Posted in About me, Aging, Creativity, Entertainment, inspiration, Kids, Parenting, Photography, Uncategorized, tagged aging, body image, building blocks, C. JoyBell C. quote, changing your body, child's play, close-up photography, inner child, Legos, Life-size Legos, losing inner child, quote about children, Theme from Shaft, Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, ukuleles on August 28, 2015|
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Playfully, I stick a hair curler in my granddaughter’s hair. Charlotte innocently strikes a quick girly-girl pose for me and then pulls the curler out of her hair and goes about her busy job of playing. Watching her play, I marvel at the curiosity that babies have and at the wonder and excitement that they exude over the simplest of things. This observation makes me ponder, “What happens to these qualities as we age?”
#1 – Just One Question
“If you could change one thing about your body what would it be?” Responses to that question were captured in this short video and they reveal how many of us become more self-conscious as we age. If you were asked this question, what would your answer be?
#2 – Never Too Old for Blocks
When my children were young, they would spend endless hours playing with Lego building blocks. Piles of these small blocks would be strewn all over the floor and my children would create imaginative worlds of their own. Now, thanks to Arnon Rosan, adults can still “play” with interlocking blocks. EverBlocks, life-size blocks similar to Legos, can be used to build furniture, room dividers, modular buildings, and even emergency shelters. These blocks prove that you are never too old to play with blocks and, like when you were a child, you are only limited by your imagination.
#3 – Too Close
No matter how often I vacuum my carpet, Charlotte always finds a tiny particle of debris on it. Babies have keen eyes, but not as keen as artist Pyanek’s camera lens. For his project Amazing Worlds Within Our World, he photographed everyday items extremely close-up. You’ll never look at a sponge the same way again.
#4 – Ukes of Great Btitain
Every night, before Charlotte’s parents pick her up, my husband plays the ukulele and we have a little sing-a-long with her. She laughs, dances, and “sings” to her favorite songs. There’s no doubt about it, the ukulele is a fun and happy-sounding instrument. Enjoy this humorous rendition of the Theme from Shaft, as performed by the talented Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
#5 – Respect the Child
“We not only need to have a deep respect for children; but also a deep respect for the child in everyone.”
C. JoyBell C.
Now go and spread joy!
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Posted in About me, Creativity, Entertainment, Gardening, Holidays, inspiration, Photography, Records, Style and fashion, Uncategorized, tagged 35+ fall desserts, analogy of complementary colors, autumnal equinox, blog, C. JoyBell C., C. JoyBell C. quote, choosing color palettes, color palette, color palette help, color palettes, color theory, color wheel, colors, complementary colors, compose music on computer, computer music, Creativity, Design Seeds, desserts, fall desserts, Helping Others, inspiration, inspirational quote, life, life + risk, make music, motivation, motivational video, op art, Op Art Sound Matrix, Photography, purple flowers, quotes, random thoughts, two colors, video, www youtube, You Tube on September 20, 2013|
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Purple flowers with yellow centers pose against a golden summer backdrop. These two colors sit on opposite sides of a color wheel making them complementary colors. In the world of color theory, they are a dynamic duo. Perhaps, a hopeful lesson for the world can be extrapolated from this theory: that despite being far apart (in color, beliefs, origins, etc.), entities can come together, work together, and bring out the best in each other.
#1 – Color Palettes
Whether painting a piece of art, decorating your home, coordinating your wardrobe, or planning a wedding, choosing the perfect color palette can be difficult. There are many online sites that offer help. One such site is Design Seeds where you can “find the palettes you love.” Searches can be done by color value or by theme.
#2 – Make Music
Click on a square on the Op Art Sound Matrix grid and you have the first note of your song. It is an entertaining and hypnotic little diversion. As far as I can tell, to create another song, you have to leave the page and come back.
#3 – Get Ready to Eat Fall Desserts
Am I rushing things by sharing 35+ Fall Desserts with you? Not really. The autumnal equinox is only two days away! Stop drooling and click on the link, so that you can get to the mouth-watering recipes ASAP!
#4 – Life = Risk
If you can spare a minute, watch this motivational video. It may change your outlook on life and the way you view people.
#5 – Spread Your Wings
“I have come to accept the feeling of not knowing where I am going. And I have trained myself to love it. Because it is only when we are suspended in mid-air with no landing in sight, that we force our wings to unravel and alas begin our flight. And as we fly, we still may not know where we are going to. But the miracle is in the unfolding of the wings. You may not know where you’re going, but you know that so long as you spread your wings, the winds will carry you.”
― C. JoyBell C.
Have a lovely weekend!
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