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Retired from the rat race, and now a stay at home dad. Amateur photographer who attempts to write American Haiku in the style of Jack Kerouac to go with some of his photography, as he debates about becoming a professional photographer

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

To the love of my life, who made my life complete.

I give thanks each day and night for the love, joy, friendship that you have brought into my life.

 Words cannot describe the depth of my love, nor the joy of being your partner, lover, friend and soul mate

Friday, February 10, 2012

When facing a single tree, if you look at a single one of its red leaves, you will not see all the others. When the eye is not set on one leaf, and you face the tree with nothing at all in mind, any number of leaves are visible to the eye without limit. But if a single leaf holds the eye, it will be as if the remaining leaves were not there.  
 (Takuan Soto)   

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Early Spring Blessing

May the sun bring you new energy by day.
May the moon softly restore you by night.
May the rain wash away your sorrows.
May the breeze blow new strength
Into your being.
May you walk gently through the world
And know its beauty all the days of your life.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Abstract Art

I am currently working my way through the book The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity by Julie Cameron. This week one of the task is to fore go reading. Since reading could be and escape from life, or a way of blocking the creative aspect of our being. 

Most of my reading is done in the evening after my wife and I go to bed. I'm a night owl and have been a shift worker all my life, so when Laura and I go to bed, I'm not sleepy and instead of tossing and turning for hours, or watching  the idiot box, I elect to read after I write in my journal. 

For the last three nights I have been coloring, first I did some Celtic Mandela from a kit I bought a few years ago. And then for the last two nights I worked on my abstract. I use to do something similar in my teens, just drew circles, lines and other shapes on a page and then color them in.

From Wikipedia:
The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path To Higher Creativity is a self-help book by American author Julia Cameron, together with Mark Bryan. The book was written to help people with artistic creative recovery, which teaches techniques and exercises to assist people in gaining self confidence in harnessing their creative talents and skills. Correlation and emphasis is used by the author to show a connection between artistic creativity and a spiritual connection with God.[1][2][3][4]
The ideas in creative personal development outlined in the book, which were felt to be new at the time of the publication,[5] are said to have become a phenomenon and spawned into many meetups and support groups throughout the world. The group meetings are based on a 12 week creativity course designed for people to work through and gain Artistic inspiration, as outlined in the book. The program is focused on supporting relationships in removing artistic blocks and fostering confidence.[1][6]