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Showing posts from January, 2018

Old Stile Press

Some art forms have been lost to the ashes of times. Some of them hang by a thread to survive like the ancient tribal languages around the world. Some of these art forms, these traditions, are nurtured and lovingly continued to forever leave their mark on the world.

A small publishing company in the UK, Old Stile Press creates incredible work. Within the article on is a short interview with the couple that started the press back in 1979.

Personally I love the vibrant cover art for The Book of Job, but I wouldn't say no to any of their publications.


Blue Army Reflection

I was recommended the book "The Artist's Way" by Julia Cameron. The premise is to rediscover or unleash your childlike creative side that has been pushed away and ignored. The process has been interesting and cathartic. One of the steps requires you to take yourself out for an "artist's date" once a week. You can take a 20 minute walk, ignoring your phone and really bonding with nature. Or you can go to the dollar store and buy glue, glitter and paper and come home and create.

For me, I wanted an outing. I enjoy going to places that I love, but also ones that maybe do not apply to my life, but could have inspirational effects. As a no longer participating member of the Catholic faith, I chose to visit a place that is sacred to devout Catholics.

The Blue Army Shrine

While the original Shrine of Fatima would have probably been a more overwhelming experience, this shrine, set among rolling farmland in western New Jersey, is a place of quiet reflection and peace…

Books, Art and a Salad

My child has discovered graphic novels.

This pleases me to no end.

Drawn in by the design of the covers as a reason to want to read something, same thing I did at his age, he insisted on this one particular book on the top shelf. Mighty Jack is a unique retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. Our protagonist is a teenage boy, Jack, with a younger sister, Maddy, who is on the autism spectrum, and an overworked single mother trying to keep the bills paid and food on the table. The story unfolds at such a riveting pace and when we finished it, we ordered the 2nd book from the library immediately. Mighty Jack and the Goblin King was just as enthralling as the first book and *spoiler*, it looks like a third book will be following. Hooray!

The Dog Man series is also a current favorite. I took him to 2 local bookstores so he could purchases all four books. Our son is very proud of his burgeoning book collection.

Recently discovered Marie Wu Designs Jewelry and I have to say her pieces are vibra…