40 portraits|40 years

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Meet the Brown sisters. They’ve taken a picture together annually for the past forty years. The one below is the very first one, taken in 1975.   40-years-1975

It all started on a whim, when the husband of one of the sisters asked them to pose for a pic. Since then, the collection has been shown all over the world.

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They first caught my attention because they have a really cool style. And seem so self-assured. But them it sparked some thoughts of a more metaphysical kind. In particular, the nature of being within the confines of time and space. All at once, the photos bring to mind the fleeting nature of life and the eternal nature of the soul.

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I first heard about the series a year ago on Everything Golden. You can see the entire forty year set here.

Wise Words: On Fear

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I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when my fear is gone I will turn and face fear’s path, and only I will remain.

– Paul in the movie Dune

 

 

*This dope art brought to you by Manzel Bowman – Artxman on Instagram.  Some of his stuff is available on clothing here. I can’t wait to rock the piece above!

**I‘ve never actually seen the movie, but this quote makes me want to. Or better yet, I’ll read the book. It won the first Nebula Award for Best Novel.

*** Zenpencils did a cool cartoon take on the quote.

Life hack + 5 Recipes

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Jenny over at Dinner: A Love Story is a genius at making one of my favorite parts of life *home cooked food* super easy. One of the best tips I’ve gotten from her is how to freeze my soups and stews in flattened Ziploc bags. For one, it’s a huge space saver: They can stack up neat like a pile of magazines or side by side like books on a shelf. (Can you tell reading is another one of my faves?) Not only, that, but it thaws in a quick minute under running water.

So whenever you make soup, stew or chili, do yourself a favor and freeze what’s left flat. If you don’t usually have leftovers, go on and make a double batch. You’ll appreciate it the next time you’re hungry and don’t feel like cooking.

I’ve pulled together 5 recipes below you may like to try:

Silky Zucchini Soup

This simple vegetarian soup (vegan if you substitute the butter) promises to be delightfully creamy, without the addition of cream.

Emeril’s Crab and Corn Bisque

Ok, this isn’t for those counting calories. But it would be oh so comforting on a cold night.

Loaded Veggie Nacho Soup

Best of both worlds. Healthy comfort food. Packed with veggies + Tastes like nachos = Win.

Beef Stew with Carrots and Potatoes

Winter before last, we had plenty of snow days and a lots of time in the house. My brother and I spent several of those days coming up with the perfect beef stew recipe. Sometimes thick like a gravy and served over rice, sometimes more brothy like a soup. Always good. My point, just pick a good starting point and play around with it. Tastes even better the next day.

Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Nothing like a little heat to warm you up from the inside. The coconut milk balances it out, so it’s not too spicy.

 

Jay & Bey want to help you go vegan… Just for a few weeks.

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Oh word? I’ma have to say…No.

Whispers of Jay-Z and  Beyoncé going vegan first started in December 2013. The day before his birthday, they both announced on social media that they would be starting a 22-day vegan challenge. Turns out, they had just become partners in their trainer Marco Borges’ vegan food company.

Fast forward to the beginning of 2015,and now the lazy, busy, or otherwise inept, can also give veganism a try. The company now offers vegan meal delivery service– and since it takes 21 days to make a habit, they give you 22 days worth of food to make sure it sticks :)

It’ll cost you over $600 if you want the option that will cover every meal for the 22 days. Which is totally out of the question for me. But if you don’t cook and spend about $10 or more per meal eating out, I guess it’s not too high of a price. Just going off of pics alone though, it honestly doesn’t look that appetizing. So I think I’d just pick up some yummy vegan food from spots around town (Land of Kush anyone?)  before I spent my lil’ duckets on the 22 day challenge. What say you?

 

Head Over Heels

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Really? Is my favorite film about relationships animated, wordless and only 10 minutes long? I think so.

The animator, Timothy Reckart, made the short two years ago while a graduate student in film school. It debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and has since been nominated for awards around the world including an Oscar. This year he made the full film available for viewing online.

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This short, beautifully done film uses stop motion animation to show the ups and downs of long term relationships. Take a few minutes and check it out here. I bet you’ll be surprised how poignant and touching an animated short can be.