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Don’t let the simplicity of the styles fool you, however. While the styles were more or less the same across genders and socioeconomic status, the fabrics, designs and colors served to portray a person’s station in life.
Ancient styles were less varying in type than in today’s styles, often consisting of tunics, togas and stolas.
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Tunics consist of a loose-fitting shirt that usually began at the neck and ended above the knees, although the length often depended on what the wearer was required to do during his or her daily life. They were worn by both men and women with not much variation in style between the genders, although women were permitted to wear more closely-fitted types. Tunics were often worn under a toga.
MEDIEVAL CLOTHING STYLES Early on in medieval times, clothes were still highly influenced by the ancient Romans and Greeks. Tunics were popular and worn by both sexes. In fact, they became somewhat of a staple of fashion, often worn in a variety of manners from both an undergarment to a decorative outer garment.
Togas, which are usually credited to the Romans and Greeks (and now to drunken fraternity boys), were continuous lengths of cloth that were wrapped around the body and often worn over a tunic. Usually made of wool, the toga was the heavier garment while the tunic, usually made of linen, was much lighter and airier. Although both genders were permitted to wear togas originally, eventually the style was reserved for men while women were expected to wear stolas. Thereafter, if a woman wore a toga, she was thought to be an adulterer or prostitute.
Girdles became popular for women, as did long veils often reaching down to the feet. Men of this time period wore kneelength tunics and stockings or hose. The bliaut (a French fashion element) became popular at this time showcasing a tight-fitting outer tunic with a full skirt and wide sleeves. Ornamentation of the trim on the outer tunic became popular as well.
The stola – a long pleated dress worn over a tunic – was usually sleeveless, although some variations had sleeves, either short or long. Picture the garment worn by the Statue of Liberty. The sleeveless and more traditional version was fastened at the shoulders by clasps and usually had
By about the 1100s, fashion began to take a fancier turn. Women wore tight gowns, secured at the collar by a buckle with bands of material that acted as a necklace around the top. A robe was often worn and tied around the waist. Men of this time period wore clothes very similar to the styles of the previous century. A short knee-length tunic was worn for everyday usage while longer anklelength tunics were worn for more formal activities.
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er around the body. Men in this century generally did away with the looser outer garment, favoring the tighter tailored top that reached to just below the waist. By the 1400s, fashion was trending along the lines of the extreme. Huge voluminous gowns called houppelandes had floor-length sleeves and feathers became a hot accessory. The fad of “slashing” garments (making cuts in the outer fabric to reveal the clothing underneath) became popular. Women wore both under and outer gowns, sometimes cut in a manner so that both were visible in strategic places. In the late 1400s, the appearance of the farthingale (a gown with a bell-shaped hoop skirt achieved using stiffened reeds) became popular as a fashion transplant
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from Spain. The 1500s brought changes to fashion by way of a wide silhouette for the women, accentuating the hips, and for men by squaring off the shoulders very noticeably. Much focus was given to the sleeves of the garments, being puffed, ruffed, slashed and cuffed (try saying that three times fast). Corsets also became popular. Broad lace or linen collars became popular in the early 1600s. Woven or embroidered patterns of scrolling floral motifs were all the rage as well. Itâ€™s during this time period that the standing collar, supported by a tiny wire frame, became popular. Later in that same century, clothing turned back to the long, lean look rather than the puffy, cumbersome looks from before. In the early 1700s, the most trendy corsets, or stays, pulled a womanâ€™s shoulders back until her shoulder blades almost touched. This highly proper, super erect posture and very prominent bosom is a look that was more illustrative of this time period than any other.
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The Great Depression of the early 1930s brought much more conservative dress with a more traditionally feminine look.
By the late 1800s, the natural look transformed into a very flat-looking front and an enlarged back called a cul de paris (Paris Bottom). To keep all the material up and protruding, a tournure was used to support it all. From this period into the early 1900s, corsets were constructed with a straight front rather than a soda bottle shape.
The 40s brought rounded shoulders, full skirts and narrow waists once again. Coming out of the Great Depression and the Second World War, people began splurging on expensive material as well. This look lasted throughout the 50s. Bell bottoms were all the rage in the 60s and 70s. Short miniskirts, hot pants and blue jeans were groovy as well. Women moved into a more “manly” appearance by wearing pants more often than not.
It’s at the beginning of the 1900s that women’s dresses became shorter and (gasp) began to reveal the ankles. The flat bust and slim hip look was still en vogue.
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nger experts report that anger develops more often within marriages and families than anywhere else. The second most common place for episodes of anger is the work place. Did you need an expert to tell you that? While you may not need experts to tell you when and where you are angry, a little help in understanding how to deal with this powerful emotion can be helpful. Last week I discussed BLOW OUT and STRIKE OUT as two ways people deal with anger. This week I’ll talk about three more ways people deal with anger. FAKE OUT! The FAKE OUT way of dealing with anger is used by people who think they have to be nice all the
time so they try to FAKE OUT others by repressing their anger and not dealing with it (denial). This is the “peace at any price” way. If you employ this method of anger expression (or lack of it) you will go through life frustrated by your false face and you will never have your own needs met. You will allow people walk all over you for the sake of momentary tranquility.
siveness, however, is not usually expressed directly. It is expressed subtly and indirectly by stubbornness, procrastination, cynicism, or the intentional failure to do requested tasks. For example, someone who uses SNUFF OUT to express their anger will create unusual delays in getting ready for a party they do not want to attend. It is their quiet way (passive) of expressing their anger (aggressive).
What to do about it? Take a risk and tell the offending person how they are This kind of behavior has a negative impacting your life. impact on almost everyone, especially the one practicing it. It will undermine SNUFF OUT! Here I’m talking about your most valuable relationships and people who on the one hand act as if prevent you from taking the action everything is fine while beneath the necessary to solve real and present surface they seethe with resentment. problems. It can impact you both perIf someone makes them angry they sonally and professionally. SNUFF OUT (repress) their real feelings and relegate them to their quiet, What to do about it? Convince yourrestrained inner self where they churn self that it’s OK to be angry and even more OK to not allow others to ruin and burn, agitate and exasperate. your life with their negative and nasty Psychologists call them “passive-ag- behavior. If you are being treated ungressive;” they appear passive while fairly, speak out! Get in the habit of they think aggressive. Their aggres- gently expressing your anger so others
What to do about it? Anger avoiders need to learn to get in touch with this very real emotion. They need to learn to be assertive in dealing with others. They must secure a proper view of themselves and their place in this world; they must correct their mistaken beliefs about anger. Next week I will discuss the sixth way to express anger – and it is the right way, it is the way that brings healing and wholeness to your relationships. See you next week. ©2013 Dr. Ron Ross Comments to Dr.Ross@RonRossToday.com Read more of Dr. Ross’ writings at RonRossToday.com
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ach day, it becomes more apparent that our culture is changing. Some of the changes are collectively considered positive or negative; then there are the controversial issues. This article will focus on the latter. It can be risky-business talking about a lot of issues our society faces in the 21st century. Luckily, I can keep it in line and out of the box. Last week, a mildly reported story jumped out at me and begged me to write about it (not actually, because stories can’t talk). It’s about a college, or rather, a fraternity. We all have our ideas of what happens at a frat house. Of course, movies may exaggerate the lifestyle of the fraternity boys; they are full-time students after all. Nonetheless, things can get pretty wild at these places; they can get offensive too. Last week at Duke University, fraternity chapter Kappa Sigma threw an Asian themed party called, “Asia Prime”. The invitations sent out used racial stereotypes (typing things like “Herro” instead of “Hello”). Due to backlash from the original invitation, the fraternity changed the official name of the party to “International Relations” claiming it was a celebration of all races and cultures. That’s when the trouble began. After the party, the frat boys posted images of the event that portrayed several college students dressed in Geisha outfits, with more stereotype-language printed over the images. In response, the ASA (Asian Students Association) and their senior president Ting-Ting Zhou organized a protest on the Duke Campus late last week. In response,
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FAMILY COOKBOOK A LOVE STORY WITH RECIPES
y favorite kinds of cookbooks are ones that have been inspired by family recipes. I enjoy reading the stories about the family member that prepared the dishes in the cookbook and trying the recipes that have been passed down from one generation to the next. “Nahima’s Hands: Unique Mediterranean Cuisine” by Andrea Cassell is a loving tribute to her grandmother (Nahima) and her flavorful, Mediterranean recipes. What started out as a granddaughter’s love for her grandmother and a desire for her four children, and subsequent generations, to carry on these cook-
Andrea says that she wants people to read her cookbook and say “this looks easy and I can create this without a lot of work.” She also wants to encourage families to come back to the table. She says that the cookbook is not just about food, but about “our heritage, friends and families coming together through the food we eat.” Andrea’s Syrian grandmother, Nahima (Abouid) Albert, immigrated to the United States shortly after marrying her husband, Antonio in 1926. They owned and operated a corner grocery store in Miami. This is where young Andrea spent her childhood days while her mother and father went to work. It was there at Nahima’s knee that Andrea says she learned about hospitality and cooking. Her grandmother worked all day in the grocery store, and still found the time to cook dinner for her parents to take home. Andrea witnessed her grandmother’s selfless love and compassion daily. She was always in the kitchen helping her grandmother
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prepare food. Nahima passed away in 2009. She lived to be 101. Her grandmother’s love and talents with food inspired Andrea to create “Nahima’s Hands: Unique Mediterranean Cuisine.” While she includes many of the Mediterranean dishes that she learned from her grandmother in the cookbook, it also contains some of her original recipes that are easy to prepare. The cookbook contains a variety of Mediterranean appetizers, soups and salads, rice and legumes, vegetarian, beef, pork and chicken, slow-cooker recipes, desserts and breads, and many more. Wine pairings are offered for several recipes, making this cookbook a unique family entertainment guide. “Sharing the love of cooking with your hands,” is Andrea’s motto. “I hold my grandmother in my hands everyday with my cookbook, so I can never forget her.” You can order Andrea’s cookbook “Nahima’s Hands: Unique Mediterranean Cuisine” for $19.95, plus shipping and handling, at www.nahimashands.com or email@example.com Here is Nahima’s recipe for Tabbouleh, a traditional Middle Eastern salad with fresh herbs and tomatoes.
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1. GEOGRAPHY: The island state of Bahrain lies in what body of water? 2. HISTORY: In what year did Germany invade Poland? 3. CARTOONS: What is the name of Donald Duck’s girlfriend? 4. NATURAL WORLD: What part of the cotton plant is known as the “boll”? 5. MOVIES: Which actor produced and starred in “Bonnie and Clyde”? 6. MYTHOLOGY: In Greek mythology, which god is associated with winged sandals? 7. MILITARY: In Great Britain, what is the Victoria Cross awarded for?
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1. Name the winningest left-handed pitcher in Boston Red Sox history. 2. Who was the manager the only time the Arizona Diamondbacks won 100 games in a season? 3. In 2011, the SEC became the second conference to hold the top three spots in The Associated Press college football poll. What conference was the first? 4. Name the last NBA team before the Cleveland Cavaliers in the 2011 draft to have two of the top four overall picks. 5. Wayne Gretzky is the all-time NHL leader in career assists with 1,963. Who is No. 2?
9. ENTERTAINERS: What famous singer/songwriter was born with the name Stevland Judkins?
6. In 2012, American Vincent Hancock won his second consecutive Olympic gold medal in skeet shooting. How many other men have won consecutive golds in the event?
10. MUSIC: According to the song, where does Johnny B. Goode live?
7. Who was the youngest player to take part in golf’s Ryder Cup?
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New DVD Releases for Week of February 11, 2013 PICKS OF THE WEEK “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” (PG13) -- Charlie (Logan Lerman) is a lonely 10th-grader just hoping to make it through the school year. He has no close friends, and no hopes of finding any joy in his teen years. Charlie’s perspective changes after he gets swooped up by two seniors (Emma Watson and Ezra Miller) who show him that life is bigger than our insecurities. The film is based on a novel by Stephen
Chbosky, who adapted it for the screen -and directed it himself. And it totally works. The movie is funny, heartfelt and sensitive. Anybody who has been or still is a teenager can find something in this story that speaks to them. “The Sessions” (R) -- Mark (John Hawkes) is a writer who can’t write. Since he caught polio as a child, he’s spent most of his time in an iron lung (a giant tube that helps him breath), and the rest of his time on his back, hardly able to move. He’s also 34 and a virgin. After talking it over with his caregiver and his priest (William H. Macy), Mark gets the blessing to see a sex therapist (Helen Hunt), a licensed professional who can walk him through his first few times. It’s a heartwarming, grownup movie about sex. The experience is funny, relatively easygoing and rather uplifting. “Bully” (PG-13) -- This documentary ex-
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The movie is an obvious love letter to the bargain-bin action movies of his youth. In 19th-century China, a remote village is prey to a band of vicious outlaws. It’s up to the town blacksmith to lead a curious band of unique fighters through a series of confusing, cluttered and ridiculous action scenes. It’s gory, it’s action-packed, and it’s hard to follow -- in a fun way.
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by Samantha Weaver • It was Simon Cameron, who served as secretary of war under President Abraham Lincoln, who made the following sage observation: “An honest politician is one who, when he is bought, will stay bought.” • You might not be surprised to learn that some people who play video games can become rather obsessed. In 2007, one such person, a 45-year-old gamer, used a Japanese sword to rob a lingerie shop. He was apprehended, and when he was put on trial, he told the judge that at the time of the robbery he believed he was a female elf.
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• The average human walks approximately 100,000 miles in the course of a lifetime. If that walking were done in a straight line on the equator, you would circle the Earth four times. • In the early 1990s, a couple in Milwaukee was curious about the value of a painting they had displayed in their home, so they invited an art expert to evaluate the piece. The painting in question turned out to be of little relative value, but the expert noticed another work, a still life with flowers, that the owners believed to be a reproduction of a Van Gogh. Imagine this couple’s surprise when the work turned out to be an original 1886 painting, which later sold at auction for $1.4 million. ***
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LIBRA (September 23 to October 22) Your usually balanced way of assessing situations could be compromised by some so-called new facts. Check them out before making any shift in judgment.
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ARIES (March 21 to April 19) It could be risky to push for a project you believe in but others are wary of. Never mind. If you trust your facts, follow your courageous Aries heart and go with it.
SPORTS QUIZ ANSWERS 1. Mel Parnell had 123 victories (1947-56). 2. Buck Showalter went 100-62 in 1999. 3. The Big Eight, in 1971 (No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Oklahoma and No. 3 Colorado). 4. Houston, in 1983. 5. Ron Francis had 1,249 career assists. 6. Hancock was the first to do it. 7. Sergio Garcia was 19 when he played for Europe in the Ryder Cup in 1999.
FLASH BACK ANSWERS 1. The Crazy World of Arthur Brown. During performances of the song, Arthur Brown would wear a helmet that, yes, was on fire. A dish with lighter fluid was bolted to a cap he wore. 2. Sister Sledge, in 1979. The song came back when Dannii Minogue used it on her “Club Disco” album in 2007. 3. Frontman Bryan Ferry was passionate about movies and the theater, as well as old dance halls and cinemas. Roxy was a popular theater name. 4. Men Without Hats, in 1983. The song was a protest against bouncers who admonished club dancers not to pogo, which is basically jumping up and down in place, although without a pogo stick. 5. “Big Love, Big Heartache,” performed by Elvis Presley in the 1964 film “Roustabout.” After being run off the road on his motorcycle, Presley’s character, Charlie Rogers, is invited to be a carnie at a traveling carnival.
TAURUS (April 20 to May 20) Your enthusiasm sparks renewed interest in a workplace project that once seemed headed for deletion. Support from supervisors helps you make all necessary changes. GEMINI (May 21 to June 20) A colleague might be a bit too contrary when your ideas are being discussed in the workplace. A demand for an explanation could produce some surprises all around. CANCER (June 21 to July 22) Try to avoid distractions at a time when maintaining stability in a fluid situation is essential. There’ll be time enough later for the Moon Child to enjoy some well-earned fun and games. LEO (July 23 to August 22) Stop wasting energy licking your wounded pride. Instead, put the lessons you learned from that upsetting experience to good use in an upcoming opportunity. VIRGO (August 23 to September 22) You love being busy. But try not to make more work for yourself than you need to. Get help so that you don’t wind up tackling tasks that are better left to others.
SCORPIO (October 23 to November 21) You might feel angry over an unexpected shift in attitude by someone you trusted. But this could soon turn in your favor as more surprising facts come out. SAGITTARIUS (November 22 to December 21) Love rules everywhere for all amorous Archers, single or attached. It’s also a good time to restore friendships that might have frayed over the years. CAPRICORN (December 22 to January 19) It’s not always easy for the proud Goat to forgive past slights. But clearing the air could help establish a better climate for that important upcoming venture. AQUARIUS (January 20 to February 18) Good news: Your skillful handling of a recent matter has won admiration from someone who could be influential in any upcoming decisions involving you. PISCES (February 19 to March 20) You continue to welcome new friends into the widening circle of people whom you hold dear. One of those newcomers soon might have something special to tell you. BORN THIS WEEK: You love nature and inspire others to follow your example of concern for the planet’s well-being.
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The National Park Service (www. nps.gov) manages parks all over the country. Whether you prefer the mountains, seashore or places in between, the national parks have a lot to offer. At the website you can search by state or features of interest. As an example, if you enter “cabins” in the search box, you’ll be shown a list of all the parks with a variety of cabins to rent, ranging from those which are designated as historical landmarks and built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, to those that are fully modern with electricity, hot water and central air conditioning. Search by state, and you’ll see a list of all parks in the state, further searchable by areas of interest. Click each dot on the map and you’ll be shown information on individual locations. You’ll be directed to www.recreation. gov to make online reservations. Specify your location and dates, and you’ll be shown the availability. The longer you want to reserve a space, the more flexible you’ll need to be with your travel dates.
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