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October has finally arrived, and it couldn’t have arrived soon enough. The world has wearied me with its focus on the negative and ugly, and so I’m pleased to be spending some time over the next 31 days searching out beauty.

I do want to point out that while beauty is more or less subjective, there are some objective ideas of beauty that I’ll be exploring. Also, if people want to contribute their ideas of beauty (music, poetry, art, photography, even ideas or stories), I’ll be happy to include them.

So, if you want to be a part of this small project, and my attempt to overcome the ugliness of the world with a bit of counterprogramming, please email me at info@thimblerigsark.com.

And so, my first contribution to the 31 days of Embracing Beauty, and it’s a bit unconventional. It’s the story of Hyeonseo Lee, a young woman who defected from North Korea, and eventually helped her family to defect. I include Ms. Lee’s story – not to be political – but because her story is a beautiful and inspiring story of a woman’s bravery, her struggle to live a free life, and her care and sacrifice for her family.

Enjoy, and I’ll see you tomorrow with my second day of embracing beauty!

Read about my 31 Days of Embracing Beauty project here.

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