Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Small Stone #36

This year:

      Meaningful distractions,
                         not chaotic conscious.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Finds in the Week: Dan Toro's Murals in Motion

The murals around downtown Laramie, WY, a part of the Laramie Mural Project, are fascinating to admire. The following is a video of Dan Toro's Book Shelf, one of my favorites around town, as he creates the mural piece by piece. Have a look at how time, vision, and creativity can make an ordinary wall on a building a masterpiece.

Murals in Motion: Dan Toro from Brian Guice Media on Vimeo.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Recent Reads: Tisha: The Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaska Wilderness as told to by Robert Specht

When I was young my mother would read the book Tisha on a yearly basis.  I too have read Tisha more than once, not as many times as mom did, as I never tire of the story of a young woman in the late 1920’s moving up to Alaska on her own to teach in Chicken, Alaska.  "Tisha" is how teacher sounds when the native Alaskans say the word.
The story is written by her grandson, but has the clear voice of Anne Hobbs throughout the book.  Besides dealing with the harsh elements of Alaskan winters, Anne also finds herself in the midst of long held prejudices between whites and native Alaskans in a tight-knit community. 
I find her story inspiring as someone so long ago, female no doubt, cannot sit aside and let the prejudice continue in her school room or in her personal life and relationships. 
Anne Hobbs has a strong spirit, a light heart, and a passion for justice and equality that guides her as she teaches the young children of Chicken, Alaska.  Each time I read the book I am encouraged by Anne’s ability to put aside what society sets as right, and instead follow her heart.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Words in the week: Jan 15, 2014

"Though we travel the world over to find the beautiful, we must carry it with us or we find it not." 

~Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Small Stone #35

Old place, new place
Why stay in when there is much to see?

Winter of the body
Why close your eyes to the world around you?

It's a metaphor and a question,
to be answered within a search.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Finds in the Week: Drizzle and Dip

I like to take photos of what I'm cooking or baking, as you can tell in my recipes section.  So when I found 10 tips for food photography on Pinterest, I had to find out more.  Not only did I find some great tips, but a fun, new (at lest for me) website on cooking and baking by Samantha Linsell: Drizzle and Dip.  Yum! to the recipes, and Thank you! for the tips and an inspiring sight for food photography.