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In Paris, Doors to Other Cities Here’s another example of the transformative power of art and its ability to connect us. More anon, David Store: Flower Mandalas CafePress store Book: Fifty-Two Flower Mandalas book preview (Kickstarter edition) Discussion: Facebook Flower Mandalas […]

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“Everything Happens for a Reason” I often hear the phrase “Everything happens for a reason” when I talk with people about their lives. The usual context is that something unexpected, often something bad, has occurred either in the distant past […]

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Another post from a reader: A Journey of a Lifetime Being stranded at the bus stop in Rosendale more than 5,000 miles from home and a random act of kindness has led to an unbelievable journey for a SUNY Ulster student […]

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Haas & Hahn: How Painting Can Transform Communities Here’s an example, on a big scale, of the transformative power of art! In a TED talk, artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn demonstrate how they built community and transformed neighborhoods by […]

Sometimes, like Ray Charles I find myself feeling that “if it wasn’t for bad luck, I wouldn’t have no luck at all.” I think a lot of us feel that way. In a discussion with a friend earlier today, a […]

Imagination and Reality This showed up in my morning email, via Tricycle magazine, a wonderful center for all things Buddhist: “Imagination draws its energy from a confrontation with desire. It feeds off desire, transmuting and magnifying reality through desire’s power. […]

Works by schizophrenic artists Adolfi Wolfli (left) and Arthur Bispo do Rosario (right) Part III: Art and ‘Madness’ Schizophrenic art Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder Toward the end of the 19th century, the Romantic preoccupation with the idea that genius […]

“Snow Flower” by Alexey Kljatov. Creative Commons license. Some rights reserved. Mandalas: Alexey Kljatov’s snowflakes Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder Just a quick note to let you know about the fascinating, mandala-like snowflake photographs of Alexey Kljatov. Using simple, inexpensive […]

Yayoi Kusama – Ascension of Polkadots on the Trees at the Singapore Biennale 2006. Taken by Terence Ong in September 2006. Part II: Art and ‘Madness’ Copyright 2013, David J. Bookbinder I only know that summer sang in me a […]

Image © Daniel Poyel Daniel Poyel Crystal Art Occasionally, an unusual mandala artist comes across my Facebook Flower Mandalas page. Today, it was Daniel Poyel, who makes beautiful mandalas from Swarovski crystals. Here is his Facebook gallery page: Daniel Poyel […]

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