Filipino Culture And Street Food | 03131208080900 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

Photo by Zorlone – Philippines Edited by Frank Cunha using Snapseed and Photoshop — USA

Figures, forms, random, and repetitive,
Sequences of space and time –
shape stories.
Seeing, being, and occupying space.
She senses the essence of being there –
from here.

On her device,

she loosely listens,
distantly distracted,

Looking and being, mind, body, and soul collapse.
Sequences of space and time.
Patterns forming,
and changing.

Calls dropped, missed, and gotten, but never forgotten.

Her cell phone glistens, cover cracked,

Soul retracted.
The other person listens.

She talks,
and stops….

Patterns remain, shapes broken,
love ones born, and love ones lost,

Talk.
Talk.
Talk.
Walk.
Walk.
Walk.

Sequences of space and time come and go,
Her phone call – done,
her essence – gone.
Soul patterns on the floor,
only her soles,
remain.

Artwork: Lorenzo Bernardino Edited by Frank Cunha III | Poetry by Frank Cunha III & Lorenzo Bernardino

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Golden Hour | 0315201220332047 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

After-5K Run Sunset Photo (right) taken by Frank Cunha III on 3/11/2012 Foggy Sunrise Photo (left) taken by Frank Cunha III on 3/14/2012 (iPhone4S, edited using Snapseed / Diptic apps) - USA

After-5K Run Sunset Photo (right) taken by Frank Cunha III on 3/11/2012 Foggy Sunrise Photo (left) taken by Frank Cunha III on 3/14/2012 (iPhone4S, edited using Snapseed / Diptic apps) - USA

Twice in a mundane day,
Unnoticed by most walks of life.
The perfect scene of perfect light,
Strikes at the golden hour.

Like reflections on both ends of the Earth,
Stretched by the reach of the sun.
The day begins when another ends,
But meeting halfway at the golden hour.

Awed in a similar scene,
The skyline of blue and yellow.
These ghost silhouettes and familiar shadows,
Are formed at the golden hour.

With the same expression of a precise time,
Separated by the distant future and the known past.
The present is clearly united,
And in sync at the golden hour.

Artwork: Frank Cunha III | Poetry: Lorenzo Bernardino

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Overlapping Lines | 0313201222562304 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

Photo taken by Frank Cunha III on March 11, 2010 – USA (using iPhone 4S, originally edited using “Snapseed” App) | Re-Edited using “Pic Collage” by Lorenzo Bernardino – Philippines | http://pic-collage.com

Photo taken by Frank Cunha III on March 11, 2010 – USA (using iPhone 4S, originally edited using “Snapseed” App) | Re-Edited using “Pic Collage” by Lorenzo Bernardino – Philippines | http://pic-collage.com

I stood
At the
Edge
Of a sharp
Fence of shadows
Careful not to get wounded
Careful not to bleed.

I was lost temporarily
From the presence
Of overlapping lines
Of spheres
And swords
And daggers
And of mistakes.

There could be more
Of these picket fences
Of these thin soldiers
Of these dark knights
That stood on ground
To protect
To defend
To throw
Their lives.

They stood
Still and firm
In attention
Of the lines
There
In.

Artwork: Frank Cunha III Edited by: Lorenzo Bernardino| Poetry: Lorenzo Bernardino

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Sophia is Fine (Art) – @SophiaFine

I wanted to share one of my dearest Twitter supporters and friends, Sophia Fine who is a Fine Arts graduate.  She successfully completed her independent studies in Florence, Italy and was recognized and awarded for her contributions to Literature and Drama. Now she is well-respected in the art-community and is involved in various art shows, solo expositions, and selling her original artwork both in America and overseas.  Click here for more on Sophia and how to contact her online if you are interested in her artwork.

Can You tell us about Your Process.

I came from a Beautiful World, which presented itself to me early in life. Art was always within me, in so many ways, in everything I saw and touched. I feel like a creator of Expressive Beautiful things, as if God Touched me.

Creativity! Yes! Art is a great Gift! I aim to transform my visions and feelings into my Art.

I create happiness. I can’t wait to go to my studio, express myself, and make things happen. Sometimes I pour the Colors on an Empty Canvas and before me I see all the things I had in my mind.

I like to create themes, with enchanted realities, dream-like, and with absurd beauty. But never losing the soul communication with the viewer when jostling together colorful compositions that are as jolly as kitsch Postcards from Heaven!

I like to immerse the viewer in the false immobility of life’s turbulence and to render the animated presence of Joy!

Everyone has a space within them that waits to be filled with new, yet unknown excitement.

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Making Room | 0310201209110921 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

Look at you, of concrete and metal
against the dark smudged sky.
The ground prepares to grumble,
but you kept asking me why?

Progress makes way for birth
of art built on stolid need.
Don’t worry about the hurt
your loneliness shall heed.

Departed folks and tenants note
the memories you’ve helped create.
A passing of the times worth
every ounce of struggle you ablate.

Remembering you in black and white
to immortalize your passing.
A tower stood once so bright
now makes room for this town’s bidding.

Artwork: Frank Cunha III | Poetry: Lorenzo Bernardino

Photo taken by Frank Cunha III on March 8, 2010 – USA (using iPhone 4S, originally edited using “Snapseed” App) | Re-Edited using “Pic Stitch” by Lorenzo Bernardino – Philippines | Then Re-Edited by Frank Cunha III in Adobe Photoshop.

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To Live a Life of Love is to Love the Life We Live: Tenderness of Mind, Body, and Soul | 03071202500316 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

Photo taken by Lorenzo Bernardino on (iPhone) - Philippines

I stand before You,
My conscious – clear,
Like glass,
Sins from flesh and mind, forgiven.
Thoughts–
Now pure and sound.
Help me to unbound.
From this dust
Whence I came.
My Mind and Spirit roamed.

No longer,
Shall I thirst.
I am quenched from sin.
With Your Love and eternal space.
Forgiveness and tenderness abound.
I thrive,
And Live on Your sweet song.
Fit for a King,
A  King, shall I be?
My Mind, Body, and Soul touched by Your grace.

At Your side,
Shall accept a crown?
For peasants on Earth are we.
Nobility is what we all seek.
The Creator and us are one.
Of same Stuff,
Of same Particles,
Of same Energy.
Every moment big or small,
And those moments all in One.

Tender moments past and future,
What a delight,
To see the light so bright.

Now I live a life so full,
For my heart is filled with Love,
I will proclaim My Kingdom to All,
Because in God We are all One.
We are same now,
We are same forever,

Hate is gone,
Replaced by Joy,
But only when we Rejoice.

Faith in religion?
Belief in Oneself?
Without us, without God, without Love.
Hate only condemn ourselves,
God is Love,
Love is true,
Love is grand,
Love helps us be more kind.

To Live a life of Love
Is to Love the Life we Live.

Artwork: Lorenzo Bernardino | Poetry: Frank Cunha III & Lorenzo Bernardino

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Translating a Stairway | 0307201222542324 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

Photo taken by Frank Cunha III on 3/5/2012 (iPhone4S) - USA - & - Edited by Lorenzo Bernardino using iPhone Snapseed / Camera+) - Philippines

Metallic, silver, and cold.
A contrast of the bold.
Of linear and angulated forms,
this far cry from the norm.

A bright, neon green,
impressive behind the scene.
Of loud and brilliant canvas
screaming opinions before us.

The back blue framed window,
lurking under the shadow.
Embraced by the repetitious design
these playful tricks of the mind.

The solid black rails,
anchored in every detail.
Summarizing the rhymes
of a self proclaimed bard of these times.

Unfinished, enigmatic, and grey
with uncommitted thoughts of play.
This articulate structure,
 painted words designed to capture.

Artwork: Frank Cunha III | Poetry: Lorenzo Bernardino

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1 Fish, 2 Fish….. Is What’s For Dinner | 03051211551200 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

After thinking about this photo I was suddenly inspired to recite a poem (to myself).  Not sure why it wound up being in the style of Dr. Seuss other than his birthday just passed and I may have ben subconsciously thinking about him.  Or just my kids.  Any way… Thought this audio was funny (raw on the fly poetry first, followed by raw soundtrack of my kids reviewing the song/poem/lyrics after listening to it for the first time after dinner.  Click on the Podcast link below to listen.  Enjoy!

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Photo taken by Lorenzo Bernardino on (iPhone) - Philippines

This poem is inspired by Dr. Seuss and his comical contribution to poetry and story telling….

Dinner. Dinner.
What’s for dinner.
I wonder what I’ll have for dinner.
In this winter I’ll eat dinner.
I think it’s great to have some dinner.
Dinner winter. Winter dinner.
Maybe I’ll have a minter with my dinner.
No, a minter won’t be good with my dinner.
Instead, I’ll have a splinter.
No, a splinter won’t be good for my dinner.
So, a winter and a splinter is not good with my dinner,
but I’ll have a fish for my dinner.
One fish, two fish, three fish, four –
five fish, six fish, I ain’t got no more.

Artwork: Lorenzo Bernardino | Poetry: Frank Cunha III

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PS Ironically the twins had just made Dr. Seuss’ hats in preschool.

 

Dr. Seuss #2 – Photo by Frank Cunha III

Hiding in the Dark | 0304201212431253 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

Self-Portrait Photo taken by Frank Cunha III on 3/1/2012 (iPhone4S, edited using Snapseed / Squaready / Path apps) - USA

Self-Portrait Photo taken by Frank Cunha III on 3/1/2012 (iPhone4S, edited using Snapseed / Squaready / Path apps) - USA

Darkness veiled a creepy alley,
with mysteries and tragedies.
Walking  under a cape of foley,
shadow covered untold stories.

There was silence in the night,
of secrets and of whispers.
Two hands lifted out of sight,
brutal anger and out of temper.

A fatal blow instantly struck,
and another man fell to the ground.
His body was lifeless under a block,
The perpetrator ran without a sound.

Madness and terror lingered,
from a simple misdemeanor.
Long forgotten event conspired,
tucked away from the scene forever.

Artwork: Frank Cunha III | Poetry: Lorenzo Bernardino

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Feel the Sky, I Can | 0303201209400950 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

Photo taken by Lorenzo Bernardino on 3/3/2012 (iPhone) - Philippines

As I rush from solitude to unrest,
Where I am needed,
I take a moment to catch a glimpse,
I see the art in the sky, lines thin and wide,

Shapes and shadows, colors, form,
Framed by buildings that scrape the clouds,
It makes me feel at ease to know,
That I have the sense to take a breath,

It makes me who I am, a better version of myself,
When I am able to stop and “see,”
All those things that make me, me.
I know you can see the sky,

But can you feel it? Just like me?
It makes you real, And better still.
From where you came, you shall go,
Ponder not, and you won’t grow.

Artwork: Lorenzo Bernardino | Poetry: Frank Cunha III

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Pieces | 0303201209260932 — Collaboration by @FC3ZMD @Zorlone @FrankCunhaIII

Photo taken by Frank Cunha III on 3/1/2012 (iPhone4S, edited using Snapseed / Squaready apps) - USA

Fallen on the floor,
the pieces of a bond is shred.
A corrupted plan,
floated on a dust filled regret.

Deserted in the wind,
waiting to be brushed away
from my integrity, from my honesty
your shady scheme burnt away.

Artwork: Frank Cunha III | Poetry: Lorenzo Bernardino

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Barbara Fariña @Babfari Expose – Promo Queen

Today’s Follow Friday Feature….

One of my favorite people to follow on social media is Barbara Fariña from Argentina.  She is a fantastic promoter and loyal fan.

If you don’t know her yet, you should….Maybe she will even help you build your followers on Twitter, Facebook, etc…

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Featured above are some of Barbara’s favorite artists.

1) When did you first get started on social media?

I don´t know really.  What I do know is that it all started with Facebook for sure.

2) How has it changed your life?

Very much. When you understand Social Media, you realize there is another way to seeing and conceiving communication.
And different ways to do it! 

3) What are your favorite top 3 sites?  Name a few others you like.

Every day there are new sites. Some of them you don´t even know for what were created.
But I guess my top 3 are: Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest. ( I use a lot google +and  youtoube) and one thing is important to say for us, if you don´t have a smartphone stay at home.

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@2BFitLori – Motivation Exposé #Fitness #WeightLoss #Motivation #Inspiration

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of my Instagram friends, Lori Ross, who has inspired countless of men and women to start losing the weight, stay in shape, and begin a healthy lifestyle. I Love My Architect is primarily about Art & Architecture and sometimes we take a side trip to document some cool photo gear, poetry, or other interests. Once I read Lori’s posts on Instagram and saw her transformation I wanted to share her journey with you all. Over the past 12 months I have lost 20 or so pounds and recently started working out. It isn’t easy but once you start and see the results it’s hard to stop. Looking back at old photos or checking the waist line on your old pants is a great way to stay motivated. I hope this expose inspires you to Start or Keep Going.

1) Lori, thanks for agreeing to do this. I know it must be difficult to talk about at times, but I wanted to share your success story with the world. Can you tell us about your journey?

LR: My journey started long before I ever even knew it existed. It started in my mind. Food became my drug of choice to silence all the thoughts and feelings I couldn’t handle throughout my life. This journey has been about finding myself and who I really am. I let myself finally feel what I had been supressing all my life through food. I decided to take back the control over my own mind, left my job of 14 years to finally make myself a priority. I reached out, hired a trainer, started eating right, laughed, cried, fought my way back, and here I am, not even a full year later….down 100 pounds!

2) Wow, that is amazing! At what point did you realize that you HAD to make a change in your life and how did you find the WILL and DESIRE to change your habits?
LR: I’ve yoyo’d my entire life, once weighing in at 289 pounds. Tried many many times to lose the weight, dropping about 50 pounds and putting it right back on. Never knowing why, until finally, I reached the deepest darkest place that was consuming my life, consuming my mind and my health. Depression was taking over. I wasn’t living, I was merely existing, slowly killing myself with food. I remember just wanting the pain to end, the pain in my mind. Finally realizing that no one could make the change except me. I, myself, had to become MY priority, or I would live in this pain forever. The WILL and DESIRE have to come from within. I finally gave myself permission to Love ME!

3) What do you want to tell people when they see these 10-minute abs videos, diet books and fad diets ads online and on television?
LR: If you don’t love yourself and have the right mindset, it won’t matter what FAD you accept into your life, it won’t take hold and last. You have to be willing to put yourself first. Believe me, I’ve tried almost everything, thinking that I was willing to try anything just to be thin, when in fact, I first needed to love myself. There’s no easy fix, if you aren’t willing to make a permanent change in your mind and how you see yourself, nothing will become consistent. I’ve always said, consistency is key, and it is, consistently loving yourself, consistently checking your mindset, consistently feeding your mind with positive thinking.

4) How do you stay motivated to keep going?
LR: My motivation has finally come from knowing my own self-worth. Believing in my strength and ability to love myself unconditionally. There can be no other motivation as powerful as that. Once you know you are worth more, you will have more. Nothing will be greater than keeping the balance in your life that allows yourself to become free and self determined to keep that feeling internally. I often look back at where I was, just to remember where I don’t want to return to. This is what keeps me going! I AM WORTH IT!

5) Since you like to pause and look back to see where you don’t want to be again, have you considered starting a blog to help motivate others by sharing how you have overcome your greatest challenges. How has this reflection helped you.
LR: I have considered starting a blog, or facebook page in order to help others. I am currently writing a book to detail my own journey. I have much knowledge and information I want to share with the world. My passion now lies in passing along this information and motivating others to make the change. I know it’s difficult, I’ve been there and I intend to help others any way I can. Reflecting on all of this brings me to tears. It’s actually a very emotional subject for me, but that’s what makes me so passionate about it. It’s a personal journey that I understand, and can bring to people. Reflecting on the past makes me stay the course, focused, determined to be the best me I can be. Reflecting on the present, I am confident, strong and self determined now and nothing will get in my way.

6) Where can our readers find out more about you and see your transformation?
How has social media impacted your life?
LR: I currently am on the Instagram App and Path App as the user name, Lori Pic. I am on Twitter as LoriMom, yes, I have 3 kids. Since Instagram and posting my journey on there, it has shown me what an impact the social media can make on others and helping to bring others to health/fitness and happiness. That’s why now, I intend to start a Blog, possibly a facebook page, and as I stated earlier I’m writing a book I hope to publish. The Social Media has given me a certain amount of strength as well. When people are motivated by your accomplishments, it drives you to want to do your best. All of my followers have been nothing short of wonderful and part of my journey. You would be surprised how some of them have helped me.

7) What’s the next stop on your journey?
LR: The next step for me right now at this very moment is to stay focused! Always Love myself! I’m currently training for a photoshoot once I hit my goal; (which is very soon). I am also studying to become a personal trainer. I am going to keep working on my book and getting it published. This journey will never be over for me, but I’m in control now, not the food. Fitness will forever be a part of my life. I’ve never felt this good….not ever!
Thank you Frank for being a part of my journey and for this opportunity to ‘Detour’ on your Blog! I hope I can help anyone out there who is struggling as I once was…..
Thanks again,
Much Love,
Lori

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Twelve: Ghost Ships in the Night — Original and Re-edited Version by @Zorlone

Ghost Ships in the Night

Like ghost ships in the sea at night,

We live our lives, each day a fight!

Life passes by each daunting day,

we fervently refuse to stray. 
We may be caught  and in the grey,

It’s fine, cause we’re ghosts anyway.

Life seems too short, for all who care,
can’t you sit still and be aware. 
Life is like the life you wish spared

if you rush your life unaware.

Like ghost ships in the sea at night,

we live our lives, each day a fight.

Our hope is all we have to fight,

there’s no need to be affright.

We are ghosts living on a light,
through scourges of a rightful night.

And in the dark, we may not see,

though all the stars just let us be.
If we open our eyes so bright,

release shall all these ghostly fright.

Without a dream, and without gleam,

we would not last, our souls like glass!

Just make it last and make it fly
Like a photo from days gone by,
Our sails dance in the morbid sky
with fleets to quench your hungry eyes. 

Like ghost ships in the sea at night,

we live our lives, each day a fight!

Life is like the life you defeat,
it can be long, bitter, and sweet.
As long as we  begin to meet,
a life time that each moment greets,

One moment to last forever,

look up in space, come with wonder.
From the seas, we pass each other,
fear no ghosts nor gods asunder.

Like ghost ships in the sea at night,

we live our lives, each day a fight!

[end]

Artwork: Frank Cunha III | Poetry: Frank Cunha III / Re-edited by:  Lorenzo Bernardino | More Poetry

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Original Version of

Ghost Ships in the Night

Like ghost ships in the sea at night,
We live our lives, each day a fight

Life passes by every day,
We won’t stay in the grey,
We are ghosts anyway

Life seems short,
For all who care

Can’t they see?
We are meant to be!

Life is like the life you wish
If you wish without delay

Without a dream,
Without a gleam,
We won’t last,
Our souls are glass!

Hope is all we have to fight,
There’s no need to be affright,
Ghosts we are if we live blind,

In the dark,
We can’t see,
All the stars that shine on us

But if we open our eyes bright,
To all the light

We will see,
Life is like the life we wish

Life can be,
Long and sweet,
As long as we  begin to see

A life time lives in every moment,
Make it last, make it count

Like a photo from days gone by,

Our sails dance in the sky
One moment for eternity be,
Look up and see,

From this ship,
We pass each other by,

No need to fear,
The gods are near.

[end]

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Eleven: The Black Leaf (An Autumn Poem)

“A Man In His Life” by Maha Kamel

The Black Leaf (An Autumn Poem)

I was never green,

I was never golden, brown,

Or orange, crisp,

Never magenta,

Or the color of the sun,

At sunset or dusk,

I was always black,

A leaf with no color,

I was never born,

I never needed,

The power of the sun,

What made me grow,

I will never know,

What is sure,

Is that I always was,

And when you die,

I will still be alive,

A single black leaf on this tree of life.

No color near,

No need to fear,

No need for sunlight,

Or her embrace,

I never grew, I just knew,

That void in you,

So cold and black,

This leaf,

Won’t Fall,

It’s suspended here,

For all of time,

The constant that remains,

When all else must change,

I was here when the earth was new and no dust yet lay,

When the winds and oceans grew,

I looked upon with great dismay,

All the pain your kind would bring,

And when the last song is sung,

And the earth a flames,

I will remain, just the same.

[end]

Artwork: Maha Kamel | Poetry: Frank Cunha III | More Poetry

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