“I think of life as a good book. The further you get into it, the more it begins to make sense.”
- Harold Kushner

‘… and then Shells Fell Like Raindrops’

One-off handcrafted piece featuring pendants from India, Ethiopia and East Timor.


Good Friday

Have a Good Friday Everyone…. In fact, have a GREAT one!

(Baby devouring Easter egg circa 1937)

‘Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls… the most massive characters are seared with emotional scars.’
~ Unknown

Freedom is the oxygen of the soul.
- Moshe Dayan

“And without thinking, without planning it, without worrying about the fact that fifty people were watching, Harry kissed her.”

- J.K. Rowling

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows. - Ralph Marston

HISTORY: Kathrine Switzer

In 1967, five years before women were officially allowed to compete, Kathrine Switzerwas the first woman to enter and complete the Boston Marathon as a numbered entry.  She registered under the gender-neutral name of “K.V. Switzer”.

After realizing that a woman was running, race organizer Jock Semple went after Switzer shouting, “Get the hell out of my race and give me those numbers.” however, Switzer’s boyfriend and other male runners provided a protective shield during the entire Marathon.

These photographs taken of the incident made world headlines, and in 1974 Kathrine later went on to win the NYC marathon with a time of 3:07:29.

Awareness is like toothpaste, once its out you can’t squeeze it back in, so you might as well just use it!

(Image: Claes Oldenburg American sculptor).
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Looking Forward

“There are far better things ahead than any we leave behind”
- C. S. Lewis

Walk Alone

“The woman who follows the crowd will usually go no further than the crowd. The woman who walks alone is likely to find herself in places no one has ever been before” – Albert Einstein
(Anna Nocon by Serge Leblon for Dazed & Confused March 2005)

Dancing Shoes

This image was taken at the Merry Garden Ballroom, Chicago, Illinois in 1931. It is believed to be the longest recorded dance marathon in history. This particular dance endurance contest began on August 29th 1929, and didn’t stop until April 1st 1931!

Mike Ritof and Edith Boudreaux claimed first prize of $2,000 cash, and the marathon record. Unbelievably they danced for a total of 5,152 hours and 48 minutes!

Dance marathons became a popular fad in the 1920′s and 30′s whereby entrants would stay on their feet for extraordinary long periods of time. These dance endurance contests as they were better known, attracted literally thousands of people who were enticed by the idea of fame, notoriety and in desperate times monetary prizes.

In my view, this haunting and disturbing fad of yesteryear, is akin to the Reality TV shows of today.

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Be Crazy. Be Weird. Be You.

“When you look at a person, any person, remember that everyone has a story… Everyone has gone through something that has changed them.”
~ Unknown

The Life of Jia

The life of gorgeous Jia, our Blog Researcher at Republic of You, taken by her very talented sister Ming Nomchong Photography.

Apollo 7 Mission

A dark picture showing the strain of suspence of Mrs. Donn f. Eisele sitting on the side of the road gripping her hands during her husband’s trip on the Apollo 7 mission, 1968.

 (Photographer Vernon Merritt III)

“The only true wisdom is in knowing you know nothing”
- Socrates

Man’s Best Friend

‘The reason a dog has so many friends is that he wags his tail instead of his tongue.’
~ Author Unknown