Gems 4.72

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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820: nos corazon

you’re missing from me,
tu me manques, and I from you
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ay, nos Corazon,
our beautiful Benjamin
rentrer à la maison

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our heart / you're missing from me / (you're missing from me) and I from you /equiponderant / oh, our heart / our beautiful Benjamin / return home

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serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

 

Themes:

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I beg your indulgence.  Today’s poem is a rare self-insert, but I cannot silence my heart’s keening. Some nights are like this.  Then, I surface. Hope returns.

Instead of monthly themes, we’ll be doing recurring weekly ones for the days when we don’t have any new creations to share from our homeless artists.  Recurring daily themes are: Monday – (fun)day – humor;  Tuesday – muse day (our biggest inspirations); Wednesday – dies Mercurii – Day of Mercury, mercurial day, water day (Japanese/Korean) “Water Star;” anything goes; Thursday – Thor, the gods, those we worship (God, god or otherwise); Friday – Frigg / Venus day, so LOVE; -or- TGIF what it really means.  Or bag all that and insert your theme idea here: 

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T.G.I.F 11: What It Really Means

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ¤ under1000skies ¤

This week we featured two beautiful photos from the Reagan family as well as a beautiful painting from an unknown artist and a photo from an unknown photographer.  (If you know either one please let us know so we can credit their creations!)

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T.G.I.F. – What It Really Means

Happy Friday!  Today’s TGIF is a gorgeous painting from Daryl Mandryk — “Return of Tarzan” originally found on Digital Art Gallery. The link is no longer available, but Daryl’s website is here.

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“Return of Tarzan” by Daryl Mandryk

 

T.arzan,

G.orilla

I.tensely

F.ighting

Journey Notes

The theme for the month of February will be “beauty.” because when we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.  If you have a favorite quote or poem about “beauty,” please let us know!

May you find joy and beauty every day on your journey,

♡. under1000skies
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ¤ under1000skies ¤

This week we featured three beautiful photos from the Reagan family as well as a wonderful poem and photo collage from MJ:

T.G.I.F. – What It Really Means

Happy Friday!  Today’s TGIF is from a clever photoshop (artist/photographer unknown) about a fabulous giraffe with a great attitude!

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G.iraffe

I.s

F.abulous

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Journey Notes

The theme for the month of January is “journey.”  If you have a favorite quote or poem about “journey,” or the journey of life,  please leave a comment!  Just a heads-up, the theme for February will be “beauty.”  We at under1000skies truly believe that when we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy and beauty every day on your journey through life.

♡. under1000skies
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

 

 

TGIF 9: This Week under1000skies

 

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ¤ under1000skies ¤

This week we featured a beautiful photo from Alisa Reagan, two photos from Niki Flow and one painting from an unknown artist.

 

T.G.I.F. – What It Really Means

Happy Friday!  Today’s TGIF is based on a quote from Gandhi:

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Born on October 2, 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi‘s life exemplified this great advice.  I added “Inspirational” to the acronym today since it’s a goal:

“Be…

T.ruthful

G.entle

[I.spirational] &

F.earless.”

Journey Notes

The theme for the month of January is “journey.”  If you have a favorite quote or poem about “journey,” or the journey of life,  please leave a comment!  Just a heads-up, the theme for February will be “beauty.”  We at under1000skies truly believe that when we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy and beauty every day on your journey through life.

♡. under1000skies
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

TGIF 8: This Week under1000skies

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ¤ under1000skies ¤

This week we featured a beautiful photo from Alisa Reagan, two photos from Niki Flow and one photo from an unknown photographer.

 

We also shared the letter we include with our artist packs:

 

T.G.I.F. – What It Really Means

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Happy Friday!  Today’s TGIF is a video shared on KindSpring.org yesterday by Rajni.  It’s a spoken-word piece by Curly Street Media called “Love.”   This short and beautiful video was a gift to me yesterday.  May it be so for you too.  TGIF:  “Love” – This Gift Is Forever

“Love liberates.  It doesn’t just hold.  That’s ego. Love liberates.”

“Right may not be expedient.  It may not be profitable.  But it will satisfy your soul.”

Love by CurlyStreetMedia on Vimeo

TGIF 7: This Week under1000skies

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ¤ under1000skies ¤

This week we featured a beautiful photo and poem from MJ and photos and art work from Niki Flow.  Our About page also got an update:

T.G.I.F. – What It Really Means

Today’s TGIF is just for fun. I don’t know who took this hilarious photo or who made the meme, but it made me laugh when I saw it. I hope you enjoy it.  Have a great weekend!

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 Journey Notes

The theme for the month of January is “journey.”  If you have a favorite quote or poem about “journey,” or the journey of life,  please leave a comment!

♡. under1000skies
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writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

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TGIF 6: Big News under1000skies

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening this week on ¤ under1000skies ¤

This week we featured three photos from Alisa Reagan

and one from Niki Flow

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Thank you for donating your beautiful photos! ♡

 

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NEWS

We have purchased under1000skies.com and under1000skies.org!

During 2017, we will be working to build both websites and have them up and running as soon as possible.  As you may have read, thanks to Bay Area Web Designers, we received a free year of hosting for our Domestic Violence advocacy and survivor site, Moonsongs.net which will go live by the end of March.  This will be a sister site to under100oskies.org.  Very often, women and children who are victims of domestic violence and other violent crimes become homeless.

 

 

One of our photographers and volunteer coordinator, Niki Flow, spent years with her youngest son homeless.  Niki lost her home and the contents of her home due to DV and stalking.   Most of that time, she and her son did not spend on the street but in DV shelters, with friends and family.  Domestic violence was also the cause of the death of her youngest son, Samuel Christopher.  Since then, Niki and her two older sons, Benjamin and Joseph, have been passionate about helping those who are homeless and who have been through trauma become — not just survivors — but a strong, connected tribe of thrivers.

 

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We’ll be using the Under1000skies.com site for our new store (coming soon!), and 100 percent of the profits from our products sold there will go to buy artist packs.  We’ll be selling things like cards, stationary and mouse pads using Niki Flow’s heart-people drawings, like the one above.  The under1000skies.org site is where we’ll have our artist gallery and daily photos.

 

 

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TGIF:  What It Really Means

T.his G.orgeous (Planner) I.s F.ree!

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This weeks TGIF is a cool #freebiefriday thanks to Liz Stevens Art.  She tweeted this today:

Thanks to for this gorgeous FREE printable planner that I’ve been using for 3 years

The Handmade Home 2017 Planner

I can’t wait to print this and start using it. Such a beautiful gift to the world! *cheering wildly* Thanks so much Ashley and Liz!! ♥

 

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What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day.

♡. under1000skies

T.G.I.F. 5: “What It Really Means”

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ¤ under1000skies ¤

This week we featured four photos from Alisa Reagan (thank you)  ♡

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TGIF – What It Really Means

Totally Gorgeous, Incredibly Fit:  The Remarkable Story of Ernestine Shepherd

There is nothing more joyful that regaining fitness and health after it has been lost.  This week’s inspiring TGIF story is about 78-years YOUNG Ernestine Shepherd.
Published on Feb 4, 2014 on Prevention’s YouTube Channel

“Do healthy, ripped bodies only belong to the young? Not if you’re Ernestine Shepherd. At 77, she’s the world’s oldest female bodybuilder and in our original documentary short, we follow a day in her life.”

https://youtu.be/na6yl8yIZUI

This is a more recent photo – she’s 78 here:

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And here’s her daily routine:

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What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day.

♡. under1000skies

T.G.I.F. 3: This Week under1000skies

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s happening ¤ under1000skies ¤

Gems 2.70

I hope you enjoyed Thanksgiving week.  It was a nice break for us, but we’re very happy to be back to share lots of new Gems. Yesterday we shared this image and original poem by Niki Flow.   gems-2-70This month in December, our theme is joy and that includes anything that creates laughter as well.  There’s been a lot of sadness this year, and really tough major issues, for all of us.  Our hearts are pulled all over by our empathy, and every sadness hurts us as well. Laughter is healing.  We need more joy.  If you have any favorite quotes about joy, any photos that express joy in your life, any poems, artwork, or anything that you’ve created with joy or laughter, we’d love to feature your creativity in December.

T.G.I.F. – What It Really Means

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TGIF – “Twenty Guys In Fedora” – A Jazztizz Creation

This week’s TGIF is just for fun — an homage to the fedora and 20 guys that make it look good.  You can find this and other photos along with this theme the Pinterest Board:  TGIF – What It Really Means.   If you have any ideas for this board, let us know!  We’re working on a “20 gals” version, so if you have any favorite photos, send them into us!

 

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What Do You Find Beautiful?

As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we know what someone finds beautiful, we get a glimpse into their hearts.

May you find joy every day under 1000 skies.   ♡.

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TGIF 2 | This Week Under1000Skies

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s what’s new ¤ under1000skies ¤

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THIS WEEK ON UNDER1000SKIES

This week’s Gems four photos from Niki Flow:  1.  “Solvitur ambulando – It is solved by walking” (Inspired by Nicole Huguenin, Chief Dream Architect, Wild Dream Walks; 2. “Jeweled Clouds with Seagulls;” 3. “Reach Up;” and 4. “Straight Up.”

Three of the quotes shared are part of the Divine Feminine Series, Nos. 19-21 and are from (probably) an ancient Roman mother Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis (when she was 10-years old and known as Jacqueline Lee Bouvier) and Harriet Tubman.

Gems 2.66:  The quote, Solvitur ambulando is attributed many throughout history, and the first written documentation goes back to Ancient Rome.  It’s very possible, however, that the words were first uttered by an exasperated wife or mother.  Women in ancient Rome had few rights but doubtless much wisdom.  “Solvitur ambulando” is simply a tactful way of saying. “Go outside and get out of my hair!”

Gems 2.67:  Jacqueline Kennedy-Onaassis (née Bouvier) (July 28, 1929 – May 19, 1994) was the wife of the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, and First Lady of the United States during his presidency from 1961 until his assassination in 1963.

Gems 2.68:  Harriet Tubman – (c. 1822 – March 10, 1913) was an American abolitionist, humanitarian, and an armed scout and spy for the United States Army during the American Civil War. Born into slavery, Tubman escaped and subsequently made some thirteen missions to rescue approximately seventy enslaved families and friends,[2] using the network of antislavery activists and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Gems 2.69 “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls” was said by Aesop (c. 620 – 564 BCE)  — not a woman, but a perfect quote we thought for a day when many people set aside time for giving thanks.

TGIF:  WHAT IT REALLY MEANS (2)

This week’s TGIF features a really exemplary group of young people in Rhode Island and their idea T.urn G.as I.nto F.uel!

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Project TGIF:   Turn Grease Into Fuel

Project TGIF Donations to Charity
Currently, we have donated a total of 29,000 gallons of BioHeat to seven local charities, including the WARM Shelter, the  Jonnycake Center, Mystic Area Shelter and Hospitality, the Welcome House, and the Keep the Heat On program.  This has been used to heat the homes of 290 local families.  The program is able to assist approximately 80 families each year.  The biofuel donations are valued at more than $120,000.

Congrats to the Junior Win Team of Westerly, Rhode Island for this fabulous idea!

Every Friday we’ll also be adding a photo from our Pinterest Board, “TGIF: What It Really Means.”  All are welcome to contribute.  The only criteria is that your description fits the acronym, T.G.I.F. =)

 

NEWS

We have a new page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/under1000skies/

And a new account on Twitter!   https://twitter.com/under1000skies

We just purchased the domain, “under1000skies.com” and will be working on getting the website up and running as soon as possible.

To that end, we’ve entered a contest on Instagram held by Bay Area Website Designer in celebration of Small Business Saturday  (tomorrow, November 26th).  If you share this image (below) and contact Bay Area Website Designer, you are automatically entered into the contest.

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