Abundance and Empowerment

I am overwhelmed with the abundance of positive energy, love,kindness, wisdom from friends and some strangers. I, for the first time in a long time I feel like I have options. That empowermint makes a big difference in my life. I feel I can make a decision whenever I need and able to follow through with it. I felt frozen for so long but thru the kindness of others giving me the strength to move forward. And yes it was a great day too, thanks to Jewish community center I got a lot of good stuff, meat, chicken, turkey, fruits and vegetables and some dairy products so many goodies my refrigerator hasn’t been this full in a long time. And my favorite, a big challah bread. I am empowered! I have options…..

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Nadav Kander: Radioactive ruins of secret Soviet towns

Ghost in the machine
In the silent landscape, a low crackle accompanied the shutter clicks of Nadav Kander’s camera. It was an urgent sound, one he couldn’t ignore: it signalled the ghostly presence of radiation. For his latest project Dust, now on display at the Flowers Gallery in London, the photographer travelled to an area on the border between Russia and Kazakhstan. Until 2006, it was off the map. “Google Earth discovered these secret cities that the maps had never shown,” says Kander. “They had been closed for many years.” (All pictures: Nadav Kander, courtesy Flowers Gallery London and New York)

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Wait it out…..!

Well I almost made very quick decision. I was thinking about moving out of my apartment and go stay with friends one month at a time. I thought I would put everything in storage make my friends home in Palm Springs my base and go stay with friends month after month after month after month. And hope the I get That Call.The problem with that is that my sense of foundation is compromised. What I mean by foundation is being grounded.

It’s so important for me to feel a sense of having a place to lay my head. I don’t think I would be able to slept Lucas and myself all over the country. I’m not in my 30’s or 40’s, it’s just not possible.

So my new plan is to stay in my apartment and ride out this financial storm and wait for that call to come, hopefully soon. I know it’s just a matter of time, it could be today, it could be tomorrow, it could be within the next three to six months. But I have at least ten months invested on these waiting list. And that’s a plus!

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How mad hatters took over fashion

As if the dramatic headgear worn by Pharrell Williams and Lady Gaga wasn’t proof enough that extravagant hats are on the rise, take a look at New York Fashion Week and its Spring/Summer 2015 collections. Towering straw creations at Donna Karan’s show, a dizzying array of extreme, eccentric styles at Thom Browne – the sheer showmanship of the millinery on display was undeniable.

These show-stopping creations were the work of British milliner Stephen Jones, who is also the curator of Headonism, a London Fashion Week showcase in association with Wedgwood that champions emerging British millinery. Jones, who has been at the epicentre of millinery for several decades, has clients including Dita Von Teese, Mick Jagger and Rihanna and has worked with an array of designers from Zandra Rhodes and Marc Jacobs, to Giles Deacon, John Galliano and Rei Kawakubo.

The current resurgence of flamboyant hats must feel familiar to Jones, who came to prominence in the 1980s when he brought the fantastical, outlandish spirit of London’s clubland to his designs. “I think for us the Blitz era was fantasy,” Jones tells BBC Culture. “It might have been subversive but we didn’t think so. Other people got upset by it and said we were ‘parading like peacocks’, but for us, fashion was our drug. At that time millinery was seen as something very esoteric and quite archaic,” recalls Jones. “I reintroduced it for a young audience. People loved being transformed and transported by something wonderful on their heads.”

Jones points to iconic moments in hat design as inspirational – Salvador Dalí’s 1937 collaboration with Elsa Schiaparelli is one of his all-time favourites. The surrealist ‘shoe hat’ was ground-breaking, absurdist and, well, bonkers. The British particularly love hats, says the milliner, and points to the inventiveness of the wartime ‘make-do-and-mend’ ethos, with stylish, forward-thinking women “making a turban out of their husband’s waistcoat”.

Yet for all its eccentric, outlandish moments, millinery also has a venerable heritage that is all about conformity and formality: hats have long been worn to comply with sober dress codes at church weddings, garden parties or other formal events. In Jones’s view the national love of hats is largely down to the Queen and the late Queen Mother, “the patron saints of hatters”, and certainly over the centuries hats have acted as cultural and class signifiers.

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Life in green

Green iguanas’ bodies are covered in soft, leathery scales. Female lizards are a brighter green than males. The spines on iguanas’ backs give them a prehistoric appearance. These strange-looking creatures have been known to grow up to 2.3m in length, and are found in Central and South America, and in parts of the West Indies.

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The silk moth is a master of deception. As adults they look like brown, dead leaves, and as caterpillars they fool predators too: their fat green bodies and false eyes fool predators into thinking they are snakes.

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Catholic bishops will be asking the questions in Brazil’s presidential debate tonight

Originally posted on Quartz:

Brazil’s candidates for the presidency will debate tonight, ahead of the country’s first round of voting on Oct. 5. Eight candidates will meet, but all eyes will be on the two frontrunners, incumbent Dilma Rousseff and her unexpected challenger, Marina Silva. Rousseff and Silva are currently in a dead heat, with the latest polls sending the two candidates for a runoff vote at the end of October (links in Portuguese).

Silva and Rousseff, ready to run.

Silva and Rousseff will face off in front of their country’s clergymen.

Unlike the first two debates, where television networks hosted and journalists asked the questions, the National Conference of Bishops of Brazil (CNBB) has organized tonight’s event in Aparecida, Sao Paulo. Catholic clergymen will ask the first round of questions, followed by members of Brazil’s Catholic press. It’s the second time CNBB is hosting such an event, after a similar debate during 2010’s election.

According to Folha de Sao Paulo

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Part two of Charlie Rose’s Tim Cook interview now available to stream in full

Originally posted on 9to5Mac:

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Following the publishing of the first half of the interview, and several subsequent clips, part two Charlie Rose’s full interview with Tim Cook is now available to watch – in full – on Hulu (below) and Charlie Roses’s website. In the interview, Cook discusses a wide variety of topics, ranging from privacy, to U2, and “what comes after the internet.”

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