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Louie Schwartzberg: An Amazing Videos February 4, 2016

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For the new year I want to share a special video called Gratitude by Louie Schwartzberg. What better time than the beginning of the year to think about all we have to be grateful for. Schwarzberg talks about being present and celebrating life as he shares his amazing time lapse photography. He has captured some flowers unfolding, the movement of clouds in the sky, and butterflies. His talk and films are both inspiring.
The second part of the video is called “Happiness Revealed” and is from the point of view of a child and elderly man. One of the things the elderly man says is to look at the faces of the people you meet. Each one has an incredible stories behind their face.

I hope you are uplifted as much as I was by this wonderful video

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The Dance of Life: Sculptures by George K July 29, 2014

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Paris

Paris

While my husband and I were in Paris we went with friends to the art district that had narrow, winding streets and small art galleries. Most of the galleries display a single artist’s works for a limited period of time. One of the exhibits stood out for me. It was a series of sculptures of larger-than-life figures beautifully lit in blue. The exhibit was called The Dance of Life. What struck me was the serene expressions on the statue’s faces and their graceful poses.

Garden in Paris

Garden in Paris

After looking at the artwork, talked to the clerk and she told me the story behind the figures. The artist was a successful businessman in India. When an earthquake causing a tsunami in the Indian Ocean, it swept him and his twenty-one companions out to sea. He miraculously lived while his friends all died. In all 250,000 people died in the tsunami. The man was profoundly changed by this event. Instead of feeling guilty that he’d lived when so many others had died, he decided to live a life that had more meaning. He changed his name keeping only the letter “k” and gave away all his possessions, as was a custom among his people at certain times in their life. His new name was George K. George K became a photographer, poet and artist. To make the figures he took photos of a famous Indian dancer, Mavin Khoo who danced traditional Indian dances. The ancient dances were forbidden in India during the time of British rule and were almost lost, but fortunately the area under French control allowed the dance so the tradition wasn’t lost. The dance of life has a rhythm to it whether we are aware of it or not. If we can learn to dance with the flow even when hardships hit, we begin to learn to live life gracefully and to find happiness. George K took a terrible tragedy and used it as a spiritual awakening to transform his life into one with more meaning. DSC_0721                   Have you had any challenging experiences in your life that profoundly changed you into a more aware, spiritual person?   Here is a link to an article about George K and a series of  fiberglass figurine schuptures of Kathakali dancers. http://www.mybangalore.com/article/0809/george-k-at-apparao-art-galleryub-city-.html

Winter at the Arboretum January 1, 2014

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Christmas decorations

Christmas decorations

Winter landscape

Winter landscape

A winter moment

A winter moment

Red berries against the white snow

Red berries against the white snow

Decorated tree

Decorated tree

Owl in the tree

Owl in the tree

Bear in the tree

Bear in the tree

Happy New Year January 1, 2014

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I’d like to share with you a New Year  youtube with  beautiful photos, a poem and music Auld Land Syne by Sissel.

Have a Happy New Year

Fall at Lake Superior December 3, 2013

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Sunrise on Lake Superior

Sunrise on Lake Superior

This fall I went up to Lake Superior to enjoy the fall color.  The beauty of fall is really remarkable in Minnesota so I wanted to share it with you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our house on Lake Superior

Our house on Lake Superior

 

Waves crashing into the shoreline

Waves crashing into the shoreline

A walk in the woods

A walk in the woods

 

 

Sunrise on Lake Superior

Sunrise on Lake Superior

 

Birch log

Birch log