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1. Sweet thoughts

DSC_1672Little bee, no swerving from your line when you deliver the goods back home.

A busy place with no door but when you enter you still use your buzzer.

Then back again from flower to flower, collecting the pollen that gives you power.

It’s home again, little bundles carried to feed the Queen


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2. App of the Week: Brushstroke

Name: Brushstroke
Cost: 2.99
Platform: iOS 7 or later

code organa logoBrushstroke is a seemingly simple app that turns a photo into a painting. You might think to yourself, so what? But really, it’s a pretty powerful tool that gives teens, teachers, and librarians the chance to use a variety of effects on their photos and is a great way to start discussions on painting techniques, styles, how visual messages change as a result of visual choices, and even artists and art movements.

The way it works is that a user selects a photo from an iPad or iPhone camera roll or takes a photo from within the app. The next step is to crop the image if need be. After that, and I admit it took me a minute to figure out how to get from the crop screen to the painting screen – it’s the > on the top right (as you can see in the images below) – the image is rendered as a painting. In the photos below you’ll see the original version of the photo I painted on the left and the painted version on the right.

original photo of harry and lulu relaxing brushstroke painted photo of harry and lulu relaxing

Once a photo is turned by Brushstroke into a painting, a wide-array of painting styles are available to render the image in. Choices range from oil and watercolor styles to experimental and abstract styles. You can also add color filters; a canvas type such as primed, rough, canvas, stone, and so on; change exposure, brightness, and add a highlights; and add a signature to a painting. Brushstroke signature screenWhen adding a signature there are a few color choices available and as the signature is created it’s visible on the painting so it’s easy to tell which color will display the best.

After completing a painting it can be saved, shared via traditional social media channels, or even produced and shipped framed and ready to hang in a school, library, or teenager’s bedroom.

Teens who are interested in different styles of art can compare their favorite artist’s paintings to the styles they create with Brushstrokes. Teachers who are working with teens in art classes, history classes, and so on can use Brushstroke as a jumping off point in conversations about the ways in which different painting techniques can be used in order to send a particular message or create a particular emotion.

Turning a photo into a painting might seem like a simple idea. But in reality, to transform the photo into the style most appropriate for the image portrayed takes a lot of thought and trial and error. Critical thinking and problem-solving are a key part of the process.

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3. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat #nycc Barf & Lonestar cosplay

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4. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat #nycc WOW this Cassandra cosplay overwhelms me! #doctorwho

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5. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat DRAGON BALL ADORABLE! #nycc

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6. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Dance magic dance! Stunning Jareth cosplay! #nycc

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7. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat #nycc legend of korra cosplay

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8. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat AWESOME HANNIBAL COSPLAY #nycc

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9. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat HANNIBAL cosplay!

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10. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Joel & Tom Servo #mst3k #nycc

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11. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Awesome dark Phoenix

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12. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat 80’s Storm-brilliant! #nycc

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13. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat @betsyboowho in an amazing Captain Marvel @marvel #nycc

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14. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat SHARKNADO! #nycc

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15. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Adorable Steven Universe cosplay #nycc

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16. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Spot on Babs Tarr #batgirl cosplay at #nycc

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17. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat That #kitemovie crew seemed like a beautiful and terrifying gang.

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18. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Watch out #nycc

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19. Eight years ago this week

Found on my old private family blog, dated August 27, 2006. Scott was out here in San Diego, a month into the new job. I was back home with the (then) five kids, trying to get the house sold. Rilla was only a few months old. Rose would have been eight, Beanie five. Scott and I did not bear the separation easily. I created a little daily-snippets blog just for him so he wouldn’t feel like he was missing everything. At night, after the kids were in bed, I had a gig writing parenting articles for a medical website. Scott and I would keep a chat window open and ping each other back and forth as we worked away on opposite coasts. Sometimes we’d go to audio and listen to the sound of each other typing. Four months, and it felt like forever.

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August 27, 2006

The Conversation Went Like This

Bean: Why did SHE get to sleep in your bed last night?

Me: Just because. You may tonight, if you wish.

Rose: But won’t she be lonely, waiting for you to come to bed?

Bean: What?

Rose, breaking it to her gently: If you sleep with Mommy, you have to wait a long time in the dark before she gets there.

Bean, brow furrowed: Oh…

Rose, kindly: Do you want to sleep in Mommy’s room, or do you want to snuggle up with me?

Bean’s reply? She threw her arms around her sister. The hug went on long enough for me to snap it.

2006sisterhug

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20. “Rose colored glasses”

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I was just thinking that it’s not the perfect flower I look for in my photography, it’s the perfect feeling, same with my friends, they all have little flaws just like me but when I close my eyes and think of them I only know the sweet essence of their perfection and see how wonderful life is to let me see them … Love you all !


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21. Sing like nothing else matters !

When you are feeling all alone, if you just sing out loud you may be surprised how many others will join in with you …JDMn6Birds62920141


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22. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Doctor Who cosplayers assemble! #nycc #doctorwho #cosplay

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23. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Cool #nycc special guests Naruto and R2D2

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24. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat They say it’s made of wax but I dunno…keep your eye on this one.

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25. SDCC 14: #comicsbeat Watch out #nycc

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