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A butterfly and a tree frog in Tangerang Baten, West Java, Indonesia, chilling.

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Credit: Kurit Afsheen


A violinist played for 45 minutes in the New York subway. A handful of people stopped, a couple clapped, and the violinist raised about $30 in tips.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. In that subway, Joshua played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. And two days before he played in the subway, with again not many people appreciating his skills .

Joshua Bell sold out a Boston theatre, and the seats averaged about $100.

The experiment proved that the extraordinary in an ordinary environment does not shine and is so often overlooked and undervalued.

There are brilliantly talented people everywhere who aren’t receiving the recognition and reward they deserve. But once they arm themselves with value and confidence and remove themselves from an environment that isn’t serving them, they thrive and grow.

Your gut is telling you something. Listen to it if it’s telling you where you are isn’t enough!

Go where you are appreciated and valued.


I paint almost every day. with all kinds of results. But I learn something new on every attempt. I'm so happy with this one, created several years ago, as it feels to me like a pale shadow of the glorious beauty of the Heavens. Its depth seems to go on forever, and gives me a glimpse of the possibilities of our world, our galaxy and outward. Sometimes when our world seems crazy beyond redemption, I look at this and think that there are still wonderful things ahead, that we can't imagine yet. Hope is a powerful emotion, if we can concentrate on that for a while, it can change our whole outlook. Sending love to all my family and friends, all the artists out there, and all those who have helped and encouraged me. So many, so much love. Thank you all!


Support Arts4All Florida and our Registry artists by visiting the Arts4All Florida booth at the Raymond James Gasparilla Festival of the Arts this weekend March 4-5th at the Julian B. Lane Riverfront Park in Tampa.


There will always be people who paint a perfect sky and invite you to stand under it with them, promise to weather any storm that comes, until the storm of their own making is stronger than the promise. They break the sky like the promise that never was anyway and point at you for raining on their fictitious parade. They celebrate and applaud the way you break, like a circus show you never asked to be part of. Keep smiling. Keep standing, no matter how many times they come to p**s on your pieces.Rise above and take note of your beautiful heart, your perfect pieces, your brave soul.

~ Stephanie Bennett-Henry

Photography: MacroBiH

This made me smile!

This made me smile!



Brittany, France early 20th century, women making 'picot bigouden' a form of intricate and complex crochet linking to Irish crochet.


Happy Birthday to our brother, Edward Stemple, who is celebrating in Heaven today, and enjoying all of our good wishes and happy memories we are sharing.. As his younger sisters, Barbara and I enjoyed his guidance and protection..most of the time, lol.
He could always make us laugh and see the bright side of things, this was another of many happy memories. He was a good, good man who helped anyone who needed it., and lifted up all who knew him with his cheerful love and friendship. I know everyone who knew
him is smiling as they read this. So many wonderful memories from the 80 years he was with us.. What a gift! Love and many blessings to all of our family and friends.. many funny stories will be told today in his honor.

My compliments to this artist, what a beautiful painting and lovely poetry.  Excellent enough to share with my friends. ...

My compliments to this artist, what a beautiful painting and lovely poetry. Excellent enough to share with my friends. Brings my thoughts again to my sweet brother, Edward O. Stemple, who is celebrating his birthday in Heaven today. He brought so much love and light into our world, he made our days as beautiful as this sunrise scene... he really was the creative artist who shaped not only his own life but also influenced so many others with his happy smile and his way of lifting up others with his very presence. His memory will continue to lift me until we meet again. Wishing many blessings to all of his family and friends, wishing so much love to you... you know who you are.

Each day is born with a sunrise
and ends in a sunset, the same way we
open our eyes to see the light,
and close them to hear the dark.
You have no control over
how your story begins or ends.
But by now, you should know that
all things have an ending.
Every spark returns to darkness.
Every sound returns to silence.
And every flower returns to sleep
with the earth.
The journey of the sun
and moon is predictable.
But yours,
is your ultimate art ..

~ Suzy Kassem ~

Artist Credit : Vesna Delevska


Two ladies making a snow lady. This photo was originally printed in Strand Magazine, Volume III 1892.
Page 102.


Photos of Henri Matisse in bed creating are just so inspiring to me. I hope it inspires you too.

"and I Dreamed I Was Flying" c. Susan Kubes, 2019, alcohol ink on YUPO.  I really have been blessed with the most beauti...

"and I Dreamed I Was Flying" c. Susan Kubes, 2019, alcohol ink on YUPO. I really have been blessed with the most beautiful dreams, and sometimes I can remember them. If you have beautiful dreams, I'd love to see your interpretation of them, especially from all of my artist friends, who will know I seldom use brushes, and none were sacrificed in the making of this painting.


Why are you thankful this Thanksgiving? I am thankful for life, for my wonderful family, for living in beautiful Florida, for all of my amazing, kind, supportive, and talented friends. Thankful that I can still paint, still have the opportunity to share my work with the world in so many places, still feel useful and productive. Thankful for the great folks at ArtLifting, who are doing the heavy lifting and letting me do the fun stuff of painting. Thankful for my husband who helps, encourages, and continues to surround me with love and laughter. Thankful that in difficult times, we have enough.
God always provides, even when we haven't thought to ask... He knows what we need. We are wishing all who read this, a very happy Thanksgiving! May you always have enough, and may your path be strewn with blessings. May there always be bright colors in your life, and may the light of love always stream through your doorway. Have a wonderful day!

Amazing, heartwarming story behind this well loved book!

Amazing, heartwarming story behind this well loved book!

Wow, I had no idea about the origin story of Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer! If you aren't familiar with it either, read below:

As the holiday season of 1938 came to Chicago, Bob May wasn’t feeling much comfort or joy. A 34-year-old ad writer for Montgomery Ward, May was exhausted and nearly broke. His wife, Evelyn, was bedridden, on the losing end of a two-year battle with cancer. This left Bob to look after their four-year old-daughter, Barbara.

One night, Barbara asked her father, “Why isn’t my mommy like everybody else’s mommy?” As he struggled to answer his daughter’s question, Bob remembered the pain of his own childhood. A small, sickly boy, he was constantly picked on and called names. But he wanted to give his daughter hope, and show her that being different was nothing to be ashamed of. More than that, he wanted her to know that he loved her and would always take care of her. So he began to spin a tale about a reindeer with a bright red nose who found a special place on Santa’s team. Barbara loved the story so much that she made her father tell it every night before bedtime. As he did, it grew more elaborate. Because he couldn’t afford to buy his daughter a gift for Christmas, Bob decided to turn the story into a homemade picture book.

In early December, Bob’s wife died. Though he was heartbroken, he kept working on the book for his daughter. A few days before Christmas, he reluctantly attended a company party at Montgomery Ward. His co-workers encouraged him to share the story he’d written. After he read it, there was a standing ovation. Everyone wanted copies of their own. Montgomery Ward bought the rights to the book from their debt-ridden employee. Over the next six years, at Christmas, they gave away six million copies of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer to shoppers. Every major publishing house in the country was making offers to obtain the book. In an incredible display of good will, the head of the department store returned all rights to Bob May. Four years later, Rudolph had made him into a millionaire.

Now remarried with a growing family, May felt blessed by his good fortune. But there was more to come. His brother-in-law, a successful songwriter named Johnny Marks, set the uplifting story to music. The song was pitched to artists from Bing Crosby on down. They all passed. Finally, Marks approached Gene Autry. The cowboy star had scored a holiday hit with “Here Comes Santa Claus” a few years before. Like the others, Autry wasn’t impressed with the song about the misfit reindeer. Marks begged him to give it a second listen. Autry played it for his wife, Ina. She was so touched by the line “They wouldn’t let poor Rudolph play in any reindeer games” that she insisted her husband record the tune.

Within a few years, it had become the second best-selling Christmas song ever, right behind “White Christmas.” Since then, Rudolph has come to life in TV specials, cartoons, movies, toys, games, coloring books, greeting cards and even a Ringling Bros. circus act. The little red-nosed reindeer dreamed up by Bob May and immortalized in song by Johnny Marks has come to symbolize Christmas as much as Santa Claus, evergreen trees and presents. As the last line of the song says, “He’ll go down in history.”
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This is exquisite!  I could look at it all day!

This is exquisite! I could look at it all day!

Art by Robert Wood


On 11-11 at exactly 11:11 am, every Veterans Day, the sun aligns perfectly with the Anthem Veteran’s Memorial in Arizona to shine through the ellipses of the five marble pillars representing each branch of the Armed Forces, illuminating The Great Seal of the United States!


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