Mens Sana in Corpore Sano


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Strength, Tranquillity and Health

Aphorisms, proverbs and expressions. They permeate our days in discrete appearances and references until they fall out of use to the point of being forgotten and sometimes that means losing important pointers.

There’s one in particular we have been hearing less and less since we were younger. In latin “Mens sana in corpore sano” translates to English as “Healthy mind in a healthy body” and is an aphorism with an earlier similar Greek saying: What man is happy? “He who has a healthy body, a resourceful mind and a docile nature”.
To the both of us, it reminds us that the secret to the best life is to take care of both body and mind, to cultivate knowledge (not just the type you get out of books, but also the practical kind) since mind or body alone won’t become healthy without the other in the long run. We interpret the “docile nature” not in the literal meaning, but to be someone who doesn’t jump to conclusions.

For such a plan, we remind ourselves that change comes with small or even baby steps, let alone some studies mentioning that a new habit -in average- will need from 1-2 months to become an automatic behaviour and being so close to the popular time line of habit turn-arounds – New Year – it’s never a bad idea to think about what would bring us closer to our personal most favourable mind and body healthy ideal.

★stay healthy and stay inspired★


A Guiding Crown in the Land of the Blind ~ Lines


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It’s time for the lines of the The Lightbearer under the Guiding crown, the linework for our illustration of the turn of phrase “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King”.

We’ll soon share another aphorism illustrated by us but before that, make sure you read the post of the full colour illustration to know more about this expression!

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A Portuguese Folktale – The Ingratitude of Children


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He that gives his goods before he’s dead, take up a mallet and knock him on the head (Scottish verse)

Elderly people who trick their ungrateful children into caring for them is yet another recurrent theme in the world of folktales.

The first records of such tales appear in the Middle Ages and spread across Europe, but the theme also appears in places as far as Kashmir and Sri Lanka.
As for the Portuguese version, we found one nearly identical to the German story, though the latter is shorter and provides dialogue to the characters, and also sets the number of daughters to three, unlike the Portuguese version, where there are only two daughters (guess the Portuguese decided to be more cost-effective).
Let us narrate the StarTwo translated adaptation of the next folktale.

The Ingratitude of Children

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A Portuguese Folktale: The Magician ~ Lines


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This is the linework where you can see clearly all the elements we picked for this Magician’s apprentice illustration.
Each one of them is meant to link to the story, so make sure you don’t miss it by reading the tale and see the full version of the original illustration. You can quickly go there by clicking on the link below!


Click here to see the story and full colour illustration!

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A Guiding Crown in the Land of the Blind ~ Detail


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The Lightbearer under the Guiding crown, a close-up detail of the illustration we made for the turn of phrase “In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is King”.

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A Portuguese Folktale: The Magician



Today’s folktale was first transcribed in 1879 and it’s a recurrent theme in folktales around the world, this theme being of a magical restraint.
It also happens that similar versions of this tale can be found in Russia, Italy and Great Britain and here from Portugal there are two main versions: one from the south of the country and another from the north.
We present to you our translation (and adaptation) of the southern version since it’s a bit cheekier, in our opinion!
Without further ado, let’s begin!


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The Versatile Blogger Award


We made a starry image for the Versatile Blogger Award!

At long last, we can humbly accept the Versatile Blogger Award that theatrealtair from Altair 5G Theatre nominated us with! This Award is a really curious thing as it allows people to know more about the ones behind the blogs. For example, did you know that theatrealtair prefers to play as Khajiit in Skyrim? Neither did we!

According to their own description, Altair 5G Theatre is a project dedicated to bringing in the next level of entertainment, achieving an existence in both real and virtual worlds. We invite you to check more on the blog and we thank Altair 5G Theatre for the lovely nomination and the challenges it entails!
When you get a VBA nomination, you have to follow these steps:

Thank the person who gave you this award.
Include a link to their blog.
Nominate 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
Finally, tell seven things about yourself.

Without further ado, it’s with great pleasure that StarTwo would like to nominate the following blogs (in no particular order):

Cindy Knoke – a photoblog, with wonderful coverage of Cindy’s discoveries and experiences.

Dave and Lauras Dream – a photoblog showing this sweet couple’s endeavours in travels and culinary adventures.

Tokens of Companionship – Portraits from the first 100 years of photography. Every image is amazing.

Susieopinions – Though she states her blog is mostly about reviews, health and fitness it’s her inner strength and boxing skills that got us hooked.

The Phoblography – Daily photoblog, focusing on life’s details.

Cirsova – The best Magazine of Thrilling Adventure and Daring Suspense! It’s not just a slogan and we’re totally not being biased!

Rosemarie’s Kitchen – Delicious, indulgent and well-photographed meals for everyone.

T Ibara Photo – photoblog with amazing snapshots of the animal kingdom.

The Alchemist’s Studio – Amazing pottery with great concepts behind each piece.

Extra Life – Independent opinions on video games and films.

ChronosFeR2 – Meaningful photos and meaningful words.

Under the influence! – Myths, legends, folklore and tales from around the world.

Caliath – Wonderful writing expanding in poetry and prose with a delicate sensitivity.

Brushes and Papers – Traditional illustrations that are purely amazing.

The Flying Tofu – slices of Japanese life that put you in a good mood.

(while doing this list, we found out a lot of blogs that we were definitely following before had the follow removed in the meanwhile. Be careful, as this seems to be a reported WordPress problem).
These are some of the blogs we visit regularly and hope you’ll find them interesting too! And next…

There’s a reason why we saved the last task for… well, last! We are absolutely not that great at talking about ourselves. Nevertheless, we’ll give it our best try!
Seven facts about StarTwo that you might not know:

We’re two individuals and we’re both responsible for drawing and writing on this blog.
We studied together after being acquaintances for 3 years.
Legend of Zelda is our holiest of holy games (especially Link’s Awakening).
We tend to take too many photos for reference when we travel.
Our cat has a heart-shaped pattern on her flank.
We have a love-hate relationship with supernatural movies and documentaries.
We have lived and worked abroad in the UK and the Netherlands.

And now we’ll be on our merry way to inform all these blogs about their nominations.
Sorry everyone, please don’t have ill wishes toward us, since there’s a bit of work involved on this but it’s also very rewarding to show the world a little of what interests you and that in fact is more insightful than anything we might say.

★Happy link clicking and stay inspired!★