Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 28/roundup

Whew! Made it through month #2 . I have now completed 16.16% of the year (not including the late-ish start and the couple of missed days so far). I also think that starting with March, I’ll set a theme, trend or pattern for the month. That should help keep things a bit more focused.

Anyway, today’s piece is a roundup of this past month’s pieces. I’m always curious to see what color palette or subject matter patterns develop throughout the month.

Hope you enjoy. As always, your feedback is always welcome.

Oh, and any ideas for a March theme/pattern are also welcome. Enjoy!

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Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 27

So, yesterday I decided to take on the works of a woman widely regarded as the #1 female poet in Puerto Rico. Today, I figured I’d take a stab at número dos.

Turns out this choice was rather appropriate, considering the events of today.

The woman’s name is Gabriela Mistral. Now, I have to admit, I didn’t really know much about her. As a kid growing up in Puerto Rico, I remember one of the schools (pretty sure it was a high school) named after her, and I knew she was a poet,  so I figured she must have been a poet of some import. I also recall studying her life or her works in high school, either. I might have, but who knows.

So, in doing a little research on her for today’s CSED, I found out she wasn’t even Puerto Rican. Turns out she was Chilean.

So, that settled it. I had to use her words as the base for today’s piece. I decided, since I really knew nothing about her life or her work, that I wanted to use a quote or personal saying that might have been attributed to her. After a little Googling I found a bunch. The moment I read this one I knew it was the one:

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It translates as follows:

Wherever there’s a tree that needs planting, (then you) plant it.
Wherever there’s a mistake that needs correcting, (then you) correct it.
Wherever there’s an effort that everyone avoids making, (then you) make it.
Let it be you the one that clears the boulder from the path.

I think the world could use a little bit more of this mindset.

Thanks for visiting. Your feedback is always welcome.

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 26

Today’s CSED is inspired by (probably) the best-known work (Rio Grande de Loíza) by  a woman who is widely regarded as the greatest female Puerto Rican  poet– Julia de Burgos.

Funny thing, though. In giving myself a quick refresher on her life (I had not read up on her since high school), I found that her birthday was a little over a week ago, so I find it rather appropriate that I’m using her words on a Feb piece.

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The verse, translated, reads as follows:

Who knows in what rainfall of what far land
I shall be spilling to open new furrows;
or perhaps, tired of biting hearts,
I shall be freezing in icicles!

As always, your feedback is encouraged and appreciated.

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– Feb 24/25 two-fer

I’m finally caught up.

After a couple of days where things went a little wonky with my #daily365 schedule, I’m now up to date with my projects.  Because of the brewing events of the past couple of days, I felt that a 2-for-1 was appropriate for this catch-up session. So, without further ado:

Some notes on the CSED

If you live in the vicinity of the NY/NJ/CT/PA area, you’re likely aware of the double wallop of snow the area (generally speaking) is going to hit with the next couple of days. Although yesterday was a pleasant enough day (weather-wise), today is an entirely different story altogether, and I think the images for 2/24 and 2/25 speak for themselves.

See? Things were pretty ok ©2010 rafael armstrong
Today? Not so much. ©2010 rafael armstrong

Hope you enjoy this glimpse into my last couple of days. As always, your thoughts and feedback are welcome, and appreciated.

Create Something Every Day (#daily365)– for Feb 23

I’m still catching up on my #daily365 pieces. I don’t want it to sound like I’m making excuses (I’m not), but the last few days I’ve been working on some tweaks to my site, so that’s taken time away from me working 0n my #daily365.

My piece for 2/23, quite simply, is inspired by my love for Lost.

’nuff said. Enjoy.

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