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Cherisse Bradley: A Beautiful, Brilliant & Blessed Soul

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Cherisse Bradley is a Lady, I repeat a Lady whose grace, beauty, strength and resilience can be a lesson for us all. I Found My Voice A Tribute to Women in Jazz, Funk and Soul is a creation from the mind of Cherisse Bradley that is arguably one of the most profound events held this year in Michigan, let alone at the U of M Flint. It featured artists, such as, Detroit poet/musician Jessica Care Moore, Steffanie Christi’an, Brinae Ali, Johnny Manuel and Stan the Man to name a few. The show was held at The University of Michigan-Flint to a packed house. The applaud, tears, and laughter was no less than a refreshing example of what art and truth can be when put together correctly.

Read full feature via Cherisse Bradley A Beautiful, Brilliant, & Blessed Soul.. | bluuwise.

The Best Ways To Help The Planet

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The planet we live on is extremely fragile and we don’t do it any favors by the way we use and abuse it. So many of us are extremely wasteful and have zero regard for the damage we are causing and the potential long term damage also. I totally understand that it is a very hard thing to quantify but we need to start trying a lot harder otherwise we are in danger of letting things slip too far and potentially go past the point of no return.

There are so many cool ways that we can help to protect our planet from further damage, all people need is a little incentive and education. I believe this has to come from the top (government), these are the people who are listened to and if the education is filtered down through the government to local councils then I believe more people will take it on board.

We live in a world that is filled with waste and the methods of saving are just so simple, people need to take a step back and appreciate just how good we have it. This article will highlight the best ways out there for us to help our planet.

Save Some Cash

One of the simplest and most effective ways of saving money is in the home. How many of you leave the tap running when you brush your teeth? And leave the lights on during the day? These are just two of the simplest ways to save cash in the home while also helping to protect the environment. We live in a world that is filled with waste and so many people just don’t care about it.

It is the view of so many that the energy we have is expendable and doesn’t cost anything. People aren’t malicious, they are just very lazy and aren’t educated about the damage we are causing due to our outright laziness.

There are so many ways to save money and protect the environment at the same time and as soon as people hear about them they really will start to adapt.

Investment

Investing a little cash can do a lot, I don’t mean you personally I mean big business and governments. Renewable energy is a brilliant thing and there are so many companies out there such as Vector Foiltec that offer effective and aesthetically pleasing forms of renewable energy that can dramatically reduce a company’s carbon footprint. We just don’t know about these businesses and that is why education is key.

Education and Care

We need to be educated about the options out there. It is down to governments and local councils to provide us with all the information we need to start helping protect our wonderful planet. People aren’t going to go out and find it, they need to be told about it and that is down to the people who run the country.

If you are interested there are hundreds of websites that can provide you with all the neat tips for protecting the planet.

Andrew is an author with a love for the environment. He has over 10 years industry experience and enjoys writing about ways to prevent further damage to our planet

Why Polyglots Are Sexy

One of the arguments you will hear when you want to learn a new language is that polyglots are sexier than people who speak just one language? To find out, let us look at all the area that go into making someone sexy and see how polyglots generally perform in those areas.

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Life success is obviously the first area that makes someone sexy. We all agree that losers don’t generally make very sexy people however attractive they look. Life success, in this case, looks at the overall success of a person’s life especially in regard to how well they relate with others. Relationships with others define success. You will, hardly be classified a successful person if your personal relationships, for instance, are in a shambles. How do polyglots fare when it comes to life success? Often quite well; because they are multi-language, they are able to form more bonds with people outside of their comfort zones, and these relationships tend to be strong; there is something about relationships with foreign people that makes them hard to break.

The second area we look at for sexiness is job opportunities. You need money to survive and keep a significant other happy and well taken care of. Money is a direct result of your job so if you can expand your career horizons by learning a new language, you will definitely be able to take on more high profile jobs. Think about this; an intern who can speak English, French and Spanish can make as much as 10 times as one who speaks only English. Reason – because his company can use him to do a lot more than they could the monolingual intern. Job opportunities seem to be everywhere when you can speak foreign languages and they pay more.

Traveling can also contribute to how sexy a person is. If you travel to different places, you learn new languages and you get new experiences. The more experiences you have, the more interesting you are, Sexy people are usually interesting. They talk of their travels, the people they met, the food they ate, the things they saw, their opinions of a people and more. It is definitely better to sit next to someone who has multi-language abilities and who can tell you all these kinds of stories than to sit next to someone who speaks just English and who hasn’t seen the world.

Sexy people also attract more people. Polyglots, because they can speak in so many different tongues, have more opportunities to make friends. Everywhere they go, they have a chance to meet with someone who doesn’t speak English. And because they can attend events for groups that speak different events, they have an opportunity to make even more friends.

So there you have it, polyglots are definitely sexy; they can make more money, they can travel the world for new experiences, they have an easier time making friends and they are also likely to attract better paying jobs. It isn’t too late to add a new language into your life so long as you get started right away.

Byline: Gabriele is a dedicated language writer

Cell Phone Security Strategies You Can’t Afford Not To Follow

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Incidences of cell phone theft have increased substantially in recent months. According to the Federal Communications Commission, nearly a third of all robberies involve a cell phone being stolen. Fortunately, you will be less likely to have your phone and the information on it stolen if you take the proper steps. Here are some things that you may want to try:

Safeguard Your Phone

Many people are so used to having their phone with them that they start to take it for granted. They would never walk around with a hundred dollar bill in their hands. However, they will carry a mobile that is worth several times that much money in plain sight.

You are essentially inviting a mugger to steal your phone when it is visible like that. It is best to hide any mobile device when you aren’t using it.

You should also never leave your phone unattended. Burglars look for cars with cell phones left behind to break into. They also go through the glove compartment and look under the seats so hiding it isn’t necessarily going to keep it from being stolen either. Your phone should either be on your person or safely locked away in a contained space at all times.

There are a number of different tools on the market which will let you find your phone if it is lost. You may want to try using some of these anti-theft devices. Many wireless providers and regulators are starting to create new programs that will track all mobile devices in their respective countries. The FCC intends to have such a system in place within the next couple of months.

Protect Your Information

Replacing your smartphone can cost over $500. That would be an inconvenience enough, but the cost of losing the information on your phone can be a lot higher.

You may have a lot of valuable business data on there that the thief could try to sell. Some criminals will also try blackmailing people over the data on their phone. Earlier this year a crook found explicit pictures on a woman’s cell phone and tried to blackmail her for $5,000. Here are some things that you will want to do to reduce or eliminate these risks:

  • Make sure that your phone is always password protected and will lock after being inactive for a brief period (ideally less than a minute).
  • Try to host financial information and other sensitive data on the cloud. It may be a good idea to delete it from your cell phone completely.
  • Many of the anti-theft applications on the market will let you delete all information on your phone remotely. Your phone won’t be usable if you recover it, but at least your information will be safe. Many wireless providers have education programs dedicated to helping people protect the data on their devices remotely if they are stolen. It may be worth looking into these.

Protecting your information from theft may be even more important than your phone. Make sure you do so carefully.

About the author: Kalen is a technology and security writer. He writes about the benefits of using tools such as Replace Your Cell.

Infographic: Is College Right for Adults Over 30?

Many adults are going back to school as a consequence of the recent recession. They are doing this for two reasons: better pay and a better chance of being hired for a new job. At the same time, is this really paying off for these returning students? Here are a few things to consider.

More Adults

Adults are going to college now more than ever. There are currently about 5.5 million students who are 30 and older, which is a 322 percent increase over the number of adult students since 1970. This increase first started in 2008, where a million extra adult students enrolled in college courses.

Increase Likelihood of Being Hired

Having a degree helps you get hired, but are your chances that much better? Getting a two-year degree might be helpful, but there are only about 1.4 million new jobs for people with this degree. It’s much better to go the extra two years for a four-year degree because over 3.6 million jobs will become available to these people.

Getting a higher degree might mean more money, but the growth isn’t as big in this area. There are about 431,000 new jobs for those with six-year degrees and 877,000 for those with doctorates.

Return on Tuition Dollars

You are paying thousands of dollars to get a degree, so does it really pay off? The traditional student, who is someone going right from high school to college, will get a 12 percent return for each dollar. An adult who is doing the same will often get a 22 percent return. This is because the adult already has job experience, is more serious about getting a better job after college and has different goals.

Non-traditional students get a much higher return. Age doesn’t play a factor here. This includes engineering, IT, business and nursing students. They all get close to a 40 to 50 percent return for each tuition dollar.

Using Employers

About 85 percent of employers will reimburse all or some of your tuition. This makes it much easier for adults to seek higher education.

Many adults are going back to school to get a better job. The truth is that this can pay off if you go for a four-year degree or higher. Regardless of which degree you choose, you should reap the benefits in the end.

Source: top10onlinecolleges.org

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School Reunion Survival Tips

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The geeks, the sporty ones, the teachers’ pets, the goths, the shy ones, the way-too-loud ones, the foreign exchange students, the list goes on and on. But no matter which dreadful category you belonged to, attending your school reunion can be a nerve-wracking thing.

Even if you were one of the ones that enjoyed your high school years, some of those old, teenage insecurities can be stirred up once more when encountering some of those familiar faces from high school.  Here are some tips on how to survive your school reunion.

I have a PhD, I traveled the entire world in 60 days, and I also invented the Spork:

There’s no need to lie to yourself and others about your achievements.  The chances are the people who you thought would be extremely successful are probably still living with their mothers. Therefore, you definitely don’t need to invent some outlandish lies to beat that kid who got better grades than you.

If you really think you’ve under achieved since you’ve left school, then a great way to avoid talking about this is by encouraging the other person to talk about themselves.  Besides, don’t be intimidated or scared, as the people around you may have made up some lies themselves.

Oh my God, I’m so excited see you:

If the person you’re smiling politely and nodding to is the last person you want to talk to at this reunion, it is important to be courteous. Act excited. If you’re talking to a parent, keep complimenting how cute their little kids are, even if you haven’t really looked at their picture that they’ve shown you for the millionth time that night.

I can guarantee that pretty much everyone who comes to your reunion secretly dreaded it as much as you did, so, it’s important to make the most of it.  You would be a lot happier sipping on your drink, reminiscing about the time when you set the fire alarm off with your old classmates, than you would be sat in the corner all by yourself.

It took me almost four hours to get ready:

Dress to impress. As cheesy as that may sound, you want to make sure that you look your best for this night- especially if you used to be the shy geek that no one bothered to talk to. Dressing nicely will ensure that you grab everyone’s attention. A really nice outfit will also give you the confidence you need to keep your head up high throughout the whole night. Directing the attention to your appearance can only have positive effects, and of course, it’s also another great conversation starter.

Let’s all be friends again, on Facebook that is:

Coordinating with your friends before you actually go to the reunion can be more helpful than you think. Thanks to social media, this will be the easy enough to arrange. You can make Facebook groups or hunt down you old classmates using people finding resources and see what everyone is up to. Try to figure out what time everyone is planning on arriving. This will save the tonnes of small talk conversations you will be forced to have with people who you have nothing in common with.

As soon as you start feeling the awkward tension rising between you and the girl you still don’t know the name of, you can quickly run back to your pack of friends. After all, it is easier to drift in and out of conversations, especially when you know there are a group of friends you can always go back to.

I guess I’ll see you in another twenty years:

The one good thing about school reunions is that they only happen every five or ten years.

So, if you had the worst time of your life and something embarrassing happened like someone cracked that lie you told about spending three months in Spain when actually you were in prison (something I witnessed at my own school reunion) – then don’t beat yourself up about it. You won’t have to go through this for a very, very long time.

Do you have any other high school reunion survival tips? Please share them in comments below.

 

Elise Leveque loves to organize dinner parties and considers herself a bit of a social butterfly.  When it comes to high school reunions, there’s no one more excited for it than her.

Attending College As A Single Mom

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Attending college as a single mom can be challenging, but with the right preparation you can be successful and earn your degree. Some of the things that you will want to consider include childcare, scheduling your classes at the right time and whether you should attend online courses for convenience. Taking the time to plan your first semester can ensure you are able to complete your coursework without any major problems.

Where To Begin

The first step in attending college as a single mom is to determine your schedule. Many four-year colleges and career colleges offer online classes in place of or to supplement traditional classroom-based learning. One of the main benefits of opting for online classes is that you can complete your coursework at home and on the schedule that works best for you. Don’t be fooled into thinking that online classes are easier, however, since most courses that you take online will have an equal or greater amount of reading, quizzes and tests when compared to traditional classes. In general, you will need to set aside twenty hours of study time for a full course load each week. A full course load is twelve credit hours. If you are taking fifteen or eighteen credit hours, you will need to add additional time to study the materials.

Not everyone learns well in an online environment. Traditional campus-based courses are often available on weekends and during the evenings so that you can work or care for your child during the day. Typically, evening courses require one three-hour period once a week to complete for each class that you register for. This can be an advantage over taking classes during the day if you have a babysitter for evenings or if you prefer to condense your in-class time rather than spread it out over the week. After deciding which schedule and class type will work best for you, you will want to determine how to complete college by balancing your finances, career and child care.

Finding Financial Aid

As a single mom, you may be able to find local and federal resources to assist you in earning your degree. Financially, there are several programs available that can provide you with funding for tuition, books and other resources needed to attend college. Your college can provide you with assistance in applying for federal financial aid. Talk to your adviser and the financial aid office to determine which forms need to be completed to receive the funding that you need to attend college. There are a wide range of scholarships and student loan programs available.

Caring For Children While Attending College

Childcare can be one of the most challenging aspects of attending college as a single mom. Finding child care on campus is still relatively rare, but more colleges are now offering on site daycare options. Ask your college if there are any options, such as day care, free babysitting, or on site apartments, for parents to use while attending college.

If you have a friend or family member that is willing to help out, don’t be shy about accepting the help. A trusted friend or family member can be a great help while attending college. You may also want to check for local, free preschool options if your child is old enough. Not only will this provide assistance with childcare, it will also provide your child with a great start on their own education.

Earning Your Degree

Staying focused and on task is a challenge, but earning your college degree can provide your family with a distinct advantage financially. Look for local resources and learn more about attending traditional or career college online to find options that make earning your degree possible.

Scott Belford writes on topics related to business, education, and technology. He’s interested in how people translate their particular talents and education into successful careers.

Top Story – Abstinence Is Not Just For Sex

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The word abstinence means the voluntary prevention of some physical activities that provide pleasure such as alcohol, sex, or eating food. People do abstinence because of various reasons, for example, personal likes and dislikes, religious pressures, and force by a loved one.  Scientifically speaking, abstinence means to stop using a certain drug that a person is addicted to. Many people practice abstinence as a short term need to achieve any short term goal. The purpose of abstinence is to improve the quality of life and improve the condition of life. Following are the different forms of abstinence.

Sexual Abstinence

Sexual abstinence is an effort to refrain yourself from sexual activity completely or partly. There are various reasons one wants to practice sexual abstinence. These reasons may include religious beliefs, legal restrictions, and preventive measures from sexually transmitted diseases, personal beliefs, and sociological barriers. Sexual abstinence is practiced all over the world, and there are many different methods of practicing this type of abstinence. The success of sexual abstinence depends on your desire to achieve this goal. Some people also avoid sexual practices because of their medical conditions such as stress and anxiety.

Food Abstinence

One of the main reasons for food abstinence is fasting in which people have to avoid some or complete food as well as drink for a period of time such as a day or part of the day. Fasting is a religious practice, and in almost all major religions of the world, the concept of fasting is available with some variations. Another type of food abstinence is vegetarianism in which people avoid eating any kind of meat. The partial as well as complete restrictions from all or some of the foods are called food abstinence. Besides that, some people are restricted in making choices about their food because of medical reasons which is also considered as the food abstinence.

Smoking and Alcohol Abstinence

Another type of abstinence is smoking or alcohol abstinence which is common in the smokers and alcohol addicted people. In smoking abstinence, people have to avoid tobacco as well as other smoking agents; whereas, abstinence from alcohol means avoiding the alcoholic beverages completely. The reasons of smoking and alcohol abstinence are various including religious beliefs, social barriers, and health issues. This is the most popular form of abstinence as many people want to get rid of this habit all over the world.

Besides above mentioned abstinence types there is another type of abstinence which is called recreational intoxicants abstinence. In this type of abstinence, the user will restrict him from using the illegal as well as legal substances. This type of abstinence is considered as a way for de-addiction from certain type of substances.  The success of abstinence depends largely on the will of that person, and people practice abstinence because of religious as well as social reasons. The need as well as the degree of the abstinence varies from one person to another along with the timing of this practice.

Raman Kanthan is a very spiritual person. When she is not busy working, she likes spending time with her family or reading books.

 

Should You Donate Your Body To Science?

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Do you consider yourself to be a giving person? Maybe you donate money to good causes, give away your old belongings or volunteer your time at a local school or nursing home. If you feel charitable and want to give the ultimate gift to mankind upon your passing, you might wish to donate your body to science.

When you donate body to science, you will be helping your fellow man by finding new cures for diseases. You also will be assisting in the education of medical students who learn about human anatomy and how to carry out surgical procedures. Here are five good reasons to consider signing up for a full body donation program.

You’ll Be Leaving Behind the Ultimate Gift

When you are a registered full body donor, you will be leaving behind the greatest gift you could ever give mankind. You’ll be benefiting science through education and research, creating a positive (educational) experience out of a negative (your death) and will be able to be proactive after your passing.

Sparing your Loved Ones Anguish and Expense

While your loved ones surely will be upset when you die, if you’re a registered full body donor, they will be spared the anguish of having to decide what to do with your remains. And, because body donation programs pay for the transportation of your body to and from their facilities as well as cover the cost of cremation, your family members will save thousands of dollars. Even though death is inevitable, it doesn’t have to be a distressing event that costs a fortune and with body donation, it’s neither.

You’d Be Fulfilling a Need that’s Great

Even though around 15,000 Americans sign up donate their bodies each year, there is always a need for more donors. There is a lack of anatomical subjects in many schools and medical training facilities and often, donated bodies are shared between institutions. Your donated body can be used to teach students surgery, orthopedics, cardiology, neurology, and ophthalmology as well as other specialty areas. You could be helping to save a countless number of lives and play a role in finding cures for the most devastating diseases which plague the world. In short, a potentially countless number of people could enjoy optimum health because of your generosity.

It’s Easy to Do

it is not difficult to donate a body to science as all you need to do is register to become a donor at the website of a donor program. Once you are registered, you will be told to inform your family or those responsible for your arrangements following your death. This is because your next of kin or close friend will be involved in the donation process once you pass away.
Your Family Will Be Informed About the Impact You’ve Made

Most body donation programs offer to update the surviving family on current research projects and the impact the full body donors have made to society. This gives your loved ones a great deal of peace of mind knowing that your generosity did indeed made a difference in the lives of many people. You’ll be leaving a legacy behind for your children and grandchildren that may inspire future generations to register for full body donation programs.

Author Bio: Justin Jonas works in health care industry. He blogs about health, science and social causes.

Black History Month Spotlight: Linda Scott – CEO LS1426 Inc.

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Name and occupation?
Linda Scott CEO LS1426Inc

What do you love most about being a Black woman?
What I love the most about being a Black Woman is the Strength that a black woman has to empower and educate others.

Who or what inspires you?
My grandmother is the person who inspires me the most the strength and drive that she had.

What advice do you have for other Black women or men?
The advice that I will give to others is to get your education turn your passion into your business. Don’t reach for the stars reach above the stars.

Anything else you`d like to add?
I lost my only daughter in a car accident and she left behind her only child he was nine months old at the time of her death. In order for me to continue living I have created an organization “Continuous Love” that assist young people who finish High School and plans to further their education. We hold a Tea Party once a year to provide them with “Care Package” it’s hard to get the things you need when you have your parents help just image how hard it is without them. It really does take a Village to raise our children.

Where can we find you online?

http://issuu.com/bbwbeauties/docs/november_issue_2012

The ABC’s of Staying Sexy For Your Partner

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Regardless of who you are, it’s important to stay attractive for your partner to maintain a healthy relationship. Men and women alike, especially those in marriage, let go of their physique over time. It may seem vein, but studies show that staying sexy for your partner is crucial for having a long and mutually happy relationship. Keeping that in mind, here are some keys to keeping the spark in your romantic life.

Appearance 

Your partner likely sees you on a regular basis. They see you at your best, but also at your worst. Don’t save your good looks for when you go out and leave your partner with nothing to look at back home. Your appearance includes your physique and your attire. Obviously, exercise and work outs are great ways to improve your sex appeal. What people tend to overlook are their outfits at home.

When couples live together, they often grow comfortable over time and stop caring. You should by all means be comfortable, but there is a limit. Eventually your partner’s eyes will get used to your features and they’ll become indifferent to your appearance. It’s like owning a backpack for a very long time. At first, you may like it or even love it, but sooner or later you grow accustomed to its snazzy-ness and collect stains carelessly. Change your outfits and stay fresh, this way you’ll never become an old backpack.

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Pet names are great, but they shouldn’t be overused. If you call your partner “Baby” left and right it’ll lose it’s special just like the backpack. Use pet names in moderation, and try to personalize them. Make an effort to save complimentary names like “Cutie”, so they can have that sexual tie when you need them to. When used correctly, pet names have the potential to be very stimulating.

Confidence

Confidence is sexy. Sometimes confidence can even make up for appearance. People are naturally drawn to bold and confident individuals. A great place to showcase your confidence is in the bedroom. Talk to you partner about their preferences and master your domain. Don’t be afraid to explore and try new things.

A key to confidence is eliminating your insecurities. If you can’t fix them, put them behind you. If you can work on your insecurities you should by all means do so. Smelling good is a simple and instant step towards confidence. Talents and humor are  more substantial, but not as easy to attain. One way or another, find confidence in yourself and display it for your partner. A great way to find confidence is through dancing, check out xtremedance.net and get sexy for your partner.

Article written by Roy S. Tap dance enthusiast and blogger with Xtreme Dance. Please contact Xtreme Dance Studio and sign up for an Orlando dance class today!

Flint Positive Spotlight: The Beecher Scholarship Incentive Program Presents “A Night in Harlem”

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Painting on Black Canvas

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Over the past few years, many artists have developed a passion for painting on black canvas. The reason is because a black background can help the painter express so much more of his inner world than a plain and simple white one. In fact, one of the very first things people learn nowadays when attending an art class is to avoid painting on a white canvas as it will not give the finished product the proper visibility it deserves and it will become boring to the viewer fairly soon.

When painting on black canvas, on the contrary, the subject of the painting itself stands out and reaches a place of its own on the canvas. When looking at paintings on black canvas, it almost feels as if the subject of the painting is about to step out and reach out to the viewer. This is true especially if the subject is painted with bright and bold colors that make the painting seem alive and real on the deep contrast that the black background provides. They express happiness, joy and love for life.

On the other hand, by using different shades of black, white and grey, the painting can suggest moody, mysterious, gothic, shady, and scary scenarios. The deep dark background of the black canvas can help artists express their anxiety, frustration, dissatisfaction and unhappiness.

Ways to properly paint on a black canvas

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The technique that an artist needs to use to properly paint of a black canvas can be slightly different from the one he uses when painting on a white one. First of all, the black canvas is usually not framed, which makes it difficult for the painter to come up with a solution as to how to cover the painting’s sides in order not to leave them blank. Some artists opt for a unified painting, meaning they continue the painting on the side as well, giving it a multiple-dimension look. Other painters instead choose the old-fashioned way of covering the sides with duct tape before they start painting.

When approaching painting on a black canvas, it is suggested to begin by drawing a sketch of the subject by using a light grey pencil and then cover it with white paint. In order to give the painting dimension and depth, it is important to use darker colors in contrast with lighter ones that will help create the impression that the painting itself is about to come out of the canvas.

It is recommended using either shades of white or yellow ochre as beginning colors when painting on a black canvas. Even if the yellow will seem to give too much of a contrast from the black background, this impression will quickly change as the other colors follow to create the subject that is intended to be portrayed. When painting on black canvas it is preferred not to use watercolors and oils as they give the impression of wavy and weak images. On the contrary, acrylics create a much firmer and assertive impression when adapted to black canvas paintings.

This was a guest post left by Aronno755, a writer and art lover. In order to find the best deals on blank canvases and any other tool your inner artist might require, visit artistsblankcanvas.co.uk.

What It Really Means To Be Free

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There are many things that are said to make us human, and that we consider as fundamental rights, but one of the loftiest and most important by all accounts is freedom. For many of us it’s our freedom that gives our life meaning and that makes it worthwhile. As such it tends to feature heavily in any speech, in any political manifesto and any epic yarn. But what does it really mean? And how can something so important be such an abstract subject that’s so difficult to pin down? Let’s examine what freedom is in a bit more detail.

Freedom as Choice

If you boil it down to its basics, freedom could essentially be described as choice. And the more choices you have the more freedom you have as a result. In this respect it’s possible to have ‘levels’ of freedom rather than just being free or ‘not free’ as a black and white dichotomy. This is why freedom is so important and so fundamental to our existence too – because really consciousness and life could be defined as the capacity for choice. Some would say life means being ‘aware’ but is an amoeba aware? Probably not – so rather the bit we associate with life must be the unpredictability – the ability for it to choose rather than just follow a set of predefined rules.

How Freedom Gets Taken Away

Now if you listened to your teachers at school you may have remembered them saying things along the lines of ‘you always have a choice’ and that’s true to an extent. Of course at any moment you would have the ability to choose to stop breathing and so in that regard you always have some element of choice.

But at the same time you can have choices taken away from you and that’s how someone can take our freedom. If someone tells you where you can and can’t go for instance then they are taking away some of your freedom of choice and that means you’re less free. If someone tells you what to do then by the same token they are putting limits on what you can do and this means you’ll be less free. And in a way the very purpose of your ‘consciousness’ is undermined to an extent – which is why things like human trafficking are so terribly inhumane.

In some cases as well we will lose freedom and this won’t be due to the way anyone else has acted. For instance if you are very poor or very disabled then you lose options and become less free. Here you have fewer courses of action available to you so again you are not as free as you could be – you rely on others to help you regain some of that freedom.

Freedom can also be undermined in more subtle ways. For instance if someone is raised in a certain way with limiting beliefs then they may even become less free in their own thoughts. Some people live in such fear, and have become so used to it, that even their thoughts are moderated completely reducing their ability to choose and think freely.

Freedom then, and choice, can be taken away in many ways, and this is why it’s so incredibly important that those of us who are blessed enough to have it choose to help others to regain it.

Author Byline: Lisa Goodman is a gifted writer. Her blogs not only inspire you to think but also to act on that thought.

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