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Linda Stamberger, author of "Antiquing In Florida", is a Florida expert and freelance writer of many genres. Visit this site to read her articles - some of which are available for purchase - as is her book.

Brooks Novelty Antiques and Records

Brooks Novelty is an all-vinyl record store. We specialize in: jukeboxes, vintage soda machines, antique slot machines, pin balls, arcade games, neon clocks and signs, rare concert posters, old advertising signs and much more!

The Antique Company

Established in the late 1900's, we occupy a huge corner building with a small garden area that leads to another 1000 sq foot store (called TAC) that contains our Mid Century collection.

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Westclox photo identification gallery and history and information of clocks, watches and other timepieces. This site primarily displays American clocks made by Westclox that were made from the early 1900's up to about the 1960's.

Antique Appraisals On-Line

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Connoisseur Antiques

Featuring fine antique furniture, Connoisseur Antiques is a Los Angeles Antique Furniture Showroom specializing in antique clocks and mirrors, European and French antiques, Antique Lighting, Chandeliers, Sconces, Armoires and much more.

Liz's Antique Hardware

Antique Hardware is the backbone of our business. We offer a complete selection of door, window and furniture hardware, lighting and accessories circa 1890 to 1970.

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall

San Francisco Antique and Design Mall is the largest antique mall in northern California. We opened our doors in October 1997 with 75 dealers and today we have over 200 of San Francisco's most professional antique specialists.

Ambiance Antiques

Importer of 18th and 19th Century French Antiques

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European Antique and Accessories in San Diego, CA.

Lang Antiques

We carry a large selection of fine antique jewelry, antique rings & antique engagement rings. We also have vintage estate jewelry, vintage estate rings & vintage estate engagement rings from the Victorian, Art Nouveau, Edwardian & Art Deco style periods.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Mason Hardin's art to be displayed in Washington, D.C. - Ledger-Enquirer

Mason Hardin's art to be displayed in Washington, D.C. - Ledger-Enquirer

One Columbus teen's artwork is getting national recognition.

Mason Hardin, a 15-year-old special needs student at St. Luke's School, was one of 102 students between the ages of 5 and 15 from across the nation chosen to have personal artwork displayed at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library as part of the 2012 All Kids can CREATE exhibition. The contest was sponsored by VSA, the international organization on arts and disability and an affiliate of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

The theme of this year's exhibit is "What Inspires Me." Mason drew a self-portrait with her parents, writing "I will work hard like my parents do at their jobs. I will be a hard working student."

Mason was also one of 10 students selected to travel to Washington in August for the opening of the exhibit.

"She was thrilled," said Mason's mother, Becca Hardin. "She told all her friends she was going to Washington."

Mason has Mosiac Down Syndrome, a chromosomal condition associated with a delay in cognitive ability and physical growth. Hardin said, but they've made a point to keep her in inclusive classrooms, where she interacts with students of all abilities.

"Children with disabilities can learn and thrive and flourish like any other child," Hardin said. She said in addition to art, Mason also likes to swim, play with their dogs and is active in church.

To create the portrait, Mason copied a photograph of her parents and herself in pen and watercolor. Mason's art teacher, Sietske Johnson, submitted work from all her students to the contest. To have Mason's work selected out of 3,000 students is "fantastic," she said.

"It's pretty impressive," Johnson said. "She's a great artist and very dedicated once she gets inspired."

Art class is more free form than a regular classroom, Johnson said, and Mason will walk around during class and complement other students.

"She walks around and looks at other students work and says good job," she said. "She's swinging and singing and dancing. It's a very different atmosphere than a regular classroom."

Hardin, who will travel with her daughter to the opening of the exhibit in D.C., said Mason was excited about the trip.

"It's very special. The good news just kept coming," she said.

The annual "What Inspires Me" contest is part of VSA and CVS Caremark's All Kids Can CREATE campaign, which encourages learning and community engagement through the arts.

The program includes the Call for Art, artist-in-residence programs in schools and community events that expand access to the arts for students with disabilities.

Sara Pauff, 706-320-4469


Artwork reflects cancer battle - Stuff

Art has been a big help to Waipukurau abstract artist Cefyn Gauden in his battle with cancer. He talks to Lee Matthews about the essentials of coping, and why men need to man up about medicine. 

When Waipukurau artist Cefyn Gauden lies under the radiation machine at Palmerston North Hospital, a mighty resolve fills him to tell men to man up about being checked for prostate cancer.

It could save their lives.

The expatriate Welshman was diagnosed with the disease – a dab tumour – last July, and now in his fifth week of eight weeks of radiation therapy at Palmerston North Hospital. He thanks his lucky stars that his habit of having an annual health checkup picked up the cancer.

"It's your annual Warrant of Fitness," he says. "Men, just do it."

The routine blood test found higher levels of PSA (prostate specific antigens) than should have been present. The PSA test is sometimes criticised for returning false results, but it's still one of the best first diagnostic tools available for prostate cancer.

"I had no symptoms. Absolutely none. Sometimes you'll get pain, or you'll notice a change in flow when you're urinating. I had nothing like that ... it was the blood test that found it," Gauden says.

"The thing is, I'm 60. But this can happen to you in your 20s, your 30s."

An internal examination found a change in the texture of his prostate gland, which was enough reason to have the changed area biopsied. That confirmed the tumour. Further scans found the good news; the cancer hadn't spread to his bones or liver.

There are several types of treatment available, depending on each man's circumstances. Gauden's oncologist recommended seven months of hormone treatment, to be followed with eight weeks of radiation therapy. In July or August, he'll have more checks to ensure the cancer's gone.

He was injected with doses of estrogen, which lowered his testosterone level, reducing the size of his prostate gland and therefore the size of the tumour. Side effects vary, but Gauden says he got some interesting women's menopause-like symptoms.

"Hot sweats. Lots of hot sweats, you wake up in a puddle. And there's been a bit of softening of connective tissues, so sometimes my joints hurt and my fingers will lock up. Massage and warmth help, and it goes away."

He says the key weapon in the cancer battle is a positive attitude, and his personal big gun is humour. One of the biggest problems with cancer is that too many people automatically assume it's a death sentence.

"I've had friends come round with long faces and send me flowers and cards ... they tell you all the stories about how they knew somebody who was given three months and died in three weeks and they're so sorry.

"I just want to shout at them, I'M NOT DYING!"

He shakes his head.

"I know people sometimes don't know what to do, but I've had to placate people, they've burst into tears when they've heard I've got this."

He doesn't know what's worse; the hushed horror stories, the overly optimistic miracle cures or the people who honestly don't know what to do and just stay away and do nothing.

"Makes you feel like you've got leprosy. Look, people don't have to do anything. They just need to be what they always are, friendly and interested."

Detected early, prostate cancer is treatable.

"It's when you muck around and don't get your checkups, and you're symptom-free and you don't know you've got it, that's when it gets harder."

In the radiation therapy phase Gauden gets "zapped" each week day. He lies on a bed, feet up, and a precisely aimed laser directs a stream of radiation at the tumour. It takes a few minutes, the machine calibrating and turning round him to ensure the radiation hits the correct spots.

"I've got these three little blue dots tattooed on me; they help line up the laser," he says. "It's tiring, your bladder's pretty close to the prostate and so your waterworks gets a bit jiggled up. It means you pee a lot more, you're up several times a night."

Lying there, wearing a one-size-is-too-big-for-everybody hospital gown and staring at the ceiling, Gauden was struck by how supremely boring that same flat white surface was. An abstract artist, he's drawn and painted his thoughts and feelings all the way through his treatment, and his room at Ozanam House is hung with working drawings in pencil, crayon and pastels.

Even on rough paper, they explode colour and shape into the room.

"They're working drawings. They're how I feel about what's happening. You can see when I'm tired and frustrated, and when it's going well. There's impressions of the thin red line of light from the laser, from the figures you see as the machine swings round."

A hobby jazz drummer, Gauden says his art has always been about rhythm, movement and pattern, and he'll use the working sketches to produce a series of paintings when the radiation treatment is over.

He also got to thinking about the boring white ceiling above the bed, and after talking it over with hospital staff, he's going to paint a work to be hung on that ceiling. It'll give others something to look at, and something else to think about, while they're lying on the bed with the laser coming at them.

Gauden says his other tip for people with early-diagnosed cancer is to keep doing as much as possible, to stay positive and interested.

Being busy is a great help to avoid brooding.

"You may need to talk to somebody, get some counselling. It's a huge thing, this, you come slap bang against your own mortality and it's hard to handle. Your family might need some help as well. It's just as hard for them ..."

A theatre fan from way back, he's a stalwart support of both the Waipawa Music and Dramatic Club, and the Waipukurau Little Theatre. He's designed sets for both societies for years, and he recently directed and acted in a season of One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.

"Painting's first and foremost in my life, but I also play A-grade tennis, and I'm in a jazz quartet."

He's painted from childhood, breaking his family's tradition of coalmining in Wales. His great grandfather was a miner, his grandfather died in a pit accident when his father was 15 and, as the eldest son, his father "went down t' pit" to support the family.

"My father was an academic student, extremely good at maths and science. I think he might have gone into those areas otherwise ... I do know my parents were wonderfully supportive of my bent for art."

He was teaching art at a secondary school in Devon when he realised he had to get away from Margaret Thatcher's policies. He blames her political work for the ruination of Britain; he "couldn't stomach" what she was doing. He heard about an art teaching job in New Zealand and over the phone was offered and accepted head of art for Central Hawke's Bay College.

"That was funny, 400 people in that village in Devon, and one of my pub mates was married to a Kiwi. They asked where I was going and I told them Why-pee-kee-row. They looked puzzled, asked where that was, so I told them near Danny-virky."

They sorted out the pronunciation, but Gauden's voice still hints Celtic music in its intonation.

When his radiation treatment is over, he plans to head home to his studio and spread the word about why it matters so much for men to have regular health checks.

"Women are much better at this health business than we are. I don't know what it is, something macho, maybe we're scared. But the earlier you find this stuff the better ... you can get something done about it."

Gauden's contactable through his website, and says he's happy to talk to people about cancer.

More information about prostate cancer is available from the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, at or the Cancer Society,, or talk to your doctor or nurse.

- © Fairfax NZ News



Rodney King Found Dead In California Home - MTV

Rodney King, who will always be remembered as the man who set off a chain of events leading to the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, was found dead in his California home on Sunday at the age of 47. Although King's own foray into music was short-lived, his unfortunate experience resonated across the country and clearly affected the content of legendary hip-hop albums like Ice Cube's The Predator.

King was brutally beaten during a 1991 traffic stop in Los Angeles, during which he was struck more than 50 times by four white officers, who were later accused of using racial slurs during the attack. Footage of the incident eventually made its way to TV, sparking public outcry. The controversial outcome of the trial led to a series of deadly riots and looting in the city that claimed 50 lives and cost approximately $1 billion in damages.

According to CNN, King was found dead on Sunday morning, after his fiancée Cynthia Kelly placed a 911 call to the Rialto, California, police at approximately 5:25 a.m. When officers arrived at the scene, King's body was at the bottom of a pool; he was confirmed dead at a nearby hospital.

Captain Randy DeAnda told reporters that police would investigate the crime as a drowning, and added that there were no obvious signs of foul play at the scene or suspicious injuries to the victim's body. "His fiancée heard him in the rear yard," DeAnda said describing the events before Kelly placed the 911 call. (Kelly met King while serving as a juror in his 1994 lawsuit against the city of Los Angeles.)

Even after the L.A. riots had ended, King's beating continued to send shockwaves across the nation, thanks to the clear picture of the racially motivated police brutality that captured in the taped footage. In 1993, the accused officers stood trial, this time in federal court, and two were sentenced to 30 months in prison, while two other were acquitted. King, who brought his own lawsuit against the city, received $3.8 million in damages.

Strangely enough, in 2011 was King was ticketed for a minor traffic violation on the 20th anniversary of the beating. Besides that, the Californian also attempted to pursue a career in music, using some of his settlement money to launch it. Four years ago, King appeared on VH1's "Celebrity Rehab," where he was open about his battle with alcohol.

The impact of King's beating on the state of race in America can be heard across classic hip-hop albums like Ice Cube's The Predator and Dr. Dre's The Chronic, which captured the racial tension in Los Angeles at the time. On his single, "Who Got the Camera?" Cude made direct reference to the beating, by telling a realistic story of being assaulted by the police after being pulled over.

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