How to Make Your House Painting Stand Out?

Do you want your home to stand out? Choose a color that shows personality. Oftentimes, color makes you feel that your home is unique, especially to those people who live in a housing development wherein homes are built with similar style and architecture. In these areas, House Painting is the only way to distinguish themselves from the others, so when it is time to get your house painted, then it sure requires some thought.

Picking house paint colors makes the House painting process more complicated. You may already have a color in your mind, but still not sure. If you pick colors that are dull, your house may seem flat and featureless. However, if the colors you pick are too bold, they might overwhelm the architecture and eventually upset the neighbors. Once you get your color right, house painting will highlight the most beautiful features of your home.

Quality house painting can even disguise architectural and design flaws, boost up the curb appeal and increase mark

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The Blind Boys of Alabama Take The High Road in Song

The Blind Boys of Alabama recorded their latest Grammy Award winner, “Down in New Orleans,” with the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. The proceeds from that album went toward the city’s restoration. Now they raise their glorious voices in “Take The High Road,” the group’s first country gospel album.

Lead singer Jimmy Carter has been with the ensemble since the beginning 72 years ago at Alabama’s Talladega Institute for the Blind. He and his colleagues grew up singing and harmonizing in the church, so it is no wonder that their five Grammy Awards and five Lifetime Achievement Awards were topped by their 2007 induction into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame.

They hope their new album filled with uplifting and thoughtful songs will earn a sixth Grammy. They are testing the waters as far as concert music goes because this takes them in a new direction. The guest artists include Hank Williams, Jr., Willie Nelson, Lee Ann Womack, Vince Gill

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Why I Value A Charlotte Mason Philosophy

Charlotte Mason predominantly believed in the over-all ‘training’ of a child, educating the whole child, and how to positively parent children. However, the main goal that she desired to accomplish…is to never stray far from spiritual matters. This is what gave her method its life, hope and purpose. Miss Mason taught us that we, as educators of our children, need to follow the Holy Spirit’s leading in all the we do, say, hear and teach. Charlotte Mason once said that “such a recognition of the work of the Holy Spirit as the educator of mankind, in things intellectual as well as things moral and spiritual, gives us new thoughts of God, new hopes of Heaven, a sense of harmony in our efforts and of acceptance of all that we are.”

Charlotte Mason lived in a time during the late 1800s when children were not really considered as ‘whole persons.” Children were more accepted if they were seen, but not heard. They were taught to speak on

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Poetry As a Spiritual Practice

Human beings have created dozens if not hundreds of methods to let go of their ordinary hustle and bustle and move inward, closer to an unseen reality. Many of these practices stem from faith traditions, for example praying the rosary as in Roman Catholic, Anglican, Lutheran and other denominations. The various forms of Yoga can be connected to religious groups. Some methods such as the popular TM meditation practiced by Dr. Oz and his staff offer programs to help people learn how. Freer from organizational connections is the simple One-Moment Meditation by Martin Boroson.

Whatever the method, spiritual practices have much in common. Overall, there is a release from the outer world and a turning inward to seek a connection to the ineffable, the divine, or the ultimate reality. The experience can be deepened by elements such as music, lighting, scents, and so on. The key factor is that the human being can travel to another dimension, so to speak. The world of habitual everyday

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Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music Review

I just recently finished reading the book, Ripped: How the Wired Generation Revolutionized Music. I’m kind of mad at myself for waiting so long to read it. It’s been in the “to read” pile for a long time and I just got around to reading it. It’s a fantastic look at the evolution of music over the past 20 years or so. From the rise of indie bands like Death Cab for Cutie and Bright Eyes, to Prince’s record label, to mp3’s and the “pay what you want” model introduced by Radiohead and NineInch Nail’s Trent Reznor.

I can’t honestly say that I remember much about my 7th grade history class. I couldn’t even tell you my teacher’s name, let alone what we “learned” that year. The one thing that I do remember is that there was a banner hanging above the chalk board. It read, “Those who do not learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

If you are going to be a musician today, t

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Is Running A Painting Business Seasonal?

I was just eavesdropping in on someone’s conversation this morning who just started their own painting business but complains that it is a bit slow. Someone else remarked saying that “they didn’t want to burst their bubble but painting is seasonal”.

Well, I WOULD like to burst that guy’s bubble and say, “No, painting is not seasonal. Only the type of painting you do can be classified as seasonal”. Yes, EXTERIOR painting is seasonal from spring until fall unless of course you live in a warmer climate.

But other types of painting like faux painting, mural painting, interior painting for residential, commercial and industrial are year round markets you can stay busy in.

As a matter of fact, when I first started my painting business, it was in the early fall. I found residential work all the way through the winter – even the toughest part, the time between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Not too bad I guess for my first ye

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Three Types of Belly Dancing Styles

The art of belly dancing had its beginning in America during the 1950’s in America. It was marketed as a way to entertain your husband. It gained mass popularity, and has continued to be popular with thousands of women.

There are three popular styles which women can now pursue according to their individual interests.

  1. Cabaret or night club dancing is very popular and in demand for entertainment functions.
  2. Folkloric dancing is attractive to those who have an historic and cultural interest in Middle Eastern dancing.
  3. Tribal Fusion is an American inspired dance blending Flamenco, Middle Eastern, and Ballet into its movements.

The costumes also help to indicate the style of dancing which is being performed.

  1. Cabaret or night club dancing is Turkish and Egyptian costuming. These costumes are very figure flattering and made of glamour or fancy fabrics associated with evening glamour.
  2. Folkloric cons
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Yoruba Philosophy

Yoruba people settled in Ile-Ife thousands of years ago led by Oduduwa.

Understanding Yoruba Philosophy

The compound ‘Yoruba philosophy’ stands for the comprehensive philosophical doctrine of Yoruba people, on issues of logic, ethics, epistemology, or metaphysics.

Yoruba people have moral philosophy, religion based, that embraces` principle of higher unity.

To the Yoruba people, “Ori” literally means “head” in English, occupies the centre of sacredness and holds the body’s destiny, all other parts of the body answerable to it.

Yoruba philosophy regards the universe as consisting of two eternal realities: Ori and Emi-

To the Yoruba, Ori means head, idea, reason, intellect, courage, will, reason, mind, spirit or temper.

-Emi means breath, life, ghost, soul, or conscious self.

Yoruba philosophy regards the universe as consisting of two eternal realities.

The Yorubas

Yoruba pe

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Poetry and the Muses Part 3

It has long been observed that whilst the ego is useful in making daily and ordinary decisions in our life, it is less effective when it comes to more important issues; it is by nature competitive, and it tends to subordinate the greater good for more immediate gains and self-gratification. We know as well that the ego is largely driven by the left hemisphere of the brain, which is rational and analytic; again, rationality and analysis are good, but taken to extremes, have unfortunate side-effects: namely, a craving for certainty, a rejection of ambiguity, a need to be right, a lack of openness, and a foreclosure of intuition and the mystical dimension of being human.

We learn from research in this that techniques like meditation, for example, have a profoundly positive effect on the human psyche and even life span, and that one aspect of meditating is the re-balancing of the left and right brain hemispheres. So, as the left hemisphere is correlated with reason, logic, number

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Beef Up Your Music Press Kit

One of the biggest mistakes I’ve seen made by bands and artists today is to under-estimate the importance of a professional promotional kit. Your promo kit, also known as a press kit or media kit is probably one of the single most important elements in an artist’s initial presentation to venues, promoters and most importantly record companies. First-impression is so important in the music business. Some artists just don’t get it! With the major influx of CDs and packages that record companies receive on a daily basis… with most realizing the inside of the trash can at the receptionist’s desk, its vital that your package stands out from the crowd and distinguishes you from the rest as a true professional who’s package is worth reviewing and CD worth listening too.

In preparing your press kit you need to find every element possible that will distinguish you from the masses. Throwing together a bunch of poor quality copies, unprofessional phot

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