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Beautiful Wood Carvings by Nora Leschinski.

Posted by on Sep 11, 2014 in Adults, Artists, Blog, Sculpture, Wood | 2 comments

* Nora Leschinski is a wonderful artist living in a remote mountain village in Germany. I am so in love with her wood carvings! They are perfect for decorating the farmhouse of my dreams. You can visit the artist’s website to see more of her work. Some of her carvings are available here and here. You can also like her Facebook page for updates. Images © Nora...

12 Conceptions of Imagination.

Posted by on Sep 10, 2014 in Blog, Etc., Illustration, Inspiration & Thoughts | 3 comments

* “Imagination, also called the faculty of imagining, is the ability to form new images and sensations in the mind that are not perceived through senses such as sight, hearing, or other senses. Imagination helps make knowledge applicable in solving problems and is fundamental to integrating experience and the learning process.”-Wikipedia I believe that imagination is one of the most powerful tools that we have. Some  victims of the Holocaust were able to emotionally survive the atrocities that they went through, by using their imagination actively. The other day when Natalie was feeling nervous about going to her new school, I gave her some tips about how to deal with stress...

Shultisbrook House. Living Room and Kitchen.

Posted by on Sep 9, 2014 in Architecture, Blog, Home | 19 comments

* Yesterday, you saw photos of our temporary home from the outside. Today I invite you to come inside and take a look at one of the 2 living rooms and the kitchen. Above is one of the 3 front doors in this house. Two of them take you to 2 different living room areas, and the third one takes you to a smaller room. But all those rooms are connected with each other. What I like the most about the interior of this house is the light. There are several windows with beautiful views everywhere. The other thing that I like a lot is the wooden furniture. I have...

Shultisbrook House. Our New Home for the Next Six Months.

Posted by on Sep 8, 2014 in Architecture, Blog, Home, Nature | 27 comments

* Here are some words to describe the house where we are living now in Upstate New York: beautiful, enchanting, inspiring, down-to-Earth, quiet, relaxing, real and fantastic at the same time. This is the most special place where we have lived so far. This home is one of the houses featured in the book that you see here, titled: A Simpler Way of Life. Old Farmhouses of New York & New England. The author is William Morgan, photography by Trevor Tondro. The title of the book describes exactly what Bill and I have craved for a while. The search for A Simpler Way of Life is what brought us and our children...

Road Trip from California to New York (Days 9, 10, and 11)

Posted by on Sep 5, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 3 comments

Dear friends and family, I can finally share a report about the last 3 days of our trip. I interrupted the updates due to different reasons, one of them was because we were having problems with our Internet connection. But let’s start with day 9: Chicago. We love going to Chicago because that is the place where Bill was born. What a beautiful city Chicago is! Bill’s Mom, whose name is Joan, and also Bill’s sister, her name is Marguerite, and her husband Shelby, live there. My closest friend, Acela, also lives there, so we always feel like at home in Chicago. Bill and Diego stayed with grandma Joan and...

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 8)

Posted by on Aug 27, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 2 comments

Dear friends and family, Day 8 of our road trip started in a movie-like way. Bill, the kids and I were kidnapped by a giant unidentified animal, half black, half orange, at a place where we stopped for breakfast. See the evidence in the picture below. By now you probably know that we escaped. Yay! We soon forgot about the scare and continued our trip. Instead of driving all the way to Chicago, which was our original plan, we decided to make a to stop at Springfield here in Illinois, where we are spending the night. Before arriving here we stopped at Mark Twain‘s house in Hannibal. The smallest of these...

Road Trip from California to New York (Day 6 and 7)

Posted by on Aug 26, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 7 comments

Dear friends and family, Today I am reporting about our experiences from days 6 and 7 of this trip. Yesterday (day 6) was all about reading the book below, which Bill highly recommended to me. I would need to write the longest post to explain the impact that this book has had in me. I read it during the trip from From Santa Fe to Denver. All I can say is that everyone who wants to understand the history on this country, needs to read it. Burry my Heart at Wounded Knee is about the devastated story of what really happened to the native native american Indians in this country. It...

Road Trip From California to New York (Day 5)

Posted by on Aug 25, 2014 in Blog, News, Travels | 6 comments

Dear friends and family, Day 5 of our trip was looooong, and peaceful, with plenty to deserted landscapes to enjoy. Taking the picture below in the middle of the road was very special. I had to wait for some cars to pass by, and then I jumped on the yellow line with my camera. I felt like queen of the road for a few seconds, until I heard a car coming, then I felt like a tiny ant so I run away at the speed of light. Now I know how small animals feel about big roads. Taking this picture below made me feel like a little ant again. Our...

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