I love to draw and want to get better. Would using a Calligraphy pen to draw Chinese landscapes look good? I have seen Calligraphy brushes, but I think that is too hard to set up everyday! Please help me! My birthday is soon and I want to ask for that!

You may be able to draw calligraphical designs, but mainly as linework, script art, it would be like Pen & Ink cross-hatching to do fine details, suggest using both Pen and more so brushes to draw some linework with pen, then use brushes for blends and washes,

it may not be as hard as it appears to use brushes, but either method will require training or practice to develop techniques,

Youtube > Chinese painting – landscape composition

Chinese Painting demo

Tim Loh’s Paintings



creating value in pen and ink drawings


There are many goddesses in Chinese Art. Here’s a link to a few. http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=chinese+goddess&btnG=Google+Search

The ones I’ve seen most are elegant and tall statues usually carved in jade. In a pantheon, the many diffenent gods and goddesses represent many areas of inquiry for the Chinese. For instance, Quan Yin is the goddess of Compassion and Ch’ang O is goddess of the moon. The beauty of these figures is in their giving the faithful an image to pray to or appreciate.

Eastern thought gives us many options for devotion. They simplify things with prayer wheels with prayers written on them and as the faithful turn them, the prayer eminates into the universe. Or they hang prayer flags that send the prayers out with each gust of wind.

In my philosophy, the god/gods that may be listen and all we have to do it be devotional for our supplications to be heard.

Which is your favorite religious figure?


our hyperthryroid cat has issues with loose stool and alot of it..vet suggested Hill’s I.D..but in reading the ingredients, the first one is chicken by-product, third is corn gluten meal..I thought these ingredients were for cheaper, store brand cat food..She was on Purina Pro plan, which at least, the first ingredient is chicken!

Would someone please recommend an alternative to this..Her stools have gotten a little better but not much…Thanks..Loree and Jade

Cat poo is one thing I’ve learned a lot about! Poppy had loose stool for the first two years of her life. The substandard vet I saw never found anything wrong with her.

This, and her weight problem, started me on my quest which led me to learn about proper cat nutrition.

You’re absolutely correct that the Hills is garbage. Cats with "sensitive systems" most often react to the grains in the food, with corn, wheat and soy being the most common.

I believe that there’s a good chance you’ll solve her problems if you simply switch her to a good quality canned food. Or even a grainless dry food.

Poppy is a good example of this. After switching her to an all canned diet, her stool consistency improved immensely. And now that she’s eating raw, you could bounce a quarter off those things. If you should ever want to bounce a quarter off of cat poop, which would be pretty weird. But I guarantee they’d bounce!

From my blog:

Digestive upsets can take more than one form and of course may have more than one cause.

One symptom is vomiting and the other is loose stool or diarrhea. And then there’s farting.

Diarrhea is much more serious and a cat suffering from it should always be checked by a vet asap.

In cases of loose stool, a sample should be taken to the vet to rule out any parasites or conditions. Assuming there is none, then you have to look to the diet.

Ditto for vomiting. Excessive hairballs can often be dealt with by daily grooming. I’m not a big fan of supplementing for hairballs – I think the cause should be dealt with not just the symptoms. And I would never feed a hairball control food for the same reason, and because excess fiber isn’t necessarily a good thing. UPDATE: My vet mentioned that fish oil may be of help with hairballs. I forget why, but I think she said it helps break them down, or aids in their digestion….either way, it’s a good thing to add to the diet as it will also help skin and coat. It has an anti-inflammatory effect which may aid digestion as well.

But once you’ve ruled out diseases or parasites, the most likely culprit is diet. Crappy foods contain ingredients that many cats are unable to tolerate. But even some very good foods can disagree with a cat, either "just because" or perhaps because they’ve been switched to it too quickly. Or perhaps a particular protein source disagrees with the cat. UPDATE: My vet recommends the use of digestive enzymes when feeding foods that are higher in carbs. This will help the cat to digest them properly. They’re not as necessary if you’re feeding grainless foods.

Again, the solution in most cases is going to be to switch to another, perhaps better food. It does have to be done slowly, and you may have to try more than one food, but the results are worth it.

If it seems that you’ve tried every possible food and have been very patient in switching the cat to the new food, you might consider supplements. These include slippery elm or probiotics. I personally suggest Jarrow’s Pet-Dophilus as a good probiotic. UPDATE: When you begin pro-b’s, you may not notice an immediate improvement. Poppy actually got gas when I started her on them. My vet’s recommendation is to not give them everyday – perhaps 2-3 times per week or every other day. Also, once you’ve finished a bottle, buy another brand. Variety is good here. And don’t buy pro-b’s for humans. It’s not bad, it’s just not the right stuff for them.

Slippery Elm can be used (if you know what you’re doing) for constipation, diarrhea and loose stool – it’s sovereign, in or out, and is not harmful – although it should not be given at the same time as any other medications because it tends to dilute their effects. It’s considered to be a demulcent which affects water balance in the digestive system.


Sun Tzu The Art Of War 1/10

On December 30, 2011, in Chinese Art, by admin

Sun Wu (simplified Chinese: 孙武; traditional Chinese: 孫武; pinyin: Sūn Wǔ), style name Changqing (長卿), better known as Sun Tzu or Sunzi[1] (simplified Chinese: 孙子; traditional Chinese: 孫子; pinyin: Sūnzǐ; pronounced [swə́n tsɨ̀]), was an ancient Chinese military general, strategist and philosopher who is traditionally believed and most likely to have authored The Art of War, an influential ancient Chinese book on military strategy. Sun Tzu has had a significant impact on Chinese and Asian history and culture, both as an author of The Art of War and through legend. During the 19th and 20th centuries, Sun Tzu’s The Art of War grew in popularity and saw practical use in Western society, and his work has continued to influence both Asian and Western culture and politics.

Historians have questioned whether or not Sun Tzu was an authentic historical figure. Traditional accounts place him in the Spring and Autumn Period of China (722–481 BCE) as a military general serving under King Helü of Wu, who lived c. 544—496 BCE. Scholars accepting his historicity place his supposed writing The Art of War in the Warring States Period (476–221 BCE), based on the descriptions of warfare in the text. Traditional accounts state that his descendant, Sun Bin, also wrote a treatise on military tactics, titled Sun Bin’s Art of War. (Both Sun Wu and Sun Bin were referred to as Sun Tzu in classical Chinese writings, and some historians thought that Sun Wu was in fact Sun Bin until Sun Bin’s own treatise was discovered in 1972.)

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  Short while ago google had changed their ranking algorithm,   in the hope of offering it’s search users better results, google engineers published blog post which indicated there were 11.8% organic search results will be affected, put it this way, google thinks about 12% of it’s search results are really bad and need to manipulated. Google started this change almost one year ago, and recently I see some of my ranks were lowered considerably, the good thing is that those keywords promoted by content rich links are not affected, and a few of them even gained a few positions, it becomes clear that link building the old way is the thing of past, probably due to links crammed sites being downgraded by google.

Now what on earth is plain link building and how do people do it? There are a lot of SEO company out there are doing this, they put your links on websites which only exist for holding links, the only updates on those websites are the new links, and most of them are useless, we call these sites link spamming sites. Now google algorithm probably will weed out these sites, the links on those spamming sites won’t work anymore.  

Examples will be great for explanation. In the very beginning, I didn’t know better, I started with this keyword, Chain Binder, at that time almost every body was doing plain linking campaign, almost all the sites I got link from had too many links, and those sites had only links, no real content at all. This strategy worked in the beginning, eventually the keyword could be found on first page, this was the case until google made the change. Now let’s look at another keyword, chain pullers, we promoted this keyword with articles and blog posts, with very few plain links, now we have really good ranking for this keyword. Old and outdated linking campaign lost to content linking, what’s next? In fact the only thing matters here is content, when you create unique and quality content, not only people will love to read your stuff, so do the search engines. How do you do it? Writing articles and building blogs, take a look at this blog, best baby strollers , I didn’t put too much effort into it from start, but I never stopped posting, now it can even rank the highly competitive keywords. Now you can see, creating quality content and article marketing is what we have to do to get great result. If you can build a group of your own blogs, such as Trucking Accessories, then you will have a powerful weapon in your SEO arsenal.

At the end of day all you have to do is to create attractive content, publish and share with people, and put your keywords in the context you’re good to go, this strategy will prevail in short or long term. The virtues, persistence and patience, are essential for your success, long term strategy is required to improve anything of significance, be it your business or search rankings, now all we need to do is to give our love for creating and sharing great content and not to worry about the search results every day. When publisinh articles, I prefer ezine, google will index a new article on ezine promptly, popular blogs will get your post indexed as soon as you post it, let look at some aticles or posts which are published and indexed, let’s look at this one, Binder Chains , good writing, interesting content, indexed and cached, this article serves it’s purpose well.

Last but not least, we have hot social media now, no one can afford to not using them. For wordpress blogs, I recommend twitter tools, sign up for a twitter account and create a new application, set up API credentials in your twitter tools option, then make sure every new post will post a new tweet, it’s simple and elegant, it’s a big loss if you don’t use this tool.

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My name is Merve, I am a Muslim, an engineer from New York, a mom, a wife and a crafter by nature. My parents introduced me to arts and crafts at a very early age. I love doing arts and crafts as a hobby but most importantly to teach my son about nature and manual skills. My parents and I traveled quite a lot, thus I was able to pick up different cultures and languages easily. My parents introduced me to arts and crafts at a very early age. I love doing arts and crafts as a hobby :).

As a child I watched many Japanese shows. These shows influenced my taste, my skills and even my choice in profession. One of these arts and crafts shows that influenced me was called ¿Can I do it? Or in Japanese, Dekirukana? (できるかな). (Their protagonists were Noppo (ノッポさん Noppo-san), played by Ei Takami, and Gonta (ゴン太くん Gonta-kun). I only watched the show from age 4-5 but it did leave quite an impression in my life as well as in the life of many other children.

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Lately google did something to their ranking algorithm,   in the name of providing more relevant search results for it’s users, google engineers published blog post which indicated there were 11.8% organic search results will be affected, in plain English, almost 12% of google search results are useless or of low quality. Google started this change almost one year ago, maybe that’s why some of my ranks dropped out of first 10 pages, on the other hand almost all keywords promoted by contextual links are not affected, a few of these keywords ranked better than ever, it’s safe to say that old way of link building is doomed.

So what exactly is linking campaign the old way? There are a lot of SEO company out there are doing this, they add your links to those linking websites without context, the only updates on those websites are the new links, it’s safe to assume all of them are trash, the name of link spamming sites is justified. Now google algorithm probably will weed out these sites, any links on them will be affected too. 

A few real world examples will help to explain what I said. When I got into online marketing long time ago, I needed to rank the keyword, Trucking Accessories, of course with old way of link building, almost all the sites I got link from had too many links, worst yet, those sites had no content at all. This strategy worked in the beginning, finally the rank improved a lot, this was the case until google made the change. Now let’s look at another keyword, chain pullers, we promoted this keyword with articles and blog posts, not too many plain links have been built, you can imagine how this keyword ranks. So contextual link wins this time, what about future? It all boils down to content, as long as you dole out high quality content, your rank will improve over time, since search engines are another kind of readers. You probably think there are already too many blogs out there, it’s not true, there will never be too many good blogs, take a look at this blog, kaiya eve , in the beginning I just post to it casually, lately I added nice stuff left and right, the result? I got nice ranking for a few realy nice keywords now. As far as SEO concerned, article marketing with great content is the way to go. Say you’re building your own bogging network, something like Ratchet Load Binders, you will have the power to push any sites up in search engines.

Remember content is king, you just need to create content, get people to enjoy and share your stuff, and put your keywords in the context you’re good to go, your effort will reward you handsomely in the end. Whatever you do, you will need persistence and patience, you shouldn’t expect things to improve overnight, be it your business or search rankings, let’s keep building and maintaining our blogs until end of the day. Ezine is one of the best article directories out there, new article will be indexed within an hour if not minutes, popular blogs will get your post indexed as soon as you post it, I believe you should see for yourself, for instance, Chain Binders , quality content, nice presentation, indexed by google, this article is a good example of article marketing. 

Last but not least, the social media is the must have channel for your marketing effort. One thing you can do for your blogs is to install twitter tools, sign up for a twitter account and create a new application, link your blog to twitter, then every new post on your blog will show up in your twitter page, it’s real easy and useful, no one should miss this tool out.

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I am a beginner with Chinese and Korean Calligraphy. What textbooks give stroke order, images, and translations? I know a bit of Korean so the translation from Chinese to English or Korean is important. Websites would be appreciated also. Thank you for your time and knowledge.

i suggest going to the library because it will have more resources