Throughout history cupolas with their prominent placement on the roof tops serve both aesthetics and functionality by ventilating or providing a view. Cupolas originated before the 19th Century and are dramatic architectural accents. They are almost always placed in the middle of buildings giving the appearance of a little house. The little structure that sits on top many grand Victorian-era homes is a cupola.Whatever ones interest in placing one on an existing building or building a vacation home by the water with a great view, a cupola may fit the bill. Cupolas have become popular in contemporary architecture, both for their looks and leisure-time function. The rooftop room not only gives one a great view, it gives the home a unique almost whimsical appeal. Invite the neighbors over to watch the stars through a telescope or having wine and cheese. Providing high-altitude solitude, to take advantage of gorgeous views many new homes feature windowed cupolas or open decks.Turrets are … [Read more...] about Cupolas Create a Sense of Awe
Creating a sense of place
When writing anything that tries to tug at a reader's emotions, writers employ various techniques to successfully reach out. One of my favorites is localizing the issue and bringing it closer to readers' hearts by giving them a sense of the surroundings that the piece takes place in.Why The PlaceSome pieces, whether they're essays or short stories, simply work better when the reader has a good sense of the place it's happening in. Whether the environment ties in directly with the meat of the story or if it simply helps lay a strong foundation, there's no denying the value it can bring to the table.Creating ItProvide accurate details. If you're talking about a street corner in New York, get your facts straight and describe it accurately. While some writers prefer to try and get away with liberally bending the truth, it's not the most ideal way to practice your craft. The more authentic you can make it sound, the deeper it can draw readers. Allow the place to grow as your piece … [Read more...] about Successful English Writing – How to Create a Sense of Place and Avoid Bad Writing
Have you heard the joke about the exasperated husband who says to his wife in the midst of a quarrel, "Why are you so beautiful and yet so stupid?" His wife, maintaining her composure, ponders for a moment then replies. "I am so beautiful so you will find me attractive and I am so stupid so I will find you attractive."Perspective: it can make a big difference in how we think, feel, behave and relate to the opposite sex. Substantial psychological research on gender differences has shown that men and women differ significantly in how they perceive, think and communicate. According to communication researcher Deborah Tannen, men tend to approach the world from the point of gaining status, preserving independence and avoiding failure. Women tend to approach the world as a network of connections and try to preserve community, intimacy and avoid isolation. (Tannen, 1990) These generalizations obviously do not apply to each and every man or woman and there are lots of exceptions. However, it … [Read more...] about How to Create a Sense of Security in Your Marriage
"My wound is geography. It is also my anchorage, my port of call." --Pat Conroy in his novel The Prince of TidesI like the opening words to Prince of Tides for they tell me that place--in this instance, the South Carolina marshes and sea islands--will play an important part in Conroy's novel, almost like an alternately angelic and cruel character who knows and sees all.Place is the living canvas on which your characters are painted, the arena in which they compete with each other and love each other, the scope of their world. Whether the setting is of minimal consequence, as in a room or park where two people just happen to meet, or of great consequence, as in a classic man against nature story, place is seldom value-neutral.Place can be a wound, as Conroy writes, whether its a dimly lit alley in a high crime neighborhood, a sad and dirty room in an old house, or a farm where generations have lived without flourishing. Place can be a port of call whether it's truly a liberty port for … [Read more...] about How to Create a Sense of Place
You want your potential customer to purchase your product now.First, of course, you have to create a need for your product in your prospects mind. Explain the sizzle. Tell of the benefits. Try to think of any objections he may have and acknowledge them. Let him know you are looking at the situation from his point of view. Your on his side. Explain how the benefits outweigh the objections. Admit that everything is a compromise.When you think that he is seeing things your way, ask for the order and give him a reason to buy now. If you don't get the order now, you probably never will.Selling on the net is more difficult than selling in person, face to face with a prospect. Since you can't see your prospect and know nothing about your prospect, you have to put yourself in his place and try to imagine why you would not buy your product, then answer those issues. Chances are you won't get a second chance. Use this advice only after you have contacted the prospect enough times that your name … [Read more...] about Create a Sense of Urgency!