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June 19 2015

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Types of Kites

Did You Know?



Kites were flown even before paper was invented. They were made out of leaves.Next time someone tells you to go and fly a kite, you can actually take the advice on a serious note! Flying kites is a fascinating activity that has been around for thousands of years. Today, there are different kinds of kites available in different shapes, sizes, and forms.

Kite flying began thousands of years ago in China. Even today, it is popular in many Asian countries, it is even a popularly sport called 'kite fighting'. Paper kites had different functions to perform rather than just being a medium for leisure and entertainment. They have also been used for military purposes and aerial photography. Their popularity is such that today, one can see so many varieties available in the market. Such was the beauty and functionality, the Wright brothers used its basics to create the very popular gliders. People of all ages can be seen flying kites over cities, fields, and beaches.



Common Types of Kites

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Flat Kites



The flat kite is the simplest of them all. It consists of a single sheet, which has a box and a bridle to provide support. For this, one needs to add the tail, keel, and vents. These are also available in a variety of shapes. The classic diamond shape is the most common of all. The Della Porta has a rectangular sail. This is also one of the oldest kites from the Western region. The English Arch top is on the similar lines of the diamond kite, the only difference being the rounded top.

Bow Kites

They are easy to identify, and have a flat and swept back profile. Due to their instability, they have a slightly convex surface to enable it to face the wind in a better way. They are very popular for sport activities such as kite surfing. It is their unique shape that gets it all the prominence.



Cellular/Box Kites

Cellular kites are available in a variety of shapes as well, though the base is same. The traditional box kite is very common and can be great to fly on a moderately windy day. The design involves four parallel lines. The ends of the box are left open. They are formed from many sections, and give a 3D appearance. It would be interesting to note that most of the records have been with the use of the box kites. Lawrence Hargrave developed a flying machine with the help of the principles used for the box kites. Triangle, star, and snowflake are among the popular designs of box kites.

Sled Kites

The Rogallo was the first kind of a sled kite that was developed in the late 40s. This relies completely on the wind similar to a parachute. The basic sled design has two sides to which the bridle is attached. The tail may be needed for such kites for added safety. It can be flown without a frame that is needed for support. However, the larger sled kites do consist of supporting rods.

Sport Kites

The shape of this kite resembles that of a triangle. It has two lines to control and is also known as stunt kites. At times, one can find the four-lined one available as well. In such cases, the lines are controlled with a pair of handles. With the development of kite flying into a sport activity, they are designed to fly in a variety of conditions.



Parafoil Kites

Domina C. Jalbert invented the parafoil kite. He was completely engrossed in designing kites for a long period of time. Made of ripstop nylon, these can lift considerable amount of weight if designed in a larger size. He was also awarded a Gold Parachuting medal for this invention. They are also very useful for a variety of wind sports, which can include skydiving, paragliding, etc. Inflatable kites also fall under this category. They are also used for advertising purposes. These use synthetic fabrics that help it hold the three-dimensional look. The shape is retained because the pressure of the air, which is inside the kite, is higher than the air pressure outside.

Fighter Kites

The types of fighter kites differ as per every region. They are single-line flat kites and broadly used for the sport of kite fighting. Lightweight paper is used for the body and sometimes they are also made from synthetic materials. The lines used for them are coated with finely crushed glass. This is used mainly in contests to cut the opponents lines or strings. Most Asian countries have many such kite fighting contests. Kite fighting also has had its share of controversies as well since these deadly lines have affected and injured many birds in flight.

Delta Kite

It is designed with keeping speed and maneuverability in mind. To make it more stable, a keel is often added to it. It is often recommended to beginners. It is easy to launch in the air, can fly even in light breezes, and can fly in steep angles. The most basic type of delta kite is the plain triangular keel without a tail.

Uses and Facts

China mainly used kites for sending military signals during the 6th and the 8th centuries. Leaflets were dropped with the help of kites during the peninsular war.

They have also been used to secure fantastic aerial photographs. Today, it is still used although one can use an aircraft or a balloon for aerial photography as well.



The early days of war saw the kites being used for target practice. Here, the diamond kites were mainly used to act as a potential enemy.

They have also been used for smuggling goods such as liquor across city borders.

The smallest kite in the world is 5 mm in height, and it actually flies.

The Chinese believe strongly that by looking at a kite flying high in the sky, one can improve vision.

East Germany banned the use of very large kites for it was feared a man could get through over the Berlin Wall with this method.

The kite was used by Benjamin Franklin to prove that lightning is electricity.

Kites were used to train falcons and hawks for hunting. The bait was attached to the kites as they could reach those heights, which the hawks would generally never bother to reach. With the bait attached, they were used to lure the hawks to a high altitude.

These were some mind-blowing facts about kites. Their designs often imitate the shape of birds, animals, insects, etc. Make sure to be very careful while flying a kite. Watch out for any electrical power lines that may strike or tangle with it.

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Painting with a Twist Ranked No. 1 in Category in Entrepreneur’s Franchise 500®

MANDEVILLE, La.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Painting

with a Twist®, the nation's largest paint-and-sip franchise, was

recently ranked the No. 1 Paint Sip Studio as part of the 2015 Entrepreneur

magazine annual Franchise

500 edition. This marks the second year in a row Painting with a

Twist has earned this honor.

Throughout its 36 years in existence, the Franchise 500

has acknowledged top companies for outstanding performance in areas

including financial strength and stability, growth rate and size of the

franchise system. The list has acted as a dominant competitive measure

for franchisors as well as a primary research tool for individuals

seeking established franchise concepts with proven systems and results.

Painting with a Twist was ranked

No. 1 in its category and 260 overall, reinforcing its status as the

nation's top franchise in the paint-and-sip industry.

"It is the utmost honor not only to be ranked in the Franchise 500, but

to top our category for the second year in a row," said Cathy Deano,

co-founder of Painting with a Twist. "This recognition underscores the

successful evolution of our proven franchise model. Frankly speaking,

the more successful our franchise partners become, the faster we

continue to grow. It's truly a great reward for Renee and I to see the

talented, competitive, and passionate entrepreneurs in our franchise

system achieve their personal goals."

In 2014, Painting with a Twist opened 69 studios - more than one new

studio each week - bringing the total studio count to more than 190

locations across 28 states. Development plans in the coming year include

further expansion into the Northeast and Western states while reaching

as far out as Hawaii, growing the brand's national footprint.



Fueling Painting with a Twist's unit growth - and equally important to

the long-term success of the brand - is the same-studio sales, which is

revenue comparison of existing studios that have been open for at least

one year, company officials say.





"In 2014, our same-studio sales revenue increased 37 percent over last

year, proving that our strategy and vision are on target, and our

dominant market share is yielding system-wide benefits for all

associated with our brand," said Renee Maloney, co-founder of Painting

with a Twist. "By working closely with our franchise partners we

continue to leverage enormous amounts of institutional knowledge into

fresh, new and creative experiences for our growing mainstay of repeat

guests."



At Painting with a Twist, people come together to experience a unique

'getaway' that includes friends, paint and the option to BYOB. Led by

local art instructors, guests paint on bare 16" by 20" canvases using

paint and brushes provided by the studio. There are more than 5,000

original pieces of copyrighted artwork, ranging from landscapes,

abstracts and cityscapes, to creative renderings of animals, iconic

buildings and florals, that have been conceptualized and produced by

Painting with a Twist art instructors. Friends gather for an evening of

laughs, creativity and camaraderie as they create one-of-a-kind pieces

of art to take home and, often, discover a newfound talent. In addition

to the scheduled classes, Painting with a Twist also offers private

parties for corporate outings, bridal showers, sorority functions, baby

showers and special events.

To inquire about Painting with a Twist franchise opportunities, visit: www.paintingwithatwistfranchise.com

or call (985) 626-3292.

About Painting with a Twist®



Painting with a Twist, based in Mandeville, Louisiana is the leading

paint-and-sip franchise with more than 190 franchises in 28 states.

Founded in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney, Painting with a Twist

began franchising in 2009 and provides customers with paint, a canvas

and brushes that lead to a fun evening with friends and a finished piece

of art. The company maintains a strong focus on giving back to the local

community, and at the end of 2014, Painting with a Twist donated more

than $1 million through their charity arm, Painting with a Purpose.

As the fastest-growing franchise in the industry, Painting with a Twist

has been ranked the top Paint and Sip franchise as part of Entrepreneur

magazine's annual Franchise 500 edition for the past two

years. For more information about Painting with a Twist's franchise

opportunity, visit www.paintingwithatwistfranchise.com.



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June 18 2015

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Painting Over Stained Wood is Easier Than You Think

Can You Paint Over Stained Wood?

One of the quickest and cheapest ways to totally change the look and décor of your home or space is with paint.  With just a few cans of paint and some labour you can change the look completely.

This is especially true when it comes to the kitchen cabinets.  Painting over stained wood or other wood finishes can be done and look amazing.  You just need to follow a few simple rules, allow some time and before you know it you will have a kitchen that looks new and fresh for a fraction of the cost or new trim or pieces of old wood furniture.

With the money you save on replacing kitchen cabinets you can upgrade the hardware and maybe even treat yourself to a new countertop.  You just need a few simple tools and products to get this process going.

Painting Stained Wood

The first thing you need to do is set up an area to work.  If you have a s

eparate work shop or garage that would be great but if you simply have no work place then get yourself a large painter's tarp and spread it on the floor of another room so you have a work space.

This process works for stained wood of all kinds whether you are painting your kitchen cabinets or painting a stained door or furniture it will be the same.  If you can take the piece apart or off the wall such as

with cabinets then do so now.  Make sure you remember where they came from because if it was a custom kitchen at one time, some of the doors may not work on other spaces, so best to keep track.

Start with a good cleaner and some clean rags.  TSP is a good cleaner to prepare any surface for paint but you can get TSP alternatives that work just as well and are not as harsh especially if using it inside such as this water based formula called Krud Kutter.

Take off the knobs or pulls or any hardware that you can, and wearing rubber gloves to protect your skin, give the door or piece you are working on a really good clean.  You need to make sure that any waxes and dirt are off the surface.

Most stained wood has a protective layer on the surface such as varnish.  It may be shiny or it may be matt but you need to sand some of this off to get the primer a good grip.  With medium grit sandpaper give your door or piece a quick sanding.  You don't need to get it all off; you simply want to knock that shine off which is done by taking a slight layer of the varnish off.



Take a damp clean cloth and wipe away any sanding dust completely.  This part is really important or you will end up with sanding bits in the grooves or on the surface and it will not look very professional.

Use a High Adhesion Primer for Painting over Stained Wood

Once you have your door cleaned, sanded and all dust gone, you are ready to paint

with a good adhesion primer.  It has to be this type of primer because it is different from painting a wall or drywall, it needs to "become one" with the surface and create a good base for your final coat.

Tip:  If you are painting your cabinets or wood furniture a darker colour, then get the primer tinted a darker colour so that you don't need as many finish coats to cover.  If you are painting them white or a light colour you will not need to tint.

Zinsser Primer is my favourite.  I have used this product to paint everything f

rom cabinet doors to trim to old furniture and it stays on.  It will go onto glass and not chip off, so this is perfect to stop the wood stain from bleeding through on your finished product. 

This will seal the surface so that the stain will not show, and is a necessary step to painting over any stained wood.  By using this primer you will be able to finish your wood in acrylic water based paint or oil paint.



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this is my favourite primer especially for stained or painted wood.

Make Sure the Primer is Dry

Make sure you follow the can directions for drying time.   You will most likely need two coats for this primer to do its job well.  Make sure it dries between coats.

Now it is time for your finishing paint.  This is not the time to cheap out on brushes.  You want a good quality angled brush, this works well in the crevices.  Don't put the first coat on too thick or you may end up with runs.  If you can paint the piece flat on your tarp that would be best, otherwise watch for runs and drips.

Let the first coat dry well.  Follow the directions on the paint tin for your finishing colour.  Then follow with a second coat.  Let dry for a couple of days if you can before re-installing.

While your cabinet doors are drying in another room, you can start on the frame parts that will show.  If you want to go completely wild you can paint the interiors of your cabinets too, but usually you do all the pieces that show between the cabinets with the same steps as above. 

If you are painting furniture, you may have to do it in stages depending on drying time.

If your cabinets have hidden hinges, then you can simply re-install but if you prefer the idea of new hinges and new knobs or pulls then install them now for a fresh new look.  You can get all kinds of knobs and pulls in hardware stores but you can get a good assortment online.



Tip:  It is best if you pick the hardware ahead of time, because you may need to fill holes from the old hardware with wood filler before painting stained wood cabinets and installing new handles.

Now you are done.  If you clean the surface, knock down a bit of the shine, and clean again, then the high adhesion primer will take care of the rest.  Painting over stained wood doesn't have to be difficult.  You don't have to take your wood back down to bare or strip it, if it is clean and you use the right primer. 





If you like the idea of painting your furniture but would like to go with a different look then check out how to do shabby chic for a different style.



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you can get all kinds of beautiful hardware for your cabinets or even your wood furniture to completely update the look.

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June 17 2015

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Aromatherapy | Buzzle.com





Aromatherapy is a branch of alternative medicine, that involves the use of essential oils to improve one's emotional and physical health. It makes use of the medicinal properties present in oils extracted from different flowers, fruits, herbs, plants, and trees. The sensuous aromas of aromatherapy oils are simply irresistible! They're the perfect way to relax and rejuvenate, and also help bring out the natural beauty of the skin by calming the senses. Aromatherapy candles when lit emanate a lovely, fragrant aroma that soothes one's body and soul. They also have antibacterial, antiviral, and natural antibiotic properties. Find out more about the benefits of aromatherapy from the comprehensive guide provided below.

Things You Should Know About Egyptian Musk Oil

Using the Egyptian musk oil that has a great fragrance can help you stay fresh all day long. When used as diffuser, its aroma can be calming to the mind, which can help relieve anxiety and stress. This is one of the most important...



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No thanks to the enormous amount of stress we constantly carry, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get a good night's sleep for most of us. Wait a minute before you pop that pill, as we've got aromatherapy to your rescue.

Benefits of Combining Aromatherapy with Yoga



Aromatherapy with yoga is a relatively new therapy for relaxation. However, the benefits of combining aromatherapy with yoga are truly remarkable because it helps you relax and rejuvenate your senses, leaving you feeling energized...

Steam Shower Aromatherapy

Combining the power of a steam shower with the magic of aromatherapy are now steam shower aromatherapy cubicles and products, which when placed in your home, can provide you a divine experience on a regular basis. Here is an...



Lavender Aromatherapy

Lavender aromatherapy can lift your spirits on the worst day. When you need some serious rest and relaxation, turn to this fabulous essential oil to recharge yourself.

Vetiver Oil

Vetiver oil is extracted from the roots of the vetiver plant and is used extensively in aromatherapy. This oil has proven to be beneficial in a number of ways. Let us see how in the following sections.



Aromatherapy Recipes for Depression

Aromatherapy recipes meant for depression are combinations of different essential oils that are said to uplift the spirit and lighten the mood. Here are some options that would help you.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Acne

Using aromatherapy recipes for acne and skin infections is a popular remedy. You can try the recipes given below and use them for getting rid of skin problems.



Aromatherapy Recipes for Hair

There are many different types of aromatherapy recipes for hair, which help address different hair and scalp issues. Read the following article to find out some effective ones.

Aromatherapy Recipes for Stress

Following certain aromatherapy recipes can certainly help provide relief from the symptoms related to stress and tension. It has a calming effect on the senses, and works by relaxing the muscles. The following article provides...

Aromatherapy Candle Making

Making aromatherapy candles is a unique craft, enjoyable process, and a beneficial activity, too. This article provides a brief information on aromatherapy candles and the process of making them.

Aromatherapy Oils for Hair

Aromatherapy oils for hair such as lavender oil, rosemary oil, etc. when mixed together and massaged onto the scalp enhance healthy hair growth. This article dwells on aromatherapy hair care...

Aromatherapy Candles Benefits

The benefits of aromatherapy candles depend upon the type and quality of essential oil infused in them. These candles help alleviate different health issues like sinus infections, cold, nausea, etc. and also reduce stress.

Aromatic Bath Salts

Aromatic bath salts not only invigorate your senses with their soothing fragrance, but also help calm your system by getting rid of certain aches and pains. This article introduces you to the history, benefits, and ways to make them.

Aromatherapy Gift Baskets

You can prepare a great gift basket with aromatherapy products, for someone you love - your mother, spouse, son, daughter, grandparent, or even yourself. For some ideas to create your gift basket, go through the following Buzzle...



Tips on Buying Aromatherapy Products

Indulge in the spice of mint or the relaxation of rose oils, yes, its aromatherapy that offers you such soothing and relaxing effects when you are exhausted and need a refreshing change. Before you step out to buy your aromatherapy...

Aromatherapy Essential Oil Diffusers

Oil diffusers help in spreading the aroma of essential oils throughout our homes. Here are some information on different types of diffusers that are available.

Aromatherapy Oil Burners

Burners help in spreading the fragrance of the aromatic oil in a particular area. This aroma then, depending upon the type, has the desired effects. Continue reading to know the benefits of aromatherapy and the types of oil burners...

Aromatherapy Benefits

Aromatherapy is useful in a number of areas like, dealing with physical and mental pains, and several diseases. Have a look.

Aromatherapy Massage Oils

Aromatherapy massage oils are extracted from flowers and plants to provide us with healing and energy. The different types of oils are used, either individually or in combination with other oils, for treating different ailments....

Aromatherapy: Titillating the Senses

Aromatherapy is a new technique which uses natural oils extracted from various parts of a plant to improve your health. Go through this article to know more about the therapy and its benefits.

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Huawei Launches the P8; A Revolutionary Light Painting Smartphone that Perfectly Blends Technology, Fashion, Humanity and Art

LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Today at the legendary Old Billingsgate, London's renowned arts and

fashion venue, Huawei Consumer Business Group unveiled the Huawei P8

smartphone, a perfect blend of technology, sleek styling, usability and

revolutionary low light camera features. The Huawei P8 is the

culmination of the P series' rich heritage of style and functionality,

and is once again redefining the smartphone market with easy-to-use

features that amaze and inspire consumers.



The Huawei P8 takes beauty to the next level, striking a flawless

balance of artistry and creativity. Based on a deep understanding of

human-machine design, the Huawei P8 delivers a new level of usability

for applications impacting everyday life - at work and at play. With

craftsmanship that pushes the bounds of possibility and new

revolutionary light painting modes, the Huawei P8 provides consumers

with an inspiration for creativity.

"The Huawei P8 is the most user-friendly smartphone for consumers

globally," said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

"Huawei has seamlessly combined the best elements of style and

durability, delivering a revolutionary user experience - especially in

terms of camera capabilities and network connectivity. We fully believe

this device will become one of the most popular smartphones in 2015."



Enhanced Usability

Continuing the minimalist design of the P series, the Huawei P8 embodies

the ultimate in craftsmanship, durability and elegance. Notable features

include:

Four color options - silver, gold, black and grey - and a one-piece

aluminum body with diamond shape blasting craftsmanship.

A revolutionary touch screen experience: double-tapping a knuckle

captures a full-length screen shot; drawing a circle on the screen

quickly captures content.

A "find my phone by voice" function allows users to call out to their

misplaced device, which then identifies its location with an audible

alert.

A 2600mAh battery and Kirin 930 Octa-Core 64-bit chipset, delivering

an outstanding performance outpacing the market by 20 percent.

An optional E-ink screen on the back of the phone; the metal back

cover can switch to an eBook in just seconds.

Best-in-Class Smartphone with Light Painting Camera

The Huawei P8 introduces a new philosophy for camera design leveraging a

combination of hardware, software and proprietary algorithms to help

users capture beautiful photographs, even in the worst lighting

conditions. Features include:

Industry-leading Optical Image Stabilizer technology up to 1.2°,

enabling high-quality photos and videos, and managing camera shake so

images are consistently sharp.

The world's first four-color RGBW sensor enhances brightness by 32

percent in high contrast lighting situations, reduces it by 78 percent

in low light environments. DSLR-level independent image processor

enabling noise reduction when shooting and intelligent detection of a

high-contrast lighting environment.

Four professional quality low-light shooting modes giving users access

to a virtual photo and video studio to capture artistic inspirations.

Setting New Standards for Mobile Connectivity

The Huawei P8 has re-defined the industry benchmark for seamless network

connectivity through proprietary Signal+ technology. The compact and

powerful dual-antenna design plus rapid switching technology allows the

smartphone to instantly switch between antennas, ensuring a continuous

strong network connection.

There are two versions of the Huawei P8; the standard device for EUR499

and the premium version for EUR599. It will initially be available in more

than 30 countries including China, Columbia, France, Germany, Mexico,

Spain, South Africa, Turkey, UAE and the United Kingdom.



About Huawei Consumer Business Group

By 2014, Huawei's products and services have covered more than 170

countries, and a third of the world's population. Huawei's shipments of

smartphones ranked third in the world in 2014. Huawei has 16 RD centers

have been set up in the US, Germany, Sweden, Russia, India, and China.

Huawei Consumer Business Group is one of three businesses within Huawei,

covering smartphones, mobile broadband devices, home devices and cloud

services. Based on more than 20 years of Huawei's expertise in the

telecom industry, built on Huawei's global network, worldwide operations

and business partners, Huawei Consumer Business Group is dedicated to

providing the latest technology to the consumers and bringing the joy of

technological advances to people all around the world. Huawei acts on

its word and fulfills dreams. For more information please visit: www.consumer.huawei.com



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L. TODD WOOD: Painting under the rockets on the Gaza border

Ashkelon, Israel -- Last summer, when the Gaza conflict was raging, I traveled to Sderot, Israel, on the Gaza border to see for myself what was happening. And boy did I see it.

A volley of about 25 Kassam rockets rained down around me while I was on the roof of a Yeshiva, peering into Gaza itself. The Iron Dome missiles tore into the sky one after the other from multiple launchers, but they could not catch them all. I took cover behind a rooftop wall and one rocket landed about 40 yards away, sending a grandmother into hysterics as she scurried to cover her grandbabies running around in her yard where the missile landed, sending jagged, molten-hot shrapnel through the walls of the surrounding houses.

Things are much quieter now; however there are still missiles being routinely fired into Israel. The Gaza border town of Ashkelon has been the recipient of many of the Kassams recently. So once again, I've decided to see for myself. Once here, I was fortunate to be introduced to a remarkable woman who owns a small art studio in Museum Khan, only a short ways from the Gaza border. The studio is located inside a stone stable built inside the ancient walls of a old hotel dating back to the crusades. Ashkelon has a 5,000-year history and the recent discoveries from multiple civilizations are on display.

Ella Rozenberg greets me warmly when I arrive and serves rich black coffee. The studio is cool and quiet, sheltered from the outside heat, and the hustle and bustle of the town. I can see why she chose this spot, it has a sereneness that is comforting. "People come here to rest and paint," she says in a heavy accent, somewhere between Hebrew and Russian. "The donkeys used to live here, but now it's mine."

Art, in various stages of completion, adorns the walls and is placed delicately around the floor. I ask about the rockets. "Last summer, we had at least 15 a day," she says. "Sometimes much more. It was very scary. On certain days I have up to 15 children here and we have no shelter. When the rockets come, we go to the bathroom in the hallway and wait 'til they stop. One landed right near my house. The whole house jumped like an earthquake."



Ella Rozenberg confers with a student at her art studio in the ... more 

"Do you still have them?" I asked.



"Now we only have two or three a week. The military doesn't respond as we don't want to start another war. We try to ignore them." As we speak, a Russian woman brings in her son for an art lesson. The blond-haired boy looks to be about 11 years old. Ella sets him up with supplies and leaves him alone. He furiously begins to draw. "He is one of my best students and has been coming here for a long time. He doesn't need any help. He knows what he wants to draw." The mother leaves the boy in her care.

Ella's family is from Ukraine. She herself immigrated from Tbilisi, Georgia, to Israel in the early '90s, once the Soviet Union collapsed. "I always wanted to come to Israel," she says. "When the Soviet Union let our people go, I went!"

There have not been any injuries due to the recent resurgence of rocket fire into civilian neighborhoods from Gaza. Although, one teen-age girl was taken to the hospital, suffering from a panic attack. Hamas says the rockets are being fired by Salafist, extremist, jihadists in Gaza. A jihadi group called the Omar Brigades, has taken responsibility for recent rocket fire into Ashkelon. The group is protesting arrests of their members by Hamas and the associated crackdown on Islamist militants in Gaza. Israel holds Hamas responsible for any rocket fire into their country as Hamas is the controlling authority.



The jihadists in Gaza have pledge allegiance to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. "ISIS in Gaza really scares the government and the people of Israel," said one local contact in the Israeli defense establishment. "They like for Hamas to crack down on them." There seems to be somewhat of a civil war going on in Gaza between Hamas and the Salafist movement. Israel is caught in the middle. ISIS fires on Israel to restart the war. Israel has been showing some restraint with only token strikes as a symbolic response.



Meanwhile, Ella teaches her students to paint. The mother comes to pick up her son. Soon after, an older woman arrives. She seems more interested in relaxing in the cool environment than painting. However, soon Ella points out the woman's portrait of an Israeli military woman on the floor that is unfinished. The woman proudly starts to work on it, aware that I am taking pictures. The museum director brings me a cool cup of water. I am given a tour of the museum and the ancient artifacts. "He opened just for you," says Ella.

Ella shows me a painting she finished a couple years before 9/11. It is a rendering of the twin towers with the two arms of a scale overlayed. One weight is white and one is black. The black weight is tipping the scale. "The white represents good, the black evil. So far, evil is winning," she says.

Ella's work can be seen and she can be contacted on Facebook.

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Hobbies :: Common Mistakes to Avoid if you Love Watercolor Painting

With regards to painting, many would think that watercolor painting is quiet easy since you simply need paints, brush, water and surface to paint on. But this belief about watercolor painting is wrong, watercolor painting is indeed difficult to master and it takes lots of experience to perfect this form of art. A simple mistake of watercolor painting can ruin the whole piece. Most artists commit the same mistakes in their watercolor painting.

For novice painter, here are a few common errors that needs to be avoided whenever you paint.



The most common mistake done especially by novices is plunging the paintbrush directly into the paint bottle. In doing this apply thick coats of paints in to the surface thus creating a patchy and messy look to the painting. The best way to use paint is by using palettes, take out the paint from the bottle and place it to the palette. In this manner you'll be able to mix the correct amount of water to the paint and you'll have a good outcome of colors.

Watercolor painting has an unpredictable nature but there's a huge possibility to an unwanted outcome. So as to avoid this unwanted look, don't control the movement of the paint rather let it seize its own form.



There are times when you apply paint in a certain area and the result is bad. You will face a problem of how to get rid of it without ruining the whole painting. To eliminate this problem; immediately make use of a sponge or an absorbent cloth to eliminate the paint. Or you can dry up the paint first then use a damp brush and paper towel to take out the paint. Another instance occurs when there's extra water on the picture. You can fix this by making use of a clean dry brush. Never use a rag, this will only create a smudge. For an artist, bleeding of paint is extremely normal particularly in watercolor painting. Once this happen, paint it with shellac so that it won't spoil the rest of the painting.



The color of the palette you use also offers an effect. It is wise to use white palette particularly when mixing colors because white background uncovers the real shade of the color. If you use darker palette you will not be able to see the exact shade. When keeping the brushes after using, it is better to put it in a wooden box or any box that is longer than the brushes to avoid damaging the tips of the brushes. After using paints, make certain that the covers of the paint bottles are match, otherwise the color of the cover and what's in the bottle can get mix.



And of course, using good quality paints has to be practice. If you wish to paint well then it's essential to use high quality paints. There are textures that only good quality paint can perform because cheap paints has their limitations. High quality paints has different effects than low-quality paints.



For novices, it's best for you to begin with simple shapes. It is a no-no for new painters to use complex shapes. Intricate designs should be use once you master the fundamental and simple shapes.



These are the common mistakes of watercolor painting. Do not be afraid to commit mistakes in your painting, there exists a saying that learning is best taught by experience. Once you experience these mistakes you will learn to fix it and it'll improve you to definitely do better.



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Oil Painting for Beginners - Tools and Materials



You might be surprised to find that I'm going to start with an easel. I consider the easel to be the main art tool. Invest in a really good, solid, adjustable easel and it will last you your whole life.

An easel is expensive, but an expenditure well worth making. You can always buy second hand as a good easel is made to last.



I'm going to suggest three types of easel: a radial easel, a desk easel and a travel easel.

Radial Easel

This is the easel that I have and the one you should get if you have space to put it and you are fit enough to stand. This type of easel is the sort professional artists use and the sort you'll find in art schools. It allow you to work on various sizes of supports and you can adjust it up and down, forwards and backwards.

You can move towards your work and then stand back to see what you have actually done. You can also draw with your whole arm and also place the support, (board or canvas), in the same plane as your subject.

This easel will fold up if necessary.



Studio easel

Although the radial easel is a studio easel, I have called the American easel a studio easel for the sake of clarity. These easels are stable and substantial. They will accommodate large works and are adjustable.

Desk easel



Get a desk easel only if you are not able to stand for long enough periods of time. The advantages of a desk easel are small size and ease of storage, but you will not be able to draw freely with your whole arm. Your movement will be limited and you won't be able to stand back to see what you've actually done.





Travel easel / French easel / Sketching easel

Use these if you don't have space for a studio easel, or use them for their real purpose, ainting outdoors. They are also known as box easels, (if they have a box incorporated into the structure for paint and brushes, or 'plein air' easels, (French for outside!).

These easels are not really heavy enough, or stable enough for professional work in the studio, but they're good for taking out and about and better than nothing.

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Evolution of Indian Painting Styles

Painting had always been a very powerful language of expression. There is always a thought involved in every brush stroke. Picasso once said "Painting is just another way of keeping a diary". Talking in Indian context, painting had been a very old fashion in India. It existed before any other language did, it served the purpose of documentation, demonstration and of' course communication. Though there is no definite proof that since when it started, but, it is believed that oldest paintings are the wall art of the Bhimbetka caves in Madhya Pradesh. Which depicts the paintings from Paleolithic (10,000 B.C.), Mesolithic (5000 B.C.) and Chalcolithic (2000 B.C.) times.

The impressions of Indian painting exist even in the most nondescript form of work, yet it never goes unnoticed. Rangoli, door outlines, painting the verandahs and the Temples are very good examples. In older times, colors used to play a major role in Indian painting. Indian art is known for using bold color shades and color symbolism in their paintings. Like reds and saffron for valor, Yellow for religion, black for tamas (evil) and whites for satvik (pure/goodness). The subjects of the wall art were mostly inspired by religious literature like Ramayana and Mahabharata, God painting and other themes like bravery, sacrifice, joy, love, and motherhood were the subjects. These wall art went on to become themes for various art and craft in India.

Murals

Mural paintings originated in South West India. It developed during 2nd century and continued till 6th century. Very popular examples of mural painting are the sculptures and frescoes of Ajanta and Ellora caves. The subjects of murals varied from Buddhism, gaudy pictures of gods and goddesses, highly stylized flora and fauna and engraved sketches on the walls. Kerala murals are an example of highly stylized imagery of gods.

Miniature Paintings

Miniature painting as the name specifies is a wee sized subtle form of art. This style was mainly used in manuscripts written on perishable items like leaves, cloth or wooden barks. Miniature painting popularized in the western India, Rajasthani and Mughal paintings are very good examples of this type. Though a very interesting form of original painting, today it is not practiced anymore rather is found only in the preservation of the archaeological department of India.

The Mughal school of Painting

The trend of Mughal painting originated during the reign of Humayun and went on to develop and bloom under Akbar, Jahangir and Shajahan. It is a brilliant blend of Indian, Islamic and Persian style of miniature painting. This style flourished during 16th to 18th century. Paintings were often used to keep an illustrative record of deeds in wars, court scenes, legendary fables, portraits, hunting scenes, wildlife, etc. It was only after Aurangzeb took command, the decline of Mughal paintings started as he didn't pay much heed to development of the art.

Rajasthani Paintings

This style prospered in the last decades of the 18th century in the royal courts of the Rajputana, India. Highly inspired by the Mughal Paintings, yet cultivated a style of their own. They reflect the rich Rajasthani culture with themes like forts, battlefield, desert scene, women, scenes from epics, etc. Also known as Rajput painting, it branched into various schools like Mewar painting, Bikaner, Jodhpuri, Kangra, Dalchand School of paintings. This style of art flourished into not just paintings but also into beautiful art and craft. Mirror work, tie and die painting, flower vase painting, earthen pot painting, framed art of oil paintings, etc are a few examples of its diversification. Though being very local and regional in India, these paintings are highly in demand across the globe.

Madhubani Paintings

The roots of Madhubani paintings lie in the village of Mithila (Madhuvan), Bihar and eastern Uttar Pradesh. Hence they are also known as Mithila paintings. Traditionally these paintings were done on the mud walls, floors of huts, but now they are done on more perishable material like canvas, handmade paper, etc. It is believed that this style sprouted from Dwaparyuga (The time of Ramayana), and matured over the ages. The themes for these paintings are generally Hindu gods like Krishna, Shiva, Rama, Durga, Saraswati, Kali, etc. Interestingly, tools used for these paintings are not conventional; instead they are made with fingers, twigs, pen-nib, natural dyes, etc. Presently, these paintings have become a craze among the ethnicity lovers, as it adds to the ambience of the surroundings.

Mysore Paintings

The Mysore paintings portray classical touch of South India from Mysore, India. Originated during the 15th to 16th century during the rule of RajaWodeyar, these paintings speak of the rich culture of southern India. Known for their subtle colors, gesso work, sophistication and detailed refinement, these paintings mainly revolve around the themes of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Usually, Mysore paintings depict scenes from the Hindu mythology. In modern times, Mysore paintings are popular souvenirs of festivals in south India.

Warli Paintings

Warli art is a specialty of the Warli tribe of Maharashtra, India, found in the northern outskirts of Mumbai. These paintings use geometrical shapes and patterns to paint their graphic vocabulary, and are usually done on the walls of houses. The themes of Warli paintings revolve around simple life of human beings, scenes from daily life, humans with animals, folk dances, etc. One of the oldest tribal art of India, it's usually done on occasions like marriages, festivals, folk dances, harvest, celebrations, temple rituals, etc. it is also known for its trademark red or black background and use of white for painting.



Tanjore Paintings

One of the richest painting styles of all the Indian times is Tanjore painting. Prospering since the 16th century, these paintings represent the unique style of south Indian paintings from Tamil Nadu (Thanjavur), India. Known for their longevity and grandeur, Tanjore paintings are embellished with semi-precious stones and gold. This style of Indian painting is inspired by themes from Hindu mythology and Gods and Goddesses. In present times, these painting usually adorn the temples and exchanged as gifts during festivals.

Bengal Paintings

The Bengal School of art originated in the times of British Raj (20th century). Highly influenced by the present circumstances of British suppression, these paintings were associated with Indian nationalism and patriotism. Interestingly, this style of painting was promoted by British art lovers. It's much respected form of art due to its significant promotion of Indian patriotism that still inspire the young guns of its motherland.

Contemporary Indian Paintings

With the changing times and advent of globalization, Indian art took a great leap and blended with the west. The contemporary paintings or more commonly known as modern Indian art are deeply influenced by the western concept of sublime composition and mystery hidden in the layers of color. The most interesting fact about the modern Indian art is, though, its style is inspired by the west but its themes are associated with Indian mythology, Hindu gods, women, emotions, etc. A perfect blend of modernity and tradition makes it an instant like among the painting lovers. With new artists emerging, the popularity and variety of contemporary Indian paintings is increasing exponentially today

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Acrylic Painting Techniques | How to Paint with Acrylics

Keeping Acrylic Paints Workable, Stopping them Drying Out - Because acrylics dry so very fast, squeeze only a small amount out of a tube at a time. If you're utilising a traditional wooden or plastic palette buy a squirt bottle so that you can spray a fine mist over the paint to keep it moist. The special 'Stay-wet' palettes - where the paint sits on a sheet of wax paper overlying a damp piece of waterproof paper does the same thing - keeps the paints moist.



Blot your Brushes - Keep a some paper towel or a piece of cloth besides your water container and get into the habit of always wiping your brushes on it after you rinse tem in water them. This stops water from running down the ferrule and onto your painting, leaving blotches.

Opaque or Transparent - All acrylic paints are opaque if applied straight from the tube or with only a tiny amount of water added - or if the paints are blended with a white paint. However, when diluted with water acrylics can be utilised like airbrushing or watercolours and the paints become transparent.

Acrylic vs Watercolour Washes - When an acrylic paint wash dries-out, it is fixed and permanent. Unlike a watercolor the dry paint is insoluble and can be over-painted without any concerns that the wash will be affected. The hues of the various layers combine optically to produce a unique effect. A watercolour glaze can be removed using water and a cloth, whereas the acrylic one is permanent and cannot be removed, but it can be painted-over.

Think Thin for Glazes - If you want to produce transparent glazes using acrylic paints the technique is to build them up in thin successive layers. Note that a thick layer will produce a glossy rather than a transparent look.



How to Improve the Flow of Paint Without Losing Color - To improve the flow of a color without losing of the strength of the color via dilution with water, always use flow-improver medium not just water.

Blending Acrylic Paints - Acrylics paints dry rapidly and so you have to work fast if you want to blend colors. One trick is to dampen the paper or other surface slightly as this will increase the time the paint can be re-worked.

Marking Hard Edges - Because Acrylic paints dry hard and bond permanently you can use masking tape applied directly onto the dried acrylic paint without threatening to damage the layer underneath. This tape makes it easy to produce a sharp or hard edge, similar to the method used wen painting a house. Make sure all the tape edges are stuck down very firmly and be careful painting along the edge. Don't apply the paint thickly otherwise you won't produce a sharp line when you lift the tape. Apply an even coat and be aware where you will have to lift the tape.



Using Masking Fluid - Masking fluids can be used just as effectively with acrylics washes, as they are with watercolors. Make sure the fluid is completely dry before you attempt paint over it, and don't paint too thickly. Masking fluid works on both paper and canvas. It is a good idea to experiment first to get familiar with the technique before using it on an important painting. Keep washing your brushes out with water and once the masking fluid dries it will ruin the brush. A good trick is to dip the brush into some detergent such as shampoo or washing-up liquid before using the brush for masking fluid as this makes it easier to clean the brush.

Using Acrylic Paint as a Glue for Collage - Provided the acrylic paint is used as a thick coat and the item to be glued is not very heavy, the acrylic paint will act well as a glue in a collage. This saves time and avoids the need to cover-up the glue.



Watercolor Effects - Many painters like to use acrylics in a very fluid state, to create an effect similar to watercolor. There is a major difference, however, as with acrylics, the dilute washes can be layered one on top of the other without the risk of disturbing the colors underneath, provided the layers are dried thoroughly between applications. Once a layer dries it becomes fixed and is insoluble in water. One disadvantage is that the color layer cannot be in modifying once it starts to dry. You can however still avoid this problem using two methods. You can either wet the paper before starting to apply the paint. Or you can use an extra brush dipped in water. Immediately after using another brush to apply the paint use the wet brush to soften the edges and slow the drying.

Dripping and Pouring Techniques - This technique requires a very fluid acrylic paint that is poured directly onto the canvas. Or you can dip a brush, dipping it into the fluid paint and allowing it to run off the brush onto the painting.



Sgraffito or Scratching Techniques - Sgraffito refers to a scratching technique. It involves scratching into the top layer of partially dry paint to reveal either the wet base layer or the dry color beneath. You can use various tools for this technique, including screwdrivers, toothpicks or a sharpened end of an old paintbrush handle.



Making Use of a Squeegee - Even a standard squeegee that you can buy at any hardware store can be use to create interesting effects. You can also buy various tools of various shapes with foam rubber attached. To use this technique first squeeze out some blobs of paint along one edge of your support. You can add a series of colors. Then using a single fluid motion drag the paint across the surface or your painting with your squeegee mixing and smearing the paint in a single motion.

Use High Quality Paints - When you start and you are still learning it is best to use cheap paints. But for your final paintings always use high quality paints and brushes. The best quality paints have consistent and brighter colors.

Don't Skimp on Paint - Trying to skimp of paint to save money is a bit mistake. Your paintings will be more interesting and 'alive' if you lay down a brush stroke with a full load of paint, leave it without any changes, and then reload your brush for the nest stroke. Don't try and scrub the paint into the canvas or rework the paint unnecessarily, otherwise you will end up just staining the canvas or paper, and not really painting. The paintings look best when you don't skimp on paint.

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Types of Kites



Did You Know?

Kites were flown even before paper was invented. They were made out of leaves.Next time someone tells you to go and fly a kite, you can actually take the advice on a serious note! Flying kites is a fascinating activity that has been around for thousands of years. Today, there are different kinds of kites available in different shapes, sizes, and forms.

Kite flying began thousands of years ago in China. Even today, it is popular in many Asian countries, it is even a popularly sport called 'kite fighting'. Paper kites had different functions to perform rather than just being a medium for leisure and entertainment. They have also been used for military purposes and aerial photography. Their popularity is such that today, one can see so many varieties available in the market. Such was the beauty and functionality, the Wright brothers used its basics to create the very popular gliders. People of all ages can be seen flying kites over cities, fields, and beaches.

Common Types of Kites

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Flat Kites

The flat kite is the simplest of them all. It consists of a single sheet, which has a box and a bridle to provide support. For this, one needs to add the tail, keel, and vents. These are also available in a variety of shapes. The classic diamond shape is the most common of all. The Della Porta has a rectangular sail. This is also one of the oldest kites from the Western region. The English Arch top is on the similar lines of the diamond kite, the only difference being the rounded top.

Bow Kites

They are easy to identify, and have a flat and swept back profile. Due to their instability, they have a slightly convex surface to enable it to face the wind in a better way. They are very popular for sport activities such as kite surfing. It is their unique shape that gets it all the prominence.

Cellular/Box Kites

Cellular kites are available in a variety of shapes as well, though the base is same. The traditional box kite is very common and can be great to fly on a moderately windy day. The design involves four parallel lines. The ends of the box are left open. They are formed from many sections, and give a 3D appearance. It would be interesting to note that most of the records have been with the use of the box kites. Lawrence Hargrave developed a flying machine with the help of the principles used for the box kites. Triangle, star, and snowflake are among the popular designs of box kites.

Sled Kites

The Rogallo was the first kind of a sled kite that was developed in the late 40s. This relies completely on the wind similar to a parachute. The basic sled design has two sides to which the bridle is attached. The tail may be needed for such kites for added safety. It can be flown without a frame that is needed for support. However, the larger sled kites do consist of supporting rods.

Sport Kites

The shape of this kite resembles that of a triangle. It has two lines to control and is also known as stunt kites. At times, one can find the four-lined one available as well. In such cases, the lines are controlled with a pair of handles. With the development of kite flying into a sport activity, they are designed to fly in a variety of conditions.

Parafoil Kites

Domina C. Jalbert invented the parafoil kite. He was completely engrossed in designing kites for a long period of time. Made of ripstop nylon, these can lift considerable amount of weight if designed in a larger size. He was also awarded a Gold Parachuting medal for this invention. They are also very useful for a variety of wind sports, which can include skydiving, paragliding, etc. Inflatable kites also fall under this category. They are also used for advertising purposes. These use synthetic fabrics that help it hold the three-dimensional look. The shape is retained because the pressure of the air, which is inside the kite, is higher than the air pressure outside.

Fighter Kites



The types of fighter kites differ as per every region. They are single-line flat kites and broadly used for the sport of kite fighting. Lightweight paper is used for the body and sometimes they are also made from synthetic materials. The lines used for them are coated with finely crushed glass. This is used mainly in contests to cut the opponents lines or strings. Most Asian countries have many such kite fighting contests. Kite fighting also has had its share of controversies as well since these deadly lines have affected and injured many birds in flight.

Delta Kite

It is designed with keeping speed and maneuverability in mind. To make it more stable, a keel is often added to it. It is often recommended to beginners. It is easy to launch in the air, can fly even in light breezes, and can fly in steep angles. The most basic type of delta kite is the plain triangular keel without a tail.

Uses and Facts



China mainly used kites for sending military signals during the 6th and the 8th centuries. Leaflets were dropped with the help of kites during the peninsular war.

They have also been used to secure fantastic aerial photographs. Today, it is still used although one can use an aircraft or a balloon for aerial photography as well.

The early days of war saw the kites being used for target practice. Here, the diamond kites were mainly used to act as a potential enemy.

They have also been used for smuggling goods such as liquor across city borders.



The smallest kite in the world is 5 mm in height, and it actually flies.

The Chinese believe strongly that by looking at a kite flying high in the sky, one can improve vision.

East Germany banned the use of very large kites for it was feared a man could get through over the Berlin Wall with this method.



The kite was used by Benjamin Franklin to prove that lightning is electricity.



Kites were used to train falcons and hawks for hunting. The bait was attached to the kites as they could reach those heights, which the hawks would generally never bother to reach. With the bait attached, they were used to lure the hawks to a high altitude.

These were some mind-blowing facts about kites. Their designs often imitate the shape of birds, animals, insects, etc. Make sure to be very careful while flying a kite. Watch out for any electrical power lines that may strike or tangle with it.

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19th-century painting sold for $5,000 fetches $5.2M just over a year later

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"Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows," had been sold when experts thought it was painted by fans of artist John Constable.





The seller of a 19th-century work of art may just feel like painting the town red.

The oil landscape by John Constable fetched $5.2 million at ¬Sotheby's in Manhattan Wednesday -- just 569 days after it was bought for a paltry $5,212,Bloomberg News reported.

The work, "Salisbury Cathedral from the Meadows," had been sold at rival auction house Christie's in 2013, when experts thought it was painted by fans of the English Romantic artist.



Sotheby's now says the work is a Constable that was painted over by restorers. The artist, it says, painted the work in preparation for his 1831 masterpiece of the same name, now owned by the Tate museum in London.



Neither the seller -- who turned a tidy profit a shade short of 100,000 percent -- nor buyer were identified.

"Someone at Christie's is going to get fired," someone muttered during the auction.

The painting was "heavily retouched with a dark and opaque pigment which probably dated to the late 19th or early 20th century in a misguided attempt to 'finish' the painting," Sotheby's said on its Web site.

"The retouchings on the present painting were readily soluble in the course of its recent cleaning."

Christie's officials glossed over the gargantuan gaffe and hinted that the matter wasn't settled.

"We are aware that Sotheby's have sold this work as by Constable," it said in a statement. "We took the view at the time of our sale in 2013 that it was by a 'follower of.' We understand that there is no clear consensus of expertise on the new attribution."

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White Bear Lake chiropractor loses license for renewed Ponzi scheming, board says

July 1, 1998 courtesy photo of Randy Scott Miland. Miland, a former Woodbury chiropractor, was convicted of a Ponzi scheme in 1999 and again in 2005. Photo

July 1, 1998 courtesy photo of Randy Scott Miland. Miland, a former Woodbury chiropractor, was convicted of a Ponzi scheme in 1999 and again in 2005. Photo courtesy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

An east metro chiropractor, twice convicted of fraud, has had his license revoked again based on renewed allegations of swindling.

Randy Miland is accused of bilking patients and other would-be investors out of tens of thousands of dollars over the last two years while he worked at a clinic in White Bear Lake, according to the Minnesota Board of Chiropractic Examiners, which revoked Miland's license in April after a months-long investigation.

The Minnesota attorney general's office, which participated in the board's review and presentation of the allegations, says it has referred the matter to local "criminal authorities," though no new charges have been filed.

"There's a lot of exaggeratory things in there," Miland, reached by phone Tuesday, said of the board's revocation order. "It comes down to people from the past who are going to get me no matter what. ... A lot of the things in (the report) I didn't even dispute. I just said I'm going to let it go because I'm sick of battling, battling, battling. I didn't even attend the (revocation) hearing."

Miland, 61, of White Bear Lake said some of the board's findings were untrue and some were misinterpretations.

"Let's put it this way, there were some things in the original suspension that were totally false," Miland said. "At that point I knew I was done. It was just a matter of time. They wanted me and they got me."

The reinstatement of Miland's license in 2011 prompted outcry from victims of his earlier scams, which date back to the 1990s.

They victims said they hadn't been repaid and wanted restitution to be a special licensing requirement. But the chiropractic board said that it lacked authority to implement such a requirement and that there was a mutual expectation that Miland would be able to make the payments once he got his license and began working again.

The board did include a condition that barred Miland from engaging in personal or business relationships with patients or their families.

In a 2013 interview with the Pioneer Press, Miland said he accepted responsibility for his actions and intended to repay victims once he got back on his feet.

He reiterated that Tuesday and said his attempts in recent years to reach out to victims went unanswered.

NEW ALLEGATIONS

But the chiropractic board's investigation, detailed in an April 16 revocation order, shows that instead of paying back old debts, Miland racked up new ones. Because the alleged activities involved patients, Miland violated conditions of his license, the board said.

The victims who were upset when he got his license back are ringing alarm bells again, concerned that Miland may be trying to dodge responsibility to repay those who fell for his scams.



Less than two weeks after the board presented its findings and revoked his license, Miland filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, seeking to have his debts discharged without a repayment plan. His list of unsecured creditors includes several past victims, as well as the IRS, the Minnesota Department of Revenue and the federal courts.



According to his bankruptcy documents, he's been working in "produce sales" at a Target in Edina for 10 months, making less than $9 an hour.

NEW CLAIMS FAMILIAR

The board's inquiry into Miland's dealings began after it got a tip in August.

His license to practice as a chiropractor had been suspended in October, but another tip in January prompted a full-scale investigation, which led the board to revoke his license.

According to the board's April 16 revocation order, Miland "was engaged in financial swindling of patients" and reportedly received as much as $89,000 from four patients in 2013 and 2014 -- including $50,000 from a now-former girlfriend -- purportedly for investments that would yield returns. Only $18,000 appears to have been repaid to one of the would-be investors, the board said.



The board also said Miland received more than $383,000 from four unnamed victims, of which he repaid about $125,000.

Miland said Tuesday he wouldn't comment on specific details in the board's order, but said many are untrue.

If they are true, the alleged investment scheme is a familiar one.

In 1999 Miland was convicted of five counts of theft by swindle in Washington County District Court. Miland, practicing at a Woodbury clinic at the time, told victims they would get high returns on money they gave him and falsely said he had an investment deal with Blockbuster Entertainment Inc.

According to court records, Miland owed his victims a total of $1.54 million. He repaid about $30,000, with his last payment recorded by the courts in March 2005. Court administrators wrote off the restitution orders as uncollectable.

He was sentenced to 4 1/2 years in prison but served less than a year before he was released so he could participate in Minnesota's Challenge Incarceration Program, an 18-month intense supervised-release program. His probation ended in 2004.

In 2006, Miland was charged in federal court with wire fraud for a real estate investment scheme; he was convicted and sentenced in 2007. The restitution amount was about $256,000, court records show. In April 2013 the court issued a "notice of final accounting of garnishment" showing that Miland had repaid about $131,000, which included a one-time payment of $117,000 in 2011. Records show no changes since then.

SECOND BANKRUPTCY

After his 2009 release from federal prison, Miland sought to renew his chiropractor's license, which he was first granted in 1979. The chiropractic board agreed to a conditional reinstatement in 2011.

Former victims, who had not been repaid the thousands Miland stole in his previous Ponzi schemes, were furious and pleaded with the board to either revoke the license or make restitution a requirement. The attorney general's office in 2013 asked the board to reconsider terms of Miland's license, but the board stood by its decision.

Following Miland's April revocation, the attorney general's office, which does not handle criminal prosecutions, turned the case over to law enforcement.

"We were very concerned and have already made some phone calls to refer the matter," said Ben Wogsland, a spokesman for the attorney general's office. "We have alerted the criminal authorities to these new allegations."

Miland previously filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1995. He was granted a discharge, later revoked after the trustee filed a complaint. The case was reopened in 2000 and closed in 2003 with no debt discharged.

BALANCE SHEET

As part of Miland's new bankruptcy case, he claims more than $1 million in liabilities that he is seeking to have discharged, including more than $600,000 owed to victims of his earlier scams and more than $425,000 owed in taxes and court restitution.

In a Chapter 7 case, all of a debtor's assets can be liquidated to repay creditors and liabilities. Miland claims assets of $16,000, including a 2009 Mercedes-Benz C300 sedan and a few pieces of furniture.

"If there's nothing that the trustee can come up with, no other assets, then the debts do get discharged; they go away and the creditors do not get paid," said attorney Mary Jo Jensen-Carter of the White Bear Lake firm Buckley Jensen, who has been assigned as a trustee in Miland's case.

If there appears to be fraud, some debts may not be discharged, Jensen-Carter said.

A meeting of the creditors is scheduled for Tuesday.

Miland's bankruptcy attorney did not return a call seeking comment.



Elizabeth Mohr can be reached at 651-228-5162. Follow her at twitter.com/LizMohr.

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