Monday, 24 June 2019

A True Friend

A true friend is someone who will always be,
always be there when a friend is in need.
A true friend is someone who will see the
things that you see and never disrespect you
for what you believe.
A true friend will be there from the start
and gives you their whole heart.
A true friend will never push you away and
they only say things that will make you stay.
A true friend will make you feel warm inside
and not cold like a true winters night.
I am so glad I can call you a true friend,
for you have done all the things that make
you my friend.
By Samantha Glovier
Photography by Daniela Babis.

Thursday, 20 June 2019

The Haserot Angel

If you have an affinity for art that hedges on the darker side, you’ll want to make a pilgrimage to visit the Haserot Angel. This iconic gravestone sculpture of the angel of death appears to be weeping real black tears.
In Cleveland’s University Circle neighborhood, there’s a cemetery that serves more as an outdoor art gallery than anything: Lake View Cemetery, home to over 100,000 graves of both notable and lesser-known Clevelanders. Known for its elaborate sculptures and immaculate landscaping, Lake View Cemetery is frequented by historians and artists as well as photographers and lovers of everything haunted and macabre.
The cemetery’s centerpiece is inarguably a grim, green grave marker that casts a striking silhouette. Seated regally upon her deathly throne, the angel holds an upside-down torch, representing the flame of life that has “gone out.” Colloquially, the sculpture is known as the Haserot Angel or the Weeping Angel, but its actual name is “The Angel of Death Victorious.”
Most hauntingly of all is that the angel actually appears to be crying, weeping dark tears that pour liberally down her cloak even as she declares a hollow victory over life. Many haunting explanations have been offered for the angel’s tears, with some visitors reporting having seen the angel move or cry as they stood.
But the real explanation is much more practical. The angel was cast from bronze, and over the years, discoloration and condensation have taken their toll, resulting in black stains or “tears.”
The Haserot Angel marks the marble gravesite of Francis Haserot, a member of the legendary Haserot family. The Haserots founded a highly successful canned goods business in the late 19th century that continues to distribute high-quality canned foods across Ohio and Michigan.
The Angel of Death Victorious was built for the Haserot family by Herman Matzen, a sculptor from Detroit, MI, who studied art in Europe before settling in Cleveland for the remainder of his life, in 1924. The sculptor died in 1938 and was buried in the same cemetery that houses his famous, eerie sculpture.
Today, photographers, sculptors, and lovers of Gothic art, culture, and history flock to the cemetery specifically to visit the Haserot Angel in all its grotesque glory.
If you want to visit, the angel is close to the Mark Hanna Mausoleum at Lake View Cemetery, and you can find a map at the cemetery’s office or gate, as well as the Garfield Monument

Sunday, 16 June 2019

The Benefits of Pugs in the Workplace

Not sure I can pursuade my boss on this one !!!

Photos by Lauren Shaw
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If you have the opportunity to take your dog to work, you’ll know first hand the benefits of pugs in the workplace. But for those who haven’t experienced having a pug in the office, let me share with you the joys of being able to do so.

Pugs in the Workplace Reduces Stress Levels

We know first hand coming home to your pug makes a world of difference to our mood after a rough day at work. All that stress is relieved just by seeing them. The same goes for having pugs in the workplace. They reduce stress levels by reminding us to take regular breaks from projects & tasks that require long periods of focus. Regular breaks help reduce stress levels especially when there is a wiggly butt and a happy smile to greet that break.
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Pugs in the Workplace Increase Productivity

The same way in which pugs help releive stress, they help to increase productivity. Regular breaks from tiring tasks keeps the mind fresh and allows you to focus on the task at hand. Some distractions are good distractions if it means the time you are focusing on your tasks is more productive.

Pugs in the Workplace Improves Morale

When you have pugs in the workplace that reduce stress levels and increase productivity at the same time, office morale will improve too. A happy Workplace also leads to better communication between colleagues and what better ice breaker than an adorable pug. Building relationships because of a common interest in a pug helps create a work environment that everyone wants to be in.
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A 5 minute break to have pats and cuddles with a pug whilst at work can be the best thing for you and your colleagues. The benefits of pugs in the workplace are great when it comes to stress relief, increased productivity and overall moral. If you have the opportunity to have your pug in the office, even if it’s just for Take Your Dog to Work Day, take the chance and show your boss just how beneficial it is.
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Thursday, 13 June 2019

Happy Thursday

"Make each day truly new, dressing it with the blessings of heaven, bathing it in wisdom and love and putting yourself under the protection of Mother Nature. Learn from the wise, from the sacred books, but do not forget that every mountain, river, plant or tree also has something to teach."
~ Paulo Coelho
"Everything is a miracle. It is a miracle that one does not dissolve in one's bath like a lump of sugar."
~ Pablo Picasso
A little dirt never hurt. Have a happy Thursday!