Saturday, July 30, 2011

The Portrait of the Fallen Soldier

Kaziah Hancock paints portraits of fallen American Soldiers and delivers them to the soldier's family for FREE. This is amazing and touching for many reasons. But here's what touched me: Her paintings are BEAUTIFUL. They are so much more than a simple "likeness." The image of the soldier is infused with her experience of him. The painting is her experience suspended in time forever, like his young life. It is a creation of a creation destroyed. There's no question that her connection with each soldier is intimate. Its MORE than a portrait because you can see through the rhythm of her brushstrokes and the character of the light that there is something of his soul being translated through her and captured on canvas. Each portrait resonates so vividly with that life, that painful singularity that exists only once in all of time in each of us. So generous and loving an expression made me feel that the price of war is so clearly and irrefutably....prohibitive.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I'm Baaaa.a.a.a.a.a.ack!

I'm excited: I just figured out how to follow the Dalai Lama on Twitter! It is so right:) I have a twitter account....still trying to figure out what to do with it exactly. Here is where I am at today: Unemployed, but hopeful. reading "Think and Grow Rich" by Napoleon Hill with some....skeptcism....trying to keep an open mind. In the absence of monetary obligation, I have elected to do a LOT of Bikram Yoga! and i miss my Ginger! She is staying with my sister for the moment so that i can "focus on myself". I highly recommend the quinoa salad recipe on the back of the red quinoa box from Trader Joe's! I am chanting daily: nam myoho renge kyo. investigating this as a vehicle for my connection with my higher power. Namaste!