Oh, look, it's a book!
I'm sure it must be
A path to adventures waiting for me,
A yellow brick road to the Wisard of Oz,
A frivolous poem without any cause.
Should I open it and peek to see what's inside?
What if it's scary I might need to hide.
I'll never know unless I dare.
I need a good laugh, a cry or a scare.
I'm sure it can wait - well, then I'll never know
Maybe it's someplace that I'll never go.
But today is the day that's been waiting for me
I'll open this book, I will see.
Yes, indeed. Nature, the poetry of Earth brings beauty in our lives. Nature makes us to change our plans and affect our moods. Nature sets a sky aflame at sunset, magically transforms a familiar landscape into season's wonderland. Nature is truly an intrinsic part of our lives. It is no surprise that poets have always written of her charms and her harshness, and of the cyclical changes in the natural world around us.
The mellow year is hasting to its close;
The little birds have almost sung their last,
Their small notes twitter in the dreary blast -
That shrill- piped harbinger of early snows;
The patient beauty of the scentless rose,
Oft with the morn's hoar crystal quaintly glasses,
Hangs, a pale mourner for the summer past,
And makes a little summer where it grows.
In the chill sun beam of the faint brief day
The dusky waters shudder as they shine;
The russet leaves obstruct the straggling way
Of oozy brooks, which no deep banks define;
And the gaunt woods, in ragged, scant array,
Wrap their old limbs with somber ivy twine.
What is the best thing about Thanksgiving? Having the chance to say: "Thank you!" This is a great time of the year: To get together with family and friends, Sharing laughter and fun.
The stage is set for a powerful and seductive fall. Fashion, art, film or travel getting braver and more ambitious As business ventures acquire style choices. The summer winds turn cooler, the comfortable sweaters are out. We are thankful for the nature recovery post hurricane season.
If you can believe it: the year comes to the end, And know is the time to reflect on the past year's events and happenings. The best gifts was and always be a book, a history book, A book that educates, a book that gives pleasure, and stimulates to learn more...
If you ready to buy new socks, gloves, hats or handbags; or may be You are ready to purchase new jewelry, You can always to pair it with a new book from the History of Fashion Accessories Series. The Bracelets Academy book written by Ida Tomshinsky, a Florida Author, will tell you the Comprehensive story filled with facts, quotes, and fascinated information that only a Librarian can put together.
"The value of reading contemporary poems, apart from the considerable pleasure of thinking about what they're up to, is that it gets us to focus our attention and sharpen our critical skills, things we need more than ever in an age, like ours, of distraction."
The Scientific Revolution was fundamentally intellectual revolution. Prior to it, Europeans had held a set of beliefs derived from the works of the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle, modified and give sanction by Christians theologians of the Middle Ages, particularly Saint Thomas Aquinas. This system of thought embraced the Earth and the Universe, the nature of matter, the laws of motion and change, the nature of human beings, and the relationship of God of creation. This comprehensive world view was based primarily on tradition and authority and was universally accepted.
By the time the Revolution was over, a whole new set of theories had been established, the result of vast amounts of experimental data, new methods of obtaining and explaining the data, and a changed attitude regarding the place of human beings in the universe. As the new explanations clashed with older theological truths, science was to acquire an altogether different meaning. It was the tumultuous time in Western intellectual history. The historic paintings and prints as well as original graphics left their trace in history.
The life stage is set for a powerful and provocative fall. Everything from business ventures to style choices emerged from last year's tumultuous political season that empowered in all fronts.
As the summer winds turn cooler, women empowered to be both strong and sexy. Do not shake the sand from your shoes just yet. Embrace the fall season, and if you can allow yourself the last escape. In Miami, new exhibitions at The Bass, Basel arts are coming soon, and the International Book-fair at Miami Community College in Downtown are calling. The body and mind will thank you for it. Until the holidays...
The actual origin of the umbrella is so ancient as to be lost. Perhaps
the umbrella was evolved from a primitive shelter of leaves carried by Adam
long before the earliest known civilizations. As social life developed from
family to tribe and from tribe to small kingdoms the leafy shelter developed
into a canopy, which became more ornamental and converted into a symbol of
umbrella entered Europe via Greece, Italy and Turkey. Tradition has that the Normans brought the umbrella to England with them, presumably as some
sort of canopy regalia, in 1066. Jonas Hanway was the first Englishman to carry
an umbrella regularly. (Gays Trivia: “The Art of Walking the Streets of
London,” 1712) In those days, the only covered transport was the private coach
or Sedan chair. The umbrellas were very heavy, made with whalebone or
cane ribs, mounted on a long, stout stick of about 1" in diameter and
covered with a heavy cotton fabric, waterproofed by oiling or waxing. Only on a
few public buildings had gutters and fall-pipes. The water simply ran off the
roof into the street. Sometimes it was collected in gutters under the attics
and poured out like a miniature Niagara Falls, through the mouths of grotesque
gargoyles at each corner of the building. The choice was then either to
carry one of these portable tents or get soaked wet. By 1787, the umbrella had
achieved some considerable measure of popularity within a short period of time
and the French ladies’ umbrellas had achieved remarkable elegance. On the
continent, they were used as much as a sunshade as protection from rain.
And it is from this period and via the sunshade that umbrellas began to develop
into something lighter and more graceful. This was partly due to the use of
finer fabric of silk and by the substitution of lighter materials. In the late
1800's came the development of the Fox
Steel Ribs and Frames, and so the modern umbrella was born.
Parasols were used in France from early
in the century. In the end of the eighteenth century, the parasol’s cousins, umbrellas,
were used to keep the rain off; and parasols to protect from the sun both in
Britain and America. The basic umbrellawas
invented more than 4,000 years ago. There is evidence of umbrellas
in the ancient art and artifacts of Egypt, Assyria, Greece, and China. These
ancient umbrellas, or
parasols, were first designed to provide shade from the sun. An umbrella or
parasol is a folding canopy supported by wooden or metal ribs, which is usually
mounted on a wooden, metal, or plastic pole. It is designed to protect a person
against rain or sunlight. The word “umbrella” typically refers to a device used
for protection from rain. The word parasol usually refers to an item designed
to protect from the sun.
A parasol is defined as a light usually small umbrella carried as protection
from the sun. The word parasolliterally means ‘for sun’ in Spanish. The name parasol, which we know today, comes from
its old Italian French name parasole, which is derived from the Italian
word parare, which means prepare or ward off, and the Latin word sol,
which means sun or sunlight. So, use the parasol and ward off the sun! Parasols originated in the
East Indies about 5,000 years ago. In 3000 B.C., the Egyptians used
parasols as a sunshade for sun protection. This was a royal privilege and
bearers did the carrying. Around the 1st century B.C. the parasol spreads to
ancient Rome and Greece. It took the Italian Renaissance in the 16th century to
introduce the parasol to European soil. King Louis the XIV soon after brought
them to France. A parasol appeared on a street corner in Windsor, Connecticut,
in 1740 carried by a fashionable lady. It had been brought all the way from the
West Indies and may have been the first parasol in North America.
Because of their high cost and limited manufacture,
parasols of that early age were almost exclusively used by nobility, royalty
and clergy, symbolizing wealth and power. Another very important cause of
parasols popularity was the view point on beauty, which often demanded that rulers and nobility
carry pale skin that was not tanned by sun, a tradition that survives even
until today in Japan, where pale skin is regarded as one of the most important
factors of female beauty.
The parasol is most often associates with fashion trends in
Victorian society in England and the United States. Perhaps the main reason for it
popularity was the Victorian admiration, or even obsession for a fair
complexion. It was more than a sign of beauty, it showed the world that a woman
was a lady and didn’t have to work outdoors. The parasol was as a much a part of a
well-dressed lady’s outfit as were her gloves, hat, shoes and stockings. A
fashionable lady carried a different parasol for each outfit. They became
popular gifts for men to give their ladies. Like the fan and lacy handkerchief,
the parasol was both practical and helpful aid to the subtle art of flirtation.
Parasols continued to increase in popularity until the Edwardian era in the
Lace parasols have had
a long and rich history in Europe, especially during the 1600s and early 1900s.
Apparently, it is from these eras, which saw the height of the opulence and
elegance in Europe's society, that lace parasols today are associated with
items of luxury, feminine class, and elegance. Nevertheless, their expensive
price, women owned lace parasols in different colors to match every outfit – a
long dress gown or dress with fitted top and full, heavy skirt, which was the
central clothing for women at the time. When riding in a carriage, ladies would
make sure that their driver pulls down the carriage's convertible top so her
lace parasol is beautifully exposed.
While older women have long used parasols for
protective purposes, it has been only recently that young women have seen them
as a fashion accessory. After remaining out of fashion for about ninety years,
parasols had a resurgence around 1990 as many women no longer considered it
healthy or wise to be in the sun too long. Increased awareness about skin
cancer contributed to the renaissance of parasols. Parasols are being carried
again in increasing numbers in the U. S., Great Britain, France and especially
Japan. There was an exposure in a baby showers’ trend to use the sunshade
parasol as a center piece. The parasol is a true newest and oldest fashion
Let me introduce you to the "Taste of Tradition" - a recipe from a collection of appetizers that are very appropriate for August's Seafood Season.
So, here is my first highlight of the ingredients:
36 oysters on the half shell 1/2 tsp. celery salt 2 c. cooked spinach 1/2 tsp. salt 1/4 c. chopped onion 6 drops Tabasco sauce 2 bay leaves 6 T. butter 2 springs parsley 1/2 c. bread crumbs
Now, let's move to the step-by-step instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degree
2. Place oysters on backing sheet
3. Put spinach, onion, bay leaves and parsley through food grinder or chop finely in food processor
4. Melt butter in skillet; cook spinach mixture for 5 minutes, and add bread crumbs
5.Spread spinach mixture over oysters and bake for 10 minutes.
Bougainvillea is one of
the showiest vinesyou can grow.
The large plant practically smothers itself in big
clusters of papery bracts.
While bougainvillea is tropical, it's usually grown
as an annual in cold-winter areas.
Bougainvillea is a kind of thorny ornamental plant, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring leaves near its flowers. Different authors accept between four and eighteen species in the genus. They are native plants of South America, from Brazil west to Ecuador and south to southern Argentina.
The "flowers" are modified leaves, called bracts,
that are long-lasting and bright.
They appear periodically throughout most of the year,
but are especially plentiful in the winter,
when the splashes of color are a welcome sight.
Bougainvillea blooms in fuchsia, red, white, yellow, and orange.
Bougainvillea require full sun and perform better
when their soil is left a little dry,
making this a perfect plant for the drought-tolerant landscape.
Trunk, the Los Angeles designer, in addition to her shoes and active wear added
the first collection of comprehensive handbags. The launched-out line of bags
priced from $158.00 to $598.00. Their customers wanted bags, and Trina Trunk
introduced them in three different categories: fold-over clutches with wood
handles called Kir Royal in references to the 1970s, the bohemian Sunset clutch
in mix of colors, and the Sun that was in the stores by the Spring of 2015.
The bags are accessorized with big tassels, and they are sold separately as a
clip-on or key-fob.
to the designer, the handbags reflect on the drive from Silver Lake community
in East Lost Angeles to the ocean with bags of the bohemian flirt, then the driving
through Hollywood’s urban area mirrors the buildings in geometric prints and
designs. Finally, the floral prints inspiration comes from green, verdant, and
lush Beverly Hills road to the beach. Sounds like poetry!
Fashion accessories of main style are leading with vintage-inspired pieces and unexpected artisan touches. Warm white is a trend because of the clean modern vibe that gives a nod to past classic looks. After summer traveling, many will bring the another time zone trends to their own zip code.
Throughout the history costume has followed two separate line of development, led by two contrasting types of garment. The most obvious line of division is between male and female dress code: trousers and skirts. What is true that men have always worn bifurcated clothes and women not.
On another hand, Greeks and Romans wore tunics, that are figuratively saying are skirts. Mountain people like the Scots and the modern Greeks wear are, in effect, skirts.
Far Eastern and Near Eastern women have worn trousers, and many continue to do so. As a result, sex division turns out not to be a true division at all in the costume world.
Perhaps the most useful distinction of the dress code in the anthropological aspect lies in the differences between "tropical" and "arctic" dress. The geographical location had been a big factor to protect the human body from the environmental conditions of sun, cold and wind.
·At first, the fan was a simple tool for coaxing a fire
into life, for keeping away insects and flies, or for cooling the face in hot
their primary purpose to keep a woman cool, they also used for flirting. It was
not unusual that the matrons were passing on the communication codes to young
girls by use of fans and gloves. The language of fans was most fully developed
in Spain, where around sixty phrases could be conveyed with a fan.
·Fans were used in ancient
Egypt. Some were quite large, as can be seen from ancient frescoes. Fans were
used in ancient Greece in the fourth century B.C. and probably before that. In Europe, In the Middle ages fans were
used in the Christian liturgy and continued to be used in the Roman Catholic
church until Vatican II. There are religious pictures of holy men holding fans.
Sometimes religious pictures were painted on the fans, or lists of saints or
holy days were written on them.Fans were used by the military
to send signals on the battle-field, but were mainly used at court. The
Japanese invented the folding fan and it was introduced into China about a
thousand years ago. They were made with fine paper and bamboo. Fans were, and
still are used, especially in Flamenco dancing. Without the hand-held fans, we
would not have the electrical fans later in history. In a way, the hand-held
fan was the prelude to the air-conditioning, the modern A/C. In 1947,
S.F. Markham writes, “The greatest contribution to
civilization in this century may well be air-conditioning – and America leads
the way.” Yet somehow people still say that air conditioning is the
brilliant new idea or “the best thing
since sliced bread” to keep the human body at the comfortable temperature
at any type of weather. Above all, the fan as a fashion accessory is the true
‘grandfather’ tool of the keeping ladies’ faces cool.
No outfit was complete without accessories by 18th-century middle- and lower-class women. There were two types of gowns: the open robe and the closed robe.
Accessories included neckwear, gloves, pockets, masks, pocketbooks, redicules (handbags), muffs, and pocket watches.
Suntans were not at all fashionable in these early time! Women desire their skin to look as white and spotless as porcelain. They took great care to protect their faces from sun and wind by wearing masks. Green silk masks prevented sunburns in summer, and black silk or velvet masks kept the face warm in winter. In a way, the silk masks played the role of the modern sunglasses.
Fashion was modesty oriented. Women did not feel comfortable wearing the low-cut dresses in the 18th-century. For this reason, it was a trend to wear neck accessories and kerchiefs to cover up the neck and upper chest. Neckwear pieces were also practical and used to stay warm on cold days.
Fans was an important accessory for a woman to keep them cool on a hot summer day. These portable air-conditioners were often decorated with beautiful designs. Also the fans were a tool of communication and were used for flirting.
Protection of the hands led to the necessity to use gloves and carry muffs. Both gloves and muffs protect the hands from sun and wind, and kept the hands warm during the cold winters.
What could be in the world of Fashion and Poetry that unite them in one entity?
The answer is short - the Majesty Inspiration. Both Fashion and Poetry are siblings and have one parent called Arts. To create a successful peace of art, we need inspiration, the muse that feeds the creative process of art and design.
There are endless interactions a muse can take - a truly wonderful day, Greek goddess, fairy-tale princess, woman, celebrity, artist, slogan or motto, or combination of things and events.
There are many studies that include samples of fashion inspiration from the first couturier Charles Frederick Worth and his wife; Elsa Schiaparelli and the Surrealists; Yves Saint Laurent and Piet Mondrian; Oleg Cassini and Jaqueline Kennedy; Audrey Hepburn and Hubert de Givenchy.
For example, Alexander McQueen's crafty carryalls have inspirational equation of a Celtic prayer-cloth tree plus friendship bracelets and plus 18-th century British needlepoint. Another sample from contemporary fashion could be the Miu Miu's plushie stompers. Add a dog collar plus Paris Hilton and plus Elmo, and the summary illustrates the season's most memorable accessories.
A truck with an advertising slogan passed by and made strong statement, but what if we take these words and describe something else by telling a new story and in the way we creating new information? As a result, a poem is born out of the inspiration of few words. For example:
"Dorothy was right, no place like home for solders in fight that making the heroic flight..." (IT, 2007)
They come! the merry summer months
of beauty, song, and flowers;
The come! the gladsome months that bring
thick leafiness to bowers.
Up, up, my heart! and walk abroad; fling cark
and care aside;
Seek silent hills, or rest thyself where peaceful
Or, underneath the shadow vast of patriarchal
Scan through its leaves the cloudless sky in rapt
(William Motherwell, fragment from the poem
"They Come! The Merry Summer Months")
The Choctaw men (from southeast Native American tribes) loved to play Ishtaboli, a stick and a ball game that the French colonists renamed Lacrosse. The game was so violent that the Choctaw called it "the little brother of war." The Choctaw built huge playing fields that could hold up to seven hundred Ishtaboli players at one time.
To play, warriors and nobles would wear loincloths with fringed belts and elaborate structures covered in egret feathers that stuck out behind them like tails. They carried long sticks made from wood with webbed ends woven from strips of deer hide.
Many Mesoamerican societies played a ball game that held great significance, no just as a sport but as a ritualistic way of setting disputes. The Maya inherited this game from their predecessors the Olmecs, and they considered it so important that they built ball courts in all but the smallest towns.
Players were divided into two teams, and the game involved hitting a large, heavy rubber ball across the court and into high hoops. To play, they wore a loincloth with a thick padded belt to protect the waist and hips. They also wore padding on their forearms and knees, at the sides of the body, to protect themselves from injury when diving to the ground. Players also wore large headdresses and decorative chest ornaments.
To the Maya, the game represented the struggle between the forces of life and death, and the losers were often decapitated.
There's a book I keep on my bedside table for when I can't sleep. It never fails, half page and I'm gone. My friend who wrote this book should be pleased. Not everyone can sit by his reader like a father singing to a fearful child, and summon the moon for her and turn her pillow soft as the sea.
I came to work for the Learning Resources Center (LRC) at the ITT Technical Institute in September 2005. During my professional career, I worked in special, public, and academic libraries since the age of sixteen – including Latvian State Science and Technology Library, International Fine Arts College, Main Library at the Miami-Dade Public Library System, and Art Institutes Miami International University of Art & Design. I received my Master's of Library Science and Bibliography at the LSU (Latvian State University) in 1976. At my free time, I enjoy running, knitting, reading, and writing.
I published three poetry books, and a nonfiction book called “Fashion Librarian” about fashion resources, study and teaching, and information literacy for fashion design.
You can contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.