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by Paul Anel September 13, 2013
Interview, Fashion. Reading time: 2min.
Each year at this time of the year, New York City breathes, talks, and walks fashion, runway and clothes. Jessica “Jesse” Lagoy, a professional model from DC, stepped out the catwalk this year, to meet and interview creators and other fashion protagonists for the blog heyheygorgeous.com. In this exclusive interview for Land of Compassion, she accepted to share her insights about fashion, beauty, and more.
by Karine Koroukian August 2nd, 2013
As I reflect back on a recent development in my life, I realize that nothing is permanent, all is transient and subject to change. Suffice it to be open and sensitive to capture its transformation.
My grandfather was a survivor of the Armenian genocide, which took place during World War I with the Ottoman government’s systematic extermination of its minority subjects. He had managed to escape Turkey after multiple life and death ordeals via Syria, to eventually settle down in Lebanon and become a very successful entrepreneur, businessman and writer. The Civil War of Lebanon (1975 – 1990), was the second tragedy he survived during his lifetime. It brought an abrupt interruption to the once joyful and vibrant life my grandparent’s family led, forcing them to abandon, like many, their house along with their priced belongings and heritage, to seek peace abroad.
by LoC July 19, 2013
"Advertising, says Wikipedia, is a form of communication for marketing and used to encourage, persuade, or manipulate an audience," and the best way to manipulate is to appeal to the basest instincts. However, once in while, we get surprised. In this commercial for Sony, the Japanese brand appeals to our highest instinct: the sense of beauty and wonder. The 1min30 video is an intimate glimpse into the work of some of Japan's craftsmen: fabric dyeing, paper making, ceramics and gardening . . . The last words, in Japanese, translate: "This country's natural instinct is to lean towards beauty." How many problems and situations would be simplified if we were led by a "natural instinct towards beauty" ! This commercial does play its part in educating it in the viewer.
by Renée Kurz July 11, 2013
“Being in dance let’s me see who I'm becoming,” said Kiana, a freshman at John W. Hallahan Catholic Girls’ High School in inner city Philadelphia. She added my ‘Introduction to Dance’ class to her schedule last fall with no idea it would bring about a re-direction or clarified purpose for her life. All she knew was that she liked to groove, and figured this class would let her do so with no questions asked . . .
by Sue Song May 31, 2013
A surprise was waiting for me on my recent visit to the International Center for a Culture of Compassion (ICCC). I was always drawn to the beauty of Matisse’s Chapelle de Vence. I was curious to know what the presenting artist, Alain Kirili, had to say about this beautiful and inspiring chapel. Was it going be an expression of egotistical knowledge of art or something more genuine? Matisse had said he designed La Chapelle to “awaken the desire to be fulfilled in the Eucharist”. What would Alain say?
by Jesse Scheinin April 20, 2013
As he walked out of the museum after seeing 'STREET' for the first time, Jesse Scheinin felt compelled to "turn his life into art", quite literally . . . ‘STREET’ is a 61-minute high definition video filmed over one week in September 2011 in the streets of New York City by the artist James Nares. The film shows ordinary street life dramatically slowed down by the high speed camera which reveals the subtle gestures and nuances of human movement and interaction. Step back a minute from the fast paced reality, open your eyes, and look at the streets of New York . . . as if for the first time.