Our personal beliefs are just that – personal. Humans are social creatures and we are concerned for the welfare and well being of those around us. The personal can become very public if we try to “save” each other from ideas we believe are “wrong” or “untrue.” Many religions “salvation” built into them but apparently many atheists and non-believers have their own version too!
Archives for December 2015
Growing up, all my friends were of the opposite sex. Many of the girls I knew growing up, especially in my formative years, weren’t the nicest people. I was bullied profusely by my fellow girls. Therefore, I stayed away from most of them.
Calamus Winery is located in Jordan, on the ‘bench’ part of the Niagara escarpment with more moderate temperatures in the vineyards. It’s not the heritage barn or the deep space telescope and observatory, but the rusty shed that takes center stage in these images.
In my practice, I work with a variety of subjects and mediums, loving the process as much as the product. When I want to be free to express and experiment with brushwork and colour, I often turn to simple food items and paint them from imagination.
There are two types of people in the world: those that attempt to make New Year’s resolutions and those that don’t even bother to try. As cliche as it is, the new year can be a new beginning and a fresh start, but only if you want it to be. Let’s dive in and discuss the kind of thinking and actions that you should have in place to keep your resolutions throughout the year, without resenting them, giving up, and letting another year go by where you could’ve, but didn’t.
Medieval pilgrim trails across northern Spain took devout Christians to the town of Santiago de Compostella, to worship before what is believed to be the remains of St James. Modern travellers have different intentions for taking the two surviving Camino routes (as they are known).
Indeed, my walking destination is a specific modern shrine—Arzak Restaurant in San Sebastian, ranked number seven in San Pellegrino’s world Best 50 restaurants.
During my Fine Art of Travel Photography workshops, participants often ask, “Where do I like to do on my vacations?” My stock answer is no matter where I go it’s a busman’s holiday. I can’t imagine boarding a flight at LAX without my camera equipment. It would be like leaving part of me behind.
Just how I feel after diving into a painting and emerging only after the nectar has been consumed and the painting has gained momentum. And I am almost staggering because the energy that pulls you in is intense. It falls into the category occupied by dark chocolate, sex, designer shoes etc.
College is a learning experience, not only for your formal education, but for your personality outside of the classroom. What’s important to you—you really figure out what your priorities are. There will be some times when you have to choose: Do you save up for food, go out with friends, or get this really cool Darth Vader T-shirt!?
The fire’s going, the music’s on, the finishing touches on the tree are complete. I pause, my mind wanders and I find myself turning to pen and paper to express my feelings in that moment…