26 Oct 2018 All Roads Lead to Rome

Hello to you.  How are you?!  I don’t know what the message is about but it’s what came to me when I was out drawing for a bit yesterday.  May it will make sense to someone else.  The sun peeked out as I had hoped!  Felt great.  The sky is clear this morning and it’s nice and cool.

We have been watching the reboot of the Star Trek films.  We watched Star Trek Into Darkness last night – awesome film.  In this reboot I was introduced to some talented actors for the first time.  This film was the first time I noticed Benedict Cumberbatch and took an interest in future work he was doing.  Sadly there are now ghosts walking within these films like Leonard Nimoy and Anton Yelchin  for example.  Both of their deaths were hard for me.  Like some hauntings, they are recordings that to come to life when we watch and rewatch their films.

Tonight we finally get to see the second season of Castlevania on Netflix.  One of the better works of animated film we’ve watched as of late.

I hope that wherever and whenever….however….this finds you that you are as well as you can be.  I know it’s hard some days to be authentic, to be yourself, to find anything that remotely resembles love or kindness in this world but it is there.

I know for myself that I have had to lower my expectations a bit to find any semblance of the life I want for myself.  I have had to accept isolation and  loneliness as my normal.  There are choices I could have made that would…could…. make my life now completely different.  Namely doing the things that I do for a profit.

I have talked about this subject many times before……….it’s just not how our world works so this message doesn’t resonate with fellow artists in whatever genre that are trying to survive in this world and still do what they enjoy.    I have other sources of income from when I worked and Kyle’s income when he is able to work.  Most people don’t have anything other than what they do to sustain them and their families.

A lot of people are doing what they think they should do for careers to make the most money and not what they have been called to do.   They are miserable people that spread a wave of their internal misery everywhere they go.  They have been unwilling or unable to heed the calling to a work that fulfills them and fulfills why they were born in the first place.   From what I’ve seen, there is a lot of systemic obstruction in place that keeps people from reaching their full potential.  It’s possible, but extremely difficult or comes at a great cost to a person as an individual to fight the system to be who they are meant to be.  To “heed the call.”

What I have been called to do in this life doesn’t seem to involve making a lot of money.

I have learned for myself is that most times I have done things for money things have been tainted by the money.  I would say the barter system or someone giving me money for supplies to make something for them has been the closet thing that has worked for me.  There is no tangible profit in this.  The profit is an exchange of energy.  Someone helping me do what I enjoy doing without expectation and their gratitude being an energetic currency that “pays” me in a way money cannot.

I am happiest making something, having someone appreciate it and “speak to them” and then giving it to them because inside I realize I didn’t make it for me, I made it for them and just didn’t know it at the time.  There is no tangible profit in this.

What are you willing to give to the world to get what you want?  Some people give everything…too much….and are left with an empty shell.  It’s important to leave some of you for yourself.  It’s important to find your balance.

 

https://saymber.com/2015/05/14/14-may-2015-man-for-himself-by-erich-fromm-and-message-for-today-related-to-book/

http://www.amazon.com/Man-Himself-Inquiry-Psychology-Ethics/dp/0805014039/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1431612723&sr=1-1&keywords=Man+for+Himself+Erich+Fromm – if you are curious to read this masterpiece for yourself

Some of the language/verbage is I want to say complicated but the truths rise up at you like a brilliant piece of sea glass revealed by the ocean tide.  Here is an excerpt that really illustrates my message today :  Pages 96 and 97

(b) Productive Love and Thinking

Human existence is characterized by the fact that man is alone and separated from the world; not being able to stand the separation, he is impelled to seek for relatedness and oneness.  There are many ways in which he can realize this need, but only one in which he, as a unique entity, remains intact; only one in which his own powers unfold in the very process of being related.  It is the paradox of human existence that man must simultaneously seek closeness and for independence; for oneness with others at the same time for the preservation of his uniqueness and particularity.  As we have shown, the answer to this paradox-and to the moral problem of man- is productiveness (In Chapter 3 Human Nature and Character, Part 2 Personality, he goes into great detail what productiveness means.)

One can be productively related to the world by acting and by comprehending.  Man produces things, and in the process of creation he exercises his powers over matter.  Man comprehends the world, mentally and emotionally, through love and through reason.  His power of reason enables him to penetrate through the surface and to grasp the essence of his object by getting into active relation with it.  His power of love enables him to break through the wall which separates him from another person and to comprehend him.  Although love and reason are only different forms of comprehending the world and although neither is possible without the other, they are expressions of different powers, that of emotion and that of thinking, and hence must be discussed separately.

Who was Erich Fromm?  http://www.erichfromm.net/ – link to his main website if your interest in learning more about him has spiked! 🙂

 

*Dreamt last night about how people can see like bats – pictures and images being in the brain instead of the eyes

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9 Oct 2016 The Goldilocks Experience Winscott Children’s Theater First Performance, Chicken Divan recipe, Anton Yelchin , Zelda Williams and Autumn in the East Siberian taiga, Russia (Bing)

Good morning to you in your dimensions…how are you? Kyle and I are running real late this morning. I have coffee brewing and he’s gone to get us Taco Bell breakfast. We loved their breakfasts and we usually can eat on them for several days! We them hot and then to reheat them, since we don’t have a microwave, I cut them up and add an egg to them in a skillet.

Last night we had the honor and the privilege of being part of a fantastic experience – children’s theater! It was the very first performance of the Winscott Children’s Theater that was written by Anna Bermea, Robert Southey, Beatrix Potter, Directed by my mother-in-law Beth Wygant and Produced by Kali Parkins. The performance was held at the historic Red Door Baptist Church in Cresson TX at 7 p.m. and there was great attendance by family and friends.

There are so many things I want to say to all those who made this evening but I’m working on brevity, so I’ll narrow it down to – THANK YOU! Thank you Beth for including a part of me in your play by using the blanket I made for you many years ago, wearing the t-shirt I painted for you and the black hat I bought when I visited London England. Thank you Adilyn, Dahlia, Mellie, Kali, Starr, Jeremiah, Victoria, Kali, Beth, Cole, the parents of these wonderful children for bringing me a beautiful moment in all of my being. Each of you did a fantastic job with your parts and I cannot wait to see your next performance!

http://www.epclibrary.com/news-events/lib-cal/winscotts-childrens-theater-for-school-age-children-5-8 – for more info

https://www.facebook.com/beth.wygant?fref=ts – to contact for more info about theater

Before the play, Beth made her special family recipe of Chicken Divan for dinner! It is soooo yummy!

Hultgren Chicken Divan recipe (Beth Wygant)

You’ll need:

2 1/2 chicken breasts, bag of frozen broccoli (florets) or fresh if you prefer, 3 cups chicken juice (get from boiling chicken breasts or you can use chicken broth), 1 stick butter, 1 package Pepperidge Farm stuffing, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 cup mayonnaise, 2 tsp curry powder, 1 tsp lemon juice.

Boil 2 1/2 chicken breast (white meat) and save juice in separate bowl add: cream of chicken soup, mayonnaise, curry powder and lemon juice – set aside.

In separate bowl add: 1 melted butter stick, bag of stuffing and 3 cups chicken juice – set aside.

Layer in a 9×14 baking dish the chicken (cut it or shred into pieces) and the broccoli. Next add soup/mayo mix – layer over chicken and broccoli.

Then top with prepared stuffing and cover with tin foil, refrigerate. It’s a good idea, for flavor reasons, to cook this dish at least an hour or more before you plan to cook it and then refrigerate it. When you are ready to cook the dish, remove the tin foil. Bake it at 350 degrees for approx 30 minutes (want stuffing cooked).

Source Entertainment Weekly's 1 and 15 July 2016 - Anton Yelchin and Zelda Williams

Source Entertainment Weekly’s 1 and 15 July 2016 – Anton Yelchin and Zelda Williams

Beth had saved several Entertainment Weekly’s for me since the last time we saw each other and of all the stories, there were two that evoked tears – the 1 July 2016 edition with the story of Anton Yelchin and the 15 July 2016 edition that featured, ironically and sadly, the Suicide Squad film and had a interview with Zelda Williams…daughter of Robin Williams.

The article about Zelda was my first real introduction to her and she definitely is a kindred spirit. The article about Anton, well I just feel like someone was stolen from us and honestly, in both the case of Anton and Zelda….great people with incredible talent and potential were stolen from us.

Once again Bing’s home image caught my eyes!

Source Bing Home Page 9 Oct 2016 - Autumn in the East Siberian taiga, Russia Circling the upper region of the Northern Hemisphere like a wreath is the boreal forest, sometimes called the taiga. From Canada eastward across Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, and even Japan, the taiga ecosystem is second in size only to the world’s oceans. Here in the East Siberian taiga, autumn turns the green and brown landscape into a sherbet-hued wilderness. Though many animals live in the boreal forest year-round, the population drops significantly in autumn, as birds that summer here head for warmer locales.

Source Bing Home Page 9 Oct 2016 – Autumn in the East Siberian taiga, Russia

Autumn in the East Siberian taiga, Russia

Circling the upper region of the Northern Hemisphere like a wreath is the boreal forest, sometimes called the taiga. From Canada eastward across Scandinavia, Europe, Russia, and even Japan, the taiga ecosystem is second in size only to the world’s oceans. Here in the East Siberian taiga, autumn turns the green and brown landscape into a sherbet-hued wilderness. Though many animals live in the boreal forest year-round, the population drops significantly in autumn, as birds that summer here head for warmer locales.

Source Internet - my friend Erin shared this with me yesterday. She knew I would love it!

Source Internet – my friend Erin shared this with me yesterday. She knew I would love it!