Composites – What is the Potential of Any Relationship?

Recently I explored relationships from the standpoint of the individuals involved, which is astrologically termed synastry. Each of the two people in a relationship is viewed individually for their personal relating potential. Once each is individually described, a comparison between the two describes the more intimate details of their story. However, there is more than one way to look at relationships. At the moment any pairing occurs, a new dynamic is produced which is termed a relationship. Relationships occur on so many levels: parent and child, marriage, boss and worker, teacher and student, siblings, in-laws, law and criminal, doctor and patient, stalker and victim, clergy and parishioner, to name a few.

Regardless of how many people we meet and the circumstances under which we meet them, in a split second of time a unique relationship is formed, one that did not exist prior to that moment and will cease to exist if the two people involved choose not to pursue it. Some of these meetings are brief such as a waitress handing you a cup of coffee. Some last a lifetime such as family members or marriage partners.

The bond that occurs between a mother and a child at the moment of birth is unique. After many years of refusing to allow the father to be present at the birth, the medical establishment currently encourages the father’s participation. The split-second bonding that the mother has always experienced is now available to the father. Yes! Nothing can equal that incredible moment and nothing can capture it once it has passed without the father’s participation. The mother really does not have a choice at childbirth; her participation is mandatory. Many years ago I took a workshop by Joseph Chilton Pearce in which this birth moment bonding process was explored. I immediately went home and told my son and his pregnant wife to be sure they were both part of the birthing process if it was at all possible. Many grandkids later, my whole family encourages this experience because of the bonding that occurs at the instant of birth.

Suppose I have ten friends. Each pairing provides a unique friendship. This takes nothing away from my other nine friends and enlarges each of our lives because of those friendships. I am bettered and my friend is bettered by our friendship. If I am a better person because of that friendship, I will be a better person to all my other friends, family, co-workers, etc. Whatever adds to my personal dimension in a positive fashion affects everything I do and everyone I touch with my more positive self. Conversely, if I am in a relationship that is negative, that negativity also affects all other relationships in which I participate if I am in any way diminished or compromised in the experience of that one relationship. I have been lessened therefore I am less than what I could be with all whom I come in contact.

To me there seem to be parts or stages …

The Utilitarian Charm of English Garden Design for Cottages

The English cottage garden is a style that is in re-discovery today. As in every successful revival, the new version improves on tradition with new insights and ideas. The English garden designed after the cottage style has been around for as long as there have been cottages in England. Of course, up until relatively recently, they weren’t considered a style of English garden design at all. It’s just that their beauty caught on with the gardening writers of the country after a while. People began to notice that the traditional English garden design used in poor cottages across the country really possessed a lot of excellent gardening know-how and aesthetics to hand down.

To look at the traditional English garden design for cottages, one thing is clear. The humble gardener always fills every space available in his garden with every useful plant he can get his hands on. The most useful kitchen garden plants are the ones that come first – fruit, vegetables and herbs. If blooming plants are found clinging to all kinds of places in an oddly recognizable way in the traditional English cottage, it’s because these enter the garden in a supporting role – flowers and all of the herbs are always brought in as a way to fight pests with. And sometimes, to help supply the family medicine cabinet.Yarrow, for instance can help fight a fever.

The traditional English garden design in cottages was one of a recognizable kind of chaos. Rambling roses would be all over the house, cabbages, Larkspur, gooseberries and poppies would always line all the garden paths, and hollyhocks would go along the boundary walls. The cottage garden was always so full of color and so delightful that there was a charm there in the way everything seemed to be on top of everything else. It was the very image of domestic bliss, and it’s a style that’s in revival all over North America now. To do the same for your own home and garden, here’s what you need to do – leave out all decorative plants, and instead, decorate with useful plants.

Begin your English garden design with an apple tree instead of the flowering crab. And plant it in a flower bed surrounded by flowers rather than out on its own. Plant those flowerbeds densely with kitchen herbs alongside of the flowers. Cabbages, carrots and other vegetables can be quite beautiful and they shouldn’t be considered alien to the theme of the garden. In an English cottage garden design, they are the theme. Give them the most prominent placing, and raise sunflowers and runner beans up their stalks. You could have a tidy layout even if you do choose an English cottage garden. The basic theme is to fill every available space and to not judge plants for being what they are. You can plant marigolds to keep rodents away, and you can plant garlic right alongside a flower bed to keep insects off. It’s all about utilitarianism and how …

Selecting the Right Baby Nursery Decor

The baby is almost ready to arrive and you are quickly trying to pull together a nursery that is perfect for your new little angel. But what baby nursery decor should you go with? This is a question that many people find themselves facing and in most cases, they simply do not know what to do other then do what they think everyone else does.

The thing is though; you can really be creative with the nursery. The room should burst at its seams with the creativity and love that was over flowing from the parents. With all of the nursery decoration styles, themes and artistic visions out there, there is no reason to be stuck with the same old blue bears or pink bears. The idea is to create a room like none other. You can of course draw from different designs and styles of baby nursery decor that you have seen in the past. This does not mean however that you should copy anything.

Take something from one theme and maybe add in something from another theme. You can create your own vision and do something that has never been seen before. The options are really endless and it is up to you to make sure that the room is everything that you want it to be. Of course, there is still always room for the families that take pride in tradition.

Maybe you are someone who pictures animals every time you think of a nursery. If this is the case for you then all means, go for it. But still do not be afraid to add little touches such as special pictures of mommy and daddy at the zoo or things of that nature. By adding in those little touches you will be able to create a personalized nursery space using the traditional ideas that you have grown to love.

Need some ideas of some traditional nursery decoration styles, themes, and visions? Many people will first figure out if they are decorating for a boy or a girl. If you will be decorating for a boy then you can go with white, blue, or even green walls. You can splatter sports decorations and themed furniture and pictures all over the room. Whether it is soccer, football, or baseball, you will be able to create a space that is perfectly suited for the little boy of yours that is on the way. Another idea for a baby nursery decor is that of animals such as lizards, bears, and tigers. Although not everyone likes the idea of ​​animals looking fierce, some people find it to be an attractive option for the nursery of a boy.

If you want to take a softer approach to the animal theme, you can decorate the room to look like a jungle with lots of green and little animals poking out here and there. Allow your imagination to run wild and you will be amazed at what you can come up with. For little …

Gardening Tips – Soil Additives and Manure For Stronger Plants

The best plants are grown in gardens where the soil is not ignored, but regularly improved with soil conditioners and manure. Plants are healthier and live longer as a result of additional supplies of compost, manure and fertilizers. Get the soil in good heart before you plant, and your plants will grow faster and establish more quickly.

There are two basic types of soil additives: those that are bulky and which make a difference to the feel and structure of the soil when they are added to it, and those that are in powder, liquid or granular form and which are more concentrated in terms of the nutrients they contain. The bulky types are usually known as soil conditioners and the concentrated plant foods as fertilizers.

All soils benefit from the addition of bulky organic matter. Heavy clay soils will be made less sticky because the organic matter holds their clinging particles further apart and so allows water to escape more easily. As a result, drainage is improved and the soil becomes easier Co cultivate.

On sandy soils, where drainage is rapid and moisture retention is poor, organic matter acts as a binding agent, sticking the particles together and as a sponge helping the soil to hold on to water.

Chalky soils tend to be thin and poor, and the organic matter here gives them more body and helps them hold on to plant nutrients.

Even loamy soils need helpings of organic enrichment to keep them 'in good heart'.

You could ask why it is necessary to enrich soil with manure, compost and fertilizer when, in the wild, plants seem to thrive without it. The answer is a simple one: in nature nobody tidies up. Fallen leaves are allowed to rot down and provide the plants with nourishment, thanks to the activity of soil bacteria. Because of the plenitude of organic matter, these bacteria are present in abundance. In addition, the same plants grow in the same spot indefinitely, usually at a comfortable wide spacing, and nobody complains if they do not flower profusely or crop heavily. The plants are also native to this country and there before accustomed to growing in the conditions available.

In a garden, where tidying up removes much of the potential soil enrichment, plants from all over the world are grown cheek by jowl, competitiveness ferociously for water and nourishment. 'Man-made' varieties have been bred to flower over a long period and, in the case of vegetables, to produce a heavy crop. They can do this only if we make sure their roots can grow in earth which provides them with sufficient nourishment.

Farmyard manure

A term used to cover all kinds of animal manure. Stable manure is the most common and available in town as well as country. This mixture of straw and dung needs to be well rotted before it is dug into the soil. Stack fresh manure for three to six months before digging it in. The reason for this is that …

Top 10 Recital Rules For Audience Members

With summer fast approaching many studios are preparing for end-of-school-year recitals. An important aspect of a successful piano recital is the observance of proper recital etiquette. Below are the top ten rules that audience members should observe when attending a recital.

The Audience:

(1) Arrive on time, or a little early. When audience members arrive on time it provides the best opportunity for the performance to begin on time. Arriving a few minutes early will also allow for time to get a program and to get seated. In fact, those who arrive early usually get the best pick on seating.

(2) Limit perfumes or colognes. While perfumes, colognes and scented body lotions do smell good, in a recital/concert setting it is NOT considered appropriate to wear strong smelling scents. Many people have allergies to perfumes. So, out of respect to the other members in the audience it is considered proper etiquette to limit, or refrain from, applying scented items on your body or clothing.

(3) Sit QUIETLY and listen to the performances. The role of the audience is to provide appropriate support and encouragement to the performer, and to receive enjoyment from the performance. As such, it is expected that audience members follow some basic rules:

* No talking, loud whispering, or humming along during a performance. Additionally, noisy candy or cough drop wrappers should be avoided! This can be very distracting to the performer and can (especially in young students) cause problems in the performance. It is also quite distracting for audience members.

* Remain seated during the performance (no wiggling or walking about), and only leave between pieces if absolutely necessary.

* No gum. Smacking and chewing noises can distract other audience members. And, gum dropped in a recital venue can create a “sticky” mess. It is best to use (quiet) breath mints instead.

* No whistling, yelling, or other loud methods of congratulations should be done, especially prior to the performance. If a performer is focused and ready to play, but becomes distracted with the “cat-calling” and “whooping” it can really throw off his performance. While boisterous congratulations are meant to show support for the performer, it may actually cause unintended problems instead. The best way to show appreciation for the performance is with thunderous applause, and an occasional “bravo” at the end of an especially great performance.

(4) Go to the bathroom BEFOREHAND. If it becomes absolutely necessary to leave the hall during the recital it should be done quietly and between pieces rather than in the middle of a piece.

(5) No flash photography. If pictures or video are allowed in the recital it is best to stand in the back and be as unobtrusive or noisy as possible. And, cameras should have the flash turned off. Random and/or unexpected flashing of cameras (along with the clicking noises) can really distract a performer.

(6) Turn off your cell phone or other electronic devices. It’s obvious enough that phone ringing …

Home Garden Decor For The Fall

The backyard porch, patio, or deck is a favorite place for many people to relax and enjoy the outdoors. There are many decorating options available for the home garden area, and seasonal accessories are a way to keep the decorating updated. The little details are what make the difference and you do not have to go to great expense either. The fall is a wonderful time to decorate your outdoor space. Here are some inexpensive and simple ways to accessorize for the fall season.

Decorate with pumpkins. I love to decorate with pumpkins because they offer so much flexibility and are fairly inexpensive. Small pumpkins can line stair steps or be placed along porch railings. Larger pumpkins can be carved or hollowed out and have candles placed in them. A large pumpkin can be placed in a corner of a porch or deck by itself to perk up a bare corner. You could also make a collection of gourds and pumpkins. Combine several different sized pumpkins or gourds on a hay bale. Try to keep things at varying heights to make it more visually interesting.

To continue with the fall theme use fall color leaves to make tabletop displays, garlands, or wreaths. Place fall colored foliage along porch railings and on end tables. I like to make my own wreaths using elements from nature like pine cones or twigs and branches. Grapevine wreaths are a perfect accessory for the fall. Baskets full of colored leaves or even burlap sacks filled with leaves and tied with a matching bow can be a wonderful corner accessory.

Other ways to inexpensively accessorize your outdoor decor include fall seasonal flags, door mats, or table top decor. Visit the dollar store for baskets that you can fill with pine cones, apples, or small pumpkins. For a fragrant touch, add a cinnamon broom or a pumpkin spice candle to an enclosed porch or patio.

With just a little bit of planning you can find some wonderful accessories to decorate your backyard, porch, or patio for the fall season. …

How to Get the Best Concert Tickets Online

The process of buying concert tickets can enlist mixed feelings in most people. For one, you are excited about the anticipation of going to see your favorite artist live. On the other hand, most people do not look forward to queuing in line for hours on end just to ensure that you get the best concert tickets that you can. Depending on how popular the musician is or the band, one can find that people have camped outside the box office for hours or even days just to guarantee that they get the best seats that the house has to offer. All this could prove to be quite time consuming not to mention frustrating if you are going as a group and you can not get tickets that place you and your friends at the same location. In the worst case scenario, you may end up lining up with the rest of the masses only to realize once your turn finally arrives that the concert tickets are sold out.

All these can be problems of the past if you opt to purchase your concert tickets online. For one, you could end up finding concert tickets that are quite affordable. In some cases, individuals buy these tickets in advance only for the date to arrive and they are indisposed to attend the concert. Such people will go online to sell their tickets and most of the time they will not be looking to make a profit from the tickets. So you can get concert tickets at an affordable price and sometimes even at a discount if you are planning on buying a few of them.

There are also several websites dedicated to ensure that they provide the best tickets for their visitors. The best websites to look into would be websites that have insured their tickets so in case of any mishap you can be guaranteed of getting your money back. Most of these websites will also cater for groups that are looking to purchase concert tickets. This is a great advantage for people who would like to attend a concert with their friends so as to cherish the experience together. With the box office, you can never be assured of getting seating for more than two people at a time. However, with these websites all you would have to do is let them know the number of people in your party and they can go about finding the best seats to cater for your entire group.

Lastly, searching for concert tickets online also gives you the opportunity to get your hands on VIP tickets as well as VIP passes that will grant you access to the backstage and sometimes the opportunity to interact with your favorite artist. Most of the VIP tickets tend to be sold out or given to friends of the people organizing the concert. By getting them online, you give yourself the chance to get a piece of the action. Gone are the days of depending on …

Cedar Garden Furniture

The cedar garden furniture is lovely indeed for any deck or patio. The cedar tree is a very beautiful hardwood that grows in North America and used to make furniture. A clear grade western red cedar commonly used to make outdoor garden furniture. One concern everyone has the outdoor weather how will it affect the furniture that sits in sunshine and rain. The northern part of America also supplies from snow, sleet, and hail that could be very damaging to any piece of garden furniture.

The western red cedar fibers contain oils that act as a natural preservative to help the wood resist rot and decay making it an excellent choice for outdoor garden furniture. One of the first created pieces called the Adirondack Chair. All across America, everyone started wanting the Adirondack Chair. The government then saw the durability and the inexpensive wood used to make the chair decided that they want cedar benches that are useable in parks. The depression era brought forth the creation of many of these benches by people who worked on the WPA. The WPA was a work program created by President Roosevelt at the time to help those in this country who were unemployed. Many young men went into the forests at the time and cut down the cedar trees so that they used for things like park benches.

Many cedar chests made as these kept things very well and prevented mold and mildew from destroying the chest and its contents. The sailors often declared that the cedar chest was their friend on long trips. The funeral directors in the day used cedar and pine to build coffins for the Deceased. Some doctors had declared in England where the plague that had killed many if they would bury those affected in a cedar coffin that would have prevented the spread of the deadly disease. Cedar is a wood that over the centuries has had its uses for many good things.

Today we find that cedar garden furniture is a beautiful to anyone's patio or his or her home. A beautiful cedar patio set accents any persons home. The elite of America often request that their patio and garden be inlaid with cedar. Many accessories made of cedar often found in stores today. Such items as serving trays and carts, made of cedar can easily be found in stores like Target or Wal-Mart. Department stores like Sears and JC Pennies carry the cedar garden furniture at a very reasonable price. The Cedar Outdoor Furniture Company found on line offers many beautiful pieces of cedar garden furniture. The Cedar Outdoor Furniture Company will also make furniture pieces to your specific requirements.

The Cedar Outdoor Furniture Company has many accessories that help beautify your patio. The Cedar Garden Furniture takes great pride in the manner in which they manufacturer all their cedar garden furniture. All pieces have a finely sanded finish and handcrafted for a snug fit. The best in cedar garden furniture found at Cedar …

Kitchen Appliances Keep You Cooking!

These days, many families are returning to their kitchens for healthyier eating options. Professionals, too, are creating fresher more health conscious menus that families can duplicate at home. Now that families are coming home to eat, it is necessary for cooking and cooled storage appliances to keep up with the increase in demand.

If your family is moving back into the home kitchen, why not select the best available equipment? You do not have to buy professional grade, but you can still furnish your kitchen with quality and style. From refrigerators to stoves, there are a variety of options to choose from.

In refrigerators, you can now get them with various compartments designed to store certain food like large cakes and awkward 2-liter drinks as well as keep your produce and cold goods fresh longer.

Refrigerators also come in many models with a variety of features. Instead of just the basic style, you can get them with separate bins to keep fruits and veggies crispy; sliding, removable shelves and drawers for easier access; and on-the-door storage for unusual shaped containers.

The Fridges they have on offer also get much colder so your frozen foods stay frozen.

If you are considering a new stove, you can pick the traditional gas stove or the gener electric stove. The gas stove gives you higher temperatures for faster cooking. With gas stoves, because of the exposed heating coils, clean up is not as quick and easy, but you do spend less time cooking.

With solid surface electric stoves, clean up is a snap. You get multi sized burners and a nice uniformly flat surface that can support any size pot or pan you place on it.

Because the heating elements are electric, however, you burners are not quite as hot and cooking time takes a bit longer. Your choice, of course, depends on what is most important to your family's cooking needs.

We should not forget dishwashers either. In our environment conscious society, there are many energy efficient models to pick from. A dishwasher saves you time and energy and fits right in with your busier kitchen.

Instead of filling the trash with fast food bags and containers, you can put your reusable dishes in the washer. It's a win-win situation for you and the environment.

Changing your own or your family's diet to a healthy menu is an easy way to get back into your kitchen. It also gives you a chance to get acquainted with new appliances. Cooking good food takes good equipment, and updating your appliances to match your new menu needs is a good idea.

No matter your cooking needs, whether professional or private, everyone deserves the most advanced appliances. Moving towards a healthy and environmentally friendly menu is a smart choice for anyone.

Upgrading your cooking equipment is an easy process with dozens of different designs, advanced technology and energy efficient models, there is definitely something to suit your needs. …

Is Home Study Interior Design Right For You

For those that wish to study interior design, home study interior design is becoming increasingly more popular. Many students continue to work and even raise families so taking an online program is much more suited to their lifestyle. A degree in the interior design profession is more important today as well due to the strict regulations imposed by many states. You must pass a qualifying exam in order to call yourself an Interior Designer.

One of the first steps you must take is to research the school you wish to attend. Make sure they are an accredited institution. Find out if home study interior design is available. A nonprofit accreditation body developers guidelines and standards that the interior design schools must maintain. If the school does not meet the guidelines then the school is not accredited. The nonprofit agency is called the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Some schools that do not have the accreditation may not have applied for it. It is up to the student to do their due diligence. Contact Interior Design firms and ask them what schools they recommend.

The prospective student should research the various programs offered to get a better idea of ​​exactly what program best fits their needs. Find out if financing available for the student. If possible speak to former students, they were able to secure a position that they wanted after graduating. Can the student learn the proper techniques through home study interior design?

Set up an appointment with a faculty member. Find out as much information as possible before committing to a particular school. Try to find out whether students who take home study interior design actually get the same type of jobs as students who physically attend school. Do you have the workspace and time allotted to take on something as challenging as interior design home study? You must answer this important question. Are you ready for the commitment? If you are then it could be one of the most important decisions of your life. …