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Think back to the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments… Did those times make you a better team member, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary for self-esteem and encourages people to continue to be valuable contributors to the workplace and society.

The social need to belong, as well as the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition both personally and professionally. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect what we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride which is indispensable to our psychological development.

The gesture of recognition has the greatest meaning when it is made in public, singling out people in front of their peers and making them feel unique and consequential.

One of the best ways to recognize achievements is by awarding those deserving with certificates commemorating the achievement. When people receive certificates in a Presenta Plaque, they are immediately impressed with the quality of the plaque and the effort to make the award more special. Recipients of Presenta Plaques will feel important knowing they are receiving an award they will be proud to display.

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    BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage , discipline , dominance and submission , sadomasochism , and other related interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience.

    The term "BDSM" is first recorded in a Usenet posting from 1991, [1] and is interpreted as a combination of the abbreviations B/D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance and submission), and S/M (Sadism and Masochism). BDSM is now used as a catch-all phrase covering a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships , and distinct subcultures. BDSM communities generally welcome anyone with a non-normative streak who identifies with the community; this may include cross-dressers , body modification enthusiasts, animal roleplayers , rubber fetishists , and others.

    Activities and relationships within a BDSM context are often characterized by the participants taking on complementary, but unequal roles; thus, the idea of informed consent of both the partners becomes essential. The terms "submissive" and "dominant" are often used to distinguish these roles: the dominant partner ("dom") takes psychological control over the submissive ("sub"). The terms "top" and "bottom" are also used: the top is the instigator of an action while the bottom is the receiver of the action. The two sets of terms are subtly different: for example, someone may choose to act as bottom to another person, for example, by being whipped, purely recreationally, without any implication of being psychologically dominated by them.

    The abbreviations "sub" and "dom" are frequently used instead of "submissive" and "dominant". Sometimes the female-specific term "domme" is used to describe a dominant woman, instead of the gender-neutral term "dom"; both terms are pronounced the same. Individuals who can change between top/dominant and bottom/submissive roles—whether from relationship to relationship or within a given relationship—are known as switches . The precise definition of roles and self-identification is a common subject of debate within the community. [2]

    "BDSM" is an umbrella term for certain kinds of erotic behavior between consenting adults. There are distinct subcultures under this umbrella term. Terminology for roles varies widely among the subcultures. Top and dominant are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically active or controlling participants. Bottom and submissive are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically receptive or controlled participants. The interaction between tops and bottoms—where physical or mental control of the bottom is surrendered to the top—is sometimes known as "power exchange", whether in the context of an encounter or a relationship. [3]

    History of Sex in Cinema:
    The Greatest and Most Influential
    Sexual Films and Scenes
    (Illustrated)

    Eccentric British director Peter Greenaway has always been known for controversial, untraditional, provocative, challenging, bizarre and sometimes grotesque art-house films, such as Drowning by Numbers (1988), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Prospero's Books (1991), and The Pillow Book (1996) . This visually-stunning, subversive religious satire was no different - the sacrilegious film was so excessive that no American distributor would touch it, and it did not receive a US video or DVD release - and it caused outrage when screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

    This stagy 3 act play-drama was actually an elaborate play within a play within a play, leading to some viewer confusion. It was set and enacted during the 17th century court of young Cosimo de Medici (Jonathan Lacey) in a time when most women were barren and unable to reproduce.

    The Daughter decided to benefit by claiming the male child as her own ("I could be rich" she thought), and then asserted it was born immaculately, via virgin birth like the Virgin Mary years earlier. She invited townsfolk to inspect her genitals (by looking under her dress as she laid back) to verify her claims and to see that she was indeed a virgin ("Examine me and I will shame you"). Reactions of some males were humorous: "I do not know what to look for, it is all so long ago," and "Her anatomy is charming."

    She thereafter exploitatively manipulated the town into regarding the male child (Nils Dorando) as a Messiah and selling blessings to townsfolk. Skeptical, science-inclined "Joseph" (Ralph Fiennes), the legitimized bastard son of the local Bishop, wished to disprove her claims, and believed she was possibly a whore who conceived out of wedlock. He needed to be convinced that the Daughter was indeed a virgin.

    The SMU Mustangs football program is a college football team that represents Southern Methodist University (more commonly "SMU"). The team competes in the NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) as a member of the American Athletic Conference (The American).

    In June 1915, Ray Morrison became SMU 's football, baseball, basketball, and track coach, in addition to being to a math instructor. The football team began as a member of the Texas Intercollegiate Athletic Association , playing at Armstrong Field . The first game played by SMU's football team was a 13-2 victory over Hendrix College . After winning two games in a span of two seasons, Morrison left SMU for Fort Oglethorpe upon the United States’ entry into World War I.

    During this time, the football team was known as "the Parsons", due to the large number of theology students on the team. On October 17, 1917, the name "Mustangs" was selected as the school's mascot. For the 1917 season, Morrison would be replaced by J. Burton Rix , who would lead the Mustangs to a 3-2-3 record in their final season in the TIAA .

    The 1918 season would be the first of many seasons for the SMU Mustangs as a member of the Southwest Conference , joining Baylor University , Rice University , the University of Texas , Texas A&M University , the University of Arkansas , and Oklahoma A&M University . The Mustangs’ first season in the conference ended with a 4-2 record. J. Burton Rix would continue to coach the team until the 1921 season, in which he was replaced by W.A. Cunningham and Victor Kelly , his co-coaches that season, as the team went on to lose six games.

    Ray Morrison would return to SMU in 1922, co-coaching the team with former Vanderbilt teammate Ewing Y. Freeland . For the 1922 and 1923 seasons, Morrison would focus on the backfield and ends, while Freeland focused on the linemen. The team became known as the "Aerial Circus" by sportswriters because of Morrison's passing offense. Morrison would become known as "the father of the forward pass", due to the team's use of passing on first and second downs, instead of as a play of last resort. At the time, most teams utilized the forward pass five to six times in one game, while SMU would do so between 30 and 40 times.

    Think back to the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments… Did those times make you a better team member, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary for self-esteem and encourages people to continue to be valuable contributors to the workplace and society.

    The social need to belong, as well as the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition both personally and professionally. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect what we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride which is indispensable to our psychological development.

    The gesture of recognition has the greatest meaning when it is made in public, singling out people in front of their peers and making them feel unique and consequential.

    One of the best ways to recognize achievements is by awarding those deserving with certificates commemorating the achievement. When people receive certificates in a Presenta Plaque, they are immediately impressed with the quality of the plaque and the effort to make the award more special. Recipients of Presenta Plaques will feel important knowing they are receiving an award they will be proud to display.

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  • Ready to Order? Or call us at 800-824-2930 to place your order or learn more about Presenta Plaque Kits or Pocket Plaques on our products pages!

    Copyright © 2011 The Upper Deck Company. All Rights Reserved   |    News & Events    |    Terms & Conditions    |    Privacy Policy    |    Site Map

    Think back to the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments… Did those times make you a better team member, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary for self-esteem and encourages people to continue to be valuable contributors to the workplace and society.

    The social need to belong, as well as the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition both personally and professionally. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect what we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride which is indispensable to our psychological development.

    The gesture of recognition has the greatest meaning when it is made in public, singling out people in front of their peers and making them feel unique and consequential.

    One of the best ways to recognize achievements is by awarding those deserving with certificates commemorating the achievement. When people receive certificates in a Presenta Plaque, they are immediately impressed with the quality of the plaque and the effort to make the award more special. Recipients of Presenta Plaques will feel important knowing they are receiving an award they will be proud to display.

    more videos > >

  • Recent Posts
    • Honoring Employees with a Plaque
    • Holiday Crafts Worth Framing in a Plaque
    • Welcoming a New Business with a Plaque
    • Plaques to Honor Our Military Men and Women
    • Honoring Students with a Plaque
  • Ready to Order? Or call us at 800-824-2930 to place your order or learn more about Presenta Plaque Kits or Pocket Plaques on our products pages!

    Copyright © 2011 The Upper Deck Company. All Rights Reserved   |    News & Events    |    Terms & Conditions    |    Privacy Policy    |    Site Map

    BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage , discipline , dominance and submission , sadomasochism , and other related interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience.

    The term "BDSM" is first recorded in a Usenet posting from 1991, [1] and is interpreted as a combination of the abbreviations B/D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance and submission), and S/M (Sadism and Masochism). BDSM is now used as a catch-all phrase covering a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships , and distinct subcultures. BDSM communities generally welcome anyone with a non-normative streak who identifies with the community; this may include cross-dressers , body modification enthusiasts, animal roleplayers , rubber fetishists , and others.

    Activities and relationships within a BDSM context are often characterized by the participants taking on complementary, but unequal roles; thus, the idea of informed consent of both the partners becomes essential. The terms "submissive" and "dominant" are often used to distinguish these roles: the dominant partner ("dom") takes psychological control over the submissive ("sub"). The terms "top" and "bottom" are also used: the top is the instigator of an action while the bottom is the receiver of the action. The two sets of terms are subtly different: for example, someone may choose to act as bottom to another person, for example, by being whipped, purely recreationally, without any implication of being psychologically dominated by them.

    The abbreviations "sub" and "dom" are frequently used instead of "submissive" and "dominant". Sometimes the female-specific term "domme" is used to describe a dominant woman, instead of the gender-neutral term "dom"; both terms are pronounced the same. Individuals who can change between top/dominant and bottom/submissive roles—whether from relationship to relationship or within a given relationship—are known as switches . The precise definition of roles and self-identification is a common subject of debate within the community. [2]

    "BDSM" is an umbrella term for certain kinds of erotic behavior between consenting adults. There are distinct subcultures under this umbrella term. Terminology for roles varies widely among the subcultures. Top and dominant are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically active or controlling participants. Bottom and submissive are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically receptive or controlled participants. The interaction between tops and bottoms—where physical or mental control of the bottom is surrendered to the top—is sometimes known as "power exchange", whether in the context of an encounter or a relationship. [3]

    Think back to the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments… Did those times make you a better team member, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary for self-esteem and encourages people to continue to be valuable contributors to the workplace and society.

    The social need to belong, as well as the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition both personally and professionally. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect what we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride which is indispensable to our psychological development.

    The gesture of recognition has the greatest meaning when it is made in public, singling out people in front of their peers and making them feel unique and consequential.

    One of the best ways to recognize achievements is by awarding those deserving with certificates commemorating the achievement. When people receive certificates in a Presenta Plaque, they are immediately impressed with the quality of the plaque and the effort to make the award more special. Recipients of Presenta Plaques will feel important knowing they are receiving an award they will be proud to display.

    more videos > >

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  • Ready to Order? Or call us at 800-824-2930 to place your order or learn more about Presenta Plaque Kits or Pocket Plaques on our products pages!

    Copyright © 2011 The Upper Deck Company. All Rights Reserved   |    News & Events    |    Terms & Conditions    |    Privacy Policy    |    Site Map

    BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage , discipline , dominance and submission , sadomasochism , and other related interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience.

    The term "BDSM" is first recorded in a Usenet posting from 1991, [1] and is interpreted as a combination of the abbreviations B/D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance and submission), and S/M (Sadism and Masochism). BDSM is now used as a catch-all phrase covering a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships , and distinct subcultures. BDSM communities generally welcome anyone with a non-normative streak who identifies with the community; this may include cross-dressers , body modification enthusiasts, animal roleplayers , rubber fetishists , and others.

    Activities and relationships within a BDSM context are often characterized by the participants taking on complementary, but unequal roles; thus, the idea of informed consent of both the partners becomes essential. The terms "submissive" and "dominant" are often used to distinguish these roles: the dominant partner ("dom") takes psychological control over the submissive ("sub"). The terms "top" and "bottom" are also used: the top is the instigator of an action while the bottom is the receiver of the action. The two sets of terms are subtly different: for example, someone may choose to act as bottom to another person, for example, by being whipped, purely recreationally, without any implication of being psychologically dominated by them.

    The abbreviations "sub" and "dom" are frequently used instead of "submissive" and "dominant". Sometimes the female-specific term "domme" is used to describe a dominant woman, instead of the gender-neutral term "dom"; both terms are pronounced the same. Individuals who can change between top/dominant and bottom/submissive roles—whether from relationship to relationship or within a given relationship—are known as switches . The precise definition of roles and self-identification is a common subject of debate within the community. [2]

    "BDSM" is an umbrella term for certain kinds of erotic behavior between consenting adults. There are distinct subcultures under this umbrella term. Terminology for roles varies widely among the subcultures. Top and dominant are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically active or controlling participants. Bottom and submissive are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically receptive or controlled participants. The interaction between tops and bottoms—where physical or mental control of the bottom is surrendered to the top—is sometimes known as "power exchange", whether in the context of an encounter or a relationship. [3]

    History of Sex in Cinema:
    The Greatest and Most Influential
    Sexual Films and Scenes
    (Illustrated)

    Eccentric British director Peter Greenaway has always been known for controversial, untraditional, provocative, challenging, bizarre and sometimes grotesque art-house films, such as Drowning by Numbers (1988), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Prospero's Books (1991), and The Pillow Book (1996) . This visually-stunning, subversive religious satire was no different - the sacrilegious film was so excessive that no American distributor would touch it, and it did not receive a US video or DVD release - and it caused outrage when screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

    This stagy 3 act play-drama was actually an elaborate play within a play within a play, leading to some viewer confusion. It was set and enacted during the 17th century court of young Cosimo de Medici (Jonathan Lacey) in a time when most women were barren and unable to reproduce.

    The Daughter decided to benefit by claiming the male child as her own ("I could be rich" she thought), and then asserted it was born immaculately, via virgin birth like the Virgin Mary years earlier. She invited townsfolk to inspect her genitals (by looking under her dress as she laid back) to verify her claims and to see that she was indeed a virgin ("Examine me and I will shame you"). Reactions of some males were humorous: "I do not know what to look for, it is all so long ago," and "Her anatomy is charming."

    She thereafter exploitatively manipulated the town into regarding the male child (Nils Dorando) as a Messiah and selling blessings to townsfolk. Skeptical, science-inclined "Joseph" (Ralph Fiennes), the legitimized bastard son of the local Bishop, wished to disprove her claims, and believed she was possibly a whore who conceived out of wedlock. He needed to be convinced that the Daughter was indeed a virgin.

    Think back to the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments… Did those times make you a better team member, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary for self-esteem and encourages people to continue to be valuable contributors to the workplace and society.

    The social need to belong, as well as the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition both personally and professionally. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect what we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride which is indispensable to our psychological development.

    The gesture of recognition has the greatest meaning when it is made in public, singling out people in front of their peers and making them feel unique and consequential.

    One of the best ways to recognize achievements is by awarding those deserving with certificates commemorating the achievement. When people receive certificates in a Presenta Plaque, they are immediately impressed with the quality of the plaque and the effort to make the award more special. Recipients of Presenta Plaques will feel important knowing they are receiving an award they will be proud to display.

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    Think back to the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments… Did those times make you a better team member, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary for self-esteem and encourages people to continue to be valuable contributors to the workplace and society.

    The social need to belong, as well as the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition both personally and professionally. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect what we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride which is indispensable to our psychological development.

    The gesture of recognition has the greatest meaning when it is made in public, singling out people in front of their peers and making them feel unique and consequential.

    One of the best ways to recognize achievements is by awarding those deserving with certificates commemorating the achievement. When people receive certificates in a Presenta Plaque, they are immediately impressed with the quality of the plaque and the effort to make the award more special. Recipients of Presenta Plaques will feel important knowing they are receiving an award they will be proud to display.

    more videos > >

  • Recent Posts
    • Honoring Employees with a Plaque
    • Holiday Crafts Worth Framing in a Plaque
    • Welcoming a New Business with a Plaque
    • Plaques to Honor Our Military Men and Women
    • Honoring Students with a Plaque
  • Ready to Order? Or call us at 800-824-2930 to place your order or learn more about Presenta Plaque Kits or Pocket Plaques on our products pages!

    Copyright © 2011 The Upper Deck Company. All Rights Reserved   |    News & Events    |    Terms & Conditions    |    Privacy Policy    |    Site Map

  • Think back to the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments… Did those times make you a better team member, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary for self-esteem and encourages people to continue to be valuable contributors to the workplace and society.

    The social need to belong, as well as the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition both personally and professionally. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect what we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride which is indispensable to our psychological development.

    The gesture of recognition has the greatest meaning when it is made in public, singling out people in front of their peers and making them feel unique and consequential.

    One of the best ways to recognize achievements is by awarding those deserving with certificates commemorating the achievement. When people receive certificates in a Presenta Plaque, they are immediately impressed with the quality of the plaque and the effort to make the award more special. Recipients of Presenta Plaques will feel important knowing they are receiving an award they will be proud to display.

    more videos > >

  • Recent Posts
    • Honoring Employees with a Plaque
    • Holiday Crafts Worth Framing in a Plaque
    • Welcoming a New Business with a Plaque
    • Plaques to Honor Our Military Men and Women
    • Honoring Students with a Plaque
  • Ready to Order? Or call us at 800-824-2930 to place your order or learn more about Presenta Plaque Kits or Pocket Plaques on our products pages!

    Copyright © 2011 The Upper Deck Company. All Rights Reserved   |    News & Events    |    Terms & Conditions    |    Privacy Policy    |    Site Map

    BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage , discipline , dominance and submission , sadomasochism , and other related interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience.

    The term "BDSM" is first recorded in a Usenet posting from 1991, [1] and is interpreted as a combination of the abbreviations B/D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance and submission), and S/M (Sadism and Masochism). BDSM is now used as a catch-all phrase covering a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships , and distinct subcultures. BDSM communities generally welcome anyone with a non-normative streak who identifies with the community; this may include cross-dressers , body modification enthusiasts, animal roleplayers , rubber fetishists , and others.

    Activities and relationships within a BDSM context are often characterized by the participants taking on complementary, but unequal roles; thus, the idea of informed consent of both the partners becomes essential. The terms "submissive" and "dominant" are often used to distinguish these roles: the dominant partner ("dom") takes psychological control over the submissive ("sub"). The terms "top" and "bottom" are also used: the top is the instigator of an action while the bottom is the receiver of the action. The two sets of terms are subtly different: for example, someone may choose to act as bottom to another person, for example, by being whipped, purely recreationally, without any implication of being psychologically dominated by them.

    The abbreviations "sub" and "dom" are frequently used instead of "submissive" and "dominant". Sometimes the female-specific term "domme" is used to describe a dominant woman, instead of the gender-neutral term "dom"; both terms are pronounced the same. Individuals who can change between top/dominant and bottom/submissive roles—whether from relationship to relationship or within a given relationship—are known as switches . The precise definition of roles and self-identification is a common subject of debate within the community. [2]

    "BDSM" is an umbrella term for certain kinds of erotic behavior between consenting adults. There are distinct subcultures under this umbrella term. Terminology for roles varies widely among the subcultures. Top and dominant are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically active or controlling participants. Bottom and submissive are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically receptive or controlled participants. The interaction between tops and bottoms—where physical or mental control of the bottom is surrendered to the top—is sometimes known as "power exchange", whether in the context of an encounter or a relationship. [3]

    History of Sex in Cinema:
    The Greatest and Most Influential
    Sexual Films and Scenes
    (Illustrated)

    Eccentric British director Peter Greenaway has always been known for controversial, untraditional, provocative, challenging, bizarre and sometimes grotesque art-house films, such as Drowning by Numbers (1988), The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover (1989), Prospero's Books (1991), and The Pillow Book (1996) . This visually-stunning, subversive religious satire was no different - the sacrilegious film was so excessive that no American distributor would touch it, and it did not receive a US video or DVD release - and it caused outrage when screened at the Cannes Film Festival.

    This stagy 3 act play-drama was actually an elaborate play within a play within a play, leading to some viewer confusion. It was set and enacted during the 17th century court of young Cosimo de Medici (Jonathan Lacey) in a time when most women were barren and unable to reproduce.

    The Daughter decided to benefit by claiming the male child as her own ("I could be rich" she thought), and then asserted it was born immaculately, via virgin birth like the Virgin Mary years earlier. She invited townsfolk to inspect her genitals (by looking under her dress as she laid back) to verify her claims and to see that she was indeed a virgin ("Examine me and I will shame you"). Reactions of some males were humorous: "I do not know what to look for, it is all so long ago," and "Her anatomy is charming."

    She thereafter exploitatively manipulated the town into regarding the male child (Nils Dorando) as a Messiah and selling blessings to townsfolk. Skeptical, science-inclined "Joseph" (Ralph Fiennes), the legitimized bastard son of the local Bishop, wished to disprove her claims, and believed she was possibly a whore who conceived out of wedlock. He needed to be convinced that the Daughter was indeed a virgin.

  • Think back to the times that you were recognized for your accomplishments… Did those times make you a better team member, a better professional, a better person? Recognition is necessary for self-esteem and encourages people to continue to be valuable contributors to the workplace and society.

    The social need to belong, as well as the need for confidence and respect, are obtained through recognition both personally and professionally. Psychologically, humans require the social reinforcement and validation of feeling like we belong among our peers and are appreciated by them. When our peers acknowledge our efforts as part of a team, and when they respect what we accomplish, this motivates us to maintain our efforts and provides us with a sense of pride which is indispensable to our psychological development.

    The gesture of recognition has the greatest meaning when it is made in public, singling out people in front of their peers and making them feel unique and consequential.

    One of the best ways to recognize achievements is by awarding those deserving with certificates commemorating the achievement. When people receive certificates in a Presenta Plaque, they are immediately impressed with the quality of the plaque and the effort to make the award more special. Recipients of Presenta Plaques will feel important knowing they are receiving an award they will be proud to display.

    more videos > >

  • Recent Posts
    • Honoring Employees with a Plaque
    • Holiday Crafts Worth Framing in a Plaque
    • Welcoming a New Business with a Plaque
    • Plaques to Honor Our Military Men and Women
    • Honoring Students with a Plaque
  • Ready to Order? Or call us at 800-824-2930 to place your order or learn more about Presenta Plaque Kits or Pocket Plaques on our products pages!

    Copyright © 2011 The Upper Deck Company. All Rights Reserved   |    News & Events    |    Terms & Conditions    |    Privacy Policy    |    Site Map

    BDSM is a variety of often erotic practices or roleplaying involving bondage , discipline , dominance and submission , sadomasochism , and other related interpersonal dynamics. Given the wide range of practices, some of which may be engaged in by people who do not consider themselves as practicing BDSM, inclusion in the BDSM community or subculture is usually dependent on self-identification and shared experience.

    The term "BDSM" is first recorded in a Usenet posting from 1991, [1] and is interpreted as a combination of the abbreviations B/D (Bondage and Discipline), D/s (Dominance and submission), and S/M (Sadism and Masochism). BDSM is now used as a catch-all phrase covering a wide range of activities, forms of interpersonal relationships , and distinct subcultures. BDSM communities generally welcome anyone with a non-normative streak who identifies with the community; this may include cross-dressers , body modification enthusiasts, animal roleplayers , rubber fetishists , and others.

    Activities and relationships within a BDSM context are often characterized by the participants taking on complementary, but unequal roles; thus, the idea of informed consent of both the partners becomes essential. The terms "submissive" and "dominant" are often used to distinguish these roles: the dominant partner ("dom") takes psychological control over the submissive ("sub"). The terms "top" and "bottom" are also used: the top is the instigator of an action while the bottom is the receiver of the action. The two sets of terms are subtly different: for example, someone may choose to act as bottom to another person, for example, by being whipped, purely recreationally, without any implication of being psychologically dominated by them.

    The abbreviations "sub" and "dom" are frequently used instead of "submissive" and "dominant". Sometimes the female-specific term "domme" is used to describe a dominant woman, instead of the gender-neutral term "dom"; both terms are pronounced the same. Individuals who can change between top/dominant and bottom/submissive roles—whether from relationship to relationship or within a given relationship—are known as switches . The precise definition of roles and self-identification is a common subject of debate within the community. [2]

    "BDSM" is an umbrella term for certain kinds of erotic behavior between consenting adults. There are distinct subcultures under this umbrella term. Terminology for roles varies widely among the subcultures. Top and dominant are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically active or controlling participants. Bottom and submissive are widely used for those partner(s) in the relationship or activity who are, respectively, the physically receptive or controlled participants. The interaction between tops and bottoms—where physical or mental control of the bottom is surrendered to the top—is sometimes known as "power exchange", whether in the context of an encounter or a relationship. [3]