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Saturday, March 31, 2007

I Love French Wine and Food - A Maconnais (Burgundy) Chardonnay

If you are looking for fine French wine and food, consider the Mâconnais area of the Burgundy region in eastern France. You may find a bargain, and I hope that you'll have fun on this fact-filled wine education tour in which we review a local white Chardonnay.

Among France's eleven wine-growing regions Burgundy ranks fourth in acreage if you include the Beaujolais region, which most people do in spite of their considerable differences. Partisans, and they are many, claim that Burgundy is really the number one or number two wine-producing region in France, if not in the world. The wine reviewed below comes from the Mâconnais area of southern Burgundy, whose wine production is almost 90% white, almost exclusively Chardonnay. This area produces three times as much white wine as the rest of Burgundy, but is not particularly well known.

If you are visiting the Mâconnais area, and you really should, make sure to stop by the village of Cluny and its medieval abbey, once the largest church in all Europe. Today the site lies in ruins, as it has been since the French Revolution, but what ruins. The site contains a horse-breeding center founded by Napoleon using stone from the abbey. You'll also want to see the Musée Ochier, a Romanesque lapidary museum. Don't forget to tour the town of Autun once called Augustodonum, city of Augustus. The original name refers to Augustus Caesar who modestly described it as "the sister and rival of Rome itself." Avoid disappointment, don't expect Rome II. But do visit Autun's Portes (Archways) and the Théâtre Romain, once the largest arena in Gaul (Roman France) with room for 15,000 spectators. Every August (do you think that's a coincidence?) traditionally costumed locals put on a period piece. Talking about Napoleon, he and his brother studied at the local military academy, where at age nine the future Emperor first learnt French.

Before reviewing the Burgundy wine and imported cheeses that we were lucky enough to purchase at a local wine store and a local Italian food store, here are a few suggestions of what to eat with indigenous wines when touring this beautiful region.
Start with Pâté en Croûte de Grenouilles au Bleu de Bresse (Frog and Bresse Blue-Cheese Pie).
For your second course savor Poulet de Bresse à la Crème-Trompettes de la Mort (Free-Range Bresse Chicken in Creamy Sauce with Horns of Plenty Mushrooms). Read more about Bresse chickens in our article I Love French Wine and Food – A Red Beaujolais.
And as dessert indulge yourself with Ile Flottante (Floating Island, a Meringue Island in a Custard Sea.)

OUR WINE REVIEW POLICY All wines that we taste and review are purchased at the full retail price.

Wine Reviewed
Pouilly-Vinzelles AOC 'En Paradis' 2003 Louis Latour 12.6% about $18.50

Let's start by quoting the marketing materials. This pretty wine from the Mâconnais is pale yellow in color and has a beautiful nose of lemon, honey, apple, and tropical fruit. It is elegant and pleasing revealing hazelnut and fruit flavors on tasting. This wine is perfect for drinking now.

This Chardonnay was fermented in stainless steel tanks and never saw the inside of an oak barrel. The Pouilly-Vinzelles is a not very well-known neighbor of the more expensive Pouilly-Fuissé. And now for the review.

My first meal was a Poulet Chasseur (Chicken Cacciatore) that I made with considerable care. The wine was very delicate and yet not weak. Its apple flavor expressed itself well. I enjoyed how the wine's acid dealt with the meat's grease, which was relatively low because I cooked the chicken without its skin.

The next meal was more pedestrian. It consisted of chicken legs in a soy, onion, and garlic sauce. The wine was refreshing and pleasant but fairly short.

Continuing to work my way down the food scale, the next pairing involved a baked noodle dish, a cheese-less lasagna with tomatoes, onions, peas, and chicken hamburger. The wine was appley and floral and went very well with the meal, but seemed a bit wasted.

The final meal was disappointing. It consisted of an omelet with brown mushrooms, local provolone cheese, and the fixings. The wine was pleasant but not at all special, in fact it was not particularly present.

The wine and cheese tastings were more successful than usual. The first pairing was with a soft, buttery northern Italian Bel Paese cow's milk cheese. This cheese seemed to intensify the wine's flavor. Then I tried the wine with a French Saint-Aubin, also a soft cow's milk cheese. In its presence the wine became softer.

Final verdict. I'm not sure. This wine was sometimes quite good, but I think it was too expensive. What do you expect from a Bordeaux? By the way, the label's term En Paradis was not the least bit justified.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

Driving Across The United States Is Surprisingly Fun And Educational

Formerly being a airline travel enthousiast, I never considered driving across the United States until an infortunate incident forced my ex-fiance and I to change our travel plans. We had flown out to Las Vegas, to attend a business convention late one night. The next morning, I turned on the television, only to find that planes had flown into the World Trade Centers in New York. It was 9/11, which devastated us and everyone around us. At Caesar's Palace, all the tvs were tuned to the tragedy, instead of the usual horse racing or other sporting events. You could hear a pin drop as everyone watched the tragedy unfold, live. The convention closed early due to the horrible tragedy. We were given t-shirts as we left the convention center, in memory to the people who perished in New York and Pennsylvania. Fortunately for us, my ex had already rented a van to get around with, as rental cars sold out quickly when all the planes were grounded. In Las Vegas, the airport is right in the city limits, very close to the Strip. With the planes all down, all we saw was an occaisional military jet fighter circling the city now and then. It was eerie and a reminder of the possible danger to the area. We left and drove over to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, our spirits lifted as we visited the coastline, stopping at lovely places like Balboa Island for lunch, Laguna Beach (full of interesting boutiques and restaurants) and Dana Point, where we stayed in a beautiful oceanfront hotel. Later, we went over to Burbank, and attended the second taping of the Tonight Show, with Jay Leno. The experience was surreal, nobody felt like comedy, so the show was subdued. Jay wheeled out a motorcycle that he was going to auction off for charity, and Arnold Schwartzenegger, Tom Cruise and others came to sign it. Being in the studio was fascinating, the temperature in the large room was cold, to keep the many hot stage lights from bursting, one of the producers told us. We had front row seats, because we got in line very early. If you go, make sure to go much earlier than told to, because it takes a lot of time to park, and the line to get in is very long.

After leaving downtown L.A. we drove around Beverly Hills and Hollywood. I liked Beverly Hills, seeing the beautiful homes was my favorite. Signs were posted everywhere saying that forest fires can happen and gave a daily rating to how much of a chance there was of having one. Interesting. Some movie stars' homes were on regular streets like yours and mine. Others were high up in the mountains, shielded by gates, high walls and ominous "keep out" signs. I don't blame them, with all the crazy people in the world. All the posh shops were nice, but a shopping spree there was out of the question unless we won the lottery and were rich like the Hilton family - one piece of clothing could be the cost of a new car or even, house in downtown Beverly Hills. Wow. We drove all over, taking pictures, stopping at fast food places like In and Out Hamburgers and Krispy Kreme Donuts. We also stopped in lovely ethnic restaurants to eat Mexican, Thai and Indian food. The Mexican restaurants were my favorites, most were authentic and gave large portions.

We drove through the desert, going back east, saw Hoover Dam, which was immense. Because of the tragedy going on in New York, everyone there was on edge, so we weren't allowed to stop on the bridge, just drive past it and park elsewhere. It was very scenic to see the dam, built long ago, with Art Deco influence on the well-built bridge and buildings. It was incredibly hot but the heat was dry, not humid. We drank gallons of soft drinks and bottled water to keep from being dehydrated. The vistas of tall mountains and large amounts of water being pumped by this powerful dam were really fascinating for this midwestern girl.

Our next state to visit was Utah, land of amazing rock formations and mountains. We only saw the southern part but what we saw was breathtaking. Bright red rocks jutting out of the ground, tall mountains and an endless night sky full of stars. We parked on the side of the road and watched the sky for an hour, deep in the desolate parts of the mountains. Without city lights (or any other civilization, for that matter) we could see everything, including the Milky Way. It was both beautiful and surreal at the same time. Utah is loaded with natural wonders and incredibly scenic.

Next, we drove to Colorado. It was so scenic driving up and down the mountain roads of this colorful, beautiful state. The whole state is a photographer's dream, especially with all the colors of the fall.The aspen trees were turning yellow, since it was now autumn, and the huge mountains all around us took my breath away. It felt and looked like the Old West to me. We stopped at an old mining town, even got to eat buffalo burgers (made of yes, real buffalo meat, which was good). If we'd had more time I would've spent a week there, but my ex had to get back to his job so time was limited.

Just east of Denver, everything got amazingly flat. Prairies are desolate and finding signs of life off the highway were few and far between. When we saw a gas station, we'd stop at it, because who knew how long it would be until the next one came along. People there were very friendly. We stayed overnight in a lovely old-fashioned hotel, and ate at the family restaurant next door. True Americana at its best.

We started seeing hills again in parts of Iowa, which we weren't in for long. Next came Illinois, where we stopped in Chicago. Having been there many times in my past, we stopped at places I liked, like WaterTower Place, the theater and the art museum downtown. There is a lot to do and see in this impressive city, just do it during the summer, because the winters there are cold and brutal. Chicago is a big city, with a long skyline as you drive past it. Much bigger than my hometown of Cleveland.

Late at night, we arrived at my home, in the outer suburbs of Cleveland. The trip was a success, even if it was marred by tragedy, we made the most of the situation. It took us a week to get home, and someday I plan to do it again, but this time with more time on my hands. If you want to see what America is really like, rent a car (try not to use your own, due to the major wear and tear this kind of travel does to a car) and plan places to see before you go. We did this trip without planning and it was still a success. We'd driven through lovely state parks, past amazing scenery and met wonderful people. Next time I do this, I'll go get a triptych at AAA and plan it to see more of the off-the-beaten-path places like the Grand Canyon, Yosemite National Park and Napa Valley.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

Infrared Photography and Big City Crime

One of the major jobs of the bigger metropolises of the word these years is crime. It looks that the bigger the metropolis the more-acceptable serious law-breaking looks to be. If not because to the proliferation of serious law-breaking then because the mentality of its citizens have got been conditioned to accept the serious behavior of a minority of its inhabitants.

So, how makes this statement associate to infrared digital picture taking and the hobbyist or professional photographic photographic camera operator?

Not much flights the all-seeing oculus of the infrared camera of the police force chopper as it pursuits a carload of thieves down the freeway in the center of the night. They will almost invariably be caught by the police force when they travel out their vehicle thanks to the thermic heat energy imagination of the helicopter’s infrared camera.

Likewise, your ain infrared daytime picture taking should allow no physical thing go unnoticed. After all – you’ve spent a batch of time scene up the shot and composing the mental image with just the right light, shutter velocity and aperture. Your mentality should not be to simply accept inaccuracies and faults with your photograph, but to travel that other measure to get rid of them altogether.

Just like the military officers in the police force chopper, why would you travel to great lengths to capture that concluding of import infrared mental mental image only to make up one's mind at the last 2nd to give up the chase?

Digital infrared picture taking makes have got a few things that should be taken into business relationship to guarantee your image is as best as could be. The following combination of points will impact your image:

Light, Dust on the infrared filter, Type of infrared filter, Exposure setting, Aperture and Motion of the subject

The digital infrared mental images at Photograph Shop Commonwealth Of Australia have got varying amounts of light, shutter velocities and apertures.

Low visible visible light may necessitate longer exposure times if you can’t acquire the aperture down low enough. This could have got a dramatic consequence on the concluding mental mental mental image – especially if you are shooting a topic that may travel even slightly.

Dust on the infrared filter will impact the image by producing “blind spots” inch the concluding image. A stopping point review of your infrared mental image in your photograph redaction software system will uncover these. The unsighted musca volitans can be smudged out of the mental mental image easily, but if you have got 100s then it may be more than worthwhile to recompose the image than to redact the digital photo.

The type of infrared filter will also find the result of the print. The Hoya R70 filter looks to be the best-priced for digital infrared photography.

Exposure and aperture scenes can be played with until you happen the best combination for your camera. But maintain in head that usually the higher the F-stop the longer the shutter velocity required. So shot a moving topic at a long shutter velocity can result in unwanted effects.

Long shutter velocities (of up to 15 secs or more) of trees on a windy twenty-four hours can actually bring forth the most dramatic effects.

We’ve all seen those long exposure nighttime photos of autos moving along a freeway. Long exposure daytime digital infrared imagination can bring forth astonishing results too. You just have got to acquire originative with your photographic camera and subjects. Think of the possibilities!

Be aware that adding an infrared filter may have got serious personal effects on your camera’s electronics or lens. Consult your camera’s trading operations manual or maker before fitting any infrared filter to your camera, and never look through an infrared or any other type of filter with your ain eyes.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

It's Dark - Get Your Camera Out

Wherever you live, there will be a time when it is dark and dreary. Dark eves can be a spot blue but also great for photography!

When it's dark it can be bracing to take images of .... lights! No, it’s not a misprint. And, of course, visible light is needed for all picture taking otherwise we would never see an image. But seeking out unreal visible visible lights on dark years can be rewarding.

Where make you happen these lights? That’s Associate in Nursing easy inquiry to reply - everywhere!

Street lights, house lights, visible visible visible lights for parallel bars and restaurants. Monuments lit up. Boats on H2O (don't bury the reflections), piers, lagoons. Cities and towns, buildings, shops, institutions. Roads and thoroughfares - visible lights word form street lighting, cars, bikes. Fireworks, fairgrounds .....


The great thing is that you can capture some antic mental images by using long shutter velocities at nighttime (you will rich person to utilize a longer rush in any lawsuit owed to the less ambient visible light levels). Longer shutter velocities will result in trails of visible visible light across your mental image if the light beginning is moving. This is particularly so when photographing moving vehicles - the presence and rearward visible lights can bring forth exciting and interesting effects.

Shooting at nighttime can give dramatic personal personal effects and can do a familiar topic look totally different. Worth a go.

Monday, March 26, 2007

A Walk in Axarquia, Andalucia, Southern Spain

My favourite walk begins in Competa at the turn off to Casa Mina. The white town of Competa, which looks very picturesque huddled against the mountain (La Maroma), is called by locals the "sleeping princess" because of its distinctive shape from this view. We climb gradually up a good track through pine trees and the sad remains of a forest fire and into the Natural Park of the Sierras of Tejeda, Almijara and Alhama. There are fabulous views of the coast, mountains and Competa. After 3.5 kms we arrive at a fabulous viewing point, where we can rest and see Torrox Costa, Frigiliana, the mountains of the Sierra Almijara and of course the Mediterranean. These are really beautiful views and our guests are always stunned. We drag ourselves away and turn left to continue our climb, at times quite steeply until we are directly below a look out station for forest fires (5.2 kms) The track is shingle and stones so can be a bit slippery, but if we are lucky we might see Ibex, the wild goat and eagles. We are very high so the views are amazing particularly of El Lucero (1,700 ms) and La Maroma (2,065 ms). Again it is lovely just to stand still for a while to absorb not only the views but also the total peace, disturbed only by birdsong.

The track levels off and we continue for another couple of kms along gentle ups and downs, enjoying the staggering views, until we start to descend through lovely fragrances of rosemary and sage. The track is steep in parts and quite slippery on loose stones. Shortly after passing some beehives we arrive at a wide good quality track, where we turn left. A very gradual descent takes us to a tarmac road (13.25 kms). The walk becomes flat and easy taking us through cultivated land of olives, almonds, oranges etc. until we arrive at the Ermita at the top of the village of Canillas de Albaida. This is a very pretty steep white village, which so far unlike Frigiliana has not been discovered by many tourists and it makes a delightful place to stop for lunch at a lovely restaurant in the main square. (15.5 kms. After lunch and a short tour round this picturesque village we continue our walk by following a tarmac road which drops steeply to the river Cajula taking us past the chapel of San Anton and an ancient Roman bridge ( 16kms). Next we continue along the tarmac road which now climbs quite steeply until we reach the track of Los Eriales (18.6 kms) and we continue along this good quality track with beautiful views of the Sierra Tejada, Lake Vinuela and the coast. The Sierra Tejada takes its name from the yew tree (tejo in Spanish) which used to be widespread in this area but has largely been destroyed because it is poisonous to sheep and cattle The land here is cultivated, growing almonds, olives and vines, but in Spring there are fields of poppies and lots of other wild flowers such as Bermuda buttercups and wild lupins. We continue until we reach the steep climb down the ridge to Daimalos, where Steve and Sheila are lucky enough to live and guests stay in distinctive village houses, for their walking holiday (24kms).

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

Ireland - 10 Great Beaches

Ireland is a relatively small island off the West coast of mainland Britain, with around 3 million inhabitants. The beauty of Ireland is that as an island we have a varied coastline; North, South, East and West which offers any visitor the chance to experience some of the most beautiful beaches in Western Europe. Here is a list of my top ten beaches from around the island of Ireland. Whether you want to walk the dog, have a snooze after your picnic lunch or try your hand at surfing, Irish beaches can offer you everything you want (plus more!) to make your holiday a memorable one!

1 Benone Strand, County (London) Derry

A lovely stretch of golden sands in Limavady on the North East coast. There is also a complex nearby which has been designated as a nature reserve. Experience a walk through the dunelands.

2 Portstewart Strand County (London) Derry

Between the popular seaside resort of Portstewart and the mouth of the River Bann lies this lovely beach and with its' extensive dunes. The Strand is two miles long and is also an important nature conservation area.

3 Tyrella Beach, County Down

In the North East area of Downpatrick, Co. Down, Tyrella Beach offers a wide and beautiful flat sandy beach with important natural dunes.

4 Helen's Bay, County Down

From the coastal town of Bangor in the North East, you can walk to this beautiful area with its' remote and unspoilt beaches and country park. An area of historic significance in both World Wars.

5 Rossnowlagh Beach, Donegal.
The "Heavenly cove" is regarded by many as the most scenic and dramatic beach in the whole northwest facing the Atlantic Ocean. Miles of golden sand it is popular for all kinds of water sports; board sailing, surfing and water skiing.
6 Bundoran, Donegal
From the car park, you walk down a steep path to a glorious stretch of a sandy beach facing Donegal Bay and the Atlantic Ocean. Walk this beach and stop to watch the surfers.

7 Dugort, Achill Co. Mayo.

County Mayo on the North West coast has many lovely clean beaches which are ideal for swimming, sailing, surfing and other water sports. This is just one of them.

8 Duncannon Beach, Wexford
Near the lovely city of Wexford, this is considered one of the best beaches in the South East, with over a mile of golden sands.

9 Balbriggan Beach, Dublin

The capital of Southern Ireland is Dublin. Within 2 minutes of the city centre is Balbriggan which not only offers lovely coastal walks but is also home to a large colony of seals which can regularly be seen around the harbour area.

10 Lahinch, County Clare.

Formerly known as Leath Inse (peninsula), Lahinch is a water-bound location on the South West coast. This beach offers excellent surfing with a promenade opening unto the Atlantic Ocean. The area also offers a championship links golf course.

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Tips for Getting Sharp Pictures Without a Tripod

Use a tripod if you can

A tripod is an indispensable piece
of equipment. However, they are often large, heavy and cumbersome. In many
cases you simply won’t be able to utilize a tripod to acquire the image you need. But, without one, your mental images will be inferior won’t they? Perhaps, but if you
follow the following guidelines, then you’ll be in a better place to acquire the
most out of your camera.

Use a fast shutter speed

Use the fastest shutter velocity that
you can. The longer shutter velocity that volition warrant pin crisp mental images is
1/60. Some people will claim that they can acquire crisp mental images at 1/30 or even
1/15 – don’t listen to them.

Consider your lens

The focal length of your lens system system is important
– the longer the focal length, the faster the shutter velocity necessitates to be to
guarantee a steady hand. A good rule of pollex is to take a lower limit shutter speed
which is like to 1/focal length. So a 100mm lens system system necessitates a shutter velocity of
1/100 whereas a 400mm lens necessitates one of 1/400 and so on

Go faster if you can

Try to mistake on the side of cautiousness and take an even
faster shutter velocity where you can. The job is that the longer the focal
length, the littler the upper limit aperture is likely to be thus restricting your
pick of shutter speed. The larger the aperture you take the faster the
shutter velocity you can use

Action necessitates it even faster

Fast cars, trains, lorries; people
moving, running, jumping; animals, waves, trees in the wind – these all require
you to be even more than careful as the shutter velocity required to freeze motion is
already relatively fast. Just rack up the velocity to the fastest the photographic camera will
allow. The shorter the focal length and the wider the aperture, the more
successful you will be in freezing movement.

Stand steadfast

Posture is important. If you
cannot acquire a fast shutter velocity (in relation to your lens) then take an
appropriate stance when taking your pictures. Tilt against a building, wall or
fencing if you can. Stand with legs apart and brace your elbow joints against your sides. If it is windy, delay for a lull.

Try and remainder your photographic camera or lens
against something solid and hold it firmly. And guarantee it is well braced
against your forehead.

Breathe and be gentle

Take a deep breath and hold it
when you chink the shutter release. And when you do take the picture, make slow
and smooth movements. No sudden thrusts or jerks.

Remember –
ISO is your friend

Most photographic cameras let you to change the ISO setting. The
larger the ISO you set, the faster the shutter velocity you can choose. You will
acquire more than “noise” Oregon “grain" inch your mental images but it can intend the difference
between a one-half nice image or no image at all.


Even if you haven’t got a tripod, it is worth
considering a minipod or monopod. These are no replacement for a nice tripod
but they are small, visible light and inexpensive. Another great piece of equipment is
a little beanbag. This tin be placed on a surface and will mold to the form of
the photographic camera when it is placed on it.

Remote is

If you can utilize a cablegram release or an infrared remote
release then make so. Or, when the photographic photographic camera is steady, using the ego timer will
let shutter release without you manhandling the camera

Don’t underestimation the importance of good technique and
style. You will acquire better images by following simple and commonsense steps
such as as those outlined above.

Have fun

Thursday, March 22, 2007

Take a Break - Enjoy a Cruise

Take a break, stay away from the busy city streets, free your spirit and meet new people. There are all kinds of specialty cruises, from cruises for hiking enthusiasts that stop at many choice hiking locations, to cruises for fisher people, health enthusiasts and other special interest groups. The cruise ship offers everything that is entirely for one's enjoyment. You can take part in planned group activities, take in some sun, enjoy one of the many on board activities or just hang out in your cabin and watch movies. Enjoy the traditional way of relaxing near the pool with eyes set on the star-studded sky or flash one's eyeballs on the beautiful people. Some ships offer spa and other beauty packages. As the night curtains are dropped, there are numerous bars and parties for you socialize and mingle with others. You may be surprised at the unique types of activities that are available. There are a lot of things and activities waiting for you so do not get stuck in a corner, go out and meet people.

You are on your way away from home; packing is the next thing to consider. There will be plenty of situations perfect for casual wear, such as shorts and t-shirts. For the night time something a little formal will do the trick. Besides the basics of clothes and toiletries, it's a clever idea to bring at least a few swim suits. There's just nothing fun about putting on an icy cold suit that doesn't want to go on. If you've ever tried to squeak into a wet swimsuit, then you know what I'm talking about. Be sure to bring your camera because there will be tons of interesting things to snap pictures of. You'll want these to record your vacation for yourself as well as share with friends once you get back home from your cruise vacation. Above all else, don't forget to pack your sense of fun and adventure.

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

Advice And Tips For Finding The Best Adventure Travel Destinations

If you are in the mood for something a little more wild and daring, why not consider planning an adventurous vacation? Travel to exotic locations worldwide, and pursue the trip of your dreams. Take a ride on an elephant in Thailand, or travel on horseback to gorgeous remote mountain destinations. Of course, this type of vacation is not for everyone, so if you're looking for rest and relaxation, adventure travel probably is not for you.

Not to say you will not get any rest on your trip, but the accommodations will be simple and less than you would experience at a five star resort. It is definitely a trade off to experience this type of outdoor recreation, which is usually far removed from popular thoroughfares. Be one with nature and do something different to get away.

Adventure travel is very exciting, and there are risks associated especially when travel to overseas destinations is involved. Travel sites are abundant online which specialize in world class adventure travel experiences at affordable prices. Adventure seekers can choose from over two thousand vacations including hiking and biking trips, cultural tours, African safaris, Antarctic expedition cruises, Everest base camp treks, a Nile cruise, Mongolian wilderness adventure, or hiking Machu Picchu. The possibilities are endless because there is a huge selection of active and adventurous vacations worldwide.

Comprehensive guides to adventure travel can be found all over the internet, just type in adventure travel guide into a search engine and away you go. These online adventure travel guides are a great resource for adventure travel and outdoor recreation with information on top destinations, national parks, outdoor gear, hiking, and kayaking. For family adventures, you just add family to your adventure travel search query and you will find many travel sites featuring dude ranches, whitewater rafting, houseboat rentals, bicycle tours, horse pack trips and trail rides, dog sledding vacations, wildlife viewing tours, and wagon trains, just to name a few popular adventures.

Security and safety are a high priority, and associated risks should be considered before booking your vacation. Most adventure travel sites recommend that travelers visit the United States Department of State website at for the latest travel advice; be sure to heed any travel warnings that have been issued for various destinations and take care throughout your trip. Be prepared and get the recommended vaccinations in plenty of time before your trip, and stock up on any medications you may need on your journey. Travel light but don't forget something that can make or break your experience. And last but not least, enjoy your vacation and you'll far exceed your adventure travel expectations.

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Monday, March 19, 2007

What It Takes to be a Singer: Three Things You Need to Develop to Be a Singer

You state you desire to sing. What makes it intend to sing or to be a singer? The reply may look obvious, but is it?

When we believe of singing, we may believe of a specific song or performer. We may believe of notes, pitch or wonderment how many octaves person is able to sing.

The 1 thing you may not see is your mind. Singing starts with your thinking. It is your mental attitude. What you think, you will feel. What you feel, you will sing. Your voice tells us what you are feeling long before the words you state or sing do. If you experience happy, excited, or love for example, vocal accommodations will go on automatically in order to fit that thought. If you experience fearfulness about hitting a high note, you will not be able to concentrate on the attack needed to attain it. As you cannot believe about two things at once you will undoubtedly lose the short letter and naively believe it is caused by mediocre vocal technique, deficiency of range, a dry throat, nerves, or one of many other head games vocalists play with themselves because they make not understand how their thinking finds the sound they produce.

So what is singing? What make I necessitate to develop to go a singer? Singing is the combination of three things:

1. Vocal Technique
2. Music
3. Creativity / Self-Expression

Vocal Technique: Vocal technique is practical information about your thinking, breath co-ordination, tone of voice production, thorax and caput registers, resonance, and maintaining healthy vocal cords. These techniques are practiced until the vocal co-ordination needed to bring forth the desired sound goes automatic. Often, vocalists focusing only on technique resulting in a stiff and uninteresting style. They miss originality and are disconnected from the audience.

Music: It is your ability to understand the construction of a song and pass on your thoughts to other musicians. Those who concentrate primarily on the music impede the development of their distinct style. They sound as if they are imitating someone.

Creativity – Self-Expression: Creativity and self-expression lets you to develop a style that is alone to you. It is the result of exploring and stretching your musical boundaries. Singer’s World Health Organization concentrate only on creativeness and self-expression deficiency proper technique limiting their ability to hit high notes, sing with power, and the ability to command the voice allowing them to show any song in any style they choose. Un-necessary strain is set on the vocal cords, often causing damage. They make not attain their vocalizing potential.

To be a vocalist you necessitate to develop a balance between all three areas. Imagine a three-legged stool. You will certainly “wobble” and possibly “fall over” if you make not keep a balance of all three elements.

Learn and pattern vocal technique on a regular basis, understand the construction of the music you are performing, and always dispute your originative boundaries. It all starts with your thinking. Following these guidelines will set you statute miles ahead of the competition.

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Sculptures With Art of Love and Passion - Khajuraho Temples

Situated in the heart of Central India, Khajuraho is a temple town different from any other temple city of India. It is not about religion, worshipping and deities, instead temples in this fascinating village are famous for the eroticism etched on its walls in the form of sculptures. There are so many theories and controversies over eroticism depicted on the outer walls of temples in Khajuraho.

According to a legend, the creators of Khajuraho had descended from the moon. The story of the origin of this great dynasty is interesting. A beautiful young daughter of a Brahmin priest was seduced by the moon god while she was bathing in the Rati one evening. Her name was Hemavati. The son born of this union between a mortal and a god was a son was named Chandravarman. Harassed by society, the unwed mother sought refuge in the dense forest of Central India where she was both mother and guru to her young son. This boy of Hemavati and moon grew up to found the great Chandela dynasty. When he was established as a ruler, he had this dream one night in which his mother implored him to build temples that would reveal human passions, and in doing so bring about a realization of the emptiness of human desire. Chandravarman began the construction of the first of the temples, successive rulers added to the fast growing complex.

Few scholars believe that the Chandelas were believers in the powers of Tantrism; the cult which believes that the gratification of earthly desires is a step closer to the attainment of the infinite. Yet another theory justifies the erotica of Khajuraho, claiming it had a specific purpose. According to this theory, in those days boys lived in hermitages, following the Hindu law of being "brahmacharis" until they attained manhood. Therefore, the only way they could prepare themselves for the worldly role of 'householder' was through the study of these sculptures and the earthly passions they depicted.

However, few Hindu scholars emphasise that the erotic sculptures are present only on the outer walls of the temples and not inside, which according to them means that one should leave all his/her worldly desires outside before entering the place of worship.


Built between AD950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty, temples of Khajuraho is the evidences of the architectural geniuses during the times of Chandela dynasty. The 85 temples were built in North Indian 'Nagara' style of architecture, though only 20 of them have survived the rough weather conditions over long years of time. The two richer distinctive groups of temples are the Western and Eastern group of temples. With hardly any written records and rare references to its origin, the history of Khajuraho has become trapped in the mythical folklore of the region. According to the Myths Khajuraho was known as 'Khajur-vahika' or 'Khajjurpura' in the ancient times because of its golden date palms (known as 'khajur') that lined the gates of this city.


Khajuraho is surrounded by 22 temples, which give us a glimpse of a golden time of art and devotion at their peak.Out of 22 temples, two were made from sandstone. The stone blocks were first carved and then the interlocking pieces were assembled to form a temple. Each temple is different from one another. The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions : western, eastern and southern.

Western Group of Temples:

Lakhmi Temple

The Kandariya Mahadeo Temple

Devi Jagdamba Temple

Chitragupta Temple

Viswanath Temple

Eastern Group of Temples:

Parsvanath Temple

Ghantai Temple

Brahma Temple

Vamana Temple

Javari Temple

Southern Group of Temples:

Dulhadev Temple

Beejamandal Temple

Khajuraho temples were discovered accidentally by a British military adventurer in 1838. Built between AD950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty, the temples by the end of the 15th century were abandoned, hidden deep within thick jungle.

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Friday, March 16, 2007

Live With The Gorillas

At first glance, you would probably shy clear of sharing a room with a Silverback Gorilla. A 400lb gorilla is not something you wish to take lightly. They are big, unpredictable and strong. Smelly too. They tend to ruin furniture, not because they are aggressive, but rather because your average living room couch was build for lighter things – such as two growing teenagers involved in a violent tussle.

But being close to such an animal gives you knowledge. Or so they tell me. David Attenborough knows because he has done it, spoken about it and had it filmed for the world to see.

You can do it too.

There are organised tours in Rwanda and Uganda. You can travel in the mountains with an armed escort and get right up close to these gigantic but gentle animals. Access is closely controlled and the guns are for chance meetings with poachers rather than for animal use.

You will be taken to the rainforests and then travel quite long distances by foot. Thus these treks are not for the fainthearted or unfit, yet the reward is that you are almost certain to see gorillas close up and in their natural habitat.

The gorillas accept humans – for a while. Meetings are limited to about an hour during which you are likely to be mock-charged (look submissive when this happens and you will be ok). The experience will leave you in awe – watching these massive animals going about their daily business. You will feel a part of their world for a while.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

Hitting High Notes - It's Easier Than You Think

In order to understand what takes place when vocalizing high short letters you first demand to understand what flip is. Pitch should not be thought of as a note. Pitch is a musical thought. A mental image. First, the vocalist acquires a strong mental image of the short letter they wish to sing. You then sing the desired pitch mentally being guided by how the voice feels. You avoid the impulse to listen to the music or to yourself. Musical cues within a song are meant to guide you but vocalizing is a feeling and demands to be felt or heard mentally before attempting to sing the note.

Singers believe a pitch is something to be reached or hit. While “reach” and “hit” is nomenclature used to direct a vocalist to sing a specific note, it is not what we actually make to bring forth the higher tone. The higher you sing within your range, the more than hard you comprehend it to be. Nothing could be farther from the truth.

When we believe of high short letters as “up” we instinctively seek to attain “up” to them. We state ourselves that they are above the short letters in our less register. This volition cause us to force or strain up to the short letter developing mediocre vocal wonts that volition cause the voice to cut off the air supply and tone, making it impossible to sing the note. High is the term used to explicate short letters that spell higher up on the musical staff. When vocalizing them, however, they in fact make not travel up but rather are positioned and sung in the same resonant country as all the other short letters within your range. The vocal cords, or voice box as it is also referred to, remains relaxed and seated when the proper musculuses and vocal co-ordination are used. The vocal corduroys stretch and thin as you sing higher short letters but they in no manner demand any particular co-ordination Oregon breath support to suit this. In fact, if we make effort to sing high short letters differently then less 1s the voice will check causing you to toss into a visible light falsetto voice rather then a strong and affiliated caput voice. You necessitate to give up the impulse to command the sound. When we recognize that the voice box is to remain in the same seated place throughout your full range, top to bottom, we can get rid of the fearfulness associated with vocalizing in certain countries of our range.

If you have got got been reaching up to short letters or pushing inordinate air through the vocal cords, you likely have over-developed muscles in the pharynx that are not meant for singing. The musculuses on the side of your neck, as an example, are used for chewing and swallowing. As they are dominant muscles, the deficiency of proper tone of voice co-ordination and control over airflow will result in these musculuses taking over keeping you from vocalizing in the upper country of your caput register, or range. Any time musculuses that are not meant for vocalizing acquire involved in the process, the voice box will lift immediately cutting off the air supply, tone, and will maintain you from reaching the right pitch. If you are having trouble stretch high short letters it is because you have got developed mediocre vocal wonts that volition eventually do vocal cord damage. You necessitate to halt doing what you are doing immediately and acquire aid from a qualified vocal coach.

When trying to rectify this job you may experience latent hostility in the neck, around the jaw and oral cavity area. You cannot feel latent hostility in these countries unless you are focused on the tension. Developing the right musculuses needed for singing, combined with proper tone of voice and breath co-ordination, your focusing will switch and the latent hostility will disappear.

So halt worrying about what observes you are singing. Over time, all the difficult work you have got set into properly developing your voice will pay off and you will hit any short letter you wish effortlessly. Continue to foster your gift and you will be amazed how much more than endowment you have got developed. Experiment, acquire originative with the music and have got merriment doing it.

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

The British Invasion

The Kasabian concert at the Kool Haus seemed like a concert somewhere in England (even though I haven’t been there). This set out of Leicestershire pumped out astonishing electronic, stone beats with an astonishing visible light show. I’ve heard them on the radiocommunication with their hit “Club Foot” and have got noticed them gaining more than than and more involvement of us brother Canadians.

After mingling in the crowd during the gap sets and at intermission I met Jeremy, consecutive from London, England who arrived to Toronto the nighttime before for business. Determination out about the concert the twenty-four hours of, he was shocked that Kasabian was playing a locale like the Kool Haus. “Kasabian is one of the top sets in the UK. They’re brilliant!” helium said over and over.

“Brilliant” and “fantastic” were the popular words of the eventide as I numerously heard not only Jeremy say, but also many others after almost every path ended.

Tom Meighan, the Pb vocalist and the three other set couple all had the British shag and a slayer sound to travel with them. There is nil better than hearing a set in concert and being exposed to the songs that you don’t hear on the radiocommunication especially when you cognize that they are monolithic somewhere else in the world.

For those of you who are wondering the same as I was about ‘what the heck makes Kasabian mean?’ they named themselves after Linda Kasabian, who was Prince Charles Manson’s pickup driver. That is about how American these male children get, everything else other than their name seemed strictly Brit.

I believe that we will be hearing more of Kasabian in the hereafter and who cognizes maybe their immense celebrity in England it may do it here to Canada, just like it have for many United Kingdom bands.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Interview With An Up And Coming Musician From Toronto

Today, Norm Goldman, Editor of and is delighted to have got as our guest, Dan Goldman, Guitarist, Song Writer, Poet,
Organizer and a instrumentalist of many other talents.

Dan is here to discourse his world of music and travels.


When did your passionateness for music begin? What maintains you going?


I can't quite retrieve when my passionateness began. It looks to have got been an inborn appreciation. My earlier memories are of hearing to old records and 8-track
recordings that my parents had kicking around the house - anything from Kenny
Will Rogers to Neil Diamond sparked my involvement at the time. My male parent played piano,
and I always loved listening to his romantic, albeit, slightly bathetic touch. I'd press my ear against the sounding board to acquire the most out of the vibrations.


Who were the instrumentalists that influenced you?


There are too many to mention; but if I had to contract it down, I'd say, in order
of appearance: The Beatles, The Who, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, my uncle Issac,
Classical guitar repertory including Johann Sebastian Bach and most of the Spanish composers,
Joni Mitchell, Jim Hall, Bill Frisell and on and on.I'm currently into Wilco,
Joanna Newsom, Lisa Germano, to call a few.


When on tour, make you detect any differences in audiences from one metropolis to the
next, and if so, would you state that this may due to their geographical location. For example, how would you compare audiences in George Vancouver to those in Toronto or
Montreal insofar as your music is concerned?


Yes, I'd state the chief difference lies in how saturated the marketplace is. In
Calgary, for instance, where there isn't as much traffic in footing of touring
bands, I be given to acquire a warmer and more than appreciative response than in Toronto,
where, although I play plenty of great gigs, the audiences are somewhat numbed
by the sheer volume of instrumentalists around. Then again, public presentations are always
different and anything I believe is the rule is always set into inquiry as soon
as I play an unexpectedly great gig in the least likely situation.


What disputes or obstructions make you meet while traveling and performing? How did you defeat these challenges?


I acquire nervous a lot. I'm mulct when I'm actually performing, but I generally get
stressed a couple of hours before the show. It's really of import for me to eat
and remainder appropriately so that the emphasis doesn't take a toll on my
performances. I generally seek to set aside a certain amount of time every day
that I'm on tour to heating up or to my sitting (meditation) practice.


Which is your favourite metropolis to execute in? Why?


I can't state that I have got one. Anywhere where the people are receptive and
supportive goes the best city.


How make you acquire the inspiration for your song and music writing?


I love music. It's not difficult to acquire inspired, what's hard is following through
and staying consistent with my authorship practice. I happen that the lone manner to get
to where I desire to be expression-wise is to pass the time it takes; and you
never cognize how long that's going to be, so you just maintain going!


What was the first piece of music you ever wrote? What was the reaction?


I can't remember. It was probably something in the classical guitar idiom. I've
always made certain to inquire people who I knew would be supportive - a stacked deck,
if you will, in my favor.


Do you put yourself daily, weekly, annual goals? If so, what are some of your


Yes, I definitely have got to put day-to-day goals, otherwise a whole twenty-four hours go throughs me buy,
and I experience like I've done nothing. These ends are rewarding because I can say,
for example, I'm going to work on words for an hour, and then at the end of the
hr I've done it - it might all be shit, but at least I've stayed with it, and
it'll likely turn into something good at some point. In contrast, saying that I
desire to tour the world by the time I'm 33 is a spot more hard to
materialize. Ultimately, I cognize that if I maintain writing and touring, I will get
led to greater achievements in my trade as well as a greater fan alkali with
more than touring opportunities.


You are a guitarist, song writer, poet, and arranger. Which of the above make you
prefer and why?


At this point, I'm a singer-songwriter. It's what I pattern on a day-to-day basis,
and it's how I'm starting to go known.


I understand that in Canada there are Music Festival Travel Grants as well as
other traveling grants that help professional Canadian instrumentalists to execute at
festivals outside their state or district of residence.

Apparently, these grants are given to present experience people to new
audiences at an early phase of their calling to a wider public. Rich Person you ever
received this aid and if so, could you state our audience how beneficial
have got they been from the point of position of furthering your career?


Yes, I've received some aid from the Canada Council for the Humanistic Discipline and it
have been extremely helpful. I got a tour grant last year, for instance, which
allowed me to tour across the country. Although the tour wasn't as well
organized as I'd hoped for, it did supply me with a new web of people
across the state who have got since go very supportive, including my current
manager, Candace Elder.


Do you believe there is some sort of a connexion between music and travel?


Absolutely. Traveling, whether physical or emotional, supplies a new
perspective, or a new backdrop, if you will, to your old script. It do your
story look a small more than vibrant, and therefore, worthy of being documented,
which of course, is one of the chief intents of art.


What is adjacent for Dan Emma Goldman and is there anything you wish to add that we have
not covered?


I have got got a tour beginning in August that I trust will convey me from seashore to coast. I'm also working on some new songs and am really excited to enter them in the
new year.

Thanks Dan and good fortune with all of your hereafter endeavors. Thanks Norm

To read more than about Dan or listen to his music bank check out his site at

Monday, March 12, 2007

Canadian Stars: The Marble Index and the Waking Eyes

Canadian Indie sets are dominating the music scene and it just so happened that three of them took over the Rivoli on Queen St. for a nighttime of true entertainment. Boy, The Marble Index and The Waking Eyes all performed for free at an event that was hosted by BenQ called the Video Sound Tour. Unfortunately I was not able to do it for the Occident Seashore indigens Male Child who were the openers for the show but was told that they were great but lacking the entertaining factor.

“I thought their music was good but I personally like watching sets that expression like they are having merriment when they play, but they were hot,” said Melanie, a fan from the crowd.

The Marble Index, personally one of my favourites, rocked the show. The William Rowan Hamilton three graced the phase with their talent, as singer and guitar player Brad Germain even got bosom with the audience by getting in there and also making certain we all applauded them since it was a unrecorded taping. All he wanted was to do them sound like they were a well-known band that everyone loved but the crowd did neglect to accomplish that. The cats from The Marble Index definitely stole the show specifically with the path by them ‘Not Sol Bright’ that is getting great airplay on the Edge. Germain added temper to the show and was merriment to watch as he continuously jumped up on the talker boxes. With Ryan Tweedle on Bass and Adam Knickle on Drums they added exactly what this set have that brands it stand up out from any other. The Casby Awards were when I first discovered these cats and ever since their melodies are constantly playing on a cadmium in my car.

Melanie and Ashley were two misses right up in the presence that seemed to be enjoying themselves the most out of everyone. Here’s what they had to state about The Marble Index. “I’ve seen the Marble Index a clump of times and I love them, they are astonishing live,” said Melanie. “This was my first time seeing them and they were great,” said Ashley.

Next up was The Waking Eyes another Casby performer. This is another set who sounds the same unrecorded as on their CD, possibly better. They have got two singers that probably assists them distinguish themselves from others. These male children from Winnipeg Manitoba have got been appearing on the charts and for certain played a great show.

“The concert was great, they all certain cognize how to execute especially when The Waking Eyes brought out the trumpet,” said Samantha Cox.

Yes that’s right, a trumpet. Rusty who plays guitar and makes vocals brought out another endowment and that was gracing the audience with his cornet playing skills. Something I’ve never seen before but went well with the music they played. He was actually good and the crowd was feeling it for sure.

The Waking Eyes and The Marble Index played first-class sets and looking around at the audience they all seemed pleased with what they saw. Overall a memorable night, the locale was perfect sizing even though at times it was a small crowded but when three Canadian stone sets acquire together for a tour there is guaranteed enjoyment. Next time when they come up to town I’ll be there, supporting them 100%.

Sunday, March 11, 2007

Lori Nuic Sparkles

A soulful vibe along with an amazing voice is what Lori Nuic is gifted with, she got the crowd grooving as she performed at Launch Pad at the Cameron House for the first time.

This young starlet started out by playing a big part in a high school musical, Leader of the Pack, bringing her to the stage today and playing songs that any crowd would love.

“Just to have an audience to listen to you is cool,” Lori said.

The energy in the audience was amazing as this Kitchener girl sang, looking like she has been doing it for years.

Together with her eclectic voice, she mainly plays the guitar but also dips into the keyboard. Before Lori’s performance at Launch Pad, she asked the audience for some spoons or a cowbell which she also likes play, adding a little spice to her tunes. Too bad no one had any of those instruments to spare.

Dancing was what Lori started out with taking it into University, but she said, “I knew that music was what I always wanted to do.”

As a young age Nuic learned how to play the guitar and her voice was discovered after singing songs from the movie Beaches with her friend.

“It doesn’t seem like hard work when you love what you are doing,” Lori said.

She is not the only one in her family to have such passion for music. Lori’s brother is in a band and plays the drums and bass. “I look up to my brother because he is a musical genius,” Nuic said.

Lori is working on her first album. To her it has been a lot of fun to create, yet stressful. You will be able to see it out in early 2005.

I will definitely be looking forward to seeing Lori at the Cameron House in the future, she has so much talent and a great personality to go with it.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Coming Up - An Interview with Jerry Gain - European Tour Expert and Urban Visionary

Human connexions are unusual sometimes. Through a friend of a friend Iodine heard about Jerry, who dwells just about 5 proceedings from me. I heard that, through his company A Perfective Tour, he runs specialized alone tours to places like Toscana and Greece, and I also heard that he is involved in an enterprise to revitalize Toronto's Waterfront, something that the citizens of Toronto have got waited decennaries for to come up to fruition.

So I thought I'd track Kraut down to make an interview with him and certain enough, last week, he was able to squash in an hr long meeting with me in his jammed assignment calendar.

Jerry filled me in on the fact that through his occupation with Air Canada he got connected with a traveling federal agency for which he now runs a assortment of alone tours to Europe, to places like France, Hellenic Republic and Italian Republic and that the tours are usually a hebdomad long, include alone extravagance adjustment in private villas and incorporate a custom-made sight-seeing and activities program.

Travel is obviously portion of Jerry's soul. But in improver to foreign countries, Kraut also loves his place town and as a single concerned private citizen, Kraut have got got got got got set together a squad of people to develop a multi-stage multi-decade revitalization program for Toronto's Waterfront.

Personally, I sure trust that Toronto is going to travel soon on a Waterfront Renovation Plan, since at present Toronto have immense pieces of land of former industrial land (the "Port Lands) by or stopping point to the H2O that have been waiting for many old age to be developed, and federal, provincial and municipal authorities are still debating about what be after to pursue.

Other places like Barcelona, Chicago, San Francisco or even San Antonio, have also undertaken major waterfront redevelopments, and they have done some quite astonishing things with their ocean/ lake/ riverfront areas, making their waterfront countries a major attractive force for locals and tourists alike.

Unfortunately Toronto have had some oversights in this country and some of Toronto's business district areas, particularly Harbourfront, have go concentrated countries of upscale residential highrise developments dominated by concrete condominium buildings, with small space dedicated to greenish zones or public recreational areas.

My personal hope is that Toronto volition take a wiser program for redeveloping the Port Lands so that there is a healthy premix of residential, commercial and recreational land usage that will do that portion of the metropolis more than liveable and more attractive as a finish for local citizens and vistiors from out of town.

In this spirit and simply as a concerned private citizen, Kraut have set together a pool of experts over the last few years, including architects, consulting applied scientists and graphical designers, who together have developed a multi-stage proposal that is supposed to redevelop Toronto's waterfront over respective decades. Let's hear how Kraut came up with this idea, what it implies and how close it is to implementation.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Bestselling Author Barbara Winter Coming Up!

As an entrepreneur, fledgling creative person and travel enthusiast myself, I always keep learning from other entrepreneurs who have successfully combined business, creativity and travel in their own way. Last fall I took a seminar at the Learning Annex in Toronto with the title “How To Support Your Wanderlust”, which ended up being a very entertaining and informative seminar.

Barbara Winter is a Minneapolis-based entrepreneur, writer and speaker who has spent the past 17 years helping people discover their passions and turn them into profitable businesses. She is the author of the best-selling book, Making a Living Without a Job: Winning Ways for Creating Work That You Love (Bantam, 1993), and the publisher of Winning Ways, the newsletter for people living and working with passion.

In addition, Barbara teaches seminars and teleclasses on “Establish Yourself as an Expert”, “Making a Living Without a Job”, and “How To Support Your Wanderlust”. Barbara’s most recent endeavour, her book Jumpstart Your Entrepreneurial Spirit is hot off the press and just came out last month.

One of Barbara’s mantras is to turn artists into entrepreneurs and to turn entrepreneurs into artists. This is incidentally exactly where I am at in my life right now: after 2 business degrees and 15 years in business as an independent entrepreneur, the time has come for me now to reintegrate creative passion back into my life, which the website and my travels will offer me to do.

Barbara likes to turn people into inspired entrepreneurs who expand their horizons. I knew that Barbara would be a great candidate for an interview, she is funny, creative and full of great ideas and energy. I am sure that her seminars and books have inspired thousands of individuals to get up and pursue their passion and create their own businesses.

What I like to do in my interviews is I like to talk to the person, get to know them a bit better on the phone so I can compile written questions (hopefully semi-intelligent ones..;) for them that they can answer in their own words. The hour I spent on the phone with Barbara has been very entertaining and informative for me at the same time and I felt totally energized after talking to her.

As a novice writer myself, just listening to Barbara gave me lots of ideas for my own writing and publishing endeavours. Barbara really knows how to capture her audience and I am actually planning to take her upcoming teleclass A Beginner’s Guide to Getting Published.

Barbara is an interesting, inspiring individual that many of us can learn from. Stay tuned for my first interview!

Tuesday, March 06, 2007


Well, I am really excited to be able to show to you my first interview: Barbara Winter, best-selling author and originative enterpriser extraordinaire. I am always fascinated by people who pull off to compound their artistic and originative endowments with being a successful entrepreneur. In the end that’s what I am aspirant to achieve.

I first met Barbara in a seminar in Toronto and I enjoyed her humorous, insouciant yet enlightening style. A few telephone conversations and a tele-class later: here she is!

1. Please state us a spot about your background and work experience.

I've been self-employed for 30 old age so the things I did prior to that look very much in the distant past. My first occupation was as a high school English Language and address teacher. Then I worked for the State of Gopher State Employment service. After taking three old age off to be a fulltime mother, I was an inside interior designer with Ethan Allen. Every 1 of those occupations taught me things that helped me when I started my ain business--including instruction me that I never wanted to work for anyone but myself.

2. You are one of the innovators of self-employment. When and why did you make up one's mind to go self-employed? What was it like when you got started? How have got things changed since then?

I certainly wasn't encouraged to be self-employed when I was growing up. The determination evolved gradually. I had gotten interested in personal growing and development back in the early 1970s and was slightly frustrated that all the books and seminars (which were far fewer than there are today) were by men, for men. I decided to take some of the things I'd learned and make seminars for women. I also began publication a newssheet called The Successful Woman. It was all trial and error.

There was very small information to assist me then. I began working from home, but was somewhat abashed about that. I had no thought that I was going to be portion of the place concern revolution. Essentially, it's so much easier now to be self-employed because there are more than of us doing it and there's more good information.

3. One of the primary focuses of this website is travel. State us about your "Support Your Wanderlust" seminars.

Well, I've always had itchy feet myself and as One got more than confident about being self-employed I knew I wanted my concern to include travel. As time went on, pupils in Making a Living Without a Occupation seminars kept telling me that they wanted to go so How To Support Your Wanderlust came out of those requests--and my ain and other entrepreneur's experiences creating profitable traveling for themselves.

4. How make you incorporate traveling into your entrepreneurial ventures? What chances of traveling have got you been able to bask through your concern endeavours?

I go extensively throughout the United States doing seminars. Now that I've joined military units with Dent Williams, who dwells in London, we're doing more than work together in the UK, as well as in the US. As a writer, I've also traveled and integrated research into those trips adding another net income center-- and tax deductible travel.

5. How often make you go and how make you accommodate traveling with all your assorted concern endeavours?

It varies, but I've kind of developed a system that plant for me. The seminars I make in grownup erectile dysfunction programmes are primarily held on Friday eves and Saturdays so I go on the weekends with those. When I'm in Europe, I have got got to have my authorship undertakings done before I leave. I've always preferable to go more than frequently, but for shorter time time periods of time so that do it possible to maintain up with the demands of my concern at place because I'm usually not away for long, long periods of time. And I only purchase houseplants that tin last without me.

6. Please state us about your life and concern doctrine in general.

My philosophy--in its simplest form--is "have a great life and talking about it." I decided long ago to do myself a guinea hog and experimentation with thoughts before passing them along in my authorship and teaching. I see myself a card-carrying dream detergent builder and my top joyousness is helping others travel for their ain dreams.

7. You are a bestselling writer of the book "Making a Living Without a Job". State us more than about that book.

Making a Living Wihtout a Occupation was first a seminar which was enormously popular--still is--that put option together my thoughts about being creatively self-employed. When it went into book form, I wanted to compose a manual that wasn't just about getting started, but also about keeping going. It really was meant to free the corporate slaves by exposing them to a different manner of working and thinking about their ain lives.

8. What about your most recent book "Jump Start Your Entrepreneurial Spirit"?

Jumpstart Your Entrepreneurial Spirit is a aggregation of 52 short essays about all kinds of things appropriate to the entrepreneurial life. It includes tons of the intangible assetss things that do for success and tons of narratives about people that animate me.

9. Please state us about your " Winning Ways" newssheet and the tele-classes and seminars you offer?

One of the most critical things for anyone wanting to win at self-employment is to have got steady reinforcement. A newssheet makes that beautifully and also gives me a formatting to share new concern ideas, books, and narratives from my seminar students. Winning Way come ups out six times a twelvemonth and is great merriment to write. I'll be starting my 19th twelvemonth of publication, which is a length of service record for little concern newsletters. While I still make short seminars that include the 1s you've mentioned and another called Establish Yourself as an Expert, this past twelvemonth I've been moving to longer events, which I love. Here in Gopher State Iodine make one called Camp Entrepreneur. Dent and I also make an event in Las Vegas called Being an Inspired Entrepreneur and another in the Lake District in the United Kingdom called Building the Possible Dream. I'm quite stricken with all the longer events and program to make more than of them in the future.

10. For a piece now you have got been involved in edifice a concern across international frontiers. Please state us more than about your latest enterprise – Dreambuilders.

One of the interesting challenges I've been dealing with for the past couple of old age is learning how to work with a concern spouse who dwells 4,000 statute miles away. While e-mail and the telephone set do it easy to remain in touch, Dent William Carlos Williams and I are also aware of the fact that we're most originative when we're together in the same place. Sometimes we also have got small cultural differences of sentiment which we always pull off to work out, perhaps because we both happen it absorbing to see a different perspective. These are all just small issues that add spice to our business, I'd say.

I once wrote an article called Another Barrier Down in which I talked about the fact that we are the first people in the history of the world for whom geographics is not an obstruction for starting a business. In the article I said the concern of the hereafter will look quite different: our clients and clients will be people who share a consciousness, not a postal code.

It's that new paradigm that Dent and I have got heartily embraced in creating the Dreambuilders Community. We're getting members from all over the Earth who share our consciousness. It won't be long before we're holding events in a figure of different states and seeing that the entrepreneurial spirit can boom almost anywhere. It's wildly exciting to be portion of this growing planetary community of divine entrepreneurs.

Let me give thanks you, Barbara, for sharing your experiences and some penetration into your originative entrepreneurial mind. So far I have got learned a batch and I am definitely planning to subscribe up for your adjacent “Establish Yourself as an Expert” teleclass!

Saturday, March 03, 2007

Launch Pad Introduces Subliminal

Who would have got ever thought that a phone call out for a guitar player from the audience would turn into such as a wow! Beginning the nighttime off at Launch Pad playing first-class screens of Eagles and Jimi Jimi Hendrix it could only follow by something as extraordinary as beat boxing.

Subliminal was the 1 who astonied me and everyone else by doing what celebrated beatboxing fable Rahzel is known for, which is expectoration out the chorus and the beat at the same time using only his vocals. Something that you would believe is impossible but it came easily to Subliminal who started out his public presentation with a verse form he wrote. This one-man wonderment can make just about anything from beatboxing to architecture. His first time at the Launch Pad opened his eyes to all the great music hopefuls.

“It’s A good vibe, a place where stars are born. It’s got that existent ambiance that’s underground, where things happen, where people can acquire the most creative,” said Subliminal.

Subliminal is working on his first record album that is near completion. “Three old age later I am finally going to have got material. Finally people will be able to take place some of Subliminal,” helium said.

Look out for more than of Subliminal particularly this summertime in and out of Toronto. A definite astonishment and yet another Godhead improver to the Launch Pad.