The New American Way

Imagine you invested your life in a failing effort. And I mean big, big risk, big effort, big flop. Now on top of that pain and humiliation, add a nation of 70 million people posting ridiculing videos, jokes, tweets, facebook posts, songs, famous personalities come out as “for” or “against” you.

Imagine you are President Trump, sitting by yourself on a sofa, eating a whole half gallon of icecream. That’s what I would do. Lets face it. He must be feeling terrible. 

We see school shooters and study in earnest how these people became lost souls.

One thing that shooters share is the sense they have been humiliated when they are down. We can see in their lives, wholesale rejection, a sense of being shot to the moon on a rocket of persecution. 

I think it’s only fair to say we are creating something much worse than what we’ve seen so far. If youmake a hilarious video ridiculing Trump and his supporters, I think it is important to stop and consider. What future do you want for our country? 

I heard a friend talking about their shock after the election, reading the posts on facebook that lamented the outcome of the election. People saying viscous and biting things, promoting scandals that have been disproved in courts of law. My friend admitted to unfriending these people. 

While I know this has become the American way, and is seen as compassionate rather than attacking someone for their beliefs, there must become a new American way. 

We created Donald Trump with our inability to listen to each other and truly address the ails of our country. If we wish to be promoting equality and a world view, we must listen to the pains that our friends and family experience as the cost of those ideals.

There has to be space for the voices of everyone, or the dreams of equality are illegitimate. We are ready to march for black rights, latino rights, but not uneducated white rights. We are willing to lie down before a bulldozer to save trees, but not willing to educate those who live off the harvesting of these beautiful ancient beings. 

We need to see we are capable of having a conversation. We are capable of understanding that someone could in fact be so frightened as to carry beliefs we don’t understand yet. We can expand, we can become the person who heals this divide, and ends this uncivil war.

Chakra Class

at the Creative Underground, in downtown Fort Collins -deep healing and exploration of your chakra’s subtle energy

Chakra Class invites you to explore and heal the subtle energy of your own body, one chakra at a time.

Chakras are energy vortexes in the body. They can be damaged by many common negative influences. It is exciting to repair them and watch how our lives grow and shift in response. As we learn to see and alter the energy in our own bodies, so too do we learn to heal others.

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 This is for you. You can stretch this far, its just a short distance. You are ready to begin this voyage. Let it roll into your life!

  • Chakra Class, 7 nights of guided meditations.
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  • 1636 S College Ave, parking in the rear 
  • Coming soon on Thursdays, 6:30-8:30 
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Sandcastles – grains holding together for a moment

Its so close!

These pieces are made from powder loaded in plaster molds. How perfect the detail! How perfectly the kiln ran, no alarms! The kiln company, Paragon, (thank you kiln guru!) gave me advice on my kiln schedule and it was actually the source of all my grief with the controller. 

Of course theres still a distance to go – these have not fused together. Next time – higher temperature, longer hold time. The little marks poking out of the horses jaw are tool marks caused by me picking the wax out of the mold. So that technique needs to change.

Progress! Soon, amazing and super incredible glass casting! 

Its coming!

Glass Casting – so exciting!

OMG!! Look at that detail in the Bison!!

Sometimes I open the kiln and there is a little miracle. Something worked. I am utterly dancing. I can’t believe how beautiful the detail came out, how lovely the colors in the bison tile I just fired.

Yeah, OK, I know its cracked. Its really cracked. Its split and sundered and quite messed up. But thats just an annealing schedule failure – no problem! I know exactly what to do – lengthen the time the annealing takes. Excellent.

Its tantalizing me! The promise of a glowing glass piece is just dangling and Im reaching and it will happen.

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