Saturday, January 31, 2009
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Spectrums Top Ten EC Droppers for January

Spectrum's top ten Entrecard droppers for the month of January include:

Wave Weaver
Juliana's Lair
Enjoy Work As Leisure
Reach Beyond Limits
60 Were Enough
Foreclosure How To Buy
The Many Ramblings of Courtney
Chicago History
If The Walls Could

Each month I will take the top dropper and provide them with an above the fold ad on the Spectrum for one month. Check out their blogs and drop them!

Thanks to all of you for your continued support!


Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Three Astounding Pregnant Males Species

by BC Doan

These three species: seahorses, pipe fish, and sea dragons are the only males that get pregnant.

Besides the amazing fact that males are the actual beautiful , graceful, and wonderful creatures!

Sea Dragons


Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta is celebrating the pregnancy of a male weedy sea dragon. This lucky male carries the eggs on his tail, and this is only the third time ever that an endangered species is pregnant in a U.S. aquarium.
This sea dragon has around 70 fertilized eggs, and is giving birth in early to mid-July. It is rare for sea dragons to be pregnant since researchers do not know what will get them in the mood to mate. While mating, the female lays dozens of eggs, and then transfer them to the male's tail, which look like red grapes.
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The Aquarium has 18-inch sea dragons with snouts, colorful sea horses bodies, and multiple fins. There are about 50 aquariums around the world that have sea dragons.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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The King of Lighthouses: Cordouan

by Francois Hagnere

For this French lighthouse, close to the Médoc coast, keywords are durability and decor. Columns, frontons, arched doorways and carved stone are an ode to the ocean.

The Cordouan lighthouse is located 7 kilometers at sea, on a rocky tableland, at the mouth of the Gironde river and faces the Atlantic ocean and the French coasts of Médoc and Charente-Maritime. It was listed a Historical Monument in 1862 at the same time as the cathedral Notre-Dame de Paris.

The Cordouan lighthouse, Atlantic Coast of France.

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The name would come from Cordoba, when in the Middle-Ages, the Spaniards installed commercial activities in the region and wished to protect their ships.

In the XIVth century, Edward, the Black Prince, Governor of the then British province of Guyenne, ordered the construction of a tower. A hermit was in charge of maintaining the fire on top. The edifice was soon abandoned and fell into disrepair. Two hundred years later, the hazards to navigation threatened the Bordeaux wine trade and the Maréchal de Matignon, in presence of the famous Montaigne decides to build a lighthouse.

Louis de Foix will be the engineer-architect of this « royal work » devoting his wealth and efforts over a period of 18 years followed by his ruined son. François Beuscher will fulfill the contract 27 years after its signature.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2009
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Entrecard: An Excellent Promotion Tool!

I recently became a member of Entrecard. I love this small yet powerful little widget! The very easy to use Entrecard program is one of the best website promtion and blog promotion tools that I have ever come across(and I have used quite a few). I am having a blast!

You open up your entrecard dashboard page, visit a few sites and click on their widget, which drops your card on their widget. Now the site owner can see on their EC dashboard that you have visited and they can reciprocate if they would like to do so.

You gain EC credits for each operation that you perform(dropping your card on people's widgets, visits to your site, etc). You can then exchange these credits for ads on other blogs. Although I've just started using EC, I can already see a sizeable increase in traffic on all three of my blogs.

Other blogs use their credits to advertise on your site as well and the ads remain for one day and then the next queued ad is shown.

These are my cards:

If you aren't using EC right now, you are missing out on some quality traffic and some amazing blogs!

Check it out!


Monday, January 26, 2009
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Remembering Heath: The Movies, The Memories, The Magic

by Michele Cameron Drew


In 1979, in Perth, Western Australia, Heathcliff Andrew Ledger was born. A drama student through high school, by the age of 20, Heath was roughing it in Sydney(where dreams are made), arriving there with(as the story goes) 69 cents in his pocket.

In 1996, he played a short part as a gay cyclist in the short-lived TV Show "Sweat". Then in '97 a low budget movie "Blackrock" and a small role in "Paws" for which he received little recognition.

With half of my heritage being Native American and the other half being Celtic and having a great interest in early American History, I am fascinated by all things spiritual and ancient. In 1997, enter Heath Ledger and Roar: a young and talented actor with the most amazing smile that I have ever seen and a great Celtic themed show, a feast of my favorite fantasy/celtic genre with an amazing actor at the helm. When Heath smiled, it lit up his entire face. One thing I haven't heard much about in recent news is my first encountering of Heath: In the 1997 TV Show "Roar" with Heath playing the role of Conor, the fearless leader.

Although Heath immediately gained scrutiny as just another "pretty boy" actor, he went on to prove his incredible skill and talent over the course of the next few years.

In 1999, Heath was unable to find any work in the US and accepted a role in the film "Two Hands" which helped him to gain his role in "10 Things I Hate About You" with Julia Stiles.

At this point it was clear to Heath that he was being typecast. Heath's last desire was to be typecast as a teen idol, so in 2000, he accepted his first serious role in "The Patriot" with Mel Gibson.

In "The Patriot" Heath portrays Gabriel Martin the son of Benjamin Martin(Mel Gibson) a peaceful farmer who is drawn into leading the Colonial Militia when his son is murdered by an angry and vengeful British officer during the American Revolutionary War. Set to the music of Sarah McLachlan, here is a clip of Heath's scenes from the movie:

By this time I was already quite hooked on Heath and his amazing abilities as an actor and all around beautiful person. After "The Patriot" he came right back on the scene with another blockbuster film. "A Knight's Tale" is probably my favorite of his films and I have watched it more times than I care to count.

2001 also saw Heath through playing tough guy prison guard Sonny Grotowski in "Monster's Ball", and in 2002 Harry Feversham in "The Four Feathers" opposite Ethne Eustace(Kate Hudson).

In 2003, Heath brought us back to Australia in "Ned Kelly" a film I have yet to see and will be watching upon completion of this article. I do know that this film is based on a novel entitled "Our Sunshine" by Robert Drew portraying the life of a well known Australian bushranger.

2003 also brought us "The Order" another favorite of mine. Heath portrays Alex Bernier, a young priest who is sent to Rome by the Church to investigate the death of the head of his order. His leading lady in this role is Shannyn Sossamon who also plays opposite him in "A Knight's Tale".

2005 is packed with films, bringing us Heath as Skip in "Lords of Dogtown" where the Z-Boys of Dogtown in Santa Monica perfect their skating skills in the empty swimming pools of unknowing homeowners. This year also brings us Jacob Grimm of "The Brothers Grimm" with Matt Damon as his brother Wilhelm Grimm, the controversial "Brokeback Mountain" and the clever comedy "Casanova".

Heath starred in the 2006 film "Candy", where he and his love are heroine addicts and in 2007's "I'm Not There" he participated in a bio-drama about the life of Bob Dylan.

In 2008, during the filming of "Dark Knight" and "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus"(due for release this year), at the age of 28, we tragically lost a lifetime achiever, incredibly moving actor, an all around amazing man, and a beautiful smile.

Heath, will be sorely missed, but his gift and his smile will live on in the hearts of those who adore and love him. One year later, our hearts still go out to his lovely little girl Matilda and to all of Heath's loved ones.

And now I leave you with an excellent tribute to Heath and his films:

Copyright © Michele Cameron Drew. All Rights Reserved.

Saturday, January 24, 2009
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Today's Reading List

As I opened up the Triond page,
I could not believe my eyes.
Today's friends reading list,
Caught me by suprise:

BC shows us Young Inventors,
Papaleng with What's in Song?
Bren with Writers on Writing,
Reilly with Forty Years On,
Arizona with gorgeous gems,
Louie on promoting your work,
Glynis takes us to Cyprus,
Adam Henry's got writer's block.
stickman has goofy gadgets,
Liane with angelic rhyme,
Aardaerimus: lovely flowers,
Wow, I had a really good time!

I hope you've enjoyed today's reading list,
I've gathered it with a smile.
Now off to find something to write today,
For I fear that I've fallen behind.

My Poetry

Older Poetry on Authspot

Poetic Expression - my poetry blog

Poetry on the Spectrum

Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Glorious Garnet: Happiness, Clarity, Balance and Fertility


Birthstone for the month of January: this article by Michele Cameron Drew looks at the science, history, mythology and traditional healing properties of the glorious garnet.

Mined in Switzerland, Tanzania, Australia, Brazil, Argentina, Myanmar(Burma), Arizona(US), South Africa, and Scotland, this glorious ancient symbol of friendship and January birthstone comes in many varieties. Six of these include spessartine, pyrope, grossular, andradite, almandine and uvarovite. Each of these varieties is a different mineral species. What makes this even more confusing is that many forms of garnet are combinations of the different minerals.

Pyrope-almandine, more commonly known as rhodolyte is a mix of pyrope and almandine and is but one of these combinations. Other commonly used names are Hydrogrossular, Ant-hill, Leuco, Cape Ruby, Demantoid, Melanite, Thai, and Topazolite. Because of the highly concentrated amounts of calcium chromium, aluminum, and iron, and silicate, the garnet is believed to have great healing powers. When light hits this stone, it brings out its depth of color, making it look even more beautiful. Some garnets also exhibit "stars" and color variation. On the Mohs scale, garnet has a hardness of 7.0 - 7.5. It is not generally enhanced.

Although well known for a deep red variety, garnet is available in many colors, also commonly found in wine red and orangy brown tones. Demantoids(a clear green, flawless and expensive variety) are softer than other garnets. Difficult to find, green garnets of over five carats are rarer than emeralds of similar size and more brilliant than a diamond, but the brilliance is thwarted by the color, so a white diamond will appear more fiery to the naked eye. The larger the gem, as with most gemstones, the more flawed and poorly colored it will be. Depending on the variety, quality and size of the gem, one can pay anywhere from $40 to $5000 per carat. Due to its variations in color, garnet can often be mistaken for many more expensive gems.


The word garnet comes from the Latin Garanatus meaning seedlike, and refers to the pomegranate. If you look at small pieces of garnet they do look like the pomegranate fruit covering the seeds. A hard and durable stone, the garnet has been found in graves dating as far back as 3000 BC. Small pieces of garnet were used in Ancient Greece as decoration to add a regal look.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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The White House: A Highly Coveted Mansion


It was restored and expanded many times in its history and the Oval Office is redecorated each time a new President is elected. But why was this official residence called the White House?

It was only in 1901 that the Executive Mansion, as it was then called, received its final name: the “White House”, under Theodor Roosevelt. According to the legend, the name “White House” would come from “White Plantation House” where George Washington met his wife Martha in New Kent, Virginia. But in reality, it was painted white since the very beginning.

George Washington and his brother-in-arms, the French engineer Pierre Charles Lenfant (who gave the plan of Washington) made their decision about the location of the new

residence and James Hoban was chosen as an architect. Washington judged it too small however and Hoban expanded the house adding a reception hall, the present East Room, inspired by Mount Vernon. A portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart (1797) can be seen in this room used for press conferences, entertainment and ceremonies. The first President of the United States never occupied the house, he died one year earlier.

The work was performed between October 1792 and November 1800 by slaves, Scottish and Italian emmigrants in the neo-Palladian Style (currently known as Georgian Style in English-speaking countries). The first President to live in the White House was John Adams. It was very much damaged in 1812 as the British tried to recuperate their colonies.

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Wednesday, January 21, 2009
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Welcome to a 21st Century Flying Car


This is the latest news about a flying car which was reveled by the British media on Tuesday.

On Tuesday a flying car was revealed by the BBC that flies at the speed 70mph in the air. It is manufactured by 29 year old British engineer Gilo Cardozo. It is world’s first bio-fuelled flying car. It is called Parajet Skycar and it starts its first journey on Wednesday 14 of January for 42 days from London to Africa.

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Monday, January 19, 2009
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Truth Cuts the Deepest


Have you ever wished you could find an old house with an attic full of treasures?

It was the spring of the year and the spring of a new life. I had just married the woman of my dreams and moved into the house of her dreams an old country style house now displaced in the middle of a slowly developing suburb but a house with promise and style. Yes, it needed some work, but she loved it and I loved her and together we could conquer anything.
We explored our Victorian stronghold arm-in-arm and sought to discover all its secrets. From top to bottom we explored and laughed and loved. The spring and summer flew by in blissful love and oh, the things we found in the attic and the half cellar that went under the back half of the house. Old lanterns and trunks filled with vintage costumes, a jewelry box that had been stuffed behind the brick chimney with wedding rings…too many wedding rings and bobbles for the ears. The one thing that intrigued me the most was a dagger, with a long tapered blade, a bone handle, brass guard and pommel, the kind you see in those old American Civil War photos. The blade was coated with a thin layer of rust, so I decided to restore it to a workable condition. My beautiful bride smiled shaking her head saying,” Boys will be boys,” and laughed in her melodic manner. I labored on that blade with a piece of steel wool all the rest of that day and for the next two days when I blundered and cut the palm of my hand. The pain from that incising ran through my body like electricity all the way to my chest. I dropped the blade and it stuck between my feet into the hardwood floor. There was blood. Oh my there was blood, but I reminded myself that any cut to the hand would produce blood beyond the seriousness of the cut, so I washed my hand in cold water to stop the bleeding and wrapped it in gauze then placed the dirk on the mantel above the fireplace in a display stand I had made for it. I had finished my labor of love and brought new life to the blade. My wife was concerned with my injury, but I assured her that the grievance was superficial and to her frustration I ignored her imploring to take me to hospital. Shortly after is when the dreams started...

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Sunday, January 18, 2009
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GM Bailout? Not After Giving Millionaire Athlete a Free Camaro

by Brian Daniel Stankich

Detroit carmakers are seeking a taxpayer bailout. In exchange, General Motors donates a new Camaro to a wealthy athlete. Welcome to America.

Lawmakers are discussing a multi-billion dollar bailout plan for the American auto industry. General Motors, one of America's largest corporations, would benefit directly from taxpayer funding.
Having failed in gaining your money in exchange for a car, they will now take it directly from your checkbook - with you receiving nothing in return.
The US Congress is getting good at giving out your money to companies whose pockets are already overflowing with excess cash, aka, the AIG debacle. These bailouts are prime examples of capitalistic excess.
College economics taught me twenty years ago that some companies will fail due to adverse market conditions. These failures are limited in scope because the market will adjust to difficult conditions, resources will reallocate, new jobs will replace old ones, and fresh markets will emerge. A free market system benefits a nation by giving corporations freedom to operate and workers an ultimate safety net. Pain is inevitable, but from trouble will be born new opportunity.
Today's economy is not going as the textbooks had planned. The US government is bailing out institutions to halt the panic in American households. Where is the government getting the cash? Don't ask, don't tell. Don't even worry about. Our kids will take care of everything.
Does GM really need bailout money? I'm skeptical. If they need extra cash, they can go to their friends. Enter Cole Hamels.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009
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An Amazing Exhibition: Made in Chambord


In the majestic Château of Chambord in the French Loire Valley, discover an exceptional collection of eponymous objects.

As you enter the Royal Domain of Chambord in the heart of the French Loire Valley, you suddenly discover the stately silhouette of the Château de Chambord. François the First's exceptional estate is a pure gem of the French Renaissance. It appears in a wonderful setting with its grey slate roofs, its bastion towers, finely carved pinnacle turrets, and fireplaces (as many as days in a year) reminding us of an « art de vivre » when beauty had connections with utility.

The Château de Chambord - Photo Copyright: Wikipedia

The construction of the château began in 1519, in the early years of the Renaissance and is supposed to have been inspired by Italy. The great architect Viollet-le-Duc, however said that there was nothing italianate about Chambord in thought or form. The King in his passion spent a fortune on the château, even when money got rare, he always found a solution (if you see what I mean) for Chambord and the works

never stopped. François the First likes to entertain courtiers and dignitaries and goes hunting in his immense and deep forests abounding in game. Later Molière wrote here his « Monsieur de Pourceaugnac » within a few days. The play that at first Louis XIV did not appreciate, was saved by Lulli who simply jumped onto his harpsichord, thus making the king burst out laughing.

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Saturday, January 17, 2009
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Chris' Spring Salad


A delicious mixture of veggies and pasta.


  • 2 boxes of ring macaroni
  • 2 cups chopped cucumber
  • 2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup of chopped onion
  • 1 cup of chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped celery

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Friday, January 16, 2009
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Sisterhood, Lemonade and Best Friends: Triple Award

I was so happy to receive this award today from my soul sister, Lauren, from Friends' Revolution. I wasn't sure if I had that many girls to recognize, but I knew I would figure out something. Starting the Spectrum and growing it has been a huge undertaking and although I don't have it quite where I want it yet, I'm getting closer to reaping the rewards. This is definitely an excellent reward and I am quite honored. :)

Here are the rules for the recipients:
  1. Put the logo on your blog or post.
  2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
  3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

So, without further adieu, let me pass this on to my favorite amazing and wonderful ladies and their blogs:

Sunday, January 11, 2009
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Creative Writing 101: The Benefits of Developing Your Poetic Skills

by Michele Cameron Drew

Poetry is an artform. It is designed to stretch the mind's eye, touch the heart and entrench the senses... This article by Michele Cameron Drew was inspired by the recently published "Making Your Poetry Better" by Stephanie Moore and by lazy poets everywhere.

This desire to inspire
Haunts me everyday
Often as of late
To share a better way...

Photo Courtesy of rec_marc and SXC

No Specifics

Let me start by saying that I am not attacking or surveying anyone in particular. Although my opinions may be unpopular, they are my opinions and they encompass the internet, not just Triond writers. This is my 4th article on this subject(the prior three being tossed for fear of offending someone) and perhaps I will finally send one to publication.

About Me

Since childhood I have been expressing myself through the arts. Second only to music, writing to me is an extension of my soul. Writing poetry to me is akin to dreaming out loud on paper. I eat, sleep and breathe verse. Being a somewhat accomplished, published and awarded poet who has been writing for more than 30 years, I feel quite confident with speaking my mind on this subject. I have written poetry in many forms and have an eclectic style. I was raised on the classics in all genres of artistic expression, so my opinions may be slightly biased, but I still develop my skills every day and I will continue to develop and grow them until I take my last living breath on Earth.


I often find it disturbing to read the myriad of bad poetry(or not so good poetry) that is displayed on the internet, that with just a touch of skill could be amazing and beautiful. It takes much away from the serious poet. People just don't seem to read much new poetry anymore. I can understand why. Personally, I often avoid it myself now, which is very sad considering that poetry is my forte. But, I find it difficult to find a gem in a deep ocean of granite, without a jack hammer. Sifting through the works of the masses has become a tiring process. I more often find myself pulling up some Shakespeare, Poe, Longfellow, Blake, Dickinson, Sandberg, Byrnes, Frost, Tennyson, the Brownings, Marlowe, Whitman or other classic poet or find some of my favorite contemporary writers and read their works, hoping for something with depth and beauty.

Saturday, January 10, 2009
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Warrior Women

Women who have proven their ability to serve in the military from different periods of history.


Women have often been labeled as the "weaker sex," particularly in patriarchal societies where women do not enjoy the same rights as men. Though their participation in the male-dominated world of the military had been controversial throughout history, there were many who have proven themselves to be just as capable as their male counterparts. Listed as follows are but ten of the many military women from different times and places in history:

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  1. Joan of Arc

    Known as the "Maid of Orleans," she was granted the command of the French army in 1429 at a tender age of only 16 or17 by the Dauphin of France (the future Charles VII) during the Hundred Years' War. She was sent to Siege of Orleans, where she captured all the English fortifications in just 9 days. Her victories in Jargeau, Meung-sur-Loire, Beaugency and Patay helped regained almost every English possession in France.

  2. Septima Zenobia

    She possessed exceptional beauty and was well educated, able to speak Latin, Greek, Syriac and Coptic. Upon claiming the throne of the Palmyrene Empire (present day Syria) (3rd century A.D.) upon the death of her husband Septimus Odenathus, she led armies in defeating the Romans, who weren't too thrilled on having women ruling their vast territories. She also conquered parts of Egypt and Asia Minor, but was ultimate betrayed by the new emperor Aurelian due to gender prejudice.

  3. Ahhotep I (1560-1530 B.C.)

    She acted as regent when her young son Ahmose I ascended the throne of Egypt. She personally trained, equipped and rallied her troops in defeating the Hyksos invaders; and united Upper and Lower Egypt under one rule. This warrior queen, whose military exploits were recounted on a stone monument in the temple of Amun-Re, was found buried with three "golden fly" medals symbolizing her heroic courage in battle.

Friday, January 09, 2009
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Today's Dream



Today's indulgent melodies daydream;
Perfect visions painted of moonlight moments.
Eyes dance like gemstones of desire,
Along the ocean shoreline.

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Thursday, January 08, 2009
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Thursday, January 08, 2009
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Animusic: A Fantastic Marriage of Music and Digital Animation

A review of the incredible, digitally rendered, 3D, sound producing environments known as "Animusic".

A couple of years ago I was puttering around YouTube, when I stumbled across a phenomenal video of a strange and spectacular instrument that produced beautiful and captivating music.

At first, I thought that it was merely a cool animation that had a digitally produced song playing along; However, as I watched in amazement, I was stunned to find that every moving component of the peculiar machine made a distinct sound, rising in crescendo to the bridge and climaxing in a most delightful manner.

Not only are the animations captivating and wonderfully rendered, but the music itself is quite enjoyable - if you're into electronic music. Even if it's not your thing, I encourage you to check out their videos as there is a menagerie of styles to select from, ranging from Spanish guitar to intriguing alien techno.

The videos are all very clean and kid friendly, as well, and I guarantee that the little ones will be amazed.

That said, I'd like to first give credit to the producers of Animusic and direct you to their website. All of the videos you can watch can also be purchased on DVD for an amplified and much higher quality experience. They would make wonderful gifts. These guys have provided a very cool and unique form of entertainment, and deserve our support.

Finally, I'd like to share a few of my favorite Animusic videos as found on YouTube.

Aqua Harp

While this is perhaps one the most simplistic of their animations, it still stands among my favorites because of the beautiful song. With this peculiar instrument they combine the gentle sound of a large harp with small pipes, a cello string, and hammered plates, producing a very soothing melody.

Pipe Dream

This is a must-see video, in which a very complex machine produces a fun, jazzy little tune by firing small metal balls from a pipe, in a very precise fashion, and striking various strings and percussion plates.

Copyright ©2009 Michele Cameron Drew. All rights reserved.

Wednesday, January 07, 2009
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A haiku about the beginning of a sudden storm...
by Michele Cameron Drew

Great clap of thunder
Lightning fills the sky
Torrential downpour follows


Tuesday, January 06, 2009
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10 Ways to Keep Those Wrinkles at Bay


Are you plagued by those awful wrinkles? Do you try to hide them with big hats and make-up? Are they affecting the way you feel about yourself? Every woman at sometime in her life will face wrinkles. They can be a burden for most and even drain your self-esteem. If you want to do something about it, to prevent or aleviate them and you need some help, then look no further. Down below is a list of some natural tips and home remedies to help you fight those awful wrinkles and to keep you skin feeling smooth and wrinkle free.

  1. Drink plenty of water. Water will hydrate your skin and flush out the toxins. When your skin is hydrated it greatly reduces the risk of wrinkles.
  2. Avoid smoking at all cost. Smoking has a multitude of diseases attached to it and two of them are purple lips and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes.
  3. Avoid harsh sunlight from 11:am to 4:pm because that is when the sun is at its peak. The sun is one of the biggest aging contributors. If you must venture outside during these hours then protect your face with hats or umbrellas.

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Monday, January 05, 2009
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Monday, January 05, 2009
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Marseilles: Longchamp Palace to the Glory of Water


An extraordinary water tower and palace was built in the XIXth century in Marseilles to welcome water in the Mediterranean city with the new Provence canal.

Situated in the heart of Marseilles (France), at the top of the Longchamp Boulevard in prolongation of the world-famous Canebière, water was staged and honored in 1862 with the construction of the Longchamp Palace (Palais Longchamp in French). When the water of the Durance River entered the mediterranean city at the end of the XIXth Century, bringing fertility, fecondity and more hygiene, the architect of the Basilica of « Notre-Dame de la Garde » Henri Espérandieu (1829-1874) built an extraordinary water tower inaugurated in 1869 with fireworks and orchestras. A massive triumphal arch with in its center the allegoric group of the Durance River and all the symbols related to water and its benefits (namely wheat, vine, fishing) welcomes the river coming from the new Provence Canal. The palace with its colonnade and grotto is surrounded by exceptional gardens, cascades and fountains. The chariot drawn by Camargue bulls, the chubby-cheeked cherubs, the bas-reliefs with tritons are reminiscent of the Baroque Period. The Longchamp Palace is in the eclectic style so dear to artists of the late XIXth Century. Renowned French sculptors like Antoine Louis Barye (lions and tigers at the entrance) or Jules Cavelier (monumental fountain) worked here.

Two museums are housed on each wings of the water tower: the Museum of Fine Arts (whose hall of honor was decorated by Puvis de Chavannes - see my article: Male Nude by Puvis de Chavannes) presenting paintings, sculptures and drawings from the XVIth to the XIXth centuries with works by Perugino, Carrache, Tiepolo, Guercino, Philippe de Champaigne, Rubens, Corot, Courbet, Millet, Puget and Rodin, and the Natural History Museum.

Marseilles : Palais Longchamp. Copyright:

Marseilles, Palais Longchamp, the allegoric group of the Durance River and the statues of vine and wheat. Note the fisherman's net and fish on the column. The bulls from Camargue draw the chariot. Copyright:

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Sunday, January 04, 2009
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Tony Blair as Middle East Envoy for Peace


This article analyses the conflict in Middle East and role of Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair in the region.

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair was chosen the Envoy Quartetto Middle East for peace in June 2007. Mr. Blair has been working on behalf of Europe Union, United State, Russia and the United Nation to bring peace between Israel and Palestine.

The announcement came hours after Mr. Blair stood down as British Prime Minister in 2007. At the time many critics argued that Mr. Blair was not the right candidate for the job in the Middle East. The conflict in Middle East is not an easy job, and it seems that Mr. Blair is aware of that. The media reports pointed out that Mr. Blair suggested that stability and peace in the Middle East requires “a huge and intense amount of work.”

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Saturday, January 03, 2009
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War of the Worlds


H G Wells had War of The Worlds published in 1898. A brilliant imagination gave us an insight to the future.

War of The Worlds by H G Wells is a classic read. It is futuristic and portrays the imagination of the author, brilliantly.

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The story telling of the invasion of aliens on the planet earth, captures the reader from the very first page. The determination of those willing to fight and survive is deeply moving, the descriptive paragraphs create images in the mind, the invasion of London, the author uses one voice to tell the story, it is captivating as you follow the storyline. This passage, taken from the book describes the first time the aliens are seen.

Two large dark-coloured eyes were regarding me steadfastly. The mass that framed them, the head of the thing, was rounded, and had, one might say, a face. the extraordinary intensity of the immense eyes--were at once vital, intense, inhuman, crippled and monstrous. There was something fungoid in the oily brown skin, something in the clumsy deliberation of the tedious movements unspeakably nasty. Even at this first encounter, this first glimpse, I was overcome with disgust and dread.

With modern television we are offered images such as these in sci -fi movies, but the year this book was published the writer had to really work hard at getting the imagery across.

Several variety of films were produced and in 1978, Jeff Wayne released a musical version of the book, the music and light show was a hit. The musicians are alive on the stage, they are having fun, the music is intense and the excitement, tension and pleasure of the audience and performers alike, can be felt with every beat of the music and every flash of light ray.

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Thursday, January 01, 2009
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Happy New Year!

by Michele Cameron Drew

Welcome to the new Spectrum blog. There have been a lot of changes going on in this space over the past few weeks and we have lots more planned for the coming 2009 year! Recently we've undergone a name change, an entire design upgrade and added a few excellent writers to our group.


I'd like to take the opportunity to welcome the work of Darlene McFarlane, Glynis Smy, Abdul Sabour Ayoubi, BC Doan, Mark Gordon Brown, Debra Mann and François Hagnere to the pages herein. Please give them all a read. They are all excellent writers!

We're hoping to bring you some more great writers and their amazing content in weeks to come. Keep an eye on this space!

Here's wishing you all the happiest new year in 2009!

-Michele Cameron Drew

Thursday, January 01, 2009
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31 New Green Year Resolutions

Here are 31 suggestions, one for every day of the month, to help you become a greener person in the New Year, or anytime really.

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  1. I will Go Green for my own sake, to save money, and for the sake of keeping the planet clean for generations to come.

  2. I will Plant a Tree, any kind of tree, perhaps a fruit tree. Maybe more than one, and a bush even. Raspberries always taste great in the summer!

  3. In the summer I will hang my clothes outside on the line to dry.

  4. I will use cheaper, and safer, cleaning products, such as replacing glass cleaner with vinegar and water, using baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) to clean the oven.

  5. I will put up a sign on my mail box “NO JUNK MAIL OR FLYERS”.

  6. If I don't need it, I will resist the urge to buy it.

  7. I will try to buy locally made products and shun those made in other countries.

  8. I will shop at my local farmers markets and try to buy locally grown produce.

  9. I will buy in bulk and try to buy lots of stuff per trip rather than making lots of shopping trips.

  10. I will put a brick in the back of my toilet so I use less water each flush.

  11. I will return all medication bottles back to the pharmacy.

  12. I will return all plant pots (from bedding plants) back to the greenhouse.

  13. I will encourage my friend, who works in a tall office building, to have the lights turned off at night, not only will this save energy, but also help with the death of hundreds if migratory birds who smash into these windows.

  14. I will use my reusable shopping bag or try to take no bag at all when purchasing some items.

  15. I won't shave on days that I don't have to.

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