Sample Articles

Here are some sample articles:

Article 1

The New Face of the LPGA

What a difference a year makes. It was just a year ago that the LPGA seemed in a shambles. Carolynn Bivens the controversial executive director of the LPGA has been asked for her resignation. Marty Evans was acting as interim head and a search was on for a new leader.

To add to this challenge the sponsors money was drying up and long term tournaments were not being renewed.

In this fast moving media world the LPGA was losing its fan base as little known Asian players were dominating the tour.

How quick things can turn around. The LPGA now has Michael Whan leading them. He brings to the LPGA an extensive background in golf and sports companies. His skills at building successful organization is just what the LPGA needs. He is passionate about golf. He has brought new energy and direction to the organization.

There are new tournaments popping up with new sponsors. The waters have been smooth with some of the old sponsors. There are new sponsors having a look at the LPGA. We understand that Vancouver, BC is trying to put together a sponsorship package to have a regular tour stop there.

This year has been resurgence in American stars being center stage. We have had Christie Kerr with two wins including the LPGA championship and climbing for a time into the top of the rankings. When she has not been number one in these rankings she has been either number two or three. The fans love this and come out to cheer her to victory. Paula Creamer with her great big beautiful smile put on a terrific show in winning the U.S. Open. In spite of a wrist that was questionably not fully rehabilitated her play was outstanding. Michelle Wie has found her comfort level on the LPGA tour and won not only in 2009 but also had a win and a second place in 2010. The success this year of the Americans has put hope for future wins.

The icing on the cake has been that the personalities of some of the extremely talented super star Asian players are finally shining through on the TV screens.

Ai Miyazato the outstanding Japanese player who hits precision shots has a disarming smile. In spite of how revered she is in Japan she appears very grounded and serious with no sign of arrogance. Her petite size powers the ball down the fairways. She has been number one on the rankings for seven different weeks in 2010. She has won five LPGA tournaments this year.

Jiyai Shin has earned a strong following in the US with her consistent play and her eternal smile. She is gradually learning more English meantime her golf skills are phenomenal. Her only win this year was in Paris however she has never been less than second in the rankings all year. She just missed being player of the year in 2009. Everyone admired the effort she made to return to the tour so quickly after having her appendix out. She has had success releasing a pop music album in Korea and hopes to be able to do one in English in the near future.

Yani Tseng who appears to beat herself up on the golf course is delightful. First she won a major in the US then the British Open and now the tour stop in Arkansas. She purchased Annika Sorenstam’s former Florida home and plans to fill the trophy room. She is second only to Jiyai Shin in earnings for 2010. She sings to herself on the golf course to keep from getting nervous.

As the 2010 golf season winds down the future is looking much brighter for the LPGA. As they say “these girls are good”.

Article 2

A Successful Ski Holiday

One of the most enjoyable family vacations is a ski trip. It is a way to engage all the members of the family regardless of age. Older adults who have not had the opportunity to learn to ski will find willing ski instructors who can get them up and going quickly. For families with babies they will find most ski resorts have child care facilities. For the teens, a great way to have a successful vacation is to invite some of their friends to come with you.

Before departing it is a good idea to research the various ski hills. To ensure that everyone has a good time it is important to pick a ski hill that has a variety of runs that will cater to all the levels of skiers in your group. If you have beginner skiers you will want to find a ski resort that offers lessons.

As you are preparing to go you need to plan what equipment and clothing that you will need. If at all possible it is desirable to have your own skis, poles, and boots. This equipment should be professionally fitted to each skier. If this is a first trip and you are not sure if skiing is going to be your sport it is possible to rent equipment at many of the ski resorts. This is also a good option if you are combining your ski trip with another tourist type journey. There are many savings to be had by first researching then buying online.

For clothing you want to have warm, well fitting ski wear. Nothing spoils a ski vacation more than cold toes or hands. For socks you want to choose wool of a thickness that provides warmth while allowing you to wriggle your toes in your boots. For hands often ski mitts will provide more warmth than gloves.

Must have accessories are neck warmers, toques, and goggles. Riding on ski lifts can often be very chilly so the ability to layer and keep your face covered is essential.

A good set of underwear that wicks the moisture away from your body is very desirable. A comfortable ski suit that allows you to move easily completes your needs.

Once you arrive at the ski hill you need to set up a few rules for every member in the group. The first rule should be never ski alone. The second is do not ski off course. Far too many tragic events take place when skiers go exploring in areas that turn out to be dangerous. A third rule is have the address and phone number of the place that you are staying in everyone’s pocket. In case of an emergency your group can always be found. It is a good idea to set up a few rendezvous places throughout the day.

A ski vacation can truly engage all the members of the group. After a wonderful day on the hills the few chores can be divided amongst the members of the group. With a nice meal, pleasant discussion at the table, and reports of everyone’s accomplishments for the day it is a great way to spend time together.

Article 3

How to Plan a Christmas Party

A Christmas party is a lovely way to connect with family and friends. It helps to get everyone in the mood for the festive season. In able to pull this off without undue stress at a time of year when there are many demands upon your time early planning helps.

First you want to decide who will be invited to the party. Will it just be your friends or will it be your friends and your children’s friends and their families. Having decided that you are then able to plan the time you would like to have your guests attend and on what day. If you have decided on having children particularly young children an afternoon or very early evening time works best. If you get your invitations out early you will have a better attendance, as people will not have committed their time to other activities.

Sometimes it is wise to stagger the times. Have the families and small children come early and the strictly adult crowds come later. Before you finalize the guest list take stock of how much room you have to accommodate a crowd. You want your guests to be able to mingle and have enough space to be comfortable. Your invitations need some sort of reply in them from the list of people invited. A “regrets only” invitation with your phone number saves you from numerous phone calls.  Now a days many people are using the computer to send out their invitations. Evaluate the age group that is being invited, as many seniors are still not comfortable with computers. You can either send them all by regular post or some by e-invitations and some in the mail.

Time to take stock of your home. Does it reflect the Christmas feel and smell? Walk through your home and decide if your Christmas decor allows room for people to freely move about without knocking over your displays. Are there precious ornaments in reach of small children? Can you detect the lovely odors of Christmas? Does your home smell of pine and Christmas baking? After making sure the Christmas decorations won’t be harmed during the party, put some spices like ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon in water and heat these on the stove; they can easily produce the scents.  There are potpourris with Christmas scents available or room sprays. If you have an artificial Christmas tree buy some fresh pine boughs to use as decorations.

Will your party have a particular theme? Have you planned some activities to keep the children entertained? Have you decided on what type of food will be served? Will it be finger food only? Are you thinking of having a variety of appetizers? Are you maybe going to cook up a big ham and a roast of beef so your guest can make themselves sandwiches?  You can make these decisions based on whom your guests will be and what time they are coming.  If you decide on a theme you need to plan well in advance so you have time to select all the items needed to carry it off.

Skating Party: For a family party you might want to book the local indoor rink or in the very cold parts of the country an outdoor facility.  After everyone is finished skating they can then come back to your home for hot chocolate, warm snacks, and Christmas cookies.

Pot Luck: Your guests arrive with their favorite Christmas hors d’oeuvres and maybe the recipe for them. This saves you from the major food preparation.

Craft Party: Plan some crafts that children can easily make. They love to draw, paint, and glue. They love to feel the accomplishment of making something. There are making ideas for making Christmas decorations that they can take home with them.

A Cocktail Party: This is a more formal way to entertain. You can get out all your recipes for appetizers and starting early make several then freeze them until the day of the party. If you are under a lot of stress and very busy you can buy a huge selection of snacks at the grocery store. Or you can have the party catered. Don’t forget to plan on the beverages. A non-alcohol punch is a must. Children usually love the blend of juices and the designated drivers will be grateful. Christmas eggnog is fun to have. This rich beverage can be a Christmas tradition. Wine and beer seem to have taken the place of other forms of spirits.

The idea to have a Christmas party is to have fun and enjoy your guests. Early planning will help you stay relaxed and not over tired. Christmas parties are a great way to entertain.