Saturday, March 18, 2017

Top Attractions in Bali, Indonesia

The owner of Schuyler Brown Land Title in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, Heidi Scott prepares real estate documents and performs title examinations. In addition, Heidi Scott is an attorney who owns a law practice in Illinois. An avid traveler, Ms. Scott has been to exotic destinations such as Bali, Indonesia. 

Bali offers a unique traveling experience that attracts tourists from around the world. Here are a few of the most popular attractions in and around Bali:

- Tirta Empul Temple. Despite being smaller than some of the city’s other popular temples, Tirta Empul is a popular destination because of its unique serenity. An active prayer site that features numerous shrines and a calming rectangular pool, the temple may be visited by tourists, but they must be respectful of the Balinese customs.

- Ubud. A small town resting in the heart of Bali, Ubud features some of Bali’s best environments and cultures. The town offers bike tours, adventure activities, Balinese cooking classes, and yoga sessions. Ubud also serves as a shopping, arts, and theater district.

- Elephant Safari Park. Located north of Ubud, the park houses 30 Sumatran elephants and offers elephant rides that showcase the animals' friendly nature. Guests can stay at the park’s lodge overnight and enjoy its restaurant, museum, and botanical garden.

Monday, November 28, 2016

Soccer's Growing Popularity in America

Private practice attorney Heidi Scott has served as an attorney and certified public accountant with Schuyler Brown Land Title in Mt. Sterling, Illinois, since 2008. Between 1999 and 2014, she worked as a tax attorney with the Illinois Department of Revenue in Springfield. Heidi Scott helped Mt. Sterling develop its first co-ed soccer league and has experience coaching indoor soccer at Quincy’s K&L Arena. She enjoys watching her children play the sport as it continues to grow in the United States.

In 1990, the United States qualified for the World Cup for the first time in four decades. Four years later, the nation hosted the event. Since that time, soccer’s presence in the United States has evolved from that of a niche sport to one of the country’s most rapidly growing fandoms. About three million American children played in youth soccer leagues in 2014, an 89 percent increase since 1990. As of 2015, nearly 24.5 million Americans played some level of soccer, from recreational leagues to the professional ranks. As a nation, this figure is second only to China.

A nearly identical number of Americans watched the 2010 FIFA World Cup final, despite the contest featuring teams from Spain and the Netherlands, and the 2015 Women’s World Cup final between the United States and Japan. Not only do these ratings compare favorably to popular sporting events such as the Rose Bowl and the NCAA men’s college basketball championship, but the women’s final viewership of 24.5 million was double that of the 2011 final, a testament to the sport’s growth.

There are a number of additional viewership and participation figures suggesting soccer’s continued growth in America. In 2015, soccer ranked as the fourth most watched sport on television, more than ice hockey, golf, and tennis. The 2014 World Cup meeting between the United States and Portugal was the fifth most watched sporting event of the year, trailing only the National Football League’s three biggest games, including the Super Bowl, and the college football championship game.

Monday, October 3, 2016

The Challenges of Producing a Good Tone on the Flute

An alumna of Southern Illinois University, Heidi Scott is a practicing lawyer and certified public accountant at the Law Offices of Heidi Scott in Mt. Sterling, Illinois. She focuses her practice on estate planning, tax law, and real estate. Before pursuing a legal career, Heidi Scott took up the flute and taught advanced flute classes in the 1990s. She even ranked in the National Flute Association Annual Competition.

Through the years, the flute has maintained its popularity as an instrument. The main reasons behind the instrument's enduring popularity are its portability and accessibility. However, there are many challenges to playing the flute.

The primary challenge is achieving a good tone. Unlike in other wind instruments where the mouthpiece fits into the player's mouth and thus immediately helps create the tone, in the flute, the embouchure hole is only part of what produces sound. Flute players need to focus their airstream on an exact spot to split the air stream in half. One-half helps create the tone while the other half goes in front of the player's mouth. As a result, flute players need twice as much air in producing the same tone produced with other wind instruments. On top of that, flute players need to coordinate their abdominal muscles, lungs, and diaphragm together with their lips and jaw in order to get a good tone.