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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Posted: February 14th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »


Floral magic

Posted: February 12th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Arcadia, CA artist Craig P. Burroughs uses ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence photography to capture what the human eye fails to see: the longer wavelengths of light certain plants reflect.

The result?

Supernatural beauty!

Behold the Bee Balm blossom, in all its fluorescent glory.

The Blanket Flower, baring its true colors.

Hawthorne flowers, plainly prismatic.

Ice Plant realness.

And the Kangaroo’s Paw, bold and beautiful.

Take a look at more of Craig P. Burrows’ incredible photography. You’ll never see the world the same!

All photos © Craig P. Burrows


Stick up, stick by, stay strong!

Posted: January 21st, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: | No Comments »

(I found this posted without credit online. Thank you, anonymous sharer!)


Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Posted: January 16th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness;

Only light can do that.

Hate cannot drive out hate;

Only love can do that.”


Plane crazy

Posted: January 11th, 2017 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

American artist Harry Everett Smith is mostly known for his experimental film making in the 1940s. But he also composed music and painted. From 1961 to 1983, he picked up every paper airplane he found on the streets of Manhattan. The survivors of his dedicated collection have been photographed by Jason Fulford and published in Paper Airplanes: The Collections of Harry Smith, Catalogue Raisonné, Volume I.

Harry found this colorful plane on October 29, 1980 at Broadway and East 23rd Street.

He found this slim flyer March 17, 1979 at West 28th Street, between Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

This newspaper plane was picked up on January 20, 1968 at Fifth Avenue between West 34th Street and West 35th Street.

And where did Harry find this polka-dotted beauty? You’ll have to buy the book to find out!

I think I’ll make an eye-catching paper plane and leave it on the street for some present-day soulmate of Harry to find and pick up. Maybe you should, too!

For more on Harry Everett Smith and his paper planes, visit hyperallergic.com and junk-culture.com.

(All photos © Jason Fulford)


Gingerbready for action, Captain!

Posted: December 19th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

Captain Kirk of the Starship Enterprise could only dream of a command this sweet, this spicy, this crunchy and delicious.

Blackmarket Bakery in Costa Mesa, CA not only dreamed of a gingerbread Enterprise, they made it a reality for a shop display, complete with icing lights and a candy-cane tractor beam.

Ever since the U.S.S. Enterprise crash-landed in an especially gripping Star Trek: Generations episode, fans have realized it’s not easy keeping such a vast vessel space-borne. Reddit user ejustice has used the creative power of gingerbread to picture a similar calamity in baked-good 3D. I like to think this is just the Enterprise heading into the clouds to evade cookie-craving Klingons!


A joke to leave you cold

Posted: December 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , | No Comments »


Frosty fails

Posted: December 6th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

How great is it to come across a cheerful snow person on a field of freshly fallen white stuff? The sight of so much nice ice warms the heart just enough to take the chill off the cold season.

But bringing these frigid folks into the kitchen in the form of holiday treats is tricky. Many have tried, and many have failed.

Thinking of giving it a go? Here’s a useful hint. It doesn’t help to use yellow icing!


Happy Thanksgiving!

Posted: November 24th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , | No Comments »

 

How lucky we are to have such a wonderful family.
Let our roots grow deep in our love for each other.
Let our hearts, friendships, and homes be blessed with truth and forgiveness.
Let us honor each person for their unique qualities and special characters.
Watch over each and every one and keep them safe,
Fill their lives with  goodness,
And weave us all closer together.


Outsider art

Posted: November 13th, 2016 | Author: | Filed under: T Writes | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy heads into nature to create works of art by arranging leaves, sticks, rocks, and ice into dazzling patterns.

Andy Goldsworthy

His art is transient. Wind can blow it away. Movement can scatter it. Heat can melt it. But for a short, precious time it brings beauty, order, and innovation to the wilderness.

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

Andy Goldsworthy

“When I make something, it may vanish, but it’s part of the history of those places,” he says.

See more of Andy Goldsworthy’s amazing art here. And check out his books. They would make wonderful holiday presents!