Khaled Hourani's The Blue Figure. Darat Al Funun

Self-Rediscovery via Khaled Hourani’s Exhibition at Darat al Funun

Poetry, Uncategorized, Writing

Rediscovering passion is rediscovering the self. Khaled Hourani’s A Retrospective exhibition nestled in the beautiful villa and garden that is Darat al Funun helped me rediscover that mind-captivating exhilaration and wonder at the beauty that surrounds us — the mind that thinks the art, the artist courageous enough to make the art, the Creator’s art: the bee pulled by the magnet of rosemary bushes and lavender, the sun as it warms the cold stone of the Roman columns standing tall in the backyard.

In this space of art and beauty one finds acceptance, universality; we are all one and the same, stripped of all the backgrounds that tell of differences.
That is the essence of Khaled Hourani’s newest work, The Blue Figure. By removing the refugee, resembled in the UNHCR logo as a blue figure, from its context, Hourani challenges our conception of a refugee. Seen in different settings: on a balcony, in the lap of a parent and in a tent, the figure’a individuality and humanness is returned. Each becomes one, all a part of the whole.
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Photo credit: Dima Masri

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Watch a report and interview on Al Ghad about the exhibition.
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Three Reasons You Should Spend More Time Outside

Writing

Whether it’s because of the winter or the temptation of screens, we, old and young, aren’t spending enough time outdoors. Here are three reasons to get out and treat our self-inflicted Nature Deficit Disorder.

  1. Sun, Sun, Mr. Golden Sun-  Spending time out will boost your vitamin D levels and that in turn, will boot your physical health. Studies have shown that vitamin D lowers blood pressure and regulates our immune system. But don’t forget that sunscreen!
  2. De-stress and lighten up- Being in nature can improve our mood and help us unwind, enjoy the present moment and connect with nature as we marvel at the beauty that surrounds us. Try forest bathing or hiking or simply taking a stroll in a park or along the beach and breathe in the fresh air.
  3. Heal- A study conducted by Robert Ulrich showed that patients who underwent gallbladder research who viewed trees withstood pain better and spent less time in the hospital compared to patients who looked at the wall.

Bottom line- Enjoy your Saturday and spend time in the great outdoors!

Three Activities That Will Boost Your Happiness Today

Uncategorized, Writing

We often wait for things or events to happen to make us feel happier, but we have the power to bring feelings of happiness, gratitude and satisfaction into our own lives. Here are three activities you can do today to increase your happiness:

1-Do five random acts of kindness- Studies have shown that doing five random acts of kindness in a single day and writing about how you felt after performing the acts lead to feelings of happiness. The acts can be anything from picking up trash to donating money, sharing food or smiling to a stranger.

2- Take an awe walk– Take time out to go for a walk and marvel at the beauty around you. Try going somewhere new and vast with beautiful nature or views.

3-Don’t forget to play- As we grow older, we no longer spend as much time playing. With technology and more time spent in school or structures activities, even children aren’t spending as much time playing. Play increases our creativity and problem solving skills and decreases our stress. Take some time today to do something you enjoy just for the fun of it. Lose track of time. Draw, color, play pretend, get out those board games, read, build legos, and explore!

 

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Hainich National Park: Forest from Above

Articles, Translations, Uncategorized

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Hainich National Park: Forest from Above

06.07.2016

2000 years ago, nature in Germany looked completely different- beech trees dominated the landscape between northern Germany and the Alps. Today, only small areas remain. One of these is the Hainich National Park in Thuringia, home to wild animals and many plant species. You can come especially close to them on a path almost 24 meters high, allowing you to walk above and through the highest part of the trees. You can go even higher up with the tower where you can see this forest from 44 meters above and take a look at how Germany looked once upon a time.

Hainich National Park

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You can read the original Deutsch perfekt article here.