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'Shark Tank' investment Alice's Table blossoms in Cape Coral, Southwest Florida - The News-PressTuesday, May 01, 2018
Beck said.The attendees don aprons to protect their clothing, and get a brief introduction to flower arranging, with tips liberally sprinkled in along the way. They can do arrangements, wreaths and flower crowns for flower girls or other festivities."I love the fact that many of the instructional tips you learn can help someone create an arrangement at home the next time they run into their local grocery store for flowers like a pro," Beck said.From how much water the flowers need and the water temperature, stripping the leaves off to keep them above the water level, and marking the container off in a tic-tac-toe grid with tape to keep proportions right, she kept the class on track.A mishap with hydrangeas had her scrambling at the last minute."They get a little persnickety," Beck said. "We're not giving you brown flowers. We want you guys to make the most beautiful arrangements."She substituted a solitary yellow rose."We're not cheap and chintzy with these flowers," Beck said, the value of the flowers and container in each arrangement about $50. After adding Italian ruscus for greenery, stripping thorns from roses, snipping tulips to a good height, and spritzing the flowers, the arrangement "recipe" was close to complete. The attendees could add to their bouquets from the...
The Underlying Cognitive Dissonance of the Left and the Right - National ReviewWednesday, April 11, 2018
AdvertisementMost of us are familiar with the stereotype of conservatives as unfeelingly cerebral and liberals as too emotional. Many unthinkingly repeat the line that the Left is caring and the Right cold. But Lindsey and Teles illuminate a subtler dynamic: It is also an article of faith among many progressives and liberals that, especially because of the role of money in politics, plutocracy exerts a strong and baleful influence over public policy. If plutocrats are indeed that powerful, does it really make sense that they would only use their power to produce neutral rules that in practice happen to favor the rich? Would it really not occur to them to push for rules that actively redistribute upward?Indeed, many of the same liberals expressing concern about the undue influence of wealthy donors on politicians also defer to the wisdom and good nature of government. It is as though they are unaware that government is composed of the very politicians they argue are in the pocket of wealthy benefactors.All too often, the wealthy interest groups that liberals loathe are embedded directly in government. Occupational-licensing boards, for instance, are regularly dominated by industry insiders who use their power not to protect the health and safety of the general public, but to restrict competition. In one surreal example, the Arizona State Board of Cosmetology cracked down on cosmetology student Juan Carlos Montesdeoca, who had committed the unspeakable crime of cutting hair for the homeless without a license to do so. The cosmetology board was, of course, controlled by industry insiders so concerned with restricting their vocation to licensed members that they couldn’t abide a kind man helping homeless people. The Left misses the logical conclusion of its claim that big money hurts politics, and the right misses a different conclusion, one inherent to its assertion that big government distorts markets.Advertisem...
Same-sex marriage: Push to let florists and bakers discriminate against gay weddings dropped - ABC OnlineTuesday, December 19, 2017
Labor, Greens have said they will strongly resist changes to parts of the bill around discriminationThe Senate is considering Liberal Dean Smith's same-sex marriage bill and will debate a range of amendments this week.But the push is over to extend the amendments to include service providers like florists or bakers.Liberal senators James Paterson and David Fawcett will not continue the argument that those service providers should be able to say no to a same-sex wedding if they are opposed to gay marriage.But the two senators have flagged they will introduce five other amendments, including having two definitions for marriage.They want to keep the definition of marriage as being between a man and a woman as well as having a separate definition that covers same-sex couples that says "marriage is the union of two people to the exclusion of all others".The two senators argue that having both definitions clarifies that both views are legitimately held.Bid for two definitions of marriageThe amendments also said faith-based organisations should not lose charitable status if they believe that marriage should only be between a man and a woman.Parents would also be given the right to withdraw children from some classes if they believed what was being taught was in conflict with their moral or religious beliefs.Senator Smith's bill allows for religious ministers to be able to refuse to conduct same-sex weddings, but senators Paterson and Fawcett want t... http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-11-27/push-dropped-to-let-florists-and-bakers-discriminate-ssm/9197448
PissPigGranddad, the Punk-Rock Florist Who Fought ISIS in Syria, Is Coming Home - New York MagazineTuesday, April 11, 2017
Belden said. “I came here to defend an alternative to that.” Even in liberal San Francisco, the leftist campaigns he had joined only ever produced minor victories: You could stop one longtime resident from getting evicted, but the newest start-up would eventually need a place to put its employees. Rojava promised something else. “This is the closest thing we’ve got to a socialist revolution right now,” Belden said. “I guess I figured it would be nice to see what it looks like when the left actually wins.”img class="img-data" srcset="http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/30/magazine/30-pisspig-2.w710.h473.jpg 1x, http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/30/magazine/30-pisspig-2.w710.h473.2x.jpg 2x" src="http://pixel.nymag.com/imgs/daily/intelligencer/2017/03/30/magazine/30-pisspig-2.w710.h473.jpg" alt="Image"... http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/brace-belden-pisspiggranddad-syria-isis.html
This Bride's Floral Dress was PERFECT for a Cherry Blossom Wedding at the Tidal Basin - Washingtonian.comTuesday, April 04, 2017
My first impression of Suzy was her striking wit,” says Justin, “and her willingness to say whatever was on her mind even if it was socially unconventional. In a city so full of people who think liberal, but act conservative because they are afraid to offend someone, it was refreshing to hear someone really be themselves.”The pair quickly became a couple. They dated for three years before Justin proposed while they were on a trip to Morocco. They had ridden camels out into the Sahara desert and climbed to the top of a dune to watch the sun set. There was no one around for miles except for two German tourists, who Justin approached with his phone. “Will you take our picture?” he asked, gesturing to his phone. On his screen he had left up a single line of translation from German to English that read: “I’m about to ask her to marry me.” “I thought we were posin...
Society of American Florists Past President Mel Schwanke Dies at 92 - Greenhouse GrowerTuesday, January 08, 2019
Schwanke served as the executive director of the Nebraska Florist Society for more than 50 years and was also the Executive Director of NeMoKan — the Nebraska Missouri and Kansas Florist Association Convention, held annually for many years. He served on numerous committees, including the Retail Florists Council for SAF, and helped to create the American Floral Endowment for research and education in the flower industry.AdvertisementMel and Joey, his surviving wife of 70 years, were known throughout the floral industry for many years for their passion and dedication. They were also known as the famous matching couple, having dressed in coordinating outfits at industry events and everyday in Joey’s family business, Greens Greenhouses Inc.Schwanke served as a Marine in World War II and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. He is survived by his wife Joey, and children Jo Heinz, Cindy McKown, and J Schwanke, along with four grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Ludvigsens Funeral Home in Fremont, NE, is in charge of the services. Visitation will be Thursday Dec. 20.Brian Sparks is senior editor of Greenhouse Grower and editor of Greenhouse Grower Technology. See all author stories here. https://www.greenhousegrower.com/management/saf-past-president-mel-schwanke-dies-at-92/
Citizen of the Year: Catlins fantastic florist - Champaign/Urbana News-GazetteTuesday, January 08, 2019
J.C. Penney in Danville, where she met her husband, Tim, then a manager trainee.She and Tim married in May 1987. That October, Tim's job with the department store took them to Iowa and then Nebraska, Kansas, Wyoming and Minnesota. In Nebraska, Welsh — who continued to work as a florist out west — directed community theater, served on the Miss Nebraska Pageant board of directors and directed the pageant for three years. In Wyoming, she was involved with the Cheyenne Frontier Days, billed as the world's largest outdoor rodeo and western celebration.In 2004, the couple and their young son, Tanner, moved back to Catlin to be near family. A couple of years later, Welsh opened Floral-n-Flair, a flower shop and event-planning business, in the same downtown building she started out in. She and business partner Kay Smoot also own and operate a gift boutique called Pauline's Attic.Welsh was working one evening when Stutsman popped in."Who got it, and how are we going to decorate?" she asked, thinking he'd stopped by to discuss the Citizen of the Year banquet at the Methodist Church, which she decorates.She was floored by his answer."It still hasn't sunk in," she said, the day before the banquet.While honored, Welsh was quick to acknowledge her "crew," including local high school students and residents who help her set up for community events, weddings and parties — and family. Tanner, who turns 21 this month, has autism, and Tim is his full-time caregiver and still finds time to help out at work."I wouldn't be able to do any of this without him," she said."It's always been a team effort," she continued, adding she learned that from her dad who helped out in many ways at the shop and home before he passed away a couple of years ago.Welsh recalled sitting at the family table years ago after her brother became a 1,000-yard rusher on his high school football team."My dad pointed to his picture on the front of the sports page and said, 'He wouldn't have done that without his line that blocked for him.' I've always remembered that. You can't do it alone. You have to surround yourself with good people and work as a team."... http://www.news-gazette.com/noelle-mcgee/2018-11-01/citizen-the-year-catlins-fantastic-florist.html
Magnolia florist is headed to Tournament of Roses Parade - Magnolia Banner NewsMonday, December 17, 2018
But how is small town florist from southwest Arkansas invited to decorate and design one of these monstrous parade floats? By asking Joslin herself, it’s due to years of building her skills and chasing dreams.“I’ve been doing this since I was a teenager,” she said. “My aunt was a florist. She lived in Oklahoma City and came down and taught me the basics of floral design.”Joslin for a decade owned Bridget’s Holiday Shoppe on Magnolia’s square then freelanced in Texas before opening her current downtown floral operation last year. In that span, she gained multiple floral design certifications, including a Louisiana Master Floral license in 1999, an Arkansas Master Floral license in 2002, a professional certified floral license in 2013, and a Certified Floral Designer certificate in 2018.Her latest certification also may be the most important. After passing the Professional Floral Evaluation Design test in Washington D.C. earlier this year, she will be invited to join the American Institute of Floral Designers (AFID) in 2019 in Las Vegas.“There are only 1,200 AFID florists worldwide,” Joslin said. “It’s hard to get. And once you get into AFID, these doors begin to open up for you.”Of the 40 Tournament of Roses contest floats, each is sponsored by a corporate entity. Those sponsors then contract a float company to design and decorate their entry — and that’s where Joslin comes in.She was notified of her selection as a designer and decorator in September. Joslin will be a member of the Fiesta Parade Floats team, which is tasked this year with retrofitting 13 parade entries, from the ground up, to compete against some of the most elaborate designs in the world.“I was invited to be a part of their floral design team,” she said.Completing the floats in such a short span of time is not left all to the designers. Thousands of volunteers aid the float companies as well.“We design the floats from the sketches and we put the flowers on the floats,” Joslin added. “The designers lead the volunteers to help put the float together.”Joslin, along with the 59 other floral designers, is considered a Tournament of Roses VIP. They are awarded a special red jacket, prime viewing spots during the parade ... http://www.magnoliabannernews.com/news/2018/dec/14/magnolia-florist-headed-tournament-roses-parade/
Horticulture expert brings floral design class to ASUTuesday, October 16, 2018
Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts. Anderson received a master's degree in horticulture, the science and art of growing plants, at Kansas State University and her doctorate in horticulture from Texas A&M University. She also taught classes in floral design at both universities.Anderson will teach a topic course called Wellness in Floral Art for the 2019 spring semester at ASU. The class will focus on how flowers relieve stress and affect the senses. “It’s biophilia, so we’re being connected back to nature, which is where we come from," Anderson said. "Working with plants is a therapy, so not only is it a therapy for me to educate others on floral design as an art form and a stress reliever, (but) it’s also awesome to see other people benefit from it.” While 90 universities in the U.S. offer bachelor's degrees in horticulture, only two universities offer degrees in floral design according to The Bachelor's Portal. As a result, aspiring floral designers often select horticulture as a major.However, Anderson said an arts background is more valuable for entering the floral design field and modified her horticulture research accordingly. “When I was managing studios in San Diego and Los Angeles, the owners of the studios kept asking me to find florists that had an art background, not a plant science or horticulture background,” Anderson said. “That’s when I got the idea that we need (to) advocate floral design as an art form in order to have a more educated work force.” Anderson also has her own business, The Flori.Culture, in which she teaches floral art classes and creates arrangements for clients. She said she has created arrangements for events hosted by large companies including Cisco and Wa... http://www.statepress.com/article/2018/10/spartcult-floral-art-advocate-brings-new-classes-to-asu