Dear Hip Hop

Dear Hip Hop

The power that you've been given is meant to water the roses and flowers that are trying to grow from the cracked concrete.

Dear Hip Hop,

You are the art form that I aspire to cultivate and refine within myself through the Holy Spirit.

Yes, I said the Holy Spirit. He is the divine person that counsels and guides me to the still river where peace that I can't even understand flows.

Hip Hop, oh how glad I am to have been blessed with a Godly foundation early on in my life! Because you told me so many things that contradict the principles of God when I was still a young sponge. Everything I heard felt like an absorbing abyss.

You tried to destroy my mind.

But should I blame you? Is who you are today, what you were originally intended for?

Do you remember your birth spot? Do you remember your biological father? DJ Kool Herc? You know, the dude that brought you up 1520 Sedgwick Avenue in the Bronx back in 73'?

Oh...So you don't remember. Has it really been that long?

What happened to you?

From the very start, you had a good heart. But where did it go wrong?

I think I can see your problem. You've been abused, misused, and altered against your will. They have taken your beauty and tainted it.

Oh Hip Hop, you hurt, because you are hurting. Even as we speak, you spur up the spirits of greed, lies, anger, impurity, as well as many other dark traits in the people.

As I stare you directly into your eyes right now, I can still see your allure. Who you truly are can never be fully hidden.

The power that you've been given is meant to water the roses and flowers that are trying to grow from the cracked concrete. Each and every one of them have been planted with a divine purpose, but yet, the clouds have blackened so much to the point where people are too focused on their problems to sprout from the sun.

You are purposed to be the distinct plane that cruises over the earth's surface, extinguishing the many wildfires that have been surrounding our people.

Oh Hip Hop, I see your potential, but I don't know the full extent of your influence. I thank God, despite it all, because the gradual process to change you for the better has already begun!

Please know that those who really care about you are out there, and we are utilizing you as an unstoppable force, penetrating hardened hearts, seeping through the fractured concrete, and tending the dying gardens. And we are doing it all to His glory, because you are the gift, and our Lord is the giver.

Much love in Christ,

your brother, Marlon

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Childhood Dream: Greatest Spots For Kids in Orlando

The city of Orlando in Florida is the whole world of fun and pleasure for children of all ages.

  

While infants are attracted by animated cartoon characters: Mickey Mouse or the princess, older children will be delighted with roller coasters, water parks and other exotic rides. Few people know that Orlando offers more than a hundred places of entertainment for families with children: from zoos and themed children's playgrounds for kids to interactive museums, and even sports events for older children. Undoubtedly, each kid regardless of the age will find something to do in this amazing city.

Here are some of the best places where you can go with your children in Orlando…

Spots to go for children under 5 years old

Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens: This is a tropical world where you can relax and also visit interesting educational programs with the whole family. Your kids can see hundreds of different kinds of animals, as well as play on the water court, ride on a carousel, and travel around the zoo by train.

Legoland: It was opened in Florida in the fall of 2011. The fans of Lego construction toys will feel at home in this park, especially in the village of Duplo, where children can fly by plane or travel by car.

Orlando Museum of Art: It reveals an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures, as well as other thematic exhibitions, for example, a collection of folk crafts and antiques. Every month, the museum arranges free art classes for children, where they can learn colors, shapes, lines, textures and modern art.

Walt Disney World Resort: In this huge park the kids will also find something interesting for themselves. Magic Kingdom with children's slides and attractions based on Disney cartoons, Disney's Blizzard Beach with water slides for kids, as well as Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot Center are suitable for young adventurers.

Spots to go for children 5-8 years old

Pirate's Dinner Adventure: This is a fascinating show where children can relax from daytime adventures, and at the same time eat tasty delicacies and see an amazing funny performance. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure includes pirate-style eating, an interesting show-presentation about pirates, history and features of the pirate world, as well as spectacular pirate battles.

Dinosaur World: It offers more than 150 full-size dinosaurs. Children can climb in the caves, go to the garden of skeletons and try to find the fossils. Located among the lush local vegetation, dinosaurs look so believable that some visitors claim to see them moving.

DeLeon Springs State Park: It’s a perfect relaxing open-air spot, where children can try to make pancakes with different fillings. Kayaking and pony riding is also available.

Putting Edge Fun Center: In this spectacular entertainment center kids can have fun in the huge Batman-themed playground as well as play mini golf with Mickey Mouse.

Spots to go for children 8-13 years old

Kennedy Space Center: This is a big research complex, where space shuttles are created and launched. Children will be able to see the fleet of shuttles, visit the museum of American cosmonautics, buy toys - shuttles and even see an imaginary launch of shuttle.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: It’s a nice opportunity to eat in medieval setting and at the same time enjoy a colorful performance with medieval knight tournaments on horseback.

Wet 'n Wild WaterPark: This is the largest America’s aqua park offering a variety of entertainments: 100-meters-long water slides, surfing, windsurfing, water skiing and pools are at children’s disposal.

Horse World Riding Stables: Children should definitely enjoy horse riding in sunny Florida. The ride is accompanied by a specialist, providing safety and unforgettable experience.

Spots to go for children 14-18 years old

ESPN Wide World of Sports: It’s a huge sports complex placed in Walt Disney World Resort, where America’s most famous teams train. Visitors can also check their speed, abilities in football, baseball, and basketball.

Titanic - The Experience: A great attraction where you can move in time and feel like a passenger of Titanic. When boarding, children receive a ticket of a real passenger or a member of the ship's crew, and later find out whether they survived the tragic trip or not.

Fantasy Surf: Your children are fond of extreme sports or want to try themselves in surfing? Then a safe place under the roof of Fantasy Surf is an ideal spot for this.

Universal Orlando Resort: It can be visited both by kids and adults, because everyone will find something interesting there. Teenagers will be delighted with the Hill Racing at a speed of 97 km/h in the Islands of Adventure. They will also like ‘behind the scene’ experience, where special movie effects of Universal Studios are demonstrated.

Well, this list is just a small part of what can be visited with children in Orlando. You can return to this city of entertainment again and again and find new places for fun. By the way, Orlando car rental under 21 will be the best solution for getting between the greatest entertainment venues of the city.

While infants are attracted by animated cartoon characters: Mickey Mouse or the princess, older children will be delighted with roller coasters, water parks and other exotic rides. Few people know that Orlando offers more than a hundred places of entertainment for families with children: from zoos and themed children's playgrounds for kids to interactive museums, and even sports events for older children. Undoubtedly, each kid regardless of the age will find something to do in this amazing city.

Here are some of the best places where you can go with your children in Orlando…

Spots to go for children under 5 years old

Florida Zoo and Botanical Gardens: This is a tropical world where you can relax and also visit interesting educational programs with the whole family. Your kids can see hundreds of different kinds of animals, as well as play on the water court, ride on a carousel, and travel around the zoo by train.

Legoland: It was opened in Florida in the fall of 2011. The fans of Lego construction toys will feel at home in this park, especially in the village of Duplo, where children can fly by plane or travel by car.

Orlando Museum of Art: It reveals an excellent collection of paintings and sculptures, as well as other thematic exhibitions, for example, a collection of folk crafts and antiques. Every month, the museum arranges free art classes for children, where they can learn colors, shapes, lines, textures and modern art.

Walt Disney World Resort: In this huge park the kids will also find something interesting for themselves. Magic Kingdom with children's slides and attractions based on Disney cartoons, Disney's Blizzard Beach with water slides for kids, as well as Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot Center are suitable for young adventurers.

Spots to go for children 5-8 years old

Pirate's Dinner Adventure: This is a fascinating show where children can relax from daytime adventures, and at the same time eat tasty delicacies and see an amazing funny performance. Pirate’s Dinner Adventure includes pirate-style eating, an interesting show-presentation about pirates, history and features of the pirate world, as well as spectacular pirate battles.

Dinosaur World: It offers more than 150 full-size dinosaurs. Children can climb in the caves, go to the garden of skeletons and try to find the fossils. Located among the lush local vegetation, dinosaurs look so believable that some visitors claim to see them moving.

DeLeon Springs State Park: It’s a perfect relaxing open-air spot, where children can try to make pancakes with different fillings. Kayaking and pony riding is also available.

Putting Edge Fun Center: In this spectacular entertainment center kids can have fun in the huge Batman-themed playground as well as play mini golf with Mickey Mouse.

Spots to go for children 8-13 years old

Kennedy Space Center: This is a big research complex, where space shuttles are created and launched. Children will be able to see the fleet of shuttles, visit the museum of American cosmonautics, buy toys - shuttles and even see an imaginary launch of shuttle.

Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament: It’s a nice opportunity to eat in medieval setting and at the same time enjoy a colorful performance with medieval knight tournaments on horseback.

Wet 'n Wild WaterPark: This is the largest America’s aqua park offering a variety of entertainments: 100-meters-long water slides, surfing, windsurfing, water skiing and pools are at children’s disposal.

Horse World Riding Stables: Children should definitely enjoy horse riding in sunny Florida. The ride is accompanied by a specialist, providing safety and unforgettable experience.

Spots to go for children 14-18 years old

ESPN Wide World of Sports: It’s a huge sports complex placed in Walt Disney World Resort, where America’s most famous teams train. Visitors can also check their speed, abilities in football, baseball, and basketball.

Titanic - The Experience: A great attraction where you can move in time and feel like a passenger of Titanic. When boarding, children receive a ticket of a real passenger or a member of the ship's crew, and later find out whether they survived the tragic trip or not.

Fantasy Surf: Your children are fond of extreme sports or want to try themselves in surfing? Then a safe place under the roof of Fantasy Surf is an ideal spot for this.

Universal Orlando Resort: It can be visited both by kids and adults, because everyone will find something interesting there. Teenagers will be delighted with the Hill Racing at a speed of 97 km/h in the Islands of Adventure. They will also like ‘behind the scene’ experience, where special movie effects of Universal Studios are demonstrated.

Well, this list is just a small part of what can be visited with children in Orlando. You can return to this city of entertainment again and again and find new places for fun. By the way, Orlando car rental under 21 will be the best solution for getting between the greatest entertainment venues of the city.

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Could Neon Art, Work In Your Home?

Here are our top tips for making it work in your home: Neon Art

When it comes to interior design, the '50s and '60s are decades that are always in fashion. Bloggers, designers and Instagram fans are still packing their personal space with the modern-retro look that mixes flashes of fashion from a former era with modern pieces and looks. Not only is it a cost-effective way to rock your living room, but a fantastic opportunity to express your personal style.

The 1960s art movement incorporated industrial materials like neon lights and metallic and functionally designed furniture into its look. There’s no fussy detailing on the furniture and accessories are simple, but often brightly coloured or unusual in their design. These make for a great way to embrace minimalism, without having to give up on colour in your rooms.

It’s a Look Built Around Mix And Match

The brilliant thing for the professional, or amateur designer, is that mid-century-modern-inspired pieces are versatile. You can pepper them in without having to rethink the whole room. It's not a look that needs to be implemented wall to wall, floor to ceiling. It should be mix-and-matched.

An easy way to get the throwback look is a custom neon sign. Neon is flashy, trashy, and harks straight to the heyday of rock and roll. But it’s also a marker of modernity. Nostalgic and super modern, it isn't a new idea for interiors, but trends have moved away from neon words on walls to quirky, unusual neon shapes and objects on walls and on flat surfaces. 

a Custom-Made Neon Sign Can Add a Sense Of Forever Style

The great thing about using neon as a medium is exactly the reason it was created: it’s easy, flexible and with some personalisation can be whatever you want it to be! Choose from unusual outlines like fruit for the kitchen, Banksy-style outlines for the living room or a romantic phrase, whispered in neon, for the bedroom walls.

So, what does modern retro look like? The same considerations apply now as for home designers in the 1960s. That’s bold and vivacious colours, patterns and prints, geometric shapes, and textures with simple lines and statement pieces.

How To Get The Modern-Retro Look

Here are our top tips for making it work in your home: 

Furniture: Choose items that are simple, informal, functional and fuss-free – look for elegant and smartly designed pieces that echo across the decades.

Bold geometric shapes: You can use these in either wallpaper, tablecloths, curtains or art pieces on the walls. Consider clever but unfussy use of lines and the greens, reds and blues of the decade.

Retro patterns and prints: Patterns that we all recognise include paisley and florals in reds, browns and yellows. Echo this rounded, vibrant look in your homewards, accessories and details.

Break out the pop art: Artwork from the era is easy to find. Consider a framed piece from one of the pop-art masters like Warhol or Lichtenstein, or a piece of neon in an unexpected shape and colour to really light up a room.

Add touches of metallic: Complete the modern look with up-to-date materials like brass or copper for your lamps, light shades or other functional décor items.

Choose your furniture wisely: The look is minimalist but colourful, so keep your furniture items to a minimum but choose them well. If you want to get this right, it’s better to have one piece that really creates conversation than several that almost get it right. Feel free to mix and match between old and new – it’s almost compulsory!

Happy home making!


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