Louis Calaferte – Poème (1994)


Le monde est notre désir.
Le monde est notre vouloir.
Il n’y a rien à dire du monde — sauf qu’il nous ressemble trait pour trait.
Si nous le trouvons médiocre — c’est que nous sommes médiocres.
Si nous le trouvons vain — c’est que nous sommes vains.
Si nous le trouvons affreux — c’est que nous sommes affreux.
Si nous le trouvons dur — c’est que nous sommes durs.
Si nous le trouvons morne — c’est que nous sommes mornes.
Si nous le trouvons petit — c’est que nous sommes petits.
Si nous le trouvons écœurant — c’est que nous sommes écœurants.
Si nous le trouvons hostile — c’est que nous sommes hostiles.
Il ne changera que quand nous changerons.
Il est nous et indéfiniment il nous ressemblera.
Pour l’instant c’est un monde de terre sèche.
Il y aura un brin d’herbe quand vous serez devenus brin d’herbe.

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Natufian Woman

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Natufian Woman

This woman from the Natufian culture is harvesting some early wheat with her rudimentary sickle, which she has made by attaching stone bladelets to a wooden handle.

The Natufians were an Epipaleolithic culture which thrived in the Levant (Israel to Syria, in the Middle East) between 12500 and 9500 BC. They started out as hunter-gatherers living in small villages, but archaeologists believe their exploitation and cultivation of wild grains laid the foundations for the first agriculture in Western Eurasia.

Both the Natufians’ material culture and certain skeletal features suggest an origin or at least influence from the African continent, and one recent study even found a preponderance of African haplogroups such as E (on the Y-chromosome) in DNA extracted from their remains. Nonetheless, their African ancestry would be carried over with the spread of agriculture into Europe and the Middle East, and to this day it can constitute up to…

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How I Abandoned the Pursuit of Happiness and Took My Life Back


Good at Life

Awesome donkey

Back in 2010 I went through a really tough period after an unexpected lay off from a job I was completely in love with when the company decided to close its doors.  Everything in my life changed- I was unemployed, I had to move out of my apartment, and I was 32 and living with my parents.  Not an easy change in life course to adapt to.  Needless to say, I was perturbed by this change in circumstances and struggled for a while to get it together.  Even though some things turned our really great as a result-I fell in love with and married a hell of a guy, I got to move out to sunny California, I learned a lot of interesting things during my free time (YouTube University to the rescue!) etc.- I felt really lost for a while.  I didn’t have a clear career path in front…

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The Lie We Believe About Human Happiness…

Christianity For The Rest Of Us

I have a running joke with some people in my life that I am actually going to start telling the truth of who I am on my social media sites. When asked what he left out of his memoir Blue Like Jazz, Donald Miller jokingly said, “The truth.” Likewise, the same is true with social media. We only post the best parts of our lives, we post the parts of who we want to be with the world. Our social media selves are actual selves we wish to be true. What we project onto the screen is the person we desire to be. I don’t want to start posting Eminem lyrics on my Twitter account. But, I have my Eminem Pandora station on more often than I would admit to the world. Instead, the cool thing is to post lyrics from Bon Iver, because the cool kids all listen to…

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One of Many or One of a Kind?

A mantle of shimmering stars, illuminating love from within …

Bandcamp Daily

Eric Lau

“I want the album to uplift people. I consciously chose not to make this loud or flashy, because everything else is so in your face right now – it’s meant to be a beautiful record.”

Judging by the title of his new album, London-based producer Eric Lau is a humble fellow who wants you to think of him as just One of Many. But with this release, and an impressive resume of productions for Lupe Fiasco, Oddisee, Dego (of 4Hero), Georgia Anne Muldrow, and an album with Stones Throw alumni Guilty Simpson, it is evident that he’s crafting songs that are more distinct than his unpretentious attitude suggests.

As an educator, he has had the opportunity to teach underprivileged people around the world how to make music. As a DJ/producer, he has started to build a following from mainland China to South Africa. Despite these achievements, Lau remains grounded…

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Featured photographer: David Lazar

Mark Geoffrey Kirshner

David Lazar: an award winning travel photographer and musician from Brisbane, Australia.While looking for inspiration I came across this amazing photographer who captures beautiful images of locations and people that are rich in culture from around the world. His website provides his viewers with a glimpse into his travels along with some of the stories behind the photos.David Lazar has contributed images to National Geographic, Asian Geographic and Lonely Planet.Old man smoking CherootCow herdress in BaganFlying NoviceSurreal FormationsMasai boy portraitMonks in the lost city of MraukuSmoking Egyptian manGod split the river in twoSeaweed farmer walking in waterGirl with the green eyesCheck out more of his photos @ http://davidlazarphoto.com/galleries/David Lazar photos can also be purchased on his website. Share this:

Source: Featured photographer: David Lazar

David Lazar: an award winning travel photographer and musician from Brisbane, Australia.

While looking for inspiration I came across this amazing photographer who captures beautiful images of locations…

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Who talks most like a…? Presidential Frontrunners and Language Styles


Kayla N. Jordan and James W. Pennebaker
Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin

As the competition for the presidential nominations heats up, we delve further into what the candidates’ words reveal about their personalities and psychological states. Using previous research, we explore which candidates sound most (and least) like a liar, a woman, a professor, a depressed person, and a president.

Who talks most like a liar?


In the last debate, Trump dubbed Cruz “Lying Ted”, and it turns out that Cruz does sound most like a liar. Cruz does not come across as a very authentic or trustworthy individual. On the other side, Donald Trump sounds the most honest. He may not be right, but he believes in what he says and says exactly what he thinks.

When people lie or evade the truth, they tend to use more would-should-could words (also called discrepancy words) and…

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Up on the Roof: The Revered, Reviled City Pigeon


MCNY Blog: New York Stories

Unquestionably the city’s most iconic species of wildlife, and inspiring perhaps as many fans as foes, the pigeon (Columba livia, also called a rock dove) has become a quintessential New York character. Though the birds originally hailed from Europe, Northern Africa, and India, they followed early settlers into the eastern U.S. as domestic animals in the 1600s, and since then, expanded their range into North and South America (and, of course, into all of our boroughs).

Feeding Birds by a Fountain, Bryant Park. Andrew Herman. Feeding Birds by a Fountain, Park, 1940. Museum of the City of New York.43.131.8. 028

Some facts about our ubiquitous feathered friends: the pigeon population in New York City is estimated to exceed 1 million, they mate for life, and they can live for more than 15 years in captivity. One of the reasons for their success is their adaptability — one of the universal trait of New Yorkers. Though they originally found shelter and safety by living…

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Keep Open, Look Closely

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Green Preacher

“The mystics invite us to remember what we all too often forget: That great mystery we call God, is everywhere present in the world, suffusing creation with the being of the Holy. Once in a while, if we keep our eyes open, if we look closely enough, something amid the familiar reveals itself, offers itself to us in a new way. What we know, what we have learned, is taken apart. Is remade. Remakes us.”
~ Jan Richardson, Source: In the Sanctuary of Women

I’ve been exploring this quote from various vantage points this Lenten season. Lent is a 40 day season in the Christian calendar (exclusive of Sundays) that guides people of faith towards the promise of Easter. It is a season for intentional reflection looking for the sacred within the familiar.

Lent invites us to let go of that which distracts us so as to become steeped in…

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