Nathan Barinstein – An Incredible Channel of Inspiration

Hi everyone,

I have found the most incredible, inspiring channel on youtube, called Nathan Barinstein (you can click on the name in blue to check it out, or just look up “Nathan Barinstein on youtube). This is a super interesting and entertaining channel and all of the videos that have been uploaded to it are FASCINATING. To anyone who reads this blog, please go check it out, you won’t regret it.

This is a youtube channel for anyone interested in travel, in self-discovery, and beautiful cinematography.

Here are the links to some of the videos (click on the titles below):

What is Happiness?

Meeting a President

Flying In An Old American Plane 

I really do think they’re worth checking out, and you can subscribe to the channel to get notifications whenever a new video goes up.

You can thank me later!



Friday Question: What is Authentic Art?

Hello everyone,

It’s Friday! Who doesn’t love a Friday? It’s a great day to ponder on meaningful questions, don’t you think? Well guess what, I have one.

I’m endlessly intrigued by how people view the world. I find it simply amazing that we can all have our own ideas and perspectives on the same thing. Who’s to say everyone’s perception of color, sense of hearing, or interpretation of smell is the same? Different people enjoy different genres of music, different styles of writing, different architecture. Our world is so diverse. The same goes for art.

Just like anything in history, art has progressed massively through the ages. The discoveries of man have always been reflected in the arts of every culture. We yearn to express ourselves.


Are those art pieces? (Photo credit: A.Currell)

I cannot say that I am drawn to, or connect with all forms of art. There are songs I hear or paintings I see or poems I read that I simply dislike. I may not connect with the message, or maybe it has the feel of being sloppily made. Perhaps you get the impression that it’s an ordinary piece of ‘artwork’ that in itself has no uniqueness, or any sort of deeper message. I have commonly heard disgust directed toward modern works of art, because they do not follow traditional rules. The price-tag in particular can sometimes be cause enough for outrage.

So here’s my question for you, my readers: What do you think is authentic artwork? What holds meaning, has a powerful message, or is a true work of expression, in your opinion? What is worthy or being called ‘art’?

I’m excited to hear what all of you have to say… happy Friday!


Mid-Week Poetry – Share Your Works

Hello everyone, sorry to be so late,

I’ve been really thinking about what poetry is lately. It’s such a hugely diverse form of artistic literary expression. I’ve started noticing that I really have a style of my own, and that there are so many others ways of approaching and exploring poetry. So today I introduce a new feature for this blog: the mid-week poetry. I think it’s perfect because often what I need most after a long, hard Wednesday, is a really powerful, thoughtful poem.

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Share what you feel, what you experience. (Photo credit: neonihil)

Here’s the thing – I want YOU the reader to have a chance to share your poetry. So every Wednesday, I will publish one of my own poems, and one that has been submitted by one of you. I now have the kind of traffic that would mean your piece would be read by several hundred viewers. Keep that in mind.

Here’s what you should submit if you’re interested:

1. Your piece, with a title. It could be one you published already on a blog of yours, for example. But it can also be one that you haven’t yet published. I have no preference, because I have no intention of stealing it. It would be nice to know, though, so that I may be able to give credit where it is due.

2. Your name, or a pen name of your choice. I totally understand wanting to stay anonymous, that’s why I use a pen name myself. Optionally, you may give any other information you would like to share.

3. A link to a website/blog of yours, if you have one.

Send it to this email:

Keep in mind that I truly value honesty, and I don’t like the idea of taking credit for someone else’s work. It’s wrong.

Right, so any form of poetry is fine, in fact I think the more creative and unusual, the better. That’s the reason why I’m doing this after all. Experiment and explore!

Good luck everyone, I’ll be back with my Friday Question tomorrow.


A Little Perspective on Inspiration




So that you may know, I have been sitting down to write a blog post for two hours now, and only have had scraps of ideas. There seems to be a cloud of fluff filling my brain and blocking wherever it is that you get your inspiration from.


This seems to happen every summer, and to a far smaller degree, during the weekends too. I think it’s because I push myself mentally so much over the course of a long period of time, that when everything calms down, I need time to recoup. I wrote more about that in this post, and since you won’t have a ton to read from me today, I recommend you read it, even though that post is short as well (haha).


Anyway, when you’re in a  place of non-inspiration, your very view of yourself seems degraded. It’s crazy to say this, but I don’t feel like myself when I don’t have my usual inspiration, to write, or to make something happen, or anything else. That kind of motivation makes me feel more like myself.


But you cannot avoid feeling useless on days like these, and instead of running away from the feeling, I say stand up and face it. It may not be the funnest thing to do, but you learn about failure in that way.


I have to put myself into perspective though, because if I look back into say, the Dark Ages, or further back, in the early stages of man, and I can’t imagine how awful living would be, and how hard it would be to find any sort of motivation to do anything. Maybe it’s because of modern-day society that I’ve shaped to be a sensitive, softened person, but I can’t help but ponder in awe at how great it is to live in this time period, even with it’s challenges. Compare a peasant to a construction worker. We are lucky, because many of us no longer have to seriously worry about survival. Food can be bought no farther than a couple blocks away at the nearest super-market. Water is even better, found in a faucet


Image representing Apple as depicted in CrunchBase

A little perspective on luxury…. Image via CrunchBase


merely feet away. Warmth can also be adjusted in a way that is so advanced as to be incomprehensible to anyone before the 20th century. We have Willis Haviland Carrier to thank for that in 1902.


So while I sit here and whine about not being able to write as easily as I usually can, I have to remember that what I’m doing right now is a complete privilege that is native to modern times (extremely modern actually, because I’m using a Macbook Pro). Sure, I’m not inspired today, but in the scheme of things, I’m grateful to even know what inspiration is. It’s not just a matter of convenience. Very little innovative art has ever been accepted until recently.


Portrait of Henri Matisse 1933 May 20

Portrait of Henri Matisse 1933 May 20 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


I took a tour of a gallery of Henri Matisse‘s work, and even he, who died 58 years ago, was still pushing the boundaries of what was accepted. Imagine people like Leonardo da Vinci, so much farther into the past, that were completely misunderstood. Artists like him had to constantly work alone and have a strong inner-confidence to lead them through a lonely life.


So today I’m stepping away from my need to be inspired and am appreciating the fact that I’m living in a time and place that has the people to accept what I’m doing, as well as the means to do it.









Art. It’s everywhere around us. Because I’m playing the wide-eyed traveler, I’m seeing more of it, but truly no matter where one goes, humankind has brought some sort of creativity. And it doesn’t have to be man-made. There is beauty all around us, we just have to spot it.