Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
HEALTH: The one thing none of us can live well without, but most take for granted. I am not in the latter category largely because I live to surprise and annoy my doctors, something I've been doing since my early and unexpected arrival on the planet...
Today, I am strong, healthy and motivated to stay that way until my last breath, despite chronic concerns. This does not make me a heroine or mean that I'm endowed with super human qualities. It simply means I try to make the best choices possible.
Right now, I'm exercising, attempting to lose a few pounds and making decisions about professional goals and affiliations...
HAPPINESS: This goes hand-in-hand with health in my mind. It also means enjoying one's friends, both animal and human, and paying attention to those things that nurture spirit, relationships and community.
FELINES: I have three, two middle aged, and one geriatric. All have health issues. Despite these, they play, keep me laughing and sometimes keep me awake when I'd rather not be, but I wouldn't trade any of them. They own me, not the other way round.
TRAVEL: Being raised an ex pat meant a lot of this in my childhood and adolescence. I've lived in Panama, Columbia, Mexico and the United States, and traveled in Europe and other parts of Latin America. Sadly, my passport has lapsed, a situation I hope to remedy in a few weeks. As an Adult Third Culture Kid, the legacy of these experiences has left me with a case of itchy feet, something I did not fully understand until I began reading about the characteristics of ATCK's several years ago. It is no accident that I love languages and dream of Paris.
More can be said but I'll leave it there for now.
Until Next Time...
Monday, October 12, 2009
Kuna women in everyday dress
The Kuna are one of several indigenous groups found in the Central American nation of Panama. They live off the coast on a series of islands known to outsiders as the San Blas. The Kuna themselves refer to their home and its comarcas as Kuna Yala. Part of an archipelago of 365 islands along Panama's coast, approximately 36 of these are inhabited by the Kuna, with another 13 Kuna communities found on the mainland coast. The total land area of Kuna Yala is 924 miles and the population about 70,000 as of 2006.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Saturday, October 3, 2009
It depicts the hall in which the Nobel Prizes are awarded. The Golden Hall as it is known is created from mosaic pieces in 23 karat gold cast in glass and each piece is the size of a finger nail.
The artist for the mosaic, as noted on the card, is Einar Forseth (1892-1988). While the Golden Hall may be his best known work, Forseth is also recognised for alter pieces, murals, sketches, stained glass windows, wall and ceiling paintings and for composing and decorating porcelain dinnerware. The Golden Hall was completed in 1923.
Those interested can find a larger photograph of the Golden Hall at: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Golden_hall.jpg/.
While Otin's guess was perhaps the funniest, Val's comment that it looks like a mosaic is spot on. My thanks to all of you who stopped by. The postcard dates from 1970 and was sent to me by my parents.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Any world travelers out there??? If so, let's see if you can correctly identify the place depicted here. This post was inspired by the latest at Baino's Banter.
The answer will be displayed in tomorrow's post. Have fun and Happy weekend to all.
Thursday, October 1, 2009
Be like the bird that, passing on her flight awhile on boughs too slight, feels them give way beneath her, and yet sings, knowing that she hath wings.