God took the strength of a mountain,
The majesty of a tree,
The warmth of a summer sun,
The calm of a quiet sea,
The generous soul of nature,
The comforting arm of night,
The wisdom of the ages,
The power of the eagle's flight,
The joy of a morning in spring,
The faith of a mustard seed,
The patience of eternity,
The depth of a family need,
Then God combined these qualities,
When there was nothing more to add,
He knew His masterpiece was complete,
And so, He called it...Dad



Your Life Path Number is 9
Your Life Path Number represents the path you should take through life and the talents and skills you have to make your journey a rewarding one. A 9 Life Path will lead you to look at all with love, compassion and tolerance. You will explore the connection that exists between all the things in our universe. You will learn to let go of your own desires to serve the better good of all of us. In whatever field you choose, your endeavors will help heal the wounds life inflicts on those around you. It is your mission to make our world a gentler, kinder place for all of us.
Your Life Destiny Number is 7
Your Destiny Number sheds light on those things you must accomplish in your life to be fulfilled.A 7's destiny is to pursue the truth behind everything and to seek innerknowledge. This pursuit may often leave you isolated from most of those around you. Indeed, you may seek isolation. Your mission is to uncover wisdom and truth in all its forms. In time, you will be called upon to share your knowledge and wisdom with the rest of us.
Your Soul Number is 7
Your Soul Number describes your deepest desires and dreams and the person you truly want to be. Life's lure for those with a 7 Soul number is a quiet, peaceful atmosphere in which they can pursue truth and explore their inner-self without interference. 7 Souls are basically hermits. They long to be left alone to study and grow spiritually.

Your Personality Number is 9
Your Personality Number reveals the "external you"--the personality traits others will know you by. The 9 Personality embodies mankind's highest principles. 9s are tolerant of all and feel a genuine love for everyone. Their compassion and willingness to try to heal others is boundless. Often your intuitive powers will lead you to the root of others' strife long before even they know from where their troubles sprang. You radiate warmth and care for others. You rarely act impulsively, but once you do take action it almost always results in success. People will love you and respect you for the pureness of the goodness which resides in you.

Your Maturity Number is 7
Your Maturity Number reveals the person you will come to be--your true self. A 7 Maturity Number marks a life lived following a path that is divergent from that of others. You will spend your life seeking the truth behind everything. In your later years you will continue to pursue knowledge of your inner-self and universal truths. People will seek you out for your knowledge.

Your Balance Number is 4
As long as your life is on an even or uplifting keel balance numbers are relatively dormant. However, in those times when your life is out of order your Balance Number can become central to resolving the turmoil you are experiencing. Your Balance Number reflects the traits you need to bring to the forefront in order the get through difficult periods with the least amount of damage or time wasted on negative influences. A 4 Balance Number denotes a real need for self control during stressful times. Regardless of how devastating your losses may be, this is not time for you to unleash your anger or vent emotionally. Seek compromise. Do not over-inflate the severity of the situation. Do not allow yourself to get mired in details which may not be all that important. What you need to see clearly is how things are overall. Seek fairness and be fair yourself.
The 4 Pinnacles
Pinnacles represent moments in your life in which you realize current goals and learn some of life's lessons. If you are at the beginning of a Pinnacle, then they can be used as a predictive tool to assist in managing your future. Your first Pinnacle begins at birth and last until around the age of 27. Your Second Pinnacle last through the next 9 year and the Third Pinnacle last for 9 years after the Second Pinnacle has passed. Your Fourth Pinnacle picks up where the Third Pinnacle ends and last throughout the rest of your life
Your First Pinnacle Number is 7
A 7 Pinnacle marks a time for study, self-discovery and spiritual development. Your focus on the inner-self will bring out the loner in you. If your 7 is a First Pinnacle you will probably have to deal with a feeling of alienation. A 7 in the Second or Third Pinnacle demarks a time for further spiritual exploration and refinement of your understanding of yourself. As Fourth Pinnacle, the 7 denotes yet more time exploring your inner-self and the sharing of your wisdom with others.
Your Second Pinnacle Number is 3
You are at a time in life where the door to self-expression is ready to open. This should be a very creative period for you during which you also develop strong friendships and learn to speak from your heart.
Your Third Pinnacle Number is 1
A 1 Pinnacle indicates a time when you are attempting to become self-reliant and allow your individuality to blossom. This is a time when you may want to seek teachers to assist you on your journey toward independence. If you should have a 1 as your third or fourth Pinnacle, it is likely destiny is grooming you for leadership.
Your Fourth Pinnacle Number is 8
An 8 Pinnacle is a time in which you will learn to apply power and authority in an effective way. In this period you should master the basic skills to become a good leader: organization, management and hopefully the application of justice for all.
The 4 Challenges
Challenges denote personal weaknesses and temptations you will have to overcome and strengths you will have to develop to fully realize your goals. The 4 Challenges have the same time frame as the 4 Pinnacles.
Your First Challenge Number is 4
Your challenge is to learn the value of practicality, discipline and organization. A 4 challenge is rarely easy. You may find yourself boxed in by boundaries. In this period you will have to learn to be patient, open-minded and flexible.
Your Second Challenge Number is 1
A 1 Challenge signifies the struggle to become independent, courageous and have faith in your convictions. If the number 1 appears as your first Challenge you are learning to define your self. Should a 1 appear in your other Challenges you are learning to remain true to your self and become more confident.
Your Third Challenge Number is 3
The Challenge the number 3 puts before you is to learn to speak truly from your heart. You will have to overcome the negative traits of the number 3, which include superficiality, hyperbole, egocentrism, gossiping and disorganization.
Your Fourth Challenge Number is 5
A 5 Challenge marks a time when you most overcome your fear of change and risk. You will also learn to liberate yourself from that which restricts your self-expression. While a 5 Challenge may be a bit scary, it is a time of great personal development marked by the growth of your individual freedom.
The 3 Cycles
Cycles occur in 28 year periods. The First Cycle last from birth through your 28th year and is called your Formative or Seed Cycle. The Second Cycle--your Productive or Fruit Cycle--begins at age 29 and last through your 56th year. The Third Cycle, your Harvest Cycle, begins with the coming of your 57th year and last throughout the rest of your life. Your Cycle Numbers tell you the lessons you must learn and goals you must meet to stay on your Life's Path and achieve your true destiny.
Your First Cycle Number is 6
A 6 Cycle denotes a period favorable for love and marriage. You will learn about commitment and responsibility to your loved ones. If you have had a failed marriage, this is a period to start anew. Regardless of the conditions ou bring into this Cycle, this remains a period for the homebody to come out in you.
Your Second Cycle Number is 1
A 1 Cycle indicates a time of action and development. If your First Cycle number is a 1, you are gaining independence and confidence. There may be times when you feel alienated from those around you. A 1 in the Second Cycle reflects a time when you will be confident, determined and able to lead others. A Third Cycle 1 indicates a time in which you will be independent and dynamic. You will be very independent and self-discovery will be a major preoccupation.
Your Third Cycle Number is 2
If you are in a 2 Cycle you are going to develop at a slow, even pace. Your talents for peacemaking and gentle persuasion will come into play often. Understanding relationships will be your main goal in this period. Should this be your Third Cycle, patience and diplomacy will be the characteristics of this Cycle.
Your Karmic Lesson Number(s) are/is 7 8
Karmic Lesson numbers reveal areas in which we need to grow. To become more complete, we need to give extra attention to these areas in this lifetime. If one of your 5 core numbers is the same as a Karmic Lesson Number the significance of the Karmic Lesson Number is reduced.  A 7 Karmic Lesson Number signifies you may be neglecting your innate talents. Whether it is a lack of will or fear of failure, it appears you are not devoting enough time and energy to honing those talents that are core to your being. You know what you are best at, so embrace it. The number 7 appears in your core numbers, so the the importance of this number is lessened.  A 8 Karmic Lesson Number points to a talent for making money that is not properly governed. You may experience tremendous swings in your financial status. This is because while you know how to make money, you also tend to be way too speculative and impulsive when dealing with matters of finance. Try and develop a more cautious approach to money matters and it is possible these swings in fortune will diminish.

Your Karmic Debt Number(s) are/is 16
Karmic Debt Numbers signify past abuses of your talents that you must make amends for. Like all of us, you have made many choices and taken many actions in your lives. Some of those choices and actions have been mistakes. Your past errors must be addressed, so you can use your Karmic Debt Numbers to identify exactly what type of mistakes you have made in the past and how you can atone for them.  A 16 Karmic Debt Number points to an abuse of love in your past. Your were not honest about your feelings and/or neglected to consider the feelings of others. The consequence of these actions is that you must now reconnect with that part of your spiritual self that will not allow you to misuse love and affection. Doing this is no easy task. To succeed that which earned you the 16 must be destroyed, so a more spiritually ethical self can take its place.

Your Lucky Number is 7
Your Personal Lucky Number does not change. This number will be lucky for you your entire life. Your luck derived from this number will be strongest when you are addressing events and issues related to the general meaning of the number. Lucky Numbers should not be relied on to constantly produce positive results, or make impulsive, high risk gambles. They simply mean that where they appear you have an edge. How large an edge is impossible to determine, but seems to increase with the number of occurrences your Lucky Number is be associated with a given event or issue. Those with a Personal Lucky Number 7 have a rather lofty number on their side. Your 7 may be very lucky in any situation. However, 7 is the number of those seeking spiritual growth, so often the luck of the 7 is not very easy to see. Its force comes into play on a true cosmic level and may be beyond yours or anyone’s means to identify.
Your Signature Number is a 9 
Signature numbers are based on how you sign your name. Your signature carries the power and the faults of one of the base 9 numbers. You may actually want to sign different documents with different signatures to reap the benefit of a particular number. For instance, if you are signing an agreement of partnership you might want to alter your signature to reflect the powers of the number 2. The signature you entered is a 9. The 9 signature is best suited to mark the completion of contracts or payment plans or the giving of donations.
Your Birthday Number is 1
This number is most influential between your 28th and 56th year. While it is not the most important number in your profile, it does have an effect on your Life's Path and Destiny. You have an independent spirit and a strong desire to be a leader. You are creative and possess the courage necessary to lead others into the future.
Your Personal Year Number is 9
This number tells you what is happening in your life this year. This number should be used to help you avoid setbacks and focus your energies on those areas of your life where you are most likely to achieve your goals. As a 1 year marks new beginnings, a 9 year is a time to close the book on all that has happened the in the last 8 years. The moment for you to reap the rewards for completing a 9 year cycle has come. You have also reached a point where you should try to put any bad things that have happened to you in the past cycle to rest and prepare for the beginning of a new 9 year cycle.

Your Personal Month Number is 2
This number tells you what is happening in your life this month. Use this number in the same way you would your Personal year number, but apply it only to the current month. This is a good month for you to pay attention to those around you and strengthen your personal relationships.
Your Foundation Letter is A
Having an A Foundation Letter identifies a goal oriented person who intends to succeed at any task they take on.
Your End Letter is A
Having an A End Letter denotes someone who is not a quitter. They will finish whatever task they have taken on with or without the help of others.
Your First Vowel is A
Having an A First Vowel suggest you may be far more determined to succeed than you let on.


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Kawaii Japanese Outlet

Chicago has well-developed neighborhoods for Chinese, Southeast Asian and Korean goods, but if you are yearning for Japanese items, your best bet is to scour the dusty back shelves of general Asian shops or take a trip to Mitsuwa in Arlington Heights. Thus, I was tickled to stumble upon a new kid on the block, Kawaii Japanese Outlet, which just opened about six weeks ago. Located in the middle of University Village on Halsted, Kawaii's warm, brightly lit storefront will transport you to the land of the rising sun, with the beats of J-pop playing on the speakers.

The offerings here include assorted sundries that you never knew you needed, like Hello Kitty tote bags, laundry baskets, a vast array of fake eyelashes and other efficiency gadgets that are the cornerstone of Japanese products. There are wall hangings, office supplies, and beauty supplies, all with a Japanese bent. Needless to say, everything in sight is kawaii, or cute to the max. 

What does this have to do with you, foodies? Well, in addition to the other neat items, they have a decent selection of cooking utensils and dry goods. You can pick up all the basics here, like sushi mats, rice paddles, knives and ladles. With the Japanese love for compact storage and packaging, you will not be surprised to find a large assortment of heavy-duty tupperware and other specialized food containers. There is also a well-thought-out section of snack and dry goods, where you can get dashi powder, instant miso soup base, soba noodles, and Hello Panda shortbread biscuits. Mochi ice cream is available in a handful of flavors. 
Matching the rest of the shop, the staffers behind the counter are bubbly personalities who greet you upon arrival with a cheery "Hello" (rather than the obligatory "Irasshaimase!" in Tokyo). Upon entering, I was plied with samples of lemon candies, packed with my daily value of vitamin C, and Calpico, a non-carbonated dairy-based fruit drink. I tried the lychee, which was pleasantly fruity with a yogurt tang.
Sure, it's no Mitsuwa, but if you need furikake in a pinch or need to satiate a craving for Ichiban ramen pronto, Kawaii is there for you. Besides, a car is required to get to Arlington Heights, while Kawaii is actually in the city. Did I mention that prices are slightly lower than Mitsuwa too?

A beautiful selection of chopsticks, there was also a nice assortment of Japanese bowls and flatware, so that you can better display your round sushi on square plates, and vice versa.
Bento boxes and the accompanying encased chopsticks and tote bags. I was amused to see that the exact same bento box I bought from a 100-yen shop in Tokyo last fall was now available practically in my own backyard. Ah, the power of globalization.
Other accessories to add pizazz to your bento box, such as egg molds, onigiri molds, and hot dog-to-octopus cutters. If straining to decipher the labels leaves you feeling lost in translation, feel free to ask Kawaii staffers for help.
More yumminess!

Kawaii Japanese Outlet
1338 S. Halsted (and Maxwell)
(312) 970-0094
Open: Mon-Thurs 10-9 pm, Fri-Sat 10-10 pm and Sun 12-9 pm

Excerpt from: Chicago Foodies




Kasade VS. Wolfgang Gartner - Steppin' Out Undertaker / The Hype Machine


Ms. Daisy Lowe is undefinable...at least in my opinion. Of course, she's been labeled a bombshell, but she is a style chameleon (like myself) and therefore, somewhat of a mystery. I've seen a ton of her on blogs lately and if you peruse my archives, you will find a video that was taken of her during a cover shoot for British Esquire

daisy lowe futureclaw spring 2010

daisy lowe futureclaw spring 2010

daisy lowe futureclaw spring 2010

daisy lowe futureclaw spring 2010



I stumbled upon this blog post today as I perused through page after page of bohemian/hippie inspired blogs. I particularly enjoyed this post on the Inspire Bohemia blog, entitled, Bohemian Rhapsody Vol. 1. Below you will find the written part of the blogpost. If you would like to view the beautiful pictures (some of which I have previously grabbed from a plethora of sites and added to my own personal collection) that accompany this literary work, click on the highlighted text links. Enjoy!


Bohemian Rhapsody Vol. 1

A bohemian (apart from technically being a native of Bohemia itself) is often used to refer to "a person, as an artist or writer, who lives and acts free of regard for conventional rules and practices." For me, Bohemian style is something defined by each individual... it's like a paint palette on which an artist blends his colors, over time it becomes layered with the colors from all of his masterpieces, the evidence of his passion and labor. For me, my style is just the same, evidence and expression of my travels, my passions, my creativity and the essence of my personality. Both in fashion and design, I am a whirlwind of bohemianism - a collage of all the things I love, uninhibited by convention.

Bohemian style is articulated over time, it's a passionate collection of global beauty unregulated by trends or pretentious order, it is a reflection of ones personality and above all it makes for a warm and cozy sanctuary from the daily grind! There's no style I love more than an eclectic and artistic amalgamation of furniture, art and accessories! Even if a bohemian isn't your cup of tea, you can still apply it to your own style by remembering to follow your own inspirations and ideas of beauty and not let trends and opinions effect the expression of who you are and what makes you happy!

Amen! And now, enjoy the first volume of what I consider to be some amazing bohemian themed inspiration photos........ oh, and have a wonderful weekend!


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I found this on my iPhone, saved as a note, when I was going through it the other day and trashing all the unneeded shit I had saved on it. I really like this and thought I should share. From 3 months ago; a 3 a.m. rambling, I'm sure...

Led to realization
Then shock
And finally...sadness

The hurt made me numb
And i felt dumb
For not knowing
That what's done
Is done



Chicks on Speed: 'Super Surfer Girl' (directed by Mariah Garnett, 2008).


From original press release notes found on phinnweb.blogspot.com

It may be winter in central Europe, but somewhere it's hot hot summer, like in down under Australia.

The Single 'Super Surfer Girl', in CHIX style, isn't just a song, but a full-blown international advertising campaign, based around a range of girls surfwear, COS designed in collaboration with Insight, Australia, titled "INSIGHT ON CHICKS ON SPEED" to be launched on December 5th worldwide, along with a video, by New York artist Mariah Garnett.

Always with Attitude, the Chicks created the song Super Surfer Girl, as an anthem for surf babes the world over, poking fun at feminist theory, and yet, empowering and encouraging young women to take their destiny into their own hands. 'Super Surfer Girl' is WALL OF SOUND and the love of kitsch combined into a celebration of beach and rough surf culture.