Who is on the Rosary Necklace – Why is This a Perfect Gift for Anyone?

Rosary necklaces are used today by religious followers from different religious traditions including Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Umbanda, Judaism and the Bahá’i Faith to celebrate the repeating prayers, recitations or mantras, including the rosary of The Blessed Virgin Mary on the Catholic Church rosary. These religious jewelry pieces are also commonly known as rosaries. They originated in Asia and have become popular for use in the Western world. The name was given to this religious jewelry because it resembles a rosary or ring with a cross or crown on top.

Rosaries are made of simple beads and wire, or they may be a combination of simple and complex beads and wire. The more complex the jewelry piece, the larger the beads used in it will be. Usually rosaries are worn as daily necklaces, but some may only wear a rosary necklace once or twice a week.

Rosaries can be worn for a variety of reasons, however, one of the most common reasons is to commemorate an occasion or a person. In the Catholic faith, the rosary necklace is worn to commemorate the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. This is often done when a member of the group will not be present. Other people wear the rosary necklace as a reminder to pray for something or someone in their lives.

Religious jewelry has been worn for hundreds of years. During the Middle Ages, people would make their own designs to attach to the cross on their rosaries. Some of these designs included pictures and drawings of different animals, birds, angels and humans, which were important figures to the religious community.

In the last century or so, the Catholic Church began using their rosaries to make them more attractive and meaningful to their followers. Today, many churches use rosaries to give to their members or visitors as gifts, especially during holidays and special occasions. The Catholic Church has many rosaries in circulation that are made to celebrate important events such as birthdays, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Anniversaries.

Today, anyone can find a rosary necklace of any design or color, shape or size on the market. There are ones made to hold charms, pendants and earrings. While they are commonly thought to be a Christian gift, they are also used by Jews, Muslims and Hindus. They are also worn by Buddhists and followers of other religions in addition to Christians. It is considered a great way to say goodbye to a loved one or celebrate a birthday or special event in one’s life.

Anyone can make their own version of who is on the rosary necklace, but many retailers do offer custom-made rosaries. They can be designed for any person’s specifications. These necklaces can come in several materials including gold and silver, or may be made of other metals.

Many people choose to add charms or gemstones to their own piece, or even to have multiple ones added. A gold or silver necklace made of silver and crystal may be more expensive than the cheaper silver one, but is still considered very valuable. Because rosaries are so popular today, it is easy to find a variety available and can be customized to meet any need one may have.

Another way to get a feel for what a person would like to put on a rosary necklace is to browse through an online store. Many retailers have sections dedicated to selling rosaries and include some basic information about them, such as the type of materials to be used and the materials available.

It is important to determine a budget before making one for someone, because there are so many to choose from and each will meet a person’s needs differently. If someone is very concerned about the cost, they may want to consider looking at online stores that sell ready-made rosaries that are made out of silver and crystal or gold. This will cost much less than a personalized one, yet will be worth every penny spent.

When a person is looking for the perfect gift, the best thing to do is to be honest and creative and let them know exactly what they would like. If they know their religious affiliation or the importance of their religion to their faith, they may be able to give them a rosary that represents what they believe in. A personal touch from the recipient can really make a difference in the person receiving the gift. Once they get to know who is on the rosary necklace, they will realize how much thought and planning went into the purchase.

20 Songs to Listen to While Mowing the Lawn

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So you want to listen to music while mowing the lawn?

Well, get out that Electric Boogie by Marcia Griffiths machine because Spring is in the air and you can’t wait for barbeques and babes by the pool and you want to lawn to look good, especially while Summer Nights by Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta are urging you on.

Actually, it isn’t really advised to listen to music whilst working because often you can’t hear what’s going on around.

But anyway, if you just HAVE to, it is wise to get good headphones, the noise blocking ones – get a really good pair that blocks out all other noises so you can hear In the Summertime by Mungo Jerry blasting in your ears.

Are you ready to Jump On It by Sugarhill Gang and get the lawns looking spic ‘span?  Are you going to be trimming hedges as well?

Well, the Truth Hurts by Lizzo will get you going. Remember you want your lawn to look good, in fact, Beautiful by Christina Aguilera.

You don’t want to spend a whole heap of your precious days mowing, so if you do this One Thing Right by Marshmello & Kane Brown, it’s gonna go faster

Remember to go Closer to the Edge by 30 Seconds to Mars, going around two times on the outer edges. It’s also a good idea to pick a pattern – what about Tracing Patterns by Esthetic Lens – those lawns that have got those nice stripes on them.

See how you do it here. If you do vertical stripes this week, go in a horizontal pattern next week – it will make your lawn look stunning!

That means listening to Mix Up, Mix Up by Bob Marley; because mixing up mowing styles, etc. prevents grass from growing in one direction.

Lawn care service companies like Stratton Landscaping suggest you cut off the top third of the grass blades because when you do it like that, you help the grass blades to develop a deeper root system, enabling them to find water and more nutrients in the soil.

Does anybody know what time it is by Chicago to best mow the lawn? Actually it’s in the early evening when your lawn is probably at its driest and the sun isn’t as intense – this will give your lawn time to recover before it gets the next day’s heat.

Hopefully, Cloud 9 by Chico Rose will water it then to keep it lush. After you have cut the lawn, leave the grass clippings still on the lawn, because this adds extra beneficial nutrients to the soil as well.

Mowing is a great way to bring out the best in virtually any lawn. If your lawn grows really fast, and you notice plenty of leaf development and growth, then it might be necessary to mow your lawn more than once a week.

The Conclusion by Foxygen

The rev of your lawnmower sparking to life in your garden signals a start. Wanna Be Startin’ Something’ by Michael Jackson? You know the answer to that, don’t you? – The start of the summer, weekends, the sweet smell of freshly cut grass – that’s what!

Doing it correctly controls weeds and encourages deep root growth, contributing to the overall health and durability of the lawn.

Your best lawn mowing practices will vary, based on the season, weather conditions, type of grass, and how intensely you manage your lawn. So What You Waiting For? by Gwen Stefani.

These 20 fabulous songs are going to make lawn cutting a real blast. Your Green Green Grass of Home by Tom Jones is going to make your neighbors Right Next Door by Robert Cray really envious when they come over to say Hi by Green with Envy asking you, How did you know by Chiqaui Pineda to get your grass looking like that?

And you will just have to answer back and say, I’ve got what it takes by Bessie Smith, period.

Ilana Vered Projects

illana coverIn addition to her engagements as recitalist, orchestra soloist, and chamber artist, Ms. Vered created and served as Artistic Director of the Rutgers University’s “Summerfest” series, an ambitious and innovative summer festival project designed to span the full spectrum of performing and visual arts.

This multi-media approach is very much a part of Ms. Vered’s artistic philosophy.

Ms. Vered conceived and produced more than twenty unusual programs that were related thematically to “Summerfest” theatrical presentations and art exhibits.

These programs received national attention, and were soon being presented in New York City at the 92nd Street Y and Merkin Hall, under the title “Music from Summerfest,” during winter seasons, and in the summer of 1991 “Music from Summerfest” branched out to a third venue with a series of eight concerts produced by Ms. Vered in the Hamptons of Long Island.

By 1993, Ms. Vered was also producing summer concerts at Long Island’s Sag Harbor, and established a permanent summer music festival in the Hamptons of Long Island.

Among the most popular and innovative of “Summerfest” programs produced by Ms. Vered were those in the series entitled “In Praise of Women,” which celebrated the achievements of women in the arts.

Some of the star guests include: Andre Watts, J. Gutierez, Michel Barrett, Jaime Laredo, Sharon Robinson, Touyo String Quartet and many others.

As Artistic Director for “SummerFest,” Ms. Vered founded the Ken Boxley Performance Institute at Rutgers, an intensive three-week program devoted to preparing qualified young artists for new or expanded concert careers.

A teacher in the great masterclass tradition, Ilana Vered urges the need for the widest possible cultural exposure for those who pursue careers as concert artists.

“No matter how naturally gifted, a musician must bring to his interpretations a richness, a cultural sophistication that often grows out of extra-musical experiences.

Poetry, painting, fiction, even a fascinating city can be a springboard for the imagination,” Ms. Vered insists to her students.

“These experiences can generate a mysterious process of artistic generation which can lend depth–even profundity–to an interpretation.”

Robin Hall speaks highly of her in his program ‘Pianoforall’ where he says of Ilana Vared as one the most influential and greatest pianist of all time. If you’d like to know more about Robin Hall’s program then check out this Pianoforall review by John Simon.

A painter in her own right, Ms. Vered harbors a special affinity with the visual arts and this may explain her acute sense of musical architecture as well as the wide tonal palette she employs in her performances.

Ilana Vered believes that a musician’s art is influenced and shaped by extra-musical experiences, she is also convinced that the artist, as citizen, has a responsibility to the community at large.

In 1981 Ms. Vered became the first President of “Artists to End Hunger,” a coalition of leading performers dedicated to the elimination of malnutrition among inner-city families and the struggle against famine in third-world countries.

Although Ms. Vered has since resigned as President of “Artists to End Hunger,” she remains active in its fund-raising and lobbying activities.

She is a tigress virtuosa, as well as a bel canto pianist

Tchaikovsky’s first piano concerto served as the vehicle for a simply stunning performance given by Ilana Vered last night …. Not since Horowitz have I witnessed that combination of iceberg and volcano, that relentless singlemindedness in applying a high pressure jet at all points of the pianistic and interpretive spectrum.


                        Peter Stadlen: London Daily Telegraph

“Vered has fingers that work like power -operated pistons. She can play breathlessly fast, with breathless power and sweep, and she can instantaneously melt into Rachmaninoff’s most somber reflections or sing the famous 18th variation with affecting directness. She is a tigress virtuosa, as well as a bel canto pianist.”

Los Angeles Times

“Ilana Vered will play Rachmaninoff’s “Paganini” variations …. with Michael Tilson Thomas and the Los Angeles Philharmonic at Carnegie Hall….The Rhapsody, one must repeat, belongs to Vered; it is her piece; she plays it louder, softer, faster, better and more convincingly than others.”

Los Angeles Times

Tender Loving Care Makes for Fine Music

“In this, her S. F. Symphony debut, the brilliant Israeli pianist shows in every way what a complete artist she is. Vered’s pianism and music-making are all of one piece, reflecting care and a rare love for the sound of the instrument….Vered’s tone is soft and lustrous, her technique smooth and liquid.”

San Francisco Chronicle

“She displays that rarest of traits in pianists of her generation, a genuine and individual temperament…. a very special pianist indeed.”

Los Angeles Times

Orchestras and Recitals of Illana Vared

In addition to her distinguished series of recordings for the London label including: The Brahms No. 2 piano concert, The two popular Mozert piano concerti No. 2 and No. 23, The Rachmaninov Paoanini variations and the No. 2 concertos, Ms. Vered has to her credit a highly-praised version of the complete Chopin Etudes, Opp. 10 and 25, a brilliant recording of the complete Moszkowski Etudes, both for Connoir Records, and Connoisseur Records has release a disc entitled “25 Virtuoso Etudes” on which Ms. Vered offers new readings of concert etudes by Chopin, Schumann, Paganini-Liszt, and Debussy.


Ms. Vered began playing the piano at the age of three, and later attended the Paris Conservatory where she studied with the eminent pianist Vlado Perlemuter.

Born in Israel, She graduated from the Paris Conservatory at fifteen, and completed her studies at the Juilliard School in New York City under the tutorship of Rosina Lhevinne, Nadia Reisenberg, and Aube Tzerko.

She made her debut as one of the first winners of the Young Concert Artists International Competition.

Ms. Vered has been heard in recital in virtually all of the music centers of the world, and has been engaged and re-engaged as soloist with the leading orchestras of our time:

The New York Philharmonic, the Boston Symphony, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Chicago Symphony, the Cleveland Orchestra, the San Francisco Symphony, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the London Symphony, Royal Philharmonic, and Philharmonia, the Concertgebouw of Amsterdam, the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, the Japan NHK Symphony Orchestra, the Munich Philharmonic, and the Israel Philharmonic.

She has performed as soloist under the batons of most of the world’s finest conductors, including Stokowski, Solti, Mehta, Kempe, Kondrashin, Tilson Thomas, de Waart, Slatkin, Comissiona, Conlon, Davis, Sanderling, Cassadesus, Bertini, Weller, Sawalich, Atzmon, Leppard, rodan, Judd, Foster, Bamert, Janson and Vanska.

A regular participant in summer festivals, Ms. Vered has made appearances at the Mostly Mozart Festival in New York, Chicago’s Ravinia Festival, Tanglewood, Caramoor, Cleveland’s Blossom Festival, the Meadow-brooks Festival in Detroit, and at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl.

Ms. Vered is a chamber musician of distinction and has appeared with important chamber ensembles throughout the world.

She is noted particularly for her frequent performances with the Tokyo String Quartet.

A highlight of this collaboration was Ms. Vered’s world premiere performance with the ensemble of Ezra Laderman’s Piano Quintet at the Metropolitan Museum in New York City. This work, which was written for Ms. Vered and the Tokyo String Quartet, was later recorded by them for the RCA label.

During the Hampton Summerfest and the Rutgers Summerfest Ilana Vered performed the five Beethoven concertos in one event.

During the 1993/94 season, Ms. Vered performed a Beethoven cycle of the complete sonatas and variations for piano and cello, with cellist Sharon Robinson, in Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, New York City, and other major musical centers throughout the United States.

Ms. Vered, who has a devoted following in the Far East, appeared in Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, South Korea and toured the major cities of Japan numerous times with the NHK Symphony Orchestra.

Who is Ilana Vared

From early childhood Ms. Vered’s inherited talent and interest in painting was obvious. However, being also a child protégé in music, her early practice in the visual arts were more of self-education and exploration.

As an adult her passion for painting kept growing.

While juggling a career as an internationally acclaimed concert pianist, Ms. Vered started devoting an increasing amount of time to the Scholastic training of painting.

She started drawing in New York at the Spring Street Drawing Studio under master teacher  and painter Minerva Durham. She studied at the Parsons School of Design, The New York Academy of Design, The New York Student Art League, as well as workshops with B. Baxter in Provence.

Eager to further her skills in her main interest, portrait painting, Ms. Vered attended the Charles H. Cecil Studios in Florence, Italy, for three years.

It was under the tutelage of Charles Cecil (himself, trained by R. H. Ives Gammell and Richard Frederick Lack), that Ms. Vered was exposed to the nearly lost drawing and painting techniques developed from the Renaissance through the 19th Century French academic tradition.

With her newly acquired skills and knowledge, Ms. Vered went on to study at the École Des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Today Ms. Vered divides her time between Israel, at the Jerusalem School of renowned artist Israel Hershberg, Italy and the US.

Ms. Vered’s paintings have been shown at the Ann Long Fine Arts Gallery in Charleston, South Carolina, for the opening of the Spoleto Festival. Previously, her works have been featured at the American Art Show and the Guicciardini Gallery in Florence, Italy, and the Spring Street Studio in New York City.

Ms, Vered’s paintings can be found in numerous private collections including those of Susan and Charles Wadsworth of New York, Marcella Pana of Florence, Betsy and Victor Gotbaum of New York, and Esther and James Ferguson of Charleston, South Carolina, and Aspen, Colorado, Michael TilsonThomas of San Francisco and Miami.

Ms. Vered has been a frequent guest on television and radio, including appearances on The Today Show, Good Morning America, and the Merv Griffin Show, as well as guest performances on the PBS network in the United states and the BBC in the United Kingdom.

In collaboration with the noted Swiss movie producer Adrian Marthaler, Ms. Vered has made a series of unusual feature-length films entitled “Looking at Music,” which was telecast by the BBC, and the Arts and Entertainment and Bravo cable networks.

These films are being distributed as home videos in the U.S. By BMG.