mothernaturenetwork:

Recipe: Grilled PeachesCooking peaches on the grill intensifies the sweetness and enhances the juiciness of the fruit.

I want to try this.

mothernaturenetwork:

Recipe: Grilled Peaches
Cooking peaches on the grill intensifies the sweetness and enhances the juiciness of the fruit.

I want to try this.

nythroughthelens:

Paris - Streets

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It’s these city streets,

the ones that press on

the backs of eyelids

at night,

persisting and passing

through the cobwebs

of memories

that are spun

like fairy floss

across dreamscapes

where every

passing stranger

tells tales

that skip beats

of a heart

hung on

every bit of

concrete, steel,

and paint.

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How people interact with their environment has always intrigued me. I have a tendency to view life as an elaborate film. Every cityscape, street, and landscape forms a backdrop in a scene that unfolds before my eyes. When I was a child, I used to tell people that every time I blinked another scene started. And in a lot of ways, this has carried over into my photography and writing. I craft elaborate narratives in split seconds of the people who are populating any given scene and moment.

Paris is probably one of the most intriguing cities when it comes to observing people against the city’s backdrop. The city itself is a complex set of characters. The days I spent there were mostly cloudy and ominous which was fascinating. I think there is a tendency to romanticize Paris as a city of sun in terms of kitschy Paris photos that seem to populate Pinterest full of lush blossoms and never-ending sunny days. But the reality (at least while I was there) was far more nuanced.

These are just a few photos I took while I walked around Paris of street scenes. Normally I take photos alone. Photography is a very solitary process for me and I tend to be “in my own head” most of the time. However, I was often with either Gael or Hugo from Rendezvous with Paris or (later in the week) also Katherine from Atout France. And, what was strange was that I really enjoyed it. It helped that everyone was a veritable fountain of interesting knowledge and that they all had a super passionate love for Paris. Typically when I shoot when other people are around it negatively influences my photography but it really wasn’t the case while I was in Paris which was awesome. In fact, it was nice to talk quite a bit about all sorts of things while shooting and the icing on the cake was that I learned so much.

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Interested in viewing all of my Paris posts so far? Here they are:

Paris Through the Lens

Looking for these (and more) Paris photos to view larger? Here you go (click or tap on each photo to view larger):

Paris

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Please check out France Guide on Facebook. If it wasn’t for them, I would not have been in Paris having the experience of a lifetime!

And I also must highly recommend Rendezvous With Paris. They offer passionate tours about specialized subjects as well as tours of different districts of Paris.

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View: My photography portfolio, My Gear List, My Travel Blog, On G+,email me, or ask for help.

Paris is on my list of places to see. I would love to take street photos.

smartgirlsattheparty:

huffingtonpost:

Experts told this artist her dream was impossible. It’s a good thing she didn’t listen.

Smart Girl Pioneer / Adventurer / Smartist Alert!

An amazing story of an artist doesn’t listen to the naysayers.

(via upworthy)

noonesaidicant:

huffingtonpost:

Homeless shelter is transformed into 5-star restaurant, hot food and warm hearts all around.  See the full video here. 

The lady who asks about filet mignon… I can’t even… I’ve seen too much in my life of this that I can’t look at this post without crying… Every time like I’ve never cried before…

This is truly an uplifting story. So many of us are 1 or 2 paychecks away from being homeless. We have to remember that they are people caught in terrible circumstances.

The Fear of Success: What Do You Really Want? | Jayme K.

thatlitsite:

You want people to read your book. You want people to watch your movie. You want people to hear your music. But when it comes right down to it you’re not prepared to put forth the effort to obtain your goal.

That’s because you don’t want to be successful. You romanticize the idea of success. You think, ‘Well, it’d be really neat if someone read my book,’ but you do nothing to put it in front of their faces. You expect them to find it in the publish-on-demand dungeon of trite that is Amazon’s eBook section.

People want to be writers, filmmakers, musicians, artists, the list goes on… These are all difficult careers to become successful at, but it is not impossible. You pitying your own work, or not thinking that you’re good enough, is not going to get you anywhere. It takes passion, a willingness to learn, a certain amount of brains, a lot of cleverness, and plenty of networking just to get noticed.

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A shot in the rear that I needed today. Where is my passion? Am I creating my own negative self-talk which is negating how the world perceives me? Why should others take my talent seriously when I do not. It is ok to self critic as long as it betters my craft but not put it out there for everyone. Its time to get serious about myself and stop the excuses and self pity.

photojojo:

The Any Bag Camera Bag Insert turns every bag you own into a padded camera bag. So, it matches every outfit you’ve got! 

And, we’re giving one away on Pinterest.

Find Out More About The Any Bag Camera Bag

Win One of Your Very Own

I need to find one of these.

photojojo:

The Any Bag Camera Bag Insert turns every bag you own into a padded camera bag. So, it matches every outfit you’ve got!

And, we’re giving one away on Pinterest.

Find Out More About The Any Bag Camera Bag

Win One of Your Very Own

I need to find one of these.

and-still-i-rise-poems:

My Lord, my Lord,
Long have I cried out to Thee
In the heat of the sun,
The cool of the moon,
My screams searched the heavens for Thee.
My God,
When my blanket was nothing but dew,
Rags and bones
Were all I owned,
I chanted Your name
Just like Job.

Father, Father,
My life give I…

An amazing poem that speaks to me in such a deep way.

I just found my first 35mm film camera, a Canonet 28. My parents gave it to me when I was about 10 years old. I cleaned it and it still works. I think I need to find some b&w film and wander around NYC.

I just found my first 35mm film camera, a Canonet 28. My parents gave it to me when I was about 10 years old. I cleaned it and it still works. I think I need to find some b&w film and wander around NYC.

wonderous-world:

Sälen, Sweden by Faisal

I really would love to visit Sweden one day. Of course I will have to pack appropriately.

wonderous-world:

Sälen, Sweden by Faisal

I really would love to visit Sweden one day. Of course I will have to pack appropriately.

"No person has the right to rain on your dreams."

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Whatever your dreams may be, NYPL can help.  

(via nypl)

Something to remember, never give anyone the right to rain on your dreams.

Tags: quotes

The Shoe Collection

My friend opened a foley studio in Peekskill, NY. Every ambient sound you hear is created by the foley artist. Simple things like tinkling glass or foot steps. Well he has quite a collection of shoes. The women’s heels have to hurt.

Tags: foley shoes

leanin:
iTunes Removes Awful Plastic Surgery App For Tweens
A new game offered in the Google and iTunes stores caused quite the ruckus after its release last week, and for good reason. The free app, named “Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version,” teaches girls how to perform liposuction on a hapless large blonde woman.
The game description read: 
"This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We’ll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate on her, doctor?"
After Everyday Sexism called them out, iTunes removed the app. Good riddance. 
Source and image source: Jezebel
Who thought this was a good idea? Good riddance.

leanin:

iTunes Removes Awful Plastic Surgery App For Tweens

A new game offered in the Google and iTunes stores caused quite the ruckus after its release last week, and for good reason. The free app, named “Plastic Surgery & Plastic Doctor & Plastic Hospital Office for Barbie Version,” teaches girls how to perform liposuction on a hapless large blonde woman.

The game description read: 

"This unfortunate girl has so much extra weight that no diet can help her. In our clinic she can go through a surgery called liposuction that will make her slim and beautiful. We’ll need to make small cuts on problem areas and suck out the extra fat. Will you operate on her, doctor?"

After Everyday Sexism called them out, iTunes removed the app. Good riddance. 

Source and image source: Jezebel

Who thought this was a good idea? Good riddance.