Category: Beauty


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Instrument of Peace

Definitely watch him play “My Guitar Gently Weeps” here.

One Lovely Blog Award Nomination

Thanks to Stacie for the One Lovely Blog Award nominations! I have finally gotten it together to write a post of celebration.

The requirements of the Lovely Blog Award are to mention who nominated me and link back to his/her blog, display the award image, reveal 7 things that you may not know about me, nominate 15 blogs for the award and tell them of the nomination (linking their blogs in this post) including a link back to this post.

7 things:

1-I will not kill bugs and other creatures if I can help it.

2-I’m into writing, photography, and journalism (sorry that counts as 3 things).

3-I admire the Buddhist approach to life.

4-I interned at an online news platform this summer,

5-I make a crane in about 1 minute.

6-Reading sources include Ode, The Sun, Google News (individualized of course),  GoLocal, Fast Company, Good Reads, Mother Jones,  NYT, BBC, Tweets, WordPress, etc. (Er, books too.)

7-I’m interested in social entrepreneurship.

15 nominations:

1-Hardly a blog it’s so beautiful:

2-Gorgeous all around, with words and images:

3-An inspired idea:

4-A collection of “all things beautiful” from two architects:

5-This blog has been nominated for everything, it seems!:

6-Some good nature photography:

7-Some solid quotes can be found here:


9-You can never have too many quotes!:

10-The writing is as clear, crisp and engaging as the site’s format:

11-Hoping to see more…

12-Sincerity at its best:

13-Who can resist joyology?:

14-Inspiring quotes!:

15-The title is self-explanatory!:


Creators, artists, idea-lists (people who like ideas), check out Pinterest! I recently tried it out and found why people love it. Here is my page. I think of it as Twitter for artists. But it’s important to remember to take some time out of the day to take pictures, not just pin them…

My life has been the poem I would have writ

This lovely poem is by Henry David Thoreau:

My life has been the poem I would have writ

But I could not both live and utter it.

Creativity Awakens

“People living in disenfranchised and traumatized communities often became totally silenced and invisible to the world.”

“Awakening creativity in people in general, especially in traumatized situations, empowers and heals. It gives them space to express themselves and share their grief, despair and dreams for the future.”

“Art is a powerful took in building community and social change. Artists can be at the center of that change.”

–Lily Yeh, who began Barefoot Artists, a non-profit that works with the poor communities to creates social change

Beautiful World

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This was in the category “beauty” on best of youtube and aptly!

“Tunnel of Love”

There are lots of great photography blogs. Here is a beautiful picture taken in Ukraine called “Tunnel of Love.” Here are flower pictures. Such beauty about this world! (What if the world were covered in flowers? We’d sneeze a lot.) Steve McCurry. Canadian Hiking Photography.

Roots and Shoots

Jane Goodall talked about an organization she founded, Roots and Shoots, in her TED Talks presentation.

Go Smell the Flowers

“People from a planet without flowers would think we must be mad with joy the whole time to have such things about us.” -Iris Murdoch

So Much More Than a Tasty Meal

Beautiful! Definitely worth watching:

Lucas Foglia

For a series called “A Natural Order,” Lucas Foglia photographed people living self-sufficiently (“off the grid”) in southeastern America. Here is his website, which includes resources for those interested in such a lifestyle.

Free Documentary Site

This is a wonderful site! You can watch documentaries ranging the spectrum of possibilities.

Steve McCurry’s Photos On Afghanistan

This is a beautiful photo essay by Steve McCurry, a worldwide photographer. It is called “Afghanistan: A Look Back.” Subscribe to his blog to get these kinds of posts by email.

Davis Projects for Peace

Check out these Projects for Peace. So many creative proposals, from empowering women with computer skills and workshops to establishing community gardens and bringing in guest lecturers.

Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has a wonderful blog featuring his photography from around the world. Here are a few quotes of his:

There is nothing more gratifying than helping people whom I have photographed because most often, it is impossible to locate them again.

I have always been interested in the ways that people around the world share things in common. All of those things remind us of what the human condition is really about.

Beautiful Day