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Thursday, March 23, 2017


Why is art important? 
It connects us to our humanity, our spirit. It deepens our conceptual understanding, not necessarily through spoken or written word, but with an image - providing holistic meaning at deep levels. 
In art criticism, we often find the word, "gestalt" to describe an image as "a physical, biological, psychological, or symbolic configuration or pattern of elements so unified as a whole that its properties cannot be derived from a simple summation of its parts." (The Free Dictionary)
We have an opportunity to connect with truth; our own and that of the the artist. In a sense, in that moment of connection, we become one with the artist and the work.
So, we present the work of Willy Verginer. How do you respond to his work? How does it make you feel? What is the artist's message?
Find out more about this artist by visiting Colossal. Then visit the artist's website to find out more.


Monday, March 20, 2017

Garden Close Up


As spring begins, our garden transforms from shades of brown and bare branches to floral color and bright green leaves. Exhilaration mounts with each day of productive growth.
As I began writing, I thought about the past years of drought in California. I remembered how the dryness effected my health and the health of others. I had forgotten, as I wrote about this oncoming spring, that it actually rained in California this winter. And this rain arrived, like a welcomed old friend bearing the gift of deep watering to our garden - to all gardens.
"Climate change knows no borders. It will not stop before the Pacific islands and the whole of the international community has to shoulder a responsibility to bring about a sustainable development." Angela Merkel 
I forgot how thankful I am for this rainwater that came to us like a blessing from the sky - as if one of our Native Elders prayed for its arrival. I forgot, as well, that this rain came out of a not-normal weather pattern caused by dramatic weather changes on our planet.
When I think about those who still deny Climate Change, I remember the past seven years and this drought. I remember all I have read about the potential future weather calamities creeping toward us due to our neglect.
So, while I experience the scents and sights of our lovely garden, I have not forgotten how fragile life is on planet Earth. I look, closely, and breathe in the light floral scents. And I am grateful.
Climate change knows no borders. It will not stop before the Pacific islands and the whole of the international community here has to shoulder a responsibility to bring about a sustainable development. Angela Merkel
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/a/angelamerk759179.ht

Monday, February 20, 2017


For awhile, we wondered what it might be like to visit Scandinavia. And if only one country, which? While we gave thought to Denmark and Norway, Iceland and Finland also came to mind. Sweden, however, won out - particularly if time permitted us to visit only one.
So, today, we present Sweden - the first county to introduce freedom of the press (1766); a country where all public power proceeds from the people.
As one of the largest countries in Europe, Sweden is 97% uninhabited - with many national parks and nature reserves. And so much more... as can be found on the website: Sweden

Monday, February 13, 2017

Black Ballerina

A documentary film from Shirley Road Productions
When we, accidentally, stumbled upon this PBS documentary film, we were stilled in the revelation that another unknown history had escaped us. It startled us to discover that this "missing" past went back six generations!
Black Ballerina, "tells the story of several black moment from different generations who fell in love with ballet. …Joan Myers Brown, Delores Browne and Raven Wilkinson confronted racism, exclusion and unequal opportunity." 
The film moves between present and past, informing us that we still have far to go in the battle against racial biases and opportunity.
To watch this beautiful documentary, please visit, Black Ballerina Documentary - and note, a DVD of the film may be purchased from the website.

Black Ballerina was sponsored, in part, by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Climate Change

The truth, the real truth, the whole truth

"Distortion? False information? Conspiracy theories? Hacked email?
Climate scientists have known all this for decades. What can be learned from their rich experience with climate propaganda.

The world is slowly waking up. “Post-truth” was declared the word of the year 2016 by the Oxford Dictionaries.

Finally, people start to widely appreciate how dangerous the epidemic of fake news is for democracy."

Thursday, February 9, 2017

True Stories

In this time when some would have us believe in an "alternative" truth, rest assured the following stories are all based in fact. They are true.
The climate has changed, in spite of those who would ask us to believe otherwise. In our first posting from The Guardian, we are asked to consider the future and the rights of our children in respect to a warming planet.
Then, we travel to the Amazon - to learn about Ayahuasca, a plant used for spiritual and healing purposes. For those who are still and listen, plant spirits teach, connecting us deeply into nature and our own hearts.
Melissa McCarthy takes us on an adventure of laughter in an ad for Kia. Her passion is not quite matched by her physical prowess - and we learn and laugh simultaneously.
For those students of architectural history, Jeff Bridges and Maggie Gyllenhaal will star in a film about the famous architect, Mies van der Rohe - and Farnsworth House.
Finally, Rito - artists and dance team - engage us and each other in a performance relating to eros and earth.
Climate change and our children's rights - The Guardian

Ayahuasca, changing environmental consciousness - The Guardian

Melissa McCarthy, luckless eco-warrior in Kia ad - Inhabitat

Jeff Bridges / Maggie Gyllenhaal star in
Mies van der Rohe movie - Dezeen

Rito, live performance, Facultad de Bellas Artes, Madrid - Cfile

Friday, November 18, 2016

Friday Five

While perusing the world via our reading list, we stumbled on a mix of stories - including items  about politics, fabric, art and environment.
We live in a country rich in diversity, where we celebrate cultural differences, opinions, life-styles and view points. When America is at its best, it protects our environment, informs us of our rights, allows us access to the visual arts and music, and is open and unafraid of new ideas.
So, today we celebrate the following stories. Please press the link under each image.
Thank you for taking time with us - and keep the faith!

Obama Administration Protects the arctic until 2022 - Inhabitat

Babak Golkar, vessels distorting space and our frenzied screams! - cfileonline

Kvadrat + Raf Simons, Textiles, Avenue Road - CoolHunting

"Where we Go From Here" - by Clissa Bassist of The Rumpus

Not Your Everyday Sandcastles by Calvin Seibert - Colossal

Monday, November 14, 2016

A Cat Playland at Home

A house for both owners and cats
We came upon this story / video while exploring a contractor's website and because we love animals, we post it here. It is self-explanatory - no need for further text. If you love cats and creative design, you will love this story. 
Story and video: HouzzTV

Thursday, September 8, 2016

More Montecito Golf Club Images

Ronald Frink Architects' recent residential project was professionally photographed by Jim Bartsch, Santa Barbara. As promised a few weeks ago, we include more photographs by Mr. Bartsch. Our portfolio of images is now complete. Enjoy!

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