Well Worn

16 Dec 18
The Grimdragon

Synopsis: They are the most feared mercenary company the kingdom has ever known.  Led by Yulan, their charismatic captain, the Free have spent years selling their martial and magical skills to the highest bidder – winning countless victories that shook the foundations of the world. Now they finally plan to lay down their swords. Yet […]

16 Dec 18
Twin Cities
Coffee-table books are almost always fun to look at, but these days the photos are accompanied by interesting text, too. Here are eight big boys that offer discussions of everything from fly tying to “Dungeons & Dragons.” “The Art of the Fishing Fly” by Tony Lolli, with photography by Bruce Curtis; foreword by President Jimmy Carter (Sterling Publishing Co., $27.95). Both a visual beauty and a reference guide, this book has a lot packed into 215 pages, including the history of fly fishing focusing on the evolution of fishing flies; a guide to essential equipment; a how-to section on tying three key flies by three top fly tyers; essays by noted experts; profiles of the top 19 fly fishing locations around the world; and a helpful glossary. The heart of the book is 75 profiles of flies, illustrated by color photos. Among them is the Seagren’s Minnesota Mayfly, created by Andrew Seagren to resemble a nymph from hatches of burrower mayflies found in Minnesota waters. “Apollo to the Moon: A History in 50 Objects” by Teasel Muir-Harmony, with a foreword by Apollo 11 astronaut Michael Collins (National Geographic, $35). Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first moon landing, this book looks at five decades of NASA’s Apollo program to reach the moon, told in an array of 50 objects and their back stories. The text, written by the curator at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, also tells the story of people who made the journey possible. Among the objects are Project Moonwatch telescope from the late 1950s; the Gemini 7 capsule from 1965; foods in plastic bags that were the first meal on the moon (1969), made up of bacon bars, peaches, sugar cookie cubs, coffee and a pineapple-grapefruit drink; Eugene Cernan’s space suit, Apollo 17 (1972), the last human-worn object to set foot on the moon; and Block 1 Inner Hatch (Apollo 4), a hatch modified to ensure the safety of crews after three astronauts perished in an oxygen-fueled fire that broke out in the crew compartment of their space craft. A two-page timeline traces the program from 1966 to Apollo 17 in 1972, the last Apollo mission and the last moonwalk to date. “Bob Langrish’s World of Horses” with text by Jane Holderness-Roddam (Storey Publishing, $40). Subtitled “A Master Photographer’s Lifelong Quest to Capture the Most Magnificent Horses in the World,” this beautiful book features photos taken on six continents, showing the horses in their native habitats on beaches and the seaside, fields and pastures, deserts, plains, rivers and lakes, forests and in the snow. The horses prance, lounge, run and care for their colts. Readers who aren’t familiar with horses will be surprised at the differences among them, from the Dartmoor ponies of the moorlands of Britain to an Arabian mare from the Royal Stables at Abu Dhabi, and a two-page spread of French Merens running through summer vegetation in the rolling countryside. What makes Langrish’s photos so spectacular is his use of light and scenery to bring out the horses’ beauty and, in some cases, personalities. “Contact High: A Visual History of Hip-Hop” by Vikki Tobak (Clarkson Potter, $40). From Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls to Kanye West, 50 Cent and Jay-Z, hip-hop legends’ stories are told through rare contact sheets from their most iconic photo shoots. There are also interviews and essays from industry legends that take readers on a chronological journey from old-school to alternative hip-hop, from analog to digital photography. “Dungeons & Dragons Art & Arcana: A Visual History” by Michael Witwer, Kyle Newman, Jon Peterson and Same Witwer (Ten Speed Press, $50). The game once associated with geeks has become so much a part of our culture it rates a 448-page book filled with colored illustrations. You don’t need to know much more than the subtitle: “A compiled volume of information and imagery for lovers of Dungeons & Dragons, including art, advertising, ephemera, and more.” Dungeons & Dragons is the most iconic gaming franchise in the world, with more than 40 million fans in its history and 10 million to 15 million active players. This illustrated history provides a look at the visual evolution of the game, featuring more than 700 pieces of artwork from each edition of the game’s core books, supplements and modules; decades of magazines, classic advertisements and merchandise, and never-before-seen sketches. The writing team had access to the archives of Wizards of the Coast and the personal collections of top collectors, as well as the designers and illustrators who created the characters, concepts and visuals. The book includes re-creations of classic Dungeons & Dragons artwork ready for framing, as well as a pamphlet-sized, unpublished original version of the game’s most infamous adventure module, Tomb of Horrors. “The Illustrated Secret History of the World” by Mark Booth (Abrams, $45). Before you even get to this book’s text, the green, lizard-like demons with wings on the endpapers tell you this is going to be one strange read. If the title sounds familiar, it’s because this book has sold more than 150,000 copies since its first publication in 2008 and is considered the authoritative text on esoteric belief systems and secret societies. This new edition offers exclusive new material exploring topics including Alchemists and Freemasons, the Knights Templar and the Gods Who Loved Women. The author, who studied history and theology at Oriel College in Oxford, challenges widely held ideas about the history of mankind and the way the world is organized. He examines myths, legends and narratives from a variety of cultures and religions. Beautifully illustrated with 475 color images. “Michael Jackson: All the Songs: The Story Behind Every Track” by Richard Lecocq and Francois Allard (Cassell, $50). In the foreword to this 544-page door-stopper, the authors point out that few books are dedicated to Michael Jackson’s music or his art more generally. “This book establishes itself alongside other volumes of his grand total collection by endeavoring — for the first time ever — to delve into Michael Jackson’s musical career, song by song,” they write. It begins in the early 1960s in Gary, Ind., with The Jackson Five practicing songs and dances, and ends with “Xscape,” a 2014 hit album released after Jackson’s death. More than 200 songs, videos and dance moves are analyzed, uncovering the stories around their creation. It is so detailed “Thriller” (1982) doesn’t even appear until page 200. Each page features a color or black-and-white image of Jackson or his collaborators. [related_articles location=”right” show_article_date=”false” article_type=”automatic-primary-tag”]“Spectacle: Rare and Astonishing Photographs,” foreword by Mark Thiessen, National Geographic photographer (National Geographic, $40). Leave it to NG to come up with photos that blow your mind. The 200 color images in this big book are divided into concepts — Chaos, Surprise, Beauty, Awe. A shark in a feeding frenzy is in Chaos; Surprise shows sulfur igniting into a liquid blue blaze; Beauty shows a starfish cleaving to a drifting jellyfish; and Awe stuns with a roaring wildfire. The cameras roam from undersea to mountains, insects to zebras, as well as ancient temples overgrown with greenery.
16 Dec 18
Phigella

I have an obsession with pyjamas.

16 Dec 18
Themes on fashion

This week went badly. About 1/2 the way through the week, I realized that the lighting in my bedroom is not as honest as the lighting in my work bathroom. You’ll see what I mean on day 2. Monochrome week was harder than I realized. I was fearful of becoming over matchy the entire week, […]

16 Dec 18
WONDROUS

I pick out flowers among other blooms. The beauty of the flowers do make me smile every time. Thou sometimes it’s just a cheap flower sell by Indian uncle in front of one’s shop, I don’t mind it at all. In fact that’s how I shove myself with love. I’ll put in the vase with […]

16 Dec 18
Denisa Zettlova

Personally, I’ve stumbled upon Hey Nadine’s videos back in the days of my first travels. I was anxious about travelling places I’ve never been and going through a type of transport I’ve never experienced. I found many of her videos not only useful but also inspiring. She has many packing guides, tips and tricks, hacks […]

16 Dec 18
Tnewst

Rashida Tlaib, the Democratic representative-elect from Michigan, has announced she will wear a traditional Palestinian thobe to her official swearing-in ceremony to US Congress next month. “Sneak peek: This is what I am wearing when I am sworn into Congress. #PalestinianThobe #ForMyYama,” Tlaib wrote in an Instagram post on Friday. Yama means mother in Arabic. […]

16 Dec 18
The Blogging of Flood 255

Outfits refer to products worn to go over the human human body. wholesale clothing uk is a reality that human beings wear garments according to their purpose and, of training course, in accordance to society’s expectation of what people must wear. Outfits can defend you from hurt when collaborating in specified actions these kinds of […]

16 Dec 18
The Bold Type

Another Christmas is coming and we are happy to experience it. Thankful to God that we are seeing the end of another year. We are all different and from different backgrounds, so our Christmas celebrations will be very different. Sadly for me this holidays I will celebrate separately from my family but still I plan […]

16 Dec 18
The Path of Consciousness

As 2018 comes to an end, I’ve been winding down and reflecting, looking back at a fulfilling and productive year with family, friends, and work. Some of the highlights were starting my weekly show on January 2nd, having my first spiritual and writing retreat, called the Path of Consciousness, and establishing a nonprofit organization, called […]

16 Dec 18
Morganification

It is officially winter coat season and the possibilities of how to bundle-up are endless. Although coats are becoming increasingly fashion-forward and street-style oriented, it’s sometimes difficult for me to achieve that perfect combination of warmth and fabulousness that’s absolutely non-negotiable on a chilly winter night out on the town. Enter: the Teddy Coat. While […]

16 Dec 18
Mary's Thoughts

    Daily Prayer for December 16 ———————————————————— Christoph Friedrich Blumhardt The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. Isaiah 50:4, NIV Lord our God, we thank you for giving us the […]

16 Dec 18
Once upon a time... NOT.

  Just an unobtrusive and inoffensively small observer is all he is, sitting, watching, quiet and calm, without cause or concern to interrupt the inner satisfaction of simply, being. The rough and well worn unpainted wooden bench inside the weathered garden shelter, is hard, but no matter. He’s sat on harder surfaces, in worse places. […]

16 Dec 18
Weam Namou

As 2018 comes to an end, I’ve been winding down and reflecting, looking back at a fulfilling and productive year with family, friends, and work. Some of the highlights were starting my weekly show on January 2nd, having my first spiritual and writing retreat, called the Path of Consciousness, and establishing a nonprofit organization, called […]

16 Dec 18
Jai's Jibber Jabber

My 28th birthday  started exactly the way I imagined it – with deafening silence.  This time around, I  planned to celebrate my birthday in solitude. Why though? Well, just for the heck of it. I switched off my cellphone. With the advent of social media thinning the boundaries of individual’s privacy mostly owing to the […]