Mexican Fan Palms All about Mexican fan palms Thu, 02 Apr 2020 23:50:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 A Guide to the Best Wrinkle Treatment Thu, 02 Apr 2020 23:50:25 +0000 The Botox wrinkle treatment is becoming popular popular. But, if you're like me, you would rather use the best wrinkle cream, instead.

Not only are the injections painful, they leave people looking strangely bloated. Improving your appearance is fine, but paralyzing facial muscles cannot be a good idea. Many people are allergic to collagen injections, but Botox is the deadliest naturally occurring poison in the world.

I don't care how effective Botox wrinkle treatment is supposed to be. I care too much about my overall health to consider "trying" it. In some cases, it causes permanent paralysis of a facial muscle. So, people loose the ability to blink or raise their eyebrows or make other facial expressions.

Luckily, the best wrinkle cream on the market is not accompanied by unwanted side effects. Nature has provided everything that we need to make the best wrinkle cream on earth. One company has gone to the effort of collecting effective ingredients from all over the planet.

In New Zealand, there is a unique type of mono-floral honey that has been proven to support the skin's cell renewal process, stimulate the immune system and assist in the formation of stronger collagen. It's called Active Manuka honey. It is particularly beneficial for use at night.

In Africa, there is the Shea fruit tree. From the pits of the fruit, we get Shea butter. It has been shown to "transform the face", making it look softer, smoother and younger, in as little as four weeks. It's too heavy for day use, but as an overnight wrinkle treatment, it cannot be beaten.

In Japan, the preferred wrinkle treatment has historically been masks made from Wakame kelp. Recent scientific evaluation has shown that the kelp inhibits an enzymatic activity that breaks down the skin's hyaluronic acid, an amino acid responsible for firmness and elasticity.

In Brazil, there is a passion fruit that contains an essential fatty acid that is very similar to the skin's own sebum. Extracts from the fruit have been show to regulate the production of sebum, so you don't have spots that are oily and others that are dry.

In the Amazon, there is the Babassu palm tree. The pit of the fruit can be used to make a light wax that softens, soothes and moisturizes. The wax also creates a light barrier to keep dirt and grime out of the pores. Make-up is easier to remove when the wax is applied underneath it.

The best wrinkle cream for daytime use contains Babassu wax, passion fruit extract, wakame kelp and other nutritious ingredients. One of the most effective ingredients is called Functional Keratin.

It is included in the best wrinkle cream, because clinical studies have proven its effectiveness. The number of new skin cells increases dramatically, in a very short period of time. Firmness and elasticity return. Wrinkles begin to fade.

It is advanced wrinkle treatment that is also safe enough to eat. The compound will soon be available in dietary supplements that promote bone and joint health. No poison for me thanks, I'll stick with Functional Keratin.

Source by Elizabeth Ruby

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How Many Calories In Coconut Thu, 02 Apr 2020 20:54:19 +0000 Coconut is a tropical fruit, grown on a palm tree. Coconut has a hairy exterior and the inside of the coconut is white containing a flavorful treat. The inside of the coconut is saturated with a type of coconut juice that looks much like milk. Calories in coconut depend on the portion size, as well as whether the coconut is sweetened or unsweetened.

  • Fresh Coconut – 159 calories or (45.0g.) For a 2 "x2" x1 / 2 "piece. Coconut contains the mineral thiamine, offering health benefits for the nervous system.
  • Shredded Coconut – 283 calories or (80.0g.) Per one cup serving. Coconut is high in fat, as one cup of shredded coconut has 283 calories and 241 of the calories are from fat.
  • Canned coconut cream – 1057 calories or (296.0g.) Canned coconut cream is not a wise food choice for those who want to lose weight.
  • Grated Frozen Coconut – 45 calories or (14.1g.) Per 2 tablespoon serving. Grated frozen coconut is a little less in calories, although it is still very high in fat at only 45 calories per 2 tablespoon serving and 36 of those calories are from fat.

Nutrition Facts

The nutritional value of coconut is extensive with vitamin B-complex, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, inositol, biotin, poyridoxal, folic acid and choline. Coconut contains a mixture of potent vitamins and minerals, and has been known to offer a boost in energy to those who feel fatigue or weak. Coconut is a great alternative for those who need to gain weight, as the added calories in a coconut will benefit those who need added calories.

Health Benefits

Vitamin B-complex found in the coconut offers a boost of energy, and protection against certain types of cancer. Vitamin B is thought to contribute to red blood cell growth. Vitamin B-complex found in coconut offer health benefits for healthier skin and muscle tone. While calories in a coconut are high, the health benefits are even higher.

Thiamine found in the coconut offers health benefits to the central nervous system. Thiamine is also believed to promote healthy skin and hair. Thiamine offers health benefits for those who suffer from dementia associated with W Thiamine offers health benefits for those who suffer from dementia associated with Wericke-Korsakoff syndrome.

The riboflavin is responsible for breaking down fats and carbohydrates. Riboflavin is needed for healthy skin and hair as well as normal thyroid activity. The folic acid found in the coconut offers protection against certain types of cancer. Folic acid will reduce the risk of heart disease as well. Folic acid is known for the ability to lower levels of HDL cholesterol as well.

How to Store

Never store the coconut in direct sunlight. When coconut is green, it is usually stored in a sawdust nest, for at least two weeks. The brown or older coconuts are covered with husks and kept in a cool dark place until they are used. When storing the white meat of a fresh coconut you should freeze it in a tight zip lock bag for optimal freshness.

Source by Amy Sue Miller

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Live Plants to Avoid in Your Freshwater Aquarium Thu, 02 Apr 2020 17:57:31 +0000 Plants are great for aquariums; they create oxygen for your fish, keep your tank clean and simply look good. But beware – Pet stores often try to make money by selling terrestrial (land-dwelling) plants as aquatic ones. Though water is good for plants, submerging terrestrial plants in water is a bad idea. They will die and rot in your fish tank. The pollutants from the rotting plant are likely to cause your fish to die. When aquatic plant shopping, make sure you only buy true aquatic plants. Here are brief descriptions of plants pet stores most commonly try to sell as aquatic wannabes.

The most popular is the Dracaena Marginata, or Dragon Tree. Dragon Trees kind of look like paint brushes, with trunks similar to palm trees and spiky leaves that stick out of the top. Your friendly neighborhood pet store usually sells a baby version of this tree, but in the wild they can grow to be 16 feet tall. Dracaena Marginata is considered a bamboo plant and actually needs dry conditions to grow and will die rather quickly if submerged in water.

Another popular poser is Algaonema. This is actually a popular household plant and is recognizable by its wide green waxy-looking leaves. The Chinese believe this to be a good omen, but could mean bad things for your aquarium. Algaonema need to be planted in heavy soil that is moist, not soggy, and will die rapidly in water. Furthermore, they are poisonous and cause a rash in your mouth and throat if ingested orally. So imagine what happens when it begins to rot in you aquarium after just a few weeks!

The Brazilian Sword, or Peace Lily, is another one to avoid. The Peace Lily looks like the Argentine Sword, with long thin stems a few wide spade-shaped leaves. This plant actually asks for dry conditions to grow. It will take a long time to die in your tank, but nevertheless should not be placed with your guppies since it can not thrive and will start dying before you even realize it. The previous article discussed that Amazon and Argentine Swords were great aquatic plants-but just because “sword” is in the name does make it a good plant to live with your fish!

Cherry Hedge and Green Hedge are other terrestrial plants that sneak their way onto pet store shelves with genuine aquatic plants. They will all do fine for a long period of time but will die off after several months at the most and should not be submerged in water. Cherry and Green Hedges have a similar appearance. They are both short, bright green, and bushy. The Green Hedge does have smaller leaves than the Cherry Hedge. These plants are hardy but need dry conditions to grow.

Mondo Grass certainly appears exotic. It comes in bush form and looks like a bunch of pale green grass. This is a terrestrial plant that needs little care. It simply needs very little watering and soil that drains well. Due to its drier needs, Mondo Grass usually takes only two months to die if submerged in water.

Lastly, White and Red Arrowhead are other evil beauties that will doom your fish habitat to extinction. Arrowheads are tall plants with thin stems and arrowhead shaped leaves at the top. White Arrowheads are more of a pale green, while Red Arrowheads have dark green edges and reddish centers. Their natural habitat is near lakes and ponds, but it is a bad idea to put them in water as they will die rapidly.

The need to do the appropriate research before buying anything for your aquarium can not be stressed enough. Also, take care of the right plants, so they will not become the enemy. Trim them so they do not overgrow and hide your fish. Limit the tank to two floating plants. Oxygen comes in through the surface, and having too much plant growth above the fish could choke them. Follow the rules, do your research, do not fall for buying a terrestrial plant no matter how many pet store clerks say it is okay, and you will have a very healthy and natural-looking habitat.

Source by Garry-Ian Macdonald

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Phuket Island – Popular Travel Destination in Thailand Thu, 02 Apr 2020 15:01:08 +0000 Phuket has grown into one of the premier holiday destinations in South East Asia and is one of the busiest travel destinations of Thailand. It has replaced Bali as the most popular holiday island in the region.

What makes Phuket island such a great travel destination?

Phuket is first of all an inexpensive holiday destination. Phuket hotels, resorts and guesthouses can be found in all price categories and ratings and prices are considerably cheaper then what one would encounter in Europe or America.

Dining in restaurants or buying drinks in bars or clubs on Phuket is also less expensive then what most tourists are used to paying back in their home countries.

Phuket Beaches

The palm tree lined beaches of Phuket Island are of course world famous due to its crystal white sand and clear water of the Andaman Sea. Some of the nicest and most popular beaches found on Phuket Island are the beaches at Patong, Kamala, Karon, Kata and Nai Harn.

Phuket Nightlife

The Phuket nightlife is another reason why many tourists visit Phuket each year on holiday. Many tourists seem to keep coming back each year for especially the nightlife and bars of Phuket.

Most Phuket island nightlife venues can be found in Patong beach along the well known Soi Bangla. A number of large clubs are located along Bangla road in Patong including the very popular Tiger disco and the new Seduction Disco.

You can also find along Bangla road and the many small streets leading into Soi Bangla hundreds of beer bars. Each beer bar has a number of beautiful Thai ladies working for them who there to please the clients.

Phuket Shopping

Going shopping in Phuket in the past was not one of the most interesting activities for tourists due to the lack of a good variety of shops and products. Most of the shops sold the same tailor made clothing, bootleg movies and software and fake designer clothing.

Over the last few years however, a number of large shopping malls have opened on Phuket housing well known international retailers, unique local boutiques as well as international restaurant outlets such as Outback steakhouse and Burger King.

If you are going to visit Phuket for a holiday then please make sure to visit the brand new Phuket Junkceylon mall in Patong or the Central Carnival Mall along the Phuket by-pass road.

Source by James Bukovsky

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Bees Wax; History and Origin Thu, 02 Apr 2020 12:04:39 +0000 We have often been asked where wax comes from? Well there are many types of Waxes. Bees wax has been around for a while. There are many mentions of beeswax in historic writing such as the myth where Icarus son of Daedalus put on wings of wax and as he flew too close to the sun, it melted and Icarus fell to his death. The father with more experience flew closer to the ground and made it to Italy. In Roman times Pliny, lived from 23 AD to 79 AD and described white bees wax which he got by boiling yellow bees wax in salt water. This was then used in broth and feed to those with dysentery, it was also used as a skin softener.

Some beeswax to this day is used in cosmetics. Virgil the great Roman Poet (well I do not think the stuff is that good) wrote of an invention by Pan, who was the guardian of the bees (an ancient bee keeper man) made a flute of reeds held together by bees wax. During the Middle Ages wooden panels covered with beeswax was noted by Homer a Greek poet. Many Romans were honored by having statues made of them selves made in bees wax and thus today we have the Movie Land Wax Museum in LA. Romans also wore Death Masks as well occasionally. The Egyptians used wax figures of deities in funeral ceremonies and placed them in graves. In 400 BC Greek Historians say that Persian coated bodies were a form of embalming. The Assyrians covered bodies with bees wax and then dipped the bodies in honey? Hey honey, who knows? In 181 BC when the Romans defeated the Corsicans and imposed a tax of 100,000 lbs of bees wax.

The Romans demanded bees wax when they conquered the city of Trebizond in the first century AD. In Medieval European times wax was a a unit of trade for taxes or other. In 1330 farmers in one region of France paid 2 lbs of bees wax per year. On 1632 records show that the French Monastery called for rent of 600 lbs. of bees wax per year. Also in 1371 a petition was presented to the London Court of Alderman in behalf of the Worshipful Company of Wax Chandlers, which established them as the world’s oldest English Guild. In 1483 the company received a Royal Charter with authority to oversee the craft of wax chandlery. And when faults were found to punish the offender, which included seizing the wax.

Candles of bees wax were at one time required by the Roman Catholic Church as the exclusive and only candles. The bees were brought to Puerto Rico by the church and the early priests and conquistadors. These same bees although dwarfed in comparison to the original bees are still habiting the island today. Today bee’s wax is sometimes used in Automobile waxes but normally it is most used in furniture wax and polishes. You can make your own wax very easily, my ancestors did on the plantation on Cape Cod. First you need a couple of pots to boil in and a pot of hot water. Liquid Beeswax furniture polish is simple, use one quarter cup of ivory soap, one quarter pound of beeswax, 1 cup of turpentine and half a cup of water. Dissolve the soap in hot water, put the shaved wax into the turpentine and then slowly melt together, then pour the soap mixture into the mix and stir with a wooden spoon, once well stirred pour it into a glass jar and you have it, very easy. Bees wax cream furniture polish which can also be used on cars with lessened amount of turpentine is made by using and mixing quarter lb of beeswax, 2 cups of turpentine, quarter cup of liquid Ivory soap, 1 cup of warm to boiling water and quarter cup of pine oil. The only difference it you have to make sure all the beeswax is dissolved first and cool then mix it into the warm soapy water until it congeals and then reheat together and dissolve. If you reduce the turpentine content you can use it on your car too. It goes on smooth and it works good. Although, I am partial to Carnauba wax for cars for it’s ease of use, but from a realistic standpoint of protection the carnauba only lasts three months while the beeswax melt might last slightly longer.

For solid beeswax furniture polish, which is preferred by the antique dealers we met on the back roads of NH, VT and Maine, all you do is use equal amounts of linseed oil, beeswax and turpentine. The finished product is golden brown and see through and looks rich in content. Now you have smelled lemon oil in furniture polish, which can easily be added to the boiling water during the process. There are many good waxes to use on cars that you would not put on surf boards, furniture or statues. Wax is found in the human ear also. There are two different types and your genetics dictate which one you have. Most plants have a thin protective coating of wax also. Most fruit and citrus trees and vegetables plants have wax on the fruit, leaves and vegetables they produce that we eat. Waxes are also produced by animals and also some fish. Other wax components are found in minerals and petroleum products and distillates. There are Polymer or synthetic, manufactured by man into various types of waxes. We get waxes from a variety of sources really.

The Carnauba we discussed is a preferred wax by many detailers. Carnauba wax is on the leaves of the carnauba palm trees. The best Carnauba wax comes from in my opinion the Palm Trees of Brazil. You can tell a good carnauba wax by the water beads up as you see when you detail your car. Candelilla wax comes from a plant that grows in parts of Mexico, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Guatemala and sometimes in the southwestern United States. It is a brown wax and not only have people used it on cars it is used in phonograph records, floor dressings, and candles. Although it is the major component of candle wax, it is mixed in with other waxes normally in the candles we use in our homes.

Polymer wax includes the very popular Teflon, yes a polymer brand Name used by Dupont. Polymer wax is a chain of compounds made of petroleum sources and now a days from Corn products. Polymers, which are strung together are generally applied in specific thick nesses to clear coats on cars and depending on the mixture can be quite incredible indeed. So good in fact that they are often called sealants and some last as long as a year when applied in the right mixtures and thick nesses. The word Polymer is a very vague in this regard since polymers are used to make plastics, coatings and many other products.

Generally short chains of ethlenic polymers are the type that are used by professional automotive detailers and auto detailers a like. Many in the aviation industry use it when doing specialized aircraft cleaning. We estimate that 80% of all automotive detailing and aviation aircraft cleaning commercial wax is petroleum based wax. Petroleum wax is chemically inactive in a sense and probably why it is so widely preferred. It is also cheaper to make than to harvest and has tons of uses. You cannot smell it unless cleaners are added which is often the case, but still it will not react to cause odor.

Bayberry wax, which comes from the berries the shrub with that name is also used in candle making. How is this produced? From bees, the same wax in making hives. Bee’s wax, is used for many things which are common to man; things such as candles, polishes, cosmetics (mostly make-up) crayons, flowers (artificial kind). Bee’s Wax is another wax that yes you can use it on your car and it is hard to spread and it will give off a great shine. The problem is gathers dust too quick, but it does look cool.

Wool wax from animals is also common to man. Lanolin, it is called, after purification is used in soaps in the industry, and also cosmetics as well as certain ointments for first aid and which doctor stuff. Petroleum wax can also be made hard and then we get a new type of wax. Paraffin; used in paper products (cups, paper plates), graffiti, and petroleum jelly. All Synthetic waxes are compounds of hydrogen, carbon, oxygen, and/or chlorine. Chemists will forever be trying to make the perfect wax for cars, boats, Aircraft to protect us from the harsh climates on the surface of this little blue planet.

And these chemists are driven by desire and need and the possibilities are endless as new compounds are adding to existing ones to bring up whole new blending ideas, some will revolutionize our industry but most will simply be duds. Some will be hyped even though they do not really solve a problem or fix a need. Never the less, the race goes on to find the best and we should be thinking about what is in that product before we put it on a customers car, boat, aircraft or prize possession. This is what the professional detailer does, this is why we are experts in car care and call ourselves auto detailers, rejuvenation specialists and professional auto detailers.

There are so many types of waxes that we know of really. From the organic waxes discussed containing carbon materials, which melt at fairly low temperatures. The chemical and biological make-up of waxes is so diverse and complex as well as consideration for grades, properties, surface uses and life spans that to really understand waxes in depth, but I hope this has cleared up some of the complex issues concerning wax, how it is made and where it comes from.

Source by Lance Winslow

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Explore Goa in a Train Tour Thu, 02 Apr 2020 09:08:34 +0000 The most eminent tourist destination of India, Goa has been sanctified with the most enchanting landscape dotted with pristine coastline lined up with swaying palm trees, astounding waterfalls fringed with tranquil surroundings and much more remarkable destinations which makes this state the most favorite place among visitors for spending one's vacation.

Goa is a 110 kilometers long and 60 km wide stretch of land positioned amidst the Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats and the Arabian Sea on the western coast of India. This long and wide strip of land has been divided into two major districts – north Goa and south Goa. Elegantly poised on the Konkan coastal belt Goa has been eminently known as the "Pearl of the Orient" and a "Tourist Paradise" as it's an absolute destination which offers scores of tourists attractions to its visitors. It serves as a jewel on India's tourism as well as pride.

The spectacular sandy beaches shimmering under the blue sky with shining sun serve as the main attraction of the place. There are numerous beaches in this tropical paradise whose charismatic beauty is just incomparable. It bestows myriads of attractions and fun activities which visitors can enjoy during their holidays in Goa. One can indulge into water sport activities, or can just relax under the sun along the beach side. One can even have dinner comprising authentic Goan cuisine with traditional drink of Goa – Feni, other than that there are numerous attractions as well like shopping, clubbing, beach side partying, etc.

A Goa train tour will take travelers to this minutest state of India which serves enormously as the tropical paradise that can compete any of the world's exotic destinations. It is catering as one of the youngest states of India as it has attained statehood after 451 years of colonial rule and 26 years as a Union territory. After which Goa has achieved the most developed tourism infrastructures in India.

Apart from the natural splendor which embellishes the state and serves as the dominant attraction, Goa is known for its astounding churches and divine temples which represent the cultural significance of the place. Goa is an exclusive destination beholding a fusion of varied races, religion, cultures. The place is highly influenced by the east as well as the west due to which it embodies a multi-hued and distinctive lifestyle. The influence is greatly reflected in the colonial buildings, various edifices, and lifestyle as well as night life of the place.

The place is modernized but that doesn't mean it lacks cultural and traditional values. The place has its own distinct culture which is represented in its temples, festivals and the interiors of the city as the exteriors are replete with vibrant beaches bestowing the exciting and fun activities. All of this and much more would be included in this train tour to Goa.

Source by Haridas KK

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Dubai – The Ever-Changing City Thu, 02 Apr 2020 06:12:26 +0000 At the present time, the centre of the construction boom is undoubtedly Dubai. In the hotel sector alone there are plans to build 150 more hotels over the next five to seven years, expanding the number of hotel rooms from 20,000 in 1990 to 55,000.

Other new projects underway in Dubai are the $2 billion Dubai International Financial Centre, a huge office complex rumored to include a major skyscraper; the $2.5 billion expansion of the Dubai International Airport; the $3 billion Palm Island project; $1.6 billion Dubai Marina leisure and residential development; $1.6 billion Festival City mixed-use development; further phases of the Dubai Internet City and Media City; and the new Convention Centre at the Dubai World Trade Centre.

In addition, Emaar Properties is developing the Emirates Hills/Emirates Lakes into a massive residential new town, and Majid Al Futtaim has a massive shopping mall and indoor ski resort under construction on a nearby site.

Around the Gulf region shopping malls are under construction all over the place. But for now the focus of building activity is Dubai, and all these new offices, homes and hotels will need furniture and interior design.

In 2003, the value of building projects under construction in the UAE were estimated at $28 Billion. The projects include new high-rise commercial/residential districts, hotels, houses, hospitals, schools, universities, public parks, large shopping centers, beach resorts, man-made residential islands, the massive expansion of the airports in Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and other commercial premises.

Future Development

o The World Island ($4 billion)

o China Town ($650 million)

o Two Palm Islands ($6 billion)

o Dubai Lost City Project ($165 million)

o Gardens Shopping Mall ($200 million)

o Dubai Pearl ($820 million)

o Hydropolis Hotel ($500 million)

o Wellness and Hydrotherapy Center ($120 million)

o Burj Dubai

o The Dubai Marina

o New Dubai International Airport

o The Dubai Mall

o Dubailand

The World Island

Construction of a central tourist centre, in the form of coastal islands. Hotels, apartments and leisure facilities will be erected on each island. The individual islands will be laid out so as to give the shape of a world map. Each island will be of a different size and will have a theme suitable to the country it represents. This project is scheduled for completion by the end of 2008.

Two Palm Island

The construction of two islands in the shape of a palm tree. Palm Jumeira (5km long) and Palm Jebel Ali. Almost 2,000 villas, 40 luxury hotels, 2 sea and water theme parks will be constructed on the islands. In addition, there will be bridges, tunnels, shopping centres and entertainment centres. The project is scheduled for completion at the end of 2007.

These two project are the most expensive projects, but other more notable projects are in progress as well.

The China Town development involves the construction of 25 buildings, office buildings, a shopping centre, apartments, hotels and entertainment facilities. This construction project measures approximately 357,167 m 2 in overall size. In addition the Dubai Marina is aiming to become a city-within-a-city with an overhaul that will provide new residence for 40 000 people

Source by Petter Nordhus

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Reverie – Musings Of A Little Girl – How Do You Break The Silence? Thu, 19 Mar 2020 19:40:19 +0000 Designate communications to your child, lest they slip away. Precedent communications behind a door that does not want to open, but will if you keep trying. Aspergers parenting autism pdd? Or a reverie of silence? I think that ice can be seen through if you keep on trying. Reverie mind you is a dream world that oft times creates art and blesses all of our souls.


Let me hear that distant call
a daydream
a little girl
in the back seat of her parents car.
I slipped into reverie.
Who really needs to speak at all?

What else is there to do?
Parents speaking to one another
once in awhile to me.
I am happy for this pencil
and this tablet
sitting here on my knees.

Driving and driving
from state to state
I wonder
do they know where they are going?
When they get there
will they be happy?
Or will we go again?

If I draw a paper doll
will she stand up
pull herself from my picture
and speak to me?

The road goes on and on
I look up at times to see if there are any trees.
When will we get there
I wonder
yet I do not say one single word.

Florida was nice
I think I liked the palm trees.
There was a neighbor near
I rode my tricycle there
sat in a chair
watching their home movies.

Somewhere that cloud will hold me
I will dance on stars
tip toe on the Milky Way
find the reason stars dance
Learn the sparkle words they say.

My father made a sled of ice
He used aa garden hose
to wet down the snow.
It was very cold
but the day became warm
despite the temperatures bickering.

I stared into the icy surface
took off one mitten
felt inside my pocket for my paper doll
who really needs to talk anyway
when everything you need
is there
inside your pocket.


05 August 2007

Source by Kathy Ostman-Magnusen

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Palm Tree Green Balenciaga Giant Envelope Handbag Thu, 19 Mar 2020 16:43:49 +0000 Still longing for the iconic motorcycle bag for chic edgy city looking? It might be a better idea to try the envelope bag which is as well iconic but appears more elegant. Why not try the green Balenciaga giant envelope handbag? Time witnesses the come and go of many designer bag patterns but the envelop clutch is also popular even since its debut and naturally it is labeled as must-have fashion bag style.

Considerate as the fashion house of Balenciaga is, surely you won't see this green leather bag being released alone. As a matter of fact, this bag pattern is also available in colors such like purple, white, blue and black but I find the green version most pleasing to eyes, which is especially true while most people are carrying black or brown in chilly winter days . Why not carrying something fresh instead, not to mention how vigorous and hopeful the green color is?

This Balenciaga green clutch bag is made of soft vintage crafted lambskin and trimmed with palladium plated metal hardware. The Italy made bag is sized at 12.4 "x 7.5" x 1.2 "so that it is spacious enough to hold your daily essentials. Its fine textile lining features interior zip pocket labeled with Balenciaga embossed leather tag. The bag has flap front with magnetic closure and a leather framed hand mirror as well. How do you like this palm tree green Balenciaga bag? It is only available at a price of $ 1,025.00. Being a little bit hefty, but it is a perfect choice for Christmas gift.

Source by Spring Wilson

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Puerto Vallarta – A Favorite Destination Spot Thu, 19 Mar 2020 13:46:24 +0000 Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, is undoubtedly my favorite vacation spot in the entire world. Yes, there has been a great expansion and many changes since I first visited this Pacific Ocean paradise more than 25 years ago but much of its charm still exists.

Rated as the 6th most popular tourist destination in the entire world this once-hidden treasure has been discovered by visitors from far and wide.

At first glance it is Vallarta's perfect climate which elicits such an enticement to visitors. Warm, sunny days with comfortable ocean breezes and even more comfortable evenings repeat day after day, especially in the prime vacation months of October through May.

But what really gives Vallarta its charm is the unique blending of a vintage, Mexican cobble-stoned town, dotted with white-stucco buildings and red-tiled roofs, which combines with modern, palm-tree-lined boulevards and world-class hotels and restaurants, with all of the amenities of a large tourist resort zone.

The town itself is divided by the gently flowing Rio Cuale . To the south of the river is the so-called Romantic Zone with its quaint shops and bargain-priced hotels and restaurants. Also located in the south half of Vallarta are hillside restaurants offering magnificent views of the town and the setting sun. Further south are the villas and resort hotels of Conchas Chinas and Mismaloya . Also located in the south half of Puerto Vallarta are hillside restaurants such as Las Carmelitas offering magnificent views of the town and the setting sun.

Back in the centro or downtown of Puerto Vallarta, dissecting the Cuale River, is a narrow island where people can take a stroll in the shade amidst peaceful gardens. They can also browse through souvenir shops, view artwork or dine at Le Bistro restaurant while listening to jazz music. Immediately in front of the restaurant sits a statue of film director John Huston, whose 1963 movie, The Night of the Iguana starring Richard Burton and Ava Gardner, brought attention to this region of Mexico.

Moving north of the river, in front of the Fuente del Puente restaurant is a bust of Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor, the Hollywood couple who after the film took up residence in the hills above the town, she in a house now known as Casa Kimberley and he in a house on the opposite side of the street. An arched bridge between the two houses remains a lasting symbol of their romantic relationship. Followed by scores of Americans who also decided to reside here soon thereafter, this hillside zone became known as Gringo Gulch .

Just north of the Rio Cuale the municipal market which is stocked with handicrafts from all over Mexico. Just a few blocks from the market is the Parroquia de Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe , the large church topped with a distinctive crown, a replica of the one worn by Carlota, wife of the former Mexican ruler, Maximilian. This crown on Vallarta's signature church was actually replaced after being toppled by an earthquake in 1995.

Not far from the church is the main square or Plaza de Armas , with its bandstand and a statue of the man after whom the town was named in 1918, Ignacio Vallarta, the prominent lawyer and state governor who helped draft the Mexican constitution.

Nearby a set of arches form a backdrop, along with the ocean, to an amphitheater which stands between the rumbling surf and the main plaza. Crowds gather here every Sunday evening for concerts.

Adjacent to the amphitheater and lining the beach is the recently renovated malecón , Vallarta's seawall where people wander past interesting sculptures and fountains. While only a scattering of pedestrians are found here in the heat of the day, evenings are a different story entirely. Dusk brings a multitude of tourists and locals alike who fill the malecón to sample the offerings of street vendors or simply to people-watch. They also can enjoy the music drifting out from the balconies of restaurants and bars.

On the back streets adjacent to the malecón are a number of shops and art galleries and a variety of cuisines can be enjoyed, from taco stands to upscale, international restaurants.

Moving north from the centro is an area known as the Hotel Zone which is the area developed during Vallarta's first big expansion into a major tourist resort area. Here on the gorgeous sandy beaches of Las Camarones , Las Glorias and Los Tules, major hotel complexes such as the Sheraton, Fiesta Americana and Holiday Inn offer high-rise accommodations with pools, recreation areas and restaurants while others such as Krystal and Los Tules offer Excellent, low-rise villa lodgings amidst lush tropical gardens. For those with efficiency accommodations there are plazas with supermarkets located in this area.

Further north are the even more modern Marina district and Nuevo Vallarta with multi-complex resorts including golf courses.

Activities include cruises, fishing, scuba and other water sports on beautiful Banderas Bay, parasailing high above the seashore and land activities such as excursions to nearby towns, day trips, soaring on ziplines during canopy tours, ATV and jeep rentals, horseback riding, etc .

The cuisine in and around Puerto Vallarta is exquisite whether you yearn for authentic Mexican dishes or international food of the highest quality.

Adding to the climate, resort amenities, activities, shopping, culture and cuisine are the friendly people who mix in well with ex-patriot residents and tourists alike. No wonder Puerto Vallarta is so popular and continues to be my favorite travel destination.

Source by Peter D Knight

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