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Outfits Not Just Clothes ...
Summertime Makeup Switch
By bernadette Ulsamer

Now that summer has officially started you’ve most likely gone through and put away your bulky sweaters and wool socks to make room for shorts and tank tops. Don’t forget to do the same for your makeup bag! Just like clothing, makeup should also be swapped out with the changing seasons. The types of cosmetics you use in the coldest months of winter, aren’t really suited for the blistery days of summer. Especially, since you don’t need to wear as much makeup once the temperature starts to climb. Frist off, if you haven’t already, pick up some waterproof mascara. The increased perspiration of summer days can cause non-waterproof eye makeup to run into that dreaded raccoon-effect. So, give your regular mascara a rest and opt for waterproof. Second, products with SPF are a no-brainer for summer, be sure to make swaps for multitasking products that include sun protection. In terms of which particular cosmetics to change up here’s rundown of what products are due for a seasonal switcheroo!
  Swap your standard, heavy foundation for a lighter BB or CC cream. Most major cosmetic brands now carry BB creams, which stands for “beauty balm” same for CC—color and correct. Besides being lighter weight on the skin, most BB and CC creams come with built in SPF and work as skin perfectors in addition to being makeup. It’s all about finding those multitasking products to simplify your summertime beauty regime.
  Even though summer makeup is less fussy then your wintertime face, you don’t have to give up your blush, shadows, or lipsticks. To keep a rosy-cheek glow going all summer long, switch from a powder blush to a cushion version.  Cushion blush, unlike powder, can stand up to hot humidity and will stay in place no matter how much water vapor is in the air. 
  To keep your eyebrows on point switch out your trusty brow pencil for a brow gel. Gels are less about “filling-in” your brows, and work more so to define and tame them, which is great for summer’s less-is-more approach to beauty. But, less doesn’t have to be boring. In fact warmer weather is the perfect time to embrace color! So, leave off the neutral eyeshadows and sweep bright color on your lids. Mint, blue, yellow, hot pink all are fun shades for summertime. Or, if you’re more so into metallic tones as opposed to outright color, swap your silver eye makeup for gold. A little goes a long way with gold/sparkly eyeshadow, so just a touch or two will give you a fresh glowing face.
  Keep that face going when you switch out thick, opaque lipstick for easy tinted lip balms. Glossier lips make you appear refreshed, think dewy and juicy, as opposed to flat and matte. Also, balms take less time to apply then liner and lipstick, which goes along with an easy-breezy summertime attitude.  
  Overall, your summer makeup routine should be low key and fresh-feeling, as opposed to overly polished. This is also a time to let your skin breathe, instead off layering on heavy creams and foundations. Just be sure to apply SPF, and when it doubt go for a water, aka sweat-proof products. Here’s to a happy, healthy, and beautiful summer!


The Bookworm Sez
By Terri Schilichenmeyer

“The Mechanical Horse: How the Bicycle Reshaped American Life” by Margaret Guroff
c.2016, University of Texas Press
$24.95 / $34.95 Canada 287 pages

Back when you were a child, the Bad Guys never won.
  No matter how many of them, no matter which imagined danger they came from, you were always able to get away. All you had to do was pedal faster; they didn’t stand a chance of catching you on your bike. And in the new book “The Mechanical Horse” by Margaret Guroff, you’ll see how that mode of transportation changed more than just your world.
  It was well after bedtime for most people on that evening in May, 1819, when a small crowd stood in Washington Square in Philadelphia, waiting to see if rumors were true. When they saw “the beast,” they couldn’t believe their eyes: it was a man straddling a wheeled machine, moving nearly as fast as a horse could trot.
  He was aboard a draisine, a precursor to the bicycle, and Americans went wild. People lined up to take lessons and try the contraption themselves but the danger was that draisines were uncontrollable: they didn’t have brakes. “Within months,” says Guroff, “draisine riding was “Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging” by Sebastian Junger
c.2016, Twelve
$22.00 / higher in Canada
169 pages

Sign you up.
  That’s one of the things of which you’re most proud: you freely give of your time. Rotary, Jaycees, Lions, your local hospital, if they need help, your name is on the list. Sign you up and they benefit but, if you’re honest with yourself, so do you. In the new book “Tribe” by Sebastian Junger, you’ll see why it comes naturally.
  In examining American history, one “startling fact” is that a good number of early settlers voluntarily went to live with American Indians. They eschewed the familiar “European” community they’d always known, and chose a different, sometimes harder, way of life that offered the personal values they’d come to want. Even former captives, once rescued from warring tribes, often escaped back to their captors.
  Within that difficult (but arguably simpler) life those settlers sought were “three basic things” humans require for contentment: feelings of competency, connection, and authenticity. The settlers got what they needed from Indian society but, says Junger, modern humans aren’t always so lucky.
  From birth, we are isolated from others. Hunter-gatherer mothers, conversely, carry their infants nearly constantly, and would be horrified at the idea of separate bedrooms. Their children grow up with a different sense of community than do North American children, but a craving for closeness is universal and timeless; Junger says he felt it when he spent time overseas with military troops. Personnel slept tightly packed in canvas tents, and he felt safer because of it.
  We are, he says, hard-wired to live communally, just as we’re hard-wired to shun those who exhibit needlessly selfish behavior. Ancient societies had to share to survive, and personal items were few; today, we rush to help those who endure disaster – indeed, we may act heroically – and we scorn wealthy CEOs who we think are greedy. And what we need to do to preserve our humanity, Junger says, is to embrace a mind-set of community, understand the need for sacrifice, and find a “sense of solidarity.”
  “It may… be the only thing that allows us to survive…”
  At well under 200 pages in length, “Tribe” seems like it would be a quick, light read.
  It’s not. No, you’ll be hanging onto every word of this book.
  From post-collegiate hitchhiking and sharing resources, to ancient civilizations, the One Percent, PTSD, and a surprising discovery from wartime survivors, author Sebastian Junger offers readers a look at humanity that’s graceful, and laced with a plea.
  That plea is quiet, but it comes through in every anecdote, personal story, and historical fact set forth here: to wit, we must return to the Old Ways of belonging. That’s the message Junger gently pokes us with, but he does it with a sense of urgency that’s compelling. You truly won’t be able to forget it.
  Without a doubt, therefore, this is a make-you-think kind of book. It’s filled with interesting ideas and points, but it’s ocean-deep in meaning and introspection. You can’t ignore what you’ll learn inside “Tribe,” and if that sounds good, then sign you up.


Audio Therapy has the Cure For Your Musical Blues
By Jeffrey Allen Federowicz

If music were medicine, Audio Therapy would have the cure for a boring night out.
  The Williamsport based trio bills itself as acoustic party rock, and that's just what you'll experience at any of their gigs in Pennsylvania or New York.
  "We don’t necessarily have a specific genre. That’s what kind of makes us who we are. We have been known to take popular songs from various genres and put our own twist on them. Sometime we even combine them," said local musician Brent Tracy. "We do this in hopes that the more diverse we are the more people we can appeal to." 
  Within a high-energy set the trio can slam a Lil Wayne hip-hop number, go country with Johnny Cash's "Ring of Fire" or "Folsom Prison" or embraces the blues with a Blues Traveler number.
  With their ability to easily shift gears from one genre to another, Audio Therapy have taken their show on the road beyond the typical venues of the Susquehanna Valley by performing gigs in Wellsboro, Hornell and Lindley NY. 
  The act is also a regular at The Tioga Downs Casino in NY.
  In addition to Tracy, band members include Ryan Hoke of the band Candlelight Red and Matt Potter of the act Burden My Surrender.
  "The band got started when we were young. It was just a way for us to mess around and have fun," said Potter.
  "We honestly didn’t think over a decade later we would still be doing this."
  The trio's longevity and popularity are a result of natural talent, the right mix of music, their interaction with the crowd and for some fans it's about attitude and appearance.
  "My girlfriends and I think these guys are fantastic and have a real party-on way about them," said a fan from Williamsport. "These guys are hot! They're the tough looking bad boys your mother always warned you about!"
  The guys, however, have a more practical reason for their popularity.
  "We think what sets us apart is that we aren’t afraid to try any type of music," said Tracy, a skilled guitarist and vocalist. "Also, we all switch positions in the band throughout the entire show."
A few of the trio's influences that also gives the trio that diverse musical mix include Modest Mouse, Billy Joel, Four Non Blondes, Bright Eyes, Taking Back Sunday and Incubus.
  At times their sound can be strong and filled with rhythm or slow with a powerful dose of lyrics that seem tailored to their rugged yet polished vocals.
  Since the trio was formed in 2006 the guys have independently worked with such renowned acts such at Snoop Dogg, Sevendust, Trapt, Kiss and Shinedown.
  Because of this Audio Therapy, a Jim Beam sponsored band, has a level of professionalism and showmanship not found in many acts, especially ones with a strong acoustic base.
  "We like to think of our shows as a party. We are the host. We want the crowd to be worn out because they partied too much – wondering where they can catch us next," said Potter. 
  "It doesn’t matter if there are 10 people or 10,000 people. We love a rowdy crowd!"
  For more information on Audio Therapy visit them on Facebook.


 
 
 
 
 
 
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