It’s March 29th – Orange Leader
Texas Love the Children Day
Texas Love the Children Day is observed to support victims of child abuse. Child abuse is an alarming problem in many countries. The system for dealing with these problems is underfunded and overburdened. Texas Loves Children Day helps the professional in their efforts to provide the best outcome for each abused child.
CASA volunteers, or court-appointed special advocates, are ordinary people who are recruited and specially trained to advocate for children in foster care and provide them with a consistent and reliable adult presence during a difficult time in their lives. . If you notice any abuse, report it to 1 (800) 252-5400 or go to www.txabusehotline.org. If a child’s life is in danger, call 911. For more information about CASA, visit www.casasnr.org or call (409) 886-2272. If you are ready to take a stand for the child, complete the volunteer request form on our website. The training will be delivered in an interactive virtual classroom.
Piano Day is 88e Day of the year
Unlike xylophones, which have up to 40 keys, or most wind instruments, which have a limited number of keys, pianos have 88 keys. Each key represents a different note, giving the piano a wide range of sounds.
Have you ever wondered why the piano has 88 keys? Why not 44? Or 212? Why 88? As it turns out, the answer has both historical and practical aspects.
The piano started out as a modification of the harpsichord, which had 60 keys. Early pianos therefore generally had 60 keys. 60 keys represented five octaves, since there are 12 notes in an octave.
As more and more pianos were made, composers began to write more and more piano music. It wasn’t long before their compositions took them beyond the five octaves available on pianos at that time. Composers began to work with piano makers to create pianos with more keys, so that they could write new music with a wider scale.
Throughout the history of the piano, you can find many different versions of pianos with many different numbers of keys. By the mid-1800s, pianos had expanded to seven full octaves.
In the late 1880s, famous piano maker Steinway created the 88-key piano that is standard today. Other manufacturers followed Steinway’s lead and since then 88 keys have been the norm.
The 88-key piano features seven full octaves, along with a few other notes. Why stop at 88 keys? Most composers do not write music that includes notes other than those available on the 88-key piano. In addition, notes lower or higher than those of the 88-key piano are not easily heard by the human ear as separate notes beyond those that already exist.
Today’s modern piano has 52 white keys and 36 black keys. White keys represent musical tones A, B, C, D, E, F, and G. Black keys differ from white keys in that they represent semitone intervals – called sharps and flats – between different notes. A group of seven white keys and five black keys together form the 12 notes that we call an octave.
As artists tend to do, there are piano makers today who are still pushing the limits of the piano’s capabilities. Stuart and Sons, an Australian piano maker, now makes a “super” grand piano with 102 keys, 14 more than the standard.
Could pianos be made with even more keys? The answer is yes, but there are many considerations for pianos with even more keys. In addition to the fact that the human ear cannot distinguish many of these added notes, pianos with more keys tend to be longer and heavier than normal pianos – and more expensive. For example, a 102-key Stuart and Sons piano can cost up to $ 300,000!
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Easter trees make festive spring decorations
Easter is approaching and it’s time to plant the tree. For those who think trees are for a whole different Christian holiday right now, you are both right and wrong. Even though trees are more widely associated with Christmas, Easter trees are an increasingly popular and festive tradition that has its roots in Germany.
The Easter tree is known as Ostereierbaum in Germany and is a centuries old custom. The eggs are hung from tree branches and outdoor bushes or are placed on cut branches exposed indoors. Although the tradition dates back to Germany, places of German influence like Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, and the Dutch region of Pennsylvania in the United States are also popular places for the appearance of Easter trees. .
For 50 years one person has diversified with their own Ostereierbaum tradition. Volker Kraft decorated an apple tree on his property in the town of Saalfeld, Germany, adding more eggs each year as the tree grew. The tradition ended in 2015. At one point, the tree contained 10,000 eggs, all handcrafted by Kraft and his family. However, one tree in Rostock, Germany held the Guinness World Record for the tree with the most eggs – a display of 80,000.
While Easter trees are generally more modest than the Kraft tree, the displays can be as large or as small as desired. Many Easter trees consist of a few branches placed in a vase decorated with flowers, ribbons and Easter eggs. White willow branches work well, although all branches can stand together.
When decorating Easter trees, families can use plastic eggs or even real ones. Using a sharp knife or needle, make two small holes in a raw egg. Blow the inside of the egg until the shell is hollow. Then decorate the egg and thread a ribbon through the holes so that it can be hung on the tree. If you like, place sweet Easter treats, like chocolate eggs or pastel-colored cupcakes, under the Easter tree.
Decorating a tree outdoors is also possible and very visible. This can be a great way to share Easter blessings with other members of the community.
March is credit education month
How to start building a credit history
Credit scores play an important role in the lives of millions of adults around the world. A strong credit history can help people obtain more favorable terms for borrowers on home and auto loans, saving them thousands of dollars.
Credit scores are usually not on the minds of young adults who are years away from buying their first home. However, adulthood is a great time to start building a solid credit history. By building a solid foundation now, young adults can reap significant rewards when trying to fund major purchases, such as cars and homes, on the road.
- Open a credit account. It’s important to start building a credit history once you qualify, as young people without a credit history can struggle to get loans or even an apartment. Co-signers can help, but secured loans with co-signers won’t do much to improve young people’s credit scores. Borrowers want loan applicants who have demonstrated that they can pay their own bills, and the length of credit history is one of the many variables used to determine borrower credit scores. A long story that documents a young person’s track record of paying bills on time is to their advantage. Many credit card companies extend credit to applicants as young as 18, so young people shouldn’t hesitate to start exploring their options. The NerdWallet online financial resource notes that young people with no credit history may need to apply for secure credit cards. Unlike more traditional cards, secure cards are backed by initial cash deposits. However, secure cardholders must always make their payments on time and will still incur interest charges if they don’t. These cards can be a great way for young people to start showing lenders their creditworthiness.
- Apply for an installment loan. Installment loans are another great way for young people to build their credit history. According to the credit reporting agency Experian, auto loans are among the easiest types of loans to obtain. Young borrowers may need co-signers, although some lenders do not. Young people who want to buy new vehicles can avoid relying on their parents to facilitate their purchases and instead take out a car loan that requires monthly payments. An installment and full loan repayment history is a great way for young people to prove their creditworthiness and improve their credit rating.
- Ask your landlord to help you. Young people who rent and pay their rent on time could finally benefit. In the past, the only way rent payments were included in credit reports was if tenants were behind on their rent payments and were sued or reported to collection agencies. However, Experian has recently started including positive rent payment information in its credit reports. Young people with a history of on-time rent payments can ask their landlords to report their positive payment history to the credit bureaus.
A strong credit history can benefit adults of all walks of life. It’s never too early for young adults to start building their financial reputation.