Wednesday, October 16, 2013

2013 -- week 41 -- tucson meet yourself!

tucson comes alive during the spring and the fall. the students are in town, the snow birds are down south for the winter, and there are always things to do. this weekend it was tucson meet yourself, an annual festival that celebrates the people and cultures of southern arizona and northern mexico. there are food stalls from all over the world, performances and art by different cultural groups, and booths by local organizations. it's colorful, flavorful, and friendly. and it's one of our favorite festivals of the year. tucson, like most places, is an incredibly diverse and stunning place, and tucson meet yourself really attempts to celebrate that diversity through the food that is served and the music and dancing that is performed. each year we learn something new about our beautiful town, and we appreciate it a little more. 

while walking home from the festival on saturday night, we stumbled upon one of my favorite parts of downtown tucson, the ben's bells murals. last time i took pictures of them the murals weren't quite complete, so we decided to go back the next day and take more pictures now that the mosaics covered all four sides of the building.

every time i walk by these murals, or any of the other ones hidden around tucson, i feel so inspired. the message is simple: be kind. but it's not always an easy message to follow. i love that this beautiful organization has taken it upon themselves to bring a little more joy and love into the world. now if we all remembered to be kind, that would be the real gift. 

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