JCPenney insists it is a snowman. They have already been having financial difficulties. This tea kettle controversy may be bringing them lots of attention. But it is probably not the kind they want or need. If they had only come out with a kitchen accessories line like Target did. It was designed by world famous architect, Michael Graves. He also designed another line of household accessories for Target.
But in March of 2012, Target announced that their thirteen year partnership with the Michael Graves Design Group was coming to an end.
Guess who their new partnership is with? It is JCPenney (see video below). So why is all the buzz about a controversial tea kettle rather than this potential publicity gem? Perhaps, it is because more people know who Hitler was than who Michael Graves is.
Typography 101 is designed to briefly answer the question, ‘What are type fonts and typography?’ For too many people who write using a computer, type is just something to use to fill a space with words. Type has meaning. It has beauty. It has history. Typography 101 will provide some insights into the three of these.
Before the computer, before typesetting and before typewriters, type was made by hand. Even the type used for typewriters was initially created by hand. Here is a terrific post, with animated video, that gives some good insights into the history of type.
Is an MFA the new MBA? Is it the advanced degree that will guarantee gainful employment? An article in Fast Company is posing this question. Many companies are finding this to be true.
Artists seem to possess the kinds of qualities that the job market demands. As things continue to change, these skills will be even more in demand.
According to the Fast Company article, “critical thinking, creativity, and the ability to work with others are skills they both learned in school and use on a regular basis in their current work. Arts graduates are plucky and understand how to use their creative skills in a variety of settings.” They are not referring to artistic settings.
An article in Inc. Magazine, Why My Art Degree Paid Off, agrees that art graduates have special talents. The same kinds of talents that make them good business people. In addition, artists “start their own businesses to rave reviews.”
Is an MFA the new MBA? A good case is made in both articles. This has been my own experience, too. The recent devastation from Hurricane Sandy has necessitated creativity and flexibility. The skills that artist gain from art school and that are instinctual as well.
In A whole New Mind, author Daniel Pink refers to the fact that creativity would become the most desired asset. He feels that the people who have balanced the right brain with their left brain will rule the world. Time will tell which MA becomes more coveted, the MBA or the MFA. What are your thoughts on this subject?
Label Reading 101 should be a required course for anyone considering buying packaged food.
The amounts of sugars, salt and chemicals are enough to make anyone sick. As a matter of fact, they do. Packaged food often equals processed food. Many sophisticated consumers know that processed food also equals unhealthy food.
An article in TakePart.com cautions consumers about reading labels no matter what promises and temptations the front of a packaged food offers. This article includes ingredients photos of about a half dozen typical foods.
Label Reading 101 and a magnifying glass are both required here.
It is both shocking and unnecessary to add most of the ingredients. In fact, a study was done on two types of macaroni and cheese dinners. One is sold in the US; the other in the UK. They had the same ingredients and even tasted the same. The exception was that the US version also had food coloring. Two moms in the US protested the addition of this needless and not nutritious chemical. They actually petitioned Kraft to remove the dye. Read about it here.
Food additives are big business in the US. Packaged and processed foods are the mainstay of many diets. It is easy to see why we have a nation of so many sick people.
A major food issue currently has to do with GMO foods. GMO stands for genetically modified food. US companies are not required to label food as such. The consequences have been fascinating. Other countries refuse to buy food stuffs from us. An app is now available that lets you know if a product you want to buy is genetically modified. You can read more about that in this article.
Good luck food shopping. Don’t forget the lessons from Label Reading 101. Especially make sure to read the fine print on the ingredients part of the label.
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Instagram was on the top of my list of new platforms to learn. So with my usual resolve, I made a start and got the general idea of how to use it. I loved taking pictures and having them immediately telegrammed around the globe. I liked being able to look at them on my iPhone and desktop. I was awed at having them show up magically on RebelMouse. But I did not enjoy some of the images I was receiving.
There is nothing earth shattering on the list. So if you are curious, you can scan the original article. In fact, the list includes some kind of dumb things that are far less interesting than what I found boring.
This brings up some questions, What is the point of Instagram? What can it do that other visual platforms can not do? What makes it so special that facebook would spend a fortune to buy it?
What came to my mind first is the novelty of it. It is man’s 21st century visual answer to the telegram. Here I am right now doing or viewing such and such. It can be very powerful. As mentioned earlier, it can be tedious.
I like the powerful part. It makes a statement. It can be amazing, beautiful or horrific. And it is immediately transmitted. I get it. I like it. I love to use it. I want everyone else to create Instagram images that wow me. Otherwise, forget it.
American indigenous architecture has changed our landscape as well as gone through a dramatic transformation, itself, in the mere handful of centuries that the US has been a country.
Although from one family, American Architecture, their styles over time bore no resemblance to each other. They seemed unrelated although they all bear the same classification, indigenous architecture.
With the exception of the Capitol of Virginia built in Richmond, VA and designed by Thomas Jefferson, each of the other nine buildings represented shows a unique and dramatic shift in style, structure, materials and sense of aesthetics. It is an amazing study.
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Online fuel is a code name for all the quick energy, high carbo loading food we consume when we are glued to our computers for 12 hours + a day.
Online fuel are foods that we can quickly grab out of the frig, freezer or kitchen cabinet. We can heat them in a micro wave; popcorn is the best example. It suffices to say that short of the take out order of pizza or Asian food, online fuel is not the most balanced food program.
Here’s a parable from Instagram that tells the story of how they changed their eating habits and exercise routines after their acquisition by Facebook. Having a billion dollars sure can take of the pressure and desire to consume online fuel while glued to the technological ball and chain for endless hours.
In future posts, we will explore more ways to overcome the online fuel obsession. Decreasing hours chained to a computer may be a different addiction to deal with. So we will focus on one thing at a time.
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Prevention or mutilation? This is the question being asked. Angelina Jolie’s dramatic decision to have a double mastectomy as cancer prevention, rather than because of the existence of the disease, has the holistic pundits up in arms.
It also begs these questions. What is prevention? What is treatment? What is unnecessary or mutilation? This information filled video gives the holistic perspective on the ramifications of such a severe decision regarding prevention or mutilation.
Heirloom seeds have become an endangered species because sterile seed are replacing heirloom seeds.
Not long ago, people had seeds from one planting season to the next. It was nature’s gift to man. Seeds came from grown food to grow food for the next year. Now it is different. GMO seeds are sterile. No new seeds come from their crops. Farmers become dependent upon corporations such as Monsanto to supply them with expensive seeds every year.
There is also grave concern about the foods that result from GMO seeds and the potential manmade monster meals they create. Nature used to provide abundantly, naturally and healthfully. In trying to outsmart Mother Nature, ‘Man-santo’ and other corporate giants may very well outsmart himself.
Daily, new incidences of the horrors of GMO plants and foods surface. The epidemic of Indian suicides is probably the most distressing. Farmers in India are being convinced that Monsanto’s GMO cotton will deliver greater yield. Thus they will gain greater profits. The opposite is happening.
Farmers are going into debt to buy sterile GMO seeds. They do not regenerate from year to year. They require a great deal of water which is often unavailable. In addition, certain pesticides become essential. They are costly. The small business farmer can not afford either the GMO seeds nor the pesticides. Debt results. Because debt is not passed on to the family upon a death, the farmer decides that suicide is his only option.
Fields of wheat in Oregon were supposed to be GMO free. They were found to contain it when the wheat refused to die when Monsanto’s herbicide RoundUp did not kill the wheat. It resisted it. The Zombie GMO wheat has resulted in Japan and Korea canceling orders of soft white wheat for fear of GMO contamination.This is economically disastrous for US farmers. Where again is the benefit from using GMO seed rather than heirloom seeds?
Despite these examples of potential world economic disaster, big agribusiness companies like Monsanto continue to produce GMO seeds. Major corporations are producing them, congratulating themselves for it and the government is going along for the ride.
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Flower Essences are intrinsic to holistic healing modalities. They are used for emotional healing.
The first known ‘modern’ company to produce flower essences or remedies, part of the vibrational medicine system, was the Bach Flower Company. It was started by Edward Bach in the Uk about 75 years ago. The value of the remedies for healing was based on an inside-out rather than an outside-in disease process. Bach believed that disease starts as dis-ease. If an emotional issue could be dealt with at that level, disease might be avoidable.
His process for identifying which flower was right for which emotional imbalance was never recorded it. There are many other companies that emerged all over the world since then. They were based on Bach’s theory but not his system. No other company or person could corroborate with Bach’s conclusions.
The theory goes something like this. The vibrational ‘personality’ of a flower could be transfered to water when the flower was left on top of water in sunlight. How Bach figured out which flower had what personality is unknown. Fortunately others did uncovered it after much time and experimentation.
Today one can choose from tropical flower essences to Alaskan. They are truly available worldwide. The essences are preserved in alcohol, once the ‘personality’ is imbued into the water. For purposes of storage and then sales, the liquid is transferred to small dropper bottles. The liquid is consumed a few drops at a time over the course of the day. One tends to know when the remedy is no longer necessary by the improvement in emotional state.
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