Magic: Leonardo da Vinci Wrotes it Down and Affirmed it by da-AL

Mona Lisa or La Gioconda (1503–05/07)‍ —‌ Louvre, Paris, France
Mona Lisa or La Gioconda (1503–05/07)‍ —‌ Louvre, Paris, France

When Leonardo da Vinci died, the amazing all-things Renaissance man who changed the world forever as an engineer, a scientist, an artist, a sculptor, an architect, a chef, and a bazillion other things — his final words amounted to the effect of, “Forgive me for not having accomplished everything I set out to do.”

Let us learn a bit from this super achiever!

According to, the book, “How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci: Seven Steps to Genius Every Day,” by Michael J. Gelb, da Vinci …

  1. Was never without pen and notepad to log his fancies.
  2. Kept diaries — many, many of them!
  3. Wrote affirmations.
The Vitruvian Man (c. 1485) Accademia, Venice, by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo by Luc Viatour / https://Lucnix.be
The Vitruvian Man (c. 1485) Accademia, Venice, by Leonardo da Vinci. Photo by Luc Viatour / https://Lucnix.be

Two da Vinci affirmations:

“Obstacles do not bend me.”

“I never tire of being useful.”

Simply looking at affirmations use to rile me. My inner cynic rankled, “Nope, no you don’t!”

But my response changed after a friend mentioned how he works at truly feeling affirmations. Lo and behold, that made all the difference! I’m still often my own worst enemy — but stop-affirm-feel often turns things around. “I want, I want, I want it now and I’ll never have it,” hushes a bit …

How about you? What works and doesn’t work for you?

 

 

Love is everything by da-AL with Video by Mengwen Cao

Mengwen Cao
Mengwen Cao

Listening … Loving … Accepting … Understanding … Courage …

Love demands ongoing practice and desire. Not always easy, but always rewarding.

Watch how Mengwen Cao comes out to her parents and how they respond. She’s a photographer, videographer, and multimedia producer. Born in Hangzhou, China, she came to the United States in 2012.

 

Portland, Oregon: Wonderful in Unexpected Ways by da-AL

Do all Portland lambs hike with their people?
Do all Portland lambs hike with their people?

Over a recent long holiday weekend, I visited Portland, Oregon for my first time. The weather was warm, with blue skies and no rain in sight.

Book lovers rejoice! It’s home to Powell’s Books, where book goodness spreads over four generous floors!

Powells Books, Portland, Oregon
4 floors of book goodness

Mouthwatering food abounds! Cafes, bakeries, restaurants, chocolatiers, and even their many food trucks (aka food carts) here are delicious and gourmet.

Sheep taking a hike with its peopleWhere else could one see a lamb hiking with its people and dogs to a waterfall?

Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon
Lan Su Chinese Garden, Portland, Oregon

Portland’s Lan Su Chinese Garden features authentic architecture, landscaping, Koi at Lan Su Gardenkoi, and a fine tea house …

Tea at Lan Su Garden, Portland, Oregon

Jetboat excursions begin at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, speed under Willamette River’s many bridges,

Willamette River, Portland, Oregon
Willamette River, Portland, Oregon

and turn around at —- waterfalls (who knew?)

waterfalls in Portland, Oregon

Their International Rose Test Garden goes on and on with sweet smelling colorful flowers …

da-AL enjoying Portland's Rose Test Garden
Wishing I smelled like a rose at Portland’s Rose Test Garden

Please tell us — do your sheep enjoy hiking?

Guest Blog Video: “Dogs and Cats that Love Each Other Precious!” in PetsPeopleandLife’s exact words

Photo of pit bull dog hugging a tabby cat

Cats and dogs, dogs and cats — best friends for life, as this video from PetsPeopleandLife demonstrates.Do you think the dogs befriended the cats first or the cats befriended the dogs?

To see the video, click here or the first link you see below

Pets, People and, Life

I fell in love with this video and it makes me smile each time I watch the slide show. It’s just about the sweetest thing that I’ve seen in a long time. I hope who ever takes the time to have a look, will enjoy this video as well.

This video was posted on my FB Timeline by my blogging friend Val Erde, who lives in Wales. Val’s blog is “Coloring The Past” at https://colouringthepast.com/2017/08/16/curious-little-boy/ Face Book site is at https://www.facebook.com/valsvintagepotpourri

She is a talented artist who works magic with color. She is an expert at old photo restoration and also adds color to aged B&W photos.

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Video: “Fastest Way to Peel a Pomegranate Ever,” by Rob Barrett

Fellow pomegranate lovers — read, watch, and listen closely …

PomegranateI love pomegranates from their regal crowns at their bases and how the leathery red orbs look like holiday ornaments on their green tree branches, to how cream colored pith engulfs each seed that’s further cradled within jeweled juicy sacs.

Pomegranate seedsUntil recently, their sweet-sour winey taste and delightful crunch have been hard won. De-seeding always took a good fifteen minutes and both my kitchen and me would emerge speckled over with the bright red juice, looking like we’d been in a bloodbath had taken place.

No longer!

Joy, oh, joy!Yes, fellow pomegranate fans — no longer!!!

Yes, fellow pomegranate fans — no longer!!! My husband’s newly found ‘spoon technique’ has revolutionized my pomegranate experience. His new-found ‘spoon technique’ has revolutionized our pomegranate enjoyment!

Here’s a video with the marvelously simple and effect technique, demonstrated by Rob Barrett, of CookingforDads …

Guest Blog Post: “A Blogger’s Voice,” in Ann Coleman’s exact words

Photo of torn book page by Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com
Photo by Ryan McGuire of Gratisography.com

Ever wonder whether your voice as a writer and as a blogger is truly valuable? Ann Coleman offers us encouragement …

Muddling Through My Middle Age

DSC00181When I was young and naive enough to believe I had a good shot at making a living as a free-lance writer, I attended lots of writer’s workshops.  They were always interesting, and some of the tips helped me place articles with local magazines and neighborhood newspapers.  I never did make a lot of money as a writer…my largest claim to fame was a short article in Bride’s magazine and the publication of one (count it, one) children’s book.  Still, I learned a lot in those workshops about writing, and especially about the delicate balance between giving an editor whatever he or she wants and developing my own unique “voice.”

The voice of an author is what distinguishes one writer’s work from everyone else’s.  It is what comes out when a writer taps into his or her deepest beliefs, inner-most fears, cherished dreams, etc.  It communicates the unique perspective of…

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Heroine: Jessi Zazu, 28, Singer/Guitarist of Those Darlins Wasn’t Scared of Death by da-AL

Jessi Zazu, Lead Singer/Guitarist of Those Darlins
Jessi Zazu, Lead Singer/Guitarist of Those Darlins
Offering hope ...
Offering hope …

Alt-country/garage Jessi Zazu of Those Darlins was only 28. Toward the end of her valiant fight against cervical cancer, she made this video, which includes links to her artwork …

Besides her heartfelt music, she leaves behind a legacy. Despite her overwhelming medical bills, she set up the “Ain’t Afraid Scholarship” at the Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp. In addition, she contributed art for a Radiation Oncology suite.

Jessi’s art site.

More about Jessi Zazu.