Tuesday, February 28, 2012


"To read is to fly: it is to soar to a point of vantage which gives a view over wide terrains of history, human variety, ideas, shared experience and the fruits of many inquiries."

~A.C. Grayling, Financial Times (in a review of 
A History of Reading by Alberto Manguel)~

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Sunday, February 26, 2012



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Unless you can muse in a crowd all day
On the absent face that fixed you;
Unless you can love, as the angels may,
With the breadth of heaven betwixt you;
Unless you can dream that his faith is fast,
Through behoving and unbehoving;
Unless you can die when the dream is past -
Oh, never call it loving!

~From, " A Woman's Shortcomings,"
by Elizabeth Barrett Browning~

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Love this blogger's thoughts on some of the looks from Meadham Kirchhoff's Spring 2012 collection...

"I believe that if Hallmark cards up and decided to leave their 'racks' for the runway that they would most likely look like this…"

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Saturday, February 25, 2012


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couldn’t stop laughing at this one, great suggestion

i don’t even know what kool aid is

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Thursday, February 23, 2012


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Wednesday, February 22, 2012


On February the 17th, The View had a
doggy-themed show.  Whoopie Goldberg was wearing these shoes, but I wasn't able to get a very good look at them.  And then I happened upon the very same ones whilst tumblr-ing tonight.  The pink "collar" is the pièce de résistance ☺

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Color Series ♥ weddingbeauty.tumblr.com/

My little sister is getting married in October, so she, my mom, and I have been enjoying perusing all of the creative and beautiful wedding delights online and in magazines.  Above is a bountifully blossomed wedding look.

Oh, and here are a few engagement pics I took of the oh-so-cute couple.  My sister chose what she wanted to wear and knew how she wanted to pose, so all I had to do was click, click, click away ☺

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Sunday, February 19, 2012


~by W.H. Davies~

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare?—

No time to stand beneath the boughs,
And stare as long as sheep and cows:

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass:

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night:

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance:

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began?

A poor life this if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

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  • A 35-second video of the metro performance can be found here.  Only one person recognized Bell during it; make sure to scroll all the way down through this article until you reach the next-to-last embedded video, where you'll be able to see what happened when "the cultural hero of the day" arrived at the metro.
  • An audio of the entire performance can be found here.
  • The following is an excerpt from the "Pearls Before Breakfast" article, with links added for ease of reference...

[Kant] took beauty seriously: In his Critique of Aesthetic Judgment, [he] argued that one's ability to appreciate beauty is related to one's ability to make moral judgments. But there was a caveat. Paul Guyer of the University of Pennsylvania, one of America's most prominent Kantian scholars, says the 18th-century German philosopher felt that to properly appreciate beauty, the viewing conditions must be optimal. 

"Optimal," Guyer said, "doesn't mean heading to work, focusing on your report to the boss, maybe your shoes don't fit right"....

Let's say Kant is right. Let's accept that we can't look at what happened on January 12 and make any judgment whatever about people's sophistication or their ability to appreciate beauty. But what about their ability to appreciate life?

We're busy. Americans have been busy, as a people, since at least 1831, when a young French sociologist named Alexis de Tocqueville visited the States and found himself impressed, bemused and slightly dismayed at the degree to which people were driven, to the exclusion of everything else, by hard work and the accumulation of wealth.

Not much has changed. Pop in a DVD of "Koyaanisqatsi," the wordless, darkly brilliant, avant-garde 1982 film about the frenetic speed of modern life. Backed by the minimalist music of Philip Glass, director Godfrey Reggio takes film clips of Americans going about their daily business, but speeds them up until they resemble assembly-line machines, robots marching lockstep to nowhere. Now look at the video from L'Enfant Plaza, in fast-forward. The Philip Glass soundtrack fits it perfectly.

"Koyaanisqatsi" is a Hopi word. It means "life out of balance."

In his 2003 book,  Timeless Beauty: In the Arts and Everyday Life, British author John Lane writes about the loss of the appreciation for beauty in the modern world. The experiment at L'Enfant Plaza may be symptomatic of that, he said -- not because people didn't have the capacity to understand beauty, but because it was irrelevant to them.

"This is about having the wrong priorities," Lane said.

If we can't take the time out of our lives to stay a moment and listen to one of the best musicians on Earth play some of the best music ever written; if the surge of modern life so overpowers us that we are deaf and blind to something like that -- then what else are we missing?

That's what the Welsh poet W.H. Davies meant in 1911 when he published those two lines that begin ["Leisure"].  They made him famous. The thought was simple, even primitive, but somehow no one had put it quite that way before.

Of course, Davies had an advantage -- an advantage of perception. He wasn't a tradesman or a laborer or a bureaucrat or a consultant or a policy analyst or a labor lawyer or a program manager. He was a hobo.

Joshua Bell | IMG Artists

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