Gift ideas #shopsmall

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Shop small gift ideas Make it a point to #shopsmall this season! Challenge yourself and purchase 5 gifts from small shops, local artists, pop up markets etc… Here are a few ideas from some of my friends for small items to have on hand whenever you need a last minute gift…. You can click on the images below, or download full descriptions here: Holiday Gift Guide 2017Enjoy a few of my favorite things from a few of my favorite people, Larissa    

Grander than the Sea

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Grander than the Sea  November“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables The photo is from the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia near the great surfing wave Teahupoʻo. You can’t visit Tahiti without getting to know this place with its small village, water falls and caves. I love the reflection of the sky in the sea … Read More

Murals, Monarchs, Mexico –

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 –  a Whole New Culture Is Sometimes Just Steps Away! One of the most intriguing things about traveling is the changing of worlds. We cross all kinds of inner and outer borders to find ourselves in unknown microcosms that open a whole new experience to us. The good news is that we do not have to travel to faraway places to witness this. It can happen right at our door – if we go through life with awareness and open … Read More

Sunlight on Black Sand – October Calendar

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  Sunlight on Black Sand Have you ever looked at a picture of a flower and it instantly brightens up your day? This glowing flower full of sunlight is my gift to you as we start the month of October – an image from the island of Tahiti in French Polynesia featured on this month’s calendar page. This tropical flower only blooms for one day.  In Tahiti, this specific hibiscus flower is called ‘purau’. 5×7 pdf download for you to print as … Read More

Floating Poems – September Calendar

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Floating Poems in September Floating along, these hibiscus flowers are like poems and become vivid and enlightened with the last rays of the sun at the end of the day as everything else subsides. This photo is from the island of Fakarava in French Polynesia.    This tropical flower only blooms for one day.  In Tahiti, this specific hibiscus flower is called ‘purau’. 5×7 pdf download for you to print as inspiration: French/Tahitian Version – click here to save and print –> … Read More

Four Happinesses – August calendar

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Four Happinesses for the month of August. The August hibiscus flowers – four happinesses show their beauty to you this month floating on a the reflection of the sky above.    This tropical flower only blooms for one day.  In Tahiti, this specific hibiscus flower is called ‘purau’. 5×7 pdf download for you to print of four flowers floating along the water. French/Tahitian Version – click here to save and print –>   aout 2017 Hibiscus English Version – click here to save and … Read More

My Conversation with Kobra

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A couple of weeks ago, Chicago was lucky to have Eduardo Kobra here for the dedication of his Muddy Waters mural, thanks to Beauty & Brawn Gallery and WAC. Taking advantage of his time here, he painted a new mural of Vivian Maier, the street photographer. Again, thanks to Beauty & Brawn Gallery for curating this!  I was lucky to be able to meet up with him one afternoon and have a short conversation, which I have transcribed below to English.  … Read More

July – Embellishment of Life

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Embellishment of Life for the month of July. The July hibiscus flowers – its colors are an embellishment of life. 5×7 pdf download for you to print French/Tahitian Version – click here to save and print –>   juillet 2017 Hibiscus English Version – click here to save and print –>  June 2017 Hibiscus

Greek Film – Notias/Νοτιάς

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I saw the Greek film “Notias” (Southern Wind, also called Mythopathy) a few weeks ago at the European Film festival in Chicago, by Tassos Boulmetis, the same director as ‘“A Touch of Spice” (Politiki Kouzina).  I was charmed by this movie. It is imaginative, funny, and historical as it blends history and myths with day to day events as only the Greeks can do. ‘Once upon a time’…. as the tagline begins. The main character weaves in the Greek myths he knows to the … Read More

June – Strength in Lightness – hibiscus calendar

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Strength in Lightness for the month of June This hibiscus flower calls us to reflect on the beauty around us.   5×7 pdf download for you to print French/Tahitian Version – click here to save and print –>  Juin francais Hibiscus English Version(shown in above image) – click here to save and print –>   June English Hibiscus

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