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Hi, I'm Vickie.
Graduated from OCAD Environmental Design.
Loves to play, make lists, art & design, spending time with kids, keeping memories safe and think about thinking.

Above all else, I love God with all my heart and soul.
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bmdesign:

Take a peak into BMD associate creative director Sarah Foelske’s home on Design*Sponge.

bjornsrandoms:

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the World’s Most Deadly Snakes

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes snakes photography animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes snakes photography animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes snakes photography animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes snakes photography animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes snakes photography animals

Serpentine: Beautiful Portraits of the Worlds Most Deadly Snakes snakes photography animals

For the past year LA-based photographer Mark Laita has been traveling to various locations around the U.S. and Central America photographing some of the world’s most deadliest snakes, a series entitled Serpentine. Of the project he says:

The sensual attractiveness of snakes, which coexists with their threatening, unpredictable and mysterious nature is truly unique. This dichotomy, in which their beauty seems to be heightened by their danger, and vice-versa, is what I find so fascinating. Add to these contradictions the rich symbolism of serpents and you have a wonderfully compelling subject.

Laita works with collectors, breeders, zoos, and even anti-venom labs who let him photograph their snake collections. But as you can imagine snake handling can be dangerous work. Just last week on a photo shoot in Costa Rica, he tangoed with a Black Mambo (last photo), the longest venomous snake in Africa that can grow up to 14 feet long. So what kind of risk did you take at work today?

See also his beautiful if somewhat heartbreaking catalog of ornithological specimens entitled Amaranthine, and some exquisite images of sea life. All images courtesy the artist.

Absolutely stunning

ryanpanos:

Architecture Against Death

The architects Arakawa (who goes by his last name only) and Madeline Gins, his wife and long time collaborator, have declared their “intention not to die.” To thatend (or not, as the case may be), they’ve created architectural features that promote “death resistance” by requiring people to navigate unsettling, disorienting, and dangerous but whimsical spaces.

Their eccentrically designed Bioscleave House, in East Hampton, New York – the subject of a sometimes incredulous April 2008 New York Times article by the architecture writer Fred A. Bernstein – features interior elements of topography, texture,color, and light that, taken together, are meant to extend the residents’ life spans. As Bernstein wrote in the Times, “Its architecture makes people use their bodies in unexpected ways to maintain equilibrium, and that, [Gins] said, will stimulate their immune systems.”

wow. I’ve seen a lot of spaces designed for the dead/celebrate death. But a space against death (that is not a hospital or health related)? This is crazy…

201,480 hours and counting

:)

This was the last supper I had before I hit the 201,480th hour mark.

And I gotta say… It’s really good.

My sister almost threw up when she saw the bone marrow. I just completely don’t understand. Aren’t we suppose to be Chinese?

—-

Thank You Father for keeping me alive for 201,480 hours and counting!

And a big big thank you for all your birthday greetings, you make me feel very special ^_^

I hope I can be like a bone marrow this year ——-

Strong and healthy, tough to be “broken”, very supportive, and definitely regenerative in a good way.

Since the thought of food and bone marrow has been running around in my mind all day, I decided to google-it-up and see what Abba Daddy says about “bones” in the Word.

And then I found this:

"Did you not pour me out like milk and curdle me like cheese,
clothe me with skin and flesh and knit me together with bones and sinews?
You gave me life and showed me kindness,
and in your providence watched over my spirit.”
- Job 10:10-12 (NIV)

Sounds like a good verse for the coming year :)

"insert best feeling here" #30-#34

30. Strolling under the Autumn Sun with leaves slowly falling on your face.

31. Talking to your best friend on the phone and catch up with life stories.

32. Your favourite song on the radio!

33. Opening the envelope of a hand written letter.

34. Feeling the fur of a bunny between your fingers.

35. Realizing someday I will collect all these “best feelings” and make something out of this.

36. Overcoming a fear and feeling accomplished.

37. The cold side of the blanket.

38. Taking off wet shoes and wet socks and drying your feet.

"insert best feeling here" #29

29. Getting a job offer from your favourite firm/company

:D :D

"insert best feeling here" #28

28. GETTING A JOB OFFER

:D

The Balloonhat experience

Since 2008 balloon artist Addi Somekh and photographer Charlie Eckert have traveled to 34 countries and shot over 10,000 photographs of people wearing balloon hats. After focusing more on balloon twisting than homework in college Somekh began working professionally as a balloon artist, charging wealthy executives up to $150 an hour to make elaborate balloon hats. He also donated the same skill to shelters for battered women and their children where he realized something: both groups, the rich and the poor, were laughing and enjoying his work in the same way.

http://www.voicer.me/archives/7671

A Letter from “Mom n Dad”…

A Letter from “Mom n Dad”…

My child,

When I get old, I hope you understand ‘n have patience with me
In case I break the plate, or spill soup on the table because I’m losing my eyesight, I hope you don’t yell at me.
Older people are sensitive, always having self pity when you yell.
When my hearing gets worse ‘n I can’t hear what you’re saying, I hope you don’t call me ‘Deaf!’
Please repeat what you said or write it down.

I’m sorry, my child.
I’m getting older.
When my knees get weaker, I hope you have the patience to help me get up.
Like how I used to help you while you were little, learning how to walk.
Please bear with me, when I keep repeating myself like a broken record, I hope you just keep listening to me.
Please don’t make fun of me, or get sick of listening to me.

Do you remember when you were little ‘n you wanted a ballon? You repeated yourself over ‘n over until you get what you wanted.
Please also pardon my smell. I smell like an old person.Please don’t force me to shower.
My body is weak.
Old people get sick easily when they’re cold. I hope I don’t gross you out.

Do you remember when you were little? I used to chase you around because you didn’t want to shower.
I hope you can be patient with me when I’m always cranky. It’s all part of getting old.
You’ll understand when you’re older.
‘n if you have spare time, I hope we can talk even for a few minutes.
I’m always all by myself all the time, ‘n have no one to talk to.
I know you’re busy with work.
Even if you’re not interested in my stories, please have time for me.

Do you remember when you were little? I used to listen to your stories about your teddy bear.
When the time comes, ‘n I get ill ‘n bedridden, I hope you have the patience to take care of me.
I’m sorry if I accidentally wet the bed or make a mess.
I hope you have the patience to take care of me during the last few moments of my life.
I’m not going to last much longer, anyway.
When the time of my death comes, I hope you hold my hand ‘n give me strength to face death.

‘n don’t worry..
When I finally meet our creator, I will whisper in his ear to bless you. Because you loved your Mom ‘n Dad.
Thank you so much for your care.
We love you. ! ♥

“Just Like This Status If You Love It & You Will Never Leave Your Parents At Any Cost”

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