Sunday, December 28, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
In competition ballroom dancers are judged by diverse criteria such as connection, frame, posture, speed, timing, proper body alignment, proper usage of weight, ankles, feet, and grooming.
In one common usage “ballroom dance” refers to the ten dances of International Standard and International Latin, though the term is also often used interchangeably with the five International Standard dances . In the United States, the American Style (American Smooth and American Rhythm) also exists.
Slow Waltz - Tango - Viennese Waltz - Slow Foxtrot - Quickstep
Cha Cha - Samba - Rumba - Paso Doble - Jive
Waltz - Tango - Foxtrot - Viennese Waltz
Cha Cha - Rumba - East Coast Swing - Bolero - Mambo
Waltz - Polka - Schottische - Tango - One-Step - Foxtrot
The dances I enjoy seeing performed the most are the Samba, Paso Doble, and the Viennese Waltz.
Samba: The Samba is an all-out party dance with origins from Brazil’s Rio Carnival. It is made up of many different South American dances incorporated into one. It is very rhythmical with lots of hip action. Walking Samba steps and side steps are the basic components of this dance. The major characteristic of the Samba is the vertical bounce action. Steps are taken using the ball of the foot. The accomplished dancer is made to look effortless and carefree with knee action, body sway and “pendulum motion.” My favorite part of the Samba is the Samba roll - a rolling movement from the waist up. The upper body circles as you create a six-step turning group. The Samba has a distinctive climax, it ends with throwing of heads back and arms splayed out to the side.
Paso Doble: The Paso Doble on the competition floor should create a Spanish Bull Fighting atmosphere. The Paso Doble is the dance of the Man, which allows him to fill the “Space” with strong three-dimensional shapes and movements danced with “Pride and Dignity.” The woman’s role varies depending on the interpretation of the dance. The woman can take the role of the matador’s cape, the bull or even the matador at different times within the dance. Characteristics of the Paso Doble are the “Marching” flavor given to the steps and the cape movements creating the required tension between both dancers. It is one of the only dances that is danced only in the ballroom world. It is one of the most dramatic of the dances.
Viennese Waltz: The Waltz developed in Central Europe from the Austrian dance known as the Landler. The fast whirling of partners held as if in an embrace shocked polite society. The music of Johann Strauss and the famous ballrooms of Vienna popularized the faster version known as the Viennese Waltz. Distinctive moves: sweeping turns that gracefully move around the floor characterize this dance. The Viennese Waltz is know for its rotational movement, which is simple and elegant. There should be no foot rise on the inner turns; rotating and swinging spatial movements.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
We have all been warned that the best detection for breast cancer is a mammogram. A mammogram does not detect inflammatory breast cancer - excisional biopsy, MRI, or a breast ultrasound may be used to confirm the diagnosis. There are no lumps.
Inflammatory breast cancer is an extremely deadly cancer because women are not aware of what to look for. This form of breast cancer is rare, very aggressive, and develops very rapidly. One victim of this cancer died at the age of 16. She was too embarrassed to tell her mother that her breast looked a little funny.
The affected breast is red, swollen and tender. It is a locally advanced cancer, meaning it has spread from its point of origin to nearby tissue and possibly to nearby lymph nodes. Inflammatory breast cancer can easily be confused with a breast infection, but if it is cancer, symptoms will not go away with antibiotics, you should seek medical attention immediately if you notice skin changes on your breast, to help distinguish a breast infection from other breast disorders. Symptoms: despite its name, inflammatory breast cancer does not cause inflammation the way an infection does. Signs and symptoms include:
Rapid change in the appearance of one breast, over the
Thickness, heaviness of visible enlargement of one breast
Discoloration, giving the breast a red, purple, pink or
Unusual warmth of the affected breast
Dimpling or ridges on the skin of the affected breast,
Tenderness, pain or aching
Enlarged lymph nodes under the arm, above the collarbone
Flattening or turning inward of the nipple
Swollen or crusted skin on the nipple
Change in color of the skin around the nipple (areola).
About one-third of newly diagnosed inflammatory breast cancers are stage IV - the cancer has spread to other parts of your body, such as bones and liver. Treatment for inflammatory breast cancer starts with chemotherapy, followed by surgery and radiation therapy. About half the women diagnosed with the condition survive five or more years, and nearly one-third are alive 20 years after diagnosis. Even after treatment with chemotherapy, surgery and radiation, recurrence rates remain high for inflammatory breast cancer.
I was not aware there were different types of breast cancer, and especially not aware of inflammatory breast cancer until a family member was diagnosed in February 2008, and given two months to live. After treatment with chemotherapy and radiation the outlook improved , and the doctor gave her two years to live in June 2008. After a check-up in August 2008, the doctor gave her two months to live, she passed away October 2008.
Monday, November 10, 2008
DeAnna needs to do some real soul searching. Looks like Brad had a good reason for rejecting her!!!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
I purchased two new fragrances last month. Sensuous by Estee Lauder and Black Amethyst by Bath & Body Works.
SENSUOUS was created to evoke the warmest, most feminine side of a woman. Her softness, confidence, grace, and her strength. Sensuous is warm and luminous. The fragrance is a Woody Amber consisting of Mandarin Orange Pulp, black pepper, addictive honey, glowing amber and atmospheric florals of sheer Jasmine, Ghost Lily, lush Magnolia and an exclusive Ylang Essence.
BLACK AMETHYST is said to be the company’s sexiest fragrance ever, and it certainly is.
Black Amethyst is a sophisticated blend of Italian bergamont and rare camellias with exotic sandalwood and a surprising twist of vetiver in this hypnotic fine fragrance inspired by chic, sensual and confident women. When wearing this fragrance you will feel sexy, glamorous, and confident. I highly recommend this fragrance to all women.
Be sure to layer your fragrance to make the most of the fragrance and to give it a longer lasting strength. Remember to always apply fragrance to areas on the body where the blood flows close to the surface of the skin, also known as pulse points.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
So look for those sales, and you will have a great dress for less wardrobe you will be proud of.
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
Have a safe Fourth of July!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
Choose wisely DeAnna, you already let the best man walk out of your life.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Monday, June 23, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
In June 2008, the Arbitron service announced formal approval of "Smooth AC" as a new descriptor for the format.
The term "Smooth jazz" seems to inspire controversy. Normal jazz purists contend that smooth jazz is, in actuality, not jazz of any kind, regarding it as a misleading marketing buzzword that represents an attempt to hijack the ostensible prestige of jazz in order to sell what is really a form of "elevator music." They consider the smooth jazz genre uninspired, lacking the depth of expression, harmonic and rhythmic sophistication, and complex improvisation that are hallmarks of traditional jazz; substituting, at times, trite and hackneyed musical phrasing. Recurring accusations charge smooth jazz with offering a watered-down sound whose aim is to appeal to a larger, mainstream, middle class white audience, though, notably, radio demographics have indicated that middle-and upper-middle class African Americans constitute what may be a significant percentage of smooth jazz listenership. Smooth jazz is still played (though decreasingly) on Muzak-style background music systems as well as telephone music on hold services, which many artists try to distance themselves from as they are seen as degrading to music.
Smooth jazz can be traced to a least the late 1960’s. The Weather Channel released its first compilation album in 2007. The Weather Channel Presents: The Best of Smooth Jazz, based on collections of popular smooth jazz music played on the Local On the 8s segment.
Smooth jazz can be passionate, relaxing, romantic, soft, erotic, exotic, melancholic, and happy. As you listen you will hear bass, guitar, saxophone, congas, keyboard, drums, flute, horn, trombone, harp, banjo, and violin.
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I have never been one to follow the trends, but this year, I am really excited about the fashion trends this year. Spring 2008 is replete with fresh airy-light fashion in clear, bright, plain and solid colors.
Volume in clothing this year is the rage. The fuller cropped jacket, swing coat, yoked top, loose tunic dress, pants, and skirts. With time, whatever your age, the Summer of 2008 is one you will recall as the summer of lightness and freedom in fashion trends.
Kimono are T-shaped, straight-lined robes that fall to the ankle, with collars and wide, full-length sleeves. Kimono are wrapped around the body, always with the left side over the right (except when dressing the dead for burial) and secured by a wide belt called an obi, which is usually tied at the back. Kimono are generally worn with traditional footwear (especially zori or geta and split-toe socks (tabi).
Traditionally, unmarried women wore a style of kimono called furisode, which have floor-length sleeves, on special occasions. A few older women and even fewer men still wear kimono on a daily basis. Men wear kimono most often at weddings, tea ceremonies, and other very special or very formal occasions. Professional sumo wrestlers are often seen in kimono because they are required to wear traditional Japanese attire that is referred to as yukata, which is of plain unlined cotton.
Today, kimono are most often worn by women, and on special occasions, but in a major Japanese city you can still see some Japanese women wearing them.
Sunday was Father’s Day, and I spent another Father’s Day without my father. No phone call to him after 7:00 p.m. to wish him a Happy Father’s Day. I would wait until that time of the day to call, he would usually be home from playing golf by then. My father loved to play golf, there were times on the weekend when he would spend the entire day playing golf with his buddies. As he got older he wasn’t able to play as much, and eventually not at all.
I remember one summer when I was visiting my father, we were on our way to the grocery store, and lo’ and behold the smooth jazz radio station was playing. I could not believe my father and I enjoyed listening to the same type of music. I didn’t know until the day of his funeral that one of his favorite songs was Wind Beneath My Wings (my favorite also) which was played in honor of the celebration of his life.
I guess you could say my father was my Hero. I am so grateful for the work ethics he instilled in me as a little girl that have followed me throughout my life. He also taught me to never be late for anything, I guess he believed in "The early bird catches the worm."
Even though my father is no longer here, I still wished him a Happy Father’s Day in honor of everything he taught me and the wonderful memories I have of him.
4. "This is just a 15 minute power nap they raved about in the time management course you sent me to."
3. "Whew! Guess I left the top off the Whiteout. You probably got here just in time."
2. "Did you ever notice sound coming out of these keyboards when you put your ear down real close?"
AND THE NUMBER ONE BEST THING TO SAY IF YOU GET CAUGHT SLEEPING AT YOUR DESK:
1. (Raise your head slowly and say), "...in Jesus' name, Amen."