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Tuesday's Thoughts The words return, recover, and regroup define Mondays. Return to routines and schedules. Recover some semblance of order. Regroup by checking calendars, prioritizing, and taking inventory. I’m not a big fan of Mondays.

On Tuesdays, however, I allow myself to breathe. I write and let my mind stretch and my thoughts wander. I call these my Tuesday’s Thoughts. Starting today, I will throw some of these thoughts into the mix of my usual Tuesday content of food and crafts. Consider Tuesday’s Thoughts as food for thought. I am pleased to present this inaugural edition.

Today, I’m going to teach an art class at the Wellspring Women’s Center. The Center “nurtures the innate goodness and personal self-esteem of women and their children” and provides “all of the services in an atmosphere of hospitality with dignity and love.” Located in an impoverished area, the Center offers many services that “bolster the dignity and hope of people under duress.” I am most impressed that alongside food, counseling, wellness, and advocacy programs, it offers a free art therapy program called Art of Being: Wellness Through Creativity. Some of you may wonder, if the needs of these women are great and many, then why offer art classes? To this point, the Center states, “Creative expression is a powerful tool to cultivate the positive qualities of mindfulness and insight. Being present in our lives can help us to tap into our inner strength and wisdom and increase our feelings of well-being and joy.” Even though these women’s lives may be difficult, they are learning through art to see the world differently, to express themselves without fear and judgment, and to share their journeys. They are learning that who they are is more than where they live.

Tuesday’s Thoughts: Take a moment for yourself and feed your soul. Let loose your creativity. Be present in the moment. Do not judge or critique your creativity, because, if you do, you negate the joy you felt while freely expressing yourself.

Now go and spread joy!

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Photo by Linnell Chang

“But I haven’t even finished reading the instruction manual for my current camera!” I exclaimed as I looked at a new camera in my hand, a Christmas gift from my husband. I’m so far behind in reading instruction manuals, it’s not funny, but this gift of a new camera is his way of encouraging me to continue seeing my world in new ways. Buster, my grand-puppy, modeled for me today as I took my new camera out for a pre-instruction-manual spin.

#1 – Snowflakes
macrosnow-2 Russian photographer Andrew Osokin exposes the singular beauty of snowflakes. Using a macro lens, he captures snowflakes as they are melting. Their beautiful crystalline formations look surreal as they are juxtaposed against their natural outdoor environs. Check out some of his photos by clicking on his name.

#2 – Fire Safety
how to use a fire extinguisher I have a fire extinguisher at home, but don’t ask me any specific questions about it. After reading “How to Use a Fire Extinguisher” on the Art of Manliness site, my eyes were opened. I realized that my fire safety knowledge needs improvement. I learned much from the article, but I am still going to find and take a fire extinguisher training course. Do yourself a favor and do the same.

#3 – A Feast For The Eyes

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Painting by Tjalf Sparnaay

A work of art that looks good enough to eat, but cannot be put on a plate is most likely the art of Dutch painter Tjalf Sparnaay. He is part of a modern art movement called Hyper-realism or, as Sparnaay refers to it, Mega-realism. Whatever you call it, viewer beware: do not view this artist’s work on an empty stomach!

#4 – 30 Truths
Here’s a valuable list of truths from Marc and Angel Hack Life. Marc penned these gems of wisdom on the occasion of his 30th birthday, but no matter what your age, you’ll be the wiser if you open your eyes to some of these truths and incorporate them into your daily beliefs. I like number 11: Someone will always be better looking. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be more charismatic. But they will never be you – with your exact ideas, knowledge and skills. Which ones are your favorites?

#5 – A  Poem for January
German writer Jean Paul once wrote, “To read a poem in January is as lovely as to go for a walk in June.” This being the last Friday in January, here’s a poem for you to read:

DROP A PEBBLE IN THE WATER

Drop a pebble in the water: just a splash, and it is gone;
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Spreading, spreading from the center, flowing on out to the sea.
And there is no way of telling where the end is going to be.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: just a flash and it is gone,
But there’s half-a-hundred ripples circling on and on and on,
Bearing hope and joy and comfort on each splashing, dashing wave
Till you wouldn’t believe the volume of the one kind word you gave.

Drop a word of cheer and kindness: in a minute you forget;
But there’s gladness still a-swelling, and there’s joy a-circling yet.
And you’ve rolled a wave of comfort whose sweet music can be heard
Over miles and miles of water just dropping one kind word.

James W. Foley

Sprinkle kind words wherever you go this weekend!

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