14 July 2018 Seeing Without Eyes

Hello there.  How are you doing?  It’s Saturday night and now that the sun is dimming, it’s finally cooler.  It was a scorcher again today!  I slept a lot today to try and shake this fatigue I’ve been feeling.

A message came to me as I was trying to drift off, “You don’t have to have eyes to see.  There is vision in feeling…the clouds use the winds to see as well as feel.”   Those who have lost their vision can be physically blind or spiritually bankrupt.  It’s so easy in this world to be tempted to give our souls away to people, places and things that don’t deserve them!

Something I’ve had to learn and relearn over and overdon’t give your personal power away! 

What came to mind with this message about vision is what often happens when I go outside with my head phones on, close my eyes and move my hands through the air around me.  Sometimes I will go out and it’s completely still, no air moving at all.  Then I’ll do that simple ritual I do and a breeze will start to flow through the trees and around me.  It feels like nature responding to my touch almost!  It’s a beautiful experience!  I often imagine I’m flying when this happens.  I’ll open my eyes and look up in the sky and all sorts of birdies will be soaring around above me.

In all honesty, I’m thinking they are enjoying a nice meal I’ve stirred up for them with my moving around!  It’s magical to watch anyway!

22 9 19 9 15 14

V I S I O N = 88/16/7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

19 9 7 8 20

S I G H T = 63/9 cycle

2 12 9 14 4

B L I N D = 41/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 = 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

19 5 14 19 5 19

S E N S E S = 81/9 cycle

6 5 5 12 9 14 7

F E E L I N G = 58/13/4/2/1

5 13 15 20 9 15 14 19

E M O T I O N S = 110/2/1

19 25 13 2 15 12

S Y M B O L = 86/14/5 divided by 2 = 2.5 – 7 divided by 2 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

23 15 18 4

W O R D = 60/6/3 cycle

I’ve shared this here before, I just love this scene, I love this movie.  This scene shows what it’s like for me sometimes when I’m outside, there is music in the winds.  When we just allow ourselves to connect with the child within the world becomes a place where anything is possible:

August Rush Opening

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14 July 2018 Inception

Hello to you.  Just a quick note before I get breakfast started.  Not sure the painting on canvas is going to happen today.  We have lots of chores to do today and my butt is dragging a bit.  May be tomorrow?!  Part of the reason I’m so tired is just before falling asleep last night there was a loud explosion like someone set off a firework right in the middle of the street.  I was so pissed!  Not good to try to go to sleep mad.  It was hard to go back to sleep after that.  We found out this morning the sound we heard was someone hitting our neighbors truck!  UGH!

Then there were all the dreams I had that made me think of the movie Inception – dreams within dreams.  I’m with the Kyle I know but I’m like a person within a person as I lay next to him.  Then there is a man with dark hair and dark eyes telling me, “I have work to do.” Then all the sudden I’m in something like a fight scene in a movie on a train with stuff flying everywhere.  Another was of going to a beach that was all vibrant with a lot of teal green going on.  There were seals and I could see a life guard.  Then that same scene was devoid of color, of seals and the life guard – it was all washed out, cloudy and drab.   When my brain is running like that, I don’t wake up feeling very rested.   I guess my dreams are a reflection of the influx of random stuff I’ve been putting in my head via television, movies and internet.

  1. in·cep·tion = 105/6/3 cycle
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    NOUN
    inceptions (plural noun)
    1. the establishment or starting point of an institution or activity.
      “she has been on the board since its inception two years ago”
      synonyms: establishment · institution · foundation · founding · formation · initiation · setting up · origination · constitution · inauguration · opening · beginning · start · starting point · outset ·

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Sending you hugs, love, prayers and positive vibes through the wires today!

Be kind,
for everyone
you meet
is carrying
a great
burden.

ian maclaren – circa 1898

Adapted from original version: “Be pitiful, for every man is fighting a hard battle.” Ian MacLaren was the pen name of Reverend John Watson.

12 July 2018 Double Rainbow on the Morning Walk

Hello!  We are just back from a walk with Link and Spot and were treated to a rare sight, a double rainbow!  One was bright and the other harder to see but it was there.  I was so excited I even stopped a neighbor as he drove by to ask if he saw the rainbow lol.  He smiled and said, “Yes I did!” I wasn’t sure we’d make it home in time to get a picture of them:

When your me and something like this happens where you’ve been drawing and or thinking about something and then a double rainbow appears, it feels like a conversation has occurred with God as I understand them.  They are saying with a colorful band in the sky “I am here.  I hear you.  I see you.  I will not only give you one rainbow but I will give you two!”  A reminder to slow down, let it go, look up and see the beauty of God in all creation! 

The three drawings here are me trying to work through finding out there was a reason I had a particular actor and his family on my mind these past couple of days.  I hadn’t checked on him in awhile to see what projects he was working on.  Well yesterday I decided to and found out there was another negative incident.  My prayers and positive intentions go out to him and his family.  What he is going through with anger resonates with me on so many levels and what his wife is having to go through resonates with my husband who is often my caretaker when I go off the rails.   I care more about this man as a person than I do as an actor and hope he can get what it is he needs in this life besides anger.

He and I need to sit on my back patio with all my chalks and draw together.  Chalk therapy with Jackie.

Egyptian archeologists found this massive black sarcophagus — and no one knows what’s inside

This was exciting to see – Kyle and I are hoping it’s some scrolls that avoided being burned in the main library of Alexandria or something!  WHAT’S IN THE BOX!!! 

28 June 2018 For You

Hello to you.  Just a quick note.  I hope you can make out the picture from this morning.  I like to draw when there is shade on that side of the house so my pictures don’t come out as bright as I’d like.  I tried doing a trick with a metal tray like in The Fifth Element movie – “Aziz Light!”  – but it didn’t work lool.

The Fifth Element – Aziz Light!

An important thing I keep having to remember is when I do things like my drawings, this blog or whatever to do it for myself first.  I have to check my motivation for doing things.  There have been times in my life when I have done things for others expecting something in return and all I got out of the deal was a resentment!  My husband has taught me during the course of our marriage the important lesson of living without expectations.   If you are going to do something, make sure you are doing it for the right reasons.

 

Life is short and we have not too much time
for gladdening the hearts of those
who are traveling the dark way with us.
Oh, be swift to love! Make haste to be kind.

henri-frederic amiel – 1885

 

My Aunt shared this video on Facebook and I loved it so much I shared it too!  Sharing it here for my animal lovers in case you haven’t seen it.  This video is good for your heart!

Therapy Pets

26 June 2018 Ramandu and Lilliandil (Drawing – The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis)

A quick hello to you.  How are you doing?  I hope you are well.  Everybody was in my thoughts and prayers this morning.  Turns out the drawing from yesterday that was to be a lion but ended up looking almost like a pool was indeed a good place for praying and meditating!  I had used some of the chalk with glitter and it makes this sparkle like the surface of a pool of water when the light hits is just so.

25 June 2018 – This started out as a lion. I was thinking of Aslan. I wasn’t happy with how it looked so this happened lol. When I sat in front of it, it was actually great for meditating. A lion becoming color and light!

I was inspired in my drawing this morning to try and render an image of Ramandu, a resting star and his daughter Lilliandil.  There is something wonderful about books, especially stories like C.S. Lewis wrote, that stir the imagination.  Some characters and stories are just so vivid and bright that it makes me want to bring them out of the book in my chalks.  I hardly have done them justice but it was fun to try!

26 June 2018 – Ramandu and Lilliandil in chalk. I will probably tweek this later and see if I can’t get things to stand out more. It’s all an experiment when it comes to this for me!

Kyle and I haven’t seen the rest of the movies they made in the series, just the first one.   After reading the stories I hope to find the movies available to watch at some point.   This scene I’m sharing is so beautiful.  Talk about a star making an entrance!

The Chronicles of Narnia – The Voyage of the Dawn Treader Meet Lilliandil

 

http://narnia.wikia.com/wiki/Ramandu

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Ramandu


I am a star at rest, my daughter. When I set for the last time, decrepit and old beyond all that you can reckon, I was carried to this island. I am not so old now as I was then. Every morning a bird brings me a fire-berry from the valleys in the Sun, and each fire-berry takes away a little of my age. And when I have become as young as the child that was born yesterday, then I shall take my rising again (for we are at earth’s eastern rim) and once more tread the great dance.
―Ramandu (Chapter 14) [src]

Ramandu was a star at rest, and the father of Caspian X‘s wife, in the world of Narnia.

Description

He was an old man with silver hair and a beard that went all the way down to the floor. Tall and straight, he was clothed in a robe that appeared to be made of the fleece of silver sheep, and his feet were bare.

He was mild and grave of demeanor, and seemed to radiate light, commanding silence and respect.

Biography

It is unknown when Ramandu was first born as a celestial star, but after many years he became tired, as all stars eventually do, and returned below to the surface of the world. During his rest, he lived on his own island, located at the beginning of the world’s end, where years later he eventually bore a daughter with an unknown human woman.

During his time as an earth-bound star, he and his daughter together guarded the ancient Stone Knife of the White Witch, which she had used to kill Aslan during the Winter Revolution. It lay on Aslan’s Table, and was forbidden to be touched by anyone.

In the 2290’s NY, however, Ramandu’s island was discovered by three of the Seven Lost Lords, Mavramorn, Argoz and Revilian, one of whom touched the knife in a fit of anger, causing all three of them to fall into an enchanted sleep.

In 2306, a ship called the Dawn Treader docked at the Island, searching for the three lords and Aslan’s Country. This party was led by King Caspian X of Narnia, who quickly fell in love with Ramandu’s daughter.

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When Ramandu first appeared to the travelers of the Dawn Treader, he did not greet them, but joined his daughter; with her he raised his arms toward the east and sung a ritual song of welcome to the Sun. Afterward, a Bird flew by and placed a bright fruit into his mouth. This was a Fire-berry, which renewed his strength each day until the time when he would be able to once more join the great dance.He told Caspian that in order to break the enchantment of the Three Sleepers, it was necessary for someone to sail as far east as possible, and to leave there a volunteer who would continue on to the Utter East. However, he could not give Caspian navigational information about the journey there, because he had only a star’s perspective of Narnia.

When Ramandu first told the visitors his name and there was no recognition from them, he realised that he had ceased being a star long before they were born. He also corrected Eustace for equating what a star is made of, stating that although in our world stars are made of balls of flaming gas, that is not what they are.

He also informed the adventurers that they had already met another star, Coriakin, who he indicated was earthbound because of some personal failure. However, he would not reveal the circumstances of Coriakin’s fall, on the grounds that humans are not meant to know such things about stars.

Dismissing this line of questioning as useless, he pressed Caspian to decide about sailing east. When the king mentioned the weariness of his crew, Ramandu said that enchantments can be broken only by knowledgeable and willing participants. He also assures them that should the adventurers wish to winter on this island, Aslan’s Table would supply them daily with royal fare.

Finally, Ramandu laid his hands, radiant with a faint silver glow, on the head of Lord Rhoop, so that he could experience rest in the company of the three sleepers.

When the crew finally left for the Utter East, they left behind Lord Rhoop and one other Narnian with Ramandu, who cared for them until their return. When the ship eventually returned, they took the Narnians back home with them, including Ramandu’s Daughter who left to be with King Caspian whom she had fallen in love with. Presumably, she left with Ramandu’s blessing.

It is most likely that Ramandu eventually returned to the skies when he was fully rejuvenated, and shone once again as a full star.

Appearances

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Ramandu’s daughter, known as Lilliandil in the 2010 adaptation of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, was the wife of King Caspian X, as well as the mother of King Rilian.

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Description

Lilliandil was an inexpressibly beautiful, young woman; tall, with long yellow hair that hung down her back, and she dressed in a single long garment of clear blue that left her arms bare. According to the illustrations in the book, she went barefoot, just like her father.

Biography

Childhood

Lilliandil was the daughter of Ramandu, a resting Star, and an unknown mother. Since she was not a Star herself, her mother might have been human. She grew up on her father’s island at the Beginning of the End of the World. Together, she and her father watched over Aslan’s Table and the Stone Knife with which he was killed, which was kept on the table in his honour. Circa 2290 NY, the Narnian lords Revilian, Argoz, and Mavramorn landed on the island and fell into an enchanted sleep after one of them touched the Knife.

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Caspian and Ramandu’s daughter (illustration in the book)

In 2306, another ship landed on the island, which was met by Lilliandil. They identified themselves as Narnians, friends of the three sleepers, and were led by the young King Caspian X, who was instantly smitten with the Star’s beautiful daughter. He asked her what breaking the spell on the sleepers would require, mentioning something about Sleeping Beauty and the kiss required to wake the princess. Lilliandil, however, replied that it was the opposite here; he must break the spell before he could kiss the princess.The young king immediately decided to break the spell, and asked her what he must do. Ramandu gave him instructions, and Caspian and his crew sailed away, leaving behind a Lord named Rhoop and a sailor called Pittencream. Ramandu and his daughter cared for both men during their stay.

Marriage and Queenship

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Lilliandil meeting Caspian for the first time.

In time, the spell was broken, and the sleeping Lords awoke. Shortly after, King Caspian and his crew returned to the island to take their people back to Narnia. While there, Caspian asked Lilliandil to come to Narnia with him, which she did. Soon after, the two were married and Caspian made Lilliandil his queen.She was a good and dearly beloved queen. After about fifteen years of marriage, she gave birth to a son and Caspian’s heir apparent, Prince Rilian, who, like his mother, had some Star’s blood in his veins. When Rilian was newly knighted, and about twenty years old, he and the queen, together with some courtiers, went maying in the Narnian forests. While resting apart from the others, the queen was attacked by a green serpent. Her screams were heard by the courtiers, who rushed to her aid, but they were too late to save her. Before she died, the queen seemed to try hard to tell Rilian something, but was unable to say it before the serpent’s venom took hold.

It is unknown what she was trying to say to Rilian before she died, but it was discovered later that the serpent who killed her was a witch who was plotting to kidnap the prince. It is possible, although speculative, that the queen knew this and was trying to warn her son.

Afterlife

Following her tragic death, Lilliandil went to Aslan’s Country where she lived happily, and was eventually reunited with her husband ten years later. Rilian later joined his parents, though it is unknown when he died. Lilliandil was among the many Narnians present at the Great Reunion following the end of Narnia, along with her husband, son and father.

Adaptations

  • In the 1989 BBC TV series, Ramandu’s daughter is played by Gabrielle Anwar. In the 1990 sequel, she is un-credited, but possibly played again by Gabrielle Anwar.
  • In the 2010 film adaptation, Ramandu’s daughter was played by the Australian actress, Laura Brent. This is the only adaptation to name her (the book series simply called her “Ramandu’s daughter”). Her name was created by producer Douglas Gresham, which was created to evoke imagery of the sea of lilies from the book. In the movie, she is apparently a full-blooded star (being the Blue Star that guides the crew of the Dawn Treader to Ramandu’s island and the Dark Island), not a half-star, though again there is no mention of her mother, and her father is mentioned by her (and is the namesake of the island), but does not make an appearance. In this adaptation, she wears a white dress and is surrounded by a bluish-white glow.

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2:47 pm edit – A little brighter in the sun with more color applied.  Need more practice! 

25 June 2018 Drawings and The Chronicles of Narnia

For those unfamiliar with The Chronicles series,  here is a little info.  If you go to the actual link there is a lot more.  I would have to say my favorite relationship/part of the book is what goes on between Aslan and Lucy.  She has the faith of a child and it is her unyielding belief in Aslan that gets them out of more than one trouble spot.

“Will the others see you too?” asked Lucy.
“Certainly not at first,” said Aslan. “Later on, it depends.”
“But they won’t believe me!” said Lucy.
“It doesn’t matter.”
C.S. Lewis

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Chronicles_of_Narnia

The Chronicles of Narnia

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Author C. S. Lewis
Illustrator Pauline Baynes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Fantasy
Children’s literature
Publisher HarperCollins
Published 16 October 1950 – 4 September 1956
Media type Print (hardcover and paperback)

The Chronicles of Narnia is a series of seven fantasy novels by C. S. Lewis. It is considered a classic of children’s literature and is the author’s best-known work, having sold over 100 million copies in 47 languages.[1][2] Written by Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes, and originally published in London between 1950 and 1956, The Chronicles of Narnia has been adapted several times, complete or in part, for radio, television, the stage, and film.

Set in the fictional realm of Narnia, a fantasy world of magic, mythical beasts, and talking animals, the series narrates the adventures of various children who play central roles in the unfolding history of that world. Except in The Horse and His Boy, the protagonists are all children from the real world, magically transported to Narnia, where they are called upon by the lion Aslan to protect Narnia from evil and restore the throne to its rightful line. The books span the entire history of Narnia, from its creation in The Magician’s Nephew to its eventual destruction in The Last Battle.

Inspiration for the series was taken from multiple sources; in addition to adapting numerous traditional Christian themes, Lewis freely borrowed characters and ideas from Greek and Roman mythology as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

The books have profoundly influenced adult and children’s fantasy literature since World War II. Lewis’s exploration of themes not usually present in children’s literature, such as religion, as well as the books’ perceived treatment of issues including race and gender, has caused some controversy.

23 June 2018 Music Makes Time Travelers Of Us All (James Corden and Paul McCartney), Sewing and Drawings

Hello to you.  How are you doing in your where and when as you visit here?  I hope you are well.  We are still drying our happy tears and glowing a bit from watching this video of James Corden and Paul McCartney carpooling down memory lane in song:

Paul McCartney Carpool Karaoke

Published on Jun 21, 2018

James Corden heads to Liverpool for a special day with Paul McCartney spent exploring the city of Paul’s youth, visiting his childhood home where he wrote music with John Lennon, performing songs in a local pub and of course driving around singing a few of Paul’s biggest hits. Pre-order Paul McCartney’s new album Egypt Station and download his two new songs “Come On To Me” and “I Don’t Know” here: https://paulmccartney.lnk.to/EgyptSta… – Watch The Late Late Show with James Corden’s episodes from London only on Sky One at 10pm.

Just like looking at a photograph, singing and or hearing a song can propel us through our time on this earth.  Music makes time travelers of all of us.  Watching this made my heart ache a bit because there aren’t very many like Paul left here.  Watching this also made me incredibly grateful we have songs of love, hope and unity to turn to and some of the folks who made them yet here to sing them with us!   Thank you for doing this James and Paul!

https://musicandmemory.org/ – great organization that uses music to help people regain some of what Alzheimer’s and dementia makes them lose.

I thought it was beautiful that the inspiration for this song came from Paul’s having a visit from his deceased mother in a dream.

22 June 2018 – drawing I did when it had finally cooled down last night!

Let It Be

When I find myself in times of trouble
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be,
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be.

And when the broken hearted people
Living in the world agree
There will be an answer, let it be.
For though they may be parted there is still a chance that they will see
There will be an answer, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be,
There will be an answer, let it be.

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow, let it be.
I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be.
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be,
There will be an answer, let it be.

Songwriters: JOHN LENNON,PAUL MCCARTNEY
© Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
For non-commercial use only.
Data from: LyricFind

20 June 2018 Morning Chalk Drawings and World Refugee Day

Hello to you.  How are you?  My mind feels like there are just marshmallows up there lately!  Just a very surreal feeling all around for me lately.  I guess the movie we watched last night was perfect for that!  We finally watched Through the Looking Glass last night and we enjoyed it.  I loved the imagery throughout and Kyle could see many video game inspired sets.  Seeing the Alan Rickman farewell tribute was sad.  I thought his being the voice of a blue butterfly, which symbolizes freedom, was perfect for this being his last film. 

Alice Through the Looking Glass Official Trailer #2 (2016) – Mia Wasikowska, Johnny Depp Movie HD

This morning on the dog walk I saw another neighbors yard that looked like someone had messed with it.  So far there have been three that I’ve seen in our immediate neighborhood.  We aren’t quite sure if the culprit is a human or a large canine that’s getting loose.  It looked like human activity to me.  We are living in a small town that is starting to experience big city problems.  People move to small towns from larger ones and bring their problems along with them.  Taking a young person of whatever age from a place where there friends are, support systems are and where there is more to do and transplanting them into a town like ours can be quite a culture shock for them.  When you are bored, and I know this from being their age once, you sometimes do stupid shit you will regret.  All the things that are going on are things I warned the city council before the growth and development started and it’s so frustrating to see it actually happening.   

http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/vandalism-occurring-at-alvarado-parks-on-a-daily-basis/article_01727e86-7000-11e8-aa1f-9b6b57c211a0.html

“Over at Parkway Park on Monday there was some graffiti of racial slurs,” he said. “It was tagged on some of the benches, the little library and the skate park. It took about four hours to try to remove the paint, which they weren’t able to do all the way so they had to just sand it down and go back later to repaint.”

Alvarado Park board member Terri Fulton said the little free libraries — built and donated by members of the Alvarado Rocks group — have been the most disheartening.

“We’re a little irritated about this,” she said. “You will see that people are constantly refilling them with books, so that means kids are using them. But there’s been spray painting on them and the other day someone busted out the Plexiglass in one of them.”

And then they are talking about growing our town….ironically for the past few days we’ve been unable to properly flush the toilet for lack of water pressure!  This has been an ongoing problem since we moved here in 2009 too!  It’s taken millions of dollars to fix just the plumbing and sewer  infrastructure.  Don’t get me started on the conditions of our roads!   

http://www.cleburnetimesreview.com/news/durington-welcomes-growth-to-alvarado/article_32870120-6b61-11e8-b234-030937a8f7a1.html

“Holden said some of the challenges the mayor discussed during the meeting scare him.

“I’ve got to be able to provide water and I’ve got to be able for you to flush the toilet, and if I can’t, there is a big problem,” he said. “We want people to come [to Alvarado], but if they do we are going to have to do some major improvements to the system. We are working on ways right now, looking at all of the development as a whole. We want to be able to look at the big picture.”

Yep….growing pains on the small town scale and then there is World Refugee Day today and our extremely sad and embarrassing goings on with immigration in my country.  I don’t even know what to do with this in my heart.  It’s a very complex and sensitive issue that can’t be handled with rough hands.  I feel like we have yet to really tackle as a globe the core issues as to “why” it’s happening in the first place.  If people have food, clean water, clothing, shelter, meaningiful work and education opportunities, and they feel safe living where they are (not in the center of crime, violence, slavery and or a war zone) will tend to stay where they are and flourish.  We apparently have oodles of  people without checkmarks in those boxes and are understandably on the move!  

18 5 6 21 7 5 5

R E F U G E E = 67/13/4/2/1

9 13 13 9 7 18 1 14 20

I M M I G R A N T = 104/5 divide by 2 = 2.5 = 7 = 3.5 = 8/4/2/1

Number of refugees worldwide

The total includes 16 million refugees and asylum seekers and 26 million internally displaced people uprooted within their own countries, according to UNHCR’s annual “Global Trends” report released today.

 

Why do immigrants and refugees  keep coming to America?  Part of it has to be money.  Someone is paying them enough money to live here.  I think if our government is going to insist on punishing these people and their children like this, they need to “follow the money.”  In all the articles I’ve looked at about this chronic issue, this element just doesn’t come up.  The blame always seems to fall on the immigrants and refugees for their existing.   Who is hiring these people to be nannies, yard workers, produce pickers, home builders, masons, welders, road construction workers, janitors etc?! 

https://blogs.voanews.com/all-about-america/2015/08/24/most-common-jobs-held-by-immigrants-in-each-us-state/If there is no economic – this article is rather dated but does show interesting information that probably hasn’t changed too much:

Most Common Jobs Held by Immigrants in each US State

There are 41 million foreign-born people living in the United States and a new map illustrates the most common jobs held by those immigrants.

Business Insider  used information from the US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, an ongoing statistical survey that samples a small percentage of the population every year. The data was assembled and processed by the Minnesota Population Center’s Integrated Public Use Microdata Series program.

The map below shows the jobs most commonly held by people who said they were born in a country other than the United States.

Immigrants make up 12.9 percent of the overall population, according to the Center for American Progress. That sounds like a lot of people, but the high point for immigration in the U.S. actually came in 1890, when 14.8 percent of the population was foreign born.

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While the map shows that many immigrants are housekeepers, janitors and agricultural workers, the majority of jobs thought to be overwhelmingly worked by non-natives are in fact filled by native-born Americans, according to the Center for Immigration Studies:

  • Maids and housekeepers: 51% native-born
  • Taxi drivers and chauffeurs: 58% native-born
  • Butchers and meat processors: 63% native-born
  • Grounds maintenance workers: 64% native-born
  • Construction laborers: 66% native-born
  • Porters, bellhops, and concierges: 72% native-born
  • Janitors: 73% native-born

Jobs worked by immigrants tend to pay low wages and usually require little formal education. In high-immigrant occupations, 59 percent of the workers have a high school education or lower, compared to 31 percent of the rest of the labor force.

 https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/world/pope-francis-criticizes-separation-of-immigrant-children-from-their-parents-on-us-border/ar-AAyUlD7

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/19/621065383/what-we-know-family-separation-and-zero-tolerance-at-the-border

https://www.madinamerica.com/2016/11/combining-art-therapy-mindfulness-refugees/ I found this article and it really resonated for me as a way to help promote internal healing for both refugees and the immigrant children we are seeing locked up in detention centers right now: 

Combining Art Therapy and Mindfulness for Refugees

Program in Hong Kong demonstrates the healing power of art therapy and mindfulness for refugees and asylum seekers

A new article, published in The Arts in Psychotherapy, describes the ways art therapy and mindfulness have benefitted refugees and asylum seekers in Hong Kong. The article describes how the program, Inhabited Studio, which provides workshops on art making and mindfulness meditation, has supported individuals in moving forward after traumatic experiences.

“The combination of art therapy and mindfulness helped participants cope day to day and allowed participants to begin to get a sense of not only who they were and what they had lived through, but potentially who they could become,” write the authors, led by Debra Kalmanowitz from the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at the University of Hong Kong.

The increasing number of Syrian refugees has raised the issue of how to support the mental health of individuals who have fled their countries and experienced political violence. An estimated 11 million refugees have left Syria since 2011 and there are over 21 million refugees worldwide. Although the majority of refugees do not develop Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, mental health professionals working with refugees often use a trauma framework.

The authors state:  “It is true that we do not want to medicalize distress and that we cannot take it out of context, and yet we cannot ignore the disadvantaged situation in which asylum seekers live or the suffering they endure.”

Both art therapy and mindfulness have been used with survivors of trauma. This theoretical article “considers how the combination of art therapy and mindfulness in work with refugees acknowledges human suffering and traumatic events while at the same time recognises the resilience that exists and the search for healing, health and growth.”

The authors describe the ways art therapy and mindfulness have been combined to provide support for refugees and asylum seekers at Inhabited Studio in Hong Kong. Inhabited Studio is a short-term group program that uses a holistic approach and provides workshops over an 8 day period. “The presence of the group allowed for the individuals to be seen, witnessed and heard (even without words) and in so doing served to share and normalize behavior and expression,” write the authors. The authors outline nine features found in the work at Inhabited Studio that may be used as broader guides for providing support to refugees.

Safety: Establishing a sense of safety is one of the most basic needs after experiencing a trauma and the authors note that it “is an on-going process and not something that is established once and maintained.” The authors found that art therapy and meditation assisted individuals in regulating their emotions, which aided in regaining a sense of emotional safety.

Doing versus thinking: The authors explain that art therapy and mindfulness emphasize doing, and describe the importance of an experiential approach. “Art making and mindfulness meditation demand a focus of the mind through activity or inactivity, action or inaction, through direct experience,” write the authors.

Changing our relationship to our thoughts and feelings: “Making art externalizes our thoughts and feelings and creates a distance between them” while “mindfulness effects relationship too; rather than trying to control the thoughts and feelings, there is an emphasis on acknowledgment and acceptance of them,” explain the authors.

Time: According to the authors, “trauma can trap a person in the past.” Since both the creative process and mindfulness are grounded in the present moment, they can be helpful activities for those who are overwhelmed by memories.

Making meaning: Meaning making involves both making sense of the trauma and of one’s current experiences. The authors explain how art therapy and mindfulness can assist in meaning making because “both lead to an awareness of the self and the context of the self in relation to the event, the group, the culture, the violence and or society.” To illustrate this, one of the participants of Inhabited Studio reported, “I am very proud of this drawing… it tells me something very clear that I did not know.”

Flexibility: Individuals who have experienced trauma may get stuck in their thinking patterns. The creative process can facilitate mental flexibility, and mindfulness can make it easier to tolerate intense negative emotions and still return to an emotional equilibrium.

Catharsis: “Art therapy can facilitate the expression of feelings that are associated with the trauma, suffering, and coping, such as anger, rage, vulnerability, depression, frustration or joy and pleasure. This can lead to a sense of relief as well as reveal that which was previously unconscious,” explain the authors.

Increased self-awareness and self-knowledge: Both self-awareness and self-knowledge can be promoted by art making and mindfulness practices. One participant described how the process of making multiple pieces of art helped her to clarify her emotions, “I have many mixed feelings although I am looking towards a better future. So the next painting I tried to sort out the colours to help me next time to be more focused… to know exactly what I want.”

Coping with loss: The authors report, “Art therapy and mindfulness together allowed for the expression of loss and also to begin a process of the formation of a new identity… It took strength and imagination to create a new identity and the open structure, along with the non-judgemental attitude of the Studio provided the potential.”

“Political violence has far-reaching effects. It can challenge the community and society, lead to fragmentation and destruction and impact on culture at large. Political violence impacts on the individual and can lead to the breakdown of relationships between individuals, community and society itself,” write the authors. Refugees and asylum seekers who have experienced trauma and political violence deserve support services that do not pathologize their experiences, but instead honor both their suffering and strength.

The focus on art therapy for refugees is part of a larger trend to explore how art can be used in therapeutic ways (for example, art therapy for veterans with PTSD or for individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia, and music therapy for children and adolescents). The authors in the present article state that the “overlap between art therapy and mindfulness in this context represent the realities of the suffering of the participants as well as the possibility of working towards enhancing coping and resilience.”

Kalmanowitz, D., & Ho, R. T. (2016). Out of our mind. Art therapy and mindfulness with refugees, political violence and trauma. The Arts in Psychotherapy, 49, 57-65. (Abstract)

 

Here are some links to some music I was exploring this morning.  I am on the hunt for new sounds and this Electro Swing and Modern Jazz struck a chord:

Club Des Belugas – The Beat Is Rhythm

Orkestra Obsolete play Blue Monday using 1930s instruments – BBC Arts – I love the version done by Orgy for this song so finding this tickled me.

Electro Swing Collection – ads in between

Published on Dec 2, 2014

PLAYLIST OF INDIVIDUAL SONGS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6-TW…

SONGS
0:00:00 Parov Stelar – All Night
0:02:42 Jamie Berry (ft Rosie Harte) – Peeping Tom
0:06:12 Scott Bradlee & Post Modern Jukebox – Thrift Shop (Baker&Bart Electro Swing Remix)
0:09:59 Parov Stelar – The Mojo Radio Gang
0:12:38 Lionel Hampton – It Don’t Mean A Thing
0:16:14 Caravan Palace – Dragons
0:20:27 Tape Five – Geraldines Routine
0:23:32 Caravan Palace – Suzy
0:27:40 Jamie Berry (ft Octavia Rose) – Delight
0:33:24 Dunkelbunt (Ft Boban) – Cinnamon Girl
0:37:20 Jamie Berry – Sweet Rascal
0:41:28 Parov Stelar – Booty Swing
0:44:40 Parov Stelar – Libella Swing
0:49:00 Parov Stelar – Catgroove
0:53:29 Parov Stelar – Chambermaid Swing
0:59:15 Jamie Berry – Dirty Stop Out
1:05:25 Parov Stelar – Beatbuddy Swing
1:09:44 Parov Stelar – Josephine

 

14 June 2018 Mediator (Metropolis 1927)

13 June 2018 – Yesterday I went out and added this to a drawing I shared before. It made me think of the film Metropolis. If you haven’t see this amazing silent film, I highly recommend it. I don’t know if such a film could be made with the same impact today.

See the source image

https://saymber.com/2015/04/18/18-april-2015-metropolis-1927-the-mediator-between-the-head-and-the-hands-must-be-the-heart/ – post I did some time ago with info about the film and there is a link where you can watch the film.

13 5 4 9 1 20 15 18

M E D I A T O R = 85/13/4/2/1

8 5 1 18 20

H E A R T = 57/12/3 cycle – Yep!  Isn’t it interesting how some words, like this important word/organ, are a cycle word?

8 1 14 4 19

H A N D S = 46/10/1

From the film Metropolis

Empathic Human – The mediator with a heart negotiating between the worlds of action and feeling.   For some it seems easier to be a tin man on the eternal quest to OZ for a heart than to remember to use the heart already pumping in their chest!

https://theredlist.com/wiki-2-17-513-863-818-830-view-fantasy-sci-fi-1-profile-1927-bmetropolis-b-1.html

See the source image

13 June 2018 – Drawing I did yesterday morning. Interesting how it correlates to these image from Metropolis I found this morning. 

http://moviescreenshots.blogspot.com/2011/03/metropolis-1927.html

See the source image

22 Aug 2017 – One of my eyes chalk drawings.

13 June 2018 Morning Drawing – Cloud In Your Tea

13 June 2018 – A smile and hello to you.

Hello there.  How are you doing?  I hope this finds you in good health and spirit.

It’s another stagnant and hot morning/day here in North Texas.  I decided I’d better water a little morning while it was cool.  I worry about all our trees, plants, birds and insects when it’s dry like it is.  We are under the same drought conditions we’ve been in since we moved here so it was a hand-held watering.   I don’t know if it will help, trees need a lot of water.

13 June 2018 – Our little baby crepe myrtle still finding a way to bloom even with the drought. They are some of my favorite beings here in Texas.

This morning I found out that on the 8th they released a documentary about Mr. Fred Rogers!  I had just posted about him on the 10th! Funny how that works.  I had tears streaming down my face watching it.  It’s not showing in any theatres around here, so I’ll be looking for it on streaming services and eventually hard copy.  I don’t know about anyone else, but I sure miss his gentle, kind, loving spirit and his important messages.  In my opinion, there isn’t anyone in our world right now that has been able to pick up the mantle he carried while he was here:

WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR? – Official Trailer [HD] – In Select Theaters June 8

I did a drawing this morning and there is a lot of that surrealism stuff I was talking about yesterday going on in it.  I was thinking of a quote from Thich Nhat Hanh about a cloud becoming the tea in your cup:

http://lifebylife.com/2012/05/its-like-a-cloud-in-the-sky-by-thich-nhat-hanh/

“It’s like a cloud in the sky. When the cloud is no longer in the sky, it doesn’t mean the cloud has died. The cloud is continued in other forms like rain or snow or ice. So you can recognize your cloud in her new forms. If you are very fond of a beautiful cloud and if your cloud is no longer there, you should not be sad. Your beloved cloud might have become the rain, calling on you, ‘darling, darling, don’t you see me in my new form?’ And then you will not be stuck with grief and despair. Your beloved one continues always. Meditation helps you recognize her continued presence in new forms. And our nature is the nature of no birth and no death…the nature of a cloud also. A cloud can never die. A cloud can become snow, or hail…or rain. But it is impossible for a cloud to pass from being into non-being. And that is true with your beloved one. She has not died. She is continued in many new forms. And you can look deeply and recognize herself in you and around you.” -TNH

Transcribed from a conversation between Oprah Winfrey and Buddhist Monk, Author and Nobel Peace Prize nominated Peace Activist, Thich Nhat Hanh (pronounced “Tick Not Han”)

 

3 12 15 21 4

C L O U D = 55/10/1

14 5 9 7 8 2 15 18

N E I G H B O R = 78/15/6 (3 cycle)

19 13 9 12 5

S M I L E = 58/13/4/2/1

 

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