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POW! Wow! Zow! Why I've been Sparking the last 4 weeks!

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

It has been a wild, crazy ride the last 4 weeks! Below is part of the reason why.

More to follow. I was delighted to create for the recipients.

The titles are above the art if I did it right on my hand held. :-)

"Second Cadence" 13JHM 7" diameter unframed


"Everybody Rejoice! All Nations Tribes & Tongues"! 13JHM framed & unframed 12" diameter





"Troi Lis" 13JHM 7" diameter unframed.



"C'mon"! 13JHM Commissioned by the Mayor's Office for Essence Communication, Inc in celebration of the 19th Anniversary of the Essence Music Festival held annually in New Orleans & the continually support of the city. There were 6 12" apart unframed. No two alike.



Unframed:

Closeup of one:







The work in progress "Herald"! 13JHM are the birds

  
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LADYBUG1943 10/9/2013 10:25AM

    I've just "friended" you. I'm so impressed with your work. I am a crazy quilter, but I don't approach the talent you show in these pictures. I do know a little about what you do to produce it, though. I came through the "I'm the boss of me" group. I didn't join it [yet] because I already can't keep up with all the teams I belong to. Going to have to weed it out to a more manageable size.

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HIPPICHICK1 7/25/2013 8:36AM

    These are fabulous creations of art!! What talent you have.
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MAMACHAE74 7/25/2013 3:12AM

    These show how talented you are, beautiful job!

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SPARKLE1908 7/24/2013 9:48PM

    Wow...you are truly blessed with talent! Those are gorgeous!

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WALLINMW 7/24/2013 6:29PM

  Beautiful!

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Running Wild...Wild Child

Friday, June 28, 2013

Are you running toward abundance & joy? Or are you trying to outrun failure"? Lisa Nichols

I love this quote! I read it a few days ago in an article in the June issue of O magazine by author Lisa Nichols. I think it is a question we all need to ask ourselves, but before any of us jump to say "oh I'm running to joy slap on the brakes a second and really think about it. most of us won't admit to the fact that we maybe trying to outrun failure.

It is ok, it is very human. In fact in U.S. Culture we have seen to develop this do or die attitude that somehow if we're not scaling, jumping flying despite all the odds that something is wrong with us. We have to be the best, the fastest, the smartest, the thinnest, the prettiest (and any other "est" you can think of, somehow or another have super-human abilities to be faster then a speeding bullet, leaping from the tallest building )and nonetheless in a single bound).

It'll never be enough, WE may never be enough according to the stories that bombard us everyday all day long, unrelenting,bombastic lies we tell ourselves, we tell each other about ourselves or others who would have us believe that the brass ring is just beyond the horizon/.
Whew and we wonder why obesity is on the rise, why we are the most medicated society, why people are doing insane things to themselves and to others in the name of this "est".

So I ask again of ourselves...(you do not have to answer it here if you don't want to)...what are we running to? Or running away from?

For the last 2 weeks I've been without a phone for a battery of reasons i won't go into. And because of it I have minimum contact online.

You know what I discovered? My stress level is down, I'm sleeping better, I've become more creative, I'm reading etc.

No I'm not against phones, texting, I don't Twitter (no reason to), Facebook etc.l I think they all serve a marvelous purpose. Nor am I a cultural snob. What I learned was thee were people I was having far too much contact with that was raising my anxiety level in one way or another. This is not saying they were purposely doing something to me. Not at all.

What I am saying is that I realized I was not missing their company. At all. There are a few I find refreshingly delightful, I enjoyed being around them, but (still) way too many who I felt obliged to (why I don't know) be with although they were stressing me too the max. My being on a "non- communication retreat" emoticon my attitude has remarkably changed. That includes where I'm living; I don't belong here. I don't fare well in high rise apartments complexes, nor around busybodies who relishing gossiping all day, creating stories and devising ways to not only have nothing for themselves but aren't satisfied until you don't either. I have a lot more living to do and resignation is becoming to me.

My sister in law said to me a few weeks ago that all she wanted for me was to find a place where I can be happy. She's known me for 37+ years & remarked that this very tough , horribly tough last 5 years has taken a toll on me. She can see it and it worries her. My toughness & resiliency & fierceness is still there but what she's noticed was my joy is being sapped.

That wild child running wild seemed to have been muzzled/confined...hiding. I've seen flashes of her lately though

So here I am...running again. But running toward something good, something deliriously wonderful that belongs to me.

BTW when I come off that "retreat" only a very few will know. The rest of them will have to go on without me.

I need every bit of my strength to do what I gotta do.

  


Turn the Beat Around! Pulsating...

Thursday, June 27, 2013

"If you have a pulse,you have a purpose"~Kathye Lee Gifford

My heart is beating strongly... I'll be back on line next week.

So much has happened, but I'm turning the corner!

It will all come together soon.


As a friend said to me: "In a bacon & egg breakfast, the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed"...

The hen invests by dropping an egg. The pig gives up their life. Which one are you?

I know what I am.

  
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Warrior Woman en Vieux

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

I've not been on Sparks in awhile as there's been s plethora of events happening that needed my attentions.

This is just a capsule but I'll preface with I will be back here shortly.
I almost lost my mother 3 weeks ago. She is 99 years old and had a bout of pneumonia several weeks ago that they seem not to be able to eradicate. She was in the hospital for quite some time. Mother is now in hospice as there is nothing medically they can do for her, but she's a trooper.

She now has congestive heart failure, fluid in her lungs and recently emphysema although she has never smoked in her life. Eventually her hear will give out. But this warrior woman has all her faculties, her determination and downright stubborness defies the odds. She she can talk & even sit up for a few minutes in a wheelchair but can only talk for a few minutes without total exhaustion. I got a chance to spend a few days with her as at one point we thought the end was drawing near, but she rallied again.

And there I was in the middle of a project that upon completion, I would have a chance to reboot my career, but Mother took and still takes priority.

Then Sunday morning, I learned the last remaining elder man in the family passed away at 90. He and my mother were 1st cousins and was closed. So my mother is now officially the last remaining family member of her generation & the matriach. We have 7 living generations.

4 days upon my return from seeing her I was rushed to the hospital with what intially thought was a heart attack.

It was not. My heart has always been strong. It was pure unadulterated stress causing my MS to flare.

I got a physical I wasn't planning on having. As a sidebar with the exception that I came to realized over the last 4 years I've gain 75 lbs! Every bit I had released and some. I now weigh in at 325... Never did I think I would see that number. If you don't think stress can accelrate weight gain, I got news for you.

I, though defied the odds, no cholesterol, diabetes etc that normally is associated with obesity. My BP was indeed high but considering this last month it is not surprising.

But all things considering, knowledge is indeed power and now it is time to put some things into place. And do it now. I'll be back shortly but wanted to update since there's been many who have queried & thank you so so much for thinking of me.

  
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AMBER281 6/23/2013 6:06PM

    You have been through a lot. Take all the time you need. We will be here upon your return!

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TEACHEROF4TH 6/19/2013 11:12PM

    You have been through a lot, my heart goes out to you, and some prayers as well. Stay strong, and I agree with the previous post that you need to take good care of yourself. One day at a time.

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HIPPICHICK1 6/19/2013 10:09PM

    It's great hearing about the history of your family. My husband's grandparents are still with us at 97 and 98 years old. Dementia has set in with grandma and grandpa is losing his sight, but still they carry on and it's a joy to see that my step-daughter has both of her great grandparents still living. She is now 23 years old.

I'm glad to hear that you didn't have a heart attack! And sorry to hear that you have gained some weight, but as you know, it's possible to lose it again.
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JEWELMAKER1 6/19/2013 9:58PM

    I hope you take good care of yourself and are back to full speed quickly. So sorry to read about your mother and the loss of another relative. Take care. emoticon

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Ooey, gooey center was delicious!

Wednesday, May 01, 2013

The day started on a mighty high note.

The day ended on a high note.

And the double stuff center was ooey, gooey deli ious.

That's all...

The End!

  
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AMBERZADE67 5/2/2013 7:45AM

    LOL what a way with words you have! emoticon

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 5/1/2013 11:05PM

    Sounds like you had a good day with lots of stuff in the center.

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SANDICANE 5/1/2013 10:43PM

    I'm glad you're talking about the day and not some dreadful, calorie-laden dessert!

Cheers,
Sandi

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