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I left Giverny after each visit with a better understanding of Impressionism. Monet’s beloved reconstructed gardens leave the visitor with beautiful impressions from the bamboo grove of varying greens to the plots planted by colors of varying shades.

I left Giverny after each visit with a better understanding of Impressionism. Monet’s beloved reconstructed gardens leave the visitor with beautiful impressions from the bamboo grove of varying greens to the plots planted by colors of varying shades.

Posted on Friday, August 22nd 2014

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Remember the chickens in several Monet paintings? They are on the grounds today along with turkeys and white cows. The lush arbor over the arched wooden bridge brings a cool respite. And the unique flowers alongside the familiar ones are a visual feast.

Giverny
Remember the chickens in several Monet paintings? They are on the grounds today along with turkeys and white cows. The lush arbor over the arched wooden bridge brings a cool respite. And the unique flowers alongside the familiar ones are a visual feast.

Posted on Friday, August 22nd 2014

Giverny…such a special place. I had visited in 1990 and found it such a delight I was a bit hesitant to go again recently…what if it disappointed and my memory had played tricks on me? But I went and I am glad. I saw new things, I saw things I remembered well but noticed different angles. If given the chance to go yet again, the pink stucco house surrounded by flowers and water will be a welcome sight to me.

Giverny…such a special place. I had visited in 1990 and found it such a delight I was a bit hesitant to go again recently…what if it disappointed and my memory had played tricks on me? But I went and I am glad. I saw new things, I saw things I remembered well but noticed different angles. If given the chance to go yet again, the pink stucco house surrounded by flowers and water will be a welcome sight to me.

Posted on Friday, August 22nd 2014

halftheskymovement:

Shana Goodwin’s education ended at age 12 when she was trafficked by her mother’s drug dealer. At 18, she took to the streets until her last arrest in 2010. 
Now 39, Shana is a sales representative for Thistle Farms, an initiative of the Nashville nonprofit Magdalene, which runs a two-year recovery program for former prostitutes that includes free long-term housing and counseling. It also provides job opportunities for the women like Shana to make and sell scented candles, lotions and lip balms.
“I cannot imagine you sticking me in a program and giving me 28 days and saying, ‘You’re healed! Shazam! Go out into the world and find a job,’ ” Shana says. “I have 167 arrests, I have never held down a job, and that would have never worked.”
Thistle Farms’ sales grew by about 40 percent this year, and this week they celebrate their first million-dollar mark in annual sales — enough to hire 15 more women this fall!
Read more via Nashville Public Radio.

halftheskymovement:

Shana Goodwin’s education ended at age 12 when she was trafficked by her mother’s drug dealer. At 18, she took to the streets until her last arrest in 2010. 
Now 39, Shana is a sales representative for Thistle Farms, an initiative of the Nashville nonprofit Magdalene, which runs a two-year recovery program for former prostitutes that includes free long-term housing and counseling. It also provides job opportunities for the women like Shana to make and sell scented candles, lotions and lip balms.
“I cannot imagine you sticking me in a program and giving me 28 days and saying, ‘You’re healed! Shazam! Go out into the world and find a job,’ ” Shana says. “I have 167 arrests, I have never held down a job, and that would have never worked.”
Thistle Farms’ sales grew by about 40 percent this year, and this week they celebrate their first million-dollar mark in annual sales — enough to hire 15 more women this fall!
Read more via Nashville Public Radio.

Posted on Sunday, August 3rd 2014

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