Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Bric-a-Brac



This time, when I'm talking about Bric-a-Brac
I'm not talking about
the things I find in my browsing trips. . .



not old medicine bottles




or vintage children's toys




or piles of stars



or even tons of candle jars.





A few days ago,
I mentioned the new-to-me group
I discovered called Bric-a-Brac.
And I captured their sound
on video -- a first for me--
and then I uploaded it on YouTube
because I didn't know how to load a video
directly on blogger.
So here goes. . . .



Folk Art from Zimbabwe



One thing I learned when reading Half the Sky
by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn



is that when a woman in a third world country
earns income, her status in the community grows
by leaps and bounds


and her family's economic position improves dramatically --
even more so than if her husband (if she has one)
earned the same amount of income.


That's because women are more likely to use resources
for their family unit, while men 
are more likely to address their own needs 
and desires first, putting the needs of
wives and children second.



That's why grass roots charities benefitting
women and girls' education and economic opportunities
are near and dear to my heart.


And if women are empowered through art,
well
that's even better.



So I was delighted to find
(a Portland, Oregon nonprofit)
represented at the Northwest Folklife Festival.


The folk art they produce is charming and naive
and quite reasonably priced.


The pieces -- wall hangings, paintings on board, little trays -- 
tell a story of village life, customs, and wildlife.


And each artist's story is told as well.


So if you're a lover of folk art
and you want to make a difference
in an artist's life,


please visit HERE and fill your shopping cart. 

You can see the artists and
read their stories.

And if you've decided
you've already got too much stuff
in your life,
there's a way to make a donation
instead of a purchase.

Please take time to explore their site
and see how the project
is making a difference.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Weekend Fun

For a little fun and festivity



on Memorial Day Weekend,



there's nothing quite like the excess,



spectacle and humor,



music, 

whether street performers


or scheduled appearances
by groups like this one
(more about them later this week)


dancing to live music with a zydeco group , 



food,


vendors
(there's my reflection as I admire the earrings)



and general frivolity



of the Northwest Folk Life Festival
now in its 40th year.



It's held at the Seattle Center,



home of the iconic Space Needle.



Friday, May 27, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Shadow Lace



Haiku My Heart participants
can be found at Rebecca's place.






spring breezes caress. . .
light plays amongst the prayer flags
 lace shadows dancing


Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: More Things. . .

Some more things that give me joy. . .


the feeling that things are about to blossom



the way that the light of dawn and dusk
gives everything a kind of romantic softness




seeing films that inspire, educate, and amaze
like "The Cave of Forgotten Dreams"


about the Chauvet cave with drawings
perhaps 30,000 years old.


and experiencing an amazing thread of connectedness
that stretches backward and forward
and out to other people.

What gives you joy?

To play along and share the joy:


1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!





Monday, May 23, 2011

Show-offs

Some guys just don't get it.

They make total fools of themselves,
just to get some babe's attention.



This one thinks he's supposed to drum
to call his would-be mate
by pecking on my downspout. . .
the one outside the master bathroom. . .
early in the morning of course.

Doesn't he know
I need my beauty sleep?

And judging from the number of days
he's been at it,
I'd say the bird girls in the neighborhood
aren't all that impressed.

But
he IS
a handsome devil. 

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Self Portrait: Aging




It's hard to look at pictures of yourself
and see those signs of aging



that you try to ignore
when you look in the mirror (briefly).



So it's good to discover that RAW format
allows you to move the clarity slider
to the soft side.


It makes a multitude of sins
more bearable.


Friday, May 20, 2011

Haiku My Heart: Issa





Visit Haiku My Heart at Rebecca's place.


Tamagawa-zutsumi no hana -  Blossoms on the Tama River Embankment
Hiroshige Ando (1797 - 1858)
courtesy Library of Congress Japanese Print Collection
LC-DIG-jpd-10328 - digital file from original print





A world of trials
and if the cherry blossoms,
it simply blossoms.
  
- Kobayashi Issa
1763 - 1827


Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Share the Joy Thursday: More Joy

What makes me joyful?

Beautiful places



Golden raspberries



Scenic little harbors



Seeing a bride and groom
overcome with emotion


Full moons


Day lilies


Discovering I have a halo


What gives you joy?

To play along and share the joy:


 
1. do a post that tells and shows us
 what gives you joy.

2. capture the URL of the specific post 
and paste it into the Mr. Linky box along with your name.

3. visit other players -- as many as possible -- 
and let their joy infect you.  
Leave them a comment about their post.

Let's start an epidemic of joy!