What exercise tightens muscles, firms your frame, and creates balance—both physical and mental—while using warrior moves and simple choreography to begin? Of course, it is the ancient disciple of Tai Chi Chang, Qigong, and other martial arts (pronounced tie-Chee). Chinese masters and the Westerners who practiced under them helped to spread Tai Chi to people all over the world. Rooted in History The inspiration for this multidimensional art form is based on the deep-seated tenets of Taoism, which a person practices to embrace wonder and the joy of living with style.
You may have heard the expression, “Tempest in a teacup.” The literal way of thinking about this idiom is when an ordinary event is given much more significance, and in other cultures and lands, there are various ways of expressing this idea such as, what the French might say, “Une tempete dans un verre d’eau” or a “storm in a glass of water”. Nonetheless, drinking tea, musing over tea, and reading tea leaves is more pleasant than tempest, and is technically referred to as Tasseomancy or Tasseography and it is a form of divination.
Under the Influence: Art Itself Do you know art? Have you been to a museum or a gallery where you can see legendary works of art? How did you feel when you saw your first famous painting? Art makes of itself an emotional experience and we may feel sadness, surprise, curiosity, or even have feelings that evoke anger or repulsion. Art has always been the catalyst for emotion and there have been numerous studies on human aesthetic responses to art.
Bernard Buffet was a prolific French artist, creating some 8,000 works in his lifetime. So why is he so obscure? Learn more about this creative art genius with his highly recognizable style.
Coal black, gray and brown horses that turn white; horses that can perform, dance and defy air by flying; and horses that go to school. Sounds like a fairy tale, but it is actually a magical horse breed called Lipizzaner.
The unique folk art has as much artistry and skill as marquetry—a delicate and extremely skilled production of applying well-measured wood veneers in geometric patterns to furniture and it wasn’t made by hobos sitting around campfires.
You have heard the sanitized version of the first Thanksgiving where the Indians and Pilgrims celebrated a joyous feast, but there is more. In fact, the real buried and hidden history is much more interesting.
Louisiana has some distinctions that make it entirely different from any other area in the United States. There are unique sayings and dialects in Louisiana, wholly different holiday celebrations and activities that shine a light on a culture that sets itself apart.
Did you know you could leave your troubles behind and experience a renewal of spirit with a symbolic character who looms large in the character of Zozobra, at Las Fiestas de Santa Fe? Put this on your bucket list.
Sarah bought an unremarkable five-room wooden farmhouse four miles outside of San Jose. Something compelled her to invest, and she paid $12,750 in gold coin for land with an unfinished cottage sitting on it. Who would envision it would become her mystery house and self-generated prison?