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Eupraxsophy

Secular humanist, freethinker, progressive, and bibliophile.

The Art of Creating Art

The Art of Creating Art

Often times, the process of making art can be a thing of beauty onto itself. This has been beautifully conveyed by a video from the California-based American Museum of Ceramic Art, which depicts several ceramics masters creating a masterpiece as part of the 5,000-year ceramics tradition of Icheon, South Korea.

The seven-minute video is beautifully done in its presentation; it made me feel at…

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Valletta is the capital of Malta, an island nation of around 400,000 people located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, about 50 miles south of Sicily. One of the world’s smallest and most-densely populated countries, Malta has been inhabited since 5,200 BCE and is brimming with historical and culture — some of the world’s oldest free-standing structures can be found here. The country’s strategic location has lead to its changing hands numerous times throughout history, being ruled and influenced by dozens of distinct cultures and nations.

This is one reason why Valletta is such a jewel. Built during the rule of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, also known as Knights Hospitaller, the city contains a rich collection of architectural styles from the 16th century onward, mostly Baroque followed by elements of Mannerist, Neo-Classical and Modern architecture. The City of Valletta is so beautiful and well preserved that is was officially recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1980.

The official name given by the Order of Saint John was “Humilissima Civitas Valletta” — The Most Humble City of Valletta, or Città Umilissima in Italian. The beauty of the city’s churches, gardens, and palaces earned it the nickname among European elites as “Superbissima” — Most Proud. I certainly agree with that sentiment.

 

A Hidden Gem of the Mediterranean — Valletta, Malta Valletta is the capital of Malta, an island nation of around 400,000 people located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, about 50 miles south of Sicily. 

This is Ashol-Pan, a 13-year-old Kazakh eagle huntress living in the rugged Altai Mountains of…

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This is Ashol-Pan, a 13-year-old Kazakh eagle huntress living in the rugged Altai Mountains of western Mongolia. The daughter of a famous hunter, she’s one of only 400 practicing eagle hunters, and the only known female to ever partake in the tradition in its 2,000-year history.

The Kazakhs of the Altai mountains are the only people that hunt with golden eagles, which are taken from nests…

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Meditating Monks On Pongour Falls, Vietnam by Photograph by Dang Ngo (prints available here: http://www.dangngo.com/)

Meditating Monks On Pongour Falls, Vietnam by Photograph by Dang Ngo (prints available here: http://www.dangngo.com/)

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

The Danxia landform, southwest China.

The Danxia landform, southwest China.

Tadpoles swim through a jungle of lily stalks in Cedar Lake, Vancouver Island, Canada. Credit to Eiko Jones and National Geographic.

Tadpoles swim through a jungle of lily stalks in Cedar Lake, Vancouver Island, Canada. Credit to Eiko Jones and National Geographic.

17 of the Oldest Man-Made Structures On Earth Still In Use

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The amount of things to see and do in the world can be overwhelming at times. Even within my hometown of Miami, Florida, USA, there is still much left for me to explore. Then there’s the state of Florida and all its varied offerings, then the entirety of the US and all its cultural and geographic diversity, and then the wider world of over 200 other countries and territories.

Even the smallest cities have so much to take in and see, let alone entire countries, continents, and the world. I’m lucky to even be able to learn about these places, given how much is out there. Every photo, article, video, or personal account only whets my appetite for more personal exploration. If only traveling and studying was a paying job.

In any case, this wanderlust will certainly spur me to get to work on pursuing my career in diplomacy and international public administration, the closest I’ll come to making the world a part of my everyday life. 

My Life as a Model: Choosing Not to Objectify Myself

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You Are Less Beautiful Than You Think: Scientific American

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Trolltunga, Norway.

Trolltunga, Norway.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand.

Abandoned fishing hut in Germany. 

Abandoned fishing hut in Germany.