Wednesday, October 10, 2012

5 Best Mens Colognes of Summer

Well, here it is summer time, and with it comes activity, beach visits, fun, travel, entertainment and more. As the season hits, the scents in the air slowly start to change, and for men, that means it’s time to whip of their new season’s cologne. Smelling good for summertime is a great way to start off such a fun season, so here is a list of the 5 best men’s colognes of summer for the guys out there who really want to shop for the occasion. There should be a scent on the list for anybody’s desires. You just have to figure out which one it is.

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male is the first on the list of 5 best men’s colognes of summer, and it was launched in 1995. This cologne is filled with warm, manly scents, including mint, orange blossom and the woods. It is best used for casual wear and could be great out during a summer cookout or outdoor event. Another great scent that actually came around right about the same time is called Chrome by Loris Azzaro. It is best used during the evening when all of its scents can be admired in their best form. Ingredients for this cologne include bergamot, ivy, bigarade, neroli, lichen, cardamom, ginger, mate, rosewood and sandalwood. More information about wholesale mens cologne.

Saturday, October 06, 2012

Pre-order NBA 2K13 Xbox Game

NBA 2K13 is a basketball video game developed by Visual Concepts and published by 2K Sports. On May 3, 2012, 2K Sports announced that as a bonus for pre-ordering the game, buyers would receive downloadable content for an All Star Weekend, which would feature the Slam Dunk Contest, Three Point Contest, Rising Stars Challenge, and the NBA All Star Game. This game will be release this coming October 2, 2012, for $99.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.

With more than 5 million copies sold worldwide and more than 25 Sports Game of the Year awards won, NBA 2K12 was another monster release for the biggest NBA video game simulation franchise in the world. This year, 2K Sports has joined forces with the legendary JAY Z as Executive Producer to transcend sports video games and take virtual hardwood to the next level. Featuring an enhanced MyCareer mode and all-new gameplay features, NBA 2K13 Xbox Game will let gamers pit the best players in NBA history against the new dynasty of talent. A Jay-Z Production NBA 2K13 is produced by multi-platinum recording artist and hip-hop mogul Jay-Z, who presided over both the soundtrack and in-game elements such as menus, art and gameplay cameras.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Cute Purse

Cute Purses
If there is one thing in the world I don’t need it is more cute purses. I never use them, and I don’t know why I buy them, but there they are hanging in my closet. They aren’t just in my closet either, they are under my bed and there are a few in one of my dresser drawers. I have some purses that I use all of the time, but I wouldn’t call them cute. They are great, but they are not cute. The cute ones are usually tiny, and something that should be used for a special occasion.
I see cute purses, and I have to have them. Not every one that I see, of course, but I will often get one if I think it’s exceptional. Unfortunately for me, there are a lot of them out there that fall under the category of ‘exceptional’. My husband often rolls his eyes at me when I pick up cute purses, but he knows better than to argue with me. He knows he will lose and I’ll walk out of the store with the purse. I know he’s right, of course, but that never helps when I’m in the store and I see something that I want.
Most of the cute purses that I own are ones that you might take with you when you are dressed up for a night on the town. I don’t often dress up, and I work from home, so there is never really a reason for me to use any of them. I often have it in my mind that I will most definitely use the cute purses that I am buying, but it just never happens that way. I guess I’ve always been somewhat of a tomboy, and when it comes time to go out to dinner I choose nice places to go, but you really don’t have to dress up to go there.
I have finally found some good uses for my cute purses, however, as my daughter has recently discovered the fun of dress up. She loves to put on anything out of the ordinary, and she has used many of my cute purses to play dress up and pretend. It’s not exactly what I had in mind when I bought them, but I am delighted that she likes them, and that they have finally been put to good use, even if I’m not the one using them.

Monday, March 26, 2007

Jennifer Paige Lyrics Always With You

Jennifer Paige Lyrics : Always You
I see a mystery ship out on the water
I wonder where it's sailing to
Is someone waiting in some other harbor
These fantasies they blow my way
Like sirens to a fool
And in the stillness of my soul
I keep returning to

Always you
You know I live on the wind where love runs free
I come back to you
Always you
And when I fall to earth you're always there for me
I come back, I come back, I come back to you

Looking at myself 'til the mirror shatters
I hear a madman sing his tune (he says)
It's only love that ever really matters
I wake up in this dream tonight
That's when I see the truth
Of all the faces in my heart
There's only one I choose

Always you
You know I live on the wind where love runs free
I come back to you
Always you
And when I fall to earth you're always there for me
I come back, I come back, I come back to you

Something in my soul never changes baby
You're the one that's keeping me sane
There is no other that I have ever conceived
Could be my lover and never leave when I run free
Could be my lover, could be my lover

I wake up this dream tonight, thats when ill see the truth
Of all teh faces in my heart, theres only one i choose

Always you
You know I live on the wind where love runs free
I come back to you
Always you
And when I fall to earth you're always there for me
I come back, I come back, I come back to you...

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Sunday, February 25, 2007

Windows Live

Windows Live

There are so many places that you can blog these days. Today lets look at Windows Live , a free blogging and networking platform. With so many options out there you might ask why would I want to use something that is related and owned by Microsoft. That is a great question in my opinion.

The main reason is that this site has a neat networking feature of being able to add friends. While this doesn't sound like much, it can help businesses reach new customers. If you look at this Arlington Heights real estate profile that was just created you will see that at the top there is a section called friends. This list shows the friends of the member and many people will check out this list and read other peoples blogs.

This free exposure can help you build up contacts that you would have never been able to reach on your own. For the little amount of time and effort needed it is worth taking some time to play with this free blogging platform. For more ideas about how to build up your online presence visit WebNewsForUs a site that helps real estate agents generate more exposure online and off.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Zong Liricys hehehehe

Can song lyrics change your life? Does listening to music have the potential to alter the world? Yes, it does. But the changes still have to start with you. If you learn how to listen to music very honestly, you can learn the secrets of the ages by listening to song lyrics.
"I've been cheated. Been mistreated. When will I be Loved?" This set of lyrics written by Linda Rondstadt years ago gave rise to my understanding of the tansformative power of listening to song lyrics. I was in college, studying the book Beloved, by Toni Morrison. I had a paper due in one day;' I was completely stressed out; and I had no clue what to write about.
I took a nap and woke to the lyrics of Ms. Rondstadts song. It was buzzing in my ears, and I had the sudden feeling that I should pay close attention. I intuitively felt the lyrics were important.
They were.
Although I do not recall the precise details, the few lines from that song gave me all the insight I needed to write my paper in a very short time. The line "When will I be loved?" was a doorway into my understanding of the book Beloved. I realized that the central character just wanted to be loved, and that was all I needed to know to access enough creativity to write a terrific paper. From that moment on I never doubted the pure potentiality of song lyrics.
The above is just one illustration of the power of song lyrics. Many more are possible. For instance, always pay close attention to any song lyrics that run through your head.
When lyrics run though your head, they stop being "out there." For all practical purposes, if you are singing the song lyrics, then you might as well have written them in the first place. You are imbuing them with meaning, and they are now "in" you, so to speak.
So, how so you benefit from this knowledge? By understanding that what you are singing about is about you. You can gain great self-awreness and wisdom by looking carefully at what you are singing. Do not assume that these are just random song lyrics running though you mind. They are not random. You are choosing to sing them and they have a message.
The message is usually about something you wish you had or about something you are fearful of. The song you are singing offers you clues as to what your deepest values and bleifs are. These deep attitudes are what you need to uncover in order to become more self-aware and powerful. So next time song lyrics run thourhg your head or come onto the radio at an odd time, pay very close attention. They just might change your life or give you an answer you needed.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Local Car Dealers

I have come across this new car dealers website and I would surely like to write something about it.

I was searching for car dealers near my area when I found this website. Its called Wexu, (I don't know what does this name

stands for ( but it provides quite huge database of all local car dealers in any state, or even in cities of

America. For example, lets say if you are looking for a Ford car dealers in Chicago, the you can just checkout Ford Chicago or similarly Toyota Houston for Toyota car dealers in Houston. I tried even smaller

cities and it worked great for them also. I am really impressed. I have been looking for such a car dealers site from long.

So if you are looking for any local dealers of car and don't know where to look for, I would surely recommended this small online car dealers website to help you. I am sure it would be of great help to you.

Wedding Makeup That Lasts

On your big day, you want your wedding makeup to last. Not only that, but you want to look stunning in your photographs. In order to insure that your makeup will last as long as possible, it may be best to hire a professional to take care of it. However, here is some advice to keep in mind even if you do hire a makeup artist.

Use a makeup base. Several cosmetic companies offer products that go on under your eye makeup or lipstick that help your makeup last. Eye makeup base provides a layer that your eyeshadow and eyeliner can adhere to. This prevents creasing and helps the colour stay on longer. They offer similar products for lipstick. However, try to find a lipstick base that is also moisturizing. Some products contain ingredients that dry the lips out. You'll need your lips to stay nice and moist so you can smile all day.

Get rid of extra shine. A shiny face looks even worse in photographs, especially if the photographer uses a flash. After washing your face, apply an oil controlling product. After that absorbs, apply a thin layer of loose powder. Apply foundation and the rest of your makeup as usual. Follow up with another thin layer of loose powder. Carry some pressed powder with you so you can control any shine as the day progresses.

Lasting lipstick. One of the first things to fade is your lipstick. Follow these tips that will help your lipstick last. First, apply a moisturizing lip base. Then, apply lip liner in a shade that is a little darker than your lipstick. Use a soft pencil. Fill the lips in with the pencil. Apply one coat of lipstick and blot gently. Apply another coat of lipstick but this time do not blot. Press a thin layer of facial tissue gently to your lips. Using a large brush, apply a thin layer of pressed powder to the tissue. The tissue acts as a screen, letting in only a small amount of powder. The powder helps the lipstick set and keeps it on longer.

Pack a makeup bag. No matter how hard you try to create a lasting look, you still may need to do some minor touch ups throughout the day. Pack pressed powder, lipstick, mascara, and eyeshadow just in case your colour needs a boost.

Sally Lopez is a freelance writer and marketing manager of Marcell "Professional Make-up Artists".To learn more about wedding makeup and the latest makeup tips visit

Monday, December 18, 2006

Things To Remeber In Photoshop Editing

Adobe Photoshop is an amazing program that lets you manipulate photographs to get a more desirable result. It is a program that accommodates your penchant for creativity and your boundless imagination. But used incorrectly, Photoshop will only give you mediocre images.

To avoid poor quality Photoshop work, you should remember a few things that professionals keep in mind. First of all, you should remember to feather the edges of the image you have lifted by around 2-3 pixels. For example, if you had selected a particular image and moved it to a different background, you should feather its edges so that the picture subtly blends into its new background.

You must also remember to retain the proper lighting, perspective, focus and color cast. All the elements that make the photograph realistic should be considered in a Photoshop composition. In the previous example, if you moved the subject to a background where other things have shadows, then your subject must also have a shadow in the depth and orientation that is expected in that background had the subject been originally part of it. If you combine two images of different focal lengths, you also have to adjust the perspective of the resultant image to conform to each other. You also have to remember that if you have different images at different orders, the forefront image must be sharper than those behind it. Finally, the white regions of your image must match in tone and cast so as to present a harmonious-looking composition. To learn more about Photoshop and to see examples check out Photoshop Tutorials at PS Workshop.

Thursday, December 14, 2006 - Audio and Web Conference Calls

Looking for a conference call company that offers web conferencing and local or international conference calls at prices well below the competition? has all of these services bundled together, and offers excellent service and 24/7 customer support.

Check out their site and receive 60 minutes of free conference call service with no stings attached. offers competitive rates too, which is something you usually won’t find with a full-featured teleconferencing company; in addition the rate decreases automatically as your volume increases. There is no setup fee or minimum monthly charge; you simply pay for what you use. offers direct digital connections, and has relationships with major long distance service providers ensuring that you will get the highest quality service available, along with prices of 50% less than other conference call service providers. Whatever your web or audio conferencing requirements, offers a high quality service to meet your needs. - Audio and Web Conferencing

Looking to impress your clients with your next web presentation? is the perfect company to help you close that important business deal. Recently acquired by telecommunications giant Premiere Global Services, Netspoke offers a full variety of web conference, audio conference and reservationless or assisted teleconferencing services.

Invite over 500 people to your next team meeting or seminar with Netspoke’s web conference service and host a highly productive event at a fraction of the cost of face-to-face meetings. Engage your audience and boost participation with professional operator assisted conferencing. Netspoke will manage every detail of your conference from beginning to end.

Netspoke boasts an impressive client list, and is now owned by Premiere Global Services, so your company can be confident going into their next web or audio conferencing meeting knowing that the presentation will be a smashing success. - Audio Conferencing

With all the teleconferencing companies out there these days, choosing the best service for your needs can be confusing to say the least. Some require long contracts and commitments, and many of the well known telecommunications companies charge outrageous prices.

Well, I’ve found the most inexpensive conference calls service available. specializes in providing audio conferencing for under $20 a month. If you currently are paying more than 3.9 cents for your conference calls (and who isn’t) then you should check them out. uses the latest audio conferencing technology on the market for the highest quality conference call experience, so you are paying the best price available and you are still receiving a great quality service. offers access to toll or toll free numbers, can handle up to 125 participants in your call, and provides all the features and controls you need to conduct a professional conference call event.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Great Directory by Jim Westergren!

Jim Westergren has again done a fantastic site - this time a directory.

Check out Add It has over 30 000 active links, very nice detail pages and real time editing of links from users.

Here you can for example see a the category Society.

What is also very nice for those submitting is that they can preview the detail listing and edit their links even before the link is officially approved by the editor.

Credit Cards Vs Debit Cards

Although credit cards are the most popular forum of credit around, alternatives such as the charge card also have their benefits. Despite both forms of cards being popular, many people do not know the difference between them. If you are looking for the best type of credit, then you really should compare the relative advantages and disadvantages of credit cards and charge cards. They might serve the same purpose, but if you know the differences between them you can get the right type of credit for your needs and hopefully save yourself some money.It is hard to say which type of card is better, although if you want to carry a balance then you have to opt for a credit card. Credit cards generally have more flexibility, as you can pay the money back more slowly. Credit cards also have the facility for 0% balance transfers which gives a huge advantage. However, if you are someone who always pays his or her bills back in full each month, a charge card might be the answer. This will give you greater spending power when you need it without allowing you to go into debt and pay interest on it.

The Thrifty Scot

The Scottish people have earned themselves a reputation through the years as a plain spoken, down to earth and honest bunch of folks. It makes sense, then, that one of the best sources of financial advice on the Internet should be ThriftyScot.ThriftyScot is a simple, easily navigable site that gives no nonsense, down to earth advice on personal finance. Arranged into several categories, ThriftyScot's advice guides you through the often confusing world of personal finance and leads you towards the best money-saving deals available.Of all the categories offered at ThriftyScot perhaps the most useful is the credit cards section. With advice on credit cards offered by a wide range of lenders.Beyond the credit card pages, ThriftyScot offers fantastic advice on remortgages and secured loans. Since a home tends to be the most expensive and important purchase of your life, it makes sense to find good solid advice before you take out a mortgage. Additionally, it's just as important that you make sure you have all the facts before you take out a loan that uses your home as collateral.

Getting Instant Secured Loans

Although taking your time to find a loan is the best option, there are times when this simply isn’t possible and you need money fast. Generally, these loans will be needed for a short period of time, after which you can pay the money back. Although there are a number of instant unsecured loans on the market, they are usually for small amounts of money. If you need a larger amount of cash quickly, then you should look at an instant secured loan. Instant secured loans can help you can get a decision in just a few minutes, even if you have a poor credit history.There are many reasons why you might need a loan within a very short space of time, although it is usually due to unexpected expenses that you could not hope to budget for. These expenses are usually essential, and can include items such as car repairs, healthcare costs and house repair costs. If you don't have the money readily available but need to pay these expenses fast, then an instant secured loan might be the best option. This is especially true if you have a poor credit history and are unable to get an unsecured loan.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

U Tube Or Dvd

How many films would you guess you view in a week’s time? Would three be an accurate guess? Or maybe you’re addicted like me to u tube and the answer is more like 26 or 37. Regardless of your movie habit, I know where you can acquire them with minimal fuss and hassle. No, it’s not the mom and pop store down the street. They’re typically out of every new rental because they only carry one of each movie.

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Entertainment Directory

Hi Fokes

Just thought id mention a site i just found on the net is called FadLinks and its a small directory of entertainment sites hope you find it use full , I did and go a good laugh out of some of the listings .

Well just a quick one and Ill be back again soon ..


Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Johnny Cash Music

Johnny Cash Music
There are only a few country music artists that I admire. These are the ones who have enjoyed some crossover success into other genres and pop record charts. I love to listen to Johnny Cash music and I think that his passing is a significant loss. Born into an Arkansas family in 1932, he grew up knowing the effects of the Depression and the suffering of the poor. This empathy for the working class struggle never left him, and it informed a lot of his songs. He championed the underdog, as in his campaigning for prison reform and his album dedicated to Native Americans in 1964, titled Bitter Tears.
He had his own personal demons to contend with, in addition to social concerns. He had battled with, and beaten alcoholism and drug addiction. Johnny Cash music seems to exude his melancholy and his deep experience of the dark side of life. His religious convictions rescued him from the life that he was leading. Cash always had an admiration for the gospel music and hymns that he had grown up with.
Cash, known as The Man In Black, was the sort of guy that people felt they could chew the breeze with. He wasn't a rhinestones and Stetson type, he came across like an ordinary Joe. Two of his most successful albums were the live performances from Folsom Prison and San Quentin Prison. The inmates took Johnny Cash music to their hearts.
Other artists greatly respected Cash and he had a successful collaboration with Waylon Jennings, Kris Kristofferson and Willie Nelson. Bob Dylan was another fan and they recorded a duet together for Dylan's country album, Nashville Skyline. Of course his greatest collaboration, for Johnny Cash music and in life, was with fellow country singer and second wife, June Carter Cash. Their relationship was recently depicted in the movie, Walk The Line.
It wasn't all sorrowful songs. Cash revealed his lighter side in funny releases such as A Boy Named Sue and One Piece at a Time. Johnny Cash music traveled a long way from the young man who signed with Sun Records in 1955. This was the label that also launched the careers of Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.
Cash gained a new generation of fans through his final recordings. My favorite track is his cover of Hurt, which appears on his final album. Originally, a Nine Inch Nails song, Cash's frail voice gives the song an added poignancy. Sadly, his death in 2003 came when he was just entering a new phase of his musical development.

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

u Tube Video

U tube Video Camcorders is a site teaching you about Video Camcorders that work for utube meaning you can make utube videos easily and post you own unique videos for everyone in the world to see :) .

Monday, November 20, 2006

DR Dre

"Andre Young, a.k.a. Dr Dre, co-founded the notorious rap group N.W.A. (with Ice Cube and Eazy-E). The group was one of the most successful hip-hop groups of the late 1980s and helped lay the foundations of west coast gangsta rap. Dre's 1993 solo effort, The Chronic, was a critical and popular success. Later in the 1990's, Dre turned his attention to producing. He helped launch the careers of Warren G., Snoop Dogg and Eve of Destruction, and in 1999 Dr. Dre helped produce Eminem's top-selling The Slim Shady LP."Dr Dre Snoop Dog Fan Site

Thursday, November 16, 2006

Accent Lighting

Lighting has brought only benefits into our lives from its very first invention. Proper lighting can emphasize and bring to life almost anything you want. Dim lighting can turn the mood romantic in an instant. Night lights can be a life saver for our children who may not have a sound sleep in total darkness.

It’s easy to see that lighting can dramatically change the ambiance of virtually any space. Depending on what you have in mind, accent lighting can work wonders almost instantly; from show rooms that use this type of lighting to bring out the items they want to be noticed most to homes who use the same accent lighting to highlight special features.

I’ve worked hard to create a beautiful and serene landscape design around my home. Not wanting it to be lost in the darkness each evening, I had accent lighting installed that instantly comes on when dusk appears. I also love to use the same accent lighting during any celebrations or holidays to decorate and bring out the spirit of the season. Think red and green bulbs for December and a spooky orange for Halloween.

Not just for the homeowner, department stores and other commercial spaces use focused lighting to showcase a sale item or a new arrival. One of the best ways to spend a fall evening is to go window shopping and see the mannequins all decked out in their fall attire. With the accent lighting cutting through the darkness on the street, it makes you want to run inside and try those outfits on!

Another great place to use special lights is in the bathroom over the mirror. All women will agree with me on this one as accent lighting is a treasure when we’re applying make-up and trying to cover those pesky crow’s feet. How many times have you walked out of the bathroom with too much foundation, blush or eye shadow just because the lighting in the bathroom is not good enough? With proper accent lighting over the mirror focused on your face that will never happen again.

The greatest advantage to using them is that they don’t need a lot of energy and that in turn means you don’t have to spend a great deal to get the effect desired. Lately, I have noticed that it is much more elegant and intimate to use accent lighting in a room or space than the use of chandeliers; they are modern yet sophisticated and classy at the same time.

Before you decide to change your home or office visit some of the online stores which advertise and specialize in accent lighting; they will help you see and install where the lights will have most effect. Try it today and enjoy the numerous advantages of this magnificent invention.

5 Inch Heel

Getting my high heeled shoes was kind of a rite of passage for me. You see, I grew up as sort of a tomboy. I hated dressing up. I would much rather be out back, climbing trees with the boys or playing football. Going to church was the worst. I hated all those fancy dresses and skirts. That is why I would not even look at high heel shoes. That is, until my older sister made me try on her 5 inch heels.

If you have never worn a 5 inch heel shoe before, there's just no way for you to imagine what it is like. You are towering up on a tiny spike, perilously suspended above the ground. This may seem to be an exaggeration to you, but this is exactly how it feels. The first time I put on that 5 inch heel shoe, I fell over almost immediately. It is not like I wanted to wear it anyway, and trying it out was such a hassle.

My sister actually made me put on the 5 inch heel shoe when she was babysitting me. She literally held me down and would not let me get up until I promised to try on the shoe. It was humiliating, and I hated it at first. After a while, however, it started to grow on me. I liked the challenge of walking around the house in a 5 inch heel. I liked the way it made me shake my hips while I walked. Although I still felt like a tomboy, I was getting to the age where I liked attention from the boys, and wearing a 5 inch heel would give me just that.

Of course I was never allowed to wear the 5 inch heels again. Once my sister found out that I liked it, she kept the 5 inch stiletto shoes away from me. Nonetheless, I did get to wear prettier shoes from then on. My mom was thrilled to see that I was getting more into girls shoes and girls fashion, and was willing to indulge me with a few trips to get new clothes. It was really a lot of fun, and it actually made me feel freer. You see, I could still dress up like a boy when I wanted to, but I also got to dress up like a girl. And as soon as I got old enough, I bought a 5 inch heel of my very own.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Vegetarian Cooking

It used to be very difficult to be a vegetarian but it's a lot easier now. There are plenty of choices in restaurants and vegetarian cooking at home is made easier by supermarkets being more vegetarian friendly. There is a wide range of ingredients from around the world. You can also choose from non-meat ready meals.
People have different reasons for not eating meat and fish. Some choose on ethical grounds and others do it for health reasons. Some people react badly to eating meat, and simply don't like the taste. Everyone would benefit from eating less red meat and more fruit and vegetables. Vegetarian cooking doesn't have to be boring, a little imagination and fresh produce will go a long way. In addition to fruit and vegetables, there are grains, pulses, pasta, herbs and nuts.
You must be careful that you get a balanced diet, with all the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy body. Vegetarian cooking does entail less fat intake and this can also involves the choice of dairy products. Semi skimmed milk and low fat yogurts and cheeses are another healthy option. Vegetarian cooking can be further enhanced with the unsaturated cooking oils such as olive, peanut, corn and sunflower.
Most people stick to a few favorite vegetables, but it's worthwhile trying some less commonly used ones to add variety to your vegetable cooking. Spinach is good for its iron content and can be cooked or added raw to salads. There are different sorts of peppers, which can spice up a meal. The red, orange and yellow varieties are sweeter than the more bitter green. If you like the taste of onion, you'll probably like the mild onion like flavor of leeks. Parsnips are a versatile root vegetable and are particularly tasty when roasted in the oven. Fennel has an aniseed taste and goes well with celeriac in vegetable casseroles. Don't forget the garlic, because that's good for the heart and asparagus is a treat especially cooked in a nice sauce.
Pulses and lentils are simple sources of valuable protein but soak them overnight before cooking, with the exception of black-eyed peas. Beans need to be boiled on a high heat for ten minutes to remove any toxins. Experiment with chickpeas, haricot beans, kidney beans and split peas. There are also green, brown and red lentils, which are often used in vegetarian cooking.
With the addition of spices and herbs, non-meat dishes can be every bit as tasty. Plant some herbs in the garden if you have one. Make sure your food cupboard has s supply of the basics, most often required in vegetarian cooking recipes and you'll never want to go back to stodgy meat!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

It is rather easy to find classical musicians. It must be a tough life for all of these incredibly talented people. They train their whole lives to preserve an art, and they become a dime a dozen. Lets face it, brilliant classical musicians are about as hard to find as lousy rock bands. Although many of these musicians make some money playing in concert halls as part of symphonies, most have to supplement this work with other stuff. Some of them work outside their field, but most of them don't. A classical piano musician might work three or four different jobs at a minimum, first in the orchestra, then as a private piano instructor, than as a session musician helping composers record their tracks, and finally as perhaps a high school band teacher.
Classical musicians do one other thing quite commonly: they work private parties. It is really easy and fairly reasonably priced to hire classical musicians to entertain yourself and your friends for virtually any event. We recently had my daughters graduation from college and hired a classical string quartet to entertain. They were really lovely. My daughter Erin has always loved string music, as have the rest of us, and it provided the perfect accompaniment to her evening. The classical musicians even played some modern numbers for us to dance to.
Of course, we knew those particular classical musicians through a friend of the family. They actually had grown up with my daughter, although back in those days they hadn't been friends. That string quartet actually formed from a rival clique of girls from my daughters middle school. Back in those days, they were kind of bookish and geeky, not at all the charming social climbers like the friends of Erin, but who would have known that they would have grown up to do something so wonderful. As classical musicians they furnished a wonderful ambiance for our party, and stayed tactfully in the background. Really, for such socially graceless girls, they scarcely disturbed anybody.
It's good that we already knew those classical musicians, because it is such a chore finding competent entertainment. I swear, if not for the connections that I have, I wouldn't even know where to start before a party. I mean, how do you know that they are any good, and not just out to make a buck as entertainers? It is really best to hire classical musicians who you know.