Posted by: mew | September 2, 2009

found stuff: international edition

I’m stuck on a post to do with some heavy stuff.  Well, heavy for me.  So I decided to spread some link love to get myself unstuck, at least briefly, and out of that oh-Goddess-the-words-just-won’t-come space.  Here are some of my beautiful and quirky and nostalgic internet finds.  And I realized after I’d put them together that my discoveries this week come from all over the world.  Strange coincidence; n’est-ce pas?

First, let’s get the cuteness out of the way.  This week’s find are two fluffball cats and a kitten with their own blog.  So okay, the blog is in Japanese.  But if you know cats — and I do — you really don’t need an explanation to figure out what is going on.  If you know Japanese, you are in luck for sure.

Plus, I was relieved to finally find someone who takes more pics of their cats than I do.



((Can’t you guess what this kitty is doing?  I want to talk baby talk to this kitty while he makes bread.  I almost did it to the screen.  Sick, I know.)

Next, travels across America made me get all dreamy and nostalgic over at flores azules, the blog of a woman currently residing in England, although I can’t quite tell her nationality, or I knew it and I’ve forgotten.  (Does that stuff really matter anyway?  Um, no.)

Emily’s beautiful photos set me to remembering my amazing road trip in the Southwest almost a decade ago.  How my favorite color combo (turquoise/orange) was on display almost everywhere you looked in nature… that time we saw the bougainvillea grown high enough to cover an adobe wall, and hummingbirds everywhere, covering it like bees in a meadow… the magical day in San Antonio… climbing down the mesa after visiting the remains of an ancient Native American tribal village, knowing I was placing my palms on hollows carved by thousands of hands over the years… the drive after dark where we saw no lights for miles and miles, just us and the moon … the moment I found my first petroglyph (I have a thing for them) and realized it was one of my own powerful symbols… how the horizon was so wide open that I felt like I was breathing sky….

(Uh-oh.  I think I feel my wanderlust building up againOnly I’m stuck here in Seneca.  Better change the channel.)

Trio by French photographer Emmanuel Amador is not only a beautiful photograph, but staring at it suddenly made me miss the two women who made up my “trio” for so long, so much that I had a smile on my face and tears in my eyes.  KK and MJ, if you’re reading this, we may be hundreds of miles apart now, but you are both in my heart now — and forever.

And I admit it’s a strange photo to have conjured that particular reaction.  But I check in on this blog via RSS for the eye candy.  Posts can be a little sporadic, but you never know what you might find.  F. loved this photo, for instance.  And if you are a francophile — guilty here — the blog is definitely worth a visit for shots like zees.  My favorite ever posted was zees one.  Manu, if you’re reading this, I humbly request more photos.

And finally, for all of you who love calligraphy – or really Art of any kind, you’ve got to check out Syrian artist/calligrapher Khaled Al-Saai’s absolutely gorgeous work.  I feel inspired, lifted up by this beauty, and I don’t understand a word of what I’m seeing.  (Sadly, my dream of learning Arabic never got beyond the alphabet.) But I don’t think it’s necessary.  I read somewhere that Al-Saai is inspired by the Syrian poets, by Sufism, by the mystic poet Rumi.  You can feel those influences without understanding a word.



  1. OMG cute little calico kitty makin’ muffins I want to snorgle her little pushed in face OMG!

    PS- I take LOTS of pics of my cat, just haven’t been posting any recently. But we’re getting 2 kittens in a couple of weeks… expect MAJOR kitteh photos soon!

  2. Oh, I’m so glad someone else had this reaction to this little punkin. I never heard the expression “makin’ muffins,” but it’s perfect!

    I can’t wait for major kitteh photos. Bring it on!

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