Real Stories from Toronto #2,646,875 – It’s All a Joke

“Why are you always laughing?  Sometimes I don’t even know what you’re laughing about!  Sometimes it’s just mean!”

– Didn’t you get the memo?

“What?  What memo?”

– It’s all a joke.

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The Laughing Buddha
The Laughing Buddha

One day a monk walks up to him and asks, “What is the meaning of Zen?”
Smiling as usual, he instantly swung the sack over his shoulder.
“How does one realize Zen?”  Budai then takes up his bag and continues on his way.

From Siddhartha
“…Siddhartha replies that for every true statement there is an opposite one that is also true; that language and the confines of time lead people to adhere to one fixed belief that does not account for the fullness of the truth. Because nature works in a self-sustaining cycle, every entity carries in it the potential for its opposite and so the world must always be considered complete. Siddhartha simply urges people to identify and love the world in its completeness…”

Ported / Talisman NWA 020

…by Sukh Knight (East London, UK)

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Real Stories from the World #3,485,699 – The Sound of the Rain

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In a safe, quiet place in Manila, my grandmother used to sing me lullabies and caress my forehead to sleep.
Every now and then, rain pours at night…and I would hear it hitting the cement, wood, and our metal corrugated sheet for a roof.

I remember a deep sense of peacefulness…

They say home is where the heart is…but what do you do when your heart is scattered everywhere?
In pieces of motion, in pieces of sound, light, colours, smell…

People ask me things like do I feel at home when I get home?…  But I rarely do…

…because my heart is in places like the sound of the rain.

Bowmanville POW Camp (Camp 30)

…was a Canadian-run POW camp for German soldiers during World War II located in the community of Bowmanville, Ontario in Clarington, Ontario, Canada (2020 Lambs Road). In September 2013, the camp was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.
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Crise

…an audio-visual performance by 1024 Architecture (Paris, France)

CRISE from 1024 on Vimeo.

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Free Will: Participants & Spectators

We are surrounded by everything and nothing.
Our perception makes our world.
We are all participants and spectators whether we like it or not.

Practice free will.

Choose to believe.

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Aaaaaaand cue Justin Bieber track.

Sweat

…by the late Bob Marley (Nine Mile, Jamaica)

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Subsoil 4 (Vinyl Set)

…by Clark Rownees (CalibeGermany)

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Metro Manila

…directed by Sean Ellis (Brighton, Sussex, England, UK)

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Photos: Forbidden from riding bikes, fearless Afghan girls are skateboarding around Kabul

Originally posted on Quartz:

Australian skateboarder Oliver Percovich created the non-profit Skateistan in 2007, a grassroots project that connects youth and education through skateboarding in Afghanistan. The organization, which has since grown to an award-winning international NGO, caught the attention of London-based photographer Jessica Fulford-Dobson and inspired her to visit the program in Kabul in 2012—especially after learning 45% of the students were female.

Jessica Fulford-Dobson photo of afghan girl

In Afghanistan, skateboarding has spread to become the number one sport for women, as they are forbidden to ride bicycles. Soon after arriving and entering the girl’s world, Fulford-Dobson was accepted by the young Afghan skateboarders. She photographed the girls with natural light, helping to expose their personalities through simple portraits. Within the images you can see the girls’ natural confidence, images that capture the subjects both posed and candidly skating through the indoor facility.

Jessica Fulford-Dobson pic of afghan girl

Jessica Fulford-Dobson pic of afgan girl

Jessica Fulford-Dobson pic of afghan girl

“I met so many impressive women and girls in Afghanistan: a teacher as tough and determined as any…

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