campaign chairs.

In my new found love of nesting, I have started a love affair with campaign chairs. Designed to easily breakdown and fold up for travel, these chairs conjure up images of luxurious and exotic adventures...

It is important to me as we furnish our new home that the pieces that we choose are both functional and tell a story about who we are...

These chairs are so simple, yet somehow manage to simultaneously feel rugged and romantic...

I've searched all over the place for the perfect compliment to our new home, but I couldn't help but coming back to this beauty...

What do you think? Do these chairs make you want to set out on an safari or at least cozy up and watch Out of Africa? 

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rising in love

I've been spending a great deal of time thinking about this lately...

In fact a mature person does not fall in love, he rises in love. The word ’fall’ is not right. Only immature people fall; they stumble and fall down in love. Somehow they were managing and standing. They cannot manage and they cannot stand – they find a woman and they are gone, they find a man and they are gone. They were always ready to fall on the ground and to creep. They don’t have the backbone, the spine; they don’t have that integrity to stand alone.
A mature person has the integrity to be alone. And when a mature person gives love, he gives without any strings attached to it: he simply gives. And when a mature person gives love, he feels grateful that you have accepted his love, not vice versa. He does not expect you to be thankful for it – no, not at all, he does not even need your thanks. He thanks you for accepting his love. And when two mature persons are in love, one of the greatest paradoxes of life happens, one of the most beautiful phenomena: they are together and yet tremendously alone; they are together so much so that they are almost one. But their oneness does not destroy their individuality, in fact, it enhances it: they become more individual.


Two mature persons in love help each other to become more free. There is no politics involved, no diplomacy, no effort to dominate. How can you dominate the person you love? Just think over it. Domination is a sort of hatred, anger, enmity. How can you think of dominating a person you love? You would love to see the person totally free, independent; you will give him more individuality. That’s why I call it the greatest paradox: they are together so much so that they are almost one, but still in that oneness they are individuals. Their individualities are not effaced – they have become more enhanced. The other has enriched them as far as their freedom is concerned.


Immature people falling in love destroy each other’s freedom, create a bondage, make a prison. Mature persons in love help each other to be free; they help each other to destroy all sorts of bondages. And when love flows with freedom there is beauty. When love flows with dependence there is ugliness.
— Osho via http://awelltraveledwoman.tumblr.com

Calico

My kid sister, affectionally known as Bug, came into town this week for her first big international  trip. I took her to the best neighborhood spot I know where she could fight jet lag and get acquainted with the delightful strangeness that Tokyo has to offer...

Located in Shinjuku, Calico Cat Cafe is one of the most popular places where foreigners and locals can be found sipping coffee, curling up with some Manga, and enjoying some intimate one on twenty action with various felines. 

Upon entering, patrons must surrender their shoes and handbags in exchange for access to a two story cat playground. The walls along the staircase are lined with shelves where sleepy cats take naps...

For just 300 yen, you can order a "cat snack" to lure the adorable cats in a little closer for some petting and snuggles....

The cafe hosts a wide variety of cat breeds including giant Maine Coons and Munchkin Cats. 

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The cafe also hosts a wide variety of human visitors, including schoolgirls and salary men

If just petting the cats isn't entertaining enough, the cat cafe offers up cat toys and hats to dress up the most adorable cats in...

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Never dull, always weird, Cat Cafes are a must see while in Japan.