How photography evolved from science to art

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by Nancy Locke.

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Much like a painting, a photograph has the ability to move, engage and inspire viewers. It could be a black-and-white Ansel Adams landscape of a snow-capped mountain reflected in a lake, with a sharpness and tonal range that bring out the natural beauty of its subject.

Or it could Edward Weston’s close-up photograph of a bell pepper, an image possessing a sensuous abstraction that both surprises and intrigues.

Or a Robert Doisneau photograph of a man and woman kissing near the Paris city hall in 1950, a picture has come to symbolize romance, postwar Paris and spontaneous displays of affection.

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Remembering my father on November 11

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dadMy father was just a 19 year old Canadian kid from Alberta when he landed on the beaches of France in 1944. By the time the war ended, he had participated in the Liberation of Holland, he saw many of his friends die and he was wounded several times.

(I remember when I was a kid my mom showing me small pieces of shrapnel that were still coming out of my dad – over 20 years later!)

My father (David) passed away in 2005 and my sister Miriam wrote this story about him. I would like to share it with you:

“As I was looking through my dad’s war memorabilia today (I’m going to send a photo and his war record in for the Virtual Wall of Remembrance in Ottawa and do a bio for the South Alberta Regiments Veteran Assoc) I found one of his notes he used when he did school Remembrance Day ceremonies.

He recounted how he and Mom went to Holland and visited the Dutch family that had billeted Dad after the liberation of Holland. He said that Mom asked one of the women who was a teenager when Dad stayed with the family, “Why are you making such a fuss about David? You would think that he had liberated you all by himself.”

The woman grabbed Mom’s hands and said, “You will never understand the horror of living under enemy occupation when you never know when your father or brother might be picked up and shipped off to Germany and used as forced labour, and every day you dreaded seeing these German soldiers with their rough voices and their rough ways. And suddenly one day hearing the Canadian guns getting closer and closer and then having the soldiers arrive with their friendly smiles and cheerful faces. It was indescribable.”

Let’s never forget what our soldiers did for this country and others. Go to a Remembrance Day ceremony, wear a poppy, shake the hand of a veteran … take a moment on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to thank them.”

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Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door (No More Wars)

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30 wars are raging in the world
There are more than 300,000 child soldiers
2 million children have died in the past decade
90% of the casualties of war are civilian
12 million children have been left homeless due to war
10 million children have been left psychologically traumatized by war
Entire generations of children have never known peace

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Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door
Lyrics by Bob Dylan

Vocal’s by Avril Lavigne

 

Studies Show Tango Dancing and Meditating Are More Similar Than You’d Think (Tango Meditation?)

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by Paul Darin.

tango-meditationFor years, cultures around the world have been using meditation to calm the brain and enter states that are not only psychologically beneficial, but also physically beneficial.

As scientists learn more about our brains and how they operate, it has become apparent that Tango dancing, of all activities, can lead to the same mental states experienced by people who meditate on a regular basis. Additionally, the more skilled the Tango dancer, the more likely they are to enter this state at deeper levels.

One experiment, presented by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, looked at whether Argentine tango is as effective as mindfulness meditation in reducing symptoms of stress, anxiety, and depression.

Mindfulness meditation refers to meditation wherein one is consciously aware that one is meditating, as opposed to the various types of meditation that involve entering a trance or a sleep-like state.

Read the rest of this article from Epoch Times.

Your Ancestors Didn’t Sleep Like You – Are We Doing It Wrong?

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by Arjun Walia.

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Evidence continues to emerge, both scientific and historical, suggesting that the way in which the majority of us currently sleep may not actually be good for us.

In 2001, historian Roger Ekirch of Virginia Tech published a paper that included over 15 years of research. It revealed an overwhelming amount of historical evidence that humans used to in fact sleep in two different chunks.

In 2005, he published a book titled “At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past,” that included more than 500 references to a disjointed sleeping pattern. It included diaries, medical books, literature and more taken from various sources which include Homer’s Odyssey all the way to modern tribes in Nigeria and more.

Read the rest of this article from Collective Evolution.

Her Voice Might Tremble, But Emma Watson’s Message Is Strong And Clear

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by Joseph Lamour.

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Emma Watson has become a remarkable young woman — she’s even been appointed a U.N. ambassador. Several times during this speech to the U.N., I found myself applauding at my computer. And, at 7:00, she cordially invites men to join the fight for gender equality. It’s our fight too.

Watch this video from Upworthy.

Is That Little Voice Telling You to Quit?

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by Mark Luis Foster.

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Some call it a sixth sense. Others define it as deep subconsciousness with a nagging propensity for the truth. Still others feel it’s a deeply spiritual connection.

Perhaps it’s all those things: It’s that little voice inside your head, the one that tells you that you missed your exit, that admonishes you for going too far in criticizing a coworker, and the one that nags you when you should have said no, but your mouth had other plans and instead said yes.

We all have this clandestine voice. Some are more aware of it than others. Mostly, we all choose to ignore it anyway. Rarely do we stop and just listen to what it has to say to us.

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Universal speaking: speaking for others as if we are all the same

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by Dave Mather.

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Over the years, I’ve listened to thousands of business people in conversations ranging from one-on-ones to those in front of audiences of several thousand.

A common speech phenomenon is “universal speaking.” This involves speaking for others as if we are all the same. It’s innocent enough, except it clouds our speech and tends to inadvertently alienate others.

I’ve heard people switch almost mid-sentence, shifting from speaking for the “I” to speaking for the universal “we” or “you.”

We’re often told to use inclusive speech, to include others in the conversation. For example, instead of saying, “You need to set meaningful goals,” we might say, “It’s important we set meaningful goals,” thus including both the speaker and the listeners.

Read the rest of this article from The Epoch Times.

Cultural anxiety behind mass of dystopian films and TV shows

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Blockbuster Existential Angst by Christa Thomas.

HungerGames-NYET539-AP-676x450Dystopian movies aren’t new. From Fritz Lang’s silent classic Metropolis (1927) to The War of the Worlds (1953), and Blade Runner (1982), they’ve long been a staple of cinema.

What is new is the rise in popularity of these films and the veritable slew of them in recent years. Nightmarish futuristic visions of human misery are now regular blockbusters.

The volume of dystopian films raises questions about why audiences are drawn to this kind of screen angst.

Over the course of the last 20 years, movies with dystopian themes have been appearing more frequently. While there were approximately 130 film releases in this category during the 1980s, the number already sits at 175 for the 2010s, and will likely reach at least 300 by decade’s end.

Read the rest of this article from The Epoch Times.

A Life Worth Living

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A Life Worth Living: Albert Camus on Our Search for Meaning and Why Happiness Is Our Moral Obligation by Maria Popova.

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“To decide whether life is worth living is to answer the fundamental question of philosophy,” Albert Camus wrote in his 119-page philosophical essay The Myth of Sisyphus in 1942. “Everything else … is child’s play; we must first of all answer the question.”

One of the most famous opening lines of the twentieth century captures one of humanity’s most enduring philosophical challenged — the impulse at the heart of Seneca’s meditations on life and Montaigne’s timeless essays and Maya Angelou’s reflections, and a wealth of human inquiry in between.

But Camus, the second-youngest recipient of the Nobel Prize in Literature after Rudyard Kipling, addressed it with unparalleled courage of conviction and insight into the irreconcilable longings of the human spirit.

Read the rest of this article from Brain Pickings.