|Thurs, August 28, 2014 at 2:09 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Glover Park, 50 N. Park Square,
Marietta Art in the Park Featuring the Chalk Spot
There is no need to travel for Labor Day fun - a full weekend of end-of-summer enjoyment can be found at the 28th annual Art in the Park festival in historic Marietta Square. A favorite with locals and visitors alike, Art in the Park welcomes more than 175 artists showing fine arts and crafts. This outdoor event has creative fun for the entire family with features like the Children's Art Alley sponsored by Mount Paran North, the Chalk Spot street display and a variety of dining options and walking tours.
The Chalk Spot, a street chalk art display for children in kindergarten through 12th grade, is scheduled for Saturday, August 30 during the festival. Participants will have the opportunity to create one-of-a-kind designs in three sq. ft. spaces. The art will remain on display throughout the festival (weather permitting). Art in the Park takes place all three days of Labor Day weekend. Guests flock to the historic neighborhood year after year to visit the Artist Market, enjoy the Children's Art Alley, see the famous Painted Pots and partake of historic sites and nearby dining.
The festival is free with plenty of free parking on the street and in the Cobb County Park Decks located on Waddell St. at Lawrence St.
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|Thurs, August 28, 2014 at 1:14 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Congrats are in order for Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie. The couple secretly wed in France this past Saturday August 23rd in a private ceremony with just close friends and family in attendance. Brad and Angelina been dating for 9 years and engaged for 2 years they have six kids - Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara 9, Shiloh, 8, and twins Knox and Vivienne, 6. This is the second marriage for Pitt, who was wed to Jennifer Aniston from 2000 to 2005, and the third for Jolie, who was married to Jonny Lee Miller and Billy Bob Thornton. Congrats to the couple wishing them the best.
|Thurs, August 28, 2014 at 5:14 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Claudio Marques, Portuguese born Music Producer, Rapper, Singer & Songwriter, is a young music artist who only became professionally active in January 2013.
Claudio, who has been on tour as a support act for various big named artists such as Ace Hood (In September 2013), Busta Rhymes, Method Man & Redman (In November 2013), is now working on he's debut promotional album.
Claudio Marques Released a Promotional single last year, that reached a good number of sales on iTunes UK, plus he has also released 2 [EXCLUSIVE] tracks from he's new project to give fans an idea of what to expect.
Claudio has been in the studio all week working on a [HOTTT] project featuring Tinashe! 'Ain't Ready' (REMIX)!
Tinashe, is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and former model. Born in Lexington, Kentucky and raised in Los Angeles, California, she began her career as one member of the five-piece girl band The Stunners before embarking on a solo career.
Tinashe signed with RCA Records in 2012. She is currently working on her debut solo album, due for release in 2014 plus Tinashe released her single '2 On' featuring ScHoolBoyQ on January 21, 2014.
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TINASHE AINT READY REMIX FEAT. CLAUDIO MARQUES OUT NOW!!!!!
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|Mon, August 25, 2014 at 6:42 PM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
"It seems when we get to a place where no one knows us, we become most ourselves. We try new things, make new friends..."
The phrase quoted above is the beginning of a commercial about Michigan tourism that captures my attention every time I see it. Why is it that it takes for us to go somewhere that no one knows us, for us to truly become ourselves? Think about it. When we go out of town we let our hair down and do things that we would never dare to try at home. Sometimes we do things that we may regret, but for the most part we engage in enriching experiences that we would never afford ourselves at home.
If we practiced such behavior in our everyday lives, or on a more regular basis, imagine how much more exciting and fulfilling life could be. As I look back over my life, I realize that most of the times that I took risks and tried new things that I've always wanted to do, I was somewhere other than here. I was in Toronto when I got my first tattoo. I was in St. Maarten when I tried snorkeling for the first time. It took me traveling all the way to Belize to wear my hair naturally all of the time without worrying about what people thought. I ventured to Japan without knowing the language. I've tried escargot in France. I've climbed the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes near Traverse City, Michigan. While in Mexico, I walked to my desired destinations instead of driving or catching a cab. I dug for diamonds at the Crater of Diamonds State Park in Murfreesboro, Arkansas.
So then why is it that when I am at home, I live so safely, and comfortably in my own little bubble when in all actuality, my city has so much to offer?
So what is the answer? Do we get away more, or do we make the most of life right where we are?
I saw the movie, "Yes Man" with Jim Carrey while on a flight, and while I went in only expecting to be amused, to my surprise I ended up quite inspired. The character that he played lived life in such a closed off way. When he finally began to say yes to some of the simple things in life, it opened up a whole new world for him. He not only began to try new and exciting things, but he also met new and interesting people, including the love of his life.
It reminds me of a quote that I heard in college that I will never forget...
"Life without risk is risky."
When was the last time you tried something new?
When was the last time you made a friend outside of Facebook or some other online social networking avenue?
Why does it take a completely new environment for us to unleash that which is within us?
As summer slowly folds into autumn I challenge you to make the best of what you have and where you are right now. Go for a walk around your neighborhood. Visit a historical landmark in your city. I've lived in Detroit for most of my life and I've never been to see and fully experience The Heidelberg Project (open air art), so that is where my journey will begin. I will no longer wait until my next trip to explore me. I'll start right here at home because home is a huge part of who we are, so I can't think of any better place to begin
|Thurs, August 21, 2014 at 10:12 AM|Send Blog · Share on Facebook · Bookmark on Delicious
Every now and then there comes a time where we need to leave old things behind. Comfort makes it so that we don't want to let go, but sometimes letting go is necessary in order for us to grow.
Think about that pair of jeans that you love. It may be too big, it may be too small, it may be worn and tattered...either way it's beyond time to get a new pair. We hold on to it because it's what we know and it fits us, or at least used to fit us just the way we like it. Jeans that are too tight sometimes even stretch with us as we grow because we wear them so much. We think that new jeans just wouldn't be the same. Then one day, you're out in public and the button pops off, or the zipper breaks, or the crotch or inseam rips. We wait until some major upheaval occurs before we finally give in and say, it's time for a new pair.
This is much like our lives. Many times we stay in a situation because it's comfortable, it's what we know, and it seems safe. But the truth is, if we stay in that same place...how will we ever grow? It makes me think about snakes. According to wisegeek.com, "Snakes shed their skin to allow for growth, as well as to remove parasites along with their old skin." Think about that for a moment.
If we are trying to symbolically stay in our old skin, it binds us so that we cannot grow. Our old skin has also accumulated parasites and other harmful things which we need to rid our system of. Those parasites could represent things like bad habits or behaviors that we need to turn away from.
Once a snake goes through the shedding process, its old worn scales are replaced with new healthy skin. This can occur anywhere from every few weeks to once a year. When you think of the skin that you need to shed, it can range from simple to complex. It may mean donating all of the old clothes that you no longer wear and replacing them with new clothes. Or it may mean walking away from a very comfortable yet stagnant or difficult situation.
In order to successfully shed the skin you're in, it's important to be honest with yourself. We often make excuses and try to convince ourselves that we are just fine where we are, but if we look at the situation truthfully and honestly we will find that we may in fact be hanging on to layers upon layers of old skin. We also tend to wait for something to happen (Like the jeans ripping that I mentioned earlier) to give us that push or that reason. We don't need an excuse to grow. The fact that it's just due time should be reason enough.
Once the old skin has been shed...leave it behind. When snakes leave their skin behind, it is still intact, but you don't see them turning back to try to squeeze back into their old set of scales, do you? They move on and continue going through life with the new healthy skin.
When was the last time you shed the skin you were in? This week, I encourage you to take a good hard look at yourself and determine if there are some layers that need to be shed