrical productions.
Directed by Mou Sen, an early practitioner in Chinese avant-garde theater, this is a French tale of a charity event gone awry, and illuminates a chasm between the haves and have-nots that defies political categorization.
A winner of the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for drama, this extremely dark tale about a mother and her suicidal daughter is a serious look at the abyss of existential anxiety. The 2002 recipient of the Tony Award for best play touches on the taboo issue of bestiality in a well-respected middle-class family.
Guo, 48, who started playing the erhu as a 4-year-old in Shenyang, an industrial city in Northeast China's Liaoning province, has so far released over 40 albums as a soloist and a band member in a variety of music genres, such as rock, jazz and classical music. He has also taken the unfamiliar sounds of the ancient Chinese instrument to nearly 2,000 concerts worldwide, working with hundreds of international musicians, including French jazz violinist Didier Lockwood and Chinese pianist Lang Lang. On April 25, Guo, who moved to Paris in 2000, was named a Knight of the Order of the Arts and Letters by Maurice Gourdault-Montagne, the French ambassador to China. The honor, which was created in 1957, has been given to other Chinese artists, including actress Zhang Ziyi and film director Feng Xiaogang.
Trained by his father, Guo Junming (1940-2010), an erhu musician and educator, Guo Gan says that learning to play the erhu is a family tradition.
Besides the erhu, Guo also plays Western instruments, such as the violin, the cello and the piano.
By the time Guo graduated from the Shenyang Music Conservatory with a bachelor's degree in percussion performance in 1991, pop and rock music had started to blossom in China. So, when he taught erhu and percussion at the Liaoning Music Conservatory from 1994-99, he founded his own jazz and rock bands.
In 2000, Guo went to France to study percussion at the National Music School in Paris, where he founded another jazz band, Dragon Jazz, which won the second prize at a European Chinese music competition in Belgium in December 2002. But despite these successes, he says that there was a time when he tried to escape from the erhu.
After arriving in Europe, Guo began performing at events held by overseas Chinese communities as he struggled to make ends meet like many foreign students. His first break came in 2002, when he was invited to record music for the movie L'idole by composer Gabriel Yared, who won an Oscar and a Grammy Award for his work on The English Patient. He also made a guest appearance as a soloist at the opening ceremony of the Cannes film festival in 2002.
In 2005, Chinese director Zhang Yimou invited him to play a series of concerts for the promotion of the film, The House of Flying Daggers, in Europe.
While his pianist wife and two children live in Paris, Guo says that he plans to have more shows in China and work with Chinese musicians. This dual personality is presented at the Ninth Horticultural Exposition of Jiangsu Province that ends on May 10. The feel that today's visitors are actually taking a stroll through an ancient scroll is no accident. The setting unfolds like the scenes artists render of Jiangnan, the region south of the Yangtze River celebrated for being as well manicured botanically as what could be expected of China's Eden. The settlement is also the ground from which Wu culture, a vital component of contemporary Chinese society, took root over 10,000 years ago.
That legacy lives on in the city's Wuzhong district as classical gardens and water towns flourish to the soundtrack of Kunqu Opera and pingtan (Suzhou ballads). An exhibition at the event separate from botany showcases 70 places in Suzhou acclaimed for intangible cultural heritage. The horticulture exhibition should remain true to real life after the show since the venue will be used as a public park or resort once the expo is done, organizers hope. The country's breakneck development necessitates a fusion of modern architecture into gardening traditions to conjure cities with cultural foundations, he says. The central government has introduced policies to encourage cities and regions to add more horticultural components into urban life. Suzhou was where China adopted its first national standards for what constitutes a horticultural city in 1992.
It could, perhaps, even be like walking through ancient Chinese paintings, the brushstrokes of which are actual flora rendered across urban landscapes today - and tomorrow. Gardens and pavilions revealing the biodiversity of Suzhou draw visitors during the Ninth Horticultural Exposition of Jiangsu Province that runs throught May 10. Canada's tourism authority has partnered with Hainan Airlines to offer the flight three times a week from June 30 and four times a week from November. The airport handles 250 daily flights to more than 80 destinations, enabling tourists to easily travel to other destinations in the province and country. A program has been launched to make the terminal user-friendly for Chinese through such amenities as Chinese-language signage and information, Poirier says. Roughly 59,000 Chinese arrived in or departed from Alberta in 2013, says the provincial tourism authority's CEO, Royce Chwin. Western Alberta is flanked by the Rocky Mountains, while expansive prairies cover the east. Routes cover cities, national parks and other sites of interest across Calgary, Edmonton, the Canadian Rockies, the Canadian Badlands and southern Alberta.
Hainan Airlines is working with travel agencies to promote diverse travel products to show the beauty of Alberta and the passion of its cowboys, says Hainan Airlines' senior director, Jason Liu.
Calgary now serves as a stopover for Chinese visitors to national parks, says Li Mengran, publicity manager of major outbound-travel operator Beijing Utour International Travel Service Co. The city has evolved exponentially over the past few years, says Tourism Calgary CEO, Cindy Ady.
Calgary has also developed new pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods that offer walking tours featuring such new culinary experiences as East Village. Canada's first Nordstrom's opened at its Chinook Center two years ago, and Cross Iron Mills hosts a huge outlet mall. Heritage Park is Canada's largest living historical village, and the Calgary Zoo is celebrated as one of the country's best. The Calgary Stampede - a rodeo and festival acclaimed as "the greatest outdoor show on Earth" - runs every July. Calgary is uniquely positioned within driving distance of four World Heritage sites - the Rocky Mountains, Dinosaur Provincial Park, Head-Smashed-In Buffalo Jump and Waterton Glacier International Peace Park.
Indeed, these destinations seem poised to embrace new waves of Chinese visitors as the new direct flights enhance ease of entry.
The founding partner and head of research of Gavekal Dragonomics, a Beijing research firm, and author of a new book, China's Economy: What Everyone Needs to Know, says as a result it is difficult to get the true picture. Kroeber, 54, spoke to China Daily in a meeting room of his company, which he helped establish at the Soho Nexus Center in 2002. His book, published by Oxford University Press in April, is timely with huge international interest now in the Chinese economy, which intensified at the start of the year with a renewed bout of stock market volatility, which has recently abated. But his book of 319 pages, although an interesting read, is in no way just a beginner's guide. There is now interest in whether China will soon regain its position as the world's largest economy, which it last held in about 1800. Kroeber rejects those who forecast that China could even become the richest economy by the 2070s.
The book describes Streep's reign as homecoming queen in her suburban New Jersey high school, highlights her deep love of the theater, provides an intimate look into her love affair with actor John Cazale and her marriage to sculptor Don Gummer, and details a dozen leading-lady roles that catapulted Streep to her first Oscar. Schulman, a contributor and arts editor at The New Yorker, leaves no stone unturned when tackling Streep's colorful life. From the Japanese edition of the magazine, which will be published annually under the name Tomoshibi, she is now reading about a China that is different from how the country has largely been projected in Japanese media. People's Literature has multilingual editions in many countries, among which, the English version is called Pathlight.
Miyazaki, who majored in Chinese in college, chose to learn the language because of Romance of the Three Kingdoms, a Chinese classic novel, she tells China Daily in an email. Specializing in rural studies, Miyazaki is a fan of children's author Yang Hongying because she writes about nature. Working for some 20 years on cultural exchanges between the two countries, Miyazaki says the younger Japanese may feel distant from China, but her teachers and their peers used to promote ties wholeheartedly.
Miyazaki says that, over the years, while China's increasing economic strength has influenced its image in Japan, there is still room for balanced exchanges as young Chinese are interested in Japanese pop culture, while the reverse isn't always visible.
Even for those who are interested in Chinese literature, their knowledge is quite limited - they mostly know about ancient Chinese classics, she says.
The magazine started in 2015 after long discussions between professionals from both countries. The selection of Chinese stories include those by established authors, such as Su Tong and Li Jingze, and also voices from younger writers like Xu Zechen. Among China's most influential literary journals, People's Literature is resourceful in offering key works from contemporary writers, and is also published in English, Italian, German and Russian.
Its editor-in-chief, Shi Zhanjun, knows how tough the task of multilingual publishing is, but the magazine also aspires to create works of high literary value in the targeted languages.
Miyazaki says the Japanese edition lives up to expectations, and she is enjoying reading the selected poems in it, like Chinese poet Da Jie's Mother, which is dedicated to the "speechless" love the elderly have for their children.
According to Shi, there was a following in Japan of the Chinese version of People's Literature before the Japanese edition was launched. Hu Kaimin, an editor with the magazine's overseas publisher, Foreign Language Press, says: "As close neighbors, the two countries have a history of cultural exchanges since the fifth century.
Gan Erke is not someone who agrees that Japan is the last word when it comes to lacquerware.
The 61-year-old from Huangshan, in East China's Anhui province, has spent years reviving a technique which gives lacquerware a texture resembling a rhino's hide.
Gan, certified as an inheritor of intangible cultural heritage, exhibited around 30 of his finest lacquerware at the first International Exposition of Intangible Cultural Heritage and Ancient Art in Macao in late April.
The event, held by the China Cultural Relic Protection Foundation, was an opportunity for him to attract global attention to his craft.
For him, that is the sprit of a craftsman, something that was advocated by Premier Li Keqiang while presenting his government work report in March, and has stirred wide discussion, since.
In 2002, when Gan decided to re-create hide-like lacquerware, which can be dated back to 2,000 years ago, he faced huge difficulties, though he has been a lacquerware craftsman since his teens. The only references he found to that kind of lacquerware were a 29-Chinese-character writing in a 16th-century book on lacquerware and a few ancient collections. As of now, it takes him more than a year to make a bowl of hide-like lacquerware, but Gan believes it is worth it to keep polishing his skills and working on new ideas. Increasingly, professionals who devote themselves to reviving intangible cultural heritage are going beyond traditional techniques.
Feng Jie, 71, from Jiangxi's provincial capital Nanchang, also in the country's east, is well-known as a master for his technique of drawing on porcelain plates. Though the local government in Nanchang has set up an institution for Feng to use as an incubator to train youngsters, Feng says the quality of students is not satisfactory.
He adds the relatively low wages earned from the art compared with other careers is another hurdle to attracting talent. So, it seems that a better option may be to create a business which can blend traditional skills with modern industry.
For instance, Zhang Shuyang, a Shanghai-based veteran antique collector, set up a luxury watch studio where he uses porcelain to make dials and elements from ancient bronze mirror to make the watch movements. Explaining what he hopes to achieve, Zhang says: "It (the piece) has to be original, unique, handmade and be made by someone with the highest skills.
Still, a dialogue between East and West probably helps improve traditional craftsmanship on both sides. For instance, Homemade in Germany, an exhibition that was held in Shanghai last year, and returned to China for the recent Macao expo, can offer ideas to Chinese industry. The exhibition, which comprises more than 150 companies from Germany, aims to promote handcrafts for everyday use.
The oldest German company exhibiting products at the event is more than 300 years old, and many of the others are family-run businesses. Matthias Philipp, the curator of the exhibition, says handmade crafts are highly regarded in his country despite facing stiff competition from mass-produced goods. As an example, he talks of high-end German pens made using traditional techniques and others made using more modern methods, though both are traditional brands.
He later read that such activities dated back to ancient times and often lasted up to three days. A revival of traditional values and ancient wisdom in daily life is what Liang hopes to achieve at the 15th International Architecture Exhibition from May 28 to Nov 27, an event held under the framework of the Venice Biennale.
The 47-year-old, who lives and works in both Beijing and Vancouver, is curating China's national pavilion at the Magazzino delle Cisterne in Italy.
The pavilion called Daily Design, Daily Tao is in keeping with this year's exhibition theme, "reporting from the front". Alejandro Aravena, a Chilean exhibition curator and a Pritzker prize-winning architect, says the theme is to show that the advancement of architecture is "not a goal in itself but a way to improve people's quality of life", and it is to be tackled on many fronts.
For Liang, the lost fronts are what a lot of Chinese have sacrificed for a modern cityscape: self-esteem, happiness and social equality. He says it is a pity that extravagant, crazy consumption is what Chinese tourists are known for globally, while Chinese traditional values are against an unrestrained lifestyle that causes waste, pollution and damage to the surroundings.


Liang has chosen nine architects, designers and architect groups to show their works at the pavilion, in an effort to provide solutions for developmental issues in both cities and the countryside. Their creations show various aspects of Liang's ideal of "daily Tao (Taoism)", using local material, craft and labor as a way to preserve traditions and save costs. One case study being shown is the Maoping Village School in Central China's Hunan province designed by architect Wang Lu. After the old school building was destroyed by rainstorms and mountain floods in 2006, Wang designed a new one, a two-story building that resembles a cluster of local houses and blends into its surroundings. Wang, who revisited the school recently, says it is well maintained by students and teachers and looks just like when it was completed 10 years ago. Ma Ke's Wuyong products will also be featured at the pavilion to emphasize that design and longevity are both central to the value of clothing.
The 45-year-old, who established the handmade, eco-fashion line Wuyong to help the revival of traditional craftsmanship through innovative design, operates two design centers - one in Zhuhai, in Guangdong province in the country's south, and the other in Beijing. A native of Changchun, in Northeast China's Jilin province, Ma has vivid childhood memories of living in the countryside. Liang also wears Wuyong creations because Ma says he can wear them for life and can send them to her workshops for maintenance.
Commenting on the current state of architecture in China, Liang says: "There has been a boom in architecture that costs a lot of money, looks sophisticated and fashionable.
The Chinese pavilion at the Italian event will feature a project called Communal Garden in which designers work with residents of an old Beijing neighborhood to show the better use of space. Zhang has a farm in the Beijing suburbs, but his knowledge of the vegetable comes from his family home in Shandong province, China's asparagus heartland.
Zhang likes white asparagus in soup and in dumplings, though as he talks today, he and his colleague, head chef Rob Cunningham, have fancier presentations in mind. Because the white grows more slowly without sunlight, Zhang says, the stalks are thicker but more tender than green asparagus. Shandong's Caoxian county, known as China's capital of asparagus, boasts a growing area of more than 13,000 hectares devoted to the crop.
While plenty of white asparagus is canned in 10 dedicated factories in Shandong, much Chinese-grown asparagus leaves the country for two reasons. While many Chinese see white asparagus as a curiosity best appreciated by foreigners, the Chinese version was recently celebrated by the European Union.
For the next few weeks, look for white asparagus on seasonal menus at top hotels and restaurants, particularly Western outlets, in China's biggest cities. Chef Steve Zhang prepares white asparagus for dishes at Feast restaurant in Beijing's East hotel.
Chinese customers are often allured by lifestyles shown in South Korea soap operas and movies.
On my visit to the original branch on Jiangtai Road in Chaoyang district in Beijing, which opened in 2012 (the Solana-area restaurant opened in 2013) for a Tuesday lunch, I found the restaurant almost packed with diners. Most customers come to enjoy meals with families and friends, and on weekends, it's advisable to book a table in advance, I'm told.
The restaurant's appeal seems rooted in its delicious and distinctive steaks, which are cuts of rib-eye, filet, sirloin and porterhouse are imported from Australia. Some steaks follow original Western recipes to produce authentic flavors, while some, like the "stone steaks", are prepared with a South Korean twist. I tried two recommended specialties, the bulgogi steak and "New York strip yum stone steak". The bulgogi steak is previously marinated with the restaurant's version of South Korea's signature barbecue sauce, which is made with Korean soybean, pepper, fresh fruits and other ingredients in secret proportions, according to Tian. While cooking the steaks, chefs also brush the sauce onto the meat repeatedly, which is quite different from the traditional method, and gives the steak a special flavor of the sauce, Tian says. The medium-well steak I ordered was extremely tender and juicy, and had a gratifying salty, sweet taste. The stone steak was also very tasty, and I especially enjoyed the side of grilled onions, which were still a bit crunchy and slightly sweet.
The buffet is another reason not to miss the restaurant, which provides diners a variety of Western and Asian options, and is free to diners who order from the steak menu. The restaurant hopes to provide steaks and other delicacies that Asian people would desire, and updates the a la carte menu regularly, Tian says.
There are also homemade Italian pizzas, pastas, Vietnamese rice noodles, sashimi and South Korean delicacies, including fried rice cake and bibimbap.
I was lucky to taste the latest buffet menu during my visit, including zucchini apple salad and lentil soup.
There are more than 10 kinds of salad, which are made with about 100 ingredients, I'm told.
My favorite salad is "iceberg blueberry salad", which innovatively combines lettuce, blue berries, croutons, and blue-cheese dressing. The name VIPS is an abbreviation for "Very Important Person's Society", and the company says it strives to "treat each and every customer as a VIP guest".
The bulgogi steak, cooked with South Korean barbecue sauce, is a signature dish at VIPS Steak& Salad Bar in Beijing. At a meeting of the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference on Friday, Yan says food is culture, heritage and a lifestyle, and reminds one of where he comes from and his background.
Yan says that when he first came to the United States, there were 6,000 or 7,000 Chinese restaurants. From Yan's point of view, Chinese restaurants in the US serve almost everything because of the need for diversity and for their own survival. When he began his career as an on-air chef for a Calgary TV station in 1978, there were few Chinese chefs in the cooking-show arena. Yan has been hosting his award-winning PBS-TV cooking show Yan Can Cook since 1982, and has produced more than 1,500 episodes so far.
He refers to Man Han Quan Xi (combining Manchurian and Han Chinese delicacies) - the Imperial Banquet - saying Chinese food is refined, elegant and great, right from the serving ware to the selection of ingredients. Besides being the host of a popular cooking show, Yan has traveled and taught cooking classes in the US and allover the world for the past 30 years.
The American Culinary Federation has designated him a Master Chef, and he was also elected an outstanding Chinese figure in 2013 at an official cultural event in China.
Initiated in 2008, the 2016 National Chinese Language Conference in Chicago is its ninth session. Under the theme of "Ambassadorship in Action", more than 1,300 officials, university presidents, experts and teachers from the US, Canada and China attended this year's session to share and exchange their Chinese-language teaching and learning experiences in four plenary meetings and over 90 workshops. I noticed that if I bought a turtleneck and and learned how to play the guitar and went down to Greenwich Village on the weekends, there would be a lot of young women down there. David characterizes it as a€?the nanosecond in recorded time that folk music was a viably commercial enterprise.a€? The show used college students for its studio audiences. Marshall Rosenberg, their percussionist, was also in that same audience (none of the three had met each other). After he got out of the military, he had written a song called a€?When I Need You Most of All, and approached Lou Levy, the father of a friend who was highly connected in the music business. He says, a€?The band sucked, but I got to meet Robin.a€? Percussionist Marshall Rosenberg was also in Pierce Arrow, so this is where the core of their current act met. As an adult, Harold was the subject of a€?Butterflies Are Free.a€? first a book, then a Broadway play and then a movie. Robin went to the school cafeteria where he encountered George, who gave a proprietary greeting, just as the jukebox started playing a€?Please, Please Me,a€? by the Beatles. Robin figured,in a naive 60's way, that he'd form a band, get a record contract and support the family. Kurt once offered financial help (eventually unneeded) to Robin's younger brother who was having financial difficulties. They were the middle act between Blood, Sweat & Tears and The Allman Brothers, so The Allman Brothers at that point was the warm-up act for Appaloosa. Warnings of a huge hurricane, perhaps the biggest ever, scared everyone away, and they wound up with no audience. Hannah Hickok and Maggie Kraus, a lesbian folk-pop duo, look at all the facets of living a€” loving, losing, friendship a€” as if peering through a microscope, taking the facets apart and reassembling them with delicate, faerie fingers.
In a perfect world, I think their articulate expression of lives so sharply felt and lived could change a listenera€™s DNA.
Her parents were actors but her mother quit the theater when Hannah was born in favor of another career path.
In addition to the exposure to Broadway musical theater tunes, folk revival classics like James Taylor and Joni Mitchell were played often. She was a member of the all-female and coed a capella groups and the chorus all four years of high school.
After learning the basics, she and a small group of other campers performed for everyone in camp. Shea€™d coax boys into being members of her bands, selecting roles for them (a€?OK, Brian, youa€™re gonna play drumsa€¦a€?), regardless of their lack of experience. She hated the results and invested in an MBox, a portable computer recording interface (with mic and instrument ports) for computers. Hannah ran the coffeehouse events each month with few exceptions, and with even more regularity when she was house president in her junior and senior years. So Maggie visited Hannah regularly at Hannaha€™s campus residence and found the vibe relaxed and inviting, more so than her own residence. At the end of the summer they completed a two-week Northeast tour, their first extended travel on the road.
After Maggie graduated they embarked on their first national tour, jumping from Portland, Maine to Nashville to Salt Lake City. We were thrilled to include them in our late-night guerrilla showcase at the 2013 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance Conference and wea€™re eager to help them promote their new album.
Whether by accident or destiny, to this day it continues to shape many of my most meaningful experiences. I was a total band geek and, due to a close association between band and FOOTBALL, a huge football fan. The University of Texas beat The University of Tennessee for its 9th straight win, and I got my first glimpse of the University of Texas Longhorn Band!
In addition to broadening my horizons, meeting my future wife, and an amazing trip to Peru, LHB was also following and supporting a pretty amazing football team. Darrell Royal and Emory Bellard had installed a new-fangled offense called the a€?wishbonea€? in '68 and after a couple of stumbles in September, James Street took over as quarterback and with a bevy of running backs, UT rattled off nine consecutive wins including the Southwest Conference championship and a Cotton Bowl victory over Tennessee. When a rivalry reaches this level of competition between flagship schools of two states, battle lines are clearly drawn. On Saturday we crossed the Arkansas border and drove to the UA campus and unloaded our equipment. As was (and still is) our tradition, we began playing a€?The Eyesa€? at the end of the game, but instead of a smiling and jubilant Vincent R.
One of the books written about this event is entitled, a€?Horns, Hogs, & Nixon Cominga€? by i??Terry Frei. The '69 team went on to beat Notre Dame in the Cotton Bowl to claim an undisputed National Championship and extend their winning streak to 20 games. One of the books written about this event is entitled, a€?Horns, Hogs, & Nixon Cominga€? by Terry Frei. It reminds me of my childhood," says Osborne, in a hotel near White Horse Lake in southeastern Hangzhou.
The weakest part of a film is the craft and skill, and the strongest section is the story and the meaning," he says. He deserves to be not only remembered, but celebrated," says American director Martin Scorsese, in a video promoting the movie.
Thanks to his selfless efforts, we could become part of China's golden era of cinema," adds Huang, who shot to fame with his 1985 film The Black Cannon Incident. It showcases a strong belief in Chinese culture and a sincere love of the country," Jia said in Shanghai earlier.
He used gunpowder to paint in his Projects for Extraterrestrials series (1989-2002) and to make social and political statements. A few years later, after his fireworks' performance in Paris, some 50 couples volunteered to engage in intimate scenes on the banks of the Seine.
The exhibition, running through July 16, examines ideas in Chinese modern art and whether they influence the global scene. If you see Chinese art today, you can barely tell which is whose work because the works tend to resemble one another," he says of what he describes as the lack of individual style.
It instructs people to investigate the shape and layout of the mountains to decide the best location for a coffin," he writes in the book. Customers are limited to buying a maximum of eight tickets for the festival, which is being called The Desert Trip.
They were going to debut Fifteen Strings of Coins, a classic of the local opera, in the capital. Although I performed a small role in the show then, I couldn't fall asleep on the train to Beijing because I was too excited and nervous," he says. The production will gather generations of Kunqu artists from three established troupes - Zhejiang Kunqu Opera Troupe, Suzhou Kunqu Opera Troupe and Shanghai Kunqu Opera Troupe. Zhejiang Kunqu Opera Troupe was the only known such troupe in China back then and is credited with saving the ancient art form with Fifteen Strings of Coins.
But she has carved a niche with a repertory that can be called adventurous even in this city where new productions are in the hundreds every year.
She later dipped her toes in this part of showbiz by becoming a local presenter for some of Lai's shows. Many were warm and uplifting, but I wanted something that was thought-provoking, something that shed light on the dark corners of humanity," Li tells China Daily.
Not only was she fascinated by the work itself, with its subtle depiction of the suspicious relationship between an uncle and his teenage relative, but she enthused about Paula Vogel, the writer who came to Beijing and gave a mesmerizing lecture. That is no small feat considering that some of the city's more established small houses have closed down in recent years. I'm surrounded by friends who are more knowledgeable than I am in this field," says Li, who cautions against giving short shrift to today's theater patrons.
It became the breakout hit that pointed the way for the artistic aspirations of Li and her new house. However, for Chinese erhu player Guo Gan, the similarities between the two instruments don't end there.
It recognizes those who have distinguished themselves through their work in the artistic or literary domain in France and the world. I am happy to see that the erhu, which is rarely appreciated in the West, can be used in so many different music styles," says Guo. After all, horticulture is both an art and a science.]]> An ongoing horticulture exhibition in a city celebrated for its gardens has roots in the past yet sows seeds for the future. Over 20 gardens and 12 pavilions reveal the biodiversity of Suzhou, a city synonymous with Chinese gardening. They include such themes as family travel, marathons, golf, shopping, summer outdoor adventure, winter wonderlands, skiing, photography, recreational-vehicle camping, train travel and road trips.
Alberta doesn't have a provincial sales tax, making it an affordable shopping destination, Ady adds. The country's natural and cultural destinations anticipate waves of Chinese visitors as new direct flights enhance ease of entry. Kroeber believes the debate about the Chinese economy is almost always polarized.]]> A US consultant's new book takes wide-angle view of Chinese economy from reform and opening-up to current policies, Andrew Moody writes.
It is a genuine examination of the issues facing the country's economy from reform and opening-up in the late 1970s to today's many policy dilemmas. The government has set itself the target of doubling the 2010 per capita income by 2020 in the current Five-Year Plan (2016-20), which would result in China being defined as a high-income country. He outlines the formative years of this iconic actress, including her time at Vassar College and the Yale School of Drama, as well as her days as a young graduate navigating the New York theater scene.
Her confidence and talent contribute to her landing back-to-back Broadway plays, a Tony nomination and two roles in Shakespeare in the Park productions in New York City. She found love again with Gummer and continued to perform onstage, auditioning for a role that would change the tapestry of her career - Joanna Kramer in the 1979 film Kramer vs. It's an enchanting look into the intricate details of how a young girl from New Jersey became a force in the entertainment industry. But, if you want to keep tradition alive, you have to somehow bring it into the 21st century," he says. It gets its color - or lack of it - from growers who start piling on soil when the first shoots appear in spring, so the nascent veggies get no exposure to sunlight. They deftly sort the stalks for uniformity and prepare two colorful dishes - a salad with festoons of slivered raw asparagus, and a platter of grilled asparagus with salmon.
A project aimed at ensuring protection of 10 famous EU food names in China was a reciprocal campaign titled "10 plus 10", granting the same protection in Europe to 10 famous Chinese foods with specific geographic origins. The Chinese list includes Longjing Tea (dragon-well tea) and Dongshan Bailusun - which now means "white asparagus" on both sides of the world. But VIPS Steak & Salad Bar, a popular South Korean restaurant chain owned by that nation's CJ Group, does so with pride.
The owners at CJ Group, which has business ranging from film, K-pop and food, have taken advantage of their cultural appeal and extended the company's success to China with two branches. The mixed aroma of the steak and shallot was so pleasant and appealing that I found my mouth watering.
The side of pinkish, crystal-like pickles was a great balance to the steak, both for the palate and for the eyes. Born in China's southern Guangdong province, he gained fame by teaching Americans how to cook Chinese food.
Now there are around 54,000, more than all the fast-food chain outlets combined in the country.
But sooner or later, "more and more Chinese restaurants will be specialized, like say a Shanghai restaurant or a dumpling restaurant", he says. Images,snapshots,and pics often capture a sentiment,a mood,a feeling,or even an idea of a person who's at the center of attention. After they teamed up, they wrote a€?The Heart of the Audience,a€? a song about that concert. The Everly Brothers' a€?Bye, Bye, Lovea€? came on the radio and Robin got so excited that he started turning the wheel side to side, almost taking the family over a cliff. He also wrote his autobiography, To Race the Wind, which was made into a CBS-TV movie in 1980. Marshall joined the band, got David into the band as well and it became the start of Pierce Arrow. At a 4th of July show opening for Aerosmith, the audience began throwing firecrackers at them. However, the break in momentum destroyed the band's relationship with the record company causing record promotion and band morale to go downhill.
David asked his friend if Robin could do half the set and then they'd do a couple of songs together.
This paid extremely well and, begun as a sideline, had started to become their main endeavor.
He describes it as a€?Neo-folk, written with tears running down my face, for Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Gang Camp, sung with the help of Judy Collins and Rachele Cappelli and a choir of campers.a€? It's available for download from CD Baby and all proceeds go to the Camp.
They were both entering a period in life where the gaps in their responsibilities seemed to offer another chance to work together. Because Hannah and Maggie plunge a rapier of emotional honesty into the psyche, the listener might become a better person, more empathetic. She performed in musical plays a€” her first was when she was 5 a€” and was in chorus all through grade school and high school. He taught her how to play The Beatlesa€™ a€?Blackbird,a€? the first song she ever learned on guitar. She always liked music and, like Hannah, she was exposed to folk revivalists James Taylor and Joni Mitchell. There was supposed to be an a€?officiala€? staged performance at the end of the camp session, but it never happened. In 2001, Maggie was 11 going on 12 when, with her own allowance, she bought the Fender Stratocaster that she still occasionally plays.
In high school, tired of wrangling other students into supporting her, she returned to acoustic guitar and performed with two friends as an acoustic trio. Using her acoustic guitar, she began making her own digital recordings of songs using Pro Tools software. There was a large living room where everyone would gather together at teatime once a week on Fridays. Shea€™d roam the halls, listening for good voices singing, perhaps idly, that she might recruit for the a capella group. Toward the end of Maggiea€™s freshman year, there was an event where graduating seniors were given a send-off banquet. Later, in December, they opened for Dar Williams, an inspirational figure and thus, for them, their most notable performance to date. I enthusiastically cheered the Mustangs on to a four-year record of 20-20, with trombone in hand. As seniors in high school, John and I thought we should start following UT's football team, but in the Fall of 1968 after a loss and a tie in September we lost interest and started focusing on the Mustang's eventual 5-5 season. TV executives decided before the season began to move the UT-Arkansas game to the first week in December thinking that it might be a significant matchup at the end of the season. While I know most people from Arkansas are generous, hospitable people, the a€?football fana€? mindset can make people do crazy things.
Once in formation we marched to the stadium to drum cadence chanting, a€?We're Number One, You're Number Two, We're gonna beat the Whoopie Outta You!a€? (or something equally clever).
The game proved to be a defensive struggle, as is often the case when two great teams meet. My former roommate John was able to acquire a copy for me AND have James Street autograph it! They won all 10 regular season games of 1970 to extend the streak to 30, but then lost to Notre Dame in a Cotton Bowl rematch.
They were willing to return because of the memories of working with the Zhejiang Kunqu Opera Troupe," says Gu. But Zhuo threw it into a drawer and forgot about it.]]> Of the many such theaters in vibrant Beijing, Li Yangduo's is not the best located. She is also considering national tours for some of her pieces and venturing into bigger and more commercially suitable works for larger venues.
I was often asked by clients whether there was one book they could read to give them the basic facts about the Chinese economy.
After studying comparative religion at Harvard University, he became a freelance journalist, eventually coming to Beijing and starting the consultancy.
It kept her close to the Earth, and she feels fortunate as few people nowadays have similar experiences. She often hears them speaking with relish about an object, such as a chair that was made by someone's grandfather and has been used for years.
No sun means no photosynthesis which means no chlorophyll - so the plants develop little or no green color. A handful of uncooked spears bundled with a cheerful orange ribbon appears as a table decoration. Abroad, it commands a premium price - especially in Japan, where appreciation for the vegetable developed much earlier.
The original customer base was South Korean expats, but now more than half are Chinese, says head chef Tian Yulong.
The children decorated a special sombrero hat with pipe cleaners, pom-poms and the number of the day, five, to wear for our Music and Movement Class.
Throughout the years,pictures has become one of the most popular ways to capture memorable moments. Taking lessons while kids outside were playing ball left him "really torn,a€? he says. I saw all the luminaries of that period, including Billie Holiday.a€? At the same time, the Long Player format or a€?LPa€? with a full a€?albuma€? of songs took prominence over the smaller 45rpm singles everybody used to collect in the 50's. After high school, David attended Brown University, and while there, he was in one of those of student audiences. Levy replied, a€?They've just broken upa€¦ pick one!a€? David picked Mary, and Levy arranged for them to meet. It was here that a series of auspicious connections started and continued through his life. During his career as a lawyer, Krents worked hard to expand legal protection for the handicapped. Robin told George to knock it off because everyone swore after suffering through that humiliation their first year that they wouldn't engage in this practice. Robin says, a€?My backbone lit up, and I thought, 'This is my music.' That moment of odd juxtaposition became Robin's rock 'n roll epiphany. The orchestra was faculty-organized and contained a number of prestigious a€?funa€? players. David's daughter had just started college and Robin's son was approaching college-age also. A case in point is the stark beauty of a€?Curfewa€? from their second album, Muscle & Bone. Initially, shea€™d crank the sound up on a little amp, playing a€?awful musica€? in her bedroom.
At some point in high school, the computer crashed, taking hundreds of hours of recordings with it. When Hannah had settled in, she wanted to replicate the coffeehouses shea€™d experienced in high school, so she offered to organize a coffeehouse event at teatime one Friday per month. We recommend a visit to their website, where their blog will provide more insight into their gentle, quirky humor as well as photographic glimpses of their adventures on tour.
In fact, the piano I still play daily is the one my Dad purchased in 1955 (I think) for our family. Arkansas began as the #2 team; defending National Champion (and pre-season #1) Ohio State was the overwhelming favorite to repeat.
The band back then had nearly 400 members, but due to expenses only about 200 people got to travel to out-of-town games. I heard stories of people who had difficulty getting gasoline (and other services) if their cars bore Texas plates. As he started pointing to the stands behind us we realized that projectiles were being hurled at the band from the angry crowd. If I remember correctly, the Longhorn Band was invited to the UT Football Banquet as special guests a few weeks later.
We've had our ups and downs since then, but lately we've become one of those a€?wait until next yeara€? teams. If I remember correctly, the Longhorn Band was invited to the UT Football Banquet as special guests a few weeks later.A  Freddie desperately wanted to be there in spite of his recent surgery, and sure enough, when he made his way across the stage on his crutches and single leg, there was not a dry eye in the house. It made me realize that it's better to make something imperfect than something perfect," he says. But she has carved a niche with a repertory that can be called adventurous in this city where new productions are in the hundreds every year. Sadly, Cazale is diagnosed with cancer and Streep drops everything to nurse him back to health. Novelty and price are magnified for asparagus when it's white - it's much more labor-intensive to grow, but more farmers every year produce it because high-end restaurants will pay top dollar to get it each spring.
Hats on and Mexican Mariachi Music playing the children were ready to pick out a maraca to practice their rhythm skills. And certainly,for a tantamount of consumer and shoppers you cant put a price tag on family and holiday pics. Circumstances led to the group's dissolution through the 90's, but they stayed in touch and recently started working together again full-time. However, he was still immersed in classical music, spending more time playing the violin, learning concertos, playing with the orchestra. One was a friend from Andover, a top-notch clarinet player, a€?Dee Deea€? Pei, Dee Dee's father was famous architect, I.M Pei. These guys are alive!a€? [and wanted to stay that way] After they were greeted with obscenities opening for Jerry Garcia, for the following gig they decided to play all their songs quickly in succession to prevent the boo-birds from gaining a foothold.
He also co-wrote a€?All Aboard Americaa€? for Amtrak and did jingles for numerous other clients.
Hannah wrote the song and sings the lead vocal with a call-and-response from Maggie in a passage near the end.
Her first performance was in sixth grade in a school function called a€?The Extreme Concert,a€? a faculty showcase she was allowed to enter. Nevertheless, she continued writing and performing at a lot of fundraisers, open mics, showcases and other school events.
Hannah, visibly moved, thought, a€?Wow, this girl knows what shea€™s doing.a€? The song is on their first album and Hannah stated that it has been a fan favorite and has won two songwriting awards. They were upset but not discouraged and committed wholeheartedly to continue playing together. Hannah wrote the song andA  sings the lead vocal with a call-and-response from Maggie in a passage near the end. One of my friends had a sister attending Texas Tech, and his family took me to a Tech-Arkansas game in Lubbock. To add to this excitement, College Football was celebrating the 100th year of its existence. Fortunately for me, brass players got priority when the numbers were cut, so as a freshman, I marched in every game except for the game at UCLA which was the only game the band did not attend.
Thanks to a late season upset of Michigan over Ohio State, UT was #1 in the polls and Arkansas was #2. UT got off to a shaky start with multiple turnovers and by the end of the 3rd quarter we were staring at an inconceivable 14-0 deficit.
As more and more of us turned to dodge bottles and cups filled with questionable liquids, fewer and fewer continued playing until the song faded to a whimper at the end.
Also, one of my Facebook friends, and former coworker at Caldwell ISD, is also a big fan of the game. I'm still waiting, but that waiting is made much easier with the wonderful memories I have of those years. Clapping their hands and shaking the maracas to the beat it was time to learn the new moves for the Mexican Hat Dance.  We placed a hat in the middle of the room and everyone gathered around in a big circle.
Decades after the invention of the first camera, a large number of consumers and shoppers continue to take pics, in a hgh tech fashion. What kept him going was that he discovered that he could play songs from the radio, an activity the teacher a€?highly disapproved of.a€? a€?She called it a€?junk,a€™a€? he recalls, a€?but I didn't care. We wondered aloud a€?what ifa€? a counterpart had been able to do something similar before he initiated the Iraq War. Another was John Adams -- an even better clarinetist -- who would become a Putlizer Prize-winning minimalist composer. It might simply be an unrequited love song, but it could easily describe a heartbreaking failed connection between two people, one who is gay and one who is straight or who is latently gay but not ready to accept a same-sex relationship. She took lessons in her first year of high school and then learned more on her own by figuring out how to play covers. Maggie quickly seized the opportunity to organize her own a€?unpluggeda€? coffeehouse events. This past summer, I attended the 2013 CT Folk Festival and saw them perform and introduce new contestants for the songwriting competition. I am still sobered by the thought that the family piano that graced my parents' homes for 22 years has now been a part of my household for 38+ years. The misery of our plight was captured on camera in the downcast face of one of our clarinets, Marilyn Edwards. It took us awhile to get everyone moving in the same direction around the hat but soon they learned how to kick their feet, clap their hands and most importantly not step on the hat. Instead of the antiquated bulky cameras with huge lenses,consumers and shoppers frequently use SmartPhones and digital cameras to capture images and to take holiday pics.
Once I learned, at 7 or 8 years old, that I could figure out the chords of the songs, then I was hooked. Once, a friend from camp called to invite him to play at a chamber music party at her house in Stamford, Connecticut.
Robin recalled, a€?He was like a lot of other kids at Andover, who were children of very successful people, who could never live up to the expectations of their fathers.


They were asked to perform at Woodstock, but, due to an overly crowded roster, they were dropped via a last minute phone call.
After a few shows, David and Robin asked Tom if they could play a couple of their own songs. Robin put his music career on hold, entering a a€?semi-retirement.a€? For the next 13 years, he and David would get together once or twice a year to play at charity events, but that was the extent of Robin's participation. Once I learned, at 7 or 8 years old, that I couldA  figure out the chords of the songs, then I was hooked. Hours were spent learning chords for songs she wanted to sing by researching guitar tabs on the Internet, figuring out how to play them. This past year also saw them begin recording their third album, In the Company of Strangers, their first with Purebred. This past year also saw them begin recording their third album,A  In the Company of Strangers, their first with Purebred. On the first play of the 4th quarter, quarterback James Street ran 42 yards on a broken pass play to score UT's first points.
Fortunately, no one in our band suffered injury but I was told later that a bottle intended for our group over shot and hit a girl in the Arkansas band. He alerted me to the fact that the game was being rebroadcast on LHN (the 46th anniversary of the game) so I taped it. I have not seen the movie yet.A  I don't even know who they got to play me - maybe Zac Ephron?
From family gatherings,to family picnics to traditional weddings to the holidays,consumers and shoppers often seize the opportunity at planned events and during the holidays for instance Thanksgiving and Christmas to take pictures of loved ones,family,friends and co workers. I wasn't getting a lot of it right, but it was good enough for me.a€? I told him that I wished that I coulda€™ve done that, and he immediately tried to assure me that I still could.
An a€?old fat guya€? who lived next door came over with his clarinet case and opened it and asked if he could sit in. They would never know achievement at that level and thus never have the love and respect of their fathers because they could never be as great.
Get off!a€? One particular fan in the back was especially abusive and, finally Robin lost it.
Coach Royal opted to go for two points and Street scored again on a keeper to close the score to 14-8.
We quietly and inconspicuously lined up on the track to leave - as inconspicuous as 200 people dressed in orange and wearing cowboy hats can, that is.
Watching the game still evokes a lot of emotion, especially recognizing people I know in the shots of the band. Coach Royal opted to go for two points and Street scored again on a keeper to close the score to 14-8.A  Our defense continued to keep the Arkansas offense in check and with just over 3 minutes left in the game, Texas was faced with a 4th down and 3 yards to go near mid-field. We welcomed Catalina back from a family vacation to Mexico and she brought us back Mexican toys called baleros that are made out of a wooden cup with a string and ball attached. I know that your love will last for all time, that your faithfulness is as permanent as the sky. Later, he met Peter Yarrow and a€?Paula€? Noel Stookey, got to know them well and wrote songs for them also. They were a€?nicea€? kids and said a€?OK.a€? He played the Mozart Clarinet Quintet and was very good, but would end phrases in an unclassical way, playing the last note a little too forcefully.
That worked so well, that Tom said, a€?Why don't the three of you play as my opening act and then play as my band?a€? It was enormous fun and became the set-up for all of Tom's shows.
That worked so well, that Tom said, a€?Why don't the three of you play as my opening act and then play as my band?a€? It was enormous fun and became the set-up forA  all of Tom's shows. Having gotten acquainted with Hannah in the Smiffenpoofs, Maggie had watched YouTube videos of her playing acoustic guitar and singing, so she invited Hannah to perform at her coffeehouse.
Having gotten acquainted with Hannah in the Smiffenpoofs, Maggie had watched YouTube videos of her playing acoustic guitar and singing, so she invited HannahA  to perform at her coffeehouse. A line of official looking people temporarily blocked our exit and that's when I saw it: the top of Richard Nixon's head!! I don't know why the trombones were split up, but one group was on the front row and my group was up several rows from the bottom.
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The nice part of it is, he continued, a€?is that any time you learn anything new it gives you that same kick.
Hannaha€™s performance at Maggiea€™s residence would be the first time either witnessed the other playing live. He was on his way to the winning locker room to congratulate Royal and the team on their amazing come-from-behind victory. Randy Peschel was covered by two Arkansas defenders but still managed to catch Street's long pass at the 13 yard line to set up the eventual tying touchdown by Jim Bertlesen.A  Happy Feller kicked the extra point to give the Longhorns the lead.
15: But you, O Lord, are a merciful and loving God, always patient, always kind and faithful. And truthfully speaking,in the beginning I experienced some difficulty;however,after I purchased my first digital camera I began to feel comfortable and enjoy the ease of taking pics with a digital camera. Get your ass up here and I'll beat the shit out of you!a€? The rest of the crowd waited a few beats and then yelled, a€?Yeah! Like a smack addict, I play the track again and again, nodding off over and over in rushes of aching, sweet melancholy. Arkansas moved the ball to within field goal range, but an interception by Tom Campbell sealed the win for UT. At Geography Time the children have been learning where the different states and countries are on our two maps.
Months after I purchased my first digital camera,I set my sights on a tripod, a universal stand to hold my digital camera. Tom's twin brother Mike also played for the Longhorns and their Dad was one of Royal's top assistants. The main reason I purchased a tripod__ at the time, I wanted to create high quality self pics and group pics. Catalina was very proud to show her friends where she visited on the world map at Geography Time.
Eventhough, I've had my tripod for some months,I am still learning the ins and outs of both my digital camera and tripod.
Safely back at the hotel, we were finally able to relax, celebrate, and savor the highlights of the amazing game we had witnessed.
If you get the chance take the time to show your child on a map where different friends or family live. 8: But God has shown us how much he loves us a€“ it was while we were still sinners that Christ died for us!Hebrews 13, vs. Well,if you havent guessed or envisioned what the featured product for the month of November 2013 looks like or remotely even resembles __then as productor tester I guess I'll do the honors first__it's my tripod. They were still cleaning up Guadalupe street by the campus when we returned home on Sunday. If you haven’t heard already we had a special visit from a green and white dump truck filled with a load of dirt to use in the garden. Everyone got to watch the truck dump out the dirt and the best part was when the children got to get their own hands dirty filling up the new raised garden beds. Eventually, I wanted to find out what the craze had been all about and the reason that consumers seemed to ofA  been trading in personal computers for Tablets,_well, at least leaving them at home.
I would come home from work and plop myself in the chair for A? hour or so, wash up, change my clothes and eat dinner.
Ultimately, I placed online an order for a NookHD+ then opt to pick up the tech item from the store instead of waiting for it to be shipped to my place of residency. AA  few weeks with the NookHD+, I was hooked_eventhough, IA  wasna€™t a fan of touchscreen only.
I can count on my one hand the number of times I played ball with my boy or took my daughter shopping.
And in all honesty, since the beginning of the Smart Phone craze, I had insisted upon that all of my primary tech gadgets used for work, research and blogging had to be equipped with a QWERTY keyboard. However, in this particular instance,The NookHD+, again, touchscreen only, I made an exception. Because you can’t be a good gardener if you don’t know what plants need to grow.  So we hopped on the “Magic School Bus” and watched the episode The Magic School Bus Gets Planted.
I feel sorry for my children for not being there for them and sorry for my wife because she raised the kids pretty much on her own and she did a great job of it. As I continued to learn the ins and outs of my newly purchased NookHD+ , at the same time, I began to inquire about the accessories compatible with the tech gadget. I am sorry for myself also because the moments that I missed with my children can never be recovered. In doing so, I foundA  the tech item had a Stylus Pen specifically made to use with the NookHD+. I thought I was doing my best by beingA a goodA provider but in my older wisdom I know that being a Dad was the most important thing they needed. Weeks later, I purchased a different kind of Stylus Pen , I noticed while standing atA  the checkout counter at Walgreens,pictured next to this article is that Stylus Pen. They dressed up like bean plants sticking big leaves all over each other with the help of Stage Moms Catalina and Victoria. Quite astonishing the Stylus Pen worked wellA  with both of my tech gadgets ( Smart Phone & Tablet).
A frequent question a tantamount of consumers and shoppers find themselves entertaining especially during the holidays when manufacturers and retailers offer what they consider to be great deals and bargains. Activities like this makes it possible to teach a complex subject like photosynthesis to the very young child in a way that they can grasp and then apply what they have learned through active play.
After giving the device a run for its money as well as a brief critique of the various apps and functions,I stated in my review of the Nook HD+ how pleased I was with the tech gadget. Further into the critique, I also commented that I was soooo pleased with the tech gadget that I wanted to protect my investment. And every little genius needs to know how to use scientific tools like magnifiers and microscopes to make things that are small appear bigger. Based on my income and budget,I considered the purchase of the Nook HD+ to be a major purchase of the year.
The children used the tools to investigate mold on a strawberry, a wiggly roly-poly bug, and the Venus Fly Trap plant. Shortly after, I purchased the Nook HD+,I began to look at the recommended accessories for the tech gadget. Eventually, after I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange 14 day trial period,I chose to protect my investment with a Nook HD+ cover. He created us, molded us, watches over our lives, provides for us, and when we die He brings us into His kingdom. As I began to search and think of different items that could be the product of the month for September,I began to heavily weigh in on August's product of the month,the Nook HD+cover.
Hours later,I arrived to the assertion that there's more than one way to protect your investment.
With the assertion___, there's more than one way to protect your investment, I made the final choice to make Smart Phone covers as the product of the month for September. Chompy had a nice lunch of two juicy flies this week and you should have seen the children’s faces when his little mouths snapped right closed. Furthermore, within the past five years,Ive purchased several Smart Phones from Virgin Mobile.
To be truthful, I've even purchased Smart Phone insurance,a good choice because a few months later my Smart Phone had an accident.
Despite all of the stuff I tried, sampled, tasted and tested during the recent months, as a result of a long review and critique besides from featuring the Smart Phone as a product of the month,I began to think of the different ways Ia€™ve used to protect my Smart Phone as an alternative product of the month.
They have already come up with some creative ideas of building with the new wheeled blocks. For instance,Smart Phone insurance has been one the ways I protect my investment from unexpected accidents. These are the things we are learning during our days or you could just ask Asher who summed it up best when he woke up after nap screaming to his friends, “I love my school!”Letters and Phonics: Alphabet train letters V, W, and X. Ostensibly, there's more than one way to protect your Smart Phone from accidents such as, for example, you accidentally drop and break your Smart Phone or in some weird, odd, freak accident as you rush out the door you accidentally step on your Smart Phone or heaven forbids the same thing happens to you that happen to me, a few months ago, I dropped my Smart Phone in the toilet. It was customary at that time for Rabbis (Jesus was onea€”it meant teacher) when they were among a crowd to say the first verse of a Psalm. Without a question, eschewing further debate, Smart Phone insurance is a great investment for consumers and shoppers who use their Smart Phone daily and for work.
Best of all, Smart Phone insurance usually saves the consumer from digging deep into their pockets.
So, what about before those mishaps and accidents, if you havena€™t figured it out__ there's more than one way to protect your investment. What He most likely was doing was wanting the rest of the people, and us, to say the rest of the Psalm. Even though, at first, I might of skipped over protecting my investments, I am more open to the idea of investing and protecting my major purchases. Here's an example of what I am talking about, I currently have several Smart Phone covers to protect my Smart Phone from breakage, moisture, and malfunctioning. Varying in price,color,size and shape, most of today's Smart Phone manufacturers and retailers offer to consumers and shoppers Smart Phone covers as an accessory.
From passwords, to anti-theft apps, to screen locks and codes, there's more than one way to protect your investment. Regardless of the price, and hopefully it is within your budget, a true frugal savvy shopper knows the importance of protecting their investment. Kendall===============================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop June 12, 2010. Above everything else,both I and my Nook HD+ survived the return and exchange process,quite remarkable,I even have the receipt to prove it.
Water Table and Sensory Play: The children have been busy exploring the concepts of volume and measurement while scooping up and transferring  water and garden soil between different containers. Unlike sooo manyA  items, I ve returned and exchanged in the past,__it,meaning my Nook HD+ survived the fourteenth days as printed on the receipt. A business practice that's part of Barnes and Noble store policy that allows customers fourteen days to return an item. In short,the 14th day, adhering to store policy was the final day that I couldA  actually return my Nook HD+ and get cash back. It goes without saying ,I readA  the instructions,totally unavoidable with a new tech gadget,as well as,downloaded apps,and,uploaded wallpapers. The children decorated big letter W cutouts with crayons and streamers to get ready for a Wiggle Worm Music and Movement class. Not quite sure,on the day I purchased my Nook HD+__ifA  in fact, I would be satisfied with my purchase,I chose at the time not to purchase any kind of accessories.
Then the children all formed a line, tried to hold on tight to each other, and giggled as Ralphie led the group in a wiggle worm parade.
As it turns out,I was soooo pleased with my purchase of the Nook HD+,I wanted to protect my investments. Congratulations to Catalina and Victoria for being able to write their long names all by themselves. Lost loves, friends, jobs, disagreements with others, death of relatives, and depression are just some of the reasons we lose pride and hope in one self. It doesnt matter if you're on lunch break,on a mini vacation,at a webinar or conference,filling out an online report or having to send emails can be a hassle if you don't have a wifi connection,a Broadband device is just one of the many tech gadgets that consumers and shoppers frequently use to get an internet connection. We could go on with this forever so today I am just addressing those qualities in single people. Constantly,on the go,I wanted to have access to wifiA  while away from my place of residency.
Each day the children are excited to run into the garden to watch the progress of their growing garden. With single people, it could just be the problem with finding the right a€?someonea€? to love. Because,I perform an arrary task that frequently requires wifi access ,I purchased a Broadband to Go device from Virgin Mobile. At Science time we are reading about the life cycle of a bean plant and the best part is the children get to march right into their garden, bend down close, investigate the seeds popping out of the soil, and watch the story come to life right before their eyes.  Jonathan loves spinach whether it is fresh or cooked and he is slowly turning all his friends on to one of his favorite vegetables.
The delay or loss of a past love (among other things) could send someone spiraling downward into a loss of respect for themselves. Egregiously,as a Virgin Mobile customer and fan,I live by Virgin Mobile products except in the case of Virgin Mobile wifi devices.
Nationally, there are 85.6 unmarried men for every 100 unmarried women and the birthrate is approximately 53% women over men. Recently,I purchased Virgin Mobile's MiFi 2200 to conciliate my worries about not being able to access wifi home. Aside from very slow internet speed,the device could only connect to one tech gadget and,the 3G USB plug n play stick broke too easily. Geography Time: We are Using our maps and songs to point out and identify the different continents and states.
They have the a€?TV-ADa€? looks, drugs, drinking, sex, and instant communication (cell and text).
Some people give up on themselves and become self destructive with over eating and drinking or hibernation.
Water Play: We are learning about the volume and capacity of different containers through water play. Affordable,great to have on hand for shopping emergencies,the latest in recycling,a recyclable tote makes shopping less of a hassle.
Ditching the old biodegradeable plastic bags for a recyclable tote,it's a smart move and a great investment for frugal,savvy,and environmentally conscious consumers and shoppers.Available in most local chain stores and at grocery stores,recyclable totes are becoming the better choice than leaving stores with the traditional biodegradeable plastic bag.
Part of a movement to get consumers and shoppers involved in recycling and to think about going green,consumers and shoppers now have the option of trading in those plastic bags for a recyclable tote. A frequent shopper,I usually purchase a couple of recyclable totes to hold store purchases and other stuff. Eventhough,I like having the choice to purchase a recyclable tote,I havent completely stop using biodegradeable plastic bags. However,I have to point out the fact that when a consumer and shoppers purchase a recyclable tote they're not limited to using the tote only in that store,that's why they're called recyclable totes because they can be used more than once.
In fact, most recycable totes last for more than a week,I should know because I still have a few leftover from the previous month.
A great deal,a really good find,a price you wont find anywhere else,and the best price among competitors,I love a great sale and I love rewards for shopping. Savings and Rewards,for most consumers and shoppers,it's all about getting the best price for items purchase daily. From household supplies to groceries,anyone who shops frequently knows consumers and shoppers love a really good sale_,the economic recession of 2008 could be the culprit.
In fact,since the 2008 economic recession savings and rewards has become extremely important to American families on a budget. From a mana€™s perspective, if a man is looking for a quick date, sex, or just a temporary girlfriend he will frequent a bar. For many American consumers and shoppers,the unexpected downturn of the American economy caused a disruption in their daily activies thus forcing consumer and shoppers to rethink the way they shop and how they shop. If a man is looking for a long term loving relationship or wife, he will look around church, a library (or book store), coffee bars, or social groups. As a frequent shopper and consumer,I am constantly looking for a great deal and sales on items I purchase regularly,mainly because I do live on a strict budget. Admittedly,after the 2008 economic recession,I rediscovered coupons,and began clipping coupons frequently. Dona€™t settle on things that go against you conscience whether it is with yourself or a mate. In addition to clipping coupons,I also began to check sale ads at home and at the door of stores before shopping. People with multiple divorces fail in relationships, drinkers are good drinkers, abusers (physical or mentally) are just abusers and players, and cheaters are cheaters.
Along with making a shopping list,clipping coupons at home,checking sale ads at the door and comparing prices,these days one of the best ways to save and get the best deals,I feel without a question has to be with a savings and reward card. People rarely change and never enter a relationship with the thought that you can later on change that person to your expectations.
And speaking honestly, a savings and rewards card from your local chain store should be a consumer or shoppers BF(bestie). A must have for consumers and shoppers who seriously want to save,a savings and rewards card. If a person you care for ever poses this statement ----- A a€? If you want me (or love me) you need to do a€?this or thata€™.a€? ----- then walk away and dona€™t look back.
Throughout the years, my experience with last minute shopping in most instances was not too pleasant. Admittedly,I empathize as well as concur with consumers who express sentiments that last minute shopping makes the shopper(consumer) feel uncomfortable and forlorn with the just thought of buying a gift at the last minute. Often tight on funds to purchase a gift ahead of time,last minute shopping for an overwhelmed consumer with a limited budget could cause the consumer to be late and in some instance not to attend the event or special function.
Subsequently, over the years, I have come to realize that last minute shopping it's not the best of fun. As a result, I definitely would not recommend last minute shopping to a consumer as a shopping tip.
Unequivocally, shopping for special events and functions such as finding an appropriate could take several visits different stores. Finding the appropriate could mean spending an entire day in a Hallmark store reading cards, it could also mean spending all day on the phone with friend or relatives discussing gift registry,preferences,stores,likes and dislike of the recipient. Ostensibly,the older you get the adults in your life expect two things from you one not to embarrass them in public and two if you don't have a gift to bring at least show up at special functions on time. Indeed, an earnest shopper as well as a meticulous shopper knows finding the right gift or card for a special function could require hours of shopping and visiting different stores. Shopping done precipitously could result in purchasing the wrong size,color, or something way out in left field. Don't wait until the last minute to shop for a party,baby showers,bachelorette bash,birthdays,holidays ,and anniversaries avoid uncomfortableness and the feeling of being inadequate,plan the week before.
On certain days, I have even shopped the day of the event that often leaves me feeling embarrassed ashamed, and guilty about my finances even worse depress.
Incontrovertibly,last minute shopping in many instances could causes the consumer to become distraught,exasperated, and disconcerted not surprisingly all the emotions take away from the planned day.
What's more important being punctilious for the planned event or arriving with a hand picked gift for the recipient or recipients? Ultimately,the answer remains with the shopper (consumer) The answer should be non bias and based on the event as well as the recipient and not the shoppers wallet . The meticulous consumer that normally keeps track of birthdays, holidays,and anniversaries with calendars,through emails,P DA's ,Smart phones and other tech savvy gadgets of courses would not necessarily share the same feelings of a last minute shopper . The following religions or faiths consider Jesus as an enlightened spiritual teacher: Jehovaha€™s Witnesses, Mormonism, Unification Church , Christian Science, A? of all Wicca, New Age, Nation of Islam, Bahaa€™i World Faith, Hare Krishna, Hinduism, some of Judaism, and Islam.
It is funny that all these listed above recognize him as a great spiritual teacher but do not follow His teachings.
The other half of Wicca, Transcendental Meditation, Scientology, and Buddhists either do not mention Him or He is not important to their way of thinking. Genesis Chapter #1 in part of verse 2 says, a€?and the Spirit of God was moving over the watera€?. He won trophies for the best in class in New York State for horseshoes and archery (before compound bows) for several years running. He hunted and fished and always, it seemed, brought back his limit no matter what game, fish, or bird was in season.
He joined the Navy Sea Bees in WW2 and ended up getting drafted in the Marine Corps on an Island in the Pacific during the conflict. The only way there is through His Son Jesus so I accept Him as my Lord and Savior and try my best to follow His ways.
A ====================================================== ==============================================Note: If you have not seen the movie "Left Behind" with Kirk Cameron, now would be the time. Well to begin with; this promise from God is only for believers and followers of Jesus Christ. Paul was talking about believers and inserted the condition of a€?for those who love Goda€?. You see, when you accept Christ as your Lord and Savior and ask for forgiveness and confess to Him your sins --------- you are washed clean with the blood of Christ.
However, sometimes you carry the baggage of the memories of those sins in your mind and heart. This verse in Romans assures you that your guilt is unjustified because God will make it turn out in the end for good. Jesus did not promise that this life would be easy but that He would walk through those troubled times with you. Although it was a good one, it caused me much stress and sometimes aspects of it violated my conscience. I do believe that God is making this bad thing turn out to be good and I think He has a better job for me in the near future. If you believe in God and love Him and believe in His promise, these too will turn out for the better. And leta€™s not forget that even though what his brothers did was a€?wronga€?, God made it into good when Joseph forgave them and helped them. His promise does not make wrong right but makes it turn out into something good for his glory, for us believers. We know that Jesus will walk with us through the valley but God will get us to the mountain top when we get through it.
I am sure there are many stories out there of how this verse helped many people weather their storms. Kendall============================================================Pastor Pop-Pop July 31, 2010. Do not make for yourselves images of anything in heaven or on earth or in the water under the earth. Do not bow down to any idol or worship it, because I am the Lord your God and I tolerate no rivals.
I bring punishment on those who hate me and on their descendants down to the third and fourth generation.
It tells us His personality, words, likes, dislikes, rules, commands, pleasures, and all the things he has done. So any god or image of him that does not conform to or match the one described in the Bible (the word of God) is not the God of Israel that we are to worship.
Let us be clear that making images of anything is not a violation of the commandment but actually worshiping it as a god. Some churches within the body of Christ have pictures or statues of saints or even Jesusa€™ mother.
That is not a violation unless the statue (or the person) a€?itselfa€? is being worshiped as a god or the statue is believed to have some sort of power within itself. Wearing a Jewish star or a cross is also not a violation unless the emblem itself is worshiped. If they are decorations that is OK but if you actually place or believe some hope or faith of luck in them, it is a violation of the commandment. People now seem to create their own god to worship in a€?their own minda€? and not within the scope of the Word of God (the Bible). The one I hear the most is, a€?I am a good person so that is all that is needed to go to Heaven and be saved.a€? That is not what the Bible tells us. Matthew 7:21 (ESV) says, a€?Not everyone who says to me a€?Lord Lord,a€™ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but the one who does the will of my Father in heaven.a€? What is the will of the Father? People go around saying god is this or god is that or that is a€?not what I believe ina€™ but if their beliefs are not in line with the Bible, they are in violation of the first commandment. God is OK with working on a Sunday (or having your place of business open), God is OK with Homosexual and Gay behavior, I dona€™t have to go to church and worship Him, I dona€™t have to give, I dona€™t have to forgive everyone, it is OK to kill unborn babies, He is OK with pagan rituals, I can be rude to people, God did not make the earth a€“ and on and on and on. The pastor said that this church was saying the Holy Spirit told them this was OK but another church said that the Holy Spirit was against this and yet another one had a different view point from the Holy Spirit. We all violate them in some way or another but that is why Jesus died on the cross to wash us clean in His blood and absolve us of our faults.
He scribed it on stone tablets and gave them to Moses on the mountain top to give to His people.
That is the translation that she likes to use.===============================================================Thou shall have no other gods before me. You shall not make for yourself an idol in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous Goda€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦a€¦. Leta€™s take one at a time and discuss:We discussed this command last sermon (review if you want to). Have you ever created another God in your mind or worshiped another god of a different religion or faith?
Jesus said that if you even lust in your heart (or mind) for another that you violate this commandment. Covet is defined in the NIV dictionary as: To want for yourself something that belongs to another person. Whether you take it or not, take it and not return it, or just desire it ---- you have violated this commandment. If you believe in Jesus and accept Him as your Lord and Savior, you are forgiven of your sins and you are washed in His blood clean and white as snow. A Timothy McVey the mastermind on the Oklahoma bombing defied God and declared that he alone was the a€?master of his destinya€?.
A ==============================================================================Pastor Pop-Pop August 24, 2010.
Having a good relationship with your spouse, family, friends, or co-workers is usually based on a good two way conversational attitude. To render Him praise and glory through prayer, actions, good deeds, following His laws and commandments, and accepting Jesus as our Lord and Savior. He knows what we need before we ask but He likes to hear it from us also with some praise and worship attached. Your Mom knows you need food and gives you healthy meals but approaching her and asking for a snack also tells her you would like some cheese doodles too. Prayers can be from a book, made up by you, from the Bible, or just general conversation between you and God.
They can be on your knees by your bed, in Church, or just during every day activities or work.
I try to concentrate not on an earthly or worldly fixture or thing but temporarily close my eyes (not while driving) or look up when I talk to Him.
I find one (or a paragraph or verse) that I derive comfort from and say it as a special prayer to the Lord. What can flesh do to me?Psalm 121(NLT): I look up to the mountains-does my help come from there? Go to a good book store and page through some and see which ones are comfortable for you personally. They are good Bibles but one is paraphrased and one is in a so called modern language that, for me, does not read real well. I highly recommend The New Living Translation (NLT), The New Century Version (NCV), or the New American Bible (NAB).
The first two are used a lot with Contemporary Christian Churches and the third contains extra books as it was designed to meet the needs of Catholic Christians. I also like the Good News Translation (GNT).A It is important that you like it and are comfortable with it.



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