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Showing posts with label Inspiration. Show all posts

An invitation to imagine...



An Invitation to Imagine from Debbie Millman

Imagine that we are on one planet and we are all living right now.
Imagine that we are united around one continuous sun and we are accompanied by one luminous moon. 
Imagine that, as a species, we feel deeply and we are moved by beauty and music, friendship and joy, art and poetry.
Imagine that we feel deeply and we can cry—deep soulful heaving—to share our burdens and be comforted by others.
Imagine that we believe so completely in our values and ideals that sometimes we feel compelled to defend them.
Imagine that we are united by the diversity of these beliefs knowing that a range of ideas are the ingredients to create progress.
Imagine that we are fiercely committed to the freedom to love who we love, to worship in our own way, and to be tolerant of the behaviors and beliefs of others.
Imagine that we are on one planet and we are all living right now.
Imagine that we have love.
Imagine that we feel love.
Imagine that love.
Imagine that love.
Yes, that love.
Imagine That.


 Wishing you all the love you can imagine this holiday. 

 I'll be back next week with a big wrap of "Trimming my waste"!

Inspiration: Chicago's Twelve


The Garfield Park Conservatory is a Chicago treasure. In my not-so-humble opinion. Recently ravaged by hail, they are managing to rebuild while hosting at least two different exhibits and managing a completely fantastical outdoor playspace for kids (think "Where the Wild Things Are" - the recent movie - meets urban/container gardening.) 

This post is dedicated to Chicago's Twelve. "Through interaction with environmental issues, the re-purposing of found objects, and utilization of non-traditional material, these twelve artists call into question not only our present relationship with our world, but also the possibility of its sustainable future." The exhibit is open until December 9, 2012. I wasn't able to photograph every piece so please click through and take a look at the video and catalog!


Inspiration: Northside Antiquing..

There are several antique "Malls" on the north side of Chicago (Broadway & Granville) that I love to browse (on the rare occasion when browsing can be considered a valid way to spend time!). They specialize in mid-century stuff and later ... it's all very mod and very colorful. I thought I'd share some pics from the last time I was there.

Inspiration: Metamorphosis ...


Last week wasn't exactly colorful on the blog... what with all those negatives. So you won't be surprised to discover that this week there will be a LOT of color, and fewer... negatives.  Today I'm taking a little inspiration break and sharing pics I took yesterday at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. Metamorphosis is attractive to me, in theory and practice. I like the idea of living things as evolving bodies of work - constantly, changing, being remade, reincarnated etc. So yesterday we stood watching butterflies being born. It hurt me to watch. Partly because it's beautiful. And partly because it looked like an excruciating, very lonely process. I kept thinking, "who's waiting for you once you manage to get out? Where's the midwife to catch you?" Then I spent some time in the butterfly room itself, watching them fly, eat and rest. And I felt better.  :)