finding beauty & style in life—not just in a closet

Archive for

2020 Apr 26 - Miquel Benitez, children playing outside, Spain 1
photo Miquel Benitez

A street where there are no children playing is a dead street.
— Mehemt Murat ildan

Children in Spain leave their houses for the first time in six weeks…
the country has lifted its 44-day mandatory isolation of younger children.
The much dreamed of return-to-normal life has begun.
Renewed hope is being felt.


*Spain, Italy and France, which have Europe’s highest death tolls from the virus, imposed tough lockdown rules in March but are now reporting significant progress bringing infection rates down and are cautiously ready to start giving their citizens more freedom. – Chris Caulfield, METRO UK

#COVID-19Black-Shoe 2Image: Instagram

banksy-face-mask #2Banksy’s The Girl With The Pierced Eardrum in Bristol (@Anth0ny_Ward via Twitter) 

Like us, Banksy’s world-famous ‘The Girl with a Pierced Eardrum’ now wears a face mask.

His 2014 mural is a take on Johannes Vermeer’s famous painting, The Girl with a Pearl Earring. Banksy ingeniously used the outdoor security alarm for her earring. 

Now she is wearing a blue surgical mask. Sometime in the last few days it appeared over her face.

It is unknown who put the face mask on the wall but it is thought to have been the elusive Banksy himself.



#face mask
#public healthBlack-Shoe 2Image:

2020 Apr 16 - Olivier Kervernphoto Olivier Kervern



In the Time of Pandemic

And the people stayed home.

And they listened, and read books, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still.

And they listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.

And the people healed.

And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.

And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.

— Kitty O’Meara


Then, I was struck again by O’Meara’s words in an article that , a culture editor at OprahMag.Com wrote about her poem.

“We can wallow where we are or we can see the invitations. Anything that you can tap into that allows your feelings to be expressed creatively will do that for you. You will feel better on the other end of it. You will be changed.” — Kitty O’Meara

 went on to write, “O’Meara is not an expert on dealing with this global crisis, she says. She’s just another person, trying to find grace in the free-fall.”

And I say, “Amen. Me too.” Thank you so much for your deeply profound heartfelt words, and for sharing this beautiful piece of art with the world, Kitty O’Meara…thank you.”

#new choicesBlack-Shoe 2Image: Instagram