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The Good News at the Right Time

When you have a Damascus experience like Paul, it changes your life radically. Before, Paul killed Christians; now he supports the other side 100%. He is driven to use all his energy to tell people about Jesus. When you meet Jesus face to face, everything changes to completely.

No prison can stop Paul. No stick that hits his body, no shouting or spitting by a soldier will stop him. His passion to save others from eternal fire burns constantly and nothing can put it out, 4that God will open doors for telling the mystery of Christ, even while I’m locked up in this jail. Pray that every time I open my mouth I’ll be able to make Christ plain as day to them.

I’m embarrassed by my own little fire. It is so easily extinguished or put out. So easily I keep quiet and rather say nothing, because nowadays we have to give everyone space to believe as they like.

I take my hat off to a number of teachers in my son’s school. They saw the need to help dads to connect to their sons and started a movement called Engage. Any father and son are welcome.

They know many are not Christians. They are careful and try not to offend. But they are not afraid to say exactly who they believe in. Even the head boy who talked directly to the young boys stated clearly that he had made a choice for Jesus in his life. How wonderful it was when this same head boy concluded the evening with a prayer and blessed everybody.

Here one could see that today there are still people like Paul who cannot keep quiet. The secret must be revealed. The risk doesn’t matter, whether it is imprisonment or the government or losing your friends, every person must hear the good news.

I think they know how to tell the right thing at the right time. Yes, they are sensitive and give space. But that doesn’t mean that they don’t speak up. By hook or by crook, the secret must out!

I realise that we cannot make it work on our own. Paul knows that too. I suspect that Paul’s personality is more a “turn or burn” technique, and, therefore, he asks for reinforcements. We are too weak. Either our fire is extinguished or we are insensitive and drives people away before we get a chance to give the message.

God must help us. We need God’s Spirit to guide us so that we can say and do the right thing at the right time. May it be so. May we be sensitive to the guidance of the Spirit.

Let us strive to follow Paul’s example. May we be like the teachers at my son’s school and burn like the head boy to tell the good news and may God’s Spirit guide us to do it in the right way at the right time.

Effects of Typography on User Experience

If you give the paper, The Aesthetics of Reading, a look, you’ll be able to see how intricate and complex typography really is, why it needs to be such a focus, and how it effects on the reader’s mood and cognitive performance.

But if you don’t have the time or would just like me to summarize it all, well, here it is.

Researchers found after the study was that if the document is properly typeset, it not only makes it easier to read, but also pleasing and easier. On the other hand, bad typography makes it harder to read the version which quite obviously, in return, makes people disinterested. If whatever you’re designing is properly typeset, you can put in as much information as you’d like and it would still not be a nuisance to read.

It was also found that good typography boosts cognitive performance. This means that good typography makes it easier to perform whatever task is needed. Now, I bet that is something you did not expect.

Typography has a very clear effect on the mood of the reader and also impacts productivity, engagement and creativity.

Now, moving on to explaining the effects a little more in depth.

Why It Matters

If you’re not even sure why you should pay attention to typography, to make it simple, it’s how you can keep your reader’s attention to your illustration, brand or design. Yes, pictures can speak a thousand words, and so can your logo or other illustration. But typography plays quite a bit into how long they keep looking at your work, and the impact it makes on them.

The fonts, colors, sizes and everything else you use matter. You can give this study a read if you want more information. Typography may be an art but you still have to look at its roots in human cognition.

You can grab attention by styling your words differently, and even add them to a priority or importance list which makes it easier for the human brain to analyze and understand them and makes mental processing easier.

How to Get Started

Well, you need to know exactly what it is that you’re trying to achieve. The goal of your typography project should be clear. Knowing what you want your readers to feel is important and then working by keeping that thought in your mind will help you in clearly emphasizing the elements.

Try different font styles, sizes, colors, underline the text, make it bold, italicize it or whatever you need to do to make it convey that exact mood which will let people know about your work and not just grab their attention on first sight but keep it there for a while. If you’re a layman, you can simply try out a logo design tool yourself and see what works for you and what does not.

Also, do not forget, that it is very important for your text to be legible, even in small fonts. The characters need to be able to be identified correctly and make the process of reading your text smoothly without needing to invest a whole bunch of effort in understand the first letter alone.

Following are a few things you need to keep in mind to improve your typography skills.
• Simple letter types – fonts
• Avoid caps or all caps
• Line Length
• Line Spacing
• Letter Spacing
• Your Audience
• Complementation – Contrast and Vibrance

Eight Common Characteristics Famous Celebrities Have

Celebrities come and go. They can either stay for a couple of years, but some fail to carve a niche in the entertainment industry and remain a starlet. Some are successful and become iconic in the music scene, television and movies.

You might be wondering why some of them have disappeared in the industry. If you observe their stellar status, the luckiest are those who share common characteristics that made them rich and famous.

Take a peek at the 8 common characteristics famous celebrities have in common. Find out if you have any of these traits that can be helpful in your chosen profession.

1. Strong determination and confidence. Celebrities are confident and determined to pursue their goal no matter what happens. They are the kind of people who do not care about what others say when they pose nude in a men’s magazine or wear a bizarre outfit. Getting out of poverty and to become famous are two things that prodded them to try their luck in Hollywood hoping that they could find the right people to help them in their budding career.

2. Their work ethic is infectious. Actors and singers are deprived of sleep as they have to stay awake until the following day to finish their commitment. They work hard not only because they know that they are highly compensated for their efforts, but because they want to leave a legacy when they are no longer active in the industry. Highest paid actors only spend 2 to 3 hours of sleep until their project is finished. But the prices they get from being workaholics can buy them a new house, a car, a set of jewelry and a swanky bag.

3. They work for the sake of art. Multi-awarded actors are choosy in their roles despite the high talent fee that they could receive for a particular project. Top caliber actors who have become financially stable would pick meaty roles that could earn them an Oscar award. They don’t mind if they have to go bald or topless for as long as the role will increase their level of creativity and transform them into a respected actor. Some celebrities accept roles that are challenging even if they don’t share the same billing stature with the main actors.

4. They are creative and unique. Famous Hollywood personalities defy the standard and social norms. They never stop creating and reinventing themselves to enable them to catch the public’s attention. Miley Cyrus, Madonna, J Lo, Michael Jackson and to name a few, had their own strings of gimmickry and controversy to promote their albums or movies. Even local artist in some key cities in the world do the same thing even if it could ruin their reputation and make them infamous. Defying the norm and ignoring their bashers is the best action that celebrities must do to succeed in their showbiz career. Gossips are part of showbiz and welcoming them with an open heart can make them stronger and better celebrities.

5. They think, believe and dream big. True artists think that there is no small role for them. Budding actors must heed what their veteran counterparts say that in order for them to be recognized and earn big, they should accept any role that can hone their acting prowess. Since the competition in the world of showbiz has become stiff, they must grab every opportunity that comes their way. Not unless they are products of reality shows or beauty contests, penetrating the entertainment industry is a bit hard. Changing their mindset from small to big things will inspire them to strive hard and make it big in showbiz.

6. They have a high emotional quotient. Although beauty and talent are important things to consider when discovering a new talent, movie directors and producers would prefer actors with a good work attitude. Celebrities who are acting like divas will most likely to lose their chance of getting the right break because their attitude can cause a lot of problems during location shooting. High EQ celebrities come to work before call time and they do not cause glitches or delay at work. They can mingle with anyone in the set from the director to the janitor. They can laugh at their own mistakes and can exchange jokes with their fellow workers, even if they have been sleepless for several nights. Most of all, they welcome strangers and mobbing fans for autograph and photo ops.

7. They enjoy every bit of their work. Become passionate about your work as an artist in the real sense of the word will give you more inspiration to hone your craft. Celebrities who are enjoying their career are the one who will become successful as they do not get discouraged when failure comes in one point of their lives.

8. Money and fame are only secondary. These two things that can lead to frustration if celebrities are unable to achieve them. Some famous celebrities who are getting less projects and their fans are ignoring them have become depressed and suicidal. This is because they think that money and fame are the most important things in life. But the truth is, any career that is taken with passion can be a great source of your finances if you know how to save your money.

Celebrities who have lost their careers because of their bad attitude have realized that becoming famous and wealthy does not happen overnight. They have to learn the traits that could propel their popularity and eventually land them a lot of projects.

Aspiring actors/actresses who are given the break should realize that the competition is so high in the industry. A single flaw is observed from you could put you down and it would be too late to realize that a newcomer will soon replace your position in showbiz. Getting rich quick is a mere fantasy as you need to start from scratch, and when you are already at the top of your success, remain humble and grounded.

Museums and the Marathon Man

The Washington Post article by Christopher Ingraham (June 13th, 2014) says it all “There are more museums in the U.S. than there are Starbucks and McDonald’s – combined.” Quite accurately we think of museums as important cultural and educational institutions; however, they are also quiet superstars of the entertainment industry. According to The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), with over 800 million live visits annually, their attendance exceeds that of all theme parks and major sporting events combined. But America’s museums are much more than popular and numerous; they are cultural and educational gems that play a vital role. They are community elders that tell the stories of our American neighborhoods. Mamie Bittner with The Institute of Museum and Library Studies (IMLS) stated in the Washington Post article:

“Many of these institutions, particularly in small towns and rural areas, are historical societies and history museums. We are in love with our history – at a very grassroots level we care for the histories of our towns, villages and counties,”

The story of how I came to visit and admire so many small museums begins nearly eight years ago when I faced a scary scenario. Diagnosed with prostate cancer my doctor’s instructions were clear and blunt. “We caught this thing very early; lose some weight but by year’s end take care of this.” Taking care of this meant either an operation or radiation. He was confident that either procedure would be sufficient; nevertheless, I was scared as hell. When you hear that diagnosis, “you have cancer”, a thousand things race through your mind all at once, yet somehow the whole world stops at the same time. What are the treatment options… I have to research each treatment… I have to research the surgeons… what if I don’t make it… what happens to my wife… what happens to my family… I want this thing out of me… how do you research this stuff… I want this done before the end of the year… why me… why not me. My mind was racing, racing, racing. Who do I tell? When do I tell them? Should I tell them? My mind was just racing, racing, racing.

It was June 2010. I was 54 years old, a professor, husband and father. Earlier that year my wife had been hospitalized for 34 days. Should I tell my wife? Would this aggravate her condition? She was already worried about being unemployed. Do I tell her? Our three sons were all in high school and doing reasonably well; the oldest would start college in the fall. Out of worry would my oldest boy forgo his athletic scholarship to stay home with his ailing parents? Even if he did go to college, if he knew I was battling cancer how would this affect him academically? Who should I tell? Do I tell my boys? Do I tell everyone? Do I tell no one?

I once heard somewhere that “we grow up and become our parents.” How true that is. Although it didn’t occur to me at the time, I’d seen this situation play out before in 1969; I was 12. One day my dad asked me to come with him to his doctor. This was strange; he had never asked me to go to a doctor with him before. We went to St. Nicholas Park, Mount Morris Park, Central Park, baseball games, museums and grocery stores. On Sundays we walked to newsstands to buy the New York Times and Daily News. Afterwards we’d come back home and eat big southern style Sunday breakfasts – smothered chicken, smothered pork chops, grits, gravy and biscuits, never rolls – always biscuits. We did a lot, but he had never asked me to go to a doctor with him. I should have known that something was up, but I didn’t.

The doctor’s appointment took place on an early evening. The office was located on the first floor of an apartment building and it was dark outside. I sat in the waiting area while my dad met privately with the doctor. That day his doctor told him he had six months to live. My dad a tall, quiet, dignified WWII vet said nothing. We went home and he acted as if nothing had happened. He kept it all to himself. Yet twenty one years later, and long after his doctor had died, my dad was still alive. He told no one this frightening secret for all of those years. Finally, in 1990 he spoke with me about what had happened on that day way back in 1969. When I asked him why he hadn’t said anything he had a classic answer, “Hell, I wasn’t gonna die to just to make the doctor look good.” To this day I still don’t know if he ever told anyone else.

In 2010, 41 years after my dad was told he had six months to live and said nothing to the family, I became my dad – absent the courage and dignity of the WWII vet. Initially I told no one. I did however listen to my doctor’s advice and began power-walking aggressively to lose the weight. I weighed 308 pounds. This was the beginning of a journey. Little did I know it would transform my health, my body and to a great degree my soul.

I elected for a robotic prostatectomy as treatment. Recognizing that I would be hospitalized for several days I was forced to say something to my wife. Every married man knows that disappearing for several days without telling your wife is a guaranteed death sentence; cancer is only potentially lethal. We sat down on the living room sofa on a Sunday around 7pm. It was the evening before I’d be admitted to the hospital. This scenario gave her very little time to dwell on the matter; I had to be at the hospital early the next day. As I had feared, she broke down and began to cry and as soon I uttered the word cancer. We agreed not to tell our sons; we both thought it might cause them to worry.

Fortunately the operation was a success. Neither chemotherapy nor radiation was required. Several months later I resumed my power-walking. Over time a routine evolved. I prefer walking outdoors in parks (no matter the temperature) to treadmills and tracks, mornings are better than evenings, warmups last 5 – 7 minutes, weekday walks last 45 – 50 minutes, weekend sessions last a minimum of 90 minutes and finally, almost all sessions end with 7- 8 minutes of stretching. I walk 4 times per week during cold months and 4 – 5 times per week during warm months, I also found a very reliable partner, music from the 70s, 80s and 90s. My partner also gets along fabulously with an ancient Sony Walkman. Who knows, perhaps this partner is my subconscious whispering to remind me of long lost youth.

While I do not claim to be a very religious person, being outdoors in parks (which are after all tiny forests) sweating, breathing and among the general splendor of God’s nature is often a spiritual event. The cancer has now been gone for nearly eight years. Over that time 70 pounds have melted away and my diabetes seems to have disappeared, or at the very least be well controlled. Along the way I began to enter races; I power-walk but compete against runners. Half marathons (13.1 miles) and 10Ks (6.2 miles) are my favorites. Being somewhat vain, before entering my first race I checked the times of the runners to make sure I would not finish last. At first I entered local races. Later a colleague, who is a runner, told me about the Philadelphia “Love Marathon” which I competed in. This lead me to research races in other locations. Now, I travel to participate I races. However, journeying to different cities only to participate in a single race seemed hardly to be an efficient use of time and travel. I needed another activity to compliment the racing. This is how I developed an interest in small museums.

I had some experience with researching museums. Years ago I had begun exploring museums as field trip venues for high school students. At the time I supervised a college program that provided various activities for at-risk high school students. The American Alliance of Museums (AAM) provided a great deal of information for our program. Later, as I began to look for museums in the cities and towns I would be racing in, AAM and several other museum related organizations such as The Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) and Museums of the World (MOW) have become valuable resources. One fact that immediately became clear is that America is the undisputed museum capitol of the world. According to MOW there were an estimated 55,000 museums located in 202 countries in 2014. IMLS, (a U.S. agency) states there are 35,144 active museums in the United States alone. Assuming these data are accurate, over 63% of the world’s museums are located in America. The IMLS 2012-16 Strategic Plan points out “There are more than 4.5 billion objects held in public trust by museums, libraries, archives and other institutions in the U.S.”

My articles will attempt to capture some of the fascinating stories, color, history, myths and life that are the marrow of America’s small museums. I hope you will join me. Coming soon wax, warships and a poet named Wadsworth.

I Might Have Known Him

I schedule my sessions so I can take a break to walk through the neighbourhood. What a wonderful way to clear my head. As I meander down tree-lined streets, I occasionally glance at a house, as if there’s some connection between me and someone living there. And for a moment, I stop and wonder…

Recently I talked by Skype with Renee, an elegant, middle-aged lady with a thick head of dark hair. She smiled as she introduced herself, then gestured to her adult son, sitting behind her.

“Can Bruce-” She stopped, flustered. “I mean Ted-“

The young man narrowed his eyes and stared at his mother.

“Ted,” she repeated with a shake of her head. “I don’t know why I said that.” Then she turned to me. “Can Ted sit in on my session?”

Ted acted like this was the last place he wanted to be. I closed my eyes and began to centre myself, asking my guides to allow me to help this woman and her son. Instantly, I felt a strong connection to a male energy. “I’m getting the sense that he was a strong man. He’s making me feel strapping in my chest. Was he a personal trainer?”

“Yes,” Renee said. “That was my son, Bruce. Ted’s twin.”

“Bruce is telling me his head hurts. A blood vessel burst in his brain. It was totally unexpected. It happened in the gym. There was nothing anyone could do… “

“Yes,” Renee answered. Bruce came through with several messages for his mother and when he mentioned Ted, the young man’s ears pricked up.

“Bruce is showing me a bowling ball,” I said.

“Yeah,” he mumbled. “I haven’t felt much like doing that since he died. Sometimes he’d go to the bowling alley with me and shoot pool while I played in my league.”

At the end of the session, I felt compelled to stay and chat with Renee to comfort her. Being a mother myself, I could only imagine how difficult it was to lose a child.

“I don’t know why I called Ted by his brother’s name,” she said. “I’ve never done that.”

“I think that was his way of letting you know he was here,” I said. “His presence was very strong.” In fact, I saw him in my mind’s eye so clearly, I could’ve described him down to the buttons on his flannel shirt.

“I’ve never been to a medium before,” Renee said. “One of the reasons I felt comfortable about making an appointment with you is your office is located two streets away from where Bruce lived. He always told me how much he liked living in this area. Everyone is so friendly.”

I felt a chill as I bid adieu to my clients, then gazed out the window. I felt Bruce’s presence still with me. He’d lived in my neighbourhood. I might’ve seen him jogging. My cart might’ve passed his in the grocery store. Could I have said hello to him while out for one of my walks?

Down the street, a portly fellow in a Jays t-shirt was mowing his lawn. He stopped for a moment to chat with a young woman and her daughter, who was walking a beagle. The dog sniffed the man’s ankle, then sniffed around the grass as if it was hoping to find a bone. I didn’t know the woman and her daughter, but the man had helped me start my car a few winters back. I decided to walk over and say hi to them. It’s important to appreciate your neighbours. Bruce would’ve liked that.

Carolyn Molnar is a Toronto based Psychic Medium and Spiritual Teacher. She has over 30 years’ experience. She provides readings and also teaches others how to tap into their intuitive abilities.

Her book, ‘It Is Time: Knowledge From The Other Side’, has made a real impact in how people understand intuition. She has been featured on radio, television and in print. Carolyn believes intuition is accessible to everyone.

The Mind of an Artist

Art Student, Chiamaka Okenwa, answers the question, ‘What runs through the mind of an artist before the birth of a true masterpiece?’ This is a question that plagues everyone, especially in today’s chaotic world where your identity is easily lost.

The answer to this question is what I have set out to find in my visit to ‘Identities’, an exhibition at Denk Spaces. At the entrance to the gallery was a display by the exhibiting artist Erasmus Onyishi. What had at first appeared to be a mere tangle of wires and clutter took form upon more careful observation as a colony of ants marching up the wall. This mixed media piece, Openly Closed, was perhaps what opened our minds to the existence of other forms of art apart from realism, a concept we had been more or less closed off to.

Stepping into the building, eyes began to fill with wonder. Each separate work was a colorful and vivacious expression of the same, special theme: Identity. The exhibiting artists had identified themselves through their work by their choices of color, line, texture and form, and each work appealed to all of us in different ways. One of Henry Eghosa’s expressive works, depicting a woman in the process of dressing in traditional attire seemed to whisper, our culture is our pride. Stephen Osuchukwu, in his dignified rendition of an elephant herd, drew focus to the matriarch elephant whose leadership position is almost synonymous with its identity. This female cow is the oldest and largest in the herd and is responsible for leading the elephant herd. Their survival rests on her broad shoulders. On deeper reflection we realize that, perhaps, we are a sort of matriarch when we are given leadership positions.

Obinna Makata, in his work Beauty Deeper than Cosmetics II, leads us to realize the need to maintain our own unique identities in a world where society dictates what to wear, how we should look and, ultimately, who we become. Another work of his, Of Race and Identity, tells us Africans that we do not truly conform to the label [Black], but our identities are rainbows of color, because there is a splash of something special in each and every one of us. His artful employment of Ankara emphasizes individuality. Just as each Ankara pattern derives its beauty from its unique pattern, so we derive our own from our difference in identities.

Promise O’nali, whose novel style would identify him in the farthest corners of the world, gives us another take on the term, identity. Because who are we, really? It is something to be deeply reflected upon. His works, in a cool and simple manner, induce the viewer to observe the intricacy of man’s journey through life, and the constant battle to maintain his true self.

At the end of this truly inspiring and eye-opening exhibition, I returned almost on a different plane of mind. I had taken away one general lesson. In the words of Mr. Nnoli, “Art is always involved in our lives… It opens the door to our individual creativity.”

Clowns Are No Laughing Matter These Days

Once upon a time, clowns were benevolent figures of laughter and joy.

In the late 1950s and early 1960s, American children followed the animated antics of the Bozo the Clown on television each week. The cartoons were introduced by local presenters made up as the carrot-topped Bozo. One was Willard Scott, later to become weatherman with the NBC Today show. Willard Scott was also the first-ever Ronald McDonald, making his debut appearance in a 1963 TV ad for the burger franchise.

Flash forward ten years, to Cook County, Illinois (interestingly enough, the location of one of the first McDonald’s restaurants). A character calling himself Pogo the Clown is a popular attraction at community events. Meanwhile, young men keep going missing…

Underneath the clown makeup and clothes is a psychopath named John Wayne Gacy. In between appearances as Pogo he strangles to death 34 victims. He doesn’t wear the clown outfit when he kills, but his alter-ego of Pogo forever shifts the image of the clown in popular consciousness. Almost overnight, clowns become scary, with Gacy paving the way for numerous portrayals of bad clowns in literature and film, most notably Stephen King’s It.

King’s novel came out in 1986 and was a huge seller. In 1990, his nightmare creation, Pennywise the Clown, was brought to the small screen in a miniseries. Also in 1990, a Florida woman, Marlene Warren opened her front door to a brown-eyed clown bearing flowers and balloons. The clown shot her in the face and drove off in a white Chrysler. The clown’s victim died two days later. The killer, a woman, eluded capture for over a quarter century, but now she’s serving time for murder.

The nineties and noughties saw chilling portrayals of The Joker, the green-haired prankster in the Batman franchise, by the likes of Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. Plus we met Krusty, the degenerate clown in The Simpsons.

But it wasn’t until 2016 that Caulrophobia – the fear of clowns – reached truly fever pitch. In the latter part of that year, the world was gripped by a wave of ‘scary clown’ sightings. In the lead-up to Halloween, social media sites received numerous postings about sinister-looking clowns who were reported lurking first in forests, then in a host of urban locations in the US, UK, Australia and a number of other countries. It got so bad that the president of the World Clown Association, Randy Christensen took to YouTube to condemn people dressing up as clowns to frighten people. “Whoever is doing this crazy stuff is not a clown,” stated Christensen, a Minnesota-based party clown. “This is someone who is using a good, clean, wholesome art form and distorting it.’ Christensen added that members of his association had suffered job cancellations and felt under threat following coverage of scary clown sightings.

It all got too much for McDonald’s. On October 11, 2016 the burger giant announced that its mascot would be keeping a lower profile as a result of the incidents. A spokesman said the hamburger clown was cutting back on appearances at community events as a result of the “current climate around clown sightings in communities.”

There was a kneejerk reaction from other corporate entities like Target, which took clown masks from its website and stores. Schools as far apart as Ohio, USA, and Otago, New Zealand, banned clown outfits and masks.

Cut forward to Halloween night, Monday October 31, 2016. Caulrophobia had taken such a terrifying hold in the United States that large numbers of both householders and the parents of trick or treaters had firearms at the ready that night.

Fearing vigilante retribution, most clowns kept a low profile that witches’ eve. Not so in Orange County, Florida, where two men needed medical treatment after being attacked by a group of 20 people in clown masks. But other than that, Halloween night 2016 seems to have been a bit of a fizzer in the scary clown department, given all the hype leading up to it.

Flashing forward now to May 2017. A bald, bespectacled man fronts a court in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is Dale Raincourt, aka Klutzy the Clown. He pleads guilty to the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl over a six week period. The judge jails him for two years and bans him from ever working as a children’s entertainer again. Another nail in the coffin for bona fide clowns trying to earn an honest living.

Then in the fall of 2017 came the big budget cinema production of It. Pennywise was back, scarier than ever! The film proceeded to do very brisk business indeed at the box office, with the biggest attendances ever for a September-October release.

So where does that leave the benevolent, child-friendly clown of yesteryear? Well, a lot of them have hung up their clown outfits and wigs for good. Others have strategically re-aligned themselves in the marketplace, promoting themselves as “balloon artists” and avoiding all use of the “c” word.

And poor old Ronald McDonald has been put out to pasture in most parts of the world. On a recent trip to Thailand, I did encounter his life sized effigy outside a McDonald’s in Bangkok. He had his palms pressed together in a “wei” greeting. Alternatively, he might have been praying, appealing for divine intervention as the clown joins the ranks of vampires, zombies and other denizens of our worst nightmares.

Types of Female Modeling Jobs

Everybody believe all females models are like Gisele Bundchen, Heidi Klum or Naomi Campbell, but fact is there are several types of famous models, who you probably ignore, who are making an excellent income. Most of them are working what’s called ‘behind the scenes’ as fit, showroom and commercial models. They’re working in a wide range of companies, I can name some of them here: pharmaceutical, fitness, suppliers, manufacturers, airlines and many others.

You can certainly fit into these categories, it doesn’t matter if you cannot be in the supermodel category, I’m going to list you all types of modeling so you can identify yourself in one or several of them:

Fashion Editorial.

Fashion models or also known as editorial models are the kind of models you see in magazines like: Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Elle, etc. They work for top fashion designers like: Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani, Marc Jacobs among others. These kind of professionals are 5′ 9″ to 6′ 0″ tall and also very slim. Their measurements are bust 33″, waist 23″, hips 33″.

Most of the times, modeling agencies look for what they called ‘the complete package’ when deciding if they can be editorial models, nonetheless don’t be down in case you don’t meet the exact stats they ask for.

Runway or Catwalk.

These models use to be 5′ 9″, anyways 5′ 10” – 5′ 11” is considered much better. They have to have the exact measurements, because they have to fit the clothes the designers are going to show to their respective clients. Most of the times the measurements of these models are no more than 34” – 23” – 34”.

The designers hire models to fit the clothes they made for their respective collections, so they don’t make their clothes to fit the model, they only exception of this rule is when the model is someone like Naomi Campbell.

Commercial.

These kind of professionals can be any age, any height or any size. They practically can do everything, as long as it’s not related to what is known as high fashion. Some examples: food products, tech devices, travel industry, etc.

Plus Size.

This is a market that has become a real important part of the fashion and commercial model industry. Fashion agencies have special division for these kind of modeling. There actually exist very famous plus size supermodels.

These kind of professionals are most of the time determined by the size instead of exact measurements, like size 12. Size 12 is not considered a plus size model in the real world but in modeling it is.

Petite.

These kind of professionals are most of the times 5′ 7” and under. Most of the times These kind of professionals don’t do runway work, they are booked for lingerie and swimsuit and also parts modeling. Because These kind of professionals have smaller glove and show sizes, they are hired as hand and also foot models.

Lingerie and Swimsuit.

These kind of professionals are more curvier and also more voluptuous than the editorial models. Swimsuit Models have a wide range of work possibilities, they’re always hired to do Swimsuit modeling. The can model undergarments, summer wear, sleep wear, lingerie, etc. They also can be other types of models like fit models.

Glamour.

These kind of professionals are most of the times even more curvy than editorial fashion models. They also work in the swimsuit and lingerie modeling too. The type of modeling refers to the type of posing the models do in their photos. Glamour modeling is considered sexually suggestive and also alluring compared to fashion modeling. Girls who pose for playboy magazines, for example, are glamour models.

Fitness.

These kind of professionals are fit, athletic and toned. A lot of these models start as trainers or athletes and included fitness modeling in their CV. They work for: supplement manufacturers, athletic wear companies and fitness companies. They’re, most of the times, commercial models too.

Fit.

It’s important not to confuse These kind of professionals with fitness models. Fit models work behind the scenes. They work with garment manufacturers and fashion houses. These companies use these models to make sure that fit and sizing are actually maintained in what is called as ‘the clothing manufacturing process’.

Garment manufacturers companies need a wide range of sizes and also shapes from these models, so that they can fit their garments correctly before they reach the final consumer.

If you’re a woman who can maintain your measurements, these type of modeling is perfect for you.

Body Parts.

These kind of professionals work modeling specific body parts: feet, hands, eyes, and legs.

Hand: can work for nail, jewelry and also beauty related products. Client use to hire these models in film or print.

Foot: get hired by shoe companies primarily, but also by beauty and nail products. Also anywhere else the perfect feet is required.

Most of the times, petite models get hired by part models, because of their smaller body parts.

The Place of History in the New Time

History, they say, is the propaganda of the victor. And rightly so, if what obtains now will be used as a yardstick for historical analysis. For History as it is written today is a product of either a single story or an emergence of a winner in the contest among multiple stories. Dictators are aware of this, and thus, in the olden days, every ruler has a historian in his employ to tell his or her own story. It is still in practice today.

The real meaning of the word is contained in the word itself, which boils down to shortening of two words- His Story. How many times have regimes falsified history to put themselves in the limelight? Can we actually falsify history? If history is falsified, then in actual sense, it does not tell His Story but is rather a piece of propaganda. That is why Africans are suffering today because of the ills of a single story. And history sees Adolf Hitler regime as a callous one, while revisionists are trying to bring a balance to the history spearheaded by the final victors of the second world war.

Based on this premise, will it ever be possible to have a totally accurate record of public events without distortion? The answer is a definite yes. But even at that, the story is also dependent on the personality of the teller.

This type of history entails telling the story by watching the exact unedited video of events as they unfold. It involves those with heightened “mediumistic” abilities.To explain this further, a word must be said about the activities of mediums. These people are what can be referred as open portals through which higher radiations reach the surroundings. Hence a medium, in ideal cases, simply opens himself as a channel. They can only see things according to their spiritual maturity. By Spiritual maturity is meant that a medium cannot see beyond the plane of Ether he may end up in when he passes on. Some mediums can see only astral things while others see ethereal things. Only an extremely few can see spiritual things. Some see only things in the lower and darker regions, as can be seen in most African medicine men, or higher ethereal, as the activities of some so-called super-mediums of the western worlds, for example, can be described. Their seeing is premised on the fact that most things that happen on earth happen in the beyond first before they happens on earth. The time lapse before its manifestation depends on how high the action is recorded. Sometimes what is seen may manifest in weakened form physically.

But future historians will be mediums who can cull events that has already happened and watch and record it, like transcribing a video camera. The same thing can then be viewed by them either in the astral or in the planes of ether, which is actually looking at the same thing from different perspectives. Thus what is happening now will be read in future by this type of history rather than intellectual propaganda of the victor.

Being A Human Whisperer

We have the Ghost Whisperer, Dog Whisperer, Cat Whisperer, Horse Whisperer, but have we thought about being the Mother of all whisperers? The Human Whisperer? I know this sounds funny but it is the most basic life skill set we all must strive to possess. And we think that as humans, we know how to do this?

Nope.

The number ONE challenge that almost all of my clients have is to be able to communicate effectively. Whether it is with their family, loved ones, colleagues, clients or subordinates, this is ONE BIG CHALLENGE.

Over the course of the last two to three weeks, it made me realise that most of the work that I have been doing is really about teaching people how to communicate effectively. It is not about speaking well or having good diction. It is about communicating with each individual or group in such a way that they get what I am saying. Sometimes, I am required to be tough/stern, others times I am required to be soft and loving, and other times, it is important to be humorous. TIMING to do what and when is really the key.

Some of the key challenges that most people face include:

  • communicating with self? Is there effective self talk that one has clarity in the direction they are heading?
  • communicating with others – Are your needs understood? Are you being heard?
  • is using voice better than touch? Or vice versa?
  • how to communicate effectively with a crowd so that you are rallying them towards something positive
  • does being a leader automatically make you an effective communicator? Or is it the other way around?

If our communication skills are effective, then we will certainly have less of a challenge in our relationship with others. It is a fundamental skill that we must have. However, it is also one of the most challenging to learn, and a skillset that is challenging to impart.

To effectively learn this skill, attending a workshop for the masses on tactics, techniques etc is not sufficient. Simply because we are all different. One must learn to adapt these skills to different life situations and with different people.

I have found that certain communication skills I have coached one client on, will not work on another as effectively. As the facilitator, I am required to adapt to each of the needs of my clients. Now, keep in mind that as a coach, it is necessary for me to have this skill set. But the reality is, everyone should have these skill sets too. We need one another, that goes without saying, so our need for one another requires us to communicate. If this skill is missing, not only are our own needs not being met, you will not be able to meet the needs of others as well, whether it is in an intimate relationship, social relationship or work relationship.

I just googled “how to communicate your sexual needs to your partner”. And there are over 7 million results. This just goes to show that even the most basic human need is not being met. Couples are having real difficulties communicating their basic needs to their partners. If this is a challenge, what about other needs?