WISE MONDAY: Keys
Another delightful Facebook find-from a friend. I have never heard of Lang Leav before however after going through her tumblr and Facebook page, I was drawn to the simplicity and honest words of her poetry.
I’ve decided to put this poem under ‘Wise Monday’ simply because it is true, our words can affect not only others but oneself. Be not only wise with your words but never forget them as well.
Sweet Surrender Saturdays: Summer don’t you ever leave
FASHION THURSDAY: Who is the Dandy Man?
It was only till recently I was able to clearly pin point (more like exactly name) a certain style of men’s fashion that I had seen common amongst celebrities such as Andre 3000 (from Outkast), Kanye West and Pharell Williams.
I had also seen this style of fashion among some men in Africa during church services on Sundays and randomly walking down the streets either in Malaysia or Canada.
It definitely takes a certain kind of individual to pull off wearing, “silk handkerchiefs, pink corduroys, tweed and double-breasted tailoring.”
My cousin had posted this article from Messy Chic about this fashion known as ‘dandyism’ also known as Sapeurs.
Here is an extract from the article,
“What you’re looking at is the phenomenon of Sapeurs, a subculture of extraordinarily dressed dandies from the Congo. In the midst of their war-torn slums, these men dress in tailored suits, elegantly smoke on their pipes and stroll the impoverished streets in immaculate footwear.
Dandyism or sapologie in this case, is not a fashion trend. In some of the farthest corners of the earth where true dandyism exists, it serves as something closer to a religion; a code of living.
Records of African dandy men go back as far as the 18th century when slaves were given extravagant and elegant costumes by their European masters to effectively ‘fit in’ with their luxurious surroundings. By the time the slave trade was abolished, liberated Africans had already begun to create their own unique dandy style, in some cases, doing it better than the Europeans had ever done it.”
For the full article, click on the title of this post.
WEDNESDAY FOR A CAUSE: Powerful Images
The 1st image referenced in the Vatican pedophilia.
The 2nd image the child sexual abuse in tourism in Thailand.
The 3rd refers to the war in Syria.
The 4th image refers to trafficking in organs on the black market, where most of the victims are children of poor countries.
The 5th refers to free U.S. weapons.
The 6th image refers to obesity, blaming the big fast food companies.
This collage of controversial images was posted up on Facebook by "Did You Know?" I decided to share this as it has brought many discussions and debates. I would like to hear what some of you think about these pictures.
Emily Greenhouse on a project that exchanges quotidian panhandling signs for pop-art, professional-looking recreations: http://nyr.kr/19tUKc3
“Design is not a perfect way to help the homeless—perhaps the project is even tasteless. But, as every kindergartner and bicycle-rider knows, bright colors improve visibility.”
Photograph: From homelesssigns.tumblr.com
FIVE SENSE FRIDAY: Ballet Dancers in Random Situations
A friend shared this link on her Facebook wall on Monday and the pictures I saw totally made my week. Am such a lover of the beautiful and painful art of ballet. I used to take up ballet lessons when I was younger but had to stop when my family moved to another neighbourhood.
Click on the link to view more breathtaking poses of ballet dancers in random situations.
We ought to dance with rapture that we might be alive… and part of the living, incarnate cosmos. ~D.H. Lawrence
The 100th Monkey Effect and What It Means
WEDNESDAY FOR A CAUSE: The 100th Monkey Effect
I was helping a friend organize her office yesterday. She then told me to read an article entitled ”The 100th Monkey Effect.” She knew i would appreciate it. Naturally, she was right!
Many a times, I have had conversations with friends where they have been discouraged or did not take action against something unjust or stood up for a cause simply because on various assumptions “nothing’s going to change,” “the other party is too powerful,” or “it isn’t worth it.”
When it comes to making a change in the world or just in my everyday life, I always used The Starfish Story. After reading the about the tale of the monkeys in Japan, it was everything that I’ve seen happen before in real life. In what started out as an idea for change in someone’s basement has turned out into a large scale operation.
Here’s an excerpt:
“The theory of the 100th monkey effect has become a popular strategy for social change.”
"In theory it takes only a limited amount of people to change the world… All you need to do is start with yourself. Be mindful about your own thoughts and emotions, take responsibility for yourself. After all, you might be the hundredth monkey!”