Majestic Architecture of Department of Commerce

Some beautiful architecture at the Department of Commerce. 

The Herbert C. Hoover Building (HCHB). 

They don’t make them like they used to. 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Beautiful Moroccan Chandelier

Just wanted to share this beautiful Moroccan  chandelier. 

Thought this really adds life, color, and culture to any room. 

I love the mosaic of glass pieces and their vibrant colors and interesting shapes. 

Set into the brass holders this stunning chandelier is a standout and lights up not only the room, but also perhaps even our lives. 😉

(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

DC Lights It Up – Just Physical or More

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Wanted to share these beautiful lights from around Washington, D.C. 


They are all sort of magnificent!


But even while I am marveling at them, my mind is tearing another way…


I am thinking, there is physical light, yet in so many ways the world seems dark. 


We have lots technological progress to be proud of, and yet there are big problems all over the horizon.


Nuclear and missile proliferation, and rising cyber threats.


– Rising global terrorism and potential for military conflicts


– Spiraling national debt and the trust funds for social entitlements running out


– Rising discrimination and associated hate crimes

– Family strains and the decline of marriage

– Challenges in confidence with organized religion 


World leadership at a crossroads. 


We need light–but not just the physical type. 


Transparency, enlightenment to solve big problems and a spiritual awakening to ensure good wins out over evil are all on order. 😉


(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)

Love My Lava Lamp

Lava Lamp

We couldn’t resist getting this lava lamp.


Only $26 at Spencer’s.


My wife says, “This is special!”


We had one of these years ago when we first got married. 


Not sure what happened to it over the years–maybe it felt dated and got tossed at some point.


Now it just feels so good to turn it on and see the colorful lava bubbling up and down.


1970’s–don’t care, love it. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Trumpet Chandeliers

Trump Chandelier
I took this photo at Pike & Rose in Rockville. 



These are Trumpet Chandeliers.  



Inside the Bell of the Trumpet are the light bulbs. 



It looks beautiful with the blue ceiling and the accent lights along the side. 



Believe it or not, this is the walkway between the garage and iPic theatre. 



Nicely done even without the trumpet music. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Light Up Your Life


We’ve seen colored light bulbs before…very hippie.



However, I like the Misfit Bolt, which is a multi-colored bulb, whose combinations are controlled by an app on your smartphone or -watch. 



It’s was introduced at the Consumer and Electronics Show (CES) in Vegas this week. 



And it has lighting that simulates landscapes such as a beach sunset, forest, island volcano, rainbow, and more. 



It can also be set as an alarm to wake you up to a simulated sunrise.



At $50, it’s more than a mood ring–how you feeling today, buddy?



But how nice to relax to, wake up with, and to create some pick me up feeling lighting around you. 😉

See It Change

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This was a pretty cool effect at this hotel (The Sonesta) in Fort Lauderdale, where we stopped to cool off for a few minutes.



In the lobby, they have these wavy lines over the entire walls and doors where you come in. 



But what is even better is that the lines change color.



Here you can see three pictures of a door in the lobby.



One minute they are pink, next orange, and then yellow. 



The funny thing is I barely noticed it when I was there.



It is was such a subtle change.



Maybe that’s the way to make change really take in your life–incrementally, rather than violently and abruptly.



Then instead of withdrawal and personal convulsions, you have a new and hopefully better you! 😉



(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)