The Advantages of Living in a Very Old City


ivdanu:

Already more than a year since I left Sibiu! and Iohannis – or Johannis? is now the PResident of Romania! let’s hope that he will be better than Obama for the Americans and will not disappoint those who vote for him and even those woho didn’t…It will be a nice surprise!

Originally posted on Van Gogh and I:

One of the main advantages, the one I’ll illustrate for you: there are a lot of festivals, events, exhibition and you can imagine yourself living in more than one epoch…

These are photos I took the last 4-5 days at the Medieval Festival. Very easy to imagine oneself living in that epoch in a city like Sibiu (Hermannstdt). Downtown, everywhere you turn old houses and chrches and fortifications reminds you of the time of Draculya, Vlad the Impaler…

An ancient flame lighting system

An ancient flame lighting system

…and some very old and particular skills: hawk and owl tamming…

A Hawk landing for its reward - raw meat...

A Hawk landing for its reward – raw meat…

Landing Hawk fltrdAnd you meet old friends…

Nelu, sometimes a guitar player and an old friend

Nelu, sometimes a guitar player and an old friend

or beautiful young women… dressed in the Renaissance fashion…

Dulcinee from Basarabia

Dulcinee from Basarabia

The Beauty and the little and cute beast

The Beauty and the little and cute beast

Eventually, if you are lucky, you can catch some pretty funny characters, like…

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The Vanished Van Gogh


Originally posted on Van Gogh and I:

It takes no doubt some very big intellectual “cojones” to reveal a Vincent Van Gogh like the one Steven Naifeh & Gregory White Smith just did, relative recently, by publishing ” Van Gogh:The Life”. This book goes a long way against the tide, against the legend and conventional myth of Vincent Van Gogh. Of course, the myth admits Vincent was a “mad” genius (and essentially, he was, but the accent is on GENIUS not on mad…) but the way the 2 authors extend the madness to, practically,his whole life is, to say the least, unusual, singular.

A weirdo from the beginning to the end, a maniac, a paranoid, quarrelsome, sometimes generous, sometimes blatantly ungrateful human being, the Naifeh & Smith’s Vincent is quite an unpleasant person to deal with. Failure after failure are minutiously described, with an almost scientific accuracy. And these 2 authors are very convincing. Not that…

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What Makes PMP/Appendix Cancer So Rare and Scary? – Awareness: A MUST!


Originally posted on Dragonfly Effect:

Finding a good oncologist is a lot like dating.  They eagerly pay attention to detail and quality at first, then, for whatever reason, it seems the honeymoon phase wears off and it’s onto the next one.  I do not mean this in a condescending way towards oncologists or doctors at all.  I can truly understand, to an extent.  Oftentimes, I think what frustrates and deters oncologists is that they are only able to go as far as research and treatment has gotten for this type of cancer, which is not far.  When knowledge and treatment options are exhausted, all that the doctors can offer is the widely dreaded “Wait-n-Watch” option.  This part feels more like the break before a break-UP.  Which was always our queue to find the next team that would fight as hard as we wanted to.  As we get into the end stages of my mom’s fight…

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Amazingly wise citation!


Originally posted on Danu's small world:

It’s too beautiful to let it unnoticed!

I know lots of people are kind of suspicious about self improvement and such… And, it is true that, like in any other field of activity, lots of  self improvment stuff is repetitive etc.  But this aphorisme cited by Deepak Chopra (one of my prefered authors in the field of, let’s say, self improvment – a label, no more ) is too beautiful and too important (and surprisingly old!) to let it pass unnoticed:

The Vedic sear says:

«I do not worry about the past and I’m not fearful of the future because my life is supremely concentrated in the present and the right response comes to me to every situation as it occurs.»

Wow! If you understand (with your heart & brain, in that order) only this in your life and still you can have a happy life!

(The watercolor sketch is…

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Danu, le caricaturiste, à la Fête de Sherbrooke Colombiestrie


Originally posted on Caricaturiste en Estrie:

Voici quelques portraits que j’ai dessiné aujourd’hui, le 20 juillet 2014, à la très colorié fête de Sherbrooke Colombiestrie…

Rebeca et Alexandra

Rebeca et Alexandra

Norah, la poète bolivienne

Norah, la poète bolivienne

Le portrait de Norah

Le portrait de Norah

Gloria et son portrait

Gloria et son portrait

Le portrait de Gloria

Le portrait de Gloria

Si jamais vous aimer mon style et vous aimerias avoir votre portrait (ou le portrait d’un proche, etc) faite par moi, vous pouvez toujours me contacter par email (caricaturistesherbrooke@gmail.com). On pourra même faire le tout par email, PAypal et Poste Canada, si vous habiter au Quebec ou au Canada…

Ou vous pouvez m’employer comme animateur caricaturiste pour vos fêtes (de mariage, d’anniversaire, picnics familiales, etc.) ou événements…

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The secret geometry of chance….


ivdanu:

Worth rebloging, I think…

Originally posted on Van Gogh and I:

…seems to be more the «sacred»… in the Shape of my heart by Sting, one of my favourite songs and artists…

But who has little to do with what I am about to write, except that this secret (or sacred, if you wnat) geometry of chance played today for me…

Reading my bible (that isThe letters of Vincent Van Gogh. Penguin book classics, 1997) I fall on this phrases which resonate greatly with me, today:

…« The best thing one could do here (…) would be portrait of women and children…» p. 350, (letter 482 , the 4 th of May 1888, Arles)

…«As for me, I shall carry on working, and here and there something of my work will prove of lasting value…» p. 350, idem.

..«But the painter of the future will be a colourist the like of which has never yet been seen…» p…

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The Scarecrow


The scarecrow principle is that he has none. But he accepts all.

He do accepts everything else, too.It rains, he accepts it. The sun is shinning, ok, he accepts it. It snows? So what? He accepts it. Anyhow, what can he do about it? Nothing. So, he accepts it, whatever it is.

Old, stinking raggs clothes him. His old carcass is rotten and he’s ridiculous with that funny hat they put on his sac filled-with-straws head of his…People laught at him, kids point him with their little fingers (the small, good ones) and throw stones at him (the hooligans!)…

Crows and other birds are scared of him, at first, at least. Then they get used and begin sitting on his wooden shoulders. Some, meaner, even shit on his head…So what? That’s life. And he accepts it…

Painters and photographers like to take him as a model. Some may even paint some fancy masterpieces with him as a free, benevolent, model…Big deal!

Since he was planted there, in the cornfields (or whatever) he has to BE there. No choice. No legs to take him elsewhere…And then, what for? Is there any better elsewhere? Maybe. Maybe not. Probably not.

Either you stay put, in silence, and the world whirls around you or you move in a noisy Ferrari around the world, it’s the same thing, eventually… Eventually, the Ferrari and their proud owner will be, too, a rotten/corrugated carcas. What’s the difference, essentially? No difference.

They say – the Japanese, who else? – that you arrive at your destination when you cease to travel…When you cease to WANT to travel…

Anyway, the scarecrow accepts that, too…It is what it is… He is. As simple as that. He is. For as long as it takes… For as long as it takes the sun, rain, snow, frost to turn his carcass to rotten wood and his clothes to turn to pieces…

My scarecrow signature

My scarecrow signature

Japanese sign for scarecrow

Japanese sign for scarecrow