Summertime Ease

 Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

Slowing the pace of life down takes on a different meaning depending on your life's circumstances.

Part of the ease into summer for me is taking the time to slow down outdoors. Summer mornings are full of life,  the days are lush and ripe, and the nights throb with all that is vital to our existence.

It is a raw and naked season that leads us back to ourselves and to what is simple in life. -tM

Call Me

There used to be a time when making a phone call came with ritual.

Sometimes it included sitting down with coffee and cigarettes, other times a drink, and often it meant moving from floor to seat, from sitting to standing, to wrapping the cord around your index finger all while you kept to the beat and pulse of the exchange moving. 

The evolution of communication has changed all of that. Sometimes I miss the ritual and the focus that it brought to connecting to the other without distraction; doodling on a cigarette pack aside. -tM

Photography: Time Magazine | Audrey Hepburn

 

Growth

 Photography: Unknown

Photography: Unknown

Be it personal improvement, the work that we do to provide sustenance, spiritual labour; all of it is an act of doing to ensure our survival, and aid in our well-being.

It is important to remember that through that work and its challenges there are lessons to be learned and opportunities to evolve.

Growth is the silent process of becoming. -tM

 

"Funk Until Dawn"

 Photography: Unknown | Sheila E. & Prince

Photography: Unknown | Sheila E. & Prince

You recently confirmed a rumor that Prince proposed to you onstage.
Yes, during the Sign o' the Times Tour. I was playing drums and it was during "Purple Rain." That song always made me cry. We were so into it. The way he played – my God. My eyes were closed a lot during that song. It was just so emotional. Musically, you know when you get to that place where you're just one? We hit that place. And when I opened my eyes, I could see his eyes were opening as well. He turned and looked at me during his solo and that's when he asked me to marry him and I said yes. We were still playing the song.

Did the audience know? Was it a big moment?
Oh no, it was just him and I. We didn't even see anybody else as far as I'm concerned. It was just him and I.

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Things that Matter

Keeping Quiet
by Pablo Neruda

Now we will count to twelve
and we will all keep still.

For once on the face of the earth,
let’s not speak in any language;
let’s stop for one second,
and not move our arms so much.

It would be an exotic moment
without rush, without engines;
we would all be together
in a sudden strangeness.

Fisherman in the cold sea
would not harm whales
and the man gathering salt
would not look at his hurt hands.

Those who prepare green wars,
wars with gas, wars with fire,
victories with no survivors,
would put on clean clothes
and walk about with their brothers
in the shade, doing nothing.

What I want should not be confused
with total inactivity.
Life is what it is about;
I want no truck with death.

If we were not so single-minded
about keeping our lives moving,
and for once could do nothing,
perhaps a huge silence
might interrupt this sadness
of never understanding ourselves
and of threatening ourselves with death.
Perhaps the earth can teach us
as when everything seems dead
and later proves to be alive.

Now I’ll count up to twelve
and you keep quiet and I will go.

Detach from the doing and be there in the stillness of life for awhile. -tM

 

What Does it Take?

 Photography: Henri Cartier Bresson | Italy, 1933

Photography: Henri Cartier Bresson | Italy, 1933

What does it take to get comfortable in ones own skin?

Some of us are almost born with it, and others, especially females, struggle with aspects of self-acceptance all of their lives.

It is complicated, as all things are. Perhaps if our society valued what was on the inside instead of focusing on the importance of aesthetic beauty, the result would be vastly different. 

Acceptance, that is all everyone wants, but it has to start at ground zero.  If we accept ourselves, then we care less about others opinions, their perception, and acceptance of us. 

I know, it is easier said then done, but one has to start somewhere, and perhaps self-awareness is where it all begins. -tM

Civilizing Wastelands

Beautification projects by Thrashbird, whose art delves into current global issues, borders on the cautionary yet also hopeful, conveying that no place is beyond rescue. -tM

Photography: Thom Uecker | 'Valley of Secret Values' | Concrete Plant, Oregon

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