For the Love of Literacy

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Last week, I received a package in the mail. It was honestly one of THE most exciting packages I’ve ever received. And this is coming from a woman who has a Mystic Seer, and who unknowingly won an Elvira replica dagger in a contest a few weeks ago. So what was in this new package that topped the delivery of a Mystic Seer and an Elvira dagger?

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PENS! No, you’re not missing something here. It’s just the pens and I could not be happier about them.

All through school, I was known for my penmanship. Even won awards for it. And despite the fact that I do a LOT of typing every single day, I’ve never lost my affection for putting pen to paper and really writing. Continue reading

A New Cycle Begins

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WP Anniversary

If WordPress hadn’t sent me that notification last night, my blog’s anniversary would have come and gone without me even realizing it.

Hard to believe it’s been four years since I started Seeker of Truth. In some ways, these past four years feel like they’ve taken forever to pass by. And in another way, they’ve breezed right by me in no time at all. Continue reading

The Perilous “P” of Pinterest

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Pinterest is a visual bookmarking tool that helps you discover and save creative ideas. Use Pinterest to make meals, plan travel, do home improvement projects and more.

I have a problem.

With a capital “P”.

For any of you who are not familiar with the platform, Pinterest is a social media site that’s tailor made for those of us who want a little less “social” with our media. It’s like having a huge virtual cork board where you can “pin”, well, whatever you want. You can create individual “boards” for a specific topic, and fill your boards with recipes you want to try/have tried, TV shows you enjoy, actors and actresses, or in my case: Art, horror memorabilia, more art, Batman, Scooby Doo, quotes and clever quips, and (surprise!) even some art thrown in.

Where does the social part come in? Well, you can follow other people’s boards, repin and “like” what they’ve pinned, and if you really want to, you can send private messages.

I really do like Pinterest, as my 24,000+ pins would suggest. In fact, the only three social media sites I use are Twitter, Pinterest and WordPress. And because my career is a creative one, I fuss over my Pinterest boards as if they were paintings.

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But recently, I’ve been seeing a disturbing trend developing. Please allow me a few minutes to explain. Continue reading

Michelangelo’s Masterpieces

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They say that art should move you. Make you feel something. Make you want something. Make you think. A good work of art, a piece worthy to be called a “masterpiece”, is much more than just the sum of its parts.

Every artist has a favourite work. Yes, a lot of us will claim there are too many incredible creations in the world to choose just one as our favourite. But that’s not true. Plain and simple. We all have that ONE piece that so appeals to our senses, to our spirit, to our very being, that there’s no UN-seeing it. It marks us. Changes us. Inspires us more than any other.

Maybe you don’t even realize it right away. Or maybe you know the second you lay eyes on it that there’s no going back from that moment on. Everything you look at, everything you see, for the rest of your life, is going to be compared in some way, shape or form, to this masterpiece.

For me, that piece is Michelangelo’s Pietà.

Michelangelo, Pietà, St. Peter's Basilica, Vatican City

Michelangelo, Pietà, St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

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The Art of Romance

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True love is not finding someone you can live with. It’s finding that one person you can’t live without.

I admit it. I’m a complete sap. A true romantic in every sense of the word. I believe in love at first sight, true love and soulmates. “Once upon a time…” and “They lived happily ever after…” have always brought me much joy and great comfort. I’ll take a “boy meets girl, falls in love with girl, overcomes all to be with girl” happy-ending story over anything else, any day of the week. I felt this way when I was four, and I’m not ashamed to say that I still believe it to this day.

So it won’t come as a surprise to learn that there’s a special place in my heart for beautiful vintage illustrations — and especially illustrations of couples in love. We don’t get to see a whole lot of illustrating today, but in the 1950s and ’60s, artists like Coby Whitmore and Jon Whitcomb (my two favourites) were creating some of the most gorgeous images the art world has ever seen. Continue reading

Twilight Zone Valentines II

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It’s that time of year again when love is in the air. Flowers, chocolates, heart-shaped candy boxes, and jewellery are February’s weapons of choice.

I’ve always been crazy about vintage kids’ Valentines, and thanks to the wonderful worldwide web, it’s easier than ever to relive those good old public school days when getting a Valentine from the person you were secretly crushing on was almost as good as winning the lottery. Yeah, sure, his/her mom insisted that everyone in the class got one of those tarted-up perfunctory paper love notes, but pft, so what? All that mattered was you got one from that person so you could then start planning your pretend future wedding. Am I right? ;P Continue reading

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