Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Olive Ridley Sea Turtles





The endangered Olive Ridley Sea Turtles are released every year on the north shore of Bahia de Bandera (The Bay of Banderas) in Nuevo Vallarta, Mexico.

AMA Mexico has been dedicated to the conservation of these turtles since 2002.  In the year 2012 they successfully relocated over 9,000 endangered nests and moved them to incubation corrals on the beaches of Nuevo Vallarta.  















Friday, February 22, 2013

Dare of the day:


"If you're reading this...congratulations, you're alive. 
If that's not something to smile about, then I don't know what is."

-Chad Sugg, Monsters Under Your Head



DARE OF THE DAY:

Try to make eye contact with and smile at EVERY 

person you walk by today...


Just to see what happens.  


You will be amazed how you feel with every step you take.
  It felt like my heart was exploding with fireworks and sunflowers.  
Theres no better feeling than watch a strangers face light up.  
This one is especially for you New Yorkers.  


“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of 
love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.” 

-Mother Teresa


If your heart feels like this at the end of the day....



Well done. You're alive!!


Happy Days to ALL :-)

Lincoln center


Lincoln center dazzling after the rain.



Piece from "The Ballet Project" by FAILE





  Princess Aurora's dress from the wedding scene in "Sleeping Beauty"
at the David H. Koch Theater



Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Scatter sunshine

Live simply, expect little, give much. Fill your life with love, scatter sunshine. Forget self. Think of others and do as you would be done by.
-unknown


Sunday, February 10, 2013

Temazcal

Temazcal are a type of sauna or sweat lodge made from volcanic rock and cement. They've been around since the existence of indigenous cultures in parts of Mexico and Central America and are still used for ceremonies to cleanse the mind, body and spirit. Upon entering each person stopped at the doorway to ask for permission for ourselves and the relationships we carry to enter. The steam is created by pouring water over heater volcanic rocks and herbs are used for medicinal purposes. Each person chose an intention for the ceremony and we chanted and sang (or mumbled and hummed in Spanglish) throughout the ceremony.

This one is located in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico.

Buenos Dias!






Friday, February 8, 2013

Alfajores

Crumbly sandwich cookies filled with dulce de leche (caramel) and covered in coconut. Alfajores are from Latin America and especially popular in Argentina. Delicioso!

Saturday, February 2, 2013

"Desiderata"

Go placidly amidst the noise and haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence. As far as possible without surrender be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story.

Avoid loud and aggressive persons, they are vexatious to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain and bitter; for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.

Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism.

Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment it is as perennial as the grass.

Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.

Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here.

And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful.

Strive to be happy.

-Max Ehrmann

"Desiderata" is Latin for "desired things".
This poem was written in 1927 by American writer Max Ehrmann (1872–1945).