IOTD …. Image of the day, #306 …. “Serena Williams … Muscular, athletic Woman”!!


~~August 13, 2015~~ 

Serena Williams lands New York magazine cover

The “UnretiringSerena Williams has done it again.

Still fairly fresh off her stint on Vogue’s April cover, she has landed another major magazine centerpiece, this time fronting for New York magazine’s fall fashion issue.

“As it appears in …. full read/full cover … more photos”


A dear blogger friend taught me this concept.

You can find Michelle here:


IOTD” is image of the day, a concept I came up with. I teach visual meditative therapy – or in easy terms – a mini mental holiday. For some people it is very difficult for them to get their image right. I post an image a day for people to use in their mini mental vacay. Some are serious, some are silly, and some are just beautiful!”’


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Thoughts for today, #210 …. “It’s called READING”!!


~~August 12, 2015~~ 


There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away,
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears a Human soul.

Emily Dickinson, 1830 – 1886




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To start the day …. “Helping someone in need”!!


~~May 3, 2015~~ 

Tiny House Build Video 5

The Tiny House Movement and Merits of Downsizing

By Tom Howser

People are talking about the tiny house movement. What is it? Is it small houses that are being moved down the street to tiny lots? Is it a political movement? This movement is all about a segment of society that states that people are downsizing the space or spaces that they live in.

If you haven’t heard of it, the tiny house movement is a growing trend and not just a fad. It’s been featured on network television all over the world. What makes the tiny movement so big, and what determines what a small home is?

The average house in America is just less than 3,000 square feet in size. Tiny houses are built with the focus on smaller simplified living so they average around 400 to 500 square feet at the most. Some small houses are very tiny, at around 65 square feet.


But Why the Movement toward Downsizing Houses?

This movement is all about efficiency, saving natural resources, and saving the environment. People who have been concerned about these factors in society have been very concerned at the amount of natural resources (and accompanying waste) that’s generated every time a standard size home is built.

And if you include all the resources that go into maintaining older standard size houses, a good argument can be made that the old adage of “Bigger is better” is not better anymore.

For example: If a tiny home of about 200 square feet is built in remote areas away from sprawling cities, the house leaves virtually no impact or carbon footprint on the natural environment around it. And in many areas small houses are using solar panels for their energy source.



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A lot of people think that buying a tiny home means living in a cardboard box or something like that. Not so. Because the cost of a tiny house is so low, builders can focus on higher quality building materials that are more energy-efficient and last longer than materials used in traditional home building.

The small house movement is also providing an affordable means of home ownership to people whose homes were destroyed during hurricanes in the southeastern U.S. in the past ten years.

Some people whose houses were completely demolished could not afford to rebuild, or they did not have sufficient insurance coverage to rebuild the home they had before. So tiny homes provide a comfortable and safe life for them.

“As it appears in … full read/full credit”


~~Tiny House Build Video 5~~

~~Published on Apr 23, 2015~~

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To start the day …. “A Strong Message of Hope”!!

The 87th Academy Awards - Press Room - Los Angeles

~~February 24, 2015~~

Oscars 2015: ‘The Imitation Game‘ Writer Graham Moore Gives Most Moving Acceptance Speech Of The Night


Stay weird, stay different


I didn’t watch the Oscars, I have them recorded and may watch it later … or not. 

As the event unfolded, some tweets were coming in and one caught my eye about this young man who has said something along the lines of “suicide and being weird”. This prompted me to start searching and I found that there are many out there trying to “explain” and “dissect” this young man’s acceptance speech. 

As I’ve listened to it, please, let it be. Stop trying to interpret his words beyond a simple meaning of who “being different” (whatever that may be) can affect a young person’s life to such a degree that they may consider taking their own lives.

Take it at face value: this is a message of hope. 


My interpretation without exhausting it to bits …

Don’t give up. Even though things look bad at the time, there’s always the possibility of them getting better. There’s a possibility of such success (whatever that may be) that you could be in a position that you have never imagined …. and your troubles, feelings and depression didn’t defeat you. 


When first-time Academy Award nominee and winner Graham Moore opened up about feeling “weird,” “different, and like he “did not belong,” many assumed the screenwriter and author was alluding to being a then-closeted homosexual. Perhaps it was his deep connection with The Imitation Game’s protagonist Alan Turing, a gay man who ultimately took his own life because he was a gay man living in an extremely homophobic Britain. Moore clarified his speech at the Oscars’ Governors Ball.

“I’m not gay,” Moore told BuzzFeed News, “but I’ve never talked publicly about depression before or any of that, and that was so much of what the movie was about — it was one of the things that drew me to Alan Turing so much.” He continued to expand on the universal feeling of being “other” at times in our lives before touching on another (mostly) universal tendency: practicing your Oscars speech with a shampoo bottle.

“It’s the kind of thing that I’ve imagined since I was a teenager,” Moore said, explaining how surreal it was to actually be reciting a story he’d been “imagining in the shower and in front of mirrors.” Luckily for him, all those years of rehearsing paid off in spades.



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Moore scored the Oscar for his work on The Imitation Game, the movie that, on the surface, deals with Alan Turing’s quest to crack the Nazi enigma code during World War II. The Imitation Game, however, was more than just a war film; it explored Alan Turing’s personal trials as a homosexual living in Britain at a time when homosexuality was considered a crime. Turing’s story was, for whatever reason, widely unknown to popular culture until Moore’s film hit Hollywood. (Turing was posthumously pardoned by the British government for his “crime” in 2013.) So, when Moore won this evening, he used his time in the spotlight to inspire weirdness.

“In this brief time here, what I want to use it to do is to say this,” Moore said after receiving his statue from Oprah. “When I was 16 years old, I tried to kill myself because I felt weird, and I felt different, and I felt like I did not belong. And, now I’m standing here. So, I would like this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she’s weird, or she’s different, or she feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. Yes, you do. I promise you do. Stay weird. Stay different. And, then when it’s your turn, and you are standing on this stage, please pass the same message to the next person who comes along.”

Be yourself. That was the heart of Moore’s speech because, as The Imitation Game’s characters repeat throughout the movie, “it’s the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine.”



“As it appears in …. full read/credit”


~Oscars 2015: Graham Moore Tells Kids to ‘Stay Weird, Stay Different’~

~Published on Feb 23, 2015~

Graham Moore spoke out about his attempted suicide and sent an inspiring message to young people everywhere. He won the Oscar for best adapted screenplay for The Imitation Game. In his speech, he mentions his struggle with depression and consideration of suicide.

Moore won Best Adapted Screenplay for “The Imitation Game” at Sunday’s Oscars, and he used the win to give a powerful speech about suicide awareness and depression.

“I tried to commit suicide at 16 and now I’m standing here,” he said. “I would like for this moment to be for that kid out there who feels like she doesn’t fit in anywhere. You do. Stay weird. Stay different, and then when it’s your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message along.”

The Imitation Game” is about the life and achievements of the late Alan Turing, the British mathematician and cryptanalyst who helped solve the Enigma code during World War II. After the war he was prosecuted for homosexuality in Britain and died by suicide in 1954 at 41 years old.


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Movie Time: “Jupiter Ascending”!!


~~February 22, 2015~~ 

Jupiter Ascending is a 2015 American-Australian space opera film written, produced, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski. Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, the film is centered on Jupiter Jones (Kunis), a down-on-her-luck cleaning woman, and Caine Wise (Tatum), an interplanetary warrior who informs Jones that her destiny extends beyond Earth.

Supporting cast member Douglas Booth has described the film’s fictional universe as a cross between The Matrix and Star Wars while Kunis named its underlying themes indulgence and consumption.

SFX - August 2014

The film was co-produced by Grant Hill, who acted as executive producer on The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and as producer on V for Vendetta, Speed Racer, Ninja Assassin and Cloud Atlas, making Jupiter Ascending his seventh collaboration with the Wachowskis.

Several more longstanding Wachowski collaborators since the creation of The Matrix films have contributed to the picture, including production designer Hugh Bateup, visual effects supervisor Dan Glass, visual effects designer John Gaeta, supervising sound editor Dane Davis and costume designer Kym Barrett. Other notable past collaborators include Speed Racer’s composer Michael Giacchino, Cloud Atlas’ director of photography John Toll along with its editor Alexander Berner and hair and make-up designer Jeremy Woodhead, who worked on both.



In the story, Earth’s residents are unaware that life on Earth and countless other planets has been seeded by families of alien royalty for the purpose of “harvesting” the resulting organisms at a “Darwinian state of perfection” to produce a type of youth serum for the elites on still other planets.

After the death of the matriarch of the House of Abrasax, the most powerful of the alien dynasties, her children Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), and Titus (Douglas Booth) quarrel over the inheritance, with Balem inheriting an enormous production facility on Jupiter and Titus declaring his intention to dismantle the youth serum trade, of which Earth is the next intended source.

Protagonist ‘Jupiter Jones’ narrates that her father Maximilian Jones (James D’Arcy) met her mother Aleksa (Maria Doyle Kennedy) in Saint Petersburg. After Maximilian is killed by a robbery, Aleksa names their daughter Jupiter, after his dying wish, and they move to Chicago to live with Aleksa’s family.


Many years later, Jupiter (Mila Kunis) works with Aleksa and her Aunt Nino (Frog Stone) and cleans the homes of wealthy people. To buy a telescope, Jupiter agrees to sell her eggs with the help of her cousin Vladie (Kick Gurry), under the name of her friend Katharine Dunlevy (Vanessa Kirby).

At Katharine’s house, Jupiter and Katherine are attacked by extraterrestrial ‘Keepers’; and when Jupiter photographs them, they erase her memory of the incident. During the egg donation procedure, the doctors and nurses are identified as Balem’s agents, sent to kill her; and she is saved by Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-soldier sent by Titus.

Stinger Apini (Sean Bean), an old comrade of Caine’s, agrees to help Jupiter; but a group of hunters take her to Kalique’s palace on a distant planet, where Kalique explains that Jupiter is genetically identical to the dead matriarch, and therefore heir to the Earth. Supported by Captain Diomika Tsing (Nikki Amuka-Bird) of the Aegis (an intergalactic police force), Caine retrieves her from Kalique, and brings her to the planet Ores (the intergalactic capital city) to claim her inheritance.

On the way back to Earth, Titus detains Jupiter and Caine. He reveals his plan to marry and then kill Jupiter and claim Earth before throwing Caine into the void, but Caine survives and saves Jupiter at the altar. Jupiter asks return home; but her family has been taken hostage by Balem. In his citadel in the Great Red Spot, Balem demands Earth in exchange for Jupiter’s family. Realizing that Balem can “harvest” Earth only if she signs it over, Jupiter refuses. Balem tries to kill Jupiter; but she defeats him in a fight.

She escapes and is rescued by Caine, Stinger, and Tsing.



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Jupiter’s family is returned home with no memory of her disappearance, while Jupiter secretly retains ownership of the Earth.

Her family buy her the telescope she wanted and Caine is granted a pair of wings earlier removed from his body.

“As it appears in …. “


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~~Jupiter Ascending Ultimate Intergalactic Trailer~~

~~Published on Feb 5, 2015~~

From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, “Jupiter Ascending” tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Mila Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things.


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To start the day … Remembering Karen Carpenter!!


~~February 5, 2015~~ 

We lost Karen Carpenter on February 4, 1983 …. 32 years ago. 

A huge loss for me …. I still love her unique voice, her music, her style and her incredible talent!


Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970’s duo The Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming luminaries and peers, she is best known to the layman for her vocal performances. She had a contralto vocal range.

Carpenter suffered from anorexia nervosa, an eating disorder which was little known at the time. She died at age 32 from heart failure caused by complications related to her illness.

Carpenter’s death led to increased visibility and awareness of eating disorders.


~Early life~

Carpenter was born in New Haven, Connecticut, the daughter of Agnes Reuwer (née Tatum) and Harold Bertram Carpenter. When she was young, she enjoyed playing baseball with other children on the street. On the TV program This Is Your Life, she stated that she liked pitching. Later, in the early 1970’s, she would become the pitcher on the Carpenters’ official softball team. Her brother Richard developed an interest in music at an early age, becoming a piano prodigy. The family moved in June 1963 to the Los Angeles suburb of Downey.

When Carpenter entered Downey High School, she joined the school band. Bruce Gifford, the conductor (who had previously taught her older brother) gave her the glockenspiel, an instrument she disliked. After admiring the performance of her friend, Frankie Chavez, she asked if she could play the drums instead. She and her brother made their first recordings in 1965 and 1966.

The following year she began dieting. Under a doctor’s guidance she went on the Stillman Diet. She rigorously ate lean foods, drank eight glasses of water a day, and avoided fatty foods. She was 5′ 4″ (163 cm) in height and before dieting weighed 145 pounds (66 kg; 10 st 5 lb) and afterwards weighed 120 pounds (54 kg; 8 st 8 lb) until 1973, when the Carpenters’ career reached its peak.

By September 1975, her weight was 91 pounds (41 kg; 6 st 7 lb).


~Final months~

Now“, recorded in April 1982, was the last song Carpenter recorded. She recorded it after a two-week intermission in her therapy with psychotherapist Steven Levenkron in New York City for her anorexia, during which she had lost a considerable amount of weight. During her illness, in order to lose weight, she had taken thyroid replacement medication (to speed up her metabolism) and laxatives.

Despite her participation in therapy, her condition continued to deteriorate and she only lost more weight, leading Carpenter to call her psychotherapist to tell him she felt dizzy and that her heart was beating irregularly. Finally in September 1982, she was admitted to Lenox Hill Hospital in New York and hooked up to an intravenous drip, which caused her to gain a considerable amount of weight (30 pounds) in just eight weeks. The sudden weight gain further strained her heart, which was already weak from years of dietary restriction.

Carpenter returned to California in November 1982, determined to reinvigorate her career, finalize her divorce, and begin a new album with Richard. On December 17, 1982, Karen gave her last singing performance in the multi-purpose room of the Buckley School in Sherman Oaks, California, singing Christmas carols for her godchildren, their classmates who attended the school, and other friends. On January 11, 1983, Karen made her last public appearance at a photo-call of past Grammy Award winners to celebrate the award’s 25th anniversary.

Karen appeared somewhat frail and worn out but according to Dionne Warwick, she was vibrant and outgoing, exclaiming to everyone, “Look at me! I’ve got an ass!”



On February 4, 1983, less than a month before her 33rd birthday, Carpenter suffered heart failure at her parents’ home in Downey, California. She was taken to Downey Community Hospital, where she was pronounced dead 20 minutes later. The Los Angeles coroner gave the cause of death as “heartbeat irregularities brought on by chemical imbalances associated with anorexia nervosa.” Under the anatomical summary, the first item was heart failure, with anorexia as second. The third finding was cachexia, which is extremely low weight and weakness and general body decline associated with chronic disease. Her divorce was scheduled to have been finalized that day.

The autopsy stated that Carpenter’s death was the result of emetine cardiotoxicity due to anorexia nervosa, revealing that she had poisoned herself with ipecac syrup, an emetic often used to induce vomiting in cases of overdosing or poisoning. Carpenter’s use of ipecac syrup was later disputed by Agnes and Richard, who both stated that they never found empty vials of ipecac in her apartment and have denied that there was any concrete evidence that she had been vomiting. Richard has also expressed that he believes Karen was not willing to ingest ipecac syrup because of the potential damage that both the syrup and excessive vomiting would do to her vocal cords and that she relied on laxatives alone to maintain her low body weight.

Carpenter’s funeral service took place on February 8, 1983, at the Downey United Methodist Church. Dressed in a rose-colored suit, Carpenter lay in an open white casket. Over 1,000 mourners passed through to say goodbye, among them her friends Dorothy Hamill, Olivia Newton-John, Petula Clark, and Dionne Warwick.

Carpenter’s estranged husband Tom attended her funeral, where he took off his wedding ring and placed it inside the casket. She was entombed at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Cypress, California.

In 2003, Richard Carpenter had Karen re-interred, along with their parents, in the Carpenter family mausoleum at the Pierce Brothers Valley Oaks Memorial Park in Westlake Village, California, which is closer to his Southern California home.

~After death~

Carpenter’s star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame


Carpenter’s death brought lasting media attention to anorexia nervosa and also to bulimia. In the years after her death, a number of celebrities decided to go public about their eating disorders, among them actress Tracey Gold and Diana, Princess of Wales. Medical centers and hospitals began receiving increased contact from people with these, and similar disorders. The general public had little knowledge of anorexia nervosa and bulimia prior to Carpenter’s death, making the condition difficult to identify and treat. Her family started the Karen A. Carpenter Memorial Foundation, which raised money for research on anorexia nervosa and eating disorders. Today the name of the organization has been changed to the Carpenter Family Foundation. In addition to eating disorders, the foundation now funds the arts, entertainment and education.

On October 12, 1983, the Carpenters received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 6931 Hollywood Blvd., a few yards from the Dolby Theater. Richard, Harold and Agnes Carpenter attended the inauguration, as did many fans.

In 1987, movie director Todd Haynes used songs by Richard and Karen in his movie Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story. In the movie Haynes portrayed the Carpenters with Barbie dolls, rather than live actors. The movie was later pulled from distribution after Richard Carpenter won a court case involving song royalties; Haynes had not obtained legal permission to use the Carpenters’ recordings.

On January 1, 1989, the similarly titled made-for-TV movie The Karen Carpenter Story aired on CBS with Cynthia Gibb in the title role. Gibb lip-synced the songs to Carpenter’s recorded voice, with the exception of “The End of the World.” Both films use the song “This Masquerade” in the background while showing Carpenter’s marriage to Burris.

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~~Uploaded on Sep 28, 2010~~

Music video by Carpenters performing Superstar.

(C) 1985 A&M Records


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~This Masquerade~

WhiteLibraTexas & JFB

~~Published on Mar 12, 2012~~

The Carpenters

Music & Lyrics by Leon Russell


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#Ferguson …. Story Behind This Powerful Photo of a Black Boy Hugging a White Cop!!

~~December 1, 2014~~ 


And then there are things that fill your heart with inexplicable hope

“The Story Behind This Powerful Photo of a Black Boy Hugging a White Cop at a Ferguson Demonstration”

Amidst the many photos of hate, anger, sadness and sometimes outright destruction that have flooded the media since a grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, sparking riots and protests across the US, there are glimmers of hope and humanity.

One such glimmer was captured by Oregon-based freelance photographer Jonny Nguyen at a Ferguson demonstration in Portland earlier this week.


The photo shows 12-year-old Devonte Hart, his eyes welling with tears as he hugs Portland Police Sgt. Bret Barnum, and the story behind it was reported first by The Oregonian in an article published earlier today.

Apparently Hart — whose full profile is a truly inspirational read — was at the demonstration holding a sign that said “free hugs” when Barnum noticed him with tears in his eyes. He motioned the young man over and the two began talking.

After they were done, Barnum pointed to the sign and asked “Do I get one of those?” A question Hart answered with a tearful hug. Fortunately for those of us who need to have our faith in humanity restored on occasion, Nguyen was there with his camera.

“As it appears in …. full read”


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