Friday, March 23, 2012

Muse~ not just a band

~it’s not just a band

The term muse is defined in several ways, but is most popular with its definition of it being a source of inspiration.

So where do we find these so-called “muses?”

The map to a muse is different to each person. Some people may find inspiration by listening to songs and others may discover passion through playing a sport. Here are some other ways:

A book could be a muse or source of inspiration. The way a writer molds words can sometimes make the reader think in a new light. Who knows? These books might give off some inspiration:
            Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

            The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-ExupĂ©ry
            Oh, the Places You’ll Go! By Dr. Seuss

            For One More Day by Mitch Albom

If none of these books look interesting, try visiting your local bookstore and ask an employee if they have a section dedicated to inspiration. Or you could even ask them their favorite book.

Pandora Radio
This is a personalized radio where the users can start a playlist with a particular artist, genre, song or composer that will find similar music as each song goes.

Gives Me Hope
This is a website that allows people to share their hopeful and inspirational moments with the world. Ironically, those who post, answer the question, “what gives you hope?”

Publications with articles and images can sometimes bring inspiration. For example, if you are interested in sports, Sports Illustrated (, may help. For the fashion lovers, Vogue (, may have what you need. And for those who are captivated by the entirety of the world, National Geographic (, might be a good place to look.

Artists must have some sort of inspiration to create their art, and maybe we viewers can use their creations as a gateway to our own muses. Here are some famous art galleries/museums around the world:
          The Lourve in Paris, France—
          The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, New York—                                                                                                 
          The Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia—
          If you are not near these, just type in on your search engine (,,, etc.) something like  “local art galleries” and see what pops up.

This site is where people can post, watch, and comment on videos. Some of them are a bit wacky, but everyone gets inspiration differently, right?

The people who you interact with each day could be the driving force for you. Why not give them a call?

You can be the inspiration to whatever you do. Your talents, interests, and morals could be what give you inspiration. Why can’t you be your own muse?

If you read this just because you saw the title “Muse,” I am sorry to disappoint you. As a condolence here is the link to their website,

Teen Link wishes you a fun weekend! 
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Saturday, March 10, 2012

Dance- Something Real Coming to Teen Link's Sweet 16 B-day Party at the Vera Project

Dance- Something Real
"In our society, people place too much emphasis on education and working hard to the extent that the arts, such as dance, are left behind and unrecognized."

Even though bboying is one of the most expressive and explosive styles of dance, it is often looked down upon by society because bboying’s origins lie in hip-hop culture and the rebellious minority youth in the New York City. Much has changed since its birth in the late 1970s, but the negative perception still holds.
 In our society, people place too much emphasis on education and working hard to the extent that the arts, such as dance, are left behind and unrecognized. However for teens, education and labor give us stress, and on the other hand, dancing and art give us freedom and release.

At Something Real, a non-profit organization run by young adults, we aim to change that perception and use dancing and the arts to inspire the youth in our community to find their passions. We are just a group of teens who all have been inspired and influenced by some form of art. For most of us, our art is breakdancing. We spread our name and introduce youth to art by throwing dance battles and concerts in high schools.

Next week, some of our dancers will come out for a dance battle at Teen Link’s Sweet 16 party at the Vera Project. We’ll be showing our love for breakdancing, so come out and support us and Teen Link!