“We the mortals touch the metals, the wind, the ocean shores, the stones, knowing they will go on, inert or burning, and I was discovering, naming all the these things: it was my destiny to love and say goodbye.” – Pablo Neruda
I lost my Pup today. She went to sleep happy, loved, and all tucked in and never woke up in the morning.
Scarlett was the kindest and sweetest soul I have ever known. She could out sing anyone and the love in her eyes pierced your heart. Scarly gave me all of her strength. She took whatever emotion I felt and made it her own. We were happy together, we cried together, and we were hopeful together. Scarly brought pure joy with her into each moment as she pranced along with me through life.
I honestly do believe that at times, Scarly considered herself just one of the horses on the farm.
She was the silliest pup and could always make me giggle. Scarly was always cheerful, happy, and joyful. There were times when she was my pup that I do not believe I’d have gotten through without her.
“Perhaps they are not stars, but rather openings in heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” – Inuit Proverb
I love you, Scarly. You will never be forgotten. I know you’re up there, leading a sing-a-long with all of the other angel pups.
30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 27: The World Needs More Love Letters.
I’ve written about Hannah before. I’ve written about her organization before. I love them both so much that I wanted to include both Hannah and The World Needs More Love Letters in my 30 Days of Thankfulness.
Hannah Brencher started the World Needs More Love Letters herself by leaving handwritten love letters around for strangers to find in order to ease suffering, help lift their spirits, or just make them smile. If you emailed her a snail mail address, she would send you a hand written love letter. One year and 400 love letters later, she created her organization. Their mission is about, “lifting, empowering, and mobilizing individuals through tangible acts of love.” 20,000 strong and over 49 countries later, Hannah and her phenomenal friends leave love letters across their communities and mail them to others in need.
Definitely a gal I’d like to have on my side.
30 Days of Thankfulness, Day 25: 1 month until Christmas and I am definitely thankful for Australians who go the extra (31) miles for Holiday decorations! 🙂
According to NPR:
“Janean and David Richards’ display uses 502,165 LED lights that, laid end to end, would stretch for more than 31 miles. The family is reclaiming a record it grabbed in 2011, with 331,038 lights…The Richards’ 2011 light show was also part of a charity drive, as they reportedly raised more than $70,000 in donations.”
There isn’t much I love more than a beach on a chilly day, cuddled up by a beach fire.
Anna Quindlen said, “I read and walked for miles at night along the beach, writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life. It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.” There is something about gazing into a crackling fire, listening to the ocean crash, feeling the salt in the air that makes me feel the same.
According to the Financial Times, Arts section, Simon Heijdens is an artist to watch.
“The imagery is created by capturing the surrounding weather – wind, rain, heat – with outdoor sensors and translating this information, via software that Heijdens has developed, into the flowers and trees. The purpose is to bring the randomness of nature back into our lives.”
Not often do I wish I still lived in New York City. However, I miss the museums and exhibits like crazy. There is a new and quite rare Leonardo da Vinci exhibit at the Morgan Library I would love to see. The Morgan is a fantastic building. Some of it has been redone and is a little modern, but they’ve stayed true to their beginning:
“In 1924 J. P. Morgan, Jr. gave his father’s extraordinary library to the public. The most influential financier in this country’s history, Pierpont Morgan was also a voracious collector. He bought on an astonishing scale, collecting art objects in virtually every medium, including the rare books, manuscripts, drawings, prints, and ancient artifacts that are the core of The Morgan Library & Museum’s holdings.”
Accordingly, it makes sense that the Morgan would bring rare works by Leonardo into Manhattan. As told by Art News, “This exhibition highlights two divergent aspects of Leonardo’s practice because, as Rumberg explains, the artist frequently vacillated between them, often simultaneously occupied by his interest in both fields. ‘The separation between art and science is never rigid,’ says Rumberg. At least, ‘for Leonardo it wasn’t.'”
Sounds pretty good to me. If the Broncos or the Seahawks make it to the superbowl, I might just have to take a trip back east. 🙂
If you have ten minutes, check out a story from the Financial Times, Arts section.
“For the youngish mid-career artists selected for this exhibition, Tate says, ‘the activity of painting can be understood as a process of resistance’. This is not to say they hate it, rather that they acknowledge a cultural climate where painting is losing currency as a way of responding to the world.”
It’s worth a read. 🙂
“To practice art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”
– Kurt Vonnegut
I remind myself of this each time I’m not happy with one of my photos. At least my soul has grown a bit in the process. 🙂
A story on NPR that I read recently featured Editta Sherman. She died on November 7th at age 101.
“She had a giant Kodak 8×10 view camera on wheels — it looked like a person itself. The aperture holes …were cut out of a piece of cardboard and she’d slip them in and out of the lens by hand. There was really nothing at all technical or automatic about it. In fact, it just tells you how she took those pictures — she was an intuitive type of photographer. She’d squeeze a little red bulb and that would release the shutter. But more than that, more than any of those low-tech things it was really her personality that really animated the subjects, they responded to, and really make those portraits come alive and be so wonderful as they are.”
Though I didn’t know her, she seemed like a fun and lively lady who really knew her way around not only cameras, but the subjects she captured. We should all strive to be so young and magical at heart.
“I think it was mutual. When they saw her she was always dressed up. When I’ve seen her photograph sessions it was almost like a choreographed dance. She’d sort of dance around the camera, she’d give directions, and the subjects would just come alive for her.”