Saturday, December 31, 2016

Enriching Moments of Reflection

"Poetry seems especially
like nothing else.
Poetry is not like,
it is very lining
of the inner life."
(C.D. Wright)
 Photography: Ida Tomshinsky, 2016

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Chocolate Peppermint Bark


12 oz. white chocolate
12 oz. dark chocolate
1/2 cup crushed candy canes


Line a 9 on 12 pan with parchment paper. Place dark chocolate in a glass bowl and melt in microwave. Cook 30 seconds, stir and repeat with smooth.

Pour the melted dark chocolate on the parchment paper, and use a spatula to spread the chocolate evenly in the pan. Melt the white chocolate following the same steps. After the white chocolate is smooth, pour it on top of the dark chocolate and spread evenly.

Place the candy canes into a heavy duty ziplock bag. Using a hammer, crush the mints. Sprinkle on top while the white chocolate is still melted. Let chocolates harden in the refrigerator for two hours, then break the candy into pieces.

Ready for the gifts!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Peace is Always Beautiful

"Peace is always beautiful." (Walt Whitman)
Photo illustrations: Ida Tomshinsky, 2016

Monday, December 12, 2016

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Drink to the Health

Wine has been around for along time. In every civilization, people drank fermented grape juice. The ancient Greeks hold elaborate parties dedicated to enjoy wine. The Egyptian pharaohs were buried with stashes of bottles to entertain afterlife. Even the Torah tells the famous story that Noah planted a vineyard.

The phrase "drink to the health" originally comes from ancient Greece civilization, as a result of the practice of the dinner host taking the first sip of wine to prove it was not poisoned.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

"Bracelets Academy" by Ida Tomshinsky

The new book entitled "Bracelets Academy" by Ida Tomshinsky will be available for purchase and reading soon. This is the eighth book within the History of Fashion Accessories Series
In a way, bracelets are among the most common form of jewelry. With exception of earrings, bracelets are the most popular jewelry in the world. The book is a brief history lesson for bracelet curiosity type, jewelry aficionado, and collectors. The book explains the meaning, trendsetting, and evolving function of bracelets. It is an exciting reading from college student to professional jewelry makers, sellers, and buyers.
The “Bracelets Academy” is a comprehensive resource fulfilled with facts, quotes, and fascinating information that only a Librarian can put together.
Twin-photo illustrations: Ida Tomshinsky, 2016

Friday, December 2, 2016

Greater Miami and The Beaches

Greater Miami and The Beaches

Greater Miami and the Beaches
Couture and culture
Are two modern ways of life
By the pool, at the ocean -
Under the sun motion
Or cabana bathhouse
At the shoreline with your own wife
In the Greater Miami and the Beaches,
More over, for American riches -
The fashion design of tailoring,
Grooming, and dressmaking
With winery eating, clubs, and music
For amusing
And entertaining at the vacation time pick
What used to be at one 'click.'
However, not anymore.
Boom is not over for
Real estate and contractors,
Investors and other factors.

Society obligations,
Customs and traditions,
Modern civilization and ethnicity -
The modern way of life
Are great five
For publicity
Of the Greater Miami and the Beaches

Tourists Say

Tourists say that it's always June down of Miami Beach
With plenty of sun-tanned youth across the bridge.
Our tropical green land is a special place
Where summer spends winter faze.

Reporters Say

Reporters say there is crime
At any time.
As the city is growing,
The latest demography affecting
People's mind:
As the scientists find,
The world's most baffling cases
Are made out of famous faces,
Right here, in Miami.

Ida Says

She likes hot summer flow more
Then cold winters' wind-blow.
The tropical extraordinary nature is special,
Particularly by achieving the healthy and active lifestyle.
Individuals bring rhythm, color, and smile
In the every day life-mile.

Text and Poto: Ida Tomshinsky, 2006-2016