“Fear never wrote a symphony or poem, negotiated a peace treaty , or cured a disease. Fear never pulled a family out of poverty or a country out of bigotry. Fear never saved a marriage or a business. Courage did that. Faith did that. People who refused to consult or cower to their timidities did that. But fear itself? Fear herds us into a prison and slams the doors.”
-Max Lucado, Fearless
The Girls With Glasses
A too-cute-duo. And I totally want their glasses haha
I Am A Girl from The Girls With Glasses on Vimeo.
35mm inspired photos saying goodbye to the last of summer
Okay, first of all, if you’ve never heard of Arcade Fire, shame on you. Fronted by the husband and wife duo, Win Bulter and Regine Chassagne, this band is a collaboration of styles and sounds giving a new meaning to word “unique”. Most of that unique quality has to be due to the sheer number of instruments played. I mean, how many bands do you know that tour with french horns and accordians?
In fact, you know that expression, less is more…well not with these guys. More is just more. More instruments. More band members (7 constant members, more when they head out for touring).
Today Arcade Fire will be live screening the releasing of their new album, “The Suburbs”, with a performance at Madison Square Garden. So now you have no excuse to say, “Arcade Fire who??” again.
Between Here and There
From an inspiring blog called The Land Between Here + Mountains, dedicated to the “journeys rather than destinations; the inbetween.” Pictures of travelers, some beautiful, some funny, fill the site. Each photo is followed with a single sentence describing the adventure, including the word “between”. Be careful here, though. You may catch the travel bug.
Summer is almost over….
So make time to play in the sprinkler.
A really beautiful portrayal of “a fleeting moment between two strangers, revealing their brief connection in a hyper real fantasy.”
Nuit Blanche from spy films on Vimeo.
Everything in your life, the good and the bad,
can all be changed in 24 hours or less.
A time comes in your life when you finally get it…when, in the midst of all your fears and insanity, you stop dead in your tracks and somewhere the voice inside your head cries out…ENOUGH! Enough fighting and crying and blaming and struggling to hold on.
Then, like a child quieting down after a tantrum, you blink back your tears and begin to look at the world through new eyes.
This is your awakening.
You realize it’s time to stop hoping and waiting for something to change, or for happiness, safety and security to magically appear over the next horizon. You realize that in the real world there aren’t always fairy tale endings, and that any guarantee of “happily ever after” must begin with you… and in the process a sense of serenity is born of acceptance.
You awaken to the fact that you are not perfect and that not everyone will always love, appreciate or approve of who or what you are… and that’s OK. They are entitled to their own views and opinions.
You learn the importance of loving and championing yourself… and in the process a sense of new found confidence is born of self-approval. You stop complaining and blaming other people for the things they did to you – or didn’t do for you – and you learn that the only thing you can really count on is the unexpected.
You learn that people don’t always say what they mean or mean what they say and that not everyone will always be there for you and that everything isn’t always about you.
So, you learn to stand on your own and to take care of yourself… and in the process a sense of safety and security is born of self-reliance.
You stop judging and pointing fingers and you begin to accept people as they are and to overlook their shortcomings and human frailties… and in the process a sense of peace and contentment is born of forgiveness.
You learn to open up to new worlds and different points of view. You begin reassessing and redefining who you are and what you really stand for.
You learn the difference between wanting and needing and you begin to discard the doctrines and values you’ve outgrown, or should never have bought into to begin with.
You learn that there is power and glory in creating and contributing and you stop maneuvering through life merely as a “consumer” looking for your next fix.
You learn that principles such as honesty and integrity are not the outdated ideals of a bygone era, but the mortar that holds together the foundation upon which you must build a life.
You learn that you don’t know everything, it’s not your job to save the world and that you can’t teach a pig to sing. You learn that the only cross to bear is the one you choose to carry and that martyrs get burned at the stake.
Then you learn about love. You learn to look at relationships as they really are and not as you would have them be. You learn that alone does not mean lonely.
You stop trying to control people, situations and outcomes. You learn to distinguish between guilt and responsibility and the importance of setting boundaries and learning to say NO.
You also stop working so hard at putting your feelings aside, smoothing things over and ignoring your needs.
You learn that your body really is your temple. You begin to care for it and treat it with respect. You begin to eat a balanced diet, drink more water, and take more time to exercise.
You learn that being tired fuels doubt, fear, and uncertainty and so you take more time to rest. And, just as food fuels the body, laughter fuels our soul. So you take more time to laugh and to play.
You learn that, for the most part, you get in life what you believe you deserve, and that much of life truly is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
You learn that anything worth achieving is worth working for and that wishing for something to happen is different than working toward making it happen.
More importantly, you learn that in order to achieve success you need direction, discipline and perseverance. You also learn that no one can do it all alone, and that it’s OK to risk asking for help.
You learn the only thing you must truly fear is fear itself. You learn to step right into and through your fears because you know that whatever happens you can handle it and to give in to fear is to give away the right to live life on your own terms.
You learn to fight for your life and not to squander it living under a cloud of impending doom.
You learn that life isn’t always fair, you don’t always get what you think you deserve and that sometimes bad things happen to unsuspecting, good people… and you learn not to always take it personally.
You learn that nobody’s punishing you and everything isn’t always somebody’s fault. It’s just life happening. You learn to admit when you are wrong and to build bridges instead of walls.
You learn that negative feelings such as anger, envy and resentment must be understood and redirected or they will suffocate the life out of you and poison the universe that surrounds you.
You learn to be thankful and to take comfort in many of the simple things we take for granted, things that millions of people upon the earth can only dream about: a full refrigerator, clean running water, a soft warm bed, a long hot shower.
Then, you begin to take responsibility for yourself by yourself and you make yourself a promise to never betray yourself and to never, ever settle for less than your heart’s desire.
You make it a point to keep smiling, to keep trusting, and to stay open to every wonderful possibility.
Finally, with courage in your heart, you take a stand, you take a deep breath, and you begin to design the life you want to live as best you can.
The Future Is Now
Well, in the near future, there will be no need for those irritating plastic ratones (that’s spanish for mice).
I CONTACT, designed by Eun-Gyeong Gwon & Eun-Jae Lee, is essentially a mouse attached to your eyeball. Like contacts worn today, these will fit to your eyes–only I CONTACT is laced with sensors that track your eye movements, relaying to a receiver at your computer.
One has to wonder how something like that will be powered. I guess by that point we will be the power source.
Creepy? yes. Kinda cool? yes. Minority Report inspired? I hope not.
Flight Patterns from Charlie McCarthy on Vimeo.
Long exposure shots of bugs under a street light. Who would think something like that could look so cool?!
People should write more often…
…It makes all news better.
Love is a temporary madness; it erupts like volcanoes and then subsides. And when it subsides you have to make a decision. You have to work out whether your roots have so entwined together that it is inconceivable that you should ever part.
Because this is what love is. Love is not breathlessness, it is not excitement, it is not the promulgation of eternal passion. That is just being in love, which any fool can do. Love itself is what is left over when being in love has burned away, and this is both an art and a fortunate accident.
Those that truly love have roots that grow towards each other underground, and when all the pretty blossoms have fallen from their branches, they find that they are one tree and not two.
-Louis de Bernieres
Seriously, Twilight fans…
I know that some of you really do think the Twilight stories are romantic, and Edward is dreamy, and Jacob is hot.
But there’s a word for Twilight: RIDICULOUS.
People who love Twilight, or at least people above the age of fifteen who love it, make me question if they have seen a for real love story (or read one for that matter).
So, I thought I might give a few suggestions of ACTUAL romantic movies that are about more than teen angst, a suicidal girl, and a guy that doesn’t own a comb
Frank would be so proud
I’m going through a bit of a jazz phase. I think it’s a combination of spring being on its way and a recent break up. Jazz just sorta combines sadness with humor and then elevates to romance with silliness. It’s hard not to appreciate all sides of the emotional ride with jazz.
Some really great artist (which I know have been around forever) are just now coming to my attention. Jamie Cullum especially…
Jamie Cullum is a part of the “contemporary jazz” department. He’s got the raspy voice of a smoker far beyond his years (31). If you just really need to smile, he’s got the tracks. Try out “Twentysomething” and “I Think, I Love” for starters. He also brings a lot of energy to the jazz scene, being so young and with a foot in the pop genre door. I’m sure hardcore jazz listeners won’t be so thrilled about Jamie, but the warm vocals and rocker attitude make him a perfect intro to spring.