A Few Cool Things To Watch

PBS Animal Odd Couples 

This collection of animal cross species friendships is sweet and non-violent. It is 53 minutes long. It might still be found at PBS.org and is running on Netflix.  If you know of other web sites this show can be viewed, can you let me know? I will share the links with others.

I found this talk by Jose Miguel Sokoloff:  How Christmas Lights To Fight A War found at this youtube link: 

or the same talk found at this site: Jose Miguel Sokoloff:  How Christmas Lights helped Guerrillas Put Down Their Guns

     I think the PBS show and the TED Talk are both insightful and enjoyable to watch.

Being Present

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National Geographic 2014 Photography Grand Prize and People Winner: “A Node Glows in the Dark”

Location: Hong Kong

Photo and caption by Brian Yen/National Geographic 2014 Photo Contest

Brian Yen says: “In the last 10 years, mobile data, smartphones and social networks have forever changed our existence. Although this woman stood at the center of a jam-packed train, the warm glow from her phone told the strangers around her that she wasn’t really there. She managed to slip away from ‘here’ for a short moment; she’s a node flickering on the social web, roaming the Earth, free as a butterfly. Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here; we’re free to run away, and run we will.”

 All of the winning photographs in the three categories: People, places and nature photos are rather stunning pictures. I like Brian Yen’s picture, and I think Yen’s thoughts of his picture are rather telling of our present time period.  I agree with Yen when he says, “Our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here; we’re free to run away, and run we will.”

 I think Yen’s observation that, “our existence is no longer stuck to the physical here” is a good thing and a bad thing. The ability to communicate with people near or far away is a good thing. We have more ways to stay in touch with others. And it is a bad thing because people are not present to the events and experiences happening around them at any one moment.  People are now struggling with being present to basic things like paying attention while driving, or watching where they are walking, or giving their full attention to a child, or being fully present to the people they are talking to in a meeting.

The ability to multi-task our way through activities provides new ways of relating with others and, at the same time, it requires learning a new set of social skills of interacting with those on-line and in real time.

In this technological age, there are many more nuances to the guidelines I offer my children. For example, when my son is using the car, I ask him:  “Do you have your wallet (which has his driver’s license)? Do you have your phone?” Then I say, “Don’t fiddle with your phone, look for new songs, text, or take calls while you’re driving.”

When I was young and using the car, my dad would say to me, “Look both ways (at stop signs). Watch out for the crazy drivers and be safe.”

It’s a different time.

Web site for more of the 2014 National Geographic Winning Photos– Click Here

On My Bucket List

Chapelle du Rosaire in Vence, France

From 1948-1951 a chapel was completely designed by neo impressionist artist Henri Matisse. The building design, the stained glass windows, the artwork on the walls, the furniture, the vestments worn for the service, and all of the elements of the liturgy were made by Matisse. It is a beautiful chapel and someday, I’d like to see it.

Henri Matisse and Sister Jacques-Marie

Sister Jacques-Marie was an influence on the Rosary Chapel being built.

Remarking upon the chapel’s completion, Henri Matisse stated that ‘this work required me four years of an exclusive and entiring effort and it is the fruit of my whole working life. In spite of all its imperfections I consider it as my masterpiece.’

The whole chapel is a beautiful piece of artwork.

The vestments Matisse designed for use in the chapel. I love how Matisse’s art work was translated into fabric pieces.

Also in Europe…

El Camino Santiago. or The Way of St. James is a hiking pilgrimage that begins in France and ends in Spain. 

The pilgrimage is any where from 780 km (500 miles) to 900 km long depending on the route taken.

Someday, I would like to follow trail markers like these to the Cathedral. of St. James.

I’ll let you know if it works out.

Quote made by Matisse found by clicking here: Matisse’s Masterpiece

A New York Times article about Sister Jacques-Marie can be found by clicking here: Influence for Matisse’s Rosary Chapel, Dies 

A Book For Young Ones

I was thinking of the books I enjoyed reading as a young one, and the Frog and Toad stories kept coming to my mind. I really like the treasury collection, because all of the books are compiled together into one volume.  I am endeared to the Frog and Toad Stories, because they are such good examples of the give and take of friendships. I think we all need friendships where we have room to let each other down without the relationship falling apart on us.

Hoping you have a friend like frog and toad were for each other!