Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Marriage can keep mental health good & healthy...

Marriage can keep mental health good & healthy...According a New Zealand-led international study ....

GETTING married is good & positive for the mental health of both men and women.

The world-first study, led by clinical psychologist Kate Scott from the University of Otago, Wellington, was based on World Health Organisation mental health surveys across developing and developed countries in the past decade, and published in the UK journal Psychological Medicine.

By contrast, separation, divorce or being widowed was associated with substantially increased risk of mental health disorders in both genders; particularly substance abuse for women and depression for men.

"One of the more important findings is that in recent years it has been asserted that marriage is better for men than for women in terms of mental health. This study does not agree with that position," Dr Scott said.

"We found that compared to never getting married, getting married is good for both men and women in terms of most mental health disorders."

However, the study did find that men were less likely to become depressed in their first marriage than women.

Dr Scott said this may be linked to traditional gender roles in the home.

Significant gender role differences in the home could have an effect on mental health problems for married women.

The other gender difference the study found was that getting married reduced risk of substance use disorders more for women than for men.

Dr Scott said this could be explained by the fact that women are usually the primary caregiver for young children. A number of international studies have shown that women's consumption of alcohol dropped sharply when they became pregnant, and this restraint often continued into early childcare.

On the downside, the study showed that ending marriage can increase the risk of mental health problems.

Being separated, divorced or widowed was associated with increased risk of all mental health disorders in both men and women; particularly with depression in men and substance abuse (drugs and alcohol) in women.

"What our study points to is that the marital relationship offers a lot of mental health benefits for both men and women, and that the distress and disruption associated with ending marriage can make people vulnerable to developing mental disorders."

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

live a longer and healthier lifeMaking healthier ,choices,better life

live a longer and healthier lifeMaking healthier choices for a better life..........

Making healthy choices is the key ingredient to living a long and healthy life. To a large extent, we have control over how healthy our bodies remain throughout our lifetime. simple ways to stay healthy and add years to your life.

Breathe Fresh Air.

Drink More Water.

Sleep Between 6-7 hours Every Night.

Eat Fruits and Vegetables.

Restrict Alcohol Consumption.

Eat High Fiber Foods Daily.

Exercise Daily.

There are several important question people can ask themselves to help them live a longer and healthier life.

How many hours are you working a week? How much sleep are you getting? What time do you exercise if you do? What are the barriers for you living a healthy lifestyle?

You should also cook rather than eating out. Get eight hours of sleep and eliminate stress.

You need to eat a diet that rich and fruits and vegetables, high in fiber, low in saturate fats. I need to exercising at least five times a weeks.

These are simple life changes you can start to work on now to make big changes in health as you get older. be happy..& good luck..

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Monday, November 23, 2009

American Music Awards 2009

A lot of fancy footwork at the 2009 American Music Awards, which will go down in history for not one - but two -- celebrity spills: Adam Lambert's Olympic tumbling act and Jennifer Lopez's embarrassing stumble.

But there were also some fashion missteps on the red carpet and up on the stage.

Rihanna's mesmerizing Mummy bodysuit, Jennifer Lopez's blessedly padded Thierry Mugler mini- dress, Lady Gaga's "Alien" ensemble and Kate Hudson's Versace nip-slip dress come to mind.

Check out the Best and Worst of AMA the fashion and vote for who was hot and who was most definitely not.

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Sunday, November 22, 2009

Test your luck at Ozarks casinos

Unless you're a hunter or winter angler, the seasons for most popular outdoor recreation in the Ozarks is nearing an end.
But there's a baker's dozen of assorted options for indoor fun within easy reach of Springfield.
No, not museums. Not football games. Not holiday shopping excursions.
It's gambling -- with the added attraction of live music, golf and great eats.
Thirteen casinos of the Indian nation are just over the border in Oklahoma.
And if you've never taken this one-tank gamble on rambling westward-ho, you might be surprised at the entertainment value it guarantees, in more ways that just wagering for a bonus roll on the slots or a good poker hand.
They also offer live rock, bluegrass and country music performances --often with marquee names --and memorable overnight or weekend stays, fine-dining and a new golf course to tackle.
Then again, you may just want to ante-up some cash for a possible return on your money.
It's all there - just across the border.
Bright lights
While most every casino in the mix offers a mix of happy times, laughter, lights and whoopla, the Quapaw tribe's several-million-dollar Downstream Casino that opened in mid-2008 is a popular stop.
Settled near the Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma borders -- about an hour and a half from Springfield on a direct I-44 route -- Downstream introduced Las Vegas style to the region.
Its lighted 12-story hotel can be seen from I-44 and for miles on the inroads from all three states, and it offers dazzling lights, a mega-selection of restaurant, bar-lounge, slots and table games upon entry.
"We wanted to deliver the most exciting machines to this area and another challenge was to give people who entered the casino, the best gazing experience," says Bob Maritz, slot director at Downstream.
"We wanted people to be taken back by the entrance experience. In other words, when players come into a casino, they can stand anywhere, see the chorus of opportunities and go 'Wow,' because it's all about achieving that 'Wow experience.
Several of the casino venues offer up live musical entertainment on a weekly (some every day, others weekend or designated-day-only) schedule for their guests.
Some of them, in addition to the weekly live musical performances, cameo top-name-star on-tour concerts. Downstream, for example, featured Jewel in early November and Buffalo Run has Miranda Lambert on its concert bill for Dec. 5.
Both Downstream Casino and Resort and Grand Lake Casino offer opportunities for the folks in your group who might prefer to slice it on the course rather than dice it in the casino.
The overnight getaway
Buffalo Run Casino sports a hotel and if you are a Player's Club member, you can get a quite frequent discount on the price of an overnight stay; and Downstream Casino and Resort offers a Web site discount on an extended stay.
Mary Morris, of Miller said she enjoys her stays at Downstream and Shelby Sears of Springfield, wouldn't trade the super-stay at Buffalo Run.
Casual eats and fine dining
Almost every casino in this northeast Oklahoma mix offers some sort of snack/concession/casual eats relief, if you're looking for the ultimate in a novel fine-dining experience, head for Buffalo Run's Coleman House Restaurant, Stable's Club House Restaurant, Bordertown's Sisters Restaurant, High Winds' Sports Grille, Wyandotte's Twin Bridges Restaurant, Grand Lake Casino's End Zone Restaurant or Downstream's Red House Steakhouse

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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Exclusive men's fashion in Macy’s

Exclusive men's fashion add to Macy's
About Macy's, Inc
Macy’s Inc., formerly known as Federated Department Stores, Inc., with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, is one of the nation's premier retailers. The company operates more than 850 department stores in 45 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico under the names of Macy's and Bloomingdale's. The company also operates,
Macy’s Inc. will introduce an exclusive menswear line, dubbed Threads & Heirs, in March.

It will debut at 200 Macy’s stores and on the company’s web site,

Macy’s didn’t identify the stores that will carry the clothing.

Threads & Heirs will be produced by LF USA’s Oxford Collections, a subsidiary of a Hong Kong-based apparel company. It’s aimed at men aged 20 to 40.

The line will include shirts and jackets and range from $24 to $99.

The debut of Threads & Heirs is part of Macy’s strategy to offer exclusive clothing lines. In early October, the retailer announced it would offer an exclusive women’s sportswear line from designer Ellen Tracy.

Macy’s (NYSE:M), with corporate offices in Cincinnati and New York, operates more than 850 department stores in the United States.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Typical signs of work life balance

Typical signs of work life balance::Work Life Balance;;;;;;;;

•Feeling that you are merely trying to get through the day.
•Barely making it to the end of the week and feeling completely exhausted by the time you get home.
•Feeling that you are on the merry-go-round of life and just wanting to get off.
•Feeling like you are falling behind and never catching up in the game of life.

First, people that have work/life balance don't always have work/life balance. Think of it as a continuum from a 10 being "perfect balance" to a 1 meaning "total chaos." Where do you fall on that continuum most of the time?

change course

Rule #2 is that techniques that work for some may not work for others. Analyzing your present situation is the beginning step in the process toward wholeness.

Setting Goals

Rule #3: balance comes from answering a series of questions about yourself on a regular basis. For example, am I clear about my personal, professional and play goals? If you are not crystal clear on your goals, you will only get mixed results. The fourth rule is that achieving work/life balance is incremental. There are really no silver bullet solutions. There are only minor tips and techniques that have a cumulative effect if implemented.

I recommend that you examine the four stages of the work/life balance process. In the first step, Self-Assessment your objective is to answer the question, "Who am I?" You will want to reflect on your skills, values, interests and priorities. Writing down your thoughts and ideas is an excellent way to start. Share your ideas with a professional or someone you trust to be your "accountability buddy."

Next, comes the Exploration stage. Here you want to answer the question "Where am I going?" You will want to come up with your goals that match the information gained in the first stage. You will need to be clear about your personal definition of success. I suggest you have goals in these areas of your life: faith, family, friends, finances, fitness, fun (yes, fun), future career development, and finally further learning. What investments will you make in these areas?

Third is the Implementation stage where you answer the question "How do I get there?" Here you are developing a strategic action plan to obtain your goals on a weekly, monthly and annual basis. Make sure these goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, realistic and time-sensitive. At the end comes the Evaluation stage when you determine what went right and what went wrong.

a few tips that Usefull for you

Visualize your ideal life - dare to dream and write down the top ten things you want to accomplish on your "life list."
•Write down your personal vision statement and mission statement - it will help you see where you are going in life.
•Turn off the television - studies show that it creates depression. It is a passive activity that won't give you energy.
•Limit Internet time - set better boundaries so that technology does not rule your life.
•Pursue your passion persistently - own it and be disciplined in achieving what you truly desire out of life.
•Keep a journal - it will help you on a regular basis to stay focused on what is important to you.
•Every weekend set a goal of doing one fun activity.
•Define your daily exercise time - what works best for you, 30 minutes in the morning, afternoon or evening?
•Go to bed a half hour early and get up a half hour early - this allows you to carve out additional personal time.
•When confronted with a choice, ask yourself: What's the cost? Will this add to my life or create more stress?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Make your life enjoyable and stress free....(Lifestyle management)

Make your life enjoyable and stress free...firstly pray GOD.
then ...all
Streamlining one`s living pattern and priorities of life is perhaps the most significant step that one can take in order to sidestep stress and its effects. The first thing is to set one`s body clock right to get around crippling stress-effects such as sleep disorders, bowel disorders, nerve perturbation and hormonal dysfunction.

To minimize the effect of stress one has to help oneself to a good sleep. The human body is designed for sleep to come effortlessly. When sleep comes with an effort it is obvious that we`re holding on to the day`s stresses and reaching out for tomorrow`s as well.

Apart from adjusting one`s lifestyle to one`s body clock, effectively managing time is also an invaluable skill in coping with stress. Knowing when to take the load and when to offload, often goes a long way to maintaining a healthy and balanced existence.

Effective Time Management
Effective time management and living in an organized way can save us from nagging day-to-day stressors. We just can`t keep count of missed or procrastinated calls to the doctor, a friend, a relative or a business partner in a day. Many don`t have the time for family and social commitments, which often results in anxieties and relationship tensions. A bad time manager invariably ends up a much-harried one at the close of the day. Getting organized in various fields of life—be it a holiday trip, household, office or management of children`s affairs—can be a sure step towards avoiding stress.

To get yourself organized in life the following points can prove vital:

• Be Flexible.
There is always more than one solution to a problem. One should be flexible enough to accept alternative solutions and experiment with them. It doesn`t help becoming anxious, depressed and staying screwed, if one`s dream formula for a problem didn`t work.

• Be Realistic About Your Ability.
It does help to set realistic and achievable goals?long term or short term, in life. The targets should correspond to one`s capability to achieve them. Making unrealistic demand on oneself and others is a sure way to invite stress.

• Prioritize Your Tasks.
Prioritizing the tasks on hand can help reduce the challenges in completing them. Putting time and energy to important tasks and breaking a big task into smaller steps makes things easier. When one finishes one thing at a time and is able to meet one`s responsibilities in time, the effect can be inspiring.

• Do Not Baulk At Delegating Responsibility.
Delegating responsibility when it is appropriate, prevents emergence of stress. When one has several tasks at hand and puzzles over how to go about them, assigning smaller tasks to others can work wonders. This can be done both in office and at home.

• Learn To Be Assertive.

Practicing to be a little more assertive or learning to say `no` when required can prevent you from taking up extra tasks which can eat into your precious time and energy. We often come across a housewife at home or an executive in office putting themselves under unwelcome stress by taking more than what they can handle.

• Keep A Time Planner.
Keeping a time planner ready helps going about one`s task systematically. The listings should be scheduled on a day-to-day and priority basis. It is, also, important to allot a little more time for each schedule to avoid working under strain and anxiety.

• Take Planned Breaks From Work.
Whether a quick 5-minutes break or a 5-day long holiday, the breaks might offload the after-effects of stress in us. A jaunt to a spa or health resort goes a long way in refueling our stress resistant capabilities.

Effective Communication
Effective communication is key to the success of all kinds of relationships. Stress—the real `bug` in our lives, generally comes from the interaction with others and demand from modern way of living. A hiccup in communication at any level is most likely to lead you into a stress situation.

Learning to say no, developing interpersonal communication skills such as listening to other`s views and providing effective and timely feedback is key to effective communication.

When your ideas and attitudes are effectively communicated to people around, you may find yourself in a win-win situation in every sphere of life-family, workplace or social gathering. This can save you from unnecessary misunderstandings and consequent tensions.

Look younger,Feel younger & Stay young..

Keep always young. Youngness can your world green & more green.........
Look younger
A man typically greets those first wrinkles with an anxious frown, which in turn produces more wrinkles. Indeed, the effects of age first show up on our faces, especially around the eyes. In a recent study in Ophthalmology, 47 young adults had their eye movements tracked as researchers presented them with images of older adults. When asked to determine the ages of the people in the photos, the study participants focused on the eye region, particularly the brow and lower lids. If you want to fool the kids, the best thing you can do for your skin is to wear sunblock with an SPF of 30, says Cameron Rokhsar, M.D., a dermatologist and laser surgeon. The best block is Anthelios; it's the only sunscreen that contains mexoryl, a powerful drug that protects your skin against UVA rays. But that's just the start.

Stay young
If you want to see your 85th birthday, limit your alcohol to two drinks a day. This may make you less likely to die of cardiovascular disease, according to Japanese researchers. And make one of those drinks red. A recent review in Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research suggests that resveratrol, a compound commonly found in red wine, may prevent or delay the onset of chronic disease. As you savor your pinot, swallow these other stay-young secrets.

Feel younger
Don't want to lose your marbles later? Lose some calories now. German researchers recently found that eating less can reduce markers of inflammation and insulin resistance, which are suspected risk factors for cognitive decline. Older study participants who cut 30 percent of their daily calories for 3 months were able to improve their memory on a word-recall test. Here are more ways to keep your youthful edge.

* Feel and look younger with these 52 ways to beat stress.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

About phobia.........

About phobia.........

A phobia is a strong, persistent fear of situations, objects, activities, or persons.
The main symptom of this disorder is the excessive and unreasonable desire to avoid the feared subject. When the fear is beyond one's control, and if the fear is interfering with daily life, then a diagnosis under one of the anxiety disorders can be made.

Phobias are the most common form of anxiety disorders. An American study by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) found that between 8.7% and 18.1% of Americans suffer from phobias.[2] Broken down by age and gender, the study found that phobias were the most common mental illness among women in all age groups and the second most common illness among men older than 25.

It is generally accepted that phobias arise from a combination of external events and internal predispositions. In a famous experiment, Martin Seligman used classical conditioning to establish phobias of snakes and flowers. The results of the experiment showed that it took far fewer shocks to create an adverse response to a picture of a snake than to a picture of a flower, leading to the conclusion that certain objects may have a genetic predisposition to being associated with fear.
Many specific phobias can be traced back to a specific triggering event, usually a traumatic experience at an early age. Social phobias and agoraphobia have more complex causes that are not entirely known at this time. It is believed that heredity, genetics, and brain chemistry combined with life-experiences play a major role in the development of anxiety disorders, phobias and panic attacks.

Various methods are claimed to treat phobias. Their proposed benefits may vary from person to person.

Some therapists use virtual reality or imagery exercise to desensitize patients to the feared entity. These are parts of systematic desensitization therapy.

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can be beneficial. Cognitive behavioral therapy lets the patient understand the cycle of negative thought patterns, and ways to change these thought patterns. CBT may be conducted in a group setting. Gradual desensitisation treatment and CBT are often successful, provided the patient is willing to endure some discomfort. In one clinical trial, 90% of patients were observed with no longer having a phobic reaction after successful CBT treatment.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Research on Brain Development Is Important for Parents

Brain cells are “raw” materials — much like lumber is a raw material in building a house. Heredity may determine the basic number of “neurons” (brain nerve cells) children are born with, and their initial arrangement, but this is just a framework. A child’s environment has enormous impact on how these cells get connected or “wired” to each other. Many parents and caregivers have understood intuitively that loving, everyday interactions — cuddling infants closely or singing to toddlers—help children learn.

A brain is not a computer. The brain begins working long before it is finished. And the same processes that wire the brain before birth also drive the very rapid growth of learning that occurs immediately after birth. At birth, a baby’s brain contains 100 billion neurons, roughly as many nerve cells as there are stars in the Milky Way. Before birth, the brain produces trillions more neurons and “synapses” (connections between the brain cells) than needed. During the first years of life, the brain undergoes a series of extraordinary changes. Then, through a process that resembles Darwinian competition, the brain eliminates connections that are seldom or never used.

“Windows of opportunity” are critical periods in children’s lives when specific types of learning take place. For instance, scientists have determined that the neurons for vision begin sending messages back and forth rapidly at 2 to 4 months of age, peaking in intensity at 8 months. It is no coincidence that babies begin to take notice of the world during this period.

Scientists believe that language is acquired most easily during the first ten years of life. During these years, the circuits in children’s brains become wired for how their own language sounds. An infant’s repeated exposure to words clearly helps her brain build the neural connections that will enable her to learn more words later on. For infants, individual attention and responsive, sensitive caregiving are critical for later language and intellectual development.

Research does not suggest drilling children in alphabet songs from different languages or using flash cards to promote rote memorization of letters and numbers. Children learn any language best in the context of meaningful, day-to-day interactions with adults or other children who speak the language.

Schools can take advantage of this window of opportunity to teach language. If children are to learn to speak a second language like a native, they should be introduced to the language by age ten.

Early stimulation sets the stage for how children will learn and interact with others throughout life. A child’s experiences, good or bad, influence the wiring of his brain and the connection in his nervous system. Loving interactions with caring adults strongly stimulate a child’s brain, causing synapses to grow and existing connections to get stronger. Connections that are used become permanent. If a child receives little stimulation early on, the synapses will not develop, and the brain will make fewer connections.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Lindsay Lohan so desperate

Lindsay Lohan so desperate ....

Lindsay Lohan might want to think about getting a part time job that actually pays.

Sources tell Fox411 that while the starlet poured her time and effort into her work with fashion house Emmanuel Ungaro for Paris Fashion Week, Lohan, 23, has not been paid for her work.

“Ungaro is not paying her at all to be a consultant for them,” a source close to Lohan told 411. “Her team is working to get Lindsay some form of payment from the fashion house, but right now they will only give her free clothes.”

And while the line was universally slammed by critics, the legendary fashion house seems to have made a savvy business decision in bringing Lohan on board for free.

“The deal is perfect for them – they have nothing to lose, even though the clothes were not a big hit during Paris fashion week. Lindsay even paid for her flight and hotel in Paris,” the source said.

But to add insult to injury, friends also say that Lohan recently learned that Casablanca records has decided to terminate its professional relationship with her.

“Casablanca has suspended all further recording sessions of her album and put their working relationship with her on hold. Lindsay was committed to making music and has been working on it for 16 months. She is going to go what she can to keep her music career going.”

But Lohan’s troubles could become far worse if she doesn’t find paying work soon, especially with her extravagant lifestyle taking all of her money and casting directors failing to take her seriously. Even worse, Lohan doesn’t have trustworthy people in her corner and feels that even her own mother Dina is exploiting her.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lifetime Fitness

Work specialy for lifetime fitness ,,........
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. One local company believes their business couldn't run without their extended team members.

There’s a group of workers at Lifetime fitness in Eden Prairie that bring a little something extra special to their jobs. The Minnesota-based company has teamed up with community organizations like, Equality Pathways for Potential, to give people with developmental disabilities the chance to bring home some self worth.

About 40 percent of Lifetime Fitness facilities across the country employ workers with special needs, including about 80 workers in Minnesota.

They provide work ranging from hospitality and keeping the gym and its equipment clean. But these jobs are about more than just the money, especially for Jenny Weldon.

"If I didn't have a job, I’d just go crazy at home all day,” said Weldon. “I go crazy enough as it is for a couple of hours in the evening without anything to do."

Weldon says if she didn't have her job, she would have never had the chance to work and meet all different kinds of people.

"Everyone respects that we come here to help out and come here to clean the place and to help the members make it look nice for them," she said.

Singaporeans are willing to adopt greener lifestyles.

Singaporeans are willing to adopt greener lifestyles..
Singapore citizens prefer greener lifestyle
Singaporeans have been surveyed by the National Environment Agency to determine whether they are willing to adopt greener lifestyles.

Some 87.2 per cent of respondents to the survey said they would adopt more environmentally friendly practices, up from the 2007 survey of 85.5 per cent.

Singapore’s prime minister Lee Hsien Loong will launch a Clean and Green Campaign next month to trace Singapore's environmental development since the 1960’s.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Cultural relations with Norway & Bangladesh

Ibsen through New Eyes
Ibsen through New Eyes International Ibsen Seminar and Theatre Festival Dhaka, Bangladesh 12-22 November 2009 Organised by Centre for Asian Theatre (CAT), Dhaka, Bangladesh In collaboration with Centre for Ibsen Studies, University of Oslo, Norway & Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy Supported by Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway .

Launching of Chhayanaut Resource Centre on Norwegian Constitution Day, 17 May 2009'.
On the Norwegian Constitution Day 17 May 2009,

Ambassador Ms. Ingebjørg Støfring attended the launching of the Chhayanaut Resource Centre for Performing Arts at the Chhayanaut Sanskriti Bhaban (Chhayanaut Cultural Complex) as Chief Guest along with eminent Bangladeshi writer and educationist Professor Zillur Rahman Siddiqui.

Norway participates in Chobi Mela Exhibitions January 30th - February 20th, 2009
Chobi Mela, the festival of photography, has become one of the biggest media events in Asia. Started in the year 2000, the biannual event is now a highlight in the Asian calendar. The festival receives international media coverage and has been featured in prestigious magazines like Aperture and in BBC World Service. See links for updated programme.

Sami theatre visits Bangladesh
The Sami are the indigenous people of Arctic Europe. The Sami live in Norway,Sweden,Finland and Russia. For the first time the Norwegian National Sami Theatre – Beaivváš Sámi Teáhter visits South Asia performing in India, Nepal and Bangladesh during January 2009.

Cultural co-operation
Norway has well established cultural relations with Bangladesh, both when it comes to cultural exchange and support to institution building. On 21 May 2008, a new contract in this field was signed by the Norwegian Ambassador to Bangladesh and the General Secretary of Chhayanaut, a highly reputed cultural organisation in the country.

Celebrating 17 May 2008 in Dhaka
The non-military nature of the National Day celebrations in Norway is quite unique, and the celebrations take place in Norwegian communities all over the world. Norwegians in Bangladesh celebrated their National Day with an extensive programme as usual, with lots of activities for the children in particular

Friday, October 16, 2009

Marc Jacobs thinks fashion has become a "spectator sport".

Marc Jacobs Designer Clothes for Men, Women, & Children. Find .............

Marc Jacobs (born April 9, 1963 in New York City) is an American fashion designer. He is the head designer for Marc Jacobs, as well as the diffusion line Marc by Marc Jacobs. Jacobs is currently the Creative Director of the prestigious French design house Louis Vuitton.

The American designer believes the industry has changed dramatically over the years and has become so popular, fashion followers now use it as a form of entertainment.
He said: "We're in a period where people are entertained by what they consider to be the real lives of people in different professions, etc. And fashion has also reached this kind of proportion like football or sport, you know - a spectator sport. So just like you had Joe Namath back in the Seventies promoting stockings, or shaving cream or whatever, you now have designers promoting life jackets and whatever else they do."

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Mantain your Mental Health .... Well-Being

Mantain your Mental Health .... Well-Being..

Maintaining your mental health and well-being is very important. In this section we have provided some tips for you and your loved ones on how to maintain your mental health and well-being.
Keeping Your Brain Active
Positive Thinking
Staying Physically Active
Staying Social
Your Lifestyle

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Most expensive small towns in the U.S.

Big money with America's small town.......

Residents of US most expensive small town get by without a chain store or even a traffic light. The town has one gas station, an elementary school, a community center, a general store, dairy and vegetable farms, and some restaurants and inns that open during the warm seasons.
Median home value is $2.237 million in Chilmark, a small town on Martha's Vineyard, an island south of Cape Cod. The town is home to 953 year-round residents, but the population swells dramatically during the summer when the rich and famous—including Seinfeld creator Larry David and actor Ted Danson—settle in for the summer. Chilmark, which includes the 300-year-old fishing village of Menemsha, has only 1,700 homes, many of them expensive vacation properties, and is the second-least densely populated town on the island. Houses rarely go on sale here, but when they do prices are high. On Sept. 12 a buyer paid $13.8 million for eight acres with a nine-bedroom home on it. In July, another buyer paid $15 million for 27 acres of land near the town's beautiful Squibnocket Beach.
"I definitely think inventory has a lot to do with it," Pamela Bunker, Chilmark's assistant assessor, said of the home values. "People are asking for high, high prices because people don't have to sell. We have amazing water views here. And the three-acre zoning keeps it really rural."

Monday, October 12, 2009

Love Can Happen With Expert Style

With Expert Style love..........

What you wear says a lot about you and your personality. We can all get lazy or lose our way with our image, but when you know how to look good, you’ll feel good too and that’s a winning combination when it comes to the opposite sex!

Colour Tips
Wear colours that compliment your colouring; when you put on your best shades you will instantly look healthy and energised. Certain colours send out different messages; think about the occasion and the type of man you are looking for/are with.
We think of red as the epitome of sexy in terms of colours, but it can come across as aggressive too – it might put off the strong and silent type. However, if it’s a gregarious personality who loves drama that you’re after then red is perfect.
Black can be mysterious and sophisticated but head to toe can appear aloof. Black doesn’t suit every colouring either and can make some look more Morticia than Madonna.
If you want to reassure them you are a calm, dependable customer then a trustworthy blue or a calm green will do the trick. That doesn’t have to mean boring though; you can still make it alluring by choosing the right style and fabric.
If your colouring can take it then soft pinks add instant femininity. Fuchsia pink (best on darker colourings) will have a similar effect to red.
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Style Tips
Dress for your body shape and your size; don’t squeeze yourself into that favourite sexy dress that is now a size too small. Wear clothes that flatter your figure.
Express your personality through your clothes, they are an extension of who you are and you’ll attract a partner who finds your personality type appealing.
If you’re vamping it up for a date don’t show cleavage and lots of leg together; leave something to his imagination!

Sunday, October 11, 2009

Your travel life.............

NovemberFlorida Travel Calendar ............for your sweet travel life.

list of statewide festivals and events for November.

Oct. 29-Nov. 1: Greek Festival at St. Michael's, Inverness. Traditional Greek foods will be offered in dinners, gyros and pastries. You may also enjoy live Greek folk music with costumed performers dancing, along with specialty merchandise vendors. At St. Michael the Archangel Greek Orthodox Church located at 4705 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. in Lecanto. Entry fee is $1, with free parking. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday.

Nov. 1: Conga Caliente Festival, Tampa. The City of Tampa and Coda Sound, Inc. announce the return of Conga Caliente, an event promoting Hispanic diversity and culture in Tampa. It features national and international performers, colorful crafts, typical Hispanic food, domino tournament and a youth area. At Al Lopez Park.

Nov. 4-8: Orlando Film Festival, Orlando. This fourth annual festival features events in and around the heart of Orlando, where patrons are able to enjoy great films in exciting venues while experiencing Orlando's downtown lifestyle. The festival seeks to inspire student, future and current filmmakers in the art of filmmaking and to enhance the movie viewing experience. All screenings are free.

Nov. 5-15: Space Coast State Fair, Cocoa. Largest and best-attended event on the Space Coast each year, the Space Coast State Fair covers 70 acres at the Cocoa Expo Center and features more than 200 state fair rides, games, food stands and free shows with nationally known musical artists. At Cocoa Expo Sports Center.Free rides, free concerts, free shows with $10 fair admission Monday-Thursday and Sunday or $12 Friday and Saturday.

Nov. 6-8: Sebastian Clambake Lagoon Festival, Sebastian. The Clambake highlights the Riverfront of Sebastian and forges a common bond between the old Sebastian clamming families and new residents while showcasing the commercial fishery and history of the area. Enjoy clams, just about any way they can be served, fried, raw, steamed, over linguini and in chowder, all served up by a group composed of area public service organizations and supported by the business community. Also includes live entertainment and more.

Nov. 6-8: Lady of the Lakes Renaissance Faire, Tavares. Join the knights and ladies of Hickory Grove for the most elaborate faire in the countryside. Patterned after 16th century England, meet the queen and her court and enjoy entertainment by jousters, fire eaters, comedians and celtic musicians. Taste the hearty food of the era or enjoy a cold ale. At Hickory Point Recreational Facility. Advance admission $12 adult, $5 children; gate price $15 adult, $7 children.

Nov. 7: Chili Cook-Off, Leesburg. Gated event with chili cook-off competition, live entertainment, food, and cash beer and wine. Presented by Leesburg Downtown Business Association. At Towne Square, 5-10 p.m. Admission $5.

Nov. 7: Highlands Hammock Civilian Conservation Corps Festival, Sebring. Enjoy a great festival at Highlands Hammock State Park, held to honor the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and 40s. This event includes a CCC alumni reunion, antique car show, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, live animals, pony rides, children's activities, hay rides, festival foods and more. Park admission is $6 per carload (up to eight people per car).

Nov. 7: Sunset and Symphony, Lake Wales. Bok Tower Gardens invites guests to an evening of picnic, pops and patriotic favorites with the award-winning Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra and the Singing Tower carillon. Experience the drama as the sky transforms from a colorful golden sunset glow into a darkened starry night on peninsular Florida's highest point. Guests may explore the Sanctuary and participate in the picnic decorating contest and the instrument petting zoo. Tickets $12 members, $15 general public, $20 on day of concert, free for children under 5.

Nov. 7-8: Fall Fiesta in the Park, Orlando. This two-day event held at Lake Eola Park in downtown Orlando features more than 600 juried artisans in all media, including ceramics, glassware, jewelry, photography, wood and clothing. The fiesta also offers a fabulous lineup of art and live entertainment, and an array of tasty fare. Free admission.

Nov. 7-8: Ruskin Seafood Festival, Ruskin. The 21st annual Ruskin Seafood Festival, held at E.G. Simmons waterfront park on Tampa Bay, features sun, fun and seafood. The seafood festival is Hillsborough County's largest community event with more than 18,000 in attendance. Feast on lobster, oysters, clams, grouper, mullet, shrimp and much more. Admission $5 adults, children under 12 free.

Nov. 7-8: 23rd Annual Lake Mary-Heathrow Festival of the Arts, Heathrow. This popular outdoor event features live entertainment, fine food and outstanding art exhibits. It is designed to inspire an appreciation for quality art forms as well as to award scholarships to local students desiring higher education. The festival is situated in lovely Colonial Town Park, just a short drive from downtown Orlando. Free admission.

Nov. 7-8: Roar 'n Soar 2009, Polk City. Experience high-energy excitement at the third annual gathering of classic racing machines. Some of the hottest vintage aircraft in the world will roar into the skies throughout the day. Giant scale R/C aircraft, powered paragliders and hang glider pilots will also be aloft. Get your speed on at the sanctioned Slalom Course plus a car show featuring rare, antique, classic and exotic vehicles. New this year to Roar n' Soar's land offerings will be R/C truck and buggy short course racing - a high-flying, dirt-slinging, off-road R/C race with jumps and more. And for water sports fans, there's non-stop splash and speed with a regatta of classic race boats. The shores of Lake Agnes will feature a boat show while R/C boats speed by on the water. At Fantasy of Flight. Admission.

Nov. 7-9: 34th Annual Festival of the Masters, Lake Buena Vista. Held at Downtown Disney West Side, the event is a nationally recognized art show that year after year ranks among the top 50 outdoor art festivals in the world. More than 200 award-winning artists display their diverse creations for all to see. Live entertainment, hands-on children's activities, pin trading and chalk art displays are also on tap at the three-day event. Free admission.

Nov. 7-9: Festival of the Arts, Inverness. Artists and craftsmen will show and sell their works amongst performances of music, dance and art groups, along with a variety of food and beverage vendors. 38th annual. At Courthouse Square downtown. Free admission and parking.

Nov. 8: Eighth Annual Winter Park Concours d'Elegance, Winter Park. More than 200 exotic and rare automobiles representing numerous international marques are on display on elegant Park Avenue. Don't miss the Tour d'Elegance, an exotic car parade. Automobiles will compete for class awards and 10 major awards including Best in Show. Free admission.

Nov. 12-15: Children's Miracle Network Classic, Lake Buena vista. Formerly the Disney Golf Classic, this newly renamed tournament brings together nearly 150 top PGA Tour players in a quest for a multi-million dollar purse. The 72-hole event is played on Disney's Magnolia and Palm courses. Admission $30 general admission, $10 practice round, $50 weekly badge.

Nov. 13: Harvest Jamboree and Hunter's BBQ, Astor. Astor Area Chamber of Commerce hosts this event, which includes live entertainment all day, bake sales and events by area clubs, children's activities, prizes and gift certificates, beverage booth, and indoor and outdoor activities. The dinner includes pork, chicken and rib meals. At Astor Community Center. Fee for meal.

Nov. 13-14: Quilts and Tea Festival, Davenport. Ninth annual. Indoor and outdoor quilt displays and vendors, quilt sales, cross stitch, fiber art, tea and accessories, delicious delicacies, tea related foods, reenactors of the 1860s, vintage vehicles and entertainment. Free admission.

Nov. 13-15: RibFest, St. Petersburg. This fun filled three-day charity fundraiser features the best BBQ ribbers in the world, national touring bands playing classic and southern rock and country hits. New this year is BMX Hell on Wheels, the nation's leading BMX action stunt show. Also offers a classic car and truck show on Saturday, and a motorcycle show on Sunday. At Vinoy Park. Admission $15, children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult.

Nov. 13-15: 11th Annual Folk Art Festival, Lake Buena Vista. The House of Blues at Downtown Disney West Side really rocks as it showcases a wide variety of local and regional folk artists and their works. Guests can enjoy live music, hands-on kid's activities, guided tours of the House of Blues folk art collection and Southern-inspired cuisine. Event is held from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Free admission. 407-934-2583.
Nov. 13-15: 18th Annual Holiday Open House, Clermont. Lakeridge Winery and Vineyards welcomes the holiday season with hot mulled wine and many specials in its wine shop. Local artists and crafters are invited to display their works, and attendees may enjoy live music on an outdoor stage throughout the weekend. Lakeridge wine, beer, soft drinks and a variety of food is available for purchase, along with complimentary Winery tours and tasting. Free.

Nov. 13-22: Festival of Trees at Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando. For nine magical days, the Orlando Museum of Art is transformed into a glittering holiday wonderland where trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses ignite holiday spirit. The Winter Bark Village also allows dogs to enjoy a special pet-friendly village. Admission $10 adults, $6 children.

Nov. 14: 14th Annual Blues 'n Bar-B-Que, Homosassa. Annual event offering all-blues entertainment. This year's lineup includes Cool Corporate Cats from Homosassa, Freight Train Annie from Tampa, and the Albert Castiglia Band from Miami. At 10466 W. Yulee Drive, next to Old Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum. Admission $15 advance, $20 at gate.

Nov. 14: Autumn Stroll, Orlando. With a full moon as a backdrop, guests enjoy a leisurely evening of live jazz, wing and blues under a starry sky inside Leu Gardens' 50-acre botanic oasis. Pack a dinner picnic basket of favorite foods and drinks, and bring chairs or blanket. Admission, $19 general admission, $15 Garden members.

Nov. 14-15: Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival, Old Homosassa. Sponsored by Homosassa Civic Club, this event is held on Mason Creek Road in the historic district of Old Homosassa. It is home to many commercial fishermen and, with its spring-fed river, has been a nationally known sport fishing and recreation area since the mid-1800s. This 35th annual event will draw arts and crafts buyers and enthusiasts from throughout the surrounding areas, as well as other parts of Florida or out of state. Food vendors will serve shrimp, grouper, blackened mahi-mahi, seafood fritters, gumbo, clam chowder, fried green tomatoes, gator fritters, and more. At Yulee Drive and Mason Creek Road. Admission $2 adults, free for children under 12.

Nov. 17: Stone Crab Jam, Crystal River. From 4 p.m. to midnight Crystal River offers music in the streets, seafood to eat, and food and fun for all. Second annual. Festival site is south side of US 19 on Citrus Avenue.

Nov. 19-22: SkyQuest 2009, DeLand. International skydiving competition with 100-way formations and canopy swooping. At Skydive DeLand, at DeLand Municipal Airport. Free.

Nov. 21: Cigar Heritage Festival, Ybor City. Join the fun and ambiance of Ybor City for a day of activities celebrating the rich cigar heritage that once made Tampa the 'Cigar Capital of the World.' Join thousands of cigar enthusiasts at this 11th annual festival. See master cigar makers Wallace and Margarita Reyes attempt to break the record for World's Longest Cigar, set by a U.S. record holder in 2006 with a cigar length of 30.78 meters. At Centennial Park.

Nov. 21: The Plant City Pig Jam, Plant City. If you make the best BBQ, or think you do, or just enjoy eating great BBQ, don't miss this seventh annual State BBQ Championship, sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society. Competition is in three categories -- professional, amateur and kids – and gives the public an opportunity to sample some of the nation's finest fare. Prizes will be awarded in each category with professionals vying for the $3,000 Grand Champion Award, $2,000 for Reserve and cash prizes through 10th place in each of four food categories: ribs, pork, beef brisket and chicken. Prizes will also be awarded in the amateur and kids' competitions.At Randy Larson Softball Four-Plex Stadium. Admission free, parking $5.

Nov. 21-22: Yankeetown Seafood Festival, Yankeetown. Seventh annual event, showcasing great local seafood plus arts and crafts and live musical entertainment. Sponsored by Inglis/Yankeetown Lions Club. At Riverside Drive. Free admission.

Nov. 9-Jan. 7: Leu's Holiday House, Orlando. The beautifully restored late 19th century Leu House Museum is decked out for the holidays. Each of 11 rooms in the home has its own theme from Victorian to Art Deco fused with amazing dioramas. Designers from Seminole Community College Interior Design students and Ron's Miniature Shop and Museum dedicate their time and trimmings, turning the home into a holiday showcase. Admission $7 adults, $2 children K-12th grades.

Nov. 27-Dec. 30: Holidays Around the World, Lake Buena Vista. This Epcot tradition features storytellers, a daily character tree-lighting ceremony and a stunning display of snow-white lights. The moving Candlelight Processional, a favorite of all ages, includes celebrity guest narrators, accompanied by a massed choir and orchestra for a retelling of the Christmas story.

Nov. 28-29: Fourth Annual Ozello Arts Festival, Ozello. Like Ozello itself, the Ozello Arts Festival is a unique experience, combining high quality artisans, great food and the old Florida atmosphere to make an unforgettable experience. Ozello is an Old Cracker community on the Nature Coast, nestled in between Homosassa and Crystal River, and located nine miles along the Ozello Trail which winds through salt water marshlands and ends in the Gulf of Mexico. Free admission. Off U.S. Hwy 19, just 6.2 Miles West on Ozello Trail (CR 494).

South FloridaCovering the Keys, Miami, Fort Lauderdale, the Treasure Coast and Southwest Florida including Naples, Fort Meyers and Punta Gorda

23-Nov. 1: South Florida Auto Show 2010, Miami Beach. Car-related merchandise and more than 1,000 of the industry's latest vehicles for the upcoming year are on display by world-leading auto manufacturers. At Miami Beach Convention Center.

Nov. 1: Taste of the Town, Fort Myers. This 27th annual event, sponsored by the Junior League, features samplings from more than 40 local restaurants, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The largest food and entertainment festival in Southwest Florida, attracting some 15,000 people, it also features live music, a rock climbing wall, giant slides and other children's entertainment. At Centennial Park. Admission $5. 239-242-7000, 239-277-1197, 419-466-9787.
Nov. 2-15: National Firefighter Games, various locations in Palm Beach County. As the only national event for firefighters, this multi-sport event will consist of 54 different sports comprising of a variety of age groups and gender competitions. The Games will include both team and individual sports such as basketball, flag football, bowling, golf, archery, rifle, billiards, soccer, and track.

Nov. 4-8: American Sandsculpting Championship Festival, Fort Myers Beach. Join artists from around the continent at this 23rd annual event as they create amazing works of art on Fort Myers Beach in the vicinity of Pointe Estero, Gull Wing, and Holiday Inn beach resorts. In addition to witnessing the Master Sculptors Competition, spectators can participate in the amateur's contest. Festivities include a Sand Magic Village -- an area featuring artisan and food booths -- on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Broadcast music, demonstrations, and beach barbecues keep the five days lively. This annual Gulf-front competition draws more than 65,000 spectators. Free admission. 866-916-SAND, 239-454-7500.

Nov. 6: 12th Annual American Indian Arts Celebration, Big Cypress Seminole Indian Reservation. A celebration of culture, arts, dance and music. Features exhibitors, Native American entertainment, Indian Market, indigenous food. At Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Museum. 877-302-1113. Admission $9 adults, $6 seniors/students, 4 and under free.

Nov. 6-8: Sebastian Clambake Lagoon Festival, Sebastian. The Clambake highlights the Riverfront of Sebastian and forges a common bond between the old Sebastian clamming families and new residents while showcasing the commercial fishery and history of the area. Enjoy clams, just about any way they can be served, fried, raw, steamed, over linguini and in chowder, all served up by a group composed of area public service organizations and supported by the business community. Also includes live entertainment and more. At Riverview Park. 772-589-5969.
Nov. 6-8: Seventh Annual Feast of Little Italy, Jupiter. Come and enjoy all the food, music, fun and activities that await you at the The Feast of Little Italy. With an average attendance of over 70,000, it is the largest Italian event in the tri-county area. At Abacoa Town Center, 3-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m-10 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday. Admission $5 adult, children 12 and under free. 561-427-0500.
Nov. 6-8: West Palm Beach Antiques Festival, West Palm Beach. Known as one of Florida's biggest and best antique shows, this festival has been running at the same location for more than 18 years, attracting dealers from all over the country and selling a vast array of antiques, collectibles, and decorative accessories. At Americraft Expo Center. 941-697-7475.
Nov. 7: Highlands Hammock Civilian Conservation Corps Festival, Sebring. Enjoy a great festival at Highlands Hammock State Park, held to honor the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps of the 1930s and 40s. This event includes a CCC alumni reunion, antique car show, live music and entertainment, arts and crafts vendors, live animals, pony rides, children's activities, hay rides, festival foods and more. Park admission is $6 per carload (up to eight people per car). 863-386-6094, 634-7695.
Nov. 7: Flamingo Family Food Festival, Davie. Exciting new culinary event by the South Florida Chapter of American Institute of Wine and Food and Flamingo Gardens. It features a BBQ Beef Brisket Culinary School Cook-off Competition, fabulous food from 10 popular restaurants, the Kids Korner at the Flamingo Café with hands-on cooking demonstrations, great wines and libations as well as a live country band. Event also includes Flamingo Gardens tour by tram at 3 or 4, a live wildlife encounter show at 3:30, access to the Wray Home until 4, and the botanical collections and native wildlife exhibits. Admission $50 adults, $25 students/seniors, $15 ages 4-11. under 4 free. Pre-registration required.

Nov. 7-8: 20-09 Wings Over Homestead Air Show, Homestead. After a 17-year absence, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will once again fly over the skies of Homestead Air Reserve Base. Joining the world famous jet fighter acrobatic team will be a host of other aircraft, including everything from biplanes to supersonic jets to rocket cars. Food, vendors and entertainment. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. At Homestead Air Reserve Base.

Nov. 7-8: Sleepless Night Miami Beach, Miami Beach. Free indoor and outdoor art installations and performances, music, dance, theater, film, comedy, poetry, acrobatics and more at more than 100 different locations spread across the city and a 13-hour night. Free shuttle buses with onboard artistic programming will connect the various zones of activity. 6 p.m. to 7 a.m.

Nov. 7-8: Biannual Estero Fine Art Show, Estero. This fine art event showcases artists from 30 states and Canada including glass, clay, wood, fiber, jewelry, sculpture, painting, photography, and metal. Hours are Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sunday 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission.

Nov. 8: 27th Annual Taste of the Town, Fort Myers. Southwest Florida's largest outdoor food and entertainment festival, Taste of the Town draws more than 15,000 people to downtown Fort Myers each year. More than 40 local restaurants offer samplings from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and there's all-day live entertainment and a children's activity area. Hosted by Junior League. At Centennial Park. Admission $5, children under 10 free.

Nov. 8-15: Miami Book Fair International, Miami. One of the nation's finest and largest literary gatherings treats book lovers to more than a week of cultural and educational activities, including author readings, book signings, the Evenings With series, the IberoAmerican Authors program, the popular Street Fair on the actual closed streets of downtown Miami surrounding the campus, Children's Alley, and much more. At Miami Dade College.

Nov. 8-15: Key West World Championship, Key West. High-speed powerboats continue Key West's long standing tradition in a challenge described as the Indianapolis 500 of powerboat racing. Call 305-296-6166 or visit
Nov. 11: Taste of the Palm Beaches, Palm Beach Gardens. Experience one of Palm Beach County's finest food and wine celebrations, featuring nearly 50 fine restaurants, wine and spirits. Enjoy live entertainment, endless music, ice carving contests and more. At PGA Commons, 5:30-9:30 p.m. Admission $40 at door, $35 in advance, children 6-12 $20. 561-630-8630.

Nov. 11-15: Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall, Punta Gorda. The Wall is a 3/5 scale of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington D.C. It stands six feet tall at the center and covers almost 300 feet from end to end. This Traveling Memorial stands as a reminder of the great sacrifices made by many during the Vietnam War. It was made for the purpose of helping heal and rekindle friendships and to allow people the opportunity to visit loved ones in their home town who otherwise may not be able to make the trip to Washington.

Nov. 13-15: Cape Coral Coconut Festival, Cape Coral. Celebration of the city's reputation in the Lee County area for coconuts, multi-cultural food, boating, fishing, and wildlife.The festival features carnival all three days, fireworks on Friday and Saturday, and street entertainment on Sunday. On stage performances include country on Friday, rock and roll on Saturday, and Community Stage on Sunday. Hours are 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday; noon-midnight on Saturday; and noon-8 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets $5 entry, children under 5 free; ride band and gate ticket $20. At festival grounds in Sun Splash Family Water Park's parking area.

Nov. 13-15: World Quilt Show XIII – Florida, West Palm Beach. This show will boast a merchant's mall with exhibitors offering everything needed to jump-start creative projects. Also, for inspiration or simple eye candy, don't miss the outstanding collection of quilt, wearable, fiber and textile art. Other features include workshops, lectures, and competitions. At Palm Beach County Convention Center. Admission $12, children under 16 free.

Nov. 14: EAA Aviation Day, Marathon. Designed to intrigue everyone interested in aviation, this annual event showcases several types of aircraft including WWII military aircraft or War Birds, home-built aircraft, and government service airplanes such as aero medical rescue, law enforcement and the Keys' vital mosquito control. Through the EAA's Young Eagles program, young people 8 through 17 can get free plane rides, with proper permission. At Marathon Airport, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Free admission, free parking. Food and beverages available for purchase.

Nov. 14: Aviation Day, Fort Myers. Annual community event organized by the Lee County Port Authority aimed at educating the residents of Southwest Florida about the social and economic benefit to the region by aviation. Visitors can view a North American B-25J Mitchell, a World War II medium bomber made noteworthy by General James Doolittle and the pilots who flew the daring raid on Japan in 1942. Pilot training on this aircraft type was conducted at Page Field during World War II. Also featured is a Vought F4U Corsair, the distinctively designed fighter plane built during World War II and made famous by the "Black Sheep Squadron." Other highlights include experimental, antique and military plane exhibits, plane rides, performances by a 17-piece big band ensemble, children's activities and character appearances, demonstrations by airport police and fire departments, refreshments and more. At Page Field General Aviation Airport . Free.

Nov. 14: Holiday Gift Spectacular, Punta Gorda. This is the granddaddy of all local holiday gift sales, with local artists showcasing original pottery, photography, woodwork, jewelry, stained glass, knitwear, paintings, greeting cards, and holiday decorations. Free light refreshments and prize drawings. At Visual Arts Center. Free admission.

Nov. 14-20: Miami Short Film Festival, Miami. MSFF's goal year after year is to motivate directors, screenwriters, actors and producers to make their films and share them with fellow film makers and industry professionals. The ultimate goal is to bring exposure to independent up-and-coming filmmakers. As a result, the festival has showcased over 700 high-quality films from around the world representing more than 26 countries. Bill Cosford Cinema, University of Miami.

Nov. 15: Taste of Bonita, Bonita Springs. Between 30 and 35 local restaurants proffer their specialties at this 16th annual event hosted by the Rotary Club of Bonita Springs. Live music and children's activities will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Free admission. At Riverside (Bandshell) Park

Nov. 17-18: South Miami Art Festival, South Miami. Outdoor juried fine arts show with more than 170 exhibits by local and national artists. Also features family entertainment and international food. Free admission. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Along Sunset Drive, between US 1 and SW 57th Ave.

Nov. 20-22: Ramble – A Garden Festival, Coral Gables. The Ramble is South Florida's most loved and oldest garden party. Come and experience a blend of old traditions and new introductions with Nell's Tea Garden, the largest plant sale in South Florida, antiques and collectibles, garden themed art, old and rare books, our famous Kid Way, live music and a ramble raffle of more than 60 items. 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. At Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden.

Nov. 21: Festival of Lights at Fishermen's Village, Punta Gorda. Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the village. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. with Lee Country Pipes and Drums. Enjoy balloon creations by Luis The Balloon Man, airbrush art for face and body, complimentary refreshments courtesy of Village Merchants, visits with Santa, live music by the Sounds of the Virgin Islands Band, and more. Free. 941-639-8721.
Nov. 21: Salsa Fest, Greenacres. Enjoy a "Little Havana" atmosphere with Salsa dancing, games, Domino tables, amusement rides and much more. At Greenacres Community Park.

Nov. 21: Downtown Miami Riverwalk Festival and Boat Parade, Miami. This special multicultural event provides an opportunity for local residents and visitors to explore and interact among local arts and culture vendors, while also showcasing the unique surroundings at the mouth of the Miami River. Free. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Nov. 28-29: Downtown Delray Beach Thanksgiving Weekend Art Fest, Delray Beach. First class art exhibitions much like those you'd expect at an art gallery or museum but outdoors and family friendly. They make the arts more accessible to the community in a casual and fun setting and afford a wonderful way to support the arts and artists. 954-592-8500.

Nov. 28-Dec. 6: Pirates in Paradise Festival, Key West. Nine days of pure piratical escapades celebrating Key West's rich and colorful maritime heritage. Top-name quality entertainment and historic reenactors, improvisational actors, and combative stunt men from around the country invade the island for a host of pure piratical escapades. As you stroll the streets of Old Town's colorful seaport taverns and pirate pubs such as Schooner Wharf Bar, Pat Croce's Rum Barrel at Pirate Soul and the Green Parrott, or visit Fort Zachary Taylor's Pyrate Fest and Village Market, Dec. 4 - 6, don't be surprised if you run into the likes of Anne Bonny, Bawdy Be, Braze, Cascabel or Sir Henry Morgan.

North Florida & the PanhandleCovering St. Augustine, Jacksonville, Ocala, Tallahassee and the Panhandle

Oct. 24-25: Great American Cooter Festival, Inverness. Features continuous live entertainment, a Cooter Chariot contest, Home Run Derby, video game competition, kayak races, the Cooter Triathlon, car shows, children's activities, hand-made arts and crafts, Cooter races, pie eating contests, a food court, a beer and wine garden with live entertainment and big screen TVs, a BBQ Cook-off competition, the ever popular Cooterween costume contest and more. At Liberty and Wallace Brooks Parks downtown. Free admission.

Oct. 29-Nov. 1: Greek Festival at St. Michael's, Inverness. Traditional Greek foods will be offered in dinners, gyros and pastries. You may also enjoy live Greek folk music with costumed performers dancing, along with specialty merchandise vendors. At St. Michael the Archangel Greek Orthodox Church located at 4705 W. Gulf to Lake Hwy. in Lecanto. Entry fee is $1, with free parking. Hours are 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday. 352-746-1177.
Oct. 31-Nov. 1: Micanopy Fall Harvest Festival, Micanopy. This quiet little town that time forgot comes to life and bustles with activity as vendors fill Cholokka Boulevard. Many local artists, crafters and musicians participate in the festival, as well as other artists from across the Southeast. In addition to some 200 displays of arts and crafts, the main stage plays host to a variety of good-time music and an old-time auction. Free. 352-466-7026.
Nov. 1: 24th Annual Great Chowder Debate, St. Augustine. Satisfy your passion for great seafood chowder at the Conch House Marina's celebrated annual Great Chowder Debate. More than 30 area restaurants compete to see who has the best chowder – each special entry is available for tasting with taste tickets at $1 each. An astounding variety of chowders will be available, from local favorites like the Menorcan chowders to an assortment of New England chowders made with clams, conch, lobster, scallops and crab and laced with secret concoctions of herbs and spices. The event starts at noon and runs throughout the day.At Conch House Marina Resort, on Anastasia Island. 904-829-8646.
Nov. 2: 50th Beach Birthday, St. Augustine Beach. Come sing Happy 50th Birthday to the City of St. Augustine Beach. There will be plenty of cake, ice cream and hot chocolate available. At St. Augustine Beach City Hall, 5-7 p.m. Free. 904-501-1253.

Nov. 2: Sunset / Moonrise Tour, St. Augustine. Be a guest of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and enjoy viewing the sunset and moonrise from the most unique perspective in all of St. Augustine! This special event includes a champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, atop the tower and an informative overview of the history of the St. Augustine Light Station. A champagne toast, provided by San Sebastian Winery, and light refreshments, provided by The Reef, is included in the price of each ticket, which is $20 members, $25 non-members. Advance reservations required; call 904-829-0745.
Nov. 4-11: Week of Valor, Jacksonville. This special event begins with the arrival of the Blue Angels Nov. 4 and concludes with the Veterans Day Parade Nov. 11. The Week of Valor encompasses the Sea and Sky Spectacular Nov. 6-8, with its dynamic over-the-ocean sky show highlighted by the Blue Angels and other military and civilian flight teams, plus static displays, simulators, ship tours, live entertainment anda street festival. Free admission.

Nov. 6: Apalachicola Oyster Roast, Apalachicola. Take part in this fifth annual Oyster Roast at the Florida site recognized by top chefs as having some of the best oysters in the world. Feast on roasted oysters, oysters on the half shell, artichoke and oyster soup, shrimp, crabs, and homemade desserts. Under the stars on Commerce Street downtown, 6-9 p.m., with music by Joe Hutchinson. For tickets call 850-653-9419; $45 per person.
Nov. 6-7: Florida Seafood Festival, Apalachicola. Two-day event annually drawing thousands of visitors to the historic town of Apalachicola in the curve of Florida's panhandle region. The festival features delicious seafood, arts and crafts exhibits, a parade, the Blessing of the Fleet, musical entertainment, and a wide variety of seafood-related events, from Oyster-Eating and Oyster-Shucking contests to Blue Crab Races and a cooking contest. Festival is held under the shady oaks of Battery Park at the mouth of the Apalachicola River. Admission $5 adult, under 12 free. 850-653-4720.
Nov. 6-8: Sea and Sky Spectacular, Jacksonville Beach. A dynamic over-the-ocean air show starring the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, who, in fact, got their start in Jacksonville. There also will be performances by other military and civilian flight teams. Land activities include a street festival with Aviation Alley autograph sessions, Kiddy Hawk kids' area, live entertainment, displays, simulators, military apparatus and booths, interactive games and more. Free admission. 904-630-3690.
Nov. 6-8: Ponte Vedra Winefest, Ponte Vedra Beach. Join in the "Bella Sera", a celebration of Italian food and wine as the Ponte Vedra Beach Chamber of Commerce presents its eighth annual Winefest at Sawgrass Golf Resort and Spa. On Friday evening, enjoy the kick-off dinner as Chef Brett Smith prepares fine Italian favorites, accompanied by Banfi Vintners finest. On Saturday, enjoy an exhibit of Vietri Pottery and a marketplace, then participate in the Grand Tasting, featuring a collection of fine Italian wines. On Sunday, the famous Annual Champaign Brunch tempts all. Tickets range from $45 three-hour grand tasting on Saturday to $175 for all three days' activities.

Nov. 7-9: Festival of the Arts, Inverness. Artists and craftsmen will show and sell their works amongst performances of music, dance and art groups, along with a variety of food and beverage vendors. 38th annual. At Courthouse Square downtown. Free admission and parking. 352-746-7606.
Nov. 11: Veterans Day Parade, Jacksonville. Honors America's heroes with a fantastic parade through the downtown area. Marching bands sound the drums as lively balloon floats soar above the streets. Free.

Nov. 13-15: St. Augustine Pirate Gathering 2009, St. Augustine. Welcome back to the second annual Pirate Gathering. Aye, we be calling reenactors, living historians and casual pirates from all over the seven seas to join the Crews of the Black Heart, Ancient City Privateers and Brothers of the Coasts, as we celebrate the Golden Age of Piracy in the nation's oldest city. See the pirate mutiny, weapons demonstrations, sailor's encampment and thieves market. Hear stories of the high seas, history, shanties and more. All pirates are welcome so come ashore dressed in your best piratical "pirattitude" and enjoy a weekend of fun. At St. Frances Field and Historical Quarter downtown. 904-829-3168, 800-356-8222.
Nov. 14: 14th Annual Blues 'n Bar-B-Que, Homosassa. Annual event offering all-blues entertainment. This year's lineup includes Cool Corporate Cats from Homosassa, Freight Train Annie from Tampa, and the Albert Castiglia Band from Miami. At 10466 W. Yulee Drive, next to Old Mill House Gallery and Printing Museum. Admission $15 advance, $20 at gate.

Nov. 14-15: Homosassa Arts, Crafts and Seafood Festival, Old Homosassa. Sponsored by Homosassa Civic Club, this event is held on Mason Creek Road in the historic district of Old Homosassa. It is home to many commercial fishermen and, with its spring-fed river, has been a nationally known sport fishing and recreation area since the mid-1800s. This 35th annual event will draw arts and crafts buyers and enthusiasts from throughout the surrounding areas, as well as other parts of Florida or out of state. Food vendors will serve shrimp, grouper, blackened mahi-mahi, seafood fritters, gumbo, clam chowder, fried green tomatoes, gator fritters, and more. At Yulee Drive and Mason Creek Road. Admission $2 adults, free for children under 12.

Nov. 17: Stone Crab Jam, Crystal River. From 4 p.m. to midnight Crystal River offers music in the streets, seafood to eat, and food and fun for all. Second annual. Festival site is south side of US 19 on Citrus Avenue.

Nov. 21-22: Yankeetown Seafood Festival, Yankeetown. Seventh annual event, showcasing great local seafood plus arts and crafts and live musical entertainment. Sponsored by Inglis/Yankeetown Lions Club. At Riverside Drive. Free admission. 352-219-4578.
Nov. 21-Jan. 31: Nights of Lights Festival and Celebration, St. Augustine. This inspiring display of more than two million tiny white lights adorning the palm trees and buildings throughout the city's historic district is based on a custom by the town's original Spanish colonists, who placed a white candle in their windows to brighten the nights during the Christmas holidays. Among special events and activities awaiting visitors: nighttime tours of ancient buildings and inns led by storytellers in period clothing, rollicking train and trolley tours through the narrow brick streets, art walks featuring more than 30 galleries serving free holiday refreshments on the First Friday in December and January, special Saturday night antique shopping events, a dazzling regatta, Florida ice skating, luminaries in the town plaza, holiday concerts, even a Christmas parade. Other new aspects include a 100-foot-long Ice Slide (the first outdoor ice slide for warm climates) as well as an outdoor ice skating ring, sleigh rides that run nightly through an enchanted winter forest and downtown. There's also an Elf Village (free admission), a S'mores Fire Pit, and more. Nights of Lights,

Nov. 27: Jacksonville Landing Tree Lighting, Jacksonville. Northeast Florida kicks off the holiday season by lighting an enormous Christmas tree with its reflection sparkling on the St. Johns River. The celebration includes live music and fireworks show. Free. 904-353-1188.
Nov. 28: Jacksonville Light Parade, Jacksonville. The St. Johns River in downtown Jacksonville is transformed into a spellbinding display of lights as the region's finest boats and captains parade magically decorated vessels down the river. This enchanted night is topped off by a fireworks display over the river, featuring the city's signature "waterfalls" fireworks. Free. 904-

Nov. 28-29: Fourth Annual Ozello Arts Festival, Ozello. Like Ozello itself, the Ozello Arts Festival is a unique experience, combining high quality artisans, great food and the old Florida atmosphere to make an unforgettable experience. Ozello is an Old Cracker community on the Nature Coast, nestled in between Homosassa and Crystal River, and located nine miles along the Ozello Trail which winds through salt water marshlands and ends in the Gulf of Mexico. Free admission. Off U.S. Hwy 19, just 6.2 Miles West on Ozello Trail (CR 494).
enjoy your travel..........

Saturday, October 10, 2009

people can communication with each other through the power of thought alone .

Brain-Computer Interfacing (BCI) can be used for capturing brain signals and translating them into commands that allow humans to control devices like computers, robots, rehabilitation technology, and virtual reality environments just by thinking about various actions. Dr. Christopher James, from the University’s Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, took the experiment a step further in the current study. The researchers aimed to expand the current limits of this technology, and show that brain-to-brain (B2B) communication is possible.

Brain waves can have a direct influence on a person's behaviour, say researchers after an experiment found that people can be made to move in slow motion by boosting one type of brain wave ...
There are many types of brain waves, distinguished by their frequency and location, Brown explained. In this study, researchers injected a small electrical current into the brain through the scalps of 14 people while the participants manipulated the position of a spot on a computer screen as quickly as they could with a joystick. The electrical current used increased normal beta activity, a wave that earlier studies linked to sustained muscle activities, such as holding a book. Beta activity drops before people make a move. Unlike most previous work, which used constant brain stimulation, the new study employed an oscillating current, more like that underlying normal brain activity. As a result, people's fastest times on the computer task were 10 percent slower. Brown said the researchers were surprised that the electrical currents used in the study, which were very small and imperceptible to the participants, could have such a measurable effect, said an UCL release. "If we know what patterns of brain activity slow voluntary movement, then we can try and boost these patterns in conditions like chorea and dystonia, where there is excessive and uncontrolled movement," Brown said. "Conversely, we can try and suppress beta activity in conditions like Parkinson's disease typified by slow movement." "The implication is that it is not just how active brain cells are that is important, but also how they couple their activity into patterns like beta activity."
Mediterranean diet can beat stress....
The finding has been published in the October issue of Archives of General Psychiatry , one of the JAMA/Archives journals . To reach the conclusion, Almudena Sánchez-Villegas, B.Pharm., Ph.D., of University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria and Clinic of the University of Navarra, Pamplona, Spain, and colleagues studied 10,094 healthy Spanish participants who completed an initial questionnaire between 1999 and 2005. Participants reported their dietary intake on a food frequency questionnaire, and the researchers calculated their adherence to the Mediterranean diet based on nine components (high ratio of monounsaturated fatty acids to saturated fatty acids; moderate intake of alcohol and dairy products; low intake of meat; and high intake of legumes, fruit and nuts, cereals, vegetables and fish). After a median (midpoint) of 4.4 years of follow-up, 480 new cases of depression were identified, including 156 in men and 324 in women. Individuals who followed the Mediterranean diet most closely had a greater than 30 percent reduction in the risk of depression than whose who had the lowest Mediterranean diet scores. The association did not change when the results were adjusted for other markers of a healthy lifestyle, including marital status and use of seatbelts. "The specific mechanisms by which a better adherence to the Mediterranean dietary pattern could help to prevent the occurrence of depression are not well known," the authors write. Components of the diet may improve blood vessel function, fight inflammation, reduce risk for heart disease and repair oxygen-related cell damage, all of which may decrease the chances of developing depression.