Make me beautiful

A fascinating reflection


“Esther Honig, a 24 year old freelance journalist from Kansas City, put the saying ‘beauty is in the eye of the beholder’ to the test with this fascinating project titled Before and After.  Honig sent an unaltered photo of herself to over 40 Photoshop enthusiasts in 25 different countries and made the simple request: “Make me beautiful.”

Check out the astonishing results here at My Modern Met: Woman Had Her Face Photoshopped in 25 Countries to Compare Beauty Standards Across the Globe.

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Why I Live In A Purple House

Even if I did not like the color, I love the attitude.

Sirena Tales

Lavender, to be precise.  Which, in my neck of the woods, is generally “not done.”

My husband stunned me a couple of decades ago when we were considering what color to paint our peeling, pale blue house in suburban New England.  “What about something whimsical?” he had asked.  Why not, indeed?

Floored only for a moment, I dived into an enchanting discussion of the possible.  What if we  forged new territory beyond the miles and miles of beige, white, grey, and the occasional pale blue or green?  All of which are fine colors for a home.  But what about the rest of the spectrum?

After all these years, my heart still lifts a bit when I spy the lovely and unique hue, as well as its chameleon like quality depending on the light and whether the ground contrasts with snow or greenery.  Alabaster, mauve, lilac, periwinkle, light violet-we’ve been delighted…

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An Old Swimming Hole Revisited

The town in which I live, a must post.

New Hampshire Garden Solutions

1. Depot Building

I visited a rail trail recently that I hadn’t been on for many years. This is where we start; at the depot in Fitzwilliam, New Hampshire. Henry David Thoreau, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and other notables passed this way on their way north out of Fitchburg, Massachusetts to the town of Troy, New Hampshire where they then hiked to Mount Monadnock to climb it.

2. Signal Light

This depot still has its colored glass signals on top of a high pole. The meaning of three of the colors is much the same today as it was then; green meant it was safe to proceed, yellow meant an impending stop or speed reduction, and red meant come to a full stop. Blue meant that another track met the track you were on. Purple was used for derails at one time, but became obsolete. Amber was used in foggy conditions and white or clear meant restricted…

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