Magic Flowers: A Nature-Based App for iOS & Mac

Moving Art by Louie Schwartzberg

Moving Art’s nature-based mindfulness app, Magic Flowers, is now here! This new app brings beautiful timelapse flowers to your Mac, iPad, iPhone, & AppleTV! In collaboration with Magic Window, we’ve created an app that uses timelapse to reveal an intimate and unprecedented high-definition glimpse into the hidden world of flowers. Each flower slowly blooms over time, showcasing magical changes in light, texture and color. The goal is to create slow and subtle movement that does not distract but instead delivers instant gratification through visual meditation.

Click Here to Download Magic Flowers for iOS 

Click Here to Download Magic Flowers for Mac OS/X

Magic Flowers has already been named as a Best New App in the Mac App Store! Read what people are already saying about Magic Flowers:

“I’ve enjoyed Louie Schwatzberg’s work for years and he continues to amaze me. Being able to watch these flowers bloom with such a perfect…

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The Principles of Design: Color Harmony

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Hi bloggers! My name’s Kjell Reigstad, and I’m a designer at Automattic. This is part three in my monthly series on “The Principles of Design.” In this series, I share some of the basic tenets of design, and we explore how to apply them to your blog.

So far, we’ve discussed clarity and visual hierarchy.

Colors can be very powerful. They stir up our emotions, convey personal and cultural messages, and set the mood. A bright red can shout “Stop!” while a deep blue can be calming and quiet. While individual colors say a lot on their own, most of what we see in the world involves more than one color. The way those colors work together is called color harmony.

Have you ever noticed that a bright pink rose stands out against a green bush? Or that a blue top goes well with khaki pants? That’s basic

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Joan Didion’s Cure for Bankrupt Mornings

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Joan Didion in 2005. Photo by Kathy Willens/Associated Press Joan Didion in 2005. Photo by Kathy Willens/Associated Press

Sometimes words fly from your fingers into the keyboard, the ink runs from your pen in a continuous flow, and your imagination fills the screen or page as if by magic. Sometimes when you sit down to write, inspiration is absent or obstinate, hiding and refusing to surface. American author Joan Didion refers to these times as “bankrupt mornings.” She counsels writers on keeping a notebook as a prophylactic against truant inspiration:

See enough and write it down, I tell myself, and then some morning when the world seems drained of wonder, some day when I am only going through the motions of doing what I am supposed to do, which is write — on that bankrupt morning I will simply open my notebook and there it will be, a forgotten account with accumulated interest, paid passage back to the world…

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Images of Al Qasr

Road Essays

Some places in the world are so imbued with a sense of history that you seem to have walked backwards to have arrived there. The old caravan town of Al Qasr in Egypt’s Western Desert is one of them. Just a short journey from the fly-blown town of Mut (which lives up to its uninspiring name) in Dakhla Oasis, is this creaky time warp of mud-brick bordered by immense sand dunes. Thought to be the oldest town in the oasis, Al Qasr first rose to prominence in the 12th Century and became one of the most important centres of the Western Desert under Ottoman rule. Most of its remaining, though crumbling, architecture of covered alleyways, decorated brickwork and intricately inscribed acacia beam lintels dates from this period.

Visit during the early afternoon when the narrow high-walled lanes here provide some relief from the scorching desert heat.

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The Mindfulness Initiative

Moving Art by Louie Schwartzberg

Today we are happy to announce The Global Wellness Mindfulness Initiative. The initiative is a global group of thought leaders dedicated to understanding the role of mindfulness, meditation, and nature in leadership, and Louie will be serving as its chair.

The cultural expectation is that we stay technologically interconnected at all times, but our digital dependency makes us less connected to each other, to nature, and ultimately to ourselves. As we shape the technological landscape of the future, it’s critical we realize that creativity and innovation come from focused, healthy minds. This initiative will uncover innovative solutions for leveraging technology to bring us closer to our true selves, validating that our hyper-connected culture can provide us with more access, tools, and structure to become focused and cultivate mindfulness.

Scientific research shows that viewing nature has immediate and lasting effects on our biochemistry, including slowed heart rate, reduced anxiety, increased…

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Dream World Defenders Call-To-Write Challenge

Creative Writing Contests

Deadline: Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Entry Fees

No entry fee.

Prizes

Publication in a collaboration book.

Description

Award-Winning Author Kathleen J. Shields is proud to announce her highly anticipated “Dream World Defenders” chapter book for ages 8 and up. At the end of the book she included a ‘Call to Write’ for all children in hopes that they would use their highly active imaginations to end the story. She had hoped this would be an excellent creative writing assignment for classrooms, but Erin Go Bragh Publishing Company has taken that dream a step further.

We call it the Dream World Defenders Call to Write Challenge – and we are encouraging readers ages 8-15 to finish the story and submit it to us for publication.

Step 1: Read Dream World Defenders (paperback or ebook)

Step 2: Write Your Own Ending (short story no more than 1500 words)

Step 3: Submit it…

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Five Often Overlooked Steps to Getting Started as a Freelance Content Marketer

Live to Write - Write to Live

journey one stepSeven years ago this spring, I was a freshly minted single mom building a new life for myself and my daughter amidst the wreckage of a less-than-amicable divorce. I wasn’t sure how I was going to keep things afloat financially, but I knew I didn’t want to return to my old agency life of sixty-hour weeks and around-the-clock meetings. Having spent the first three years of her life at home with my little girl, I was determined to find a way to work as an independent freelancer.

Through the serendipitous inquiries of several acquaintances, I managed to land a couple of long-term, freelance project management gigs. I snapped up the chance to generate some semi-regular income working remotely; but – although I was (very) grateful for the opportunities – I knew that, ultimately, I didn’t want to build my business around project management. I wanted to write.

This is the…

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Maintaining healthy habits while working from home

Live to Write - Write to Live

Working from home is great, isn’t it?

You can roll out of bed, get to your desk and work in your pajamas or yoga pants without any stress or strain. Heck, you could even skip brushing your teeth, showering, or eating breakfast if you wanted.

And sleeping in? Well, without any commute or the need to get up and get ready for work, you’ve at least gained an hour every morning from the past daily commuter traffic drama, haven’t you?

Working from home is convenient. And for some, myself included, maybe too convenient at times.

It’s so easy to wake up and walk a few steps to the office chair — and sit… for hours, easily absorbed by our work and not being interrupted.

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With no one to tell us how we look, it’s easy to even stop worrying about appearance. We can work longer hours when we work from…

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