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📷 An Eye for Life: My Week Online 💌 #9

Thank you for joining me for the 9th issue of my weekly newsletter. I’m ruminating on what a dash can teach us about life and sharing intriguing things I found online this week. I hope you find it worth your time to read!

The Dash
Years ago I attended a conference where the speaker ended with a story about the significance of the parenthesis that follows the name of people who are no longer with us. Such as: (March 3, 1892 – December 11, 1975). The speaker believes the significance is not in how long we live or simply that we live or the dates themselves. The significance in that parenthesis, is the dash that sits between the numbers. 
The dash represents what we do with the time we’re given on this earth. The dash is our legacy once we’ve passed from this world. To whatever is or isn’t next, depending on your beliefs.
His very last words to us in ending the seminar were in the form of a question. It was: “What will you do with your dash?”
We’re all given 24 hours in a day. 7 days in a week. 365 days in a year. A certain number of sunrises, and sunsets. 
sunrise at Amboseli National Park in Kenya
sunrise at Amboseli National Park in Kenya
When I was younger I started my days late, preferring to sleep in. Physical maturity and the demands of my career have made me an early riser now and that’s something I’m grateful for. 
No matter the schedule I keep, I’ve never forgotten that story from the conference. Ever since then, I’ve thought often about how I want to make better use of the hours I’m awake. I want to grab every opportunity I can to live a life worthy of the gift of time I’ve been given and [most importantly for me] that helps others in every way possible.
I hope this newsletter, in some small way, helps you because I try to combine so many elements in every issue. Be it a chance to laugh or smile, some news, a way to learn or help others or a reason to think about a place or a thing differently than you may have before.
Elsewhere online this week,
You could win a trip to the Galapagos:
Bid on Charitybuzz and Win a 9-Night Expedition Exploring the Galápagos Islands
😍 You probably know what June is and so does this cute pup! 🏳️‍🌈🏳️‍⚧️
Happy #Pride! If your pup is wearing rainbow or simply loves more than anything else, send us a pic using #PrideMonthPuppo for a chance to be featured! 🌈🐾
You can now see inside an active volcano. Watch with sound on:
This photo stopped me in my scrolling tracks. I’d like to stay in that little cabin tucked into the trees:
Craig S Hensel
Jun Fujita’s cabin in Voyageurs National Park. He was a Chicago Journalist who photographed Al Capone, the Eastland Disaster and more from that era. Amazing area from the homeland of the Ojibway.
The trailer for the film about Anthony Bourdain ‘Roadrunner’ was released:
ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters July 16
ROADRUNNER: A Film About Anthony Bourdain - Official Trailer [HD] - In Theaters July 16
DYK there’s such a thing as a Bee Orchid? 🐝 I didn’t till I saw this:
Jenny Shelton
Bee orchid: confirmed! Thanks for all your likes and comments. Glad to spread the orchid love! Here’s a close up 😍 @DrTrevorDines @Love_plants @BBCSpringwatch @Natures_Voice
Let's Care Together
About People: donate to this fundraiser helping provide bikes to children in India so they have a safe way to get to school, watch this video to better understand mental health and why we need to destigmatize it, understand how to better support people who can’t be positive all the time by reading this article, check out this resource toolkit for each day of PRIDE and this post full of knowledge on how/who to support for PRIDE.
About the Planet: read this article from Sophia Li on climate optimism, install this browser extension that will help you figure out whether a product is actually good for people and planet when you’re shopping online or book a ‘how to be vegan’ experience at the Stanford Inn in Mendocino.
quote from Sophia in the article I linked to above
quote from Sophia in the article I linked to above
I'll leave you with,
Look up to the sky each day. […] not just for the fresh air but also for the reminder that we are all a small part of a much bigger natural universe. […] the more we acknowledge that connection, the more likely we are to feel grounded.
Thank you for reading! I hope to see you back here next Friday for the tenth edition of An Eye for Life. 💛 ✨
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Kirsten @kirstenalana

A periodic newsletter that helps you discover the work of creatives around the globe and ways you can help people + planet. Also includes notable online moments, photos, and an original short essay by Kirsten Alana.

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