Inspired to be Boston Strong

Aside from the winter weather, what’s not to love about Boston? It’s loaded with history, yet remains incredibly vibrant. We have friends and clients there. We’ve had a lot of good times and good meals there. And while none of us at HOC have run the Boston marathon, we know people who have. And we respect and admire everyone who has participated in it. Now, virtually all of America – and much of the world – will have special feelings for everyone who completes this year’s running on Monday.

DearWorld2The mantra of Boston Strong has become an inspiration to many, and we found these images and stories from Dear World especially moving. We highly recommend visiting the site for yourself: DearWorld:BostonMarathon.  There are so many incredible stories and powerful images there – you might want to have a tissue handy. But you’ll definitely feel inspired by the strength of the human spirit.

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Inspired by ‘Vicktory Dogs’, Bucket Lists and the Beach.

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Does anything embody inspiration quite like the kaleidoscope of blooms, flowers and leaves of Spring? New beginnings and signs of hope for what’s to come are all around us. But, if you’re allergic to all that beauty, here is a bouquet of inspiration that won’t make you sneeze. Though, some of the stories may make your eyes water.

 

“Every time I come to the beach, I find inspiration. The colors and textures alone are mind-boggling and awe-inspiring. But the respite from my daily routine always gives me a fresh perspective and opens up space for inspiration to flow freely. Everyone needs a "time-out" to recharge and the beach provides that opportunity, beautifully.”  Lisa

“Every time I come to the beach, I find inspiration. The colors and textures alone are mind-boggling and awe-inspiring. But the respite from my daily routine always gives me a fresh perspective and opens up space for inspiration to flow freely. Everyone needs a “time-out” to recharge and the beach provides that opportunity, beautifully.” Lisa

“Hari & Deepti are an artist couple who create paper cut light boxes using layers of cut watercolor paper that is lit from behind with flexible LED light strips. The creations are both simplistic and intricate – and the contrast of each piece between its lit and unlit state is almost unbelievable.” Scott G.

“Hari & Deepti are an artist couple who create paper cut light boxes using layers of cut watercolor paper that is lit from behind with flexible LED light strips. The creations are both simplistic and intricate – and the contrast of each piece between its lit and unlit state is almost unbelievable.” Scott G.

You can see more of these amazing pieces and a time-lapse video of the process by clicking here.

“Susan Vieira (left), has set out to complete items on a Bucket List belonging to a person very close to her heart – literally. When Kristina Chesterman (right), was tragically struck by a drunk driver, she donated her organs to 5 recipients; Susan getting her heart. As tribute to the young nursing student who lost her life, and in turn saved hers, Susan is fulfilling everything on Kristina's Bucket List, including learning how to pilot a plane, traveling around the world, and flying a hot air balloon.” Rachel

“Susan Vieira (left), has set out to complete items on a Bucket List belonging to a person very close to her heart – literally. When Kristina Chesterman (right), was tragically struck by a drunk driver, she donated her organs to 5 recipients; Susan getting her heart. As tribute to the young nursing student who lost her life, and in turn saved hers, Susan is fulfilling everything on Kristina’s Bucket List, including learning how to pilot a plane, traveling around the world, and flying a hot air balloon.” Rachel

The family is also planning to build a health clinic in Nigeria. Click here to learn how you can help.

“I've always loved everything Wes Anderson creates. Every image, every frame is always so well art directed and so fascinating! This video is incredible, take a peek inside his amazing sense of balanced composition.” Wendy

“I’ve always loved everything Wes Anderson creates. Every image, every frame is always so well art directed and so fascinating! This video is incredible, take a peek inside his amazing sense of balanced composition.” Wendy

Grab your popcorn and click here to watch the short video.

“There are so many dogs out there that need a home! Every single one deserves a second chance, no matter their past.” Carly   photo credit: BestFriends.org

“There are so many dogs out there that need a home! Every single one deserves a second chance, no matter their past.” Carly – Photo credit: BestFriends.org

 

 

Click here for an upbeat article about former fighting dogs now leading happy lives.

“Land Rover R&D has come up with something truly remarkable. Via under car cameras and a HUD; behold the transparent hood! This could vastly improve off-road safety and maybe even pesky mall crawler fender-benders. So cool!” Scott B.

“Land Rover R&D has come up with something truly remarkable. Via under car cameras and a HUD; behold the transparent hood! This could vastly improve off-road safety and maybe even pesky mall crawler fender-benders. So cool!” Scott B.

 

Inspired by selfies, senior dogs and giant Leprechauns.

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It always feels good to “spring forward” – but the time change was especially welcomed this year after a particularly frosty winter. Having that extra daylight as we leave the office provides undeniable proof that Spring is truly on the way. With all the vivid colors, new life and bright sun, how can you not feel inspired? A little distracted perhaps, but definitely inspired as well.

 

“This sweet little face belongs Susie, who was photographed by Brandon Stanton, creator of the popular blog (and now book) “Humans of New York”, or HONY to those who follow him. He called her the “coolest dog in NY” and a week later (for reasons unknown) the owner asked if he wanted her. Stanton and his girlfriend, Erin O’Sullivan, immediately took her in – despite the fact that she is 13 years old. O’Sullivan got to thinking that a lot of elderly dogs need homes, not just puppies, and decided to start Susie’s Senior Dogs. To date she has placed over 20 dogs with happy families. It inspires me because one photo started this chain reaction of goodness. Everyone needs a Susie.” Lisa

“This sweet little face belongs Susie, who was photographed by Brandon Stanton, creator of the popular blog (and now book) “Humans of New York”, or HONY to those who follow him. He called her the “coolest dog in NY” and a week later (for reasons unknown) the owner asked if he wanted her. Stanton and his girlfriend, Erin O’Sullivan, immediately took her in – despite the fact that she is 13 years old. O’Sullivan got to thinking that a lot of elderly dogs need homes, not just puppies, and decided to start Susie’s Senior Dogs. To date she has placed over 20 dogs with happy families. It inspires me because one photo started this chain reaction of goodness. Everyone needs a Susie.” Lisa

To see more of this sweet face, watch the full news story here. Or follow Susie’s Senior Dogs on Facebook.

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“Incredible what talent and colored pencils can do!” Carly
Photo Credit: screen shot of video that artist Heather Rooney shot.

 See a time-lapse video of this drawing being created here.

“Ruben Sanchez was a graffiti artist in Madrid when his work caught the eye of a talent scout. He recently concluded a year-long residency at a Dubai art gallery and is currently exhibiting in Design Days Dubai. His success could be just a random stroke of good fortune, but I like to think that focusing on your talents and following your passions creates good luck.”  Scott G.

“Ruben Sanchez was a graffiti artist in Madrid when his work caught the eye of a talent scout. He recently concluded a year-long residency at a Dubai art gallery and is currently exhibiting in Design Days Dubai. His success could be just a random stroke of good fortune, but I like to think that focusing on your talents and following your passions creates good luck.” Scott G.

“I've seen a lot of beautiful photography. And when it comes to embroidery, I think of it as something conservative and pretty, but I don't really love it.  But what about a combo? I just discovered embroidered photographs. Wow, I've never seen anything like it. It's both a realistic and surreal world at the same time. I love the textures and dimension. It fascinates me!”  Wendy

“I’ve seen a lot of beautiful photography. And when it comes to embroidery, I think of it as something conservative and pretty, but I don’t really love it. But what about a combo? I just discovered embroidered photographs. Wow, I’ve never seen anything like it. It’s both a realistic and surreal world at the same time. I love the textures and dimension. It fascinates me!” Wendy

Women in dresses created by Hinke Schreuders. Postcard with embroidered words create by Helen Roberts.

 

"At last Marshmallows – today is the day! For those of you not in the Veronica Mars know, today is the release date for the new Veronica Mars movie. Of course I'm excited to see some of my favorite TV characters of all time back together again, but the truly inspiring part of this whole production process is that the movie was entirely funded using Kickstarter. It was backed purely by fans and those who believe in the show and its characters, and proves that we, the general public, can have some say and control in what movies are being funneled out of Hollywood!"  Rachel

“At last Marshmallows – today is the day! For those of you not in the Veronica Mars know, today is the release date for the new Veronica Mars movie. Of course I’m excited to see some of my favorite TV characters of all time back together again, but the truly inspiring part of this whole production process is that the movie was entirely funded using Kickstarter. It was backed purely by fans and those who believe in the show and its characters, and proves that we, the general public, can have some say and control in what movies are being funneled out of Hollywood!” Rachel

"Why I love optical illusions: giant purple genie leprechaun! Happy St. Paddies day." Scott B.

“Why I love optical illusions: giant purple genie leprechaun! Happy St. Paddies day.” Scott B.