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COLLABORATE.

27 Apr

What does this stunning video tell us? COLLABORATE. MORE.

And ps. his ankles must be stronger than Hercules to withstand that kind of stress!

Cyd Charisse.

15 Apr

Happy Friday. This was one of my first encounters with a powerful, sexy feminine creature. One of my favorites dance pieces, in one of my favorite movies, of all time. Cyd Charisse — I worship you & your legs.

Stunning Criminals.

9 Feb

This is an absolutely captivating portolio of Australian criminal mugshots of the 1920s.

The lightning, the caught expressions, the european facial features. I find myself focused in on this visual history of “bad guys”–their skin, their dress, their posture.

Anyone with an imagination could just swim up dramatic cinematic-calibur stories surrounding these criminal portraits.

Full portfolio here.

Happiness.

7 Feb

Something I jotted down in my sparsely populated journal on January 1, 2011.

“Happiness, like love, isn’t always a feeling. It’s a decision.”

If you can make decisions on what to wear, what to eat, which pace at which to walk, why can’t you also decide your reaction to life’s surroundings? Deciding how someone can make you feel, or something can make you think. I believe we have so much more control than we give ourselves credit for, and it starts with our thoughts and internal judgements and dialogue. It starts right in our very center.

So…what are you gonna decide to feel today?

No dancer is ever allowed to say “I can’t” to learning choreography…again.

31 Aug

Geeks Vs. Nerds

25 Aug

More time under the sun.

13 Mar

This weekend finally brings us daylight savings time. We jump an hour forward, losing that yummy extra hour of Sunday “kip”, but gaining a much longer day of sunshine, later sunsets (that  I will actually get to see), and time for ourselves.

I love it, it’s probably one of my favorite moments of the year.  A sign that winter is ending, and warmer memories are in store.

Just think of what I would have time to do with now that I have that extra hour or two:

  • Walks over the Brooklyn Bridge as the sun sets over the water.
  • Meet and greets over a pint outside in the fresh air.
  • Strolls on The High Line.
  • Long lazy bike rides – twirling around Prospect’s outer edges, smelling the grass, and feeling the wind on my face.

I just hope that you watch a sunset with me sometime this week, to celebrate its enormous lift!

Music of note:
Broken Sorrow by Nuttin’ But Stringz
Collide (Acoustic Version) by Howie Day
Interstate Love Song (Live House Blend) by Stone Temple Pilots

“Yesterday And Today”

7 Feb

The written word almost lost. “Reveries“, a small masterful piece of writing, written by May Harris Stone of Waurika, Oklahoma in 1928, author and local friend of my Grandfather’s Mother. The first inside page contains a calligraphic note to my Great Grandmother, Mrs. Pittman, wishing her Seasons Greetings and the hope that this book “may awaken the same sincere appreciation and joy that a grand bunch of people once brought to a glad mother’s heart when she was a stranger in a strange land.” [dated 12/27/28]

The books binding smells of decaying paper, and it has the minimalistic simplicity of an old coveted copy of a Bible. Its content consists of a string of brilliant, conscious thoughts of her life, her faith, and her connections with people and nature. I have only ever read it in small doses, ingesting the words as though I am taking a dose of good medicine. I realized that some of its passages should be shared with others, since I doubt anyone I have ever come in contact with would get access to a book this rare, this old. Please enjoy the pleasant lyricism of Mrs. Stone.

This is a short piece, on page 9 of “Reveries“, by May Harris Stone.

“Yesterday’s fear and doubt have vanished, and today I love the quiet gray clouds that droop so near the solitary prairies, in tender solicitous grace. Their colorless weight does not oppress or sadden, but soothe and calm the turbulent life, while peace spreads her languid wings over all in sweet and gracious benevolence.

Life and earth are always grandly beautiful, generous in knowledge, and fragrant with hope, if the heart opens to receive the inspiration and truth extended, and forgets its weakening complaint and distrust.”

Sheila Kelley Finally Martha Stewart On The Pole!

20 Jan

Full video here: http://www.marthastewart.com/show/the-martha-stewart-show/the-exercise-show

Put Your Hands On Your Face In Pictures…

24 Nov

It’s hot. (according to record companies)