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the beautiful & the ugly


It has been a long time that a movie should leave me with the same feeling as a book. That longing feeling of it being over, that you can’t ever relive something ¬†over again for the first time. “The Book Thief” was one of those movies. Stunningly beautiful and ugly at the same time, the narrator would tell you. Death and life all twined in one large knot that has no rhyme or reason. If you are looking for something to touch your soul: I would recommend this movie to leave it’s presence on you. If the movie was this good I’m sure the book is a million times better.

the book thief


A friend of mine from Boston introduced me to this project SeeAmerica.com. The National Parks Conservation Association teamed up with The Creative Action Network to revitalize 1930′s “See America” National Parks posters. They are asking artists to submit work for their campaign to raise awareness for our National Parks system. I am assuming that it is due to the Government shut down earlier this year. It is my hope to submit the images below and help raise money for this amazing cause. When I was coming up with ideas to submit to their cause I really only thought of one thing “The Midwest”. We have so many State Parks but very few National Parks. I thought it would be nice to pay homage to some of these smaller less well known locations. Though these images are very nondescript they are very indicative of these different locations that I have come to know and love. I hope that National Parks Association will see that and having them available for purchase in a few days. #seeamerica

see america collage2

see america collage 1

The Open End

It has been over six months since my last post. There has been so much changing and evolving in my life it has been too much to keep up with. Some of it I can’t talk about, some of it I can but until I was ready I couldn’t keep up posting every day or every other day. “The Open End” is this idea I had about our lives. The world is constantly evolving into new pictures, new movements, new sounds that sometimes we don’t really notice their presence until they are so different that they make us pause and take note of its differences. I watched two movies today while working on a knitting project. Both very different and both very the same. There is this disconnect that we have from the present moment that happens so often that we feel they are so normal. For me, as most of my family and friends know, it is my iPhone. I do my best to not touch it when spending time with others but it happens. Sometimes its easier to stop and disconnect. The movies I mentioned are “Her” and “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty.” I would watch these movies again. It was fascinating to watch as these characters evolved and changed without any real knowledge that they were doing it. I wonder if this is how life is and why we have taken on new year’s resolutions. To accept change by marking the passing of a year and reflecting on how we would like to change for the future. I would say I accomplished two of the three new year’s resolutions for 2013. In my book, where I never stick to new year’s resolutions, that is pretty amazing. There is only so much time that each of us has. Today I am going to get up and I am going to continue with what I set out to accomplish and by tomorrow I will start over and begin again.






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