Friday, January 15, 2016

Southern views #3: The Anti-Mall

On the last day of my visit to Orlando my sister took me to an oasis of hope and I am ever so grateful! This place is called Artegon and it is located inside a mall that fell into disuse so instead of leaving it to fall apart the owners and the city agreed to make it into a space for artisan vendors to set up shops. The results are awesome! There are a lot of sweet little shops selling soap and local honey and vintage clothes etcetera but my favorite store at the anti-mall is a little shop that’s specializes in bonsai trees, terrariums, and planters. I also like the ropes course in the middle of the atrium and I love that dogs are allowed in the anti-mall. A very cool initiative in a world filled with big box stores selling sameness (ugh). 
These art pieces were made by a local artist name Skip.

Monday, January 11, 2016


I took these photos at La Muestra Nacional, Viejo San Juan, PR Sum 15'

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Southern views #2

Southern nature and wild life are truly spectacular! During our time there we took full advantage of the "nature scene" and it  made our experience all the richer. (And plus: there is ample research showing a positive correlation between spending time in nature (outdoors) and the alleviation/reduction of stress, anxiety, depression, it even lowers blood pressure)!
The previous photos were taken at Blue Springs State Park, Florida. How many animals can you spot in the last photograph?
                    These (top) photos were taken at the Merritt Island National Refuge

We took a 2-hour guided kayak tour of Winter Park's lakes and canals with Joe the owner of Peace of Mind Kayak Tours (see previous photos). This tour is worth every penny and we highly recommend it!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Southern views #1

We decided to drive south for the holidays and it was a very interesting road trip indeed! I have always been fascinated by the funky rest stops and bizarre road side attractions that dot U.S. highways and roads and South of the Border's sheer weirdness didn't disappoint (see the evidence below, hehehe). 

Monday, December 14, 2015

Banksy love, life as a refugee, and wise words from James Baldwin!

THIS is the reason Bansky is still one of my favorite contemporary artists!
 "The son of a migrant from Syria" (yes, that's Steve Jobs people).

Migrant Life in Calais' Jungle Refugee Camp is a brilliant photo essay that should not be missed.

Below is my tribute to Bansky-- Chicago, circa 2007. 

And lastly, a wise word from James Baldwin: "Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced."

Monday, December 7, 2015

Neat list-December

                                      I took these photos at a Day of the Dead celebration 
I attended here in Providence RI Nov 2015
I recently saw THIS sweet short student film celebrating Dia de los Muertos

I've been thinking a lot about the current Paris climate talks and the ways in which climate change is threatening ALL of us. These features were specially moving: 1. The Marshall Islands are Disappearing 2. Facing Rising Waters, a Native Tribe Takes Its Plea to Paris Climate Talks 3. Rising Sea Levels Threaten Tiny Islands Home Indigenous Panamanians

I was heartened after seeing Brandalism's Campaing HERE AND HERE

THIS commencement speech by John Waters made me so happy!! (I, too, belong to Waters' tribe of "filth elders")

And then, Nina Simone! Need I say more?!

This list from the Ace Hotel Blog :)

Check out Down the Stream about the "hopes and dream of children growing up in boats in Vietnam's Mekong Delta"

Leo Babauta on "The Joy of letting go of stress"

My friend Julia turned me on Nneka's Book of Job  

I've been following stories on teaching grit and found this awesome report about the Menominee Nation 

Finally, we were enthralled looking at THIS performance by Das Triadische Ballet :)

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Blown away! Wendell Berry's "The Pleasure of Eating"

Wendell Berry's essay "The Pleasure of Eating" articulates many of the things I often think about. Berry articulates these ideas brilliantly, of course! Here are a few of the sentences/ideas that just blew me away!

"I begin with the proposition that eating is an agricultural act. Eating ends the annual drama of the food economy that begins with planting and birth." 

"The specialization of production induces specialization of consumption."

"When food, in the minds of eaters, is no longer associated with farming and with the land, then the eaters are suffering a kind of amnesia that is misleading and dangerous." 

"There is, then, a politics of food that, like any politics, involves our freedom."

"The condition of the passive consumer of food is not a democratic condition."

"One reason to eat responsibly is to live free."

"The trap is the ideal of industrialism: a walled city surrounded by valves that let merchandise in but no consciousness out." 

"How does one escape this trap? Only voluntarily, the same way that one went in: by restoring one's consciousness of what is involved in eating; by reclaiming one's responsibility for one's own part in the food economy."

" we eat determines, to a considerable extent, how the world is used." 

"The industrial farm is said to have been patterned on the factory production line. In practice, it looks more like a concentration camp." 

"The pleasure of eating, then, maybe the best available standard of our health."

"Eating with the fullest pleasure--pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance--is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world."

**P.S. Just the other day I watched with delight "Cook it Yourself" --a short video narrated by Michael Pollan.