I Want To Live – The Story of Madhubala: Beautiful Face Born on Valentine’s Day


Khatija Akbar


Hay House India


Rs 399/-





February 14th is celebrated all over the world as Valentine’s Day. A day when each lover tries to make it the most romantic with that someone special be it over cup of coffee, movie, shopping date or romantic dinner. Valentine’s Day also reminds me of the birth anniversary of someone who bewitched all the men’s heart with a serene expression on her face. She was none other than Madhubala considered to be one of the most beautiful actresses to have once graced the screen of the Indian Film Industry.

In the biography “I Want To Live” – The Story of Madhubala the author Khatija Akbar gives the reader fascinating nuggets of information that throws new light not only on the life and times of Madhubala but also on the Golden Era of Hindi Cinema. The author has done extensive research in terms of conducting interviews with many of them who interacted with Madhubala. The story of this star is covered in the book spread across eight chapters right from her first film as a child star up to the magnificent Mughal-e-Azam bringing about not only the ‘reel life’ but also the ‘real life’ human being in her.

An interesting incident I would like to share with the readers is her professionalism and commitment towards her work. It had rained steadily all night. A heavy downpour had collapsed Bombay (now Mumbai) city. There was no power supply and train services were suspended. Be it the common masses or glamorous film stars most of them preferred to stay indoors by not venturing out the next day in the morning except for one Madhubala. She had to report for the shooting that morning and she did. The studio was flooded, its furniture and equipment standing in water with no one around the studio except for the security guard. How she reached there, what route she took, how early she left, an incident not only motivating but also reflects Madhubala’s benchmark of professionalism. It was late 1948, and the star was just fifteen years of age.

Book has covered each aspect of the actress be it Madhubala’s early death, her long affair and break off with the actor Dilip Kumar or her marriage to Kishore Kumar which witnessed mental turmoil. In her late 20’s at a time when heart surgery was not widely available she was advised to undergo one for a hole in her heart. It only gives the impression that life had not been fair with her in matters of the heart. But just few days before her death, Madhubala had been murmuring I want to live… God, I don’t want to die. Nine days after her thirty-sixth birthday on the morning of 23 February 1969 she eventually succumbed to her serious illness.

Born on Valentine’s Day Madhubala had her Villa filled with flowers resembling it as a florist’s shop. But on her last birthday the author says there was only one bouquet for her. Such is the modality of life. But her fans still remember and miss her on her special day as the legend Madhubala lives on who performed successfully despite her illness.

Variations of Banana Bread

When it comes to dessert, you might be craving for something sweet and creamy to complete the meal. It is tempting to eat the usual cold dish like ice cream or frozen treats, since these are readily available in stores. However, those who are health-conscious should opt for a more nutritious dish. You can make delicious and healthy bread at home, as long as you have all the ingredients that you need for the recipe.

Banana bread is among the types of bread that you can make with so much ease. In fact, it takes less than an hour to enjoy the moist rich taste of this recipe. You can even make it using different ingredients such as chocolate chips, walnuts, pecans and other fruits. With the right combination of the ingredients, you will surely enjoy the delectable bread that will satisfy your appetite.

Here are some of the variations of banana bread that you might want to try making. You will definitely enjoy the rich taste and moist smooth texture of the bread.

Chocolate Chip Banana

Kids will definitely love this type of banana bread because of the distinct chocolate flavour that it has. You can mix in chocolate powder with the flour to make the bread rich and chocolate-y. Choose the sweetened one, so the bread will not have that bitter taste. You can also use chocolate chip in this recipe; semi-sweet ones are perfect for this bread, particularly if you are not fond of breads that are too sweet. Mix in the chocolate chips, or use them as embellishments on top of the bread. Dot the top portion with the chips, or form designs such as flower, smiley face and many more.

Nutty Banana

If you like to munch on crunchy bread, nutty banana would be perfect for you. This contains chopped nuts such as pecans, almonds or walnuts. You can blend in the nuts with the other ingredients to create a crunchy appeal to the bread. Another option would be to use the nuts as decoration on the top portion of the bread. This style is particularly great if you are using almonds on the recipe. You may eat the bread plain or spread some peanut butter on it for a truly nutty taste.

Banana Zucchini

Vegetable lovers would love this banana bread because of the interesting texture and taste of zucchini. Simply add in grated zucchini to the batter; you will delight on the great combination of a highly nutritious fruit and vegetable in the bread. You can also add chocolate chips or chopped nuts in the bread to make it even more flavourful. This bread is also ideal to entice kids to eat vegetables; with the rich and delicious taste of the bread, you will never have to force them to love zucchini.

There you have it, just a few of the many variations of banana bread. Try making these recipes and you will certainly give your family a healthy snack or dessert. Serve the bread with an ice-cold beverage or fruit juice for a satisfying mealtime.

Edible Garden – How to Grow Herbs

Where Should you Site your Herb Garden?

Herbs should ideally be placed in a sunny but sheltered spot, shading during full sun at noon is good for many herbs. In front of a south-facing wall is ideal. Most of the common herbs such as lavender, thyme, rosemary, sage, winter savoury and marjoram are native to the Mediterranean, so if you can mimic these conditions it would be beneficial.

Herbs provide wonderful scents as well as being extremely tasty, so situating your herb garden near to your garden table or bench will allow you to greater enjoy.

A good balanced compost will offer best results, you can add well rotted manure to give a boost, but most composts these days have plant friendly additives. Avoid heavy clay soils or sandy soils, but to mix the two would be good with some added fibre.

Planning your Plot

It is important to decide what to plant and where to plant before you start, don’t choose herbs that you don’t like, take into account the size the herb could grow to. The label on your plant or the seed packet will give you size information, giving you an idea of how much space is required. Herbs grow well in containers, so if space is limited it makes for a good option, a premium multi purpose compost will suit. Ensure good drainage with gravel in the base of the pot or container. Why not try a combination of parsley, lavender, thyme, chives, sage, basil, tarragon.

Growing tip, keep mint in it’s own pot, it tends to take over.

Designing your Plot

Traditionally herb garden are formal and ordered, but more and more we see the just outside the kitchen window, it doesn’t matter how you decide to do it, as long as you enjoy it and get a benefit from your edible garden. It doesn’t matter how big or small your herb garden as the herbs are easy to grow in any size container, many supermarkets now stock potted herbs, so they can be picked up with your groceries.

What to plant in?

Your herbs can be planted in any pot or container, a raised bed will work too, there are also purpose designed pots for the herb enthusiast. You can place your pots indoors or outdoors. As long as you use a good compost then results will be good and you can enjoy fresh herbs anytime.

Decorating a Gentlemen’s Room Is Easy With Toss Pillows

For housewives, designing their husband’s office is always a pain in the neck. Same thing goes if you wish to redecorate or liven up your boy’s room. Men are always picky when it comes to accentuating their private spaces. Unlike girls, most of us though that home décor pieces made exclusively for men are always limited in numbers increasing the chance to leave their rooms very much boring and mundane. However, there are tons of decorative throw pillows out there that you can use to liven up a gents room easy and effective. All you need to do is to explore possibilities and use a bit of your imagination.

If you wish to revamp the look of your husband’s or even son’s room, no need to purchase new home décor items as all you need to do is to throw in some gorgeous looking toss pillows then you’re ready to go. Floral throw pillows are not the only option left in the market so why not broaden all possibilities and spice up that lifeless looking gents room easy and effective. See these tips below that can help you most.

  1. Solid colored pillows – for you to be safe than sorry, when designing or revamping a gent’s room, always make use of solid colored throw pillows. These toss pillows are presented on various styles and textures that you can match depending on the feel and theme of the room. If you want to go modern and eclectic, choose metallic throw pillows. Otherwise if you want to be more subtle and laid back which most men do, use plain colored pillows but don’t forget to create contrast to make the room animated and exciting.
  2. Character throw pillows – today, accent pillows are offered on wide variety of designs to match the distinctive taste of the consumer to which character pillows are born. You can use car-themed throw pillows on your son’s room and surely make him happy. For grown up boys such as your husband or boyfriend, expand your choices by including character pillows. However, make sure that you deeply known their preferences when buying character pillows.
  3. Nature inspired pillows – leaves, stems, fruits, branches, ocean, water are just some of the designs you can choose from to make that gents room full of attitude and energetic. Who says you can’t use a green throw pillow surrounded with leafy patterns and designs on your men’s room? Just make sure to avoid those toss pillows that entail girlie colored flowers and rose buds.
  4. Modern toss pillows – most of the time modern throw pillows are not created with floral patterns and designs, instead they are not gender specific making them a favorite amongst many designers. You too can make use of these pillows to liven up the look and feel of that room. They come on various shapes and styles and depending on your needs and want sure that there’s a pillow ready for to employ.
  5. Texture toss pillows – you can also use textured throw pillows for designing offices and private spaces. They are simple but indeed very elegant to the eyes.

Don’t let your gents’ room be lifeless and boring; you can make it fashionable and chic using throw pillows. Remember that effort and brave heart is also important to make it illuminating once again, of course coupled with creativity and passion. Use throw pillows the next time you revamp your gents’ room and see the big difference considering that they will bring life into the room yet are affordable.

Writing Your Life Stories

Remember the time that you got into ‘big trouble’ when you were a kid because. . .?

Or what about the time that your little sister. . .?

Or how about the time that your mom was making. . .and burned the. . .?

You probably have hundreds of these stories tucked away in your memory. Perhaps you’ve even thought that someday you would like to write about them. There’s only one problem. “I don’t know where to start — I wouldn’t know what to write,” you think to yourself.

One simple technique that will help you recall those stories and put them into written form is called “clustering,” which is featured in a book titled Writing the Natural Way by Gabriele Lusser Rico (copyright 1983; J.P. Tarcher, Inc.)

Whether you are aiming for publication or whether you just want to write down your stories for your children and grandchildren isn’t important. The technique will help you to recall your life stories.

Materials needed: several sheets of paper; a pen or a pencil.

  1. Find a comfortable place that’s quiet where you can work for 15 to 30 minutes without being interrupted (kitchen table; desk in your office; easy chair in your living room).
  2. Think of a subject that is meaningful for you, such as Christmas, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Valentine’s Day, Fourth of July, Easter, New Year’s Day. Other possibilities include birthdays, a beloved pet, a best friend, an older brother or sister, a younger brother or sister, a cousin, grandmother, grandfather, your mom or dad, a neighbor who was like a mother/father/grandmother/grandfather. Additional possibilities could include an enjoyable hobby, such as growing flowers, vegetable gardening, baking cookies, baking cakes, making candy, or sewing.
  3. Write the subject that you have selected in the center of one of the sheets of paper and then circle it.
  4. Draw a line with an arrow from your central word. Put it wherever it feels “right” to you. Up or down. Left or right. At an angle. Fill in the point of the arrow. Filling in the arrow will give your brain a few seconds to make the connection to the next word or phrase associated with your subject. The basis of the whole exercise is to allow your left brain and right brain to work together (to coordinate the analytical and the creative).
  5. Draw another circle and write down the word or phrase inside the circle that has popped into your mind.
  6. Repeat the steps of drawing arrows and circles and writing down the words or phrases that come to mind.
  7. At some point in the exercise, you will suddenly think of an introductory sentence and you will feel a STRONG urge to start writing. Do not ignore the urge. Take another sheet of paper and start writing immediately. Do not try to edit what you are writing. Do not try to over-think what you are writing. Let yourself write what comes to mind.
  8. Write for as long as the words keep coming.
  9. When you feel that you have nothing more to say on the subject, put down your pen or pencil and relax for a few moments, then read what you have written. Whether it’s one paragraph, a whole page, or several pages — congratulations! You have just written the first of your life stories!
  10. Set your story aside for an hour or two or even a day or two. When you read it again, you may find that you have remembered more details that you would like to add. If so, go ahead and add them. If not, and you are satisfied with the piece, that’s fine, too.

This exercise can be repeated for virtually any subject. You can also use it to help flesh out parts of your story to add more detail. Focus on a key word for a certain section of the story and see where the clustering technique takes you.

If you are interested in interviewing family members to record their life stories, be sure to check out LeAnn’s e-book: “Preserve Your Family History (A Step-by-Step Guide for Writing Oral Histories)” at http://ruralroute2.com — “Preserve Your Family History” ($7.95) contains more than 400 questions on 30 different topics to help you conduct your interviews. Even if you only record those interviews on tape (and don’t actually write the oral history), you will still have collected some of your family stories. And isn’t that the important thing?

Copyright LeAnn R. Ralph 2004

Kalonji Oil – History, Nutrition, Benefits & Uses

Both Kalonji oil and seed are equally good but kalonji oil is preffered over seeds as it is 35to 50% more potent and convenient to use

Kalonji oil is made from truly a remarkable herb called nigella sativa, popularly known as Black cumin or Black seed.

Kalonji is known around the world by many names because of its ancient popular history and medicinal value viz: black caraway, roman coriander, carvi (french), schwarzkummel (german), kalonji (Hindi/urdu), kezah(Hebrew) chernushka (Russian), corek-otu(Turkish), habbat-albarakah or habbatus-sauda (Arabic) siyah daneh (Persian) etc.

Kalonji is sometimes misleadingly confused with similar looking onion seed and black sesame, both of which are totally unrelated and deffinately are not the same.


Kalonji seeds have been found in several sites from ancient Egypt, including Tutankhamun’s tomb. Although its exact role in Egyptian culture is unknown, it is known that items entombed with a pharaoh were carefully selected to assist him in the after life.

The earliest written reference to N. sativa is thought to be in the book of Isaiah in the Old Testament where the reaping of nigella and wheat is contrasted (Isaiah 28: 25, 27). Easton’s Bible dictionary states that the Hebrew word ketsah refers to without doubt to N. sativa (although not all translations are in agreement)

In Islam, it is regarded as one of the greatest forms of healing medicine available. Muhammad (S.A.W.) once stated that the black seed can heal every disease-except death-as recounted in the following hadith:

[Sahih Muslim: Book 26 Kitab As-Salam, Number 5489]

It is also included in the list of natural drugs of ‘Tibb-e-Nabavi’, or “Medicine of the Prophet (Muhammad)(S.A.W.)”, according to the tradition “hold onto the use of the black seeds for in it is healing for all diseases except death” (Sahih Bukhari vol. 7 book 71 # 592).

Nutritional Components of Kalonji

Kalonji contains over 100 valuable nutrients. It is comprised of approximately 21% protein, 38% carbohydrates, and 35% plant fats and oils. The active ingredients of Kalonji are nigellone, thymoquinone, and fixed oils.

Kalonji contains significant proportions of protein, carbohydrates and essential unsaturated fatty acids, namely linoleic acid and gamma linolenic acid(omega3 &6), which are essential for a healty immune system other than calcium, potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium, selenium, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin B2, niacin, and vitamin C.

Nigellon semohiprepinon is an effective treatment of bronchial asthma and respiratory allergies because of its ability to expand and relax the air ways. It also reduces the release of histamines into the bloodstream and thus works against allergic reactions.

Another active ingredient of kalonji isThymohydrochionon, also acts as an antihistamine and pain reliever.

Use of kalonji helps in synthesis of prostaglandin E1. Prostaglandin E1 suppresses the release of allergic messenger substances and harmonizes the immune system. During the course of long term use the body’s defence mechanism stops its excess activity and regains its balance. This ameliorates ailments caused by allergic hyper-reactions, such as asthma, hay fever, and eczema

Long-term supplementation with Kalonji can reduce allergic symptoms greatly

It has been traditionally used for a variety of conditions and treatments related to respiratory health, stomach and intestinal health, kidney and liver function, circulatory and immune system support, as analgesic, antiinflammatory, antiallergic, antioxidants, anticancer, antiviral and for general well-being

Scientific research

Thymoquinone and pancreatic cancer treatment

Researchers at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia have found that thymoquinone, an extract of nigella sativa seed oil, blocked pancreatic cancer cell growth and killed the cells by enhancing the process of programmed cell death, (apoptosis). While the studies are in the early stages, the findings suggest that thymoquinone could eventually have some use as a preventative strategy in patients who have gone through surgery and chemotherapy or in individuals who are at a high risk of developing cancer.

“The seeds are also rich in sterols, especially beta-sitosterol, which is known to have anticarcinogenic activity.”

– Dr. Michael Tierra L.AC. O.M.D

Black Seed stimulates bone marrow and immune cells and raises the interferon production, protects normal cells against cell destroying effects of viruses, destroys tumor cells and raises the number of anti-bodies producing B cells.. U.S. Patents Sections, Antiviral Agents Bulletin #5,482,711

Black Seed proves to have an anti histamine, ant-oxidant, anti=biotic, anti-mycotic and broncho-dilating effect. Cancer Immuno-biology Laboratory, South Carolina

Black Seed is valuable source of protein, carbohydrates, essential fatty acids, vitamins A, B1, B2, C and niacin as well as minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron magnesium & zinc Study of Black Seed oil on humans, American Scientists

Kalonji /Black seed/oil uses/home remedies

Cough and Asthma Mix a teaspoon of Kalonji Oil in boiling water and inhale the vapors twice a day. Half a teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Kalonji Oil mixed in a cup of warm water and a tablespoon of honey is also to be given twice daily in the morning and evening. Continue the treatment for 40 days

Dry Cough 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil should be mixed in coffee and given twice a day before meals.

High Chloestrol Give 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil mixed with hot milk daily in the mornings (only once a day). This dissolves fats and dilates veins and arteries

Headache and Ear ache Apply Kalonji Oil on the forehead, sides of the face adjacent to the ears and behind the ears and then bandage the forehead. Give 2.5 ml Kalonji twice a day and continue for 3 days.

Loss of Hair & Premature Graying. Scrub the scalp thoroughly with lemon, leave it for 15 minutes. Wash with water and shampoo after thoroughly drying, Thereafter apply Kalonji Oil to the scalp. Repeat for one week and the loss of hair will stop completely. Kalonji Oil stops falling of hair, and gives a new life to dry, damage, dull unmanageable hairs and prevents premature graying of hair. Use continuously for one month.

Weak Eyesight. Take half a teaspoon of Kalonji Oil along with a cup of carrot juice twice a day before meals. For weak eyesight continue the treatment for about 6 months

Backache and Rheumatic pain Mix 2,5 ml Kalonji Oil with one spoon of vinegar and a tablespoon of honey and take this mixture in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner. Continue the treatment for 40 days.

Nausea/Vomiting Take half tsp of fresh ginger juice mixed with equal amount of Kalonji Oil, twice a day.

Toothache Mix half teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Kalonji Oil with warm water and gargle. Apply oil on the affected tooth, it will alleviate pain quickly

Nervous Tension/ Stress 2.5 ml of Kalonji Oil with a cup of tea twice a day before meals makes you calm down and eliminates all symptoms of tension.

General Weakness & Lethargy/Ed Take half teaspoon (2.5 ml) of Kalonji Oil with one cup orange juice in the morning for ten days.

For Improvement of of Memory Take half a teaspoon of Kalonji Oil mixed with 10 gms. of boiled mint twice a day before meals for 20 days.

Diabetes Mix 2.5 ml of Kalonji Oil in a cup of Black Tea and drink in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner. Continue the treatment till sugar level becomes normal.

Dyspepsia, Acidity & Stomachache

A cup of milk mixed with a teapoon (5 ml) of Kalonji Oil to be taken two times a day for 5 days.

Restful Sleep 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil mixed in a hot drink after supper gives a quiet sleep all through the night.

Leucorrhoea, Amenorrhoea and PMS Take 1 g dried mint leaves and boil in 2 glasses of water till one cup of water is left. Put half teaspoon of Kalonji Oil and give on an empty stomach in the morning and at night. Continue the treatment for 40 days.

Piles and Constipation Mix 2.5 ml of Kalonji Oil in a cup of Black Tea and drink in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner.

Obesity Mix 2.5 ml of Kalonji Oil and a tablespoon of honey in lukewarm water and drink in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner

Burning Sensation Mix 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil in one cup of Sweet Lime Juice and drink in the morning before breakfast and at night after dinner.Continue the treatment for 10 days.

Psoriasis Mix 50 ml Kalonji Oil with 60 ml Lemon Juice and apply on the affected area..

Burning in Urine Mix 2.5 ml Kalonji Oil and 10 ml Honey in 250 ml milk and drink twice a day.

Half tsp(2.5 ml) daily with pure honey two times a day is good for general health

How Do You Photograph Butterflies?

As a longtime nature photographer, I’ve observed that people who are just beginning to take photographs of nature often face the same difficulties. To help you avoid frustration when you take nature photos, I would like to share some of my knowledge with you.

This article may be helpful to you, if you already have some basic knowledge about photography in general but have not yet tried to photograph butterflies. For the purposes of this article, I am going to assume that you are familiar with the terms F-stop, shutter speed, depth of field, focal length of lens, magnification, exposure, ISO sensitivity. If these are new terms for you – don’t worry. I will be writing about some of those basic terms in other articles that you can find on EzineArticles.com. If you read those, you’ll find the rest of this article much easier to follow.

Butterflies are fascinating, colorful creatures, which makes them so popular among any age group. Even people who are not necessarily involved in wildlife conservation seem to be attracted to these gorgeous insects.

So let’s assume that you have discovered a beautiful Swallowtail Butterfly in your backyard that you want to photograph. You have your camera ready. The Swallowtail is resting on a flower. There are two ideal positions that the butterfly can be in that will make it easier for you to get an excellent shot. I’m going to describe them and then give you a strategy for getting a great photo in each situation.

1. The butterfly has fully spread its wings.

Carefully approach the butterfly from above, avoiding any hasty movement or loud noise.

The sunlight is on your back – do not cast a shadow on the butterfly. This would most likely spook the butterfly and spoil the lighting on your subject. Once you are close enough that the Swallowtail’s wingspan fills the frame about halfway to three quarters of the way, you will need to adjust your camera and lens so that the back of your camera (or film or sensor plane) is aligned parallel to the wings’ top surface.

Misalignment may cause parts of the butterfly to be out of focus. The same happens if the butterfly lifts the wings up to a V. Then it becomes impossible to get the entire butterfly in focus.

Stopping down may improve the situation slightly, but the gain of depth of field becomes less the closer you are and the longer the focal length of the lens. With the available light, the shutter speed may drop too far and you will have to take measures to avoid blurring the picture. Using a tripod would be ideal, but it restricts mobility. A monopod would be a compromise. Use the vibration reduction feature, if available.

2. The butterfly has folded up the wings. This is a good opportunity to photograph the bottom side of the butterfly’s wings. The undersurface of the wings of some butterfly species, like the Swallowtail, reveals an attractive color pattern. The same applies for camera lens alignment as in the first example. The film or sensor plane must be parallel to the underside of the butterfly’s wing. This time you need to move in even closer than you did in the previous situation, because the wings are folded, leaving you with only half as much of the wing surface to photograph as you had in the previous example.

Here are two ways to improve your chances of getting that great butterfly photo you’re aiming for. As you’ve probably guessed, there’s a lot more to know about taking pictures of these beautiful but difficult models. I wish you the best of luck as you begin your new hobby; may it bring you much enjoyment!

How To Make A Photo Collage Poster – 10 Unique Ideas For Creating This Milestone Party Decoration

If you create a photo collage poster as the center piece decoration for your next special occasion, it will be the talk of the party. Here’s 10 easy tips and tricks to make this memory-filled tribute in pictures.

Collage Basics

1. Start with a big poster board in your color choice. This will be the background for your collage. Cut the poster board, if necessary, so that it will fit in a large standard size frame. You can check for typical frame dimensions at local stores, to make sure it’s trimmed to a compatible size.

2. Select photos and make COPIES of them. It’s important to preserve the original photographs. This is especially true with older pictures that may be difficult to replace. Ask everyone invited to the party to contribute snapshots of the guest of honor, so you have a good selection.

3. Decide on the collage theme or design and arrange photos. When it finally looks just the way you want it to appear, take a digital photograph of your layout. This way, you can recreate the composition, if anything gets disturbed when gluing.

4. Glue each photo down on the poster board. Glue sticks or rubber cement are good choices.

5. Finish your collage. You might want to use a sealant like Mod Podge. You can add embellishments like stickers, ribbon, feathers, beads, fabric, artificial flowers or anything else that is complimentary. Put in a frame, if desired.

Collage Design Ideas

Of course, you can randomly stick your pictures all over your poster board and it will be a fine tribute to the guest of honor But it’s just as easy to create a truly unique party collage that stands out.

6. Make it a number. If the celebration is for a birthday, arrange your photos in the shape of the guest of honor’s age. For example, for an 80th birthday, you would draw a big 80 on the poster board. It doesn’t have to be perfect because you’re only using it as a guide. Position your photos evenly over the eight and the zero you wrote on the board. This works for any age and is also great for a 50th anniversary.

7. Create a shape. Draw a big heart on your background, then trim and glue your pictures to fit in the shape. Overlap slightly so you don’t see the pencil marks. This is especially nice for a wedding, anniversary or sweet 16 birthday, but can be adapted to other occasions. You can even dress it up by using poster board or foam core in gold or silver. Any simple shape can be used for this idea.

8. Make it about memories. Enlarge a photo of the guest of honor and trim away the background. Position the picture in one corner of the poster. Draw a big cartoon thought bubble over the celebrant’s head to indicate that these are his thoughts. Fill the cartoon bubble with photographs representing his memories.

9. Focus on his favorite things. Expand the photo concept to feature pictures of his interests and pastimes. What food, sports teams, music, movies, places does he prefer? Is he a hiking, skydiving, skiing guy or is he a couch potato glued to his remote? What is he known for? Find clip art in places like google images, that represent his personality and hobbies and include them in this tribute.

10. Do it as a timeline. You can create one poster with columns that showcase different years or decades. Or, you can do individual posters that focus on a particular era in the person’s life or marriage. For example, if you were making this display for someone turning fifty, you would have one section with photos of him in the 1960s, followed by one devoted to the 1970s, then 1980s and so on. In each category, write captions with dates highlighting milestones for that person in that decade. You might also want to include interesting or important dates in world history to go in the timeline.

It doesn’t matter whether you’re planning a big birthday party, golden wedding anniversary or any special occasion. A photo collage poster is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the celebrant and inspire memories in the guests. It’s fun and easy to make. And everyone will love it.

Embellishing and Customizing Your Cell Phone

There are many ways to customize and embellish your cell phone to make it reflect your personality and lifestyle.

Here are a few of the most popular ways to customize and embellish your new cell phone:


A new cell phone comes with a boring standard cell phone ring. Fortunately, you can change your cell phone’s ring to a different ring, called a ringtone. Ringtones are available in many different types including standard midi music type rings, actual audio of songs, a sound or speech. You can even set your phone to use a different ringtone for different incoming callers. Mainstream music ringtones are available and very popular. You can get a ringtone for just about any current popular song and many older songs as well. You can download these to your phone online or using your phone.


Most phones have wallpaper backgrounds that can be changed. There are wallpapers available depicting symbols, nature, wildlife, landscapes, cities, people, TV and music stars, movie stars, and you can even make your own very easily should your phone be equipped with a camera.


Some phones use a screensaver, which traditionally were used on computers to prevent screen burn in from images present on computer monitors for many hours or days at a time. Today, screesavers are available with animation, music, photos and slideshows.


There are also skins or stickers available for many cell phone models. These encase you phone in an image or color and can come in officially licensed versions for sports teams, tv series, cartoons, movies and more. Usually made of flexible vinyl, they can be taken off if needed.


There’s all kinds of jewelry you can stick on your phone, including rhinestones in all shapes, sizes and colors, faux pearls, faux colored stones plus fake flowers and frilly ribbons. Decorate your phone with clear rhinestones to add a diamond like sparkle to your cell phone.


Phone straps are available in many colors and styles and even in Hello Kitty themes. There are also neck straps, pouches and toys that are available to attach to your cell phone or cell phone case.

Downloads & Settings

Don’t forget to set up your phone to give you the latest weather, sports scores, horoscope and news according to your interests. You can also download games for when you are stuck at the airport waiting for a flight or stuck in traffic.

Whatever customizations and embellishments you choose, make sure they reflect you and your unique personality and sense of style.

How Do Bees Communicate With Each Other?

Unlike human beings, bees cannot exchange by talking to each other or writing down some words. Even they do not use antenna. They are even deaf and cannot hear any voices. You may feel puzzled that they cannot communicate with each other but they always find the best flowers and work well in groups. Many scientists have done a lot of researches on the actions of bees and they were surprised to find that bees are really very clever. Read on, you will find how the bees communicate and exchange information with each other.

The bees have a special kind of language, they communicate by dancing. There are many kinds of bees in the world, but the most beneficial should be honeybees or hive bees. They usually live in hives. Each of the hives will have a queen who is responsible for creating more babies. And there are some drones and the majority of the bees are worker bees. Most of the communication happens among the worker bees. Every day, some worker bees will fly out to find the food source, when they find, they will fly back to tell others with the using of different types of dancing.

If the worker bees find a food source that is near the hive, they will fly back to the hive and perform a round dance. If they find the source that is far, they will make a waggle dance. The direction of the dance will be the direction of the source. For example, they may dance from right to left or left to right which shows the generally direction of the food source. And the total times of the dance will show the distance. The more times they dance, the further the source is. Sometimes, they will find a very good food source that is very rich; they will make the dance in higher speed. Otherwise, they will dance at lower speed.

Although the bees cannot make sounds or write, they create a special way of communicating with each other. Different bees may have different types of dances, and they establish a kind of specialty for their own species. You can also do some researches by yourself and you may find it quite interesting to observe their actions.