Urban Yoga Dynamically Changes the Beauty of City Streets

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Slovenia native Anja Humljan turns spaces like subway platforms, grocery store aisles and basketball courts into studios for reflection and balance.

She created The Urban Yoga Photo Book to help people feel connected to their environments. “As far as the poses are concerned, my aim was to connect, intertwine and mimic the urban space,” she says on her website.

The photos were shot on location in New York, Paris, Madrid and Ljubljana, Slovenia, by photographers Emilio P. Doiztua, Jaka Vinšek and Antoine Le Grand. During the photo shoot process, Humljan says bystanders’ reactions to urban yoga varied by city.

In New York, passersby treated the shoots as a “spectacle” and crowded around taking their own photos. Parisians largely ignored her. In Madrid, bystanders expressed concern for her safety and stood by watchfully.

The project already produced a magazine edition that launched at Paris Fashion Week. The next goal is to…

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Palestinians: The Difference between Us and Them

I cannot count the number of times that I heard from Israeli Jews the phrases “I’m ashamed” and “I’m sorry” in response to the horrific crime that claimed the life of Palestinian toddler Ali Dawabsha in the West Bank village of Duma last week.

The strong response of the Israeli public and leaders to the arson attack is, truthfully, somewhat comforting. The wall-to-wall Israeli condemnation of this crime has left me and other Palestinians not only ashamed, but also embarrassed — because this is not how we Palestinians have been reacting to terror attacks against Jews — even the despicable murder of Jewish children.

Our response has, in fact, brought feelings of disgrace and dishonor. While the Israeli prime minister, president and other officials were quick strongly to condemn the murder of Dawabsha, our leaders rarely denounce terror attacks against Jews. And when a Palestinian leader such as Mahmoud Abbas does issue a condemnation, it is often vague and equivocal.


Bird of Paradise

Inside the Mind of Isadora

Flower-Bird-of-Paradise-B.web Bird of Paradise                2015©photography by Isadora 

The Bird of Paradise or crane plant is a plant that bears a unique flower that resembles a bird in flight.

It’s native to South Africa but naturalized in Mexico, Belize, Bangladesh,

Madeira Islands and Juan Fernández Islands off the coast of Chile.

Common names include Strelitzia, Crane Flower or Bird of Paradise,

though these names are also collectively applied to other species in the genus Strelitzia.

The plant grows to 3 ½ to 4 feet in height and has clumps of stiff banana like leaves,

gray to green in color, extending up from its base.

Its flowers emerge from a beak-like structure known as the spathe,

which sits horizontally at the top of a long stalk and forms a sheath that protects the flower.

The color of the spathe ranges from green to purple.


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Counter-extremist Maajid Nawaz criticizes the Guardian’s ‘flirtation with religious theocrats’

Maajid Nawaz– a former Islamist extremist who’s now advising David Cameron on counter-extremism strategy – penned an op-ed at The Daily Beast on Aug. 8th titled ‘The British Left’s Hypocritical Embrace of Islamism‘.  The piece is a truly a must-read for anyone concerned about the disturbing phenomenom of putatively progressive forces defending, if not outright embracing, decidedly reactionary political movements. 

Of special relevance to readers of this blog, Nawaz devotes a large percentage of his polemic going after one specific media group: The Guardian.

Here are some excerpts:

The desire to impose religion over society is otherwise known as theocracy. Being veterans of the struggle to push back against fundamentalist Christians, American liberals are well acquainted with the pitfalls of the neoconservative flirtation with the religious-right. How ironic, then, that in Europe it is those on the left—led by the Guardian—who flirt with religious theocrats. For…

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29+ Ways to Market Your Book


marketing woahsAt a recent #IWSG confab, I was whining to online friends about the difficulty of marketing my books. I got a long list of great comments, both on the blog and via emails from writers who have approaches that worked well for them.

To share these with you and then continue the conversation, I chose a Google Spreadsheet. If you’re familiar with Excel, it’s quite like that, but easier to share out and collaborate on.

Using this method, we can:

  • read about everyone’s thoughts
  • share ideas by clicking the link and adding contributions to the bottom of the spreadsheet (it’s set to share and edit)
  • repost the spreadsheet to your blog where you collect ideas from your readers. Those will automatically be shared on this same spreadsheet, meaning they’ll appear on my post here (and my readers’ contributions will appear on your blog). If we can repost this to lots of…

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What Makes a Couple of Normal Days in Israel?

Beyond the Cusp

These are simply a few randomly chosen acts of hate filled violence spread across two days, five stories with three telling of attacks in Israel including one on the Temple Mount from an unexpected source; one story from Wellington, Florida in the United States; and then lastly the reality that Israelis make remarkable recoveries and the situation that was arranged probably from Above that all from the horrific scene and terror attack were together again and shared the joy for one family nearly a year later. All of these stories likely would never even reach the average Israeli, especially if they get all of their news from the standard mainstream media even here in Israel; so we obviously cannot fault the world for not reporting that which is ignored by much of our own media. Partly the blame goes to the fact that one could pick any day or so…

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