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New Roots for the Uprooted October 10, 2011

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This initiative sounds pretty wonderful.

New Roots, with 85 growers from 12 countries, is one of more than 50 community farms dedicated to refugee agriculture, an entrepreneurial movement spreading across the country. American agriculture has historically been forged by newcomers, like the Scandinavians who helped settle the Great Plains; today’s growers are more likely to be rural subsistence farmers from Africa and Asia, resettled in and around cities from New York, Burlington, Vt., and Lowell, Mass., to Minneapolis, Phoenix and San Diego.

New York Times

 

A young Somali girl stood next to the New Roots booth, where her Mom was shopping, a collaboration between the nonprofit International Rescue Committee and the San Diego County Farm Bureauin the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego on Saturday, September 24, 2011. Credit: Sandy Huffaker for The New York Times

 

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The Envelope of Directing Your Thoughts September 17, 2011

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Okay. . . I kind of love this kid. . .(via StyleLikeU)

Make the Sun Rise August 22, 2011

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This morning I slept through the sunrise but when I opened my eyes and witnessed the sun smiling back at me, I remembered. This great clip from the film BLack Orpheus. Biggups to the sun for staying on purpose (with or without the clouds) biggups to the Facebook friend who posted this (SW!) . As I start my final year of grad school, I needed this to remind me something that many children inherently know – the infinite power of possibility.

Urnatur = Ancient Nature August 16, 2011

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Came across this great website by Anthropologie called the ANTHROPOLOGIST

The Anthropologist is an online space that supports the work of inspiring individuals, brought to you by the people behind Anthropologie.

Stumbled upon this lovely place (Urnatur, which means ancient nature in Sweedish) that is now on my already long travel list for next Summer after I graduate. . . looking forward. . .

Love! July 12, 2011

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This must be what love at first sight feels like. . .

Photo: “Jazz Cats Crossing the Hudson” from Madlib Medicine Show #8: Advanced Jazz
A jazz mixtape by Madlib. It’s out now.

Source: Stones Throw Online Store

Clean Clothes July 11, 2011

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I just read about this and had to post. The possibilities give me goosebumps!

Via Ecouterre

“Catalytic Clothing cleared the air with the world’s first pollution-neutralizing dress, then a “Field of Jeans” that helps you breathe easier. Now, watch the technology in action—and learn how it works—with a short film featuring model Erin O’Connor and music by Radiohead. A collaboration between Helen Storey from the London School of Fashion and Tony Ryan from the University of Sheffield , the project explores how wearable textiles can be used as catalytic surfaces to scrub the air of nitrogen oxides and volatile organic compounds, both of which are emitted by factories and automobiles.”

‘I’ Stands for Instrument June 30, 2011

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I have been following StyleLikeU for a while. I admit, kind of featherweight obsessed. I am an observer by heart and watching people is something I admit that I enjoy doing. And while we are all specimens in this petri dish called life, I have found that I am most receptive to learning when I see others this way – as specimens.

I had the pleasure of coming across Valerie Geffner’s video on StyleLikeU, thus far my all time favorite observation on this site. Why? What Valerie begins to say at the 2:37 mark of the video deserved an hallelujah and amen (although borderline hippie, thought provoking nonetheless). . .

Yes! April 19, 2011

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This post is dedicated to Hattie. . .

I remember when I first cut my hair, some of my co-workers gave me the “Is she really going to wear her hair like that?” look. And I can remember thinking, “Yes! Isn’t it lovely?” In which, I answered my own question, “Absolutely!”

Photo from passionista place.

Style April 13, 2011

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a distinctive manner of expression; a distinctive manner or custom of behaving or conducting oneself; a distinctive quality, form, or type of something; beauty, grace, or ease of manner or technique. . .

All photos from National Geographic Global Fashion Photos feature.

Who needs fashion when you’ve got style.

Intros & Beatboxing April 5, 2011

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I have been slight weight obsessed with Miriam Makeba lately. I thought I’d share a little of what I’ve been digging up on her from the internet. She gives such a fly intro to her band and her Afro-Beatboxing is pretty fly as well. Enjoy. . .