November 1, 2010

A rose in any form

Posted in fragrance, life, love, music tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:00 am by Margi Macdonald

Chartres Cathedral — rose window

Why do we love roses?

Blue roses – yes or no?

What fragrance would a blue rose carry?  Sweet, ethereal and fresh, or oddly un-rosey?

Tell us what you think and feel about the idea of a blue rose, or an other rose.



Chartres Cathedral-rose window. Dimitri B on Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic

blue_rose. elbfoto on flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic


Composer: Elena Kats-Chernin (1957- )
Performers: Nicola Sweeney (violin) & Sarah Nicolls (piano)


September 3, 2010

Natural world mathematics ‘…a whisper or a glance…’

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , at 1:11 pm by Margi Macdonald

Cauliflower fractals...

Cauliflower fractals. ElbtheProf

Visit Nikki Graziano’s site.

Nikki says she is observing the “mathematics within our universe”; a “quick correspondence between the disciplines of art and mathematics”, offering images which are a “whisper or a glance”.

Go here to see her work.

Nikki and many others are interested in natural world fractals; patterns seen in cauliflowers, clouds, snowflakes and all kinds of landforms and landscapes.

What’s a fractal?

Wikipedia says A fractal is “a rough or fragmented geometric shape that can be split into parts, each of which is (at least approximately) a reduced-size copy of the whole,”[1] a property called self-similarity.

Are nature’s visually recurring patterns good for us, in the same way that harmonies and patterns within great music are calming, inspiring and evocative? What do you think? What do you feel?

Did you know that acupuncturists assess patterns of disharmony which cause illness and affect our well-being? Acupuncture, Aromatherapy and Reiki restore us to our natural patterns of harmony.

This image above is not one of Ms Graziano’s, so be sure you take a look at hers.

Go here, and take the 30 second disharmony test.


Image: Cauliflower fractal by ElbtheProf on Flickr. Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic License.

August 22, 2010

“Music in the age of soundbites”

Posted in health, life, music tagged , , , , , , at 8:00 pm by Margi Macdonald

Still Life with Musical Instruments, Pieter Claesz,1623

On the day after my country’s national election – preceded by weeks of dispiriting, spiritless and unedifying national discourse – this address by renowned Australian conductor Simone Young found its way out of my kitchen radio, and into my mood.

Put the kettle on.

Put your feet up, and hear why excellence, the arts, artistic heritage, and creative expression are good for us.

Available from today – 22 August 2010 – for the next four weeks. Be quick!  You’ll be glad you listened.

2010 Peggy Glanville-Hicks Address – presented by Simone Young AM

September 16, 2009

Oh beautiful beautiful virus

Posted in health, life tagged , , , , , , , , at 9:28 am by Margi Macdonald

Artist Luke Jerram's sculptural representation of the ovoid H1N1 Swine Flu virus

Artist Luke Jerram's sculptural representation of the ovoid H1N1 Swine Flu virus

Many fellow WordPressers will be marvelling at these exquisite glass sculptures today.

The photo is by the artist, whose representations of some well-known viruses and bacteria are currently showing in the UK.

This is a stunningly created marriage of science and art, providing us with a peek into the microcosmos which is the world-within-our-world of germy things.

If you go here you’ll be able to thumb through images of Jerram’s other crystalline, clear beauties. The HIV virus – in glass at least- is an elegantly spare orb; its beauty belies the tragedy which is AIDS.

From beauty comes horror and despair.

It was ever thus.

So how can we bring beauty into the horrid? Luke Jerram has achieved it with these works. How do you enrich your life, and those of others, with attention to beauty which is not always visible?

June 12, 2009

Creativity, joy and youth

Posted in health, life, love tagged , , , , , , , , , at 7:27 pm by Margi Macdonald

There’s always something quietly wonderful about being a parent.

My youngest offspring turned 16 recently, and I’m drinking in every moment of her blossoming, as she moves well beyond ‘kid’ to woman.

What has this to do with health and healing … and you?

During  the past 20 years I’ve learnt that expressing our creativity, and sharing it with others, is fundamental to life and to good health.

In our creative acts, we harness and move a primal, vital energy.

Sharing the results of our creativity, speaks to others, and communicates our innate connection with each other.

I’m not necessarily talking about the ‘big’ creative works of famous artists, authors or musicians. Rather, I’m thinking of the ‘little’ works, the ones which might look, smell and taste like a carefully prepared meal, a well-made cappuccino, the fun of messing about with pavement chalk on the back wall, of singing in the shower, of poking some flowers into a vase.

And yes, sometimes our kids do something special, and their creation becomes an affirmation of life and joy.

So, for your viewing pleasure, and to tweak a little smile into your day, I present to you, this stop-animation Circus Freaks, designed, crafted, produced, directed and animated by my daughter and several friends. You’ll find they acknowledged themselves, the pony and the musicians over there on YouTube. If you like the music, buy it. If you like the animation, tell us!

What did you create today?

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