The Activity Aisle at the Mississippi Business Journal’s Business Marketplace was so popular the first year that it has been scheduled again this year.
Back again this year is the opportunity to have a caricature drawn by one of the state’s top cartoonists, Ricky Nobile. The editorial cartoonist for the MBJ and 35 other Mississippi newspapers will be drawing quick, five-minute cartoon caricatures of people doing their favorite thing — fishing, shopping, hunting, playing golf or whatever.
“It usually brings a smile to their face because it’s personal,” Nobile said. “It’s really a lot of fun. I’ve done editorial cartoons since college, but I started doing the live caricatures about 15 years ago. Now I draw at conventions and trade shows year round, and really enjoy the happy reactions I get. People take them home and frame them, and put them on Facebook. It’s a one-of-a-kind cartoon of them — they love it.”
Another intriguing presentation will be by Ann Henderson, a certified graphoanalyst who will talk about handwriting analysis as a scientific, clinically validated method of determining a person’s personality/character make-up from analyzing the strokes made when they write.
“It can be seen by analyzing each stroke created, slant, size, pressure, spacing, form of letter, margins and placement of writing,” Henderson said. “There are 200 plus characteristics that can be determined from how a person writes. This includes temperament, emotions, moods, self-esteem, intelligence, social ability, drives, energy, imagination, fears, defenses, and potential problem areas.”
At the Business Marketplace, Henderson will have people to write three or four sentences about anything they want on unlined paper and sign their names. They do this in cursive, not print.
“I do not read anything they write, just evaluate the strokes,” she said. “I will give them their strengths and weaknesses concerning their personality, and any questions they may have. It is fun and entertaining for them because they can’t believe I would know about them.”
Another Activity Aisle offering will be with Joan Godsey, executive consultant, Rodan & Fields Dermatologists, who will be demonstrating products developed for skin problems such as acne and products for exfoliating the skin and making wrinkles shrink.
“I see all these teenagers with acne, and would love it if they knew about these products,” Godsey said. “It costs a lot of money to go to a dermatologist, and then buy a prescription. These products work well at a lower cost. I know they work because I have seen evidence of it in my own family.”
The products also include those to treat eczema, psoriasis, rosacea and sun-damaged skin. The products have the same active ingredients as prescription medications, but a slightly less strong so they can be purchased over the counter.
And if you are interested in learning more about how to do flower arrangements, be sure to check out the Activity Aisle demonstration by Green Oak Florist & Garden Center, Jackson and Ridgeland. Green Oak’s Mariah Baird will be showing how to make a simple and elegant flower arrangement.
“It is always helpful to talk about how many flowers you put in to make different kinds of arrangement,” Baird said. “People can do too much or not enough. Make sure the flowers are not all at the same level. Get variety in the height and weight of the flowers. I will be talking about different styles, whether traditional or something fun and different for the fall Halloween time.”
Garden lovers will also enjoy the vegetable and flower planting demonstrations by Karen McKie, owner of Green Oak Florist & Garden Center.
“It drums up a lot of interest because people get to stand there, talk to us and get excited about what we are showing,” McKie said. “It gives us some one-on-one time for different ideas. A lot of people are getting interested in planting in containers instead of big gardens. Containers are easier to manage. We will be mixing herbs, flowers and vegetables together to make it attractive. There are a lot tricks in the planting that will help in the success of them.”
The fall and winter can be an easier time to grow plants than the height of the heat in the summer. But gardeners are more limited in the type of plant materials. One thing that is nice is that fall and winter plantings can last a long time.
“You can plant in October and November and have them pretty until May or June,” McKie said. “There are so many plant materials out there and ways to do it that it keeps it interesting. Gardening is great therapy and good exercise, too.”