The Five Best Places to Sail in the United States

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Catalina Island, California

Aspiring photographer and avid community volunteer Benjamin “Ben” Perlin enjoys spending time with those in need, giving back to a great number of charity organizations around Nashville, Tennessee. In his leisure time, Benjamin Perlin enjoys sailing and enjoying the outdoors. The United States is home to many incredible sailing towns, all with their own individual character. The following are five scenic areas to enjoy:

1. Catalina Island, California. Sailors can start in Los Angeles, and ride through bays and harbors to the sea, with a wide array of different terrains for those of all experience levels. The area also offers good sailing weather year-round.

2. Key West, Florida. Even without a personal boat, visitors to this southernmost point in the contiguous United States can enjoy a tour on a giant schooner. Renting a boat can offer more freedom to see the local wildlife and enjoy the breathtaking sunsets.

3. Apostle Islands, Wisconsin. Located in Lake Superior, these islands are covered in spruce and birch trees, alongside rock formations and chilly waters. It’s best to visit from May to October, as the lake is prone to freeze in winter.

4. Camdenton, Missouri. Located in the center of the state, this town offers the Lake of the Ozarks, which is very popular with weekend boaters. It is an excellent place to fish for Largemouth bass, and features gorgeous lakefront homes and mild weather in the summer months.

5. Burlington, Vermont. This town offers great summer and winter sailing, as well as one of the largest freshwater lakes in the country. The sailing center offers rentals, as well as sailing lessons right outside of the bustling city.


The Tennessee State Veterans Home


Tennessee State Veterans Home pic

Tennessee State Veterans Home

Benjamin “Ben” Perlin is a photographer and community volunteer living in Nashville. Dedicating much of his time to helping citizens of his local community, Benjamin Perlin volunteers at the the Tennessee State Veterans Home in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, and is happy and proud to hear veterans tell their stories and impart their wisdom.

With three locations throughout Tennessee, the Tennessee State Veterans Home has been providing quality care and rehabilitation to veterans since 1991. The goal of the facilities is to improve quality of life while providing a basic level of independence to patients, inspiring dignity and self-respect. Each Veteran Home offers 140 beds, as well as skilled nurses, doctors, therapists, and volunteers, all passionate about serving patient needs.

A variety of support staff and therapists provide top rehabilitation services, including holistic treatment approaches. For those who are in need of physical therapy, areas covered include fall prevention, joint protection and pain management, among others. Functional mobility therapy is also available, as well as dementia management and cognitive training.

Types of Lighting in a Darkroom

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Benjamin Perlin works as an independent photographer in Nashville, Tennessee. Benjamin Perlin maintains a lasting passion not only for the art of photography, but also for the chemistry of film image capture and development.

To properly develop black-and-white film, you first need a space from which you can seal out external light. The first task is to cover any noticeable light sources, close the door to the room, and stay there for 20 to 30 minutes. This will give you enough time to see any light leaks and block them off, possibly with a towel or a cut piece of cardboard.

Once you are sure that you can make your darkroom completely dark, you can bring in the specialized lighting that you will need. The first is the safe light, which allows you to see your work without exposing the film. This type of light typically casts a brown or red glow.

Some photographers also choose to have a special enlarger light, which would allow you to focus the device that transforms your negative into a larger-sized print. Some choose to forego this light, either because they are printing without an enlarger or because their safe light provides enough illumination.

You may also choose to have a traditional “white” light in your darkroom. This you will use for cleanup, to check your final prints, or in any other situation where you do not have unexposed film in the open air. Be sure to turn this light off before starting the developing process.

Essential Knots Every Sailor Should Know


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Essential Knots

Benjamin (“Ben”) Perlin is a dedicated philanthropist, talented photographer, and passionate robotics and engineering scientist in Nashville, Tennessee. Outside of his various creative and service activities, Benjamin Perlin enjoys a huge range of hobbies, including sailing.

An important part of sailing involves knowing how to tie a variety of knots. Following are three essential knots that every sailor should know:

1. Bowline. This knot is one of the most useful to know when aboard a sailboat because it is used to attach a post or fixed object to the boat firmly. To make this knot, sailors form a loop near the end of their line and run the tail back through the loop. Then, the tail is brought around the standing end of the line above the loop and put back through the small loop it created. Sailors then grasp both the tail and the edge of the loop and pull them tightly to finish the knot.

2. Clove hitch. Sailors should know this quick-tying knot because of its ability to secure fender whips to a lifeline temporarily or a dock line to a piling. For this knot, sailors wrap the end of the line around a post. The line is then crossed over itself, wrapped around the post again, and the tail is slipped under the last wrap and pulled tight.

3. Cleat hitch. Many sailors use a cleat hitch to secure dock lines to a cleat. Making this knot begins at the cleat edge that is farthest away from the beginning of the line. From here, sailors wrap the line around the cleat’s base and then make a figure eight on the cleat. This figure eight should be made a few times if the cleat size can handle it. Finally, sailors should make a loop with the tail end of the line and hook it around the cleat before pulling it tight.