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Critter Cube Stories is an original concept of the Graham Johnson Cultural Arts Endowment ( G.J.C.A.E.), a 501 (c) 3 org., to enhance self worth and encourage positive community activism. Each year the GJCAE sponsors at least one project to emphasize the motto of the organization, “Life Is For The Living”. This year it’s the Critter Cubes Story project.

An exhibit is made of 6-12 each, 2′ x 2′ cubes that are painted by students or adults in the community, and put on public display. One cube may have 6 different heads, such as a Moose head, with one smiling, one frowning, one crying etc. This will be on top of a Cube that is the “body” of the Moose and this cube has six sides with one side wearing a hunter’s outfit, the other a Santa outfit, while another may be a bathing suit outfit etc.

The concept is to have hilarious “critters” and to create a story using the critters. As each cube is rotated a new story line develops, or storytelling wordsmiths craft a new story, and teaches children original thoughts. The story is changed according to the visuals of the critter cubes and the imagination of the child.

The Critter displays will be throughout the community of Wake Forest, N.C. and will be changed and added to throughout the year. Schools, businesses, and public areas will have many Critter Cube Stories to create and show throughout the year.

In addition to the critter displays, the GJCAE will work with the community to provide sketch and coloring books so children can craft stories, and prizes will be awarded, for the most original, creative or best story lines improvising with the critters.

The Critter Cube Story project encourages original verbal and written expression.


Source by Bob G Johnson

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Did you know that there are actually rare PEZ dispensers that are worth a lot of money? There are hundreds of PEZ dispensers that have been produced, including ones for popular cartoons and even movies. Take into account the vast number of PEZ candy dispensers out there, with the different variations of each one, and you can easily see how finding out which ones are valuable may be a tough task. If you want to know if your PEZ dispenser is worth anything, here are a few tips to help you figure it out. Of course, you could also use these tips to find rare PEZ dispensers worth investing in. Lots of people are actually avid collectors!

1. Does it have feet? One of the ways you can tell if you have one of the rare PEZ dispensers is to look and see if there are “feet”. At the bottom of your dispenser, is there a part that helps it stand up right? If not, it was probably made before 1987. Rare dispensers that are older like that are worth more.

2. How it is packaged (if at all) will also play a role in how valuable it is. MOMC stands for Mint on Mint Card. This is the most valuable, as it has the card and has not been scratched, bent or damaged in any way. Next valuable is MOC, which stands for Mint on Card. This means it’s on cardboard and is covered with a plastic blister. After that is MIB, which means Mint in Bag. MIB means your PEZ

dispenser is in a cellophane bag. The least valuable is a one that is not packaged at all.

3. The older ones are usually more valuable. Check the patent number on your PEZ dispenser. There will be a lot of numbers, but just go by the first two. For example 2,604,331 would be shortened to just 2.6 There are five different “groups” it could fall in:

• 2.6 – If it falls in this group, then it is from 1952

• 3.4 – If it falls in this group, then it is from 1968

• 3.9 – If it falls in this group, then it is from 1976

• 4.9 – If it falls in this group, then it is from 1990

Of course, if you’re serious about finding the most valuable ones you could invest in a price guide. They are very helpful, because it can be a challenge to figure out if your dispenser is worth a lot of money. There are different variations of dispensers. For instance, a Batman dispenser could sell for over $175… but not just any Batman one. It has to be the right one. The one that sells for that has a gray base and a soft head. It is also one of those ones with no feet like we talked about earlier. So if your Batman PEZ dispenser has feet, a black base and head and is MOC – you’re actually only going to get a few bucks for it. PEZ dispenser price guides will be able to help you identify each one’s worth much easier.


Source by Veronica A Davis

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Global Inflation Crisis?

Global inflation crisis. What is global inflation’s role as a cause of the financial crisis?

The global financial crisis seems to be an increasingly popular and powerful subject – having an increasingly itching effect on the flows of currency and the thirst for profit.

Even if you choose not to tune into the top GFC news, a GFC newsletter, investing information, you may be one of many who has been inundated with written and verbal recitations of this phrase – global inflation.


What could global inflation crisis mean for me and my financial security?

Is Global Inflation an Issue?

Currently, according to resources such as the Peter G. Peterson Foundation and the Trends Research Institute, as well as rivers of statistics, surveys, reports, documentaries, books, and gfc charts imprinted with financial rhetoric and emboldened warning signs, the United States has been experiencing a suffocating inflation for decades and is facing a fundamental financial rebirth due to hyperinflationary death.

Although the GFC is characterized by numerous nations feeling the forceful impact of the financial crisis, the US financial system in particular seems to be a system that is Born to Die.

US hyperinflation crisis – a tipping point – to inflation crisis.

Inflation and particularly hyperinflation can be vitally important, can they not?

Well, suppose we review the possible importance of global inflation by simply defining inflation.

What is Inflation?

Inflation is when the purchasing power of a currency falls.

The result of inflation is that more increments of currency are needed to purchase goods, for example if the inflation rate rises to the extent that a currency’s purchasing power falls by 25 percent, then 25 percent more currency is necessary to purchase the same goods as before inflation rate rose.

Money loses value, more money is needed, therefore, if the currency falls by 25 percent, then prices can rise by 25 percent. Global inflation is a prime cause of the financial crisis.

One simple definition of inflation is an increase in prices.

Definitions of Inflation

There are four simple definitions of inflation one can use for assessing the importance of inflation crisis and understanding the role of inflation in collective and individual financial well-being – particularly during the GFC.

  1. Currency losing purchasing power
  2. Rising prices
  3. Money supply greater than money demand
  4. Hidden tax

Money Supply, Money Demand

Inflation is the result of having too much money relative to the amount of goods and services available to purchase with that money.

Global inflation = global money supply > global money demand.

The aggravation of global inflation is closely related to the GFC.

Here is an example of the development of inflation:

There are three people in my community and 3 bills available – one for each service provider. If one of the service providers no longer provides their service, then our economy is heading towards inflation, because now there is still 3 bills available, yet one less service to trade for. Thus, now that there is more money available per service provided, I can pay more to the service providers as incentive for enhanced service and the service providers can raise their prices to reflect the rise in money supply.

Money supply greater than money demand is a fundamental cause of inflation.

As money supply continues to grow in excess of money demand, the result is inflation crisis.

Hence the rising food and energy prices right now.


Source by Roth E Barrons

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Has this happened to you? You got connected with a health and fitness guru and have been following their prescriptions to a better life. They have sold you on the idea of eating only carbohydrates from a good source. One of those good sources came highly recommended and you have been eating Ezekiel Bread for a while now.

You’re at the gym one day, having a great workout and making a new friend. As you chat about your eating habits, this new friend swears by Dave’s Killer Bread. Now you are wondering if perhaps you could make a better choice for your carbohydrate sources by switching to Dave’s Killer Bread. As you ponder this new thought, you hear the voice of your current health and fitness guru in your head speaking to you about how Ezekiel Bread is the only way. What do you do? Well, that is where I am able to help you. I’ve wondered the same thing myself and went about looking into the similarities and differences. I’ve made my choice and you can make yours.

Let’s take a look at what the breads have in common. They both use “all organic whole grain” sources for their ingredients and that is a great thing. They both use sea salt in the bread making process. They both offer several varieties of bread for you to chose from. You know what folks say, “variety” is the spice of life. So both breads bring that spice to you. Both brands make a multi grain bread, a whole wheat bread, and a multi seed bread. Both breads are carried in only certain stores making their availability limited. Many big chain food stores will carry either one or the other brand.

Now let’s take a look at the differences. All breads from Food For Life (manufacturers of Ezekiel Bread) use only sprouted ingredients and no flour of any kind in any bread. Dave’s Killer Breads use either cracked, crushed, cultured or rolled whole grains for their breads. So, which is better? That is debatable. It is believed that sprouted grains are more readily digested by the body. If you do have trouble digesting grains, this may be a slightly better choice for you. Beyond digestion the differences are negligible.

Food For Life offers five varieties of bread: 7 Sprouted Grain, 3 varieties of Ezekiel Sprouted Whole Grain (Flax, Low Sodium, & Sesame), and Sprouted Whole Grain&Seed. Dave’s Killer Bread offers eight varieties of bread: 21 Whole Grain, Good Seed, Power Seed, Blues Bread, Cracked Wheat, Sprouted Wheat, Good Seed Spelt, and Rockin Rye.

All of the five varieties of bread from Food For Life do not use any sugar of any kind. All of the 7 varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread use either organic dried cane syrup or organic cultured wheat (or both) as a natural preservative. For any of Dave’s breads the amount of sugar added averages 4 grams per slice. For those of you cutting carbs to get that ripped body ready for the stage, you may want to choose bread’s from Food For Life exclusively in that 12 week pre show prep time.

All of the five varieties of bread from Food For Life do not use any oil, while three varieties (Cracked Wheat, Blues, & Rockin Rye) of Dave’s Killer Bread do use a small amount of organic expeller-pressed canola oil. This small amount of oil in those two breads add a negligible amount of fat to the bread.

The final difference between the breads is the serving size. All breads from Food For Life have a standard serving size of 1 slice equal to 34 grams. All breads from Dave’s Killer Breads have a standard serving size of 1 slice and the grams vary from 42 grams to 50 grams, with the typical being 45 grams.

With all of that great information at hand which bread are you going to choose? There is one more factor to take a look at and that is the cost to purchase a loaf of bread. On average most stores that carry either of these breads will charge you just under $6.00 for a loaf of bread. That is on the high side as far as breads go.

For me, this is the major factor in my choice. Both bread companies make a comparable good carb source bread. My local Costco store carries a few varieties of Dave’s Killer Bread and because they can make a large bulk purchase they also offer the least expensive pricing for a loaf of bread. On average I pay about $3.75 for a loaf of Dave’s Killer Bread. So for now, I’m a Dave’s Killer Bread fan.


Source by Jen L Thorne

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Ukrainian Lifestyle

by Abdul-Qadir


Speaking about modern Ukrainian customs and traditions it is necessary to stress that the Ukrainians are proud of their colorful folk culture. They love good food and drink and have a zest for life.

Most Ukrainian middle-class and lower class urban families live in flat in multi-storied buildings; only rather rich people can afford to build cottages either inside or outside the city.

Ukrainians have a deep love of the land. Many families have small country houses, called “dacha”. They are able to grow just about anything in their neat gardens, orchards, and homesteads. Some people grow food only for their own personal consumption. They spend time canning vegetables and making compote from various fruits during the summer in order to make it through the long cold winters. They always have something in their houses to serve guests.

A modern average Ukrainian family has two parents and usually one or two children. At the same time there is a growing number of one-parent families usually headed by a woman rearing a child. Like in many other countries, there are quite a lot of young unmarried people living together and sharing a household. Bringing up a child in Ukraine is very costly now; that is why many couples decided to have only one child, or even no children. Children tend to live with there parents long after they finish school. Sometimes children have to rely on their parents in financial matters as the unemployment rate among the young is very high. A newly married couple often lives with either of their parents because they have no money to buy or to rent a house or a flat of their own. Often one or both grandparents live with their children and help take care of small children. Grandparents play a great role in raising children in Ukraine.

In the village families are usually larger, and the whole family works on the farm (or a patch of land they have) together. Most parents who live in the country want their children to get a higher education, so they send them to study to big cities. After 5 years of studies, the children get used to the city way of life and seldom go home.

In their struggle for survival people become less dependent on each other within families. But still parents think it is important to teach their children daily skills and basic values of life. The result of a resent nationwide survey showed that the most important values parents want to teach their children are honestly, common sense, purposefulness, responsibility, good manners and obedience to parents. Adults believe children should be brought up to expect that they will have to struggle to succeed.

Like most other people, Ukrainians like holidays and merrymaking. They usually try to cook many tasty dishes and invite a lot of friends and relatives to their places. Another thing Ukrainians love to do is talk (while strolling, in cafes and restaurants, or at home over a cup of tea or coffee or other drinks). Conversation tends to be light, relaxing, humorous, and sometimes philosophical. Many Ukrainians enjoy picnics in the wood or somewhere the water at almost any time of year. Picnics often involve shashlik or barbequed meat, homemade salads, and sometimes alcohol. Ukrainians love to sit around fires at night and snack, drink, and sing songs to a guitar.

Popular outdoor sports in Ukraine are soccer, volleyball, badminton, table tennis, and hiking (walking in the forest). Fitness clubs have appeared all over the place. Yoga and martial arts are quite popular as well. Mountain climbing and rock climbing clubs can be found. Scuba diving, yachting, and even golf have recently become available. Increasingly popular in Ukraine are all sorts of extreme sports (bungee jumping, river rafting, downhill mountain biking, spelunking, etc.), and, more generally, all forms of active recreation (hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, skiing, etc.).

Not everyone will do the things we’ve described above. Some Ukrainians’ culture will strike you as incomprehensible and intolerable, while others’ behavior and attitudes will seem rational and compatible with your own.


Source by Marina Pristinskaya

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Most people are realizing that SAP solutions have become extremely important to such businesses as international businesses. This is due to the companies that are part of the fortune 1000 as they have the ERP solutions in place and they get those from the SAP. So what exactly does SAP stand for? That is simple; it is an acronym for systems, applications and products in data processing. So what exactly are the benefits of using ERP and SAP enhancement packages? It is becoming known by most all companies that they really do need to have these ERP and SAP enhancement services in order for things to run smoothly. If you get an enhancement package in place, you can expect to have your systems more flexible where third party applications are concerned. ERP does this by committing to different business scenarios so that they can improve the practices of the business networks.

Some companies find that they have problems with their end-to-end processes. That is where you can implement SAP ERP to sharpen your core function with the end-to-end process. It is safe to say that businesses really do need to have an enhancement package in place in order to be able to do what they need to do. It will help them to automate their enterprise and they will be able to keep their operational processes up to date with the ever-growing industry. It is said that SAP can help to execute ERP solutions in over 25 areas of industry. That is quite an accomplishment. It is also said that SAP will be very popular in helping companies in such places as Africa and Asia. SAP ERP is round the world in more than 85 countries, which turns out to be more than 43,000 clients worldwide. Those numbers are expected to grow as more and more enterprises jump on the SAP ERP bandwagon. Companies love the fact that they get real time updated information so they can keep their edge and stay ahead of the game.

There are many types of businesses that benefit from implementing SAP ERP solutions. If you feel that you can benefit from implementing SAP ERP solutions, then you need to check out what it can do for you. The best thing that you can do for your company is to make an educated decision. Knowledge is power and power is knowledge. Talk with your IT department to see what your options are and where you need the most help. SAP ERP can help you to keep your network as it should be. You want to make sure that you are doing what is best for your business and this will help you make is solid and safe


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Does the word “Cancer” scare you?

Well it should, however you probably think it will never happen to you. In the US one in every 2 men and one in every 3 women will be diagnosed with some form of Cancer and the Canadian statistics are very similar. Cancer is not the only disease that we should be concerned about in today’s environment, depending on underlying factors the flu or the common cold could be deadly to some people. Due to poor diets, lack of exercise and daily stress most immune systems are so far out of balance they could not even begin to protect us against the smallest of infections or bacteria.

So have you ever heard of Fucoidan?

Like many the answer to this question is “no”. Well let me attempt to give you some valuable information in this article that may save your life or the life of loved ones.

Fucoidan is like a closely guarded secret, as an antioxidant it has certainly piqued the interest of many scientists. Fucoidan has been scientifically proven to enhance immunity and cellular health to the point where it helps heal wounds, supports normal blood pressure, detoxifies the body against heavy metals, helps prevent the common colds and flu as well as, yes fight Cancer. There I said it. Fight Cancer.

Having dealt with some serious health issues over the past 3 years I have taken it upon myself to obtain extensive education in the wellness industry. I was never one who liked putting prescription chemicals into my body as the side effects of many drugs are far worse than the original problem. I am sure that there are many positive health care stories out there however all you hear are the negative with most having tragic and sad endings. I feel it necessary to take ownership of your own health care because no one knows your body better that you do.

Well let’s get to the interesting stuff, as humans we are born with an immune system that protects our body from foreign viruses, bacteria, harmful substances and bad cells. When our body or immune system is off balance, which can happen because of many different reasons we end up sick and in some cases terminally ill.

Did you know that there is a natural dietary supplement which we can consume that will strengthen our immune system and help keep it in balance? It is an active ingredient call Fucoidan and it is found in nearly all brown algae seaweed. It is a common known fact that seaweed or dulse is very good for you however many people do not have the ability to ingest it? I for one can not handle the taste or texture of the stuff. Fucoidan is most effective if ingested in its natural state which is gel form. Some cultures are nearly cancer free and it has been deemed that in part is due to their high intake of brown algae seaweed.

Within the molecular structure of Fucoidan is the presence of fucose which is a healing sugar however not to be confused with fructose. Fucose is also found abundantly in human breast milk, that is why most new mothers are encourage to breast feed their babies to give them a good head start in life, boost their immune system and fight off any virus or disease.

To obtain Fucoidan seaweed is harvested by just cutting off the growing tips of the sea plant which will allow the plant to continue to grow and provide a never ending supply of Fucoidan. Scientific studies have been carried out and continue to be done to grasp a full understanding of the healing magic of Fucoidan. Don’t just take my word for it do your own homework and you will quickly realize like I, that this is one of the best kept secrets in the wellness industry. Unfortunately most people just don’t know about it and because being sick is a multi-billion dollar industry, the advertisement of natural supplements is suppressed. To really understand why and how the natural supplement business is suppressed I recommend you read Kevin Trudeau’s book “Natural Cures They Don’t Want You To Know About”. It will certainly open your mind and give you something to think about, I found it to be a fantastic read.

Our immune system is very complex and so is the make up of Fucoidan and how it works. My goal with this article is to make you aware of its existence, how it works and why it works I will leave that up to the scientists to explain. Many of the global scientific studies can be found at pubmed.com.

The money spent to cure and treat cancer is significant, in the US alone the estimate for 2005 is around $200 billion. Almost every one has been touched by cancer, some closer than others. Did you realize that in the past 18 years there have been at least 18 studies that have shown that Fucoidan either prevents tumor growth or kills existing cancer cells?

That’s on average one study a year for the past 18 years that has scientifically proven the health benefits of Fucoidan, consistent results, hard to brush off. Yes scientists have established that Fucoidan stimulates the death of certain cancer cells, as well as slows down the growth and spreading of such cells. While the research is still ongoing and there is much to be done the initial results known so far are extremely positive.

Cancer treatments place the entire body in jeopardy in order to kill cancer cells and unfortunately healthy cells are often damaged and the immune system is placed in total shock in the process. The price for cancer treatment has increased nearly 10 times in the past 20 years. Billions of dollars have been raised and placed into cancer research with no reliable solution in near site. Now don’t get me wrong, I feel that great strides have been made however it still seems to be hit and miss.

Imagine a natural immunity boost ingredient that would have no harmful side effects, would have multiple health benefits, would come from a renewable natural product, would be inexpensive, and would reduce the incidence of cancer, common cold, respiratory and gastrointestinal infections. Fucoidan possess all of these ideal properties.

So why on earth is this not advertised, promoted or better understood? Remember before I said that being sick is a multi-billion dollar industry. Certain words are not allowed (especially in writing) when marketing natural immunity supplements, words like “cure, diagnose, treat and prevent” to name a few. The scientific community has provided sufficient evidence that Fucoidan can have a dramatic effect on cancer however it can not be promoted as such. People who are diagnosed with cancer go into expensive chemo treatments with “no guarantee of success”, so why is the system not willing to suggest a natural alternative that has been scientifically proven. Please tell me it is not about the money.

OK, so let me tell you what I do know about Fucoidan in politically correct statements that won’t get my behind in hot water if I have not done so already.

• Fucoidan supports the normal disposal of non-native cells.

• Fucoidan may help stimulate immune response when the body is attacked.

• Fucoidan helps modulate the immune system.

• Fucoidan supports normal cellular health.

• Fucoidan supports blood circulation to native body cells.

• Fucoidan may help regenerate healthy skin tissue.

• Fucoidan supports healthy joint mobility at all ages.

My family has been riddled with cancer and none of them are what I can call survivors, heroes yes, but not survivors. Cancer is a disease most people do not want to talk about and I can understand that, so what about the common viral cold, respiratory infections, gastrointestinal infections I know you can all relate to me now. Guess what Fucoidan is the Ultimate Molecular Immunity Boost. It contains plant bioactive molecules that generate amazing health benefits. Fucoidan is safe, Fucoidan is researched. Once again don’t take my word for it, do your own homework. My goal was just to make you aware of its existence and in plain terms some of its benefits.

For more information visit [http://www.agelhealthandwellness.com]

Wellness is a lifestyle & Fucoidan [http://www.agelhealthandwellness.com] is one of the ocean’s greatest treasures.


Source by Pam Hallihan

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Matthew Arnold is really a great fighter for prevailing real culture in the society of London. He finds the kingdom of materialism that is trying to strangle real culture. So, in this chapter, Arnold divides the society of England into three classes – The Aristocratic Class, the Middle Class and the Working Class. He finds Anarchy very common in these classes and analyses them with their virtues and defects. He designates the Aristocratic class of his time as the Barbains, the Middle class as the Philistines and the Working class as the Populace.

His scrutiny of three classes of his time proves him a good experienced critic. For Aristocratic class, he views that this class lacks adequate courage for resistance. He calls this class the Barbarians because they believe in their personal individualism, liberty and doing as one likes; they had great passion for field sports. Their manly exercise, their strength and their good looks are definitely found in the Aristocratic class of his time. Their politeness resembles the Chivalry Barbarians, and their external styles in manners, accomplishments and powers are inherited from the Barbarians.

The other class is the middle class or the Philistines, known by its mundane wisdom, expert of industry and found busy in industrialization and commerce. Their eternal inclination is to the progress and prosperity of the country by building cities, railroads and running the great wheels of industry. They have produced the greatest mercantile navy. So, they are the Empire builders. In this material progress, the working class is with them. All the keys of progress are in their hands.

The other class is the working class or the populace. This class is known raw and half-developed because of poverty and other related diseases. This class is mostly exploited by the Barbarians and Philistines. The author finds democratic arousing in this class because they are getting political consciousness and are coming out from their hiding places to assert an English man’s heaven- born privilege of doing as he likes, meeting where he likes, bawling what he likes, and breaking what he likes.

Despite such class system, Arnold finds a common basis of human nature in all. So, the spirit of sweetness and light can be founded. Even Arnold calls himself philistine and rises above his level of birth and social status in his pursuit of perfection, sweetness and light and culture. He further says that all three classes find happiness in what they like. For example, the Barbarians like honour and consideration, field sports and pleasure. The Philistines like fanaticism, business and money making and comfort and tea meeting, but the Populace class, hated by the both classes, likes shouting, hustling and smashing and beer. They all keep different activities by their social status. However, there are a few souls in these classes who hope for culture with a desire to know about their best or to see things as they are. They have desire to pursue reason and to make the will of God to prevail.

For the pursuit of perfection, it does not lie only on the genius or the talented persons, but also on all classes. Actually, the love or the pursuit of perfection is within the approach of the common people. He calls the man of culture as the true nurse of pursuing love and sweetness and light. He finds such persons in all three classes who have a general human spirit for the pursuit of perfection. He says that the right source of authority is the best self or the right reason to be achieved by culture.

The Best Self or the Right Reason & the Ordinary Self:

Here he discusses the best self or the right reason and the ordinary self that can be felt in the pursuit of perfection only. In this regard, he talks about the bathos, surrounded by nature itself in the soul of man, is presented in literary judgment of some critics of literature and in some religious organizations of America. He further says that the idea of high best self is very hard for the pursuit of perfection in literature, religion and even in politics. The political system, prevalent in his time, was of the Barbarians. The leaders and the statesmen sang the praises of the Barbarians for winning the favour of the Aristocrats. Tennyson celebrates in his poems the glory of the great broad-shouldered genial Englishmen with his sense of duty and reverence for the laws. Arnold asserts that Tennyson is singing the praise of the philistines because this middle class is the backbone of the country in progress. The politicians sing the praise of the populace for carrying their favours. Indeed, they play with their feelings, having showed the brightest powers of sympathy and the readiest power of actions. All these praises are mere clap-trap and trick to gain applause. It is the taste of bathos surrounded by nature itself in the soul of man and comes into ordinary self. The ordinary self enforces the readers to misguide the nation. It is more admirable, but its benefits are entertained by the representatives and ruling men.

Arnold inclines to right reason as a paramount authority which has the appeal to best self. All the classes must follow it, otherwise anarchy will be prevailed, and they will do what they like to do. In education, he wants to prevail best self because it was at jeopardy. He is of the opinion that when one man’s particular sort of taste for the bathos shall tyrannize over the other man’s, in result, the right reason or the best self must fail to rule in education. He insists on right reason that is the authority in the matter of education. The state of affairs in education arises for the lack of intellectual flexibilities in educationists who are neglecting the best self or right reason and are trying to appeal to the genial taste for the bathos; and tearing it to its natural operation and its infinite variety of experiments.

Arnold wants to bring reform in education by shifting the management of public schools from their old board of trustees to the state. Like politics, in education the danger lies in unchecked and unguided individual action. All the actions must be checked by the real reason or the best self of the individual. It is the opinion of some people that the state may not interfere into affairs of education. The liberal party men believe in liberty, the individual liberty of doing as one likes and assert that interference of the state in education is a violation of personal liberty. Arnold says that such ideal personal liberty has still indefinite distance.

The mission of Arnold’s culture is that each individual must act for himself and must be perfect himself. The chosen people or classes must dedicate themselves to the pursuit of perfection, and he seems to be agreed with Humboldth, the German Philosopher, in case of the pursuit of perfection. The culture will make them perfect on their own foundation. So, it is essential that man must try to seek human perfection by instituting his best self or real reason; culture, in the end, would find its public reason.


Source by Ali Asghar Joyo

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The world is a colorfully diverse place and so are our workplaces. Diversity is an economic and legal priority in business. It increases the bottom line, jump starts innovation and keeps businesses out of legal jeopardy. Managers, supervisors and employees at every level of a company need to find ways to embrace and respect diversity in their departments and the organization as a whole. Here are ten ways to get started.

  1. We all have biases. It’s a natural result of our life experiences. Take a moment to write down what you biases are and how you can not allow these biases to affect the way you conduct yourself at work.
  2. Get to know someone different than you. Take a genuine interest in someone with a different background than your own. Make sure that your conversations find common ground in an area that it does not offend cultural sensibilities.
  3. Invite input from others with different backgrounds. Not only does this show respect, but it makes good business sense to have a diverse opinion.
  4. Bring together diverse groups for innovation. Inviting as many backgrounds and cultures as possible will increase the pace and creativity involved with innovation. Companies that do not change and innovate will die and the diversity can be a company’s most valuable resource in this area.
  5. Respect religious holidays. Most companies respect Christian holidays, however the workplace is far more than just Christian. All important religious holidays should be respected for employees of that particular religion.
  6. Find someone with a different background who shares the same company goal with you and strategize with them.
  7. Find out about everyone in your departments skills, knowledge and experience. This will help you respect what they bring to the workplace.
  8. Invite someone with a diverse background to lunch or change your table every day at lunch in the break room so you can sit with new people.
  9. Avoid language that demeans a particular group of individuals. For instance avoid calling women girls and avoid jokes that have religious or cultural inferences.
  10. When hiring or promoting individuals do so on the basis of facts only. Skills, abilities, knowledge and results should be the only factors involved in your decisions. Do not let biases or stereotypes affect the process.

Embrace diversity in your workplace and you are on the way to a more fulfilling and productive organization. The world is a beautiful mosaic of differences and the workplace should be as well. Respecting your co-workers and employees is paramount to tapping the valuable diversity in your organization.


Source by Charlie Bentson King

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The Most Beautiful Places to Visit during a Holiday in Tuscany

Tuscany is commonly considered the gem of Italy. Situated on the west coastline of Italy, by the Tyrrhenian Sea, is the most popular and beautiful holiday destination for those who decide to travel in Italy and discover the Italian beauty.

Tuscany is well known all over the world for its unique countryside landscapes, the Tuscany Hills with their unique cypresses. In Tuscany, you can also taste the real Italian foods and discover one of the most famous wine worldwide: the Chianti.

Tuscany is also rich in Art and History, and in every Tuscan town, you can discover masterpieces of architecture. The provinces of Siena and Lucca are full of medieval villages, where you can also find many fortress and castles. Firenze and Pisa are rich in Renaissance history and monuments, with the most beautiful churches of Italy: the Duomo of Florence and the Duomo of Pisa, famous for its leaning tower.

There is so much for tourists to see and do in Tuscany, however not enough time to do them all. In order to take the best from your holiday in Italy, we will list the 7 Best Things to Visit, and to Do, during your vacation in Tuscany.

1) Visit Pisa and Discover the town (and its Leaning Tower)

The leaning tower of Pisa is probably the most famous (and the most photographed) Italian monument, after the Colosseum of Rome. But Pisa is more than its leaning tower. Pisa is an international town, well organized to welcome tourists from all over the world. Pisa is well connected with the other Tuscan cities, with local transportation means and private transfer, and with the rest of the world, thanks to its International Airport, so this town is probably the best option if you are looking for a town to accommodate in for your holiday.

The Historic center of Pisa is also rich in monuments and history, that you can easily discover with a walking guided tour in Pisa that ends up with the visit to Piazza dei Miracoli (Miracle Square) where you can admire the Duomo of Pisa, with its leaning tower and the impressive St. John Baptistery.

2) Wine Tasting in Chianti Region

The most trendy place to have an exclusive wine tasting experience is surely the Chianti area, which is very famous for its world-celebrated red wines.

A wine tour in Chianti area will let you discover beautiful villages surrounded by vineyard and olive trees. In these villages, you can taste Tuscan e Super Tuscan Wines directly in local cellars. here you can find real Italian wines that you can’t find elsewhere because local productions are limited in quantities and you can taste them only going there.

In the summer, wine tasting is arranged directly in the vineyards, under the Tuscan sun.

3) Visit Lucca: a jump back in Tuscan History

Lucca is another well-liked place to visit in Tuscany. Here you can see medieval buildings and many churches that are simply incredible. The Roman amphitheater sited in Lucca is approximately 1900 years old and obviously deserve a visit. The city center is entirely encircled by a brick wall that was erected in the 16th century, and you can have a walk along the top of the wall, which is about 4km. Lucca is believed to have some of the best meals in the Tuscany, like the Tortelli Lucchesi. The Tortelli Lucchesi is a handmade pasta that is filled with seasoned meat and a heavily meat-loaded ragù that is exceedingly rich in flavor.

4) Discover Siena, the town of the Palio

Siena is one of the most popular and visited cities in Tuscany, a place extremely rich in medieval history and art. It is famous for its Palio di Siena that takes place twice each summer in the famous Piazza del Campo. The historic center of Siena, also listed as world heritage site by the UNESCO, is built around this square, which was conceived as a work of art in perfect harmony with the surrounding hillside.

Siena is also famous for its characteristic narrow avenues and alleys, flanked by brick buildings.If you are healthy and fit enough, then it is a good idea to go up to the apex of Siena’s tall bell tower and have some extraordinary sights of the town and the Piazza Del Campo below. The Siena people are very welcoming and in this town you can breathe the real Italian atmosphere.

During a tour in Siena, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit a near small town: San Gimignano, also known as the “Manhattan of the Renaissance” for its 13 medieval towers.

5) Discovering Montalcino, the Hometown of Brunello Wine

The medieval town of Montalcino has become famous all over the world for its notorious wine, the “Brunello di Montalcino”.

Montalcino is built on a hilltop, and atop the town, there is a medieval fortress that has pentagonal layout walls designed by the Sienese architects Mono Foresi and Domenico di Feo.

Walking through the cobblestones narrow streets of its town center, you can see a lot of “enoteca” (wine repository) and local cellars, stating that this is the hometown of Tuscan Wines.

Obviously, you can’t visit Montalcino without a wine tasting experience, that must also include degustation of local foods like cheeses and salumi. An expert local guide can grant you to visit only the best wineries in the town.

6) Discover Volterra, one of the most Interesting Towns in Tuscany

Volterra is a vibrant town located in the region of Pisa, not far from Siena, Florence and the seaside as well. Volterra is well recognized for its Etruscan origins and also the many ruins belonging to that period like the wonderful Roman Theatre. On the top of the town, you can admire the Medicean Fortress, a real masterpiece of medieval architecture. The mysterious atmosphere of Volterra has inspired the writer Stephanie Meyerthe in her famous novel “New Moon”, which was made into the movie of the famous saga “Twilight”.

Volterra is also famous for its Alabaster production, in fact during the road to the town you can admire those clay hills where there are a lot of alabaster quarries. Alabaster is mostly used by local craftsmen to make beautiful handmade artifacts.

If you are looking for an uncommon tour in Tuscany, you probably have to visit Volterra and discover all its beauties.

7) Visit Florence, the Tuscany Heart

Last, but not the least, we have Florence, which is one of the main highlights of your visit in Tuscany.

You will need to use up at least several days touring the Florence sights. There are lots of things to see, and to do, in the Tuscan Capital City.

In this town, you can find Art, Museums, Churches, and also foods, wine and Bella Vita (shopping streets, restaurants, cafè, disco). Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, is the best expression of arts, culture and lifestyle in Tuscany.

A guided tour in Florence can grant you to visit the most important places without time losing. You can discover the historic center, the unique Ponte Vecchio across the Arno river, you can visit the Uffizi Gallery and the Accademia Gallery, where it’s conserved the original statue of the David of Michelangelo.

Every day trip in Florence must include a visit to the Duomo of Florence, named in honor of Santa Maria del Fiore.

A holiday in Florence is also a great opportunity to enjoy a hands-on cooking class, with wine tasting experience, while staying in a comfy villa in the heart of Florence.

Consider that every destination in Tuscany listed before can be reached with a Private Shore Excursion from Livorno Cruise Port


Source by Antonio Cicirelli

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