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Thursday, September 28, 2017

Finding Stars

Having one's breath taken away by an image might seem like hyperbole. However, this is what happened to me as I scrolled through the photographs of Mikko Lagerstedt.
When people describe the beauty of having seen something so moving in nature, they tend to describe that thing emotionally - as a shift of perception or as a physical shift within themselves. This is how I felt. 
Mr. Lagerstedt is from Finland, a land of lakes and natural wonders, and his photographs display nature in its innately magical form. How many of us have the opportunity to see the night's sky free of human produced light? How many of us stop to really see a thing, anything?
"Late Night Medition", photograph, Mikko Lagerstedt
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Friday, July 7, 2017


Bringing a bit of calm and stillness is as easy as listening to the video interviews presented on Buddha at the Gas Pump or the music of Deva Premal and Miten as they tour the world or the peaceful teachings of stillness and presence of Jan Frazier.
While the planet dips into further chaos, we can find that place, where calm and inner peace are palpable.
So, today, we present moments of Light. Enjoy.

"Jude Currivan, Ph.D., is a cosmologist, planetary healer, futurist, author and previously one of the most senior business women in the UK, as CFO and Executive Board Member of two major international companies. She has a Master’s degree in Physics from Oxford University specializing in quantum physics and cosmology, and a Doctorate in Archaeology from the University of Reading in the UK researching ancient cosmologies. She has traveled to more than 70 countries, worked with wisdom keepers from many traditions, and been a life-long researcher into the scientific and experiential understanding of the nature of reality. The author of 6 books, her latest being The Cosmic Hologram: In-formation at the Center of Creation (2017) she is a member of the Evolutionary Leaders Circle, and lives in Wiltshire England." Video below. For more information and videos:
Buddha at the Gas Pump

Deva Premal, Miten and Manose, among others, travel the world bringing the beauty of sound and mantra to all those fortunate enough to have attended their concerts. For more information:
..."in August 2003, she (Jan Frazier) experienced a radical transformation of consciousness. Fear fell away from her, and she was immersed in a state of causeless joy that has never left her. While she has continued her life as writer, teacher, and mother, she has discovered it is possible to live a richly human life free of suffering. Her wish now is to communicate the truth that within every person is a pool of calm well-being that waits patiently to be stirred to life."
For more information about Jan Frazier:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Four Today

Today we present photographs of incredible depth and quality - and perfect food, including exceptional Italian melons and delectable chocolates from Paris. Lastly, we present design perfection where smart design meets fine art at a basketball court in Paris.
A selection of items to both whet your appetite and imagination. Enjoy!
A Shaded Path, Photographs of Elliott Verdier - lensculture

Mantua Melon PGI, Italian perfection - finedininglovers

From David Lebovit, Ara Chocolat, Paris - David Lebovitz

Pigalle basketball court, Paris - designboom

Friday, June 2, 2017

New Website

Changes. Ronald Frink Architects new website is nearing completion!



Here's to variety as the spice of life!
Where to go in London as the Festival of Architecture is underway...
Where to dream about enchanting retreats in Greece...
Where not to go because global warming is unveiling deadly methane gas...
Where to lose yourself in the sublime watercolors of Jeremy Miranda...
And finally, where to quietly think good thoughts on an electric boat as it meanders further and further across a deep blue lake.
All here, all now,  as you venture off into this near summer weekend! Enjoy. 

London Festival of Architecture - Wallpaper

10 Idyllic Greek Retreats - Dezeen

Sea Floor Creater Leaking Methane - Inhabitat

Jeremy Miranda's Sublime Watercolors - Colossal
and Nahcotta Gallery

The Zebra, an electric boat - Designboom

Friday, April 14, 2017

L'uovo 2


Multidisciplinary artist, Juliette Clovis, expresses a link between traditional and contemporary art forms in her work. 
Below, the artist creates translucent porcelain eggs using the classical Limoges technique, which she perfected while attending an art residency at the La Seynie manufacturing company (Limoges, founded in 1774).
The work is lyrical and rhythmic as sculpure and painting merge together in celebration of the ovoid form.
For more information about Ms. Clovis, please visit her website


If you think you've seen it all, take a look at these artful Easter eggs - and they are all edible! To find out more about these and other beautiful eggs, please visit the Wallpaper* website and read the story by Mary Cleary, Katie Meston, Elly Parsons, here. Happy Spring!

Camille Walala and Harrods

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
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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

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