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Monday, November 15, 2010

Yesterday afternoon, we walked through the old quaint downtown area of our small city. Mr. P has a new camera and I asked him to photograph this.....


perhaps I was secretly longing to just sit for a while. I do love chairs!

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This morning, a newsletter from Martha Stewart's Whole Living had this photo and


a wonderful article on the Japanese approach to daily life called "Wabi Sabi".

To quote:"Wabi sabi is the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete, the antithesis of our classical Western notion of beauty as something perfect, enduring, and monumental."
To illustrate: Wabi sabi is asymmetrical heirloom vegetables and handmade pottery, crow's feet and the frayed sleeves of a favorite wool sweater, exposed brick and the first draft of a difficult letter.
You won't find wabi sabi in Botox, glass-and-steel skyscrapers, smart phones, or the drive for relentless self-improvement. It's a beauty hidden right in front of our eyes, an aesthetic of simplicity that reveals itself only when animated through the daily work of living.Read more at Wholeliving.com: Wabi Sabi Your Life: 6 Strategies for Embracing Imperfection

On our walk yesterday, I also asked for this photo.....so peaceful and humble and yet perfectly imperfect!




6 comments:

Gloria said...

I love those photos, they are great. Thanks for sharing. I also love Martha Stewart. Have a great week.

Laurie said...

What beautiful photos. I am a big Martha fan as well. I just got her Christmas magazine issue. Oh yum, the cookie recipes!

Janet said...

Mr. P took some beautiful photos! I love the colorful tree with the chairs just waiting for someone to visit....and I'm always in love with windows.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Very good article! I truly do appreciate the right kind of "imperfection"--unruly bouquets of flowers instead of "florist" perfect are just an example--I like charm quilts made from somewhat worn, faded fabrics instead of pristine new matchy, matchy! Thanks for sharing that article and the photos!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What gorgeous color in your trees! And I enjoyed learning more about this concept! Very interesting...and wonderful photos! Hugs! ♥

gemma said...

Wabi Sabi could be my new mantra.
I love finding beauty in less than perfect surroundings. Plan to follow your links and read more.
BTW Those pictures look perfect to me.

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