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Originally posted on Broken Light: A Photography Collective:

Please say a warm Earth Day hello to first-time contributor Jasmine Soto, a Fashion Designer from New York living with Bipolar Disorder. Jasmine is also a multimedia artist who loves photography, collage and watercolor. When she feels low, she tries to motivate herself to get up and out by taking her camera on a healing journey. She tries to focus on her surroundings and capture the moment. She has found that being in nature uplifts her. Jasmine is a member of the non-profit Fountain Gallery where she is a volunteer and a participating artist. 

About the photo: “In springtime all is made new. These are the new blossoms at Astoria Park in Queens. This photo makes me feel like the Earth is singing a new song.  After a long winter the spring season brings light and color which certainly help with mood.


**Visit Broken Light’s main gallery here. Currently accepting submissions.

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How Illicit Financial Flows Drain African Economies | Open Society Foundations (OSF)

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How Illicit Financial Flows Drain African Economies | Open Society Foundations (OSF).

“African economies have lost between $597 billion and $1.4 trillion in illicit financial flows in the past three decades. That’s nearly equal to the entire continent’s current gross domestic product. This plunder results in missed development opportunities, increased poverty, and continued injustice.

While many African nations are experiencing unprecedented economic growth, illicit financial flows (IFFs) prevent this growth from translating into better overall living conditions for Africans…”

Up for Discussion – Astrophotography

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Peter Singhatey:

Great Pictures and a brilliant story

Originally posted on Leanne Cole PHOTOGRAPHY:

Last week I mentioned how I was getting into something new and trying out taking photos of the stars.  When I talked about it last week, many of you had lots of advice, but I thought it would be great to get all that advice together in a special post.  So today’s post is about Astrophotography and hopefully a place for lots of information.

I can’t lie, I don’t really know what I am doing when it comes to photographing the stars. I’ve done some reading and watched some tutorials, but I can be stubborn and just try to learn as I go.  I LeanneCole-stars-5807did try doing some a couple of years without any research and it was a massive fail, so this time I have done some and I have had some results.

The type of photography I’ve been doing has been more to get the stars.  Setting the…

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To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families – NYTimes.com – NYTimes.com

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To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families – NYTimes.com – NYTimes.com.

“…Inequality among families isn’t just about financial means, however. It’s also about the care parents can provide, the food they can prepare, and the amount and the nature of the time they can spend with their children. But today, the ability of parents to make the most basic time investments in their children — taking time for parent-teacher conferences or setting a schedule that permits a parent to sometimes be home in the after-school hours — is sharply divided by income level.

The lack of availability of parental time has serious detrimental effects on children’s behavior, ability to learn and emotional development — all of which affect performance in school and, eventually, the workplace…”

Lake Bled ‘Reflections’ – Barry Price

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Originally posted on Ajaytao 2010:

Lake Bled 'Reflections' - Barry Price

Lake Bled ‘Reflections’ – Barry Price

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Easter Bunny Honeys

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Originally posted on The Dream Faire:

I have to give a shout-out to my West coast friend, Rhiannon, who makes the most adorable, poseable little dolls.  She mostly does flower faeries, but she also does holiday themed dolls as well.  I’ve personally purchased about 20 over the past few years that included bewitching witches and voluptuous mermaids, most of which I have gifted to people in need of a little cheering up.

Check out these Easter bunny honeys!




She has a shop on Etsy, but she does a better business on eBay.  Clicking on any of the photos above will take you to its eBay listing.

Whether you celebrate Easter this year on the 20th of April, or the Spring Equinox on the 20th of March as Ostara or Eostre, Lady Day, the Festival of Trees, Earrach (Celtic for Spring), Gwyl Ganol y Gwanwyn (Welsh), or Alban Eilir (Druidic), Rhiannon’s little ladies are the…

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Postcard from Torridon

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Peter Singhatey:

Great Picture. Thanks Scott Marshall

Originally posted on Scott Marshall Photography (@skm1963):

a little blue sky thinking for Lyle Krahn - a shocking tale of sunshine in Scotland

a little blue sky thinking for Lyle Krahn – a shocking tale of sunshine in Scotland

Well what can I say – I know it’s a cheesy shot but hey Instagram liked it loads :-) so I have high hopes of the WordPress community. I will work hard to catch up with all your blogs over the coming weeks but pace of work is dictating my blogging activity. Anyway this is classic postcard Scotland – I’ll be honest I have never seen Torridon basking in such wicked sunshine. That said although this is a little chocolate box for me I hope that I have conveyed the cold wind in the choppy sea – and more importantly guys the clocks are about to change which means spending lots of time outdoors :-)

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