Open your world…

Do you ever feel like you are closed? Is it your heart? Your mind? Your home? This topic has been on my mind lately. I see so many of us in this world who have closed themselves off from others, from nature, from life. We hide ourselves in front of our computers or TVs. We bundle ourselves up with clothes against the elements and our fellow humans. We ride to another place in a closed in car to insulate ourselves from the outside. And when we get to that place we immediately go in. We only watch news that agrees with our views and only listen to people who agree with us. We see only what we want to see and ignore the rest.

I guess it is also the time of year. Winter has begun to weigh on me and I am ready to feel the sun on my skin again. I am ready to jump headfirst into the pool of life and swim freely. So, how can we do this? How can we break out of our solidifying mold? How can we open our minds and our hearts to life?

We’ve got to be willing to take a risk. We’ve got to be willing to put it all out there no matter what may happen. We know that once in a while we may get hurt. It may be our feeling or it may be our bones. But the hurts will be minor and they will go away. The joy of life we will get will be a million times greater.

So get out there. Enjoy life. Don’t sit in front of a screen and let it pass you by. Dance naked in the sun. Read a book. Listen to poetry. Paint something. JUMP !!! Invite some friends over. Life is too short to live it closed off. Open your world.

January 20, 2017

Powerful Portraits Show the Faces Behind the Women’s March on Washington

With the Women’s March on Washington rapidly approaching, photographer Clayton Cubitt set about immortalizing some of the organizers and activists involved with the event. On January 21, 2017, women and advocates for women’s rights will march in Washington—as well as in other cities and countries during sister events. Cubitt’s set of powerful portraits gives a voice to the women behind the march, their faces glowing and vital as they explain why they’ve decided to participate.

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January 19, 2017

Brightly Embroidered Temari Balls Are a Kaleidoscope of Geometric Design

A form of ancient Japanese folk art, temari balls are brightly colored pieces of needlework covered with elaborate patterns. In the Edo period, aristocratic women created temari balls using pieces of silk from spare kimonos in a challenge toward perfection. To a wider public, they became a sensation several years ago after a 92-year-old grandmother’s temari collection went viral.

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