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Our home has never been on the ground.
We are off to the next adventure tomorrow.
We’ve got no roots!
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“The Peaceful Atom is a Bomb”, was a bumper stick on the VW Bus parked across the street from me growing up. I thought they were the coolest. It was the late 80’s and most hippies had joined the corporate 9-5 jobs by then. Nuclear bombs equaled world domination, which was in. People wanted more bombs as the Communists were just around the corner.
Now people know nuclear bombs aren’t cool, but don’t really think about how they are out there, quietly ready to annihilate. The reality is we are barely skirting our own destruction with this Tr*mp and J*ng debacle,
Here is a visual tool to remind us that this is serious business. We are the guardians of our world.
After you test out where you live, your parents live, and your ex that broke your heart, then go here to see what you can do to put and end to this global threat!
Make love not war!
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Before you loved me like that.
The three faces of Eve… She is amazing.
I gave up TV and fell deep into the music and books y’all. Not gonna go on and on about it, but life, I must admit, is improving and it wasn’t so bad to begin with.
Edify us Girl.
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Today’s music brought to you by Sylvan Esso.
They are a local band from Durham, NC who made it big! :] North Carolina has so many great things! Watch out NYC, we have nerdy hillbilly coolness AND nature! We’ll call ourselves the Big Tobacco, the City that Sometimes Sleeps. Okay, that’s not so cool.
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Turn it around.
Feels like a curse.
Sounds likes a dream.
Don’t know what it means.
But it means everything.
Two of us on the run.
I can be the one who’s going insane.
A bike ride from our place in Brooklyn. We ate here so many times.
I love ya girl.
Took me 5 years to find them…but I did.
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Welcome All to the Mushpa + Mensa Book Nook! The definition of a nook is a corner or recess, especially one offering seclusion or security. I think a book can be defined the same way. For example, when I read a good book my mind finds itself in a secure corner, alone, where the external world no longer exists. I compare it to dreaming while awake, a dream written by someone else and you’re in the dream, but you’re different. This is what I mean by book nook. The book is the nook!!!
Now that we have the meaning of the name Mushpa + Mensa’s Book Nook, I can tell you what it is about. Here’s the long story, we, have been reading a lot more lately. This is due to giving up watching “TV” (We don’t have a TV but we do have Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc and huge computer monitor to watch said “TV” on, in my book it’s the same.) on February 19th. All those series to binge watch was taking over the little free time we did have and honestly, the payout was never worth the time. We find good movies to watch on the weekends now, but that’s it for the boob tube. I had been reading non-fiction somewhat, but I really wanted to get back into reading. Not reality reading, but that “take you somewhere else then come back with a better understanding of the world around you” type of reading. I wasn’t sure where to start, but being someone who loves free and community I headed over to my local public library. Ah, the library, how I love you; what a treasure to have in this country. I would pay more taxes so librarians could take the amazingness they create with what money they have now and truly go hard, but I digress. I went to the recommended section and found this book, Dear Fahrenheit 451: Love and Heartbreak in the Stacks: A Librarian’s Love Letters and Breakup Notes to the Books in Her Life, by Annie Spence. This is a book about a librarian Annie, who is also happens to be the author of the book, very post modern. :] The book is letters she writes to different books, be it love letters, break-up letters, super fan letters, reminiscing about the good old days letters, never liked you letters, Dear John letters, etc. Annie writes from her “personal” self, her “librarian” self and sometimes the “two merged into one” self.
Near the end of Dear Fahrenheit 451 she gives book recommendations in a super witty way, which is how I found the book I am reading now in the “Falling Down the Rabbit Hole: Books that Lead to More Books” section. I am halfway done and will say it has not disappointed. I have 200 and some pages left. I’ll let you know all about it in my next M+M Book Nook post.
Until then, do yourself a favor and go find an amazing book.
What’s positive about today and humans? Robin Clonts is. This entry, I dedicate to Mensa and all other beautiful artist humans out there.
Let’s go out there and take a risk, all day every day.
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Mushpa + Mensa talks quite a bit about the stuff you see out there on the World Wide Web and TV that isn’t always super positive. We want to make Mushpa + Mensa’s blog mad positive. We want to show humans at their best and/or most beautifully vulnerable. We want to build up, not tear down, unite not divide.
Now that we’ve said all that, here is something to start us off, the “Ten Meter Tower“.
Like I always say, it’s about the jumping, as long as you jump, you may not end up where you expect, but you’ll always end up somewhere better than where you were.
Over Christmas break, we went to Spain to visit Cara’s family. We traveled to Valladolid, Salamanca, Segovia, Badajoz, Sevilla and Madrid, as well as a bit of Portugal.
One of the things that impressed me the most about the architecture was the visible textures and patterns that covered the walls of churches, courtyards and buildings. I became obsessed with capturing these textures and would yell out every time I saw a pattern I loved “Texture texture!” and we would have to stop, and take out the camera so I could capture it. Here I have gathered samples of these textures.
I hope that you may find inspiration for a mural, a background for your paintings, a pattern for your next pottery project or whatever other inspiration these may bring you.
Here are some delicious off white and cream textures….I love this set.
Some colors were often repeated. Blues, Mustard Golds, and Sea Foam Greens. Many many many patterns in southern Spain are also a reflection of the interconnection between the Arabic and Spanish history.
While the architectural details in every corner were made of marble and metal, to plaster and wood carvings.
Even the floors with tiny stones decorated in patterns and shapes.
Traditionally called Azulejos, pictured here are some of the traditional Spanish and Portuguese ceramic and painted tiles. A collection of my favorite textures in Blues.
Hope these give you a little inspiration for your design work!