If I should have a daughter …

… I would like to her to be like Sarah Key. Why? Because she has a VOICE. She is inspiring, fearless, and outspoken. All the qualities I admire about a woman. A young woman of that! She stands up and stands out.

In her talk below, that has been watched by over 15 million people so far, she says

… that’s what the rain boots are for, because rain will wash away everything, if you let it. I want her to look at the world through the underside of a glass-bottom boat, to look through a microscope at the galaxies that exist on the pinpoint of a human mind, … Because there’s nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it’s sent away. You will put the wind in win some, lose some. You will put the star in starting over, and over.  … And yes, on a scale from one to over-trusting, I am pretty damn naive. But I want her to know that this world is made out of sugar. It can crumble so easily, but don’t be afraid to stick your tongue out and taste it. 

Who is Sarah Key?

Sarah Kay is a poet, performer, educator and the founder of Project VOICE, an organization that uses spoken word poetry to entertain, educate and empower students and teachers worldwide.

Sarah Kay has shared her poetry in 30 countries on six continents: in the middle of cornfields in Iowa, an orthodontist office in Nepal, a viking ship on a fjord in Norway, an LGBTQ community center in India, a church in New Zealand, a nightclub in Singapore, the Royal Danish Theater in Denmark, a public square in Estonia, Carnegie Hall in New York City, the back rooms of bars, juvenile detention centers, middle school gymnasiums and everywhere in between. Her poetry can be found on Netflix TV shows, Uniqlo T-shirts and bookstore shelves. She is the author of four best-selling books of poetry including BThe TypeNo Matter the Wreckage and All Our Wild Wonder.

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El Greco

MY INSPIRATIONS VOL6.

El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school.

A unique master. I love El Greco because he was different not only by being a foreigner all his life but by interpreting life around him by his own standards and not by the expectations of his time. He was a passionate rebel with a unique style.

El Greco is regarded as a precursor of both Expressionism and Cubism, while his personality and works were a source of inspiration for poets and writers such as Rainer Maria Rilke and Nikos Kazantzakis. El Greco has been characterized by modern scholars as an artist so individual that he belongs to no conventional school. He is best known for tortuously elongated figures and often fantastic or phantasmagorical pigmentation, marrying Byzantine traditions with those of Western painting.

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A great article on his work and how he influenced great 20th c. artists by the BBC.

I chose two extracts from the film El Greco that shows what a feisty, single minded. original and ruthlessly honest person El Greco was.

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TAMARA de Lempicka

MY INSPIRATIONS VOL6.

I love the story of Tamara de Lempicka. She appeals to many female fans and feminists alike for her contributions to challenging the pompous nature of society throughout North America and Europe at that time, behaving in a way which was highly unusual at the time for any female.

Below is the trailer for the documentary in progress about painter Tamara de Lempicka

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Thoughts on being Spiritual

Being spiritual, or following a spiritual path about is taking a hard look at who I am not, where I am in reaction, and uncovering the hidden truth of my Divine nature.

or as Rev. Yeaky says

“Let life itself be a reflection of you living the spiritual pathway in your journey Home to God.”

Brian Yeakey

The spiritual path, however, means something completely different to everyone. I think it is a good thing. We all walk the path that works for us, that works with us. We are all on a different level of spiritual understanding and it must be respected. I am not happy with people who believe that they have to kill those that do not share their understanding of spirituality. But I understand what they are afraid of.

First of all, for me, walking a spiritual pas has nothing to do with acting kindly, being calm, being helpful, or being generous, etc. Most deeply spiritual people I know are not the nicest creatures on the planet. But as a hipster, some twenty years ago, I often got upset or angry about things I did not agree with, so I thought that enlightenment meant to become sweet and agreeable. What did I do? Well, I started to force a smile on my face. 🙂

Then I realized, that walking a spiritual path only concerns one person only.

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David Hockney

MY INSPIRATIONS VOL5.

I love David Hockney’s art is because it reminds me of a child’s imagination. All his paintings are colourful, alive, expressive and childlike. They depict a world that is full of wonder and playfulness.

In a recent series of photographic drawings, David Hockney, shown above in his studio, plays with the relationship between painting and photography.

The Therapeutic-Art Enrichment Group Program can help you bring awareness and light to those places in your consciousness where blocks to your fulfilment hides and it will replenish your Soul.

Book of Memories

Creating MY GRATEFULNES JOURNAL allows me to be playful. IT is not about creating high art, but creating positive memories!

Recently, I have found my grandma’s BOOK OF MEMORIES’. I remember that as a child we used to have these lovely sketch books that we passed around the school asking friends to write ‘memories’ for us in them.

None of these entries were treasured because of their artistic merit but because of what they meant for us, kids. Friends wrote kind messages, quoted a poem, or draw a small picture to remember by.

Each entry was special because it depicted the person who created it and because it left a memory of a time when they were children together.

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Giving thanks can make you happier

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I am not one of those people for whom being thankful comes easily. I grew up in an environment that implanted constant criticism and an attitude of never-good-enough in me. It took me a long time and a lot of conscious effort to develop an attitude of gratitude towards my life.

Running the Gratitude Journaling Class derived from my great need to express my gratitude daily. I know from experience now, what a difference it makes in my well-being when I consciously focus on finding things in my life that I am grateful for. It changes my whole outlook on life.

“The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible. With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives.”

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ENG8

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Yesterday I watched a film on the life of James Brown, ‘Get on up”. James Brown was an ENG8w7. His life was a sadly great example of an unhealthy ENG8. He was an extraordinary musician. As a man, however, displayed many of the characteristics of a person with unresolved or ‘unhealed’ issues.

He grew up in great poverty and was eventually deserted by both of his parents. He was given to a woman to raise him who run an alcohol den that eventually led him to prison at the age of 17.

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