It’s Picture Book Idea Month again 🙂 Enjoy!
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Here are some quotes to keep you going during the change in seasons.
I just finished reading Heart of a Samurai by Margi Preus, which follows the fictionalized true story of one of the first Japanese people to set foot in America.
“Have your whole heart bent on a single purpose.” –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“When meeting difficult situations, one should rush forward bravely and with joy. It is the crossing of a single barrier.” –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
“When one’s own courage is fixed in his heart, and when his resolution is devoid of doubt, then when the time comes he will of necessity be able to choose the right move.” –from Hagakure: The Book of the Samurai
A friend recently shared this quote by Georgia O’Keeffe. “Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing.”
My favorite dreamer, SARK, suggests we try not to let fog and pus get in the way of our ability to take action and make decisions.
I stumbled on the Confidence Blog by Cathy Sirett and found two great ways to unmask fear.
FEAR = Future Events Appear Real
FEAR = False Expectations Appear Real
My neighbor recently recommended an environmental fantasy movie, Beasts of the Southern Wild, which I finally had time to watch. Here are two of my favorite quotes from this moving film.
Hushpuppy: “The whole universe depends on everything fitting together just right. If one piece busts, even the smallest piece… the entire universe will get busted.”
Hushpuppy: “I see that I’m a little piece in a big, big universe. And that makes things right. When I die, the scientists of the future, they’re gonna find it all. They gonna know, once there was a Hushpuppy.”
How will you let the world know you exist?
13 Nov 2013 Leave a comment
Recently, my neighbor (the artist) and I had this grand idea to decorate the path between our two townhouses. I thought we should name it the “Rose Path” so we would be able to remember it. My neighbor brought along some fresh and dried rose pedals to scatter, I supplied the rainbow sidewalk chalk, and off we went! Here are some photos of our adventures and the messages we created.
I’m a big fan of community art. It works on so many levels including beautifying the community and bringing people together. Plus it’s just fun! Of course you need to be respectful when you’re doing it.
Over the summer, my husband and I visited Bayfield, ON. One of the coolest sights in the town is an old barn turned into an art studio for all ages and levels of art experience. How cool is that?
Want to view community art instead of make it? Check out my post on The Heidelberg Project in Detroit. It brings a whole new meaning to the concept. Artist Tyree Guyton turned the neighborhood where he grew up into a kind of wonderland. It’s a living art exhibit. I was saddened when I heard on the news yesterday that one of the homes, House of Soul, burned down. Arson is suspected. I truly believe artists will be the ones to rebuild the city of Detroit, even if it’s one art project at a time.
We should all support art in our own neighborhoods. How will you help beautify your community through art?