Ignoring the fact that this is from Apple from a moment, the words here are a good way of approaching things we do in life.

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Inspirational, Mediums, Photos

Stories made in the coldest winter…

As illustrated by  snowshellyjackson

“To approach snow too closely is to forget what it is,” said the girl who cried snowflakes.

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“Through a microscope one discovers that there are many kinds of snow: those made up of tiny painting of shipwrecks in the style of Bonaventura Peeters, those made up of miniature bowls of wax fruit, very beautifully and realiztically formed, except for the size; those made up of the clippings of babies; and those made up of the trimmed and tattooed scalps of shrews used as money by certain native peoples of the southern Urals.

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There are snows made of clock faces and circular slie rules of maps to undiscovered countries, of the shattered breath clouds of those who have cried out for help unheard on a clear winter day.

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Obviously there is snow made of the unread letters of unloved lovers and metal snow made of discs with serrated edges, to mention only one of the innumerable members of the great class of the snows of war for there is no end to forms of cruelty.

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But there are innumerable kindly snow as well, such as those made of the golden crumbs of sleepy and dainty snows made of miniature ladies underpants, some with persimmon-colored ribbons woven through the lace, some embroidered with tiny green apples.

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There are hungry snow made of ground teeth and sacrificial snows made of…

p.s. In case you didn’t notice what I did, the complete title is: “Stories made in the coldest winter… to may of unloved snows ”

What other sentences can you make from her words?

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Books, General, Mediums, Reviews

shhh…

Author’s Note: This is an old draft that I felt the need to publish after reading an interesting article on secret introvert. It is always bothersome how people expect you either be an introvert or an extrovert. In Susan Cain’s book she talk about introversion and extroversion as a spectrum in which people lie at different interval. I encourage everyone to read it; it is not a book only about introverts, it delves into extroverts as well.

I am not proud to say this: I did not know Susan Cain gave a TED talk considering how much I love watching TED talks. So how did I find out? Buying the book on Chapters and stumbling on the video via a Freshly Pressed blog.

I got an email from Chapters/Indigo about amazing book deals and since I recently went back to my love for reading, I started checking for good deals and new authors and that’s how I saw Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking. Being an introvert, I added it to my wish list but the urge to buy it was so great, I added it to my cart.

Enjoy her TED talk below:

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General, Mediums, Music, Women

My love for Monae

In case you don’t know, I’m referring to Janelle Monáe; I am a huge fan and she’s one of my girl crushes. Here’s 5 reasons why I love her, in no specific order:

1. She introduced me to fun.

I only listened to fun.’s “We Are Young” because Janelle was featuring. I was able to discover fun. and I love them separately for the artists they are.

2. She show how amazing uniformity can be

She wear black and white almost all the time (I say almost because there are pictures of her in colors). Regardless of how often she wears b&w there almost always a spin or twist to it.

Janelle Monae

3. She’s weird and a rebel

 

4. Have you heard her music?

Mind-blowing right?

5. Cyborgs, Andriods (not the software)… need  I say more?

 

I got tickets to watch her perform next month and I so cannot wait!

 

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Photography, Photos, The Bicycle Project

Top View

This past weekend I got on my bicycle and pedalled to Tommy Thompson Park. Tommy Thompson park is a unique urban wilderness in Toronto; although, some people think it’s just a pile of junk. I think it’s takes a personal view to get any sense of appreciation of the park.

I used Ride with GPS to get a sense of my trip and it was a fun ride. At some point I did loose my way around the park because I took a wrong turn and then my phone was about to die while I was using it to find my way. The one thing on my mind was to get back on the Waterfront trail before my phone died or I was doing an impromptu camping that I was ill-prepared for.

Below are some of my favourite pictures that I took. I have more on my Flickr page.

Cherry Beach

Lifeguard tower at Cherry Beach

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It was like Tera (yes! i named the bird) was waiting for me because she flew away after the shot

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Summer is over and they know it

Tommy Thompson Park

Getting this shot was why I lost my way

TTP

At Thompson Park Lighthouse, I decided to rest a while

I know it is a little late but happy labour day!

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Mediums, Photos

The Burning House

I’ve been on and off Tumblr for quite a while constantly trying to decide if I can maintain a Tumblr and this blog. I recently started my Tumblr life from ground Zero as a photo blog which I feel is easier to maintain. The thing I love about Tumblr are the interesting blogs dedicated to just one thing like Humans Of New York which I’ve feature. Today’s feature is The Burning House. The Burning House is based on one question: If your house was burning, what would you take with you? It’s interesting what people say they would take and you can learn a lot about a person from what they choose to constantly hold onto. Below are some interesting ones I’ve seen so far:

Shamil R| 27| LA| Character Animator
Chrome Bag; Whiskey; NB Minimus; Wallet, pack of gum and some change; iPhone/Laptop; Glasses; Passport and old memories; Nikon D40 + Lens/Tripod; Klein Reve Roadbike

Vinni Del Poço| 22| São Paulo, Brazil|  Graphic Designer
DSLR + 50mm lens, Lomography Camera, Knife, Favorite T-shirt, Earbuds, Favorite book, Watch, Sketchbooks, Glasses and sunglasses, Favorite records

Camille| 23| Toulouse, France| Physics engineer
handbag with my keys, glasses, phone, money, ID…; My pair of Repettos; My childhood bear, as old as me; Four swedish leprechauns, a Christmas gift from one of my best friend; Pink cashmere scarf; Picture of me and my sister from my grandparents house Three pairs of earrings – one belonged to my great-great-grandmother, the other two are gifts from my mother; Necklace I got for my 20th birthday; Aquamarine necklace I got for my Christening; The mug that started my mug hoarding; One earthenware couple, a gift from my boyfriend after an Amsterdam trip; Small bottle of blue pigment I just brought back from Marrakech; Tumbler cat, because it is funny and cute; Necklace that belonged to another great-great-grandmother; A copy of “Rebecca”, my favourite book

Çiğdem Yalırsu| 27| İstanbul| Architect
My bag; Top

Here’s mine:

The Burning House/ Tuti

Tuti| 21| Toronto, Canada| Support Developer, QA Analyst & IT specialist
Raleigh Womens Detour 3.5; Glasses; Watch; Passport; TOMS shoes, iPhone & Macbook[w/chargers]; Handbag [contains Sony NEX-6 camera, wallet, pens, notebook, current book I’m reading (Quiet), gum, apt keys, sunglasses Sennheiser headphones, sunglasses, Apple earpods]

 I’ve submitted mine. My challenge to you is to answer the question, if you can take a picture, head on to The Burning House and submit it.

Images 1 – 4: The Burning House Image 5: Tugraphos| Flickr

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