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They call it the blues…

Posted in Esoteric with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 21, 2011 by Mj Rains

…Blue bell trunicates….I had no idea what they were until the words popped up on google search…

Jessica Alba in blue.

Botswana blue natural fiber carpet from Indi-B.

Love this ad.

Got to have it.

Blue Domed Church – Greece by Petr Svarc

Blue Fighting Fish by fishybobo


Who needs a drink?

And just a little note of spring…in blueness. Frozen Flowers via Frozen Stardust.

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More Reading…

Posted in Books with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on July 22, 2010 by Mj Rains

Catching up on my books read in 2010…no, I haven’t been slacking off.

This book was a thought provoking mother/daughter memoir about coming to terms as a woman with changes in life, age, and getting a handle on depression, all while traveling to Greece and planning a wedding.  Covers some Virgin Mary history and Greek mythology as well.  Loved the story of Persephone and Demeter, which I blogged earlier.

Cats in the Sun

Posted in Books, Cats in Art with tags , , , , , , , on March 14, 2009 by Mj Rains

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I’ve chose to continue a tribute to cats and all who love them. 

My absolute favorite cat photography book is Cats in the Sun by Hans Silvester.  This great photographer showed infitessimal patience in photographing the beautiful domesticated cats of the Greek isles.  Because cats are forbidden to cross into Greek households (they allow no pets in their homes except canaries) these wonderful pusses live outdoors year around, but the islanders love them and care for them and, most importantly, totally accept them as inseparable from daily life. 

“…like the wind, the sun, the sea, day, and night”  the cats have always been there and always will.

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  Here is an excerpt from in intro of Cats in the sun:

           “My first stay on Mykonos was in 1982.  I was instantly enchanted by the light and the architecture.  I photographed some cats without really registering the force of their personalities.

            A later trip took me to the Cyclades to photograph the dovecotes.  This time I developed a passion for the cats, and we became friends.  Subsequently, over three years, I observed them at all hours of the day and night, and through every season, with all the patience needed to disturb them as little as possible.  To the Greeks, I quickly became the fool who runs after the cats.  I made them smile, but it was with the greatest kindness that they brought me coffee and cakes and told me stories about their favorite cats during the long hours that I waited for the best moment to take my photographs.”hschatjeu-de-chats-posters

Boy, would I love this job!!!

Peace to all cat lovers out there…

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