PATTERNS IN CRIME

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Wallpaper Download :: Courage. Conviction. Honor.

So this really isn’t a pattern, but that’s okay, because today’s wallpaper serves a different purpose. I generally don’t have a political agenda, but as I participated in my weekly creative exercise, it grew from just an exercise to something much greater—a personal, emotional investment.

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I was in my favorite American city this past week, beautiful, Charleston, SC. As I walked with my parents down the Battery, reminiscing about the two times we had lived there and all of the silly family memories that were created there, I briskly passed a section of concrete that caught my eye. Camera in hand, I turned around and snapped a few photos of a spray painted graphic of a black gun shooting out a flag with a red heart on it.

Who knows who put this there, or what its original intention or meaning was, but right there in that moment, it hit home. In 2007, on April 16th, my sweet, beautiful, 18 year old next door neighbor, Reema Samaha’s, life was taken during the mass shooting at Virginia Tech University. Our entire tight knit neighborhood of Sully Station came together with love, support and sympathy for our neighborhood family along with the rest of the 31 victim’s families. Here I am, nearly six years later, with my two wonderful parents, enjoying a chilly afternoon, happy and full of life. Not a day goes by that I am not thankful for moments like these.

Courage. Conviction. Honor.

Since 2007, there have been more tragedies that spawned from gun violence. It is an unnecessary shame. To me, Reema’s family is a shining example of living life with courage, conviction & honor. Joe, Mona, Randa & Omar spend insurmountable time as gun control advocates. It is with courage that they wake up every morning and face the past. It is with conviction that they fearlessly fight day after day and campaign for gun control…and with HONOR that they remember and cherish the memories of the lost member of their family and continue on their quest for solutions to prevent further affliction.

We should all be so lucky as to have an amazing family, like the Samahas, be an example these values. On this holiday weekend, when we are all, very likely, enjoying our own families, in whatever way that is suitable for you, challenge yourself to live these values. Who knows, without even knowing it, you will probably provide inspiration to someone like your next door neighbor.

xxoo

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Color Me Happy :: Dominican Wallpaper Download

Have you ever seen 50 First Dates? You know when Drew Barrymore goes into the shed and paints the wall with big hibiscus flowers over and over again? This image, taken at La Boca, just outside of Cabarete, DR, reminded me of that scene. And when I saw this Billabong dress, it made me wish I had a wall of my own to paint on! February in Bermuda means about another month of chilly weather before I can start looking forward to hoping on the Vespa without a jacket and gloves (I know, climatized much?!)

Enjoy this week’s wallpaper!

 

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Relaxed Days :: Tropical Wallpaper Download

I window shop online. A lot. Something I always notice about what I add to shopping carts or what I love from pin boards is PATTERN! Pattern transform the ordinary. Pattern excites, it plays, it makes things unique. The stripes in this dress reminded me of the color of the ocean here in Bermuda and after the buzz of the holiday season and the amazing 70+ degree weather we had here this weekend, I did something I haven’t done for a long time…make a desktop.

I used to create desktops all the time, for myself, for my family and for friends. It was a form of self expression and a simple creative exercise. I figured it’s time to get back into it. So, for you, my first desktop in over a year (gasp!!) Just follow the links below!

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