10 Jan 2018 Chalk drawings, Memory Wire and Urban Sprawl

9 Jan 2018- First outdoor chalk drawing yesterday. This almost has an anime feel to it. I was thinking of a spiritual journey to the sun.

9 Jan 2018 – My first Memory Wire bracelet. I decided to try it instead of stretchy cord and I really like it. As I made it I was thinking about the journey of existence. There is Blood, Worlds colliding, Creation, Chakras, Rainbows…all sorts of stuff going on.  The bracelet is very comfortable to wear.  Many years ago my Mom gave me a Memory Wire bead bracelet she had a friend make for me.  Wearing it all makes me feel like Wonder Woman and her Lasso of Truth lol.  Now I have one for each wrist!

9 Jan 2018 – last drawing of the day. Very spiritual feeling to it. More than just a cross.

Hello to you.  It’s Wednesday morning, 7:59 am as I begin to write to you.  I’m sharing some of my creations from yesterday.  Since I’ve nearly maxed out my picture space here again and haven’t decided whether or not I want to buy a professional account, it’s always a nail-biter to see if all I want to share with you will even load up!  Today was a success!

Last night was interesting.  Around 5:59 pm we heard two loud booms that scared us and the dogs.  It sounded like bombs going off.  There was discussion on Next Door (neighborhood internet page) but no definitive answers.  It’s kind of like when we had the 4.0 earthquake a couple of years ago now.  You can’t prepare yourself for those types of sounds and feelings!  Hopefully it wasn’t anything bad.

Our little town is growing much faster than I think anyone thought it would.  Things that used to be o.k. aren’t o.k. anymore in the noise department with more people living in the city proper.  The gap between the folks living on the outer edge of our town and those of us living within it city limits is closing.  A phenomenon I’ve explored here before about this is called Urban Sprawl.  What happens is people will move away from large cities to get away from the chaos and then they tell two friends and they tell two friends and before you know it, they are right in the same situation they left!  When people from large cities move to small ones, they want all the amenities they had but also want peace and quiet….no traffic.  It doesn’t work that way.  Where you go, there you are….I give you Urban Sprawl!


Urban sprawl refers to the expansion of poorly planned, low-density, auto-dependent development, which spreads out over large amounts of land, putting long distances between homes, stores, and work and creating a high segregation between residential and commercial uses with harmful impacts on the people living in these areas and the ecosystems and wildlife that have been displaced. Although some would argue that urban sprawl has its benefits, such as creating local economic growth, urban sprawl has many negative consequences for residents and the environment, such as higher water and air pollution, increased traffic fatalities and jams, loss of agricultural capacity, increased car dependency, higher taxes, increased runoff into rivers and lakes, harmful effects on human health, including higher rates of obesity, high blood pressure, hypertension and chronic diseases, increased flooding, decrease in social capital and loss of natural habitats, wildlife and open space. In its path, urban sprawl consumes immeasurable acres of forests, farmland, woodlands and wetlands and in its wake, leaves vacant storefronts, boarded up houses, closed businesses, abandoned and usually contaminated industrial sites, and traffic congestion, which can stretch miles from urban centers and is creating a hidden debt of unfunded infrastructure and services, urban decay, social dysfunction, and environmental degradation.

America’s Biggest Problem   –  well worth spending 14 minutes to watch this!

Published on Jul 20, 2015

Watch the new video, Agoraphobic Nation: Sprawl and Culture: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DH60a…
Most of the problems that we face today in the United States, whether they are cultural, economic, social or environmental are rooted in poor urban design and planning. Due to America’s unique experience of economic growth during the 20th century, this has become the most underrated issue in the United States that most people don’t know about. People react to their immediate environment and don’t see the big picture unless they can step outside and view themselves. It’s important to recognize a problem in order to have the capacity to change it.
Some points at the end were inspired by a lecture by Andres Duany: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NMvwHDFVpCE


20 Dec 2017 Close Encounters of the Human Kind With Music (Dream)

10 May 2017* This photo of my Mom Jeanne as a young woman has always made me think of the scene from the movie Bladerunner when Rachel is sitting at the piano. This picture has always been one I think of when I think of being like my Mom in appearance and from what I’ve been told, who she was as a person. I have also played the piano in the past but only “by ear” as I never learned to read music in a way I could retain it.

Blade Runner – Rachael & piano

Blade Runner – Memories Of Green (Piano)

Hello to you.  It’s 4:39 am and I couldn’t go back to sleep after waking from a dream.  It was of hearing the scales being played on a piano over and over.  When I tried to dismiss it and go back to sleep,  I heard in my head, “prelude to a peace accord.”  Then I remembered how surprised I was back in May of this year to see of all people, Vladimir Putin, sitting down to play piano!

Putin Plays The Piano

I know Close Encounters was just a movie, but the idea within it about how to communicate with people we don’t know or understand through simple musical tones really makes sense to me.  Words and pictures can me misinterpreted.  Written words and pictures can be manipulated to mean things they were not originally intended to mean.  Ultimately doing more harm than good.  Every walk of life on this planet sings.   If we focus on what we have in common more than how we are different,  it could be a prelude to peace in this world.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind — “Tones”

23 July 2016 the process today — getting fancy!

747 am – I made this after I did the post this morning. It’s my interpretation of the love of music via Treble Clef.

20 Dec 2017 – I made this tree pendant yesterday with Kyle and my birthstones (February and July) and the key was a charm I bought when Kyle and I first met. Part of it broke off and it’s been a skeleton key ever since. Symbolic to me of no doors that cannot be opened when you use your heart.

16 Oct 2016 3 Fires Pendant, Dreams (Missing Child, a question), dancing with the Golden Moon (Peter Pan shadow dance), Attachment is at the core of our suffering (Buddhist wisdom)

Hello to you, it’s about 7:16 am on this Saturday morning as I write to you from here. Just waking up…..Kyle is about to make his wonderful coffee….that will help!

Yesterday afternoon I was inspired to make a 3 Fires Pendant in honor of the Tsalagi, Voices of Our Ancestors:

I decided to take a nap yesterday afternoon and I had a dream that seemed to be about a missing child. They found a drawing the child had done and one white shoe and that’s how they knew the child was missing. When I woke up, the drawing was so stuck in my head I had to try and replicate it and this is what I came up with. The drawing was just an outline and not “colored in at all” in the dream.

15 Oct 2016 - after I woke up from the dream the image of the childs drawing was stuck in my head!  In the dream the child in the drawing was just the outline - all light.

15 Oct 2016 – after I woke up from the dream the image of the childs drawing was stuck in my head! In the dream the child in the drawing was just the outline – all light.

Last night before bed I went out to admire the golden moon as it rose in the sky. The spider I thought was missing had returned and was busy weaving her new web. I stood listening to music and held my favorite frankincense incense in one hand and a candle in the other. I said prayers for this world – the election, the conflicts…just everything. As always I prayed, “Whatever you will, whatever is for the greatest, most positive and loving good in all things.” I expressed gratitude for all of my blessings which are great.

Then suddenly the candle blew out and I couldn’t relight it! I took this as a sign to just spend time with the moons brilliant glow. I did something that I do with the sun when I go out in the morning sometimes….I danced and played with my shadow. For me this was symbolic. Night or day we must be at peace and love all the parts of ourselves….both the light and shadow part of ourselves.

So unlike Peter Pan lol….I danced with my shadow and instead of trying to catch or possess it!  I love Tinker Bell’s reaction to seeing herself in the mirror in this clip lol…I do that lol!  Anyhew, unlike Peter in this clip here, my shadow and I made shapes together like birds, triangles, eyes and dogs. Remember playing shadow puppets as a child?  I felt so light and happy when I went inside to go to bed!

Another dream…..

So about 645 am this morning I got up and wrote down fragments of the dream I had before waking because it affected me so much!

The dream had an image of a bullet hole through a Bible. A voice in the dream asked, “The soul or the Bible?” Another voice answered, “The Bible.” This seemed to be about suicide but not my Mother Jeannie’s as I thought at first. The energy was masculine. Apparently the Bible was used as a shield by the man but it didn’t save him.

Even for all that the Bible is, all the faith in the world will not stop a bullet….will not stop physical death. The soul? Who does our soul belong to? For me, it’s not the Bible, but to myself and the God of my understanding. A God of energy that makes my existence and all that we share together even possible. Everything in our shared reality is Energy! This masculine and feminine Energy is the ALL of creation. No tangible thing can come into existence, to include us, without Energy.

It is to the Energy that we return when our physical life is ended — by or for whatever reason or means. If you look, specifically at the life cycle of a tree, this is the Way.  The existence of Energy is about Birth, Life, Death, Rebirth…always existing but in various forms through the course of our journey.

Humans with our attachment to the tangible – people, places and things,  make things so complicated…..cause ourselves so much suffering.  This is a principle I learned from Buddhism that has helped me so much when it comes to this:

http://buddhism.about.com/od/basicbuddhistteachings/a/attachment.htmuse this link to read the rest of the article

Why Do Buddhists Avoid Attachment? “Attachment” May Not Mean What You Think It Means

By Barbara O’Brien

Buddhism Expert
Updated January 18, 2016.

You may have heard that Buddhists are supposed to be free of attachments. That sounds a bit grim. Does that mean we Buddhists have to abandon our friends and loved ones?

Thankfully, no, it doesn’t. In Buddhism, “attachment” doesn’t mean what you might think it means.

What Is Attachment?

In order for there to be attachment, you need two things — the attacher, and the thing to which the attacher is attached. In other words, “attachment” requires self-reference, and it requires seeing the object of attachment as separate from oneself.

The Buddha taught that seeing oneself and everything else this way is a delusion. Further, it is a delusion that is the deepest cause of our unhappiness. It is because we mistakenly see ourselves as separate from everything else that we “attach.”

Zen teacher John Daido Loori said,

“[A]ccording to the Buddhist point of view, nonattachment is exactly the opposite of separation. You need two things in order to have attachment: the thing you’re attaching to, and the person who’s attaching.

In nonattachment, on the other hand, there’s unity. There’s unity because there’s nothing to attach to. If you have unified with the whole universe, there’s nothing outside of you, so the notion of attachment becomes absurd. Who will attach to what?”

Because we think we have intrinsic existence within our skin, and what’s outside our skin is “everything else,” that we go through life grabbing for one thing after another to make us feel safe, or to make us happy.

Much love, light and hugs through these wires from my dimension to yours!