Annie Hall

You can improve the standards of being of suffering animals in Poland,
just your one click,
thank you ...

PustaMiska - akcja charytatywna

Schronisko dla Bezdomnych Zwierząt w Józefowie


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Krzysztof Browko
He started shooting in 2005 only, not so far ago. Photography is his passion which helps him not only to break from the daily routine but also to stop and notice things we sometimes miss in everyday life.

A dog is looking for a home
an action taken by the foundation "A dog is looking for a home"

A walk along the Polish cost,
520 km step by step toward ending dogs homelessness in Poland

Jeśli jest ciężko to znaczy, że idziesz w dobrą stronę ...

Gurbur Grewal

... I am increasingly drawn toward capturing human beings in a way that does not display who they truly are, but captures them in such a way that imprints elements of fantasy, mystery, depth, or various other emotions on to them ...

When Rui was asked why he always goes with black and white for his street photography, this is what he had to say:

Always black and white, of course. No colour no lie. If you look at a black and white photograph, and if you feel something pleasant or if you like it a lot it’s because the photograph is telling you something without artifices or distractions and, for sure, the photograph is good.

Sometimes a colour photo is appealing just because the combination of the colours is beautiful. This doesn’t mean that I don’t like colour photos. There are great photo-reporters using colours. But I only use black and white.

This also reminds of a great saying by Ted Grant:

When you photograph people in colour, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in Black and white, you photograph their souls!

Michael Salmela

b&w is definitely my favourite ... it is an essence of photography ...

from Martin Rak facebook site

i like his photography very much

Влад Соколовский

He is an incredibly talented photographer. He takes breathtaking photos of earth's beauty. Here you can see his impressive portfolio.

The Ordinary Year of 1934.
Poland in the Eyes of Photographer Willem Van De Poll

The exposition of earlier unknown and never before published photographs taken in 1934 in Warsaw, Łowicz, Vilnius and on the Polish-Russian and Polish-Lithuanian borderlands. Around 400 pictures taken during Willem van de Poll’s (1895–1970) journey to Poland have been gathered in the National Archives in the Hague and we present their selection at the exhibition. In Warsaw, Willem van de Poll, an outstanding photographer and reporter, met many political figures, among them president Ignacy Mościcki and minister of foreign affairs Józef Beck, cultural personages such as Wanda Wermińska, Loda Halama, Ewa Bandrowska-Turska, Jadwiga Smolarska, the cream of Warsaw society, aristocracy, airmen, sportsmen. Van de Poll took pictures of the capital city, including Warsaw Old Town and the Jewish district, a newly-opened airport in Okęcie, the Grand Theatre, the Polish Radio, the Belweder Palace, the Museum of the Warsaw Citadel and many other landmarks. The majority of these photographs were taken with a Contessa Netel camera on 9x12 cm glass negatives.

Napoleon Square, Warsaw 1934

President of the Republic of Poland, Mr Ignacy Moscicki with his wife

Saski square, the square was built in 1791 and served as the publicly accessible courtyard of the Saxon Palace (which was destroyed in 1944).

Okecie Airport, In 1924, when urban development around Warsaw's aerodrome at Mokotów Fields (Pole Mokotowskie) began affecting air traffic, the Ministry of Railways purchased land near the village of Okęcie to construct a new airport. On 29 April 1934, the Polish president, Ignacy Mościcki, opened Central Airport (Okęcie), which from then on took over the handling of all traffic from the former civilian aerodrome at Pole Mokotowskie.

Elena Shumilova
her incredible photographies have just started a walk around the world

Glass LEDA lamp

The Leda desk lamp combines hand-shaped, known for hundreds of years, glass with the most state-of-the-art in light technology – LEDs. Although the whole lamp is made of transparent glass, it is hard to make out what is glowing in this lamp. A high-quality LED module is hidden under the lamp’s base and the light is directed fibre-optically through the lamp’s swanlike neck (hence the name Leda) straight onto the book being read or the computer keyboard. An advantage of this solution is that the light of the Leda lamp does not dazzle your eyes, which is the case with most lamps using the LED technique.

Monika Rubaniuk

She uses in her artistic work glass to create unique objects or utilitarian ones. Abobe one of her artistic work titled Ivy.

Korabiewice shelter was formed over 20 years ago in a secluded location in the Żyrardów district (about 45km from Warsaw). In early 2012 the shelter was taken over by the Viva Foundation. It remains solely with donations.
In 2012 after heavy rains the shelter has been flooded. The June storms caused a rise in the water level and the softening of the terrain. Animals needed to be evacuated from flooded hencoops. The shelter hopes for any help – especially physical help to drain the land.

The situation of animal shelters or rescue centers in Poland is really extremely difficult. There are a lot of factors (economic crisis, social awareness) which have a negative impact on their general conditions . A list of all possible reasons of this situation could be probably long.
They are in need.
You can help them too (only if you want it) by

Virtual Adoption and Sponsorship of Animals

Are you a good person who cares about animals?
Do you want to help but you can't adopt any animals because you have no time?

A virtual adoption is a perfect solution for you to help animals.

What is a Virtual Adoption?

It is a priceless act of support to animals who live in Korabiewice. By donating an individually set amount of money you help us save animals' lives.

Who can become a Vrtual Guardian?

Virtual adoption is for everybody who is interested in helpig animals. A Virtual Guardian can be an individual, an organisation, a school, a class or a company etc.

What are the costs of a Full Virtual Adoption?

Currently a monthly cost of such an adoption is assessed to be:

₤ 10 /12 € for a cat or a dog
₤ 72 / 84 € for a horse
₤ 307 / 360 € for a bear
₤ 10 / 12 € for a wolf
₤ 62 / 72 € for a pig, a goat or a bull

The cost in € was estimated according to currency exchange rates in March 2013.

A Partial Virtual Adoption

Every person supports an animal according to his or her financial abilities. A few people can participate in sponsorship of a single animal. Every amount of donated money, goods and any other help is important for us.

In case of a Partial Virtual Adoption our suggested monthly donations are:

₤ 4,30 / 5 € for a cat or a dog
₤ 10 / 12 € for a horse
₤ 62 / 72 € for a bear
₤ 20,50 / 24 € for a wolf
₤ 10 / 12 € for a pig, a goat or a bull

The cost in € and ₤ was estimated according to currency exchange rates in March 2013.

What do you get in return for you support?

Above all, you get satisfaction for helping animals in a real need, since our shelter does not get any money from the authorities – it is supported only by its donators. But that is not all thet you get :)

A Full Virtual Adoption allowes you to:
- put a link to your or a suggested website (which cannot stand against the values followed by the Foundation or the Shelter) in the animal's individual card on this website and the Facebook album
It is a form of advertising which will enable more users to find your page. Putting your link on this page will increase your PageRank, while a hyperlink will allow users to access you page directly from our Facebook profile.

- put an information sign on a box/fence or gate (where possible). The sign will say that you, your company etc is a guardian of this animal.

The shelter is visted by many supporters with cameras and video cameras, who publish their photos. Therefore, such a sign works like the similar ones in ZOOs, where animals have their supporters too.
- receive a monthly information and an up-to-date photo of your companion. Yet, it is not obligatory if you do no wish to.
- receive from 1 to 3 photos from our voluntary photographer, which you can use as a wallpaper on your desktop, or print and display at home or work.

A Partial Virtual Adoption allowes you to:

- receive a monthly information and an up-to-date photo of your companion. Yet, it is not obligatory if you do no wish to.
- put information about you in the animal's profile in plain text (without hyperlinks)

How can I become a Virtual Guardian?

1) If you are interested in becoming a Virtual Guardian for a dog or a cat contact Margaret via
2) In case of other animals contact Rafał via

Please include in your email the name of the animal you would like to support. Then donate us monthly putting in the transfer name: your name and surname/your company's name + WO + name of the animal e.g. John Smith WO Lolek, Kindergarten nr 3 WO Lolek

Our foundation is:
International Vegetarians' Voice for Animals – Viva!
16/42a Kawęczyńska street
Warsaw, Poland
The shelter's account number: 05 1370 1109 0000 1706 4838 7319

For international money transfers:
Bank DnB Nord
15C Postępu (street)
postcode: 02-676
IBAN: PL05137011090000170648387319

Voo Voo

Warsaw-based band rooted equally in rock and world music, led by guitarist and songwriter Wojciech Waglewski. One of the most popular, original and influential bands of Polish popular music.

Polish Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy, WOŚP is one of the biggest, non-governmental, non-profit, charity organizations in Poland. The Grand Finale takes place on the first or second Sunday of every new year. Sponsored by many Polish and worldwide companies, it is a one-day long, nationwide, money-raising event. Volunteers from all around Poland go out on the street and collect money in special cans which are labeled with a red heart and text: "Wielka Orkiestra Świątecznej Pomocy" (Polish for The Grand Orchestra of Christmas Charity). They also have identification cards, thanks to which anyone can report suspicious-looking people collecting money to the police without any such proof of authorization. Everyone who gives the volunteers any amount of money, gets a red heart sticker in return.


The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity has officially announced the theme of The 22nd Grand Finale of GOCC. TO THE RESCUE! Buying specialist equipment for children's emergency medicine and providing decent health care for seniors.

After consultation with Prof. Piotr Kaliciński, MD, PhD, the National consultant for children’s surgery, The Great Orchestra of Christmas Charity Foundation has decided to use the funds raised during the 22nd Grand Finale to buy, among others, the following medical devices:
- universal CAT-scanners enabling anesthesia in young and restless children;
- bedside X-ray machines;
- X-ray machines with C-arms and monitors;
- radiology diagnostic workstations;
- ultrasound scanners for FAST tests with power-color-Doppler function.

The final list of the devices may change after all requests submitted by hospitals have been examined.

“Let us consider letters - how they come at breakfast, and at night, with their yellow stamps and their green stamps, immortalized by the postmark - for to see one's own envelope on another's table is to realize how soon deeds sever and become alien. Then at last the power of the mind to quit the body is manifest, and perhaps we fear or hate or wish annihilated this phantom of ourselves, lying on the table. Still, there are letters that merely say how dinner's at seven; others ordering coal; making appointments. The hand in them is scarcely perceptible, let alone the voice or the scowl. Ah, but when the post knocks and the letter comes always the miracle seems repeated - speech attempted. Venerable are letters, infinitely brave, forlorn, and lost.”

― Virginia Woolf, Jacob's Room

Letters of Note
intelectual and cultural adventure
stunning collection of letters

blog edited by Shaun Usher

When copywriter Robert Pirosh landed in Hollywood in 1934, eager to become a screenwriter, he wrote and sent the following letter to all the directors, producers, and studio executives he could think of. The approach worked, and after securing three interviews he took a job as a junior writer with MGM.

Pirosh went on to write for the Marx Brothers, and in 1949 won an Academy Award for his Battleground script.

(Source: Dear Wit.)

Dear Sir,

I like words. I like fat buttery words, such as ooze, turpitude, glutinous, toady. I like solemn, angular, creaky words, such as straitlaced, cantankerous, pecunious, valedictory. I like spurious, black-is-white words, such as mortician, liquidate, tonsorial, demi-monde. I like suave "V" words, such as Svengali, svelte, bravura, verve. I like crunchy, brittle, crackly words, such as splinter, grapple, jostle, crusty. I like sullen, crabbed, scowling words, such as skulk, glower, scabby, churl. I like Oh-Heavens, my-gracious, land's-sake words, such as tricksy, tucker, genteel, horrid. I like elegant, flowery words, such as estivate, peregrinate, elysium, halcyon. I like wormy, squirmy, mealy words, such as crawl, blubber, squeal, drip. I like sniggly, chuckling words, such as cowlick, gurgle, bubble and burp.

I like the word screenwriter better than copywriter, so I decided to quit my job in a New York advertising agency and try my luck in Hollywood, but before taking the plunge I went to Europe for a year of study, contemplation and horsing around.

I have just returned and I still like words.

May I have a few with you?

Robert Pirosh
385 Madison Avenue
Room 610
New York
Eldorado 5-6024

I love Shaun blog. Few months ago I posted link to his another site Letterheady . Both sites very inspirational, educational and tastefully.


This nice guy above is just fireflyrev,
he made me laugh, he made my day today ... :-)

Thank you fireflyrey, your pages are absolutely hilarious,
full of intellectual power
sometimes sarcastic, sometimes reflective or melancholic
but all time very human-friendly

Love Actually
it’s been ten years!

“Whenever I get gloomy with the state of the world, I think about the arrivals gate at Heathrow Airport.
General opinion’s starting to make out that we live in a world of hatred and greed, but I don’t see that.
It seems to me that love is everywhere. Often, it’s not particularly dignified or newsworthy, but it’s always there—fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, husbands and wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, old friends.
When the planes hit the Twin Towers, as far as I know, none of the phone calls from the people on board were messages of hate or revenge—they were all messages of love.
If you look for it, I’ve got a sneaky feeling you’ll find that love actually is all around.”


Merry Christmas

fotoalterego via

Ludwig van Beethoven: Concerto per pf. e orch. n.5 (Imperatore) op.73
Wiener Philharmoniker
Leonard Beirnstein conductor
Krystian Zimerman, piano

I read somewhere such phrase I liked very much: it is mind blowing ....
These words express perfectly a state of mind in a listener.

Ludwig van Beethoven:
The vibrations on the air are the breath of God speaking to man's soul. Music is the language of God. We musicians are as close to God as man can be. We hear his voice, we read his lips, we give birth to the children of God, who sing his praise. That's what musicians are.

Thank you, God for all three of them ;-)

Sarah Ernhart and her Joy Session project

Joy Session project

An emotional photo shoot with a terminally ill woman and her beloved black Labrador has inspired a Minnesota-based photographer to offer a special service illustrating the bond between owners and their pets.

Sarah Ernhart has created what she dubbed a “Joy Session,’’ in which she shoots owners celebrating tender moments with pets that have been diagnosed with terminal illnesses.

The palpable bond between owner and pet sparked the idea of offering photo sessions for pet owners whose animals are nearing the end of their lives. She named it a “Joy Session’’ in honor of the service dog from that initial photo shoot.

more her incredible pictures via her site
healing place

something hopeful

Tippi of Africa

“I don’t have friends here. Because I never see children. So the animals are my friends”.

- Tippi Degré

more via Messy Nessy Chic


Your planet is an amazingly beautiful place changing people for the better!
Positively inspirational, soft and friendly human space,
about living your life well and finding something good in every single moment.
I love your beautiful point of view.


Grażyna Szapołowska

because she's unique in every way

Life asked death why do people love me but hate you? Death responded, because you're the beautiful lie and i'm the painful truth ...


Paris versus New York is a friendly visual match
between two cities told by
a lover of Paris wandering
through NewYork.

Vahram Muratyan is a graphic artist living between Paris and New York, author of the blog-then-book Paris versus New York

adorable blog

A point of view

looking at these pictures I would repeat after L.M. Montgomery
I'm so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.
Anne of Green Gables


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