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KY. Derby Day With Healing and Art


Put your money on the Darkhorse.
Win on Derby Day with a Darkhorse favorite: KIRSTEINFINEART. Click on the above photo to see the latest KIRSTEINFINEART fashion creations on VIDA.

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Fine art, reiki and fashion accompany Ky. Derby Day like a horse and carriage. 💘

Fashion made from Fine Art Studio of Jan Kirstein.

A quote from my dear and erudite friend, and one of my very first students from over 40 years ago: Architect Jay Kratz.

This beautiful, flowing top features drop shoulder sleeves, a flattering V-neck and a hi-low silhouette. This soft and easy, flexible shape is perfect for casual or dressy attire depending on the styling.

Time to get back to my studio and stoke the creative 🔥 🔥 🔥 fires!

Kentucky Teachers Unite



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Kentucky State Capital Building, Teacher Unity, standing with my friend and fellow Franklin County Teacher Kristy Standifer. 

This week Kentucky Teachers stood together making their voices heard regarding bills in our Legislature affecting the future of Education in Kentucky.  I was there at the Capital Building in Kentucky along with five other teachers from my district, Franklin County. Here is a brief synopsis of the issues concerning us at this time as they were developing.

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Photo courtesy of State Representative Chris Harris 

The latest update from Adam Hyatt, Franklin Co. Public School teacher at Capital Thurs. March 7 with KEA Franklin County Teachers:

Below is a description of the major issues before the legislature that may be of interest to you. Feel free to pass this along.

Colleagues, 
There has been very little movement on bills in the state House of Representatives today, but I wanted to provide some information since many are likely wondering what is going on with this legislative session. This email is not intended to elicit support or opposition, just to inform folks on the policies impacting education that could be passed before the end of the session. There are three items of particular interest to us as educators.

The first is the policy change presented in HB 525. This bill proposes to change the makeup of the teachers pension oversight board. The current board is made up of four appointees by the governor and seven members who are elected by active and retired teachers. This bill proposes change the way those seven members of the board are chosen. Under the proposed bill, these seven members will be chosen by the members of six different organizations: KEA (one active, one retired), KY School Board Assoc, Jefferson County Teachers Assoc, KY Assoc of School Adminsitrators, KY Retired Teachers Assoc, and KY Assoc of Professional Educators. The concerns over this change center on the increased representation of administrators on the board, as well as a seat being given to KAPE, an organization that represents roughly 2% of teachers in KY.

The second policy deals with the creation of tax credits for those who make donations for private school scholarships. This bill is currently presented in the form of HB 205 and SB 118, but the language of the bill may be added to another bill through amendment. The concern over this bill is that it will reduce tax revenue to the general fund and serve as an equivalency to tuition vouchers, which are specifically forbidden by the state constitution. The legislature has stated a desire to simplify the tax code by eliminating existing tax credits, and this bill would add another credit to the state tax code.

The third issue before the legislature that impacts us regards the increased power of superintendents in the selection of principals. There are several different proposals that address this, so the specific bill number is not essential. Under the proposal, final approval of hiring a school principal would be in the hands of the district superintendent, not the SBDM council of that school. If passes this would decrease the voice and influence of teachers and parents in the selection of their principal.

I hope this information is helpful to everyone and provides the basics on the issues of concern to us as educators.

Sincerely,
Adam Hyatt

Tell your legislators to support public education funding and oppose HB 205 and SB 118. Courtesy The Action Network.

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A tradition at Kirsteinfineart provides support to encourage women to speak their truth and stand up for their convictions. Here is our most recent collection to support teachers in speaking out on today’s major Education issues.

Teachers United Collection

https://shop.kirsteinfineart.com/collections/teachers-unite

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Teacher United Power Women's High-top Sneakers
Teacher Power Spun Polyester Square Pillow

STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE WEARING YOUR OWN ONE OF A KIND DESIGNED KIRSTEINFINEART MARTIN BOOTS.


STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE WEARING YOUR OWN ONE OF A KIND DESIGNED KIRSTEINFINEART MARTIN BOOTS. 

Together, I will work with you to choose any two words, you feel are central to what matters to you,  and I will place  these words within the design of any boot you see here.  Together, you and I will design your one of a kind boots! I will work with you individually through email, and together, we will make the design of your choice. 

Here’s a boot I just designed with a client: Love and Justice were her words. Together we selected the font, color and choice of words and their placement within the design.

Hi! I am Janis Kirstein and welcome to my website! I am a fine artist and painter working in mixed media collage. I help women of all ages find unique, creative expressive clothes.  I love to make fashion items and interior accessory products for you using all of my many painted collages.  Check out my new collection of new holiday ornaments and stockings in the link block below.

My dream is to help you to surround yourself with fine art and beauty, through what you wear, as well as what you place in your home.

The  Women’s Martin Boot Collection  brings you the latest in women’s fashion with sensational, creative and comfortable style.   All the Boots from this collection are made with collage designs from my painted collages.

You can create your own ensembles from this website’s coordinated yoga pants, high-topped sneakers,  dresses, blouses and platform high heels and Holiday Ornaments, all to go with your choice of Martin Boots.

Simply go to my website: https://shop.kirsteinfineart.com, pick a boot design you really like, select two words you would like incorporated into the design and email me at kirsteinfineart@gmail.com.

35% Off the Bluetooth Fitbit. Week of January 27 only.

The Glorious Grandmas of Instagram


I love this story, appearing in the New York Times, written by Ruth La Ferla. How refreshing and invigorating to see someone my age strike an individualistic fashion statement without reserve.

Calm, graceful and unapologetic, Lyn Slater asserts her free will and expressive clothing choices with aplomb and panache. She gives me hope that there may be some women out there willing to take a chance and wear clothing that is outside the narrow restrictions of “the norm.” Bravo Lyn!

Jan Kirstein

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If you like this story, you might find my fashions appealing at Kirsteinfineart.   My fashions can work well for you, no matter your age. Young or age plus, these styles make a definite statement for the woman who is an individualist. Check out my fashions And enjoy my landing page here for my new Collection: Evening Splendor.

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“Shaman’s Dream,” long sleeve women’s t-shirt by Jan Kirstein : Front. This design originated from my mixed media painting of the same name.

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Kick up some trouble in these high heels at Kirsteinfineart!

 

 

 

 

KIRSTEINFINEART Presents the “Evening Splendor Collection”


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This New Collection by KIRSTEINFINEART is what you have been waiting for:  Smashing style for your dressy occasions combined with a comfort level found only with casual clothes.

Dressy meets casual.

Fabulous t-shirt designs all from Jan Kirstein’s collage paintings pair with leggings in a variety of matching colors and patterns.

Make a splash this evening and feel completely comfortable throughout your all your special events, whether dashing out to a festive night out, or staying home for a quiet, relaxing evening.

 

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Fine art and fashion go hand in hand. Click here to see today’s latest fashion creation by Jan Kirstein. 

 

 

“Wild and Wicked 2” by Jan Kirstein. Click images to see enlargements.

 

Writing advice from Coco Chanel

by Elaine Bennett

 

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Gabrielle Bonheur “Coco” Chanel in 1928, Public Domain,

No doubt you’ve heard of Coco Chanel, the French fashion designer who liberated women from stiff, formal clothing and popularized the still-ubiquitous “Little Black Dress.” Her fashion advice remains legendary—just Google “remove one accessory” and your screen will fill with blogs and articles quoting or misquoting her famous dictum

“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

But while Chanel intended that as fashion advice, I think it works just as well for writers.

How many adverbs have you used? Surely you don’t need them all. And those adjectives—wouldn’t a few descriptive phrases enliven your work more?

Of course, before you can revise—your outfit or your writing—you have to create it first. Write until you’ve finished the draft. But before it “leaves the house,” give it a good once-over. Is every word, every sentence, necessary? If it isn’t—copy, cut, and paste. Slap it into the writer’s equivalent of a jewelry box, the Outtakes file.

More advice from Coco Chanel

“Take one thing off” may be Chanel’s most-quoted piece of advice. But I found another one I like quite a lot in this slideshow from Australian Vogue:

“In order to be irreplaceable one must be different.”

While we’re on the subject of revising, I’d lop off “In order” at the top of that sentence. But let’s not blame Chanel; perhaps it got added in translation.

“To be irreplaceable, one must be different.” I tell my writers a variation of this all the time. And my clients, too. They talk about subjects that thousands—millions—of people have already talked about: diversity, ethics, management. How can they differentiate themselves from the crowd? By weaving their own stories into the mix. No one else has had yourexperiences, has your perspective.

Make your communications irreplaceable—and your ideas memorable—by being your own, unique self. (Little Black Dress optional.)


Writing is just the first part of the process. Revising—that’s the secret sauce that gives your writing zing. Join my free webinar on revising.