Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready…

“The beautiful souls are they that are universal, open, and ready for all things.” Michel de Montaigne Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready... For a duck-boat ride in Hakone... Weekly Photo Challenge: Ready... to deliver Chinese food in Lagos The Temptations – Get Ready (1966) Ready or not, time and life marches on, carrying along our memories of all its offerings; the bountiful, beautiful, bothersome and even the plain old boring… When do we ever feel ready? For this challenge, I found myself gravitating towards two ...

Change: A New Day on Planet Earth…

“Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can’t ride you unless your back is bent.” Martin Luther King, Jr. Change: A New Day on Planet Earth... earthlights in darkness Every time I come across questions that ask: What would You do if you ruled the world? or What changes would you make if You were Commander-in-Chief for a period of ...

Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day…

“Let’s face it, a nice creamy chocolate cake does a lot for a lot of people; it does for me.” Audrey Hepburn Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate fondant - Molten Lava Cake. Musings: National Chocolate Cake Day... Chocolate Fudge cake Ingredients: Molten Lava Cake via FoodNetwork.com 6 (1-ounce) squares bittersweet chocolate 2 (1-ounce) squares semisweet chocolate 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) butter 1/2 cup all-purpose flour 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar 3 large eggs 3 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 tablespoons orange liqueur Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Grease ...

A Tale: The Mind Reader’s Lesson…

“For everything you have missed, you have gained something else, and for everything you gain, you lose something else.” Ralph Waldo Emerson A Tale: The Mind Reader's Lesson... Long, long ago, in the days when the sun knew everyone by name, a powerful Seer, named Seep, lived in a famous town that exists in the space between your eyes. The Seer was known across the land for his ability to not only see the future, but for his particular skill at reading ...

Londons Olympic Blooms

What used to be a predominantly neglected industrial area is now London’s newest pride & joy – Olympic Park. The final wildflower meadows were seeded a few days ago and should be in full bloom by the opening of the games, creating a sea of gold around the Olympic Stadium. Photo credit: london2012.com There has been a lot of hard work involved to take this neglected industrial area and transform it into this 250 acre public park. The largest urban park created ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Family…

“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.” Confucius Weekly Photo Challenge: Family... Identical Twin Brothers w/ a friend When we think of family, we often look to our immediate connections and start our definitions from that vantage ...

Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden…

“Three things cannot be long hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth.” Gautama Buddha Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden... Do you see the White-Tailed neighbor hiding? Weekly Photo Challenge: Hidden... Here he is! My neighbor the white tailed deer... When we think of the word “hidden,” what pops into our mind is a concealed, obscured object kept out of sight or reach. Others are not allowed to know about it or touch it for a whole slew of reason not worth touching on ...

Happy New Year: Join the 365 Day Blogging Challenge for 2011!

“A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” Lao-Tzu, author,Tao Te Ching ♫♥☼♪ ♫♪♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To You! ♫♥♫ ♫☼♫ Happy New Year To All! ♫♪♫ ♫♥☼♪ Happy New Year: Plant a Seed. Learn a Skill. Grow! I plan to post something inspirational every day in 2011! I’ve decided to join the WordPress challenge … by posting daily on this 2-year-old blog.  Rather than just thinking about doing it, I’m starting right now. I will be posting on ...

BGI Receives 2013 Designer of the Year Award

We are honored and thrilled to announce Barbara Gilbert Interiors has received a Designer of the Year Award from the national Interior Design Society! We received the first place award for Bath Designs under $30,000 for a glamorous master bathroom remodel. The design of the room was based on our client’s desire for a fresh, updated space with a subtle and feminine palette to reflect her personal style. She was beginning a new phase in her life and wanted her home ...

Reinventing Yourself

Between unemployment, and outsourcing, the number of jobs available to the American worker has decreased over recent years, leaving the masses to duke it out for the remaining available positions. College graduates, high school dropouts, and senior citizens are often found competing for the same entry level jobs. The average Joe needs to be pretty clever in order to make his resume stand out above the rest, including, but not limited to, reinventing himself. In the old days you could approach ...

More Please

As I sat, pushed into a claustrophobic corner, up against a portal with its plastic eyelid half-closed, bouncing through the clouds above a quilt of civilization, a traffic jam of thoughts fought for my attention. My knees were jammed into the over sized magazine pocket in front of me, bulging like a stuffed pita with boring brochures, barf bags, and magazines dripping with banality, fit only for those sequestered into tiny places with no place else to rest their eyes. My ...

Interview With Cleverbot....

 A web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) experiment developed by AI pioneer Rollo Carpentar. Last week I stumbled upon Cleverbot, which is a web-based Artificial Intelligence (AI) application that learns to speak by conversing with humans via an instant messaging format. As background, you may recall that Hollywood has made several movies about Artificial Intelligence and computers that can learn including, HAL from 2001: A Space Odyessy; the WOPR computer from the 1980's movie War Games that starred Matthew Broderick; and SkyNet from the Terminator series. Now, I've always ...

Happy Holidays Enlightened Earth Mates

I’m writing this blog surrounded by twinkling tree lights, Rudolph-red bows, and jingly songs. These are the treasures that I’ve taken out of storage for the holidays, and like a good set of china, I’ve added a few new pieces this year for future generations to enjoy. For me Christmas evokes a certain glow, which is impossible to purchase with a credit card, and is as priceless as an infant’s first smile. It’s an inner glow, born amidst life’s golden moments ...

Scuba Diving, Reading, and Serendipity

Books and water don’t mix, but that doesn’t mean a scuba diving vacation can’t also be packed with books and book talk. Hubby and I spent a lovely vacation scuba diving in Bonaire (Netherland Antilles) in the Caribbean, near Venezuela. We stayed at Bruce Bowker’s Carib Inn, a long-time haunt of ours and other guests who appreciate its low-key, laid-back atmosphere. I brought three books on my Kindle. Turns out, I didn’t need to do that, because the Inn has ...

Successful Trip to Paris

In heaven over quiche lorraine at Le Solferino cafe Today I washed the fairy dust from Paris out of my hair. It was a bittersweet moment (the bad part being I was shedding some of Paris off me; the good part being I was shedding some of Paris off me). Yesterday, when I should have been blogging, I was creating a slideshow, culling favorites from the 363 pictures I’d taken. At husband Gary’s recommendation, I downloaded one of French singer Edith ...

A Question of Inspiration....

The average person cannot survive for more than a few minutes if they're not able to get a new breathe of air into their lungs. Interestingly, the root word for inspiration is the same as "...to breath..." which suggests a metaphorical death can also occur if inspiration or a visionary breathe is lacking in your larger life. The focus of this short post is to ask the question, "What individual has positively inspired you the most in your life?" Such artificially forced ...

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work of Art

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Work Of Art ~ Joy of collages.. I love creating collages as they help me pull together things that catch my attention and remind me to pause and inhale the beauty in my surroundings. If art is in the eyes of the beholder, then we come to it with our own perspective and vision of the surrounding world. Van Gogh’s quote made me stop and think… Why do we always allow others to …

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And the Oscar Goes To

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The battle rages on. Yesterday thanks to the abysmally low temperatures and the sleet/snow mix that found it’s way to hold me hostage, I spent the day doing looking at various screens. Really, the only way I could of accomplished LESS over the weekend would be to have been in a coma. BUT…given the fact, hubby is working …

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Acting – A vital Quality For Artists

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Acting Really Is a Vital Quality For Artists Acting was discussed in the last post when talking about commitment. But before I get into that , I just want to say there is acting and then there is acting! Or it might have been better if one hadn’t taken that action at all, like this week when I …

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Art and Poetry An Exhibiton With A Difference

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Art And Poetry Wait !! Before we get to that I just wanted to announce that I am beginning a new series of posts on a Thursday which are a look at the artist’s journey. namely mine. Some posts will be quite short, others longer, as I share with you my current works, challenges and highlights. …

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Edvard Munch Painted Emotion In Art

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Edvard Munch painted emotion in art, in a way not seen before. Last week I posted about emotion in art and mentioned the painter Edvard Munch. This July celebrates Munch’s 150th Anniversary. On Monday I went to see the screening of the film, Munch 150……… which documents the works of his life. For one and a half …

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Rubbed Raw in Verona

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Verona is a beautiful Italian city famous for someone who never lived there, as described by someone unlikely to have even visited Verona. Any guesses who I’m talking about? This should help: “But soft! What light through yonder window breaks? It is the east and (?) is the sun.” Don’t have it yet? “O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou …

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A Hard Mother To Please

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Many of us were raised by hard to please parents; many of us are dealing with them still. Some consolation can be had in knowing that famous and powerful people also had similar problems, even someone as renowned as Napoleon Bonaparte. By most accounts Napoleon’s mother was hard to impress and not easy to get …

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