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well, after yet another spell of silence…

… and,

while we’re at it

another cute one

Tania uses silver and natural bio-material, such as peach pits, tagua pits, cow skin to create all kinds of imaginative designs.

If you are wondering about TAGUA, well, it’s standard jewellery design material, it seems:

A “Latin Art Jewelry” website explains that it takes several months from the moment the tagua nuts are collected to the moment the product is made and ready for sale. The tagua nut is a dried seed from the tagua palm tree, which grows in the tropical rain forests of South America (Ecuador, Colombia, Peru and Brazil). Tagua is known as “natural ivory” or “vegetable ivory”, because of its similarity with ivory — it’s hard, unbreakable, resistant and beautiful.

BUT — tells us the website — “tagua is natural, they don’t have to kill elephant in order to get it”.


How’s that for an understanding of…



  1. It all started with my search for a Happy B-day! youtube video for my January-born very precious sister 🙂
  2. Then I thought of posting Happy Birth Day addressed to the New 2015 Year.
  3. Then, from one link to the next, I discovered multiple YouTube vids by Kseniya Simonova, a sand virtuosa from Ukrane.

Yet another proof of limit-free human creativity, wouldn’t you say?

Enjoy a few YouTube vids:

  • Sand art film “Beautiful Morocco” (2013) — created for the Foundation of Her Royal Highness Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco. How’s that for a tall order 🙂


  • “Dont Give Up” – Published on Feb 4, 2013, meant to uplift kids and adults suffering from cancer


  • “Legends of Russia” sand animation (2013) — Published on Apr 12, 2013


  • Kseniya Simonova’s biographic film — with English subtitles. Uploaded on Feb 6, 2011


  • By the way, with “Legends of China” winner of Ukrane’s Got Talent 2009


Since the post-trigger quote by Martha Graham (May 11, 1894 – April 1, 1991) came up in a Becoming Human-adjacent discussion on “enthusiasm” and what it takes to inspire others, here are a few lines by, and a view of, this insightful artist, dubbed “the Picasso of dance”.

Martha Graham and Bertram Ross (1961)
credit: Wikipedia images

  • There is a vitality, a life force, a quickening that is translated through you into action and because there is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and will be lost. The world will not have it. It is not your business to determine how good it is nor how valuable it is nor how it compares with other expressions. It is your business to keep it yours clearly and directly, to keep the channel open. You do not even have to believe in yourself or your work. You have to keep open and aware directly to the urges that motivate you. Keep the channel open. No artist is pleased. There is no satisfaction whatever at any time. There is only a queer, divine dissatisfaction, a blessed unrest that keeps us marching and makes us more alive than others.
    – Martha Graham to Agnes De Mille in “Dance to the Piper”
    Quoted after Kimberly at Stream of Consciousness blog

The quote was tracked through the Wikipedia article on Graham to:

de Mille, Agnes (1991). Martha: The Life and Work of Martha Graham. NYC: Random House. ISBN 978-0-394-55643-7.

More quotes:

  • You can be Eastern or Burmese or what have you, but the function of the body and the awareness of the body results in dance and you become a dancer, not just a human being. ”
    From  Blood Memory
  • Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.
    Quoted after Zaady at Stream of Consciousness blog



such as “Misery is a communicable disease”

“What people in the world think of you is really none of your business”

oh, and in an academic institution, too 🙂

… and here, a natural leaf aging in increments:

… and this, a form of two-way puppy love, you might say?

Antonio Vivaldi’s “Spring”

Youtube credit: uploaded by SimonSAlba April 9, 2010

Update March 21, 2014: Which reminds me of the Vernal Pool project

Well, this is a quote I just got today, and am presenting it as food for thought — because the Profound Relatedness/Ecological Attunement I am working on (my Ecosonance thesis) is precisely about recalling the joy, beauty, and ontological connection with All Existence that is a robust implication of what I just re-iterated as a 3MT (Indigenous knowledges meeting “Western” rebellions for a deeper connectedness within and to the world).

Hats off to those who have the sensorial-mental endowment for that 🙂

From: Artscisalon mailing list | |
Sent: Feb 19, 2014


Arts and science practitioners – from across Canada and abroad – are invited to contribute to the formation of a temporary body of water in a gallery space by gathering snow samples this winter as a form of extrinsic artistic practice about place and precipitation.

In April 2014, the resulting reservoir of snowmelt will be convened into an immersive, elemental water installation in Toronto.

Entitled Vernal Pool, this season-based, participatory art project references the ephemeral wetland ecosystems that form in springtime from melting snow and rainwater. Following the exhibition, the pool will be returned to the earth through a collective watering of gardens and urban greenspaces.

A participatory art project about place + precipitation: Produced by Karen Abel with Jessica Marion Barr, the project will be exhibited at the Gladstone Hotel in Toronto as part of Grow Op: Exploring Landscape + Place, curated by landscape architect Victoria Taylor. View + download the PDF here.

Opening Reception Fri April 25 2014 | 7-10pm Gladstone Hotel | Toronto ON

For more information visit|

Stephen Morris
Department of Physics
University of Toronto
(416) 978-6810

… the above is my variation on WP’s comment on the “Hey Soul Brother” post:

The best way to become acquainted with a subject is to write a book about it.
Benjamin Disraeli

1st update:

Oh, and WP’s comment on this one can be read as an explanation of  why I titled it Sing/write, not Write/sing a song. Something about the best way to start a blog being to start reading them — by Jarvis (?)

Well, there was also the alliteration embeddedness to observe:

sing write … with subject

2nd update:

After two Train-related posts, I thought it would only be fair to include a video:

Youtube credit: Uploaded by on Nov 24, 2009

June 28, 2012 update:

Pat Monahan explains the meaning behind his Grammy-winning song, “Drops of Jupiter” on Youtube

Yet another update, July 8, 2012:

Drops of Jupiter studio recording at


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