Daily Archives: May 19, 2019

Public speaking: how to look super-confident


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Public speaking: how to look super-confident

Public speaking: how to look super-confident

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ABSs of steel

ABSs of steel

Watch “Forever Young – Joan Baez” on YouTube


May God’s bless and keep you always
May your wishes all come true
May you always do for others
And let others do for you
May you build a ladder to the stars
And climb on every rung
May you stay
May you stay forever young

Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Stay forever young
May you grow up to be righteous
May you grow up to be true
May you always know the truth
And see the lights surrounding you
May you always be courageous
Stand upright and be strong
May you stay
May you stay forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
Stay forever young
May your hands always be busy
May your feet always be swift
May you have a strong foundation
When the winds of changes shift
May your heart always be joyful
May your song always be sung
And may you stay
May you stay forever young
Forever young
Forever young
May you stay
May you stay forever young
Songwriters: Bob Dylan
Forever Young lyrics © Audiam, Inc

Watch “Joan Baez – Diamonds and Rust (With Lyrics)” on YouTube


Well, I’ll be damned
Here comes your ghost again
But that’s not unusual
It’s just that the moon is full
And you happened to call
And here I sit
Hand on the telephone
Hearing a voice I’d known
A couple of light years ago
Heading straight for a fall

As I remember your eyes
Were bluer than robin’s eggs
My poetry was lousy you said
Where are you calling from?
A booth in the midwest
Ten years ago
I bought you some cufflinks
You brought me something
We both know what memories can bring
They bring diamonds and rust
Well, you burst on the scene
Already a legend
The unwashed phenomenon
The original vagabond
You strayed into my arms
And there you stayed
Temporarily lost at sea
The Madonna was yours for free
Yes, the girl on the half-shell
Could keep you unharmed
Now I see you standing
With brown leaves falling all around
And snow in your hair
Now you’re smiling out the window
Of that crummy hotel
Over Washington Square
Our breath comes out white clouds
Mingles and hangs in the air
Speaking strictly for me
We both could have died then and there
Now you’re telling me
You’re not nostalgic
Then give me another word for it
You who are so good with words
And at keeping things vague
‘Cause I need some of that vagueness now
It’s all come back too clearly
Yes, I loved you dearly
And if you’re offering me diamonds and rust
I’ve already paid
Songwriters: Joan Baez
Diamonds & Rust lyrics © Downtown Music Publishing

Horoscope ♉: 05/19/2019


Horoscope ♉:
05/19/2019

This day may not be one of your favorites, Taurus. You may be all too aware of the constraints of your chief occupation. You’re likely to hanker for appropriate rewards for your labors. This is a good day to define new personal and professional goals. They will sustain you through your chores. In the meantime, how about asking for that raise?: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Cameroon National Day


Today’s Holiday:
Cameroon National Day

National Day is a public holiday commemorating the people’s vote to establish a united Republic of Cameroon on May 20, 1972. This day is also known as Constituti: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Dolley Madison (1768)


Today’s Birthday:
Dolley Madison (1768)

Dolley Madison was the wife of US President James Madison, whom she married in 1794, after the death of her first husband. Noted for her magnificence as a hostess as well as for her charm, Dolley was an extremely popular first lady and was a great asset to Madison’s political career. During the War of 1812, she saved many state papers and a portrait of George Washington from the advancing British soldiers. Why did she perform the duties of the first lady during Thomas Jefferson’s administration? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Shake-Speares Sonnets First Published (1609)


This Day in History:
Shake-Speares Sonnets First Published (1609)

Shakespeare penned 154 sonnets in his lifetime. Likely written sometime in the 1590s, the majority of the poems were first published in a 1609 work titled Shake-Speares Sonnets. The first 126 of the 154 sonnets are addressed to a young man whose identity has long intrigued scholars. The publisher, Thomas Thorpe, wrote a dedication to the first edition in which he claimed that a person with the initials WH had inspired the sonnets. What are some theories about who the man might have been? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: Mark Twain


Quote of the Day:
Mark Twain

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Giant Sea Scorpions


Article of the Day:
Giant Sea Scorpions

Eurypterids are members of an extinct order of arthropods that lived approximately 505 to 245 million years ago. Frequently referred to as giant scorpions, most eurypterids were small, although Pterygotus buffaloenis, a species from the Silurian period, was the largest arthropod ever known, reaching a length of about 10 ft (3 m). Living in brackish waters, some were predators, while others were probably scavengers. Eurypterids were similar in body plan to what modern sea creature? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: fountain of youth


Idiom of the Day:
fountain of youth

Anything reputed or promising to restore one’s youth, vitality, or health, or at least the appearance thereof. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: luster


Word of the Day:
luster

Definition: (noun) The visual property of something that shines with reflected light.

Synonyms: sheen, shininess

Usage: Distant masses of plants and flowers, mingled in ever-varying forms of beauty, are touched by the melancholy luster of the rising moon.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Sciatica rehab exercises


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8 Exercises for Sciatica and Lower Back Pain Relieve

If you suddenly start feeling unexplainable pain in your buttock, lower back or thigh, chances are that your sciatic nerve is not doing quite well. The sciatic nerve is the largest single nerve in the human body that plays the crucial role of connecting the spinal cord with the leg and foot muscles. Unfortunately, every person alive has about 40% chance of experiencing some form of sciatic pain at some point in their lives. While it might not be a chronic condition for most people, even infrequent sciatic pain can be frustrating and devitalizing – it can feel like a bad leg cramp or like an electrical tingling, it can appear anytime you get up or even sneeze, and it can last for weeks.

While over-the-counter medications can offer some relief from the pain, they rarely address the underlying inflammation that’s the real root of the problem. Luckily, there are other, highly effective and drug-free sciatica treatments that can provide a long-term relief alongside with some extra health benefits. Read the rest of this article to learn more!

What causes sciatica?

Sciatic pain, or sciatica, is most commonly caused by compression or irritation of the sciatic nerve that runs from each side of the lower lumbar and lumbosacral spine through the buttock and all the way down to the foot and in most cases, it’s the piriformis muscle (a small hip rotator muscle located in the buttock region) that irritates the nearby sciatic nerve, thereby causing pain and numbness. That being said, the nerve roots that exit the spine to form the sciatic nerve are very sensitive and can easily be irritated and a variety of back problems can also contribute to sciatic pain, including preexisting lumbar spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and/or spondylolisthesis. The pain can be made even worse if you’re overweight and physically inactive, or if you regularly wear high heels.

Symptoms

The specific symptoms of a troubled sciatic nerve can be different depending on how much the spinal nerve is compressed. They come in a great variety, ranging from nerve pain, numbness, electric tingling to reduced reflexes in your Achilles tendon and knee and fatigue, weakness or loss of feeling in your legs or feet. The symptoms most people experience are primarily felt in the buttock or in the back of the thigh, but they can also affect the calf, lower back and toes. For some people, sciatic pain can be severe, chronic and debilitating, while for others it might be infrequent and less intimidating, but with the potential to get worse. Therefore, addressing it on time and with adequate methods is a must for anyone looking to maintain optimal health.

In cases where the cause of sciatica is lumbar disc herniation, surgery is the most common approach. The procedure involves removing the portion of the herniated disc that is pinching the nerve. Fortunately, up to 90% of people recover from sciatica without surgery.

Exercises for reducing sciatic pain

You don’t have to use medications to treat your sciatica – they offer only short-term effects and never really fix the issue (with the rare exception of some hardcore anti-inflammatory drugs, perhaps). If you’d rather solve the problem on a more natural and more effective way, exercise is a fantastic way to both improve your overall health and get rid of your sciatica nightmare once and for all. However, if it’s too strenuous or intense, your problems could only get worse and therefore, we recommend taking it easy and creating a stretching routine with simple exercise that will actually do wonders for your back, buttock and leg muscles. Here are the best exercise stretches for strengthening your back, improving your posture and preventing or eliminating sciatic pain:

#1. The standing back twist

The standing back twist

This exercise is great for people who are less then optimally flexible and have little experience with more advanced exercises. Place your left foot up on a chair, place your right hand on your raised knee and have your left hand rest on your hip. Turn your entire upper body to the left side as far as you can without causing pain, but keep your hips facing forward. Hold the final position for 30 seconds, then release and repeat on the other side.

#2. The knee raise

The knee raise

Lie on your back and draw one knee to the chest while keeping the other leg straight and resting on the floor. Press it against your chest, pushing it as far down as you can, and hold the position for 30 seconds. Make sure that your shoulders are firmly planted on the floor.

#3. The two-knee twist

The two-knee twist

Lie on your back, extend your arms to both sides, forming the letter “T” and bend both knees together. Keeping your shoulders on the floor, turn both of your knees out to one side and hold the position for one minute, then repeat on the other side.

#4. The single leg twist

The single leg twist

Lie on your back with extended arms and bend the left knee to a 90 degree angle, while keeping the other leg straight. Place your right hand on the bent knee and turn your upper body to face the left arm and hold the position for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

#5. The twisted lunge

The twisted lunge

Take a step forward with your left leg and bend the knee, keeping the other leg out behind you. Your feet should be about one leg’s length apart. Twist your back to place your right elbow on the outside of the bent knee and hold for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

#6. The seated twist

Sit on the floor with your legs extended straight in front of you. Bend your knees and put your feet on the floor, then slide your left foot under the right leg to the outside of your right hip, bent at the knee, and lay the outside of the left leg on the floor. If this feels too uncomfortable, just keep your left leg extended in front of you. Then, bring your right foot over the left leg and place it on the floor just outside of your left hip (the knee should point directly up at the ceiling). Put your right hand on the floor behind you, twist the torso toward the inside of your right thigh and set your left upper arm on the outside of your right thigh, near the knee. Hold the final position for 30 seconds, then repeat on the other side.

#7. The cat exercise

The cat exercise

Get on all fours, bend your back down as much as you can and lift your chest by pulling the shoulders back. Hold for 10 seconds while breathing slow and deep. Return to a flat back, then perform an opposite movement by raising your back as much as you can and tucking your chin into your chest. Hold for 10 seconds, then release and repeat.

#8. The child’s exercise

The child’s exercise

End your routine with this easy exercise that will relieve all stress that has accumulated in your back. Get down on all fours then move your body backward toward your heels and sit on them, keeping the upper body resting on the floor and your arms extended in front of you. Take a moment to really relax the entire body and hold the position for as long as necessary.


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Yoga has become a common household name these days and has gained immense popularity throughout the world. Although the roots of this very ancient practice actually lies in India, but it’s simplicity and effectiveness in getting a healthier life have made numerous people of the world embrace it. Not only the benefits of Yoga manifold, but they span from physical fitness to mental and spiritual well-being.

There are thousands of Yoga poses to choose from, which makes most of the beginner Yogis confused how to choose since they are often not familiar with their names and benefits. Each and every Yoga has a special long term benefit either on a muscle or an organ of the body. Having specific philosophies, each pose comes with specific breathing and repeating techniques.

5 such super effective Yoga poses have been described below which every Yogi should try to perform every day for sustained results. Please do not despair if you can’t get it right the first time itself. It is very normal to take several attempts to get used to any specific Yoga pose, especially for beginners. Just keep in mind that persistence will eventually bring perfection.

1. The Downward Dog Pose

The Downward Facing Dog Pose or Adho Mukha Shvanasana is one of the most frequently used Yoga poses.

  1. Bend and get on your knees in a crawl position.
  2. See that your palms and shoulders and your knees and hips are aligned vertically straight.
  3. With your palm pressing the floor, open up the fingers and then advance your palm forward and raise your knees off the floor.
  4. You have to it till your body forms an inverted V shape.
  5. Your knees should be straight. Keep you arms open and your head between them.
  6. Head should not hang down but should be aligned with your arms.

2. The Mountain Pose

The Mountain Pose or Tadasana is quite easy for beginners to perform.

  1. With your feet close and touching each other, stand in an upright and straight posture.
  2. The shoulders should be kept stress free and the arms should rest straight by the side.
  3. Then both the hands need to be lifted together till they are pointing upwards above the head.
  4. See that palms of your hands are facing each other.
  5. You need to breathe deeply while doing this pose and need to hold the final position for few seconds.
  6. Keep breathing in and out and relax your body while holding this pose.

3. The Warrior Pose

The Warrior Pose or Virabhadrasana has gained quite a bit of popularity and can be seen on various Yoga merchandise. Many celebrities are also seen doing this pose since it looks stylish and elegant.

  1. The first step is to stand upright with your legs a bit widely apart.
  2. Then the right leg has to be rotated 90 degrees to the right and body has to be lowered slowly till you are actually facing right with your right knee pointing 90 degrees right.
  3. With palms facing towards the ground, the arms need to be spread straight to each side of the body.
  4. You need to hold the position for 60 seconds or so and during this time breathing needs to be relaxing and gentle.
  5. Next, this pose needs to be repeated for left side as well.

4. The Tree Pose

The Tree Pose or Vriksasana is a common pose that may need a bit of practice to perfect.

  1. First you need to stand upright with the legs pressed to each other.
  2. Now right feet needs to be lifted slowly and you have to balance on your body on your left feet.
  3. The right feet then needs to be pressed against the left thigh.
  4. Then pressing the palms of your hands face to face, you need to lift your arms vertically above your head.
  5. Hold the pose for a few seconds.

5. The Bridge pose

The Bridge Pose or Setu Bandha Sarvangasana is a popular pose that you perform lying down.

  1. Lie down on the floor with your back straight and flat against the ground and your knees folded in front of you.
  2. Keep both the arms by the side of your body with them facing and touching the ground.
  3. Now you need to raise your entire body except your arms, till your thighs forms almost 90 degrees angle with your knees.
  4. Bear in mind that the arms should keep pressed to the floor for support and thighs should be parallel to the ground.
  5. Head and neck should always be kept pressing to the ground.
  6. Be extra cautious while doing this pose to prevent any injury to your neck.

So go ahead and try these 5 poses which have several health benefits and are relatively easy to perform. Performing these 5 poses every day will eventually make your muscles stronger and improve you sense of body balance. After you have mastered these, you can then start trying more difficult Yoga poses for enhanced effects.

Faces of vaccine denialism


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Faces of vaccine denialism

Faces of vaccine denialism

Burn wound depth


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Burn wound depth

Burn wound depth

Needle Gauges for injections size chart


Needle Gauges for injections size chart

Needle Gauges for injections size chart

Types of fractures


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Types of fractures

Types of fractures

Watch “Ottorino Respighi, “Church Windows”. (Vetrate di Chiesa)” on YouTube


"Ottorino Respighi-'Vetrate di Chiesa – 4 impressioni per orchestra'" scritto da Giovanni Panella

“Ottorino Respighi-‘Vetrate di Chiesa – 4 impressioni per orchestra'” scritto da Giovanni Panella

Giovanni Panella


Ottorino Respighi

Vetrate di Chiesa – 4 impressioni per orchestra
scritto da Giovanni Panella

Iniziamo questo viaggio musicale con una composizione sinfonica italiana della prima metà del XX secolo.
“Vetrate di Chiesa” è un brano per grande orchestra sinfonica del compositore italiano Ottorino Respighi.
Essa esprime e descrive perfettamente i caratteri, le peculiarità e l’”impressionismo” del sinfonismo italiano di quel periodo, che con i compositori della generazione dell’Ottanta e, in particolare con Ottorino Respighi, arriva alle sue vette espressive più alte.
È stata composta nel 1926 ed è stata eseguita per la prima volta nella Symphony Hall di Boston il 25 febbraio del 1927.
Nel sottotitolo: 4 impressioni per orchestra, è indicato lo spirito che anima quest’opera. Molte composizioni sinfoniche italiane di quel periodo infatti, al pari di quelle francesi, si riproponevano di evocare determinati paesaggi, luoghi o scene di vita presente e passata attraverso una sorta di “pittura musicale” combinando ad arte suoni, armonie, combinazioni strumentali, temi popolari che avevano il potere di “dipingere” e far vedere all’ascoltatore ciò che il compositore aveva descritto con la sua partitura.
Una sorta di impressionismo musicale però scevro da qualsiasi intento artistico rivoluzionario, come accaduto nella pittura.
Se è vero, come Leonard Bernstein asserì durante uno dei suoi Young People’s Concerts, che la Musica non ha il potere di descrivere un’immagine, non ha nulla di visuale, è anche vero che, se alla musica si aggiunge una premessa, si dichiara cioè cosa si intende descrivere, il suo potere evocativo è enorme ed estremamente efficace.
È questo l’obiettivo della cosiddetta “Musica a programma”, di cui Respighi è stato uno dei massimi e geniali interpreti.
Proprio quest’opera è un esempio perfetto di quanto sia l’affermazione di Bernstein, così come l’idea di musica a programma, siano egualmente valide dato che la sua origine è pianistica e “assoluta”.
Vetrate di chiesa è composta da 4 movimenti, ognuno dei quali descrive una vetrata: La fuga in Egitto, San Michele Arcangelo, Il mattutino di Santa Chiara e San Gregorio Magno.
Anche quest’opera è segnata dall’interesse del compositore nei confronti della musica antica di cui riprende stilemi compositivi, forme, melodie etc. Questo materiale antico viene elaborato con maestria attraverso tecniche compositive e di orchestrazione di assoluto pregio.
I primi 3 movimenti infatti sono la trascrizione dei “Tre preludi sopra melodie gregoriane” per pianoforte (successivamente orchestrati ma da cui si evince già un’anima e un respiro sinfonico), a cui si aggiunge il quarto movimento, San Gregorio Magno, composto ex novo per la nuova opera.
Le masse orchestrali sono molto ben utilizzate e distribuite essendo il primo e il terzo movimento più intimi, ben declamati e cantabili nelle loro melodie, molto ricercati nell’orchestrazione, soli di legni, arpa, e in particolare la celesta che nel terzo movimento crea una meravigliosa atmosfera con il suo ostinato, unita agli archi.
Il secondo e il quarto sono invece grandiosi, esplosivi ed energici. I temi musicali sono presentati con forza, vigore e molto accentati nella loro esecuzione.
Nel secondo movimento i bassi, i tromboni e i fagotti intonano il tema principale circondati dalle scale cromatiche degli altri legni e archi in atmosfera da battaglia celeste. L’alternanza tra l’impetuoso e l’intimo è dosata con perizia arrivando al secondo tema declamato da corni e corno inglese fino poi a tornare all’esplosione finale.
L’ultimo movimento si può invece considerare come un gran “crescendo” dall’inizio misterioso e lugubre con suoni di campane e di gong, fino al grandioso “tutti” finale.
In pratica tutto il movimento si fonda su l’elaborazione della melodia gregoriana del Gloria della “Missa de Angelis” (declamato anche dal solo dell’organo prima del finale) e concludendosi, come descritto da E. Johnson a conferma del potere evocativo della musica, come una “incoronazione papale in suoni”.



Per l’ascolto consigliamo la versione diretta da Goeffrey Simon sul podio della Philarmonia Orchestra (disponibile in parte su YouTube o sugli store digitali).

Tuttavia è interessante ascoltare anche la versione originale pianistica, “Tre preludi sopra melodie gregoriane”.
Consigliamo la versione, presente anche su YouTube, suonata da Konstantin Scherbakov.

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