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Treehouse, Redmond, USA, by Steve Rondel

Steve Rondel’s children grew up before he could finish this exeptional treehouse. He started it 20 years ago when his oldest son was 5. Now he is looking for grandchildren to give him an excuse to push on.” 

(via tinyhousedarling)

A little peek of today’s handstand practice.  I’m currently working on doing my line work after my bendy variations, which is tough, but seems to be helpful for building strength and stability in my shoulders and hips.

Yesterday I showed up to an empty gym for Residency training (where is everyone?!), so I took some handstand time.  My lines are still pretty wobbly due to some shaky core stability, but my shoulders are staying open, which is a pretty new development.  Yay!  Now to smooth out those entrances and up my endurance.

I moved to Brattleboro on Tuesday, and started my program at NECCA on Wednesday. I’ve had a few hiccups while breaking into my new schedule (so…much…training…), but things are going well overall!

I might do the normal NECCA student thing of renting a cheap room in a circus house if I stay here for more than a few months, but for now I’m living with an amazingly sweet Greek lady in a furnished room about half a mile away from NECCA and my residency training space. I haven’t decided yet whether I will be here after December — that will depend on whether I can find a good job that doesn’t compromise my training schedule. I have received a good response from a big alternative health clinic, but need to wait a few days for the business owner to check with the rest of the employees (it’s a democratic cooperative!). Fingers crossed!

I am doing residency (solo training, using my own equipment in an area reserved for me) 6 hours a week, and can do “members only” training (shared space and shared equipment) as much as 20 hours a week with the intensive and pro-track students. I am also taking three classes a week. I am trying to make my trapeze piece the focal point of my time here, but I am also hoping to get some basic training in some ground-based skills. Unfortunately, it looks like I will not be working on tumbling this session, but I am doing contortion and modern dance.

Contortion is probably the weirdest and most amazing class I have ever taken. NECCA has a room specifically designated to contortion and handbalancing training — it’s a small space that keeps the heat in really well, especially when there’s 8 of us crammed in there. It’s intimate — you can’t avoid putting your butt or crotch in someone’s face during splits training, and the coaches will casually push your legs apart while you’re laying on your back painfully giving birth to a middle splits baby while your classmates with musical theatre backgrounds serenade you with show tunes to take your mind off the pain. And then everyone is best friends at the end of class because we’ve all had a massive endorphin release. It’s…surreal.

I’m still getting back to baseline strength and shaking off the travel blobbies, but maybe I’ll put up some videos soon of my skill and choreography progress. Maybe.

Today was gorgeous!
#vermont #ilivehere


More from Flowers of the Sky—depictions of comets, meteors, meteorites and shooting stars at the Public Domain Review.

(via npr)




"40% of Afghanistan’s skateboarders are female.100 % of those are tough as nails. " Source: @Skateistan

now that’s kickass





"40% of Afghanistan’s skateboarders are female.100 % of those are tough as nails. "
Source: @Skateistan

now that’s kickass


(via jaineowl)


The Miss Indian World pageant is the answer to Miss America we’ve been looking for

When Kira Kazantsev was crowned the new Miss America on Sunday night, a feeling of déjá vu set in.

Not only was she white — like all but nine of the 94 winners before her — she also fit snugly into a narrowly defined standard of Western female attractiveness: early 20s, long flowing hair and a thin, painstakingly tanned physique that would not seem out of place in a Victoria’s Secret catalog.

In many ways, the Miss Indian World pageant’s definition of what American beauty truly entails is the ideological antithesis to Miss America. Indeed, since 1984, this five-day competition based in Albuquerque, N.M., has honored Native American woman for their contributions to their communities, not their bikini bodies. The top award is given to the contestant who “best represents her culture,” according to Al Jazeera.

Why this pageant is world’s better 

(via rambling-contortionist)


Micah Walters in Capacitor’s Synaptic Motion

Photograph by RJ Muna

If any of you are in SF this weekend, I highly recommend going to see this show. It should be incredible!


Anatomically correct underwear and bra from the “Why Are You So Afraid of Your Own Anatomy” collection by Eleanor Beth Haswell.

via Marie Claire Magazine


Landscape Rings

(I love them but I don’t love the price @ $25 each)