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“We should consider every day lost on which we have not danced at least once.” 
Friedrich Nietzsche

 There is nothing more enchanting than watching people dance; their spirit always seems to rise to the occasion. 

 

When the music starts one simply cannot sit still, every part of one’s being is affected.  

There are so many different moves to observe; at times it seems impossible to take them all in.

 

Dancing is an art form, one that satisfies a person’s desire to experience the freedom of openness.

It is difficult to view a ballet without feeling the dancer’s movements on a very personal level.

Tap dancing is enthralling and invigorating, whereas the Tango is just downright sexy.

And, what could be more sensuous than belly dancing?

Everyone knows that a good waltz can make one feel as if he or she has wings on his or her heels.

On with the dance! let joy be unconfined;
No sleep till morn, when Youth and Pleasure meet
To chase the glowing hours with flying feet.
~George Gordon, Lord Byron, Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage 

Sensational Scenes from More Than Memorable Moments of Dance

Scene From Film “Scent of A Woman”  

Scene From Scent of A Woman

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBHhSVJ_S6A

Liza Minnelli’s performance in the movie “Cabaret”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moOamKxW844

35 Best Dance Sequences in Film

http://www.myspace.com/video/vid/5680728#pm_cmp=vid_OEV_P_P

Sizzling Dance Scenes

http://www.reelz.com/trailer-clips/52139/top-10-sizzlin-dance-scenes/

Riverdance – Irish Dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgGAzBDE454

American Indian Dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3s9z3IOpH1g

East Indian Dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsfi_DyUlj8  

Traditional Japanese Dancing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eYPjTdM52T4

Trailers and Clips from Entries to Contest – Best Dance Scenes in Film

http://www.reelz.com/movie/149662/dirty-dancing/

Youthful Dance Number

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TwjgR7LZ1-0

American Bandstand – Celebration of the 4 decades from 1950’s to 1990’s

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h3CHr6imxPk

 Quotes about Dancing

http://www.quotegarden.com/dancing.html

More Quotes Re: Dancing

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/dance

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We are All Rain Proof & Water Resistant

Even in the puddles of the dreariest days, we play!

 

 

Alone Again

Maudlin in the Rain

Biking Through the City’s  Streets 

Splashing in Puddles Rushing Off to Work

Taking the Time for the Joys of a Summer Rain Shower

Paris in the Rain – “I Will Never Be the Same!”

 Souls and Rain-Drops

Sidney Lanier 

Light rain-drops fall and wrinkle the sea,
Then vanish, and die utterly.
One would not know that rain-drops fell
if the round sea-wrinkles did not tell.

So souls come down and wrinkle life
and vanish in the flesh-sea strife.
One might not know that souls had place
weren’t not for the wrinkles in life’s face. 

 
“Some people walk in the rain, others just get wet.”
Roger Miller

“Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…it’s learning to dance in the rain.” – Unknown

Rain  – James Rowe

 

Rain fell last night…quiet, gentle rain,

that tapped against my window pane,

and called me back from troubled sleep,

to soothe a heart too numb to weep. 

My loneliness was too deep and real,

and like a wound that would not heal,

it throbbed within me, and I knew

my arms were empty without you. 

But as I listened to the sound

of soft rain falling on the ground,

I heard your voice, tender and clear,

Call my name, and oh my dear,

I threw my window open wide,

to let the sweet rain rush inside.

It kissed my lips, my eyes, my hair,

and love, I knew that you were there. 

Tears that my heart could not release

Fell down from Heaven, bringing peace.

 

 Rain Videos

I Like London in the Rain – Blossom Dearie

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EHUVWEgHAy8

Beauty of Rainy Days Bangkok

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=envMHiIyRYk

Famous Poems About the Rain

http://famouspoetsandpoems.com/thematic_poems/rain_poems.html

Love Poems

http://www.1lovepoems.com/rain.shtml

Quotes About the Rain

http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/rain

Video – Walkin in the Rain with the One I Love

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wfQHSwZX4sg

25 Songs About the Rain

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Music/25-Songs-About-Rain.aspx?b=1&p=13

Enya – Listen to the Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=686k9qcmzkw&feature=related

Cracker – Another Song About the Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R8zuQH27Qjk

Country Western Songs About the Rain

http://sunshine625.hubpages.com/hub/Country-Music-Songs-About-Rain

Singing in the Rain

http://www.beliefnet.com/Entertainment/Music/25-Songs-About-Rain.aspx?p=2

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There are many ways to view criticism. The task that artists must take on when they finish a piece of work is to be able to deal with the disappointing responses that come from their critics and to not let them dampen their spirits, to continue to create, especially, when they are doing the very best that they can.  

 Criticism can be viewed many ways – Here are just a few to consider:

Denigration – scorn and disrespect

Lack of praise or appreciation – disdain over numerous attempts

Poor evaluation – another’s assessment of one’s artistic results

Critique of one’s work – appraisal of one’s efforts

Unsolicited comments – unwelcome remarks

Analytical analysis – methodical reasoning

Progress report – ongoing opinions

Disparagement – belittling of work or harsh ridicule

 Censure – reproach for efforts made

Deduction – inference

Criticism is merely that, a way that people interpret an artist’s efforts to meet his or her imaginative goals.  Overly critical observers cast dispersion on what the artist does based on their opinions of the his or her work.  Some people are better at evaluating an artist’s vision than others, but in any case, whatever comments are made they are subjective and remain subjective until the artist chooses to invite them to be anything more than someone else’s truth.

 I have never met an artist that would prefer to be deprecated rather than fully appreciated.  I personally see little value in attacking someone else’s art because doing so might interfere with their intuitive attempts at creativity, and that is not what I want to do with an artist who has the daring to put something out into the world with his or her signature on it.  

Artists are creators of art, they are individuals who produce and initiate things that are unique and different unto them. I, for one, do not expect them to be performers as such, although a few of them are at times, equally as adept at being one-of-a-kind, personalities.

Many artists tend to dress, speak or act out their art; their outrageous behavior is what makes them even more intriguing, which I believe is what encourages them to be so outlandish and eccentric.

5 Ways How to Survive a Slight

Self-control  – Aim for A Responsive Reaction, use it to Build a Creative Foundation

Build a Support Platform that Connects you with  People who Naturally Admire your Creative Nature

Be Your Own Work of Art – See Everything Else As Just an Extension of Who You Are

Let Your Projects be Your Reward – Make the Process More Important than the Outcome

Open Up to Other People’s Opinions and Recognize Them for Just What They Are – Just That!

Others Views on the Subject –

Handling Criticism Phobia –

http://www.changethatsrightnow.com/criticism-phobia/understanding/ 

Overcoming Phobias including reacting to unfair criticism

http://www.changethatsrightnow.com/criticism-phobia/understanding/

Coping with Infuriating, Mean and Critical People

http://www.amazon.com/Coping-Infuriating-Mean-Critical-People/dp/0275989844 

Breaking the Cycle – how to respond to overly critical people

http://sfhelp.org/cx/apps/critical.htm

 Why are some people overly critical

http://www.amazon.com/Coping-Infuriating-Mean-Critical-People/dp/0275989844 –

 

 

 

 

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I started thinking about writing this blog with one question in mind, what is dating about in 2011? I did a little research and came up with the following insights, I hope you will agree or share your comments with me on the subject:

Good Dating Judgment Comes From Experience and from Getting the Inside Scoop –

  • There are no “steadfast rules” anymore
  • Women are still battling stereotypes
  • Too many men are confused about their masculinity
  • Financials are a serious consideration in potential mating opportunities
  • Women are still looking for security over love but many still do not realize it
  • Men whether they admit it or not are looking to marry-up to improve their status
  • Women with children are not out of the dating game as much as they think they are
  • Some men actually prefer to work their way into a family unit rather than start one up from scratch
  •  Men like women to carry their own weight but don’t know how to express their preference
  • Men need to feel as if they are needed
  • Women are less in touch with their femininity and more about trying to meet marketing dictates about how they should look and act
  • Men know the difference and shy away from women who have to try too hard to be “pretty”

If you want to be a successful dating who to Stay Clear of the Following:

  • A person who falls in love too fast
  • A name dropper – someone who tries to overly impress you
  • Men or women who mistreat pets or who have no use for them
  • People who hates children or cannot be bothered by their presence even for a short time
  • Those who lives in a completely sterile environments devoid of any plants, flowers or any other signs of natural life
  • People who cannot mention having a good time without connecting enjoyment to substances such as: alcohol, recreational drugs or enormous amounts of rich food
  • Candidates who never want to introduce you to family or close friends
  • People who act awkward when you suggest that they meet your family and friends and make all kinds of excuses to avoid potential encounters
  • Shifts the conversation when you mention long-term plans of any sort
  • Speaks only of issues and concerns that involve him or her personally
  • Expects too much from you and resists turn taking
  • Wants to share intimate details about life way too soon in your relationship
  • Keeps talking about Ex’s and how he or she was victimized by them

 Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely.  ~Auguste Rodin

CNN’s Matchmaker’s Tips on Dating

http://articles.cnn.com/2008-03-03/living/o.dating.dos.donts_1_tough-love-first-date-matchmakers?_s=PM:LIVING

Thoughts on Serial Dating

http://articles.cnn.com/2008-03-03/living/o.dating.dos.donts_1_tough-love-first-date-matchmakers?_s=PM:LIVING

Some Profound Very Personal Female Insights on the Why’s and Wherefores of Dating

http://datingdc.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/why-do-i-write-this-blog/

Pointers on How To Enchant Women

http://www.100-dating-tips.com/

Cashing in on Corporate Dating Nuances – A Glimpse into a Premier Dating Service

http://datingdc.wordpress.com/2011/02/19/why-do-i-write-this-blog/  

Sexual Politics in Higher Education and Beyond – Dating Bans in the Corporate World

http://dankprofessor.wordpress.com/2007/09/11/dating-bans-in-the-corporate-world/

   Tips on Avoiding Dating Discomfort

  http://attractyoursoulmate.blogspot.com/2008/11/larina-kase-on-facing-dating-discomfort.html 

Intelligent Interactions – what to say and not to say on a date

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xbzccc_secrets-to-successful-dating-conver_webcam

 

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For as long as I can remember, I have always been able to predict with vivid imagery, a certain amount of accuracy of  future events.  At first, I just thought it was just a mere coincidence, an occasional probability, but after a while I begin to notice that I would frequently have very specific hunches and whatever it was that was emerging through my subconscious intuition would eventually, come to pass, which was immensely encouraging because I had dramatic evidence that supported my mental visions.

Over the years only a few of my closet friends have been made aware of my intuitive powers and will sometimes ask me to predict an outcome of a future event for them.  If I work at it I can get a strong indication of what could come about, but I am cautious since my vision can be tainted; I find that I want to give my friends evidence that will help meet their highest expectations as opposed to what may in fact, be just the opposite conclusions.  As a result, I keep a lot of my revelations to myself until the natural course of events is unveiled and discovered by them.

It seems that as I mature my range of future knowledge about people, places and things has become more instinctual to me and I find myself more trusting of my intuitive feelings. I know that if I perceive something before it actually manifests it is because there are many psychic clues along the way to what eventually appears evident long before its time. 

I am far from alone; there are many people who I have met throughout my lifetime who have shared their memories, dreams and their own special reflections relating to precognition.  One thing all people with future sight have in common is that after a while we all start to detect similar patterns in our awareness and if we choose to take them seriously, sooner or later, we increase our abilities through recognizing the value of our visions and following our insights.

More on this Topic –

Video Precognition

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwjwP3aUSd8

Precognition Test

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pd4zPeGfis&feature=related

Parapsychology

http://www.arielspeaks.com/Paranormal/New_Age_Parapsychology.html

Conscious Universe

http://www.deanradin.com/NewWeb/TCUbiblio.html

Develop Clairvoyance

http://www.develop-clairvoyance.com/precognition/

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Flow is a state of great tranquility and improved power of the mind. 

  • Optimal writing experience
  • Devoid of multi-tasking actions, involvement in repetitive tasks or any thoughts whatsoever of ongoing efforts
  • A low (in fact) no, anxiety mood
  • Pure childlike, unadulterated mindset (without any type of agenda) complete – JOY
  • Being totally absorbed in task – in a hypnotic state, when you become as one with your undertaking
  • Sense of effortless action
  • Complete immersion in the experience
  • Total enjoyment
  • Tuned –in and zoned-out
  • Day dreamy
  • Relaxed – with no distractions, no distress
  • Wave like pattern of processing – in a way it could be compared to body surfing

Where it has been experienced before –

  • During sports activities
  • While reading
  • When watching a movie
  • When singing in a choir
  • Playing with an animal
  • Interactive session with an infant

When it Occurs –

  • If a task is not too easy (too boring and / or redundant)
  • If a task is not too hard (intimidating and anxiety producing)
  • Matching skills to performance demands

How to Transform the writing experience into an occurrence that invites the “flow” experience

  • Acknowledge what aspects of your writing project you are incomplete with
  • Detect why
  • Devise a plan to master weaknesses
  • Identify who or what can help end the struggle of writer’s block
  • Re-approach writing work by breaking it down into sizeable parts
  • Look for soundtracks of sophisticated musical arrangements that challenge the brain to make strange and unfamiliar associations for example an audio feed of: consistent knocking noises, oscillating humming sounds, monk-like chanting, whining sounds with steady pulsating beats, chiming, currents of flushing water or the whistling of wind blowing  to dispel all mundane thought patterns
  • In the culinary world, flow can be compared to simultaneously blending together a carefully composed composition of succulent flavors intended to enchantment the taste buds and please the penchant of the palate

In a Nutshell – the condensed version

  • Describe
  • Recognize
  • Plan
  • Provide
  • Assign
  • Avert
  • Master  

Another way of looking at Flow and its effect on writing

  • A clustering of intellectual impressions in our sphere of our attention
  • Rheumatic tempo synchronization
  • No barriers, no shortages, no stopping of creative ideas
  • A string of thoughts all in succession, connected by a universal force
  • Related thought arrangements that form a larger body of realization
  • Characteristic of what is and can be the best of our expressionistic repertoire
  • A distinctive sequence of sparkling ideas that burst forward
  • A creative well-spring that surges up from the deepest depths of our untamed imaginations and is vibrantly alive reflecting the pulsation of our inner spirit

Support – Assisted vocabulary

  • Unconventional input and nontraditional output
  • Target terms
  • Narrow or broader word variations
  • Mental retrieval
  • Different configurations
  • Blissful writing applications
  • Warmly wise

Laid-back Approaches to Writing

  • Valuable insights
  • Exquisitely said dialogue
  • Marvelous written work
  • Thinker toys
  • Theory X
  • In the spirit of synergy 
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Words cannot fail me
  • Feeling the presence of a higher power
  • Unleashing the creative spirit

More on this Topic:

Johnston  Joni E. Psy. D. Complete Idiot’s Guide to Psychology,  (pp. 309-310) outline

Creating Writing Flow – 10 minute pre-writing exercise

http://procrastinatingwritersblog.com/2010/06/10-minutes-of-gibberish/

Book on Flow – The Psychology of Optimal

http://books.google.com/books/about/Flow.html?id=epmhVuaaoK0C

http://books.google.com/books?id=epmhVuaaoK0C&printsec=frontcover&source=gbs_ge_summary_r&cad=0#v=onepage&q&f=false

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New friends are like brightly wrapped gifts, by just looking at the package we can never be sure if what is inside is going to be

a real treasure.

It is difficult to make new friendships but necessary if we want to avoid social isolation, especially if we are extraverted personality types.  Inviting new people into our lives requires some serious social management if we want to circumvent connecting with the wrong types who are not in sync with our thoughts or our  ideas about life. 

No one wants to fail at their friendships because linking up with people takes time and energy and it is disheartening when our efforts are less than successful.  The important thing to remember is that our friends are merely on loan to us, and that from time-to-time people change, and so do we.

How to recognize when friendships are badly out of balance; here are some patterns to be on the lookout for:

a major disconnection between the two of you

mismatched geography making it difficult to get together

your plagued by boredom and distraction when you are in his or her company

there is resentment on the part of either one of you

when you discover disloyalty

or  insincerity

or there are changes in perceptions that you once shared

your friend demonstrates impatience with your schedule or with your life’s responsibilities

there is constant one-upmanship between the two of you

there are discrepancies in values

he or she utters anti-Semitic remarks

or racial smears

there are differences in your  ideals

something inside of you tells you that there is something missing in the relationship

he or she constantly exaggerates

you are subjected to constant gossiping

you notice other forms of unethical and unacceptable behaviors

When Not to End a Friendship

  • when the two of you engage in a heated debate or a highly spirited dialogue about something you both feel very passionate about but cannot agree on
  • when one of your friends is undergoing life changes such as: moving in with a lover, undergoing a divorce or planning a marriage, or in the process of giving birth to a new baby
  •  when there are sharp discrepancies in your social classes
  • when you discover personality traits that occasionally irritate you
  • when the criticism that is being directed at you is constructive and not intended to hurt or humiliate you

Possible Candidates for Friendships

  • neighbors
  • facilitators of seminars or workshops
  • coaches
  • wardrobe or interior designers
  • facialists
  • yoga or exercise instructors
  • concierge of local hotels or managers / owners of bed and breakfast establishments
  • people you volunteer with
  • friends of relatives or co-workers
  • members of your faith-based communities
  • community activists
  • dentist or dental hygienists
  • accountants
  • lawyers
  • boutique owners
  • people you meet while your golfing, playing tennis or swimming
  • Persons who attend the same sporting events
  • People you meet at book signings or museums or art showings
  • Individuals who you run into at local coffee shops or restaurants

Understanding our own feelings about the value of friendship is essential if we want to draw people to us that have the capacity to appreciate our inner nature and our special way of relating to others. We are all gifts to one another and at times, our presence in each other’s lives can be life changing, not to mention, in some instances, even life saving.   

Timing off? The Ebb and Flow of Friendships

 http://www.thefriendshipblog.com/blog/out-sync-friendships-matter-timing

When Friends walk Away

http://www.crystalinks.com/friendshipover.html

How to Make New Friends

http://www.wikihow.com/Make-Friends

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