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Wedding by Fire Light

On the day of Michael and April Weber’s wedding in Springs Ranch, Oregon, the Two Bulls wildfire headed towards the site of their ceremony. They were quickly married, and then these beautiful photographs were taken. What a memorable illustration of the commitment of marriage.

Source: BuzzFeed

Aperature House

Roger Scommenga’s Aperature House in Moose Lake, Wisconsin.

Scommegna pitched the idea to Vetter Denk Architects, the forward-thinking Milwaukee firm he had hired in 1995 to design his primary residence in Brookfield, an upscale Milwaukee suburb. “I said, ‘I want to build a home like this wine,’” Scommegna recounts.

“‘Simple packaging, and nothing fancy, because this is a screw-top jug. But I want good design, and I want it to be a surprise when someone opens up the wine or comes in the house.’ I just kind of wanted it to be quiet on the outside, big surprise on the inside. And then I left them with this bottle of wine.”

Source: Dwell


Forget safety. Live where you fear to live. Destroy your reputation. Be notorious. I have tried prudent planning long enough. From now on, I’ll be mad.

Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī

Heath Ceramics

Heath Ceramics

Photo by Sacramento Street

A beautiful article about the history of Heath Ceramics.

Source: Sacramento Street

Benefits of Headstands

Photo by Lululemon

A few years ago, I attempted yoga to address pain plaguing me daily. I was fortunate enough to work under a really amazing teacher whose patience and enthusiasm was catching. Recently I transitioned into trying headstands for the first time. I found that on the mornings I did inversion work, I felt sharper and generally better throughout the day.

Apparently there are a number of benefits to doing headstands. According to Do You Yoga

  1. Relieves Stress
    Headstand is known as a cooling posture, meaning that it helps you to draw your attention inwards. This posture is extremely helpful if you are having anxiety, stress, fear or otherwise worrisome thoughts. Combine headstand with long, slow breathing and you have a recipe for stress relief.
  2. Increases Focus
    When you turn upside down, you are increasing the blood flow to your brain. This can help to improve mental function, and increase you sense of focus.Along with helping to reduce fear and worry, this posture will improve your ability to keep your mind sharp and clear.
  3. Improves Blood Flow To The Eyes
    When you flip over, you will be sending extra oxygen and nutrient rich blood to the head, and that means more will be getting to your eyes. This can help to prevent macular degeneration and other eye issues.
  4. Increases Blood Flow To The Head And Scalp
    Headstand is an awesome posture if you want to optimize the nutrient flow to your head and scalp. You can help your body deliver extra nutrients and oxygen to your scalp, thereby improving nutrient delivery to your hair follicles by turning upside down. You never know, perhaps a consistent headstand practice will help you grow a more luscious head of hair!
  5. Strengthens Shoulders And Arms
    While you are holding yourself up in headstand, you should be pushing down into the ground with your forearms, utilizing the strength of your arms, shoulders and back to keep the pressure off of your head and neck. This is an awesome posture for improving upper body strength and muscular endurance.
  6. Improves Digestion
    When you allow the effects of gravity to be reversed on your digestive organs, you will help to move stuck material, release trapped gases, as well as improve blood flow to the all important digestive organs — increasing nutrient absorption and delivery to your cells. Again, if you combine headstand with focused belly breathing you will have a double whammy effect.
  7. Helps To Flush Out The Adrenal Glands
    Going upside-down will squeeze your little adrenal glands, which are responsible for the production of those so-called stress hormones. The cleaner your adrenal glands are, the more optimal they will function. This will help you to adapt to stress better!
  8. Decreases Fluid Build-Up In The Legs, Ankles, And Feet
    Edema in the legs is no fun, and it can happen if you tend to spend long hours on your feet. Reversing the effects of gravity on your bodily fluids will help to flush out built up water in the legs, relieving the uncomfortable feeling of edema.
  9. Develops Strength In The Core Muscles
    Headstand is a major core workout. You will rely on your core strength to hold your legs up and keep your balance throughout the pose. Having a strong core makes you more durable and less prone to injury in yoga, and in life overall.
  10. Stimulates The Lymphatic System
    Your lymph system can also be called your garbage dump system. This network of nodes and fluids help to remove waste products from your blood. When you flip onto your head you will be directly stimulating your lymphatic system and thereby helping to remove toxins from your body.

Source: Do You Yoga

When to Exercise — Morning or Evening?

Photo by Dr. Andrew Weil's Daily Health Tips

Is there really a difference to exercising in the morning versus the evening? I traditionally have exercised in the morning in my more recent past, yet have been considering moving my routine to the evening, post work. This article from the America’s Nutrition Expert blog seems to think there is. Reasons (quoted from the site):

  1. More Consistent = Better Long-term Results
    Research shows that those who exercise in the morning are more consistent, regular exercisers than those who exercise later in the day. Our bodies love routine. If you force yourself to get up when your alarm goes off, your body will thank you and pay you back by feeling rested and ready for the day.
  2. Less Diversion
    How often have you planned on working out after work and something better comes along? By getting up early, you are likely not going to miss out on any fun or get distracted by more work. Instead of scrambling to finish your day’s list missing yet another workout, plan to do it first thing so you are sure to fit it in!
  3. More Productivity
    Exercising increases your gets your endorphins going. You will be more awake and ready to tackle your day by giving yourself that extra energy boost. Working out can increase your mental clarity for 4 to 10 hours post-exercise. What better time to capitalize on this than at work, school or during your daily activities?
  4. Boost your Metabolism
    Benefits of exercising linger throughout the day. You continue to burn calories after the workout is done. Why not utilize this benefit during the day when you are eating instead of when you are sleeping. By keeping your metabolism elevated, you will be burning more calories all day long.
  5. Better Sleep
    Studies have shown that women and men, who wake up early for regular exercise, sleep better than those who exercise regularly in the evening. Since exercise stimulates your body, when you exercise at night, it becomes more difficult to fully relax and drift into peaceful sleep.
  6. Eat Better
    By knocking out your exercise first thing, you will approach your food differently during the day. You are proud of yourself for getting up and burning some calories, why taint that with an unhealthy lunch? Instead, you will want to continue your positive choices by choosing foods that help you continue feeling fresh and energized.

What do you think?

Source: America's Nutrition Expert

Stress & Random Acts of Kindness

Photo by Amy Poehler's Smart Girls

How humbling is the story depicted in this photograph?

I’ve recently been learning of the health benefits of doing good deeds for others. Doing so causes stress relief, which overpowers the body’s prolonged stress response.

There’s a great National Geographic documentary, Stress: Portrait of a Killer, available on Netflix. Watching it, the greatest realization for me is that we were never meant to operate with consistent levels of stress in our lives. Stress exists as a way to survive — “fight or flight” moments — before modern civilizations emerged. If I lion was going to eat you, the immediate surge of cortisol (and whatnot) into you bloodstream amped you up to deal with the potentially deadly situation existent in that moment. Yet those moments were temporary.

In modern day situations, our bodies respond to every day issues — deadlines, difficult interactions, et cetera — with the same response. This sustained response to stress causes physical issues with the deterioration of our brains and immune systems. Also, when we eat animals who existed with stress chemicals in their bodies, those chemicals make their way into our bodies. It’s enough to make someone consider vegetarianism.

So as we think of ways to decrease stress, perhaps one of the simplest measures is just to be nice to other people. For more info, check out The Science of Good Deeds, via Web MD.

Hoke Residence

Photo by Skylab Architecture

Designed by Skylab Architecture and nestled into a wooded area of Portland, Oregon.

Source: Skylab Architecture

Honey Glazed Carrots with Garlic

Honey Glazed Carrots with Garlic

Photo by Whole Living

Honey Glazed Carrots with Garlic


  • 01.5 lb multi-coloured carrots
  • 01 head garlic
  • 01 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 03 T honey
  • 02 t red chile flakes
  • 02 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • coarse sea salt

Prep  Trim and scrub carrots. Remove the base of the garlic, and remove skin that's peeling off.

Directions  Place the carrots and garlic into a large skillet, and fill with enough water to cover the vegetables. Season with sea salt, and bring to a boil. Next, reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for about 10 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Strain the vegetables and discard the water. Place the pan back on the stove, returning the heat to medium high. Add olive oil, honey, red chile flakes, and rosemary. Cook until bubbling, then add the carrots and garlic. Cook for about five minutes, coating the vegetables. Season with sea salt.

Optional  After removing the carrots and garlic from the water, I like to remove the remaining garlic skins. Makes it easier to eat.

I’m not one for savory dishes with sweet elements. Most of the time when a dish has “honey glazed” appended to it’s title, I steer clear. Also, cooked carrots are not my favourite. Yet this particular recipe was featured on a cover of the late “Whole Living Magazine” and looked so delicious, I decided to try it, and I’m glad I did!

The blend of honey, rosemary, and chile not only tastes amazing, but fills the entire space with an aroma that makes everyone anticipate the upcoming dish. I’ve made this three times now, twice for guests. Each time it’s been a big hit. The scrubbed carrots part takes a little time, but could be done beforehand, I’d think. Enjoy.

Source: Whole Living