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.

December 6, 2016

Famous Songs Hilariously Reinterpreted as Witty One-Panel Cartoons

Cartoonist Hugleikur Dagsson hilariously reinterprets the meaning of some of the world’s most popular songs. Ranging from timeless Christmas carols to chart-topping hits, the Icelandic artist uses them as inspiration for his deceptively simple-yet-clever line drawings. As a result, their biting wit puts a whole new spin on the melodies we thought we knew. These one-panel cartoons are ripe with parody. Dagsson takes a snippet of a song—such as its title—and builds a whole stick-figure world around it.

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December 6, 2016

Ballerina Combines Intricate Beauty of Russian Ballet and Architecture

Russian photographer and ballerina Darian Volkova takes an innovative approach to exploring St. Petersburg’s architecture with her new ballet photography series Ballet House Tales. While she typically shoots backstage life at the ballet, these stunning images prove that her photography is not limited to straight reportage. By placing ballerinas in these these decadent houses, she fills the space with a new spirit. Each dancer melds into her surroundings, molding herself to the surfaces.

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