Hot and Bright Fashion Suits for Women

Hot shorts in vibrant colors are fast catching up with the customers all over the market. In addition; colorful jewelries, handbags, purses, shoes, and big glasses are also playing major role in shaping the fashion trends in women dresses in the current year.

Short Not yet Short

Wearing short dresses may make a woman look sexy but making it too short could be disastrous as far as fashion making is concerned. On the other hand sultry and sexy women dresses are meant for those that do not like to wear shorts. Shorts are good for those that have toned legs and smooth skins. For bit bulkier features, the longer apparels are more preferable. Fact remains that longer women fashion dresses could be as sexy and attractive as any of the best short dresses including casual wear.

Goodbye Full Skirt

One of the important parts of women dresses are the women skirts and mini skirts. For sometimes now full skirts were the trend in the women fashion dress market. Now they are gradually being replaced by bandaged skirts. Considered as the best fit for the women working the night out and fashionable to the core, their fitted tops give the perfect look to the wearer. Especially women looking for the slim figure looks will find the item excellent for their purpose since the fitted top readily accentuates the waistline. Other fashion clothes are the mini skirts those are mostly in neutral tones.

Other Fashion Trends in Women Dresses

Latest fashion trends for women in 2010 has the casual fitted t-shirts those are paired with other apparel like the denim jeans, fits especially nice on the women giving them the cool fashionable looks. One of the items that would never go out of fashion, denim jeans always constitute excellent article for women. Torn jeans and white t-shirts are very fashionable and look nice on the women. Business suits are available in form of blazers as well as formal trousers having leggings or even as shorts. Beads and bangles are often added to give them the feminine look that makes them perfect fashion suits for the women. Knee length Capri that could show off a beautiful and toned calf very well is hot favorite among the younger ones in the current year.

All in all; the current fashion trend is to look hot and sexy while remaining cool and decent.

Put a Spring in Your Step With Fashionable Womens Boots

Women love to buy boots, and with the many trends and styles available today, womens fashion boots have become a year-round wardrobe staple. Women’s boots are very popular in today fashion world. Women all over the world wear boots for all purposes. Some wear them for a casual look. Others may favor the sexier high heel boot for a hot night out on the town. No matter what the purpose for wearing them, one will always is able to put a spring in your step with fashionable womens boots.

Finding that perfect pair doesn’t mean you have to stress yourself out by of walking around the shopping centers and waiting in line. Think of it this way, waiting means that you are missing out on the best deals and sales not to mention the fabulous styles, colors and designs that are available online. Buying women’s shoes online can not only save you time but also save on your wallet allowing you afford to purchase several pairs of your favorite womens boots.

So what is your style?

Looking for fashion boots that are casual and comfortable? Or unique and funky? Did you know that fashion boots come in amazing styles such as:

– Ankle Boots and Booties
– Casual Flat Boots
– Mid Calf
– Knee High Boots
– Sexy Over-the-Knee Womens Boots

Whether you are dressed down with your favorite jeans or dressed up in a flirty frock, you just can’t go wrong with a hot pair of boots.

Women’s boots are also a great way to completely change the vibe of an entire outfit. Show off your personality in the way that you dress. When you shop online for women’s shoes you open up your choice selection by the hundreds. If you are looking for something in particular, you can find it in one of the many of online stores that offer women’s shoes.

Dress to impress

Shop smart and embrace the idea of high quality fashion boots at low prices!

Cheap shoes and clearance items are ideal for the man or woman on a budget. If you are looking for a great pair of designer womens boots try browsing the clearance items that are offered at many of the online stores… you can find the perfect pair of boots at a fraction of the price and enjoy both great looks and more money in your pocket as you choose from the top quality selections available.

Start looking now and find the pair of fashion boots that will make your feet sing.

Clothing Wholesale – A Look at Different Women’s Fashion Styles

Women are considered to be the ones very meticulous about the clothes that they wear since they don’t only look online to find the clothes that have the best value. Not only the financial value, they also want to get the clothes that have high value when it comes to fashion. This means that they need to find the ones to meet their personal style. The good news is that wholesale clothing suppliers can meet their needs when it comes to clothes. Every woman has their own personal styles and they can find the clothing wholesale that will meet them. The following are the popular women fashion that they usually have.

Sweet girl image. This is the fashion style that gives women a sweet and young feeling. They usually wear cute clothing with simple designs and color that are effective in making a woman feel younger than their actual age.

Party girl look. Women who wear this type of fashion are those who love to party and socialize with other people. Usually, the clothes that they wear on this fashion style are chic and fabulous but will still enable them to move easily for any dance parties. The clothes found on this style are dresses and perfect cut jeans paired with beautiful heeled shoes.

Simplistic chic. Typically, women who love this type of fashion would just want to be comfortable and yet catch the attention of everyone who will see them because of their overall look. Simple tank tops and jeans with right length paired with heels are the common clothes used by these women. They may also use simple blouses that fit them perfectly. This type of fashion is the one usually worn by models for their go sees.

Elegant women look. There are some women who may have the regal presence when they are walking either on public or important events. In order to match this presence, they need to have quality and elegant clothing that will always make them look good. Classic example of these women who may have this presence is Portia De Rossi. Now, women who may have this undiscovered presence can improve their looks by getting affordable wholesale clothing with elegant design.

Corporate chick. Women with power and presence would like to have corporate outfit to show that they can prove equality among men and women in competing for the corporate world. These are women who can carry fashionable corporate outfit that may have unique designs compared to others. This means that they can carry this fashion whether they wear sleeveless tops or blazers, they can command attention and presence upon entering the conference room.

These are just some of the fashion that women usually wear. The good thing about this is that these beautiful clothes are now available in clothing wholesale suppliers at friendly prices. So if you want establish personal style, you just need to consult these looks and find the ones that will truly describe who your are so you will be comfortable with it.

Pulp In The Blood

Laurie Powers has a passion for old tatty covers, mouldy smelly paper, sun bleached artwork and words composed by long dead writers. Like an archaeologist, a literary Indiana Jones, rooting about in ancient tombs she excavates the stories of the pulp writers of old, writers who would be forgotten were it not for the efforts of people like herself. She has seen her grandfather’s autobiography entitled, Pulp Writer: 20 years in the American Grub Street, through to publication.

She produces her popular Blog which can be read HERE and regularly gives talks and presentations on the history of the pulp publishing medium. Her interest stems from the fact that in 1999 she discovered that her late grandfather, Paul Powers was a pulp fiction writer with credits in some of the more iconic magazines of the early pulp period.

“That’s where it started. I really didn’t know much about it at all until I started my research into his (Paul Powers) life. Then the more I looked into it, the more interested I became. I guess what really intrigued me, and still does, are the histories of all of the so-called unknown writers, like my grandfather, who wrote for the pulps, typed out story after story week after week, but never got the acclaim other writers like Dashiell Hammett, F. John Daley, Frederick Faust and others did. What happened to all those writers?”

It was Laurie’s determination to find out more about her grandfather that sent her on several avenues of research and thankfully, for us, she has decided to share her findings with the world. I asked Laurie to tell us more about her grandfather.

“My grandfather began his writing career in the early 1920s. The first stories he wrote were actually horror stories that he sold to Weird Tales in 1925. But he needed to make more money than he was making writing for Weird Tales, so he began to write Westerns and sold his first stories to Wild West Weekly in 1928. From 1928 to 1943 he wrote almost exclusively for Wild West Weekly. For those fifteen years, he carried at least four heroes, Sonny Tabor, Kid Wolf, Freckles Malone and Johnny Forty-five. He also wrote King Kolt stories and many many short stores for the magazine. He wrote stories for the first three characters under the pseudonym Ward M. Stevens, the fourth under the name Andrew Griffin.

Both Sonny Tabor stories and Kid Wolf stories were later compiled and turned into books. At least five of his stories were also reprinted as Little Big Books published by the Saalfield Company.

All in all, my grandfather wrote at least 440 stories for Wild West Weekly from 1928 to 1943. During those fifteen years, he and his family moved all over the Southwest, from Kansas to Arizona, to Long Beach, back to Arizona, then New Mexico and back to California. Over those fifteen years, he moved his family at least fifteen times. I guess you could say he was a restless soul.

After Wild West Weekly shut down in 1943, he spent the rest of the 1940s writing for other pulps and also wrote a Western novel, Doc Dillahay, which is loosely based on the life of his father.

I didn’t know about my grandfather’s career as a pulp fiction writer until 1999. He had died in 1971, and his remaining children had drifted away in the 1960s, so his entire history as a pulp fiction writer was lost until I discovered it again in 1999 while doing research for a college paper. During my research, I was able to track down his daughter – my aunt – and when we reunited in the summer of 1999, she and I went through his personal papers, which had been stored away since his death. In those papers was his memoir about being a pulp fiction writer, Pulp Writer: Twenty Years in the American Grub Street. ”

The term “PULP FICTION” has often been used in a derogatory fashion, suggesting that the works churned out by these hard working writers of old were somehow sub-standard, writing for the uneducated masses to earn a fast buck but the term actually comes from the old low quality pulp wood paper used to produce the books. These days the Internet has become the home of pulp fiction. I asked Laurie about this.

“It depends on what you mean by ‘home.’ As far as a center gathering place for people who are interested in pulp fiction, I think it does. It’s been a blessing, I think, to many like me who really felt disconnected from other enthusiasts and historians before. I wish I would have known about some of the online groups when I first started out in my research 8 or 9 years ago. They probably were around, but I didn’t know about them.

Now, if you mean by “home” a storage archive for the old pulp fiction stories, that’s another story. The pulp fiction phenomenon began in the 1890s and was at the height of its popularity in the 1930s. That means that the majority of magazines are now at least 70 years old and they weren’t meant to last longer than a few years – at the most – in the first place. And over the years many magazine copies were lost or thrown away, further reducing the number of stories that survive. So using the Internet as an archive for these old stories is good – as long as no copyright laws are being violated. Many of these stories have been in the course of being reprinted and anthologized for many decades now, so I don’t think they would ever have been completely lost, even if the Internet hadn’t come along. But many of these stories, especially those written by lesser known authors, might never make it into anthologies or reprinted. So the Internet is a place that might be the salvation for many of these stories that would never have made it into anthologies.

But to read a pulp fiction story without the benefit of holding that fragile paper in your hand, without knowing the musty smell, the color of the yellowed paper, the glossy cover, is missing a huge part of the experience. By reading a story within the actual pages of one of the magazines, you can experience what it must have been like to read that story in 1935. It’s one of the few mediums I know of where the actual physical format of the magazine – the type of paper, the covers, the nature of its fragility – gets almost as much attention as the stories themselves.

As far as the new pulp fiction that’s being produced now, I’m finding a lot of great sites that provide new fiction. Beat to a Pulp is a great example. The only problem is getting the word out to people that these sites exist so they will attract bigger audiences. How these web sites play out in the next few years is a pretty interesting question. But then we’re all wondering how the entire publishing industry will fare in the next few years.”

To the modern eye the life of the pulp writer of old is very romanticised – we imagine these men and women hunched over archaic typewriters, bottle of scotch on the desk, cigarette burning in the ash-tray while they produce their quota of words for the day. I wonder what life must have been like for these writers?

“I don’t want to make any generalizations, but I think it’s probably safe to say that it was pretty much what it’s like now for many writers: Isolating. Hard. Requiring a lot of discipline and guts. Of course they didn’t have the luxury of computers and didn’t have the luxury of being able to go back and edit like we can now. But then, they didn’t have time to edit back then! They were paid by the word, most of the time pretty cheaply, like a penny a word. So that meant that in order to make a decent living, they really had to pound out thousands of words every week, week in and week out. Get the story down, put it in the envelope, mail it off to New York, and start on the next one – pronto. There was no time for lolly-gagging around and revising and rewriting, so the modern day computer amenities would have been lost on them. I never would have made it as a pulp writer. I would have starved after the first story.

Burn-out was another issue, because of the sheer number of stories you had to write, and the strict plot lines and formulaic nature of many of the pulp stories. At least I know it was for my grandfather. He started writing the Sonny Tabor and Kid Wolf stories in 1929; by 1933, he was already pretty darn tired of writing these 12,000 word stories every six weeks for these characters, and most of them had to follow a prescriptive set of rules. But he had to make each one sound pretty damn original. So it was no surprise that by 1933, 1934, he was starting to stall in getting his stories in. The editors continually had to send him letters asking for the stories and admonishing him because he was late. And he had another 10 years to go. Good thing he didn’t know that at the time.

I know the isolation must have been hard – pulp writers were spread out over the entire country, some of them living abroad, too. I know there were some communities of writers around, but they were probably in the minority. I know my grandfather had to deal with the loneliness – he doesn’t talk about it too much in the memoir, but it’s underneath the surface.

He did complain – a lot – about how little respect pulp writers got. Many people who didn’t understand the discipline or the training necessary to write these stories – and yes, it took some training – dismissed these writers as hacks. It got to the point that he would end up lying when people would ask him what he did for a living. I guess the money they made, which could be significant, was a consolation.”

So, excluding her grandfather, what pulp writers does Laurie particularly like?

“For Westerns, I love Walt Coburn. Chuck Martin, who never got much attention, is another favorite. I have some letters from him that he wrote to my grandfather. He wrote letters that made you think that he was living the cowboy dream, living large. Maybe that’s why I’m fond of his stories.

For other genres, quite frankly I never had a chance to read a whole lot of crime or detective stories for a long time because I was so busy reading and studying Westerns. Of course I’ve always liked Raymond Chandler’s stories, but now I’m investigating Frank Gruber. I read Gruber’s memoir The Pulp Jungle several years ago, and it’s fun now to read his stories.”

Laurie gives presentations at libraries to promote her book about her grandfather as well as the history of pulp writing in general. I ask her to tell us how these presentations work?

“I have to say that they have been one of the most important part of my marketing Pulp Writer. I started making library presentations because I was so frustrated that I couldn’t get anywhere with book stores and getting them to let me come in for book signings. They want you to have a following in order to have a book signing at their stores; but if you’re a new writer like me who has no following, how are you supposed to get one without doing book signings? I also realized that I wasn’t really interested in just sitting at a table and signing; I wanted to talk about this subject. I felt, and still feel, that there is so much misinformation out there and a lack of knowledge about pulp fiction that I wanted to give lectures about it. I felt that I knew enough to give a general overview of the topic. Most of the public nowadays knows so little about the subject that even what I give them in an hour, which is barely touching the surface, is more than they knew before.

So I took a few weeks and created a power point presentation and then started calling libraries – both locally and out of state in places like Arizona and New Mexico – to see if they would be interested in me coming and giving a presentation about Pulp Writer and a general overview of the history of pulp fiction. Their reaction was the exact opposite of the reaction I received from book store owners. About 90 percent of them asked: how soon can you come?

I don’t charge anything; most libraries don’t have much money anyway. I just ask if I can sell copies of Pulp Writer afterwards. Some libraries will give me an honorarium of maybe $100 or so, which last year would have barely covered my gas. But it’s okay, because I have really come to love doing these.

A week before the presentation, the library will put in an announcement in the local paper of the presentation, which is great, because sometimes that’s more publicity than a book writer would normally get. I also sent out a mess of press releases when the book came out, and that also generated some articles about Pulp Writer. I worked it out with the reporters to publish the articles just before the library presentations. That really helped raise the number of people that would turn out.

The turn-out numbers vary. It can be as few as 10 people or as many as 40 or 50. The most has been 70. The majority of people know little about the subject, but once in a while collectors or other historians will show. It’s great having them, because they will offer information and their own stories during the presentation. The presentation is about an hour. I talk about how I found out about my grandfather’s career, and then give a very basic overview of the history of pulp fiction magazines. With an hour, which is as much as people can last and without me losing my voice, I can give them the basics without getting into too much trouble.

I love doing these, and it’s a good thing, because it has not been a great venue for selling copies of the book. People don’t come to libraries to buy books, so they aren’t as motivated to open their wallets, I guess. Or maybe it’s because I’m a lousy salesperson. But I’ve met a lot of great people, some of whom have turned into either friends or valuable contacts, and giving the lectures keeps my skills sharp.”

Lately there have been some great pulp collections hitting the book shops. I ask Laurie if there are any she particularly likes?

“It seems that most of the anthologies focus on one genre. Back in 1970, Tony Goodstone put out The Pulps, an anthology that covered several genres. Right now, I think the most famous one is the Black Lizard Big Book of Pulps, edited by Ott Penzler, that is a collection of crime and noir. Delicious!

But I jump around. Right now I’ve got a Famous Fantastic Mysteries anthology on my table, a Shadow of the Lariat anthology, a Weird Tales collection that came out in 1997, and the Black Lizard book. So depending on my mood, a good story is only an arm’s reach away. I would love to get my hands on anthologies of some of the more obscure genres, like the Sea Stories or Jungle Stories or the Battle Aces stories.”

So Laurie tell us about your own writing?

“You mean I have to keep writing? I thought I was done. I am the best procrastinator in the world, although I know some writers out there will beg to differ with me, so it seems that I have been spending most of my time lately writing on my blog.

I found out from writing the prologue and epilogue of Pulp Writer that I love to write about historical subjects. But I am struggling right now with what my next project is. I’m restless; I want to write something, to get my hands on something that will swallow me up for a few years, but I just don’t know what it is.”

And finally to end the interview I ask Laurie for her desert island western?

Cecilia Bolocco – Miss Chile & Miss Universe

Chile -more than twice the size of Arizona- is the home of beautiful girls : Daniela Benavente, Marianne Muller, Margot Montt, Lucia Santa Cruz, Kenita Larrain, Jenny Purtho Arap, Daniela Campos and Cecilia Bolocco. Already a folk hero in Chile, Cecilia Bolocco
became a legend when she won the Miss Universe pageant in 1987.Since 1990, Cecilia has been called “the most famous Miss Universe in the world”. She has won the hearts of pageant fans from Mexico to Santiago. Who is she really?

Along with the writer Gabriela Mistral (Nobel Prize for Literature 1945), she’s one of the most admired women in Chile. The second of four children in a working-class family of European descent, Cecilia Carolina Bolocco Fonck was born on May 19, 1965 to Enzo and Rose Marie Fonck de Bolocco. She studied civil engineering at the University of Santiago and then studied costume design at INCA-CEA Institute.

Renowned for her diplomatic skills and culture, Cecilia developed a passion for dance at very early age and became a professional dancer, winning many titles. She never lost her love for dancing. Her colleagues found her to be energetic and cooperative.

In the mid-1980s, she also worked as a professional model for magazines. Cecilia was one of Chile’s most popular fashion models. She was approached by a Chilean journalist, who advised her to take up modelling. During this period of time, she suffered a tragedy when her brother Rodrigo died suddenly. This was a terrible experience for her, which marked she for ever.

On April 20, 1987 Cecilia was elected Miss Chile Universe in Santiago, succeeding Mariana Villasante, one of the most beautiful girls from South America. Like Barbara Palacios Teyde (Miss Venezuela and Miss South America-Universe), Christy Fichtner (Miss USA and Miss Texas) and Susanna Huckstep (Miss Italy and Miss Photogenic), Mariana was one of the favourites to win the Miss Universe title in Panama City.

Unlike Claudia van Sint Jan (Miss Chile 1985) and Mariana, Miss Chile 1987 competed at the Miss South America. Many of the delegates in each contest went on to their year’s Miss Universe pageant. Before winning the Miss Universe pageant, Barbara Palacios, Miss Venezuela, won the Miss South America title in 1986. Unfortunately, Cecilia did not qualify for the semi-finals at the 1987 Miss South America in Cartagena, Colombia.Curiously, she also did not win any award. Patricia Arce Rocabado (Miss Bolivia) was Miss Photogenic and Maria Victoria Zangaro (Miss Uruguay) was Miss Congeniality.Then, she immediately travelled to Singapore City to take part in Miss Universe pageant.

On May 26, 1987 Cecilia was crowned Miss Universe in Singapore City. There were celebrations for Chile -from Arica to Chiloe-,after Cecilia Bolocco won the title. The 35th Miss Universe began with a spectacular opening ceremony at World Trade Center in front of thousands of spectators from Asia and other countries.Singapore is the smallest country ever to hold the Miss Universe pageant, with a size of 270 sq mi and a population of 4.5 million people. Egypt made its first appearance as a participating country at the Miss Universe. Miss Honduras, Francia Tatiana Reyes, had taken the award of Miss Amity and Miss Brazil, Jacqueline Ribeiro Meirelles, won the Best National Costume title.

For many reasons, Miss Colombia, Maria Patricia Lopez Ruiz, was considered to have a good chance to win the title.Patricia had won two international awards: Miss South America and Miss Photogenic.

There were 12 judges: Deborah Carthy-Deu (former Miss Puerto Rico and Miss Universe), Neil Hickey (American journalist), Jose Greco (Spanish dancer), David Niven Jr (American actor), Charlotte Rae Lubotsky (American actress and singer), Chu San Goh (choreographer from Asia), Peter Graves (American film and television actor), Paul-Louis Orrier (French fashion designer), Arnold Kopelson (American film producer), Nancy Dussault (American singer and actress), Yue-Sai Kan (Chinese-American entrepreneur), Isabel Sanford (American actress).

Unlike other Miss Universes from Latin America -Norma Beatriz Nolan, Barbara Palacios, Dayanara Torres, Amelia Vega-, Miss Chile 1987 did not have the support of judges from Latin America. Deborah Carthy-Deu had given her support to Laurie Tamara Simpson Rivera (Miss Puerto Rico 1987). Some countries have been benefited by having many judges. In the past century; Venezuela has had many judges in Miss Universe: Carolina Herrera (fashion designer/ 1984 & 1997), Irene Saez Conde (Miss Universe/ 1983 & 1995), Maria Conchita Alonso Bustillo (singer & actress/ 1993 & 1998), Lupita Ferrer (actress/1986), Jose Luis Rodriguez (singer/ 1991) and Barbara Palacios (Miss Universe/ 1988).

Certainly, Cecilia had won the title and the special admiration of the Asian public. The audience had all eyes on Chilean Cecilia. It was the first appearance for Chile in the finals. She wore a spectacular white gown designed by Ruben Campos.

From 1990 to 2005, she was an internationally famous Latin American entertainer. Cecilia is a two-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and producer.In 1993, Cecilia Bolocco was one of the hots at the Miss Universe in Mexico City. She said: “Really gives me great pride to be here…” Three years later, she was one of the members of the panel of judges of Miss Universe in Las Vegas, USA.

Until their separation in April 2007, Bolocco lived with her husband, Carlos Menem -ex president of Argentina-, whom she married in 2001,and their son, Maximo Saul Menem Bolocco, who was born in 2003, in Santiago (Chile). She met Menem in 1999 when she was a successful journalist After the marriage broke up, Cecilia became a fashion designer.

Cecilia Bolocco has emerged as a popular youth icon and, the Chile’s sweetheart, with her every move followed by millions across Chile. She currently resides in Santiago.

Alejandro Guevara Onofre: He is a freelance writer. Alejandro is of Italian, African and Peruvian ancestry. He has published more than seventy-five research paper in English, and more than twenty in Spanish, concerning the world issues, Olympic sports, countries, and tourism. His next essay is called “The Dictator and Alicia Alonso”. He is an expert on foreign affairs. Alejandro is the first author who has published a world-book encyclopedia in Latin America.

A Sturdy Tree And A Sturdy Friendship

If Ponce de León sailed far enough north along the Florida coast in his 1513 exploratory voyage, he may have glimpsed one of the world’s great forests. We don’t know for sure.

We can be certain, however, that Pedro Menéndez de Avilés encountered the vast and magnificent stands of ancient longleaf pines when he commandeered the Indian village of Seloy in 1565 to use the site for his new Spanish settlement, St. Augustine.

Longleaf covered 90 million acres when Menéndez arrived, an enormous fork from the sinkholes of central Florida to the pine woods of east Texas to the Dismal Swamp in southern Virginia. Growing as tall as 15-story buildings, the trees stood in widely spaced stands with an open, grassy understory, kept clear of most other trees by periodic wildfires.

A mature longleaf pine is as nearly indestructible as a tree can be. Thick bark protects the tree from fire, while a huge root system can suck adequate moisture and nutrients from soil too limited in both to support competitors. The South’s sweltering summers do not bother the longleaf, nor do the freezes and ice storms that touch its realm in winter.

The longleaf’s “skeleton” of heartwood – the dense resinous interior of the tree, where growth stopped long ago – has been compared to iron in tensile strength. Hurricanes that would blow down other trees leave the longleaf unbent. In fact, nothing much short of a direct strike by lightning or a tornado seems likely to end a longleaf’s life. Scientists have calculated that in much of its range, the tree’s life expectancy is around 300 years because, on average, any given tree can expect to be struck by lightning at least once in that time span.

But in the years between the Civil War and World War II, the longleaf encountered an enemy it could not survive: the cross-cut saw. With the native forests of the Northeast and the Great Lakes states depleted, the timber industry moved south, felling mile after mile of longleaf. Longleaf lumber was used in modest British cottages, in Balmoral Castle in Scotland (where it is called pitch pine), in the fleet of the Royal Navy and in the utility poles that carried newly strung electricity and telephone wires across the North American continent.

Clearing the longleaf forest opened Southern land for cotton farming, for golf courses (the longleaf is recalled in the name of Pinehurst, N.C.), and for urban growth across Dixie.

If you drive through the South today, you will pass mile after mile of pine trees, often planted in rows just like corn. Those pines are not longleaf, however. Most of them are loblolly, a humbler species that is prized by growers because in most places it reaches commercial size years earlier than longleaf and because it grows in denser stands. (Some scientists argue that, in the long run, the longleaf is at least as economically productive because it adds more wood at older ages, but the optimum cutting cycle for a longleaf plantation is at least 50 years – twice as long as for loblolly. That’s a long time to keep your inventory tied up in the woods.)

Today, no more than about 3 million acres of Southern land is covered in longleaf, and that includes immature second-growth as well as the little that remains of the ancient old-growth stands.

Until a few weeks ago, I knew nothing about longleaf pine beyond its name and that it is found in the South. I grew up in the Northeast and reached adulthood in the inland Northwest. The trees of my youth were red oaks and sugar maples and northern white pines. As a young man, my favorite tree became the ponderosa pine, the kind you see growing in large tracts in the highlands of northern Arizona or around Western cities like Spokane, Wash. The ponderosa needs less water than the Northwest’s common Douglas fir, and it grows in open, grassy stands where its thick bark resists fire, much like the longleaf.

My longleaf education began with a call to a longtime friend and mentor in Alabama. This gentleman grew up in an agricultural region whose forests were cut down and whose fields were depleted by cotton, erosion and the boll weevil. He believed education and forestry were the keys to revitalizing his community. As a teenager, he planted forests on a piece of land his parents gave him. He then went off to college, became a top executive at a forest products company, and eventually retired to Alabama to manage his own timber holdings and volunteer for conservation organizations.

One of those organizations is the Longleaf Alliance, founded in 1995 to protect what is left of the longleaf forest and restore it where possible. In many places, especially near areas where people live, restoration is impossible because healthy longleaf forests require periodic natural wildfires, which we routinely suppress to protect human life and property.

My friend described the longleaf forest to me and told me where I might find an example, a few hours’ drive from my Florida home. I am planning an outing.

I then went away for a few days. When I returned to my office, a beautiful coffee-table book was waiting for me: “Longleaf, Far As The Eye Can See.” Virtually everything I wrote here about the longleaf forest is something I learned from that book, meaning I learned it from the friend who sent it to me.

I grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, when the term “conservationist” had fallen out of fashion and was replaced by “environmentalist.” I dealt with many environmentalists in my Montana years, and considered myself one, to an extent. Environmentalists typically wanted to preserve land as untouched as possible, in national parks or monuments, or in federally protected wilderness areas. This certainly has a place, though the extent of that place is debatable and often debated. People do not inhabit or commercially use the land in national parks or wilderness areas.

Conservationists, in my experience, have a different relationship to the land. Seven billion humans alive today have to live and work somewhere. The conservationists I have known – and I count my Alabama friend among them – see the land as a working habitat, one that has to support people and wildlife as well as climax forests like the longleaf and its undergrowth.

My friend once took me out on his tractor, paused in a field, and pulled out several handfuls of grass. He showed me the differences between the native species on which livestock could prosper and the invasive weeds that offered little nourishment.

My friend is in his 70s now. Men and women of his generation were proud to call themselves conservationists. I have known a few of them, and they have been some of my most profound influences. I found them in Montana and Arizona, in New England and in the South.

These people remind me of the longleaf pine in their patience and endurance, their strength and their connection to the land and the landscape around them. And they remind me of the longleaf because they, too, are not very common anymore. Their pragmatism, which was forged in the realities of the Great Depression and World War II, sometimes seems to have been replaced by an environmental absolutism that treats every issue as if it is the only issue that matters.

Maybe this is a greener attitude than the compromises a conservationist would make, but in the practical world, it offers as little nourishment as those invasive grasses.

Top 7 Sign Products For Your Construction Company

There are countless ways to promote your construction company. Using signage is a great choice because it helps identify your business and reaches a wide audience (especially for the price). Here are some of the most-popular products purchased by construction companies and why they work for your specific industry:

Car Magnets-Use car magnets on your work trucks for identification purposes. List your construction company name, location, and contact information, in addition to your DOT and licensing information. Magnets are easy to replace if they get damaged or come off the vehicle.

Car Decals-For more-permanent car advertising, custom car decals are a great choice. These vinyl graphics apply directly to the body of the vehicle. They are not removable, but they do accommodate curves and creases in the vehicle’s body much better than car magnets.

Vinyl Banners-A vinyl banner is a great product for a construction company because it’s a quick and easy way to deliver a big message, and it can reused at multiple job sites. Hang vinyl banners across your work trailer while you are on a job, or even hang them on the side of the building, so everyone driving by sees who is responsible for the work that is in-progress.

Yard Signs-Yard signs come in a variety of materials to fit every budget, and they are a smaller alternative to vinyl banners. Place a yard sign in front of the building or home after your build is complete identifying who constructed it-a great way to feature your quality workmanship.

Window Lettering-If your construction company has a storefront or corporate suite, you’ll want to order lettering to identify your business name and office hours. These die-cut vinyl decals can be customized to say whatever you want, and they provide a simple, classic look.

Etched Glass Film-If you would like to make your corporate suite look slightly more upscale, order etched glass film to install on your windows. This product creates a sandblasted look, and is a great way to identify your office in a unique way. You can even use a full-size etched glass frosted background to add privacy.

Vinyl Stickers-These small vinyl pieces can be used for almost anything. Place window stickers at all of your build sites once they are complete so their customers will know who built the building, or just pass them out to your clients for use as they see fit.

Michael Allen works as a Director of Marketing in Boston, Massachusetts. He has worked with both large companies and small local businesses for over 20 years. His vast experience in the field of marketing positions him as an expert in helping businesses expand by using marketing tactics.

Recession-Proofing Your Construction Business

Save money by making some adjustments to your construction business during periods of economic difficulty.

When a recession rolls around, there are many industries that suffer. However, the building and construction trade is often among one of the worst hit. As people batten down the hatches and look for ways to save money, they’re often reluctant to spend on any building work that is not strictly necessary – and this presents a challenge for businesses in the industry. When times are lean and people are only choosing to pay for things such as essential repairs, construction businesses need to find a way to lower their overheads if they want to keep their companies alive to enjoy better times ahead.

One way to help your construction business stay in the black is to ensure you look at ways to cut waste. The building industry is notorious for the amount of wastage it can be responsible for, and when you minimise everything from the amount of energy you use to the amount of unused or incorrect materials you are throwing away, you can see big benefits for your business. Cutting the amount of your waste which is sent to head to a landfill is another way to save money, as the government is introducing taxes and incentives to help construction businesses stay conscious of their by-products.

You can also ask around your suppliers, and see if any of them are willing to enter a take back scheme – where if you do find you don’t need all of the materials you expected, they are wiling to buy them back from you. This can help you a lot when it comes to things such as transportation and storage costs, but some businesses will buy back at a reduced rate, so it’s only worthwhile if you don’t expect to be able to use the materials on another job for a substantial amount of time.

Another tip for keeping your business afloat is to make sure you never take on more staff than you need. It can be tempting, especially when you have been working with the same group of people for a long time, to always take on the same group of contractors, but when times are tight you need to think about whether you should be mixing things up a little, and making sure you are never hiring three people when only two are needed.

You should also always make sure you spend a little time researching and sourcing all your hire needs. Half an hour on the internet and you could find a better deal for anything from your generator hire to cheaper options for your heavy lifting machinery. And if you do find a good deal, make sure to build a relationship with the provider and continue to pay attention to how their costs compare with the industry as a whole.

Harvey McEwan writes to offer information and advice on a variety of areas, from technology to holiday destinations. Read through Harvey’s other articles here to find out more.

How to Secure Your Construction Equipment With GPS Technology

If you are in the construction business, you will know the value of your equipment. We are talking thousands of dollars. So protecting your construction equipment makes every sense. Criminals have in recent years made it a big business, stealing equipment and shipping internationally.

The cost of equipment insurance has risen over time due to the number of reported losses. Have you experienced equipment losses? There are companies that are responding by purchasing GPS technology. Small GPS trackers, that are discreet are now used by many companies that want to protect their assets.

With GPS tracking technology your goods can be tracked in real time, so you will always be in the know. GPS trackers at the time of writing this article are able to send alarm, location signals whenever goods are removed without permission. For example, the DeWalt Mobilelock GPS asset tracker acts as an anti theft alarm system, includes vibration sensors, is weatherproof and works indoors. This type of product is proving useful for protecting construction and other equipment.

The on line tracking features that come with a good GPS device allow you to manage resources across a number of work sites. You will know how long a particular machinery is being used, and where you can allocate resources for a specific job completion.

Real time GPS monitoring works by installing a GPS tracking device to your equipment in a discreet location. The information from this device can then be accessed from the GPS service provider by way of text, email or phone. Tracking information will be provided to you and anyone you designate within the company.

By investing in a tracking device, your insurance company is bound to reduce premiums. Insurance companies understand the significance of a tracking device and know that chances of equipment, asset recovery are much higher.

If your business relies heavily on equipment, then investing in a GPS tracker is something worth considering. Equipment tracking [] systems are the key to protecting your company’s assets.

Womens Fashion to Suit Your Body Type

Womens fashion has been important in all cultures through out history. The styles of clothes have changed and as each decade passes the silhouette or shape has evolved and altered. Hemlines have constantly adapted and so have trouser shapes, in fact until the fifties women very rarely wore trousers. Current womens fashion changes rapidly from season to season and year to year but there is also a huge variety of different styles in fashion at any time and in addition to classic styles which are timeless and never really go out of fashion. This huge selection of styles means that anyone, no matter her size or shape can find the perfect clothes that will look amazing as long as she knows what she is looking for.

The key to finding the clothes that will look amazing is to identify your body type and pick out the right style of clothes to suit and enhance your body shape. There are five main body shapes each with its own style of clothing that suit it best. Although this rather over simplifies things and in real life, it is not always possible to classify someone into these groups, it gives a general idea on which clothes to try.

Womens clothing for pear shapes

Pear shaped describes those whose hips are wider than the rest of their body. These are ladies who tend to put on weight around their hips and thighs and in proportion have smaller busts and slimmer waists.

Clothes that flatter and enhance a pear shape will generally be fitted at the waist and flare outwards from the waist to skim over the hips and thighs. A line skirts look great on those with a pear shape. Other tricks to flatter a pear shape include balancing out the hips with wide or detailed necklines or wide bottomed trousers. Pear shapes will look best with darker colours and little fuss and detail as possible on the bottom half.

Womens clothing for apple shapes

Apple shaped ladies tend to gain weight around their middles and are characterized by thicker waists, rounder tummies and comparatively slimmer arms and legs. They can make the most of their legs by wearing short skirts and their arms by wearing sleeveless tops. They should avoid drawing attention to the middle of their bodies by wearing anything tight fitting, belts or detail around this area. Empire line dresses and tops are especially flattering for apple shapes as the fabric falls from just under the bust and skims over the tummy area.

Womens clothes for hourglass shapes

The hourglass shape is characterized by feminine curves or a larger bust and hips with a slim waist. The key to dressing this shape is to celebrate the curves and cinch in with a belt to highlight a slim waist.

Well fitting and supportive underwear is a good basis for a flattering outfit for an hour glass shaped lady. Pencil skirts with fitted tops work well for those with an hourglass figure as do tops with v necks, square necks or wrap over styles. Avoid clothes that are too loose fitting or too clingy. Fitted or jersey clothes that skim over curves will look best.

Womens clothes for slim frames

Some ladies have very slim frames with little definition between the bust, waist and hips. There are plenty of different styles that this body shape can successfully wear but generally features that add shape will be the most flattering. Look for ruffles, peplums, details, draping and block colours to add volume and interest to outfits.

There are plenty of other clever tricks that you can employ to disguise or draw attention away from your least favourite parts of the body. You can also balance out larger areas of the body by wearing plain simple colours on it and clothes that make another part of the body look larger.