Heart-Healthy Future

Painting in her studio in Artmongerz Gallery in Greensboro, Jacalyn Romano, did not have a specific direction in mind. Rich yellow and red acrylics over plaster lines and swirls turned into a sun’s light reaching into deeper blue and burnt sienna hues.

Then Jackie experienced the worst pain in her life. “A fire struck the center of my chest and I just couldn’t stop screaming,” she describes.She was taken to Moses Cone Memorial Hospital, where she was told she was having a heart attack. Dr. Thomas Wall, now her friend for life, realized how dire her situation was and acted fast. On July 13, 2010, Jackie had a triple bypass and heart valve repair.

“I still had paint under my nails,” remembers Jackie. “My sister, Rebecca, helped me clean them at the hospital.” The painting she was working on took on a new meaning for her.When completed, she entitled it “Just a Heart Beat Away.” To her, the sun now represents a second chance. Since her heart attack, Jackie has stopped smoking and is managing her type 2 diabetes and high cholesterol with good nutrition and exercise. This experience inspired her to create a new series of artwork, entitled “Matters of the Heart.”

Jackie is proud to share her studio space with other artists in what she refers to as “The Gallery that Gives.” Jackie donated one of her works to the 2011 Guilford Heart Ball and other artists from the gallery are joining her.

“If I could send a message to women in Guilford County, it would be to take care of yourselves even through times of turmoil, listen to your body and don’t let your fear of hearing bad news keep you from seeing your doctor and possibly heading off heart disease,” shares Jackie.

February is American Heart Month and Go Red For Women is the American Heart Association’s nationwide initiative fighting heart disease in women, the #1 killer of women in North Carolina and the U.S.

For more information visit http://www.heart.org/goredtriad and http://www.heart.org/guilfordncheartball.

Tranquilities

In your search for unique, one-of-akind, and memorable holiday gifts this season, don’t forget Tranquilities, the Piedmont Triad’s ideal location for those quirky, whimsical selections that are just not found in many of the area’s upscale department stores or neighborhood boutiques.

“We focus on gift items that your recipient will remember and treasure long after the holidays are over,” according to Beverly Henson, co-owner and chief buyer.

“A visit to Tranquilities is truly a shopping experience.”

Since 2003, Beverly and husband Frank have operated the gift shop from its location in an old PURE gas station from the 1940s. The whitewashed brick building in one of Greensboro’s storied historical neighborhoods lends a charm not often found in area shopping centers or strip malls. An arche d turquoise doorway and big bay windows, once the entry doors to the gas station garage, add to the ambiance and Hansel & Gretel cottage appeal.

Inside the 1,300 square foot gift shop is an eclectic collection of merchandise that matches the architectural character of the building—quality, wellpackaged, and unique.

“I try to find things that the big guys don’t have,” says Beverly. “Many of our regular customers make Tranquilities their first stop when looking for special items.

“I especially focus on jewelry. Our customers know they won’t see anyone else wearing the same things, and if they find something they like, they know they can’t wait to make a purchase, or their one-of-a-kind find might be gone.”

At Tranquilities, discriminating customers can find such high quality brands as Hobo handbags, Trapp candles, Pacifica bath products, Pre de Provence soaps and other items made by local artisans. The shop’s inventory also constantly includes new items to keep the store fresh and inviting.

“Our collection of bath and body products represents the finest aroma therapeutic oils, herbals, organic, and exotic blends available. Our jewelry and handbag selection illuminates a wide range of style, color, class, and mood. Candles and soaps are always packaged with distinction and regularly sought out by returning customers,” says Beverly.

Customer service is also a key component of the Tranquilities experience. The staff is well-versed in the product lines and can make recommendations for every budget. Free gift-wrap services are available for all purchases, and the Hensons take the time to really listen to their customers. Upon learning that a number of customers collect fairies, the couple has expanded an entire section of the store to include fairy-themed merchandise.

“We try to be as accommodating as we can,” says Beverly. “We believe in the merchandise we carry, and that is why we offer an unconditional, full refund for any item returned within 30 days.”

The 2013 holiday season will feature new and exciting items at Tranquilities. Antique silver Christmas ball ornaments from The Netherlands are sure to go quickly as will a new collection of sterling silver jewelry.

As a locally-owned and operated business, the Hensons believe in giving back to the community by donating a percentage of their sales to the local ASPCA. With a growing pampered pet section in Tranquilities that includes dog sweaters, dog beds, and pet shampoos; the cause is also a favorite of many customers.

“Tranquilities is doing its part to help to give all animals the respect and compassion due to them as conscious beings. By shopping at Tranquilities, you can also be proud by helping to support this outstanding organization.”

Make Tranquilities a part of your holiday shopping experience. Refreshments will be served throughout the season as the Hensons create a warm, inviting atmosphere for friends old and new.

“Tranquilities offers gifts and accessories to celebrate your mind, body, and spirit, and to soothe your soul,” adds Beverly. “It’s one of the Piedmont Triad’s most creative destinations and a hidden treasure. Customers will find that it’s always worthwhile to shop here.”

make your holidays special with these unique gift ideas from the staff at

• Trapp Private Garden Holiday Candles & Diffusers – “A Bottle of Perfume in Every Candle”.

• Hobo International Handbags, Slides or Clutches – “Designed by Women for Women”.

• Jewelry – Semi precious gems & Sterling Silver bracelets, Rings, Necklaces, Earrings, P endants.

• TS Pink Soap Rocks.

• Prisms, Friendship Balls, Solar Powered Rainbow Makers, Sun Catchers.

A funny picture that misrepresents Rottweilers

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Rottweilers are the ninth smartest breed of dogs and they know when and where to attack if they feel threatened or one of their members of the kennel is threatened.   These Rottweilers look as though that they want to get out of that confined space because it does not look comfortable with all them in there so, if you have that many Rottweilers you should find a bigger space to keep them than that.

A Interesting piece of work that took my attention.

 

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I honestly never saw a cake like this and wonder how much time and effort was taken into making a cake such as this for, this does seem very hard to do.  In addition what time it took to get all the right type of fondant to make it come out the way it did so, people could be amazed by the creativity done here.

There are so many people that want to be wowed at certain events and a cake like this would be the talk of a lifetime because there are not too many people on this planet or even this solar system that can accomplish something like this so, if you are looking to amaze your friends then by all means try to mimic this cake because this is a cake of 1000 words.