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Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction & Reflection

“Man, Sub-creator, the refracted light through whom is splintered from a single White to many hues, and endlessly combined in living shapes that move from mind to mind.” J.R.R. Tolkien

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Christmas Tree Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Rainbow

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Terminal Lights

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction & Reflection = Illumination City

Light illuminates; it makes manifest things we don’t see. Until we turn the lights on, we don’t see things in all their glory. This photo challenge  on – REFRACTION – made me stop, ponder the meaning of the word, and investigate it so I could understand it better.  It was a bit abstract for me and finding suitable words, photos and quotes was difficult. So I did some homework on its meaning and effect.

What the heck is refraction?
According to information I gathered online from a course at Vermont State Colleges(vsc), Refraction can be defined as the bending of light as it passes from one medium to another with different densities. Refracted light creates a variety of patterns, reflections and refractions. Because I was curious to learn more, I checked out the vsc course to learn the many ways we see the optical effects of refracted light: Refraction creates changes in Sunrise, Sunset, Twilight, Inferior Mirages, Superior Mirage, Halo, Tangent/Bright Arcs of light, Sun Dogs, Rainbows, Dewdrops/Raindrops, Primary Rainbow, Secondary Rainbow, Diffraction, Moon Corona, and Iridescence and Glory. Who knew?

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Sunset

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City

Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction. Reflection. Illumination City – Hudson River Sunset

Who knew that the seemingly simple act of bending light could lead to all these ranges of optical effects. Ha! I bet you thought you were coming to look at a bunch of photos. Right? This is why I love the photo challenges; they challenge us to learn more about our surroundings, to become acutely aware of the things we see and take for granted, and to become conscious of the unique beauty of things around us that we see and like.  My favorite one  from the list were Rainbows which are as per the vsc site: “generated through refraction and reflection of light in small rain drops; sun must be behind you; rain drops must be ahead of you; the angle between your line-of-sight and the sunlight will be 40°-42.”   Beautiful!

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Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” Eleanor Roosevelt

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Excerpt from Becoming Human by Hafiz
Once a man came to me and spoke for hours about
“His great visions of God” he felt he was having
He asked me for confirmation, saying,
“Are these wondrous dreams true?”

I replied, “How many goats do you have?”
He looked surprised and said,
“I am speaking of sublime visions
And you ask
About goats!” Hafiz

What inhabits my dreamscape? What do I find dreamy? In my dreamscape, I find shapes and scenes in foggy weather quite dreamy. They harken back to something old and ancient in the deepest recesses of my being. I am awake in the fog, yet my mind is in a dream like state, inhaling all that gray gloominess… I reach for the sun. Light cheers me up. Often in my dreams, I see bridges and the sea. The waves crashing nearby lull me to sleep, and then, I awaken to the din of traffic outside or the cat calling his friends to stop by and play. I prefer dreamscape to dreamy. You ask why? The word “dreamy” reminds me of Patrick Dempsey not dreams and memory… I wonder why!

“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” Anatole France

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE...

Weekly Photo Challenge: DREAMSCAPE…

Excerpt from The Awakening by Rumi
I tried to remember in my heart
what I’d dreamt about
during the night
before I became aware
of this moving
of life

I found my dreams
but the moon took me away
It lifted me up to the firmament
and suspended me there
I saw how my heart had fallen
on your path
singing a song

Once, an elder told me, in my father’s village, that water and bridges take us across the veil from the land of the living to the ancestral realm…. “In a good way”, he intoned, when I expressed alarm. “The water is healing and the bridge assures a return”. What about the ducks? I ask. “They have their place as a backdrop to the life before us. They provide us with beautiful memories in the background of all of life’s challenges. Flowers, nature and love do too”. So enjoy the ducks in the park pond, their role is crucial to our memory…

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International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

“Empowerment of and investment in girls are key in breaking the cycle of discrimination and violence and in promoting and protecting the full and effective enjoyment of their human rights” United Nations Resolution 66/170

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.


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“On this International Day of the Girl Child, I call on all governments to take action to end all forms of violence against girls in all parts of the world. Together, we must create a world where violence against women and girls is never tolerated and girls are always empowered to reach their full potential.” Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Did you know October 11 is the day of the girl child?  For 2014, the main focus is on ending violence and empowering girls through education, equal access and basic rights. In 2008, UN Sec Gen Ban Ki-Moon said: “Violence against women is never acceptable, never excusable, never tolerable.” Six years later, we are still battling this issue. We need all hands on deck.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

Global Figures Via HalfTheSkyMovement

2014 Theme: Empowering Adolescent Girls: Ending the Cycle of Violence This year, as we raise awareness on issues of  Violence against girls and women, and of other forms of Global Injustice, we gather to champion the right of all girls to enjoy equal rights and freedoms, and we celebrate the recognition of Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize. Without all of us playing an equal and productive role in the world, we will all be shortchanged. If we listen to the alarm sounded by a range of UN Agencies, we might learn that 35% of girls/women are victims of violence worldwide.  If we heed the advice of the World Bank, we might learn that by 2015, 64% of girls would remain illiterate unless we act to empower them. I have culled a variety of sources on the subject of girl child rights. The stats are glaring.  Follow the links, read them and then consider where you stand on the subject.

“One of the most effective ways to fight poverty and bolster poor communities is through investing in education, particularly that of girls.” HalfTheSkyMovement

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

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Malala Yousafzai addresses United Nations Youth Assembly

“The International Day of the Girl Child is an opportunity to step up collective action to break the cycle of violence against girls and women.” Empowering girls today makes for a safer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable tomorrow. UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Why Day of the Girl? According to data gathered from Plan International, UNWomen, WHOUNICEF, UNESCO, and other sources, girls remain the highest % of victims of violence globally. They are still lagging behind in education 30% not enrolled, job opportunities, freedom of speech and movement in countries around the world. When we add other areas such as negative media images, relationship abuse, sex trafficking, rape culture, gender-based violence 150M girls, Child/Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation, we see the huge chasm that must be addressed globally. Gender equity is not a fantasy. We must stop the violence and support all girls in our communities.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

International Day of the Girl Child: Empower Girls. End Violence.

USA Figures via CDC.Gov

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