Spring cleaning


What can I tell you about time? To say that it flies is inaccurate. It's more of a gallop. Where once days turned into weeks, weeks have begun to pass like days. Somewhere along the continuum, Monday skips Tuesday and Wednesday and goes straight to Thursday; then another weekend goes by, and soon it occurs to you that Saturdays have gone missing, too.

 "Excuse me, sir? Could you please tell me, where does a woman go when she is—to quote Rainer Maria Rilke: 'too young for what is old / and too old for what has never been'? You see, I'm not supposed to be here yet. I missed my stop—the one where I was going to be dating and seeking expert financial advice and writing a best-selling novel and taking up meditation. That stop. I've got to go back! Just 10 years. Hey, mister! You don't understand. There are people I haven't met yet who don't know they're expecting me!"

"When you are in your late twenties through mid-forties, your power—sexually, socially, professionally—is a mix of your beauty, your intelligence, your sense of humor, your social skill. So for almost 20 years you go along with that quartet of components, some of them more prominent than others, but all in play. While you may never use your looks overtly, it's part of your arsenal, part of the total you. Then one day, the beauty part starts to crumble a bit. Suddenly, you're out of whack."

  By Holly Millea via ELLE


The shorter the skirt....Dorothy Parker

Red Couture Gown Watercolor Fashion Illustration Art Print by Elaine Biss

Oscar de la Renta

L:  Hayden Williams For Barbie BFMC 2010. Inspired by Robert Best.
R:  Robert Best

Robert Best


Technology can simplify

Keeping it simple.

Anatol Knotek visual poetry

Thelma and Louise by Kate Pugsley.

Information v. knowledge



L:  Botanical illustration of fuchsias circa 1855 by Captain Geoffrey
R:  Louis van Houtte, botanical illustration, Fuchsias, 1877 Fuchsias grown alongside many of the rural roads of Ireland, blooming in abundance.

The World As I See It - An essay by Einstein (excerpt)


 "I have never looked upon ease and happiness as ends in themselves -- this critical basis I call the ideal of a pigsty. The ideals that have lighted my way, and time after time have given me new courage to face life cheerfully, have been Kindness, Beauty, and Truth. Without the sense of kinship with men of like mind, without the occupation with the objective world, the eternally unattainable in the field of art and scientific endeavors, life would have seemed empty to me. The trite objects of human efforts -- possessions, outward success, luxury -- have always seemed to me contemptible.

Eno Henze

Palmacid, Slava Thisset


Who is the most accidentally famous person ever?

One Opinion:

The Afghan Girl
Drawn to her famously haunting eyes, photographer Steve McCurr quickly made two shots of a 12-year-old girl in a refugee camp near Peshawar, Pakistan, for "Along Afghanistan's War-torn Frontier," the cover story of the June 1985 issue. (Related: "Leading Ladies: The Women of National Geographic.")
After her image appeared on the cover, she became known at the magazine as "the Afghan girl." In April 2002, McCurry found her living back in Afghanistan and took her photo again. Her name, we learned then, was Sharbat Gula. She was now married with three children, and she remembered the day the photographer took her picture.
Said McCurry: "I didn't think the photograph of the girl would be different from anything else I shot that day." But it was, and it became perhaps the most iconic, and certainly the most arresting, cover the magazine has ever published.

Age 13 and age 30

What are good habits to start young that will significantly make your adult life easier?

And its impact will be significant.
It's not a theory. It's not a feel-good charm. It's not a wishful thinking. It's reality.
The reality looks like that:
So, if you learn at young age to exercise, meditate, keep a journal, cultivate gratitude, wake up early, do the most important task first thing in the morning, write 1,000 words a day, set priorities for your day, pray, smile at people, text a friend, stretch, eat whole foods, speed read, track your spendings, read a book for 30 minutes a day, watch one TED talk a day, study scriptures, learn one new thing every day, do a random act of kindness, floss your teeth, manage your budget, drink water, do one thing out of your comfort zone, sleep long enough, relax, ETC., you will reap significant benefits of those activities as an adult.
There is no way you won't. This is how the world functions.
Habits compounds with time. After a year you reap some benefits, after 10 years you reap benefits not 10, but 100 or more times better.
If your body will be stronger and healthier, if your mind will be more flexible and quick, if your spirit will be more peaceful and joyful, if your relationships will be richer and numerous, if you gain more knowledge and skills, then your life will be easier. It's as simple as that.

Happy New Year!

Which zodiac sign are you?

The carvings with Chinese Zodiac on the ceiling of the gate to Kushida Shrine in Fukuoka
Jakub Hałun

Your animal's compatibility chart

You'll first have to find what sign (animal of the zodiac) corresponds to your birthday. There are 12.

2017 - Year of the Rooster

The Rooster's Personality: Observant, Hardworking...

People born in a year of the Rooster are very observant. Hardworking, resourceful, courageous and talented, Roosters are very confident about themselves.
Roosters are always active, amusing and popular among the crowd. Roosters are talkative, outspoken, frank, open, honest, and loyal individuals. They like to be the center of attention and always appear attractive and beautiful.

Roosters are happiest when they are surrounded by others, whether at a party or just a social gathering. They enjoy the spotlight and will exhibit their charm at any occasion.
Roosters expect others to listen to them while they speak, and can become agitated if others don't. Vain and boastful, Roosters like to brag about themselves and their accomplishments.  Their continually seeking the unwavering attention of others annoys people around them at times.

Good Health for "Roosters" --People born in a year of the Rooster are typically healthy people. They are active and enjoy sports such as hiking and swimming. Roosters don't get sick very often because they tend to fight illness well. Even when they do become ill, they feel better quickly. Roosters are a little sensitive, and they feel stressed and moody at times. 
Chúc Mừng Năm Mới! = 
Happy New Year's!

Caiman and butterflies

While traveling through the Amazon to study reptile and amphibian diversity with the Herpetology Division at the University of Michigan, photographer Mark Cowan happened upon a strange sight: a caiman whose head was nearly covered in butterflies. The phenomenon itself isn’t particularly unusual, salt is critical to the survival of many creatures like butterflies and bees who sometimes drink tears from reptiles in regions where the mineral is scarce.


Note left by hubby

Carrie Fischer/ Star Wars tribute

from Rolling Stone>

Such is the power of Carrie Fisher that she can bring down the house without even actually appearing on screen. The final line of this year's  bleak, unique stand-alone "Star Wars story" emerges from the computer-constructed mouth of a young Princess Leia – a single word that the underlines importance of what countless Rebels have died to have delivered to her. Compared to the film's CGI Tarkin, this Leia simulacrum is on screen for just seconds. But her monosyllabic summation of the film's message carries nearly 40 years of audience affection for the character who utters it. It's as if we the viewers have been catapulted to a galaxy, far, far away and a long time ago, when hope was in seemingly boundless supply.

Killing Jabba ('Return of the Jedi')

Yes, the golden metal bikini usually gets all the press in this sequence – as Rolling Stone's own Return of the Jedi cover made clear at the time, Fisher wore it well. But action speaks louder than compulsory attire, and Leia's coup de grâce here was to grab the chains that held her captive and strangle the slug-like dirtbag who held her captive. "This bounty hunter is my kind of scum – fearless and inventive," Jabba said when Leia first broke into his palace disguised as a mercenary. Buddy, you didn't know the half of it.


Here are some of her best quotes (via Rolling Stone) 

"Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi – you're my only hope" 

On why Star Wars worked"Movies are dreams! And they work on you subliminally. You can play Leia as capable, independent, sensible, a soldier, a fighter, a woman in control – control being, of course, a lesser word than master. But you can portray a woman who's a master and get through all the female prejudice if you have her travel in time, if you add a magical quality, if you're dealing in fairy-tale terms." via Rolling Stone

On her Hollywood families"Who's more famous than Debbie [Reynolds] and Eddie [Fisher]? 
C-3PO and Darth Vader." via Rolling Stone

On her natural demeanor"I act like someone in a bomb shelter trying to raise everyone's spirits." via The Princess Diarist

On her famous friends"Hi I'm Mrs. Han Solo, and I'm an alcoholic. I'm an alcoholic because George Lucas ruined my life." via George Lucas's Lifetime Achievement Award at the American Film Institute

On what made Star Wars such a hit"Movies were meant to stay on the screen, flat and large and colorful, gathering you up into their sweep of story, carrying you rollicking along to the end, then releasing you back into your unchanged life. But this movie (Star Wars) misbehaved. It leaked out of the theater, poured off the screen, affected a lot of people so deeply that they required endless talismans and artifacts to stay connected to it." viaThe Princess Diarist

On what kept her sane"I don't think I was ever suicidal, and that's probably because of drugs." via Rolling Stone

On finding happiness
"Sometimes you can only find Heaven by slowly backing away from Hell." via Wishful Drinking

On discussing her affair with Harrison Ford in her autobiography, The Princess Diarist"I don't think it's that revealing, or it's certainly not offensive. It's not unkind about him. It's flattering. I mean, the way people are reacting to it is funny to me. I'd do him at 73." via Fresh Air

On her religion"You know how they say that religion is the opiate of the masses? Well, I took masses of opiates religiously." via Wishful Drinking

On her aspirations"I am hoping to get the centerfold in Psychology Today." via WebMD

On how she got cast in Star Wars
"I slept with some nerd. I hope it was George [Lucas] ... I took too many drugs to remember." via Vanity Fair

Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds

Tragic end for 2016 - Carrie's mom Debbie Reynolds, perhaps stressed by her daughter's death the day before, succumbed to death herself.

 Carrie Fischer as baby w/ dad Eddie Fischer & D. Reynolds