Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Morning Lament

They say that you have risen,the Son on Easter morn.Some believe that it's a given.Some believe you were never born.

I cringe when I hear your name...A profound, yet predictable cry.Annoying others who take this stand...on rocky ground up high.Unsteady at best,balanced by a cross beam;No dignity to a trick turned real.What pitiful loser so easily dismissed, be won later by appeal? What kind of jew would dare admit,anyone speak for all?Judas betrays,Peter regrets when a cock crows thrice at dawn.

Yet the Son has risen on Easter morn,when life begins at dawn.Sinners are forgiven,to sinners who die to sin.Sons will die to mothers,wishing the world would end.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Holy Thursday

I will do the second reading tonight during the Holy Thursday Service at the church I attend. I know that it will be a short reading, yet I am still a little nervous.It has been said that it is good to be a bit nervous before doing any public speaking.Although my reading is not revealling of anything and I'm not speaking extemporaneously,I still am conscious of being "evaluated".Experiences like this are hard to get over,for better or worse.

The church I attend is a small close knit community and very loving as far as I can tell.It has been that way ever since I first attended Sunday services over twenty years ago. I even got to be president of the Men's club for a year.Their have been seven different priests who have been put in the position of pastor since I first began going there. I think that the rotation of pastorship is supposed to take place every four years, but this I am not certain.No one has be expelled or asked to leave as far as I know, and the current priest is a gentle compassionate religious man from Sri Lanka. He will be the celebrant at tonight's mass.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

A New Look

I am exploring new, better or at least different looks in my creative expression these days. I am not even painting rocks today as I usually do. The painting you see below was done on a piece of flexible black shelf cover. I used flourescent paint, oil pastel and color pencils to create this piece. The black material has some "tooth" to it so that the colors adhere quite nicely to the surface. These mandalas have a Mexican feel to them. Perhaps they were influenced by the art and people who live close to me, here in Calistoga. I will probably go back to painting rocks tomorrow.My blog has a new color background too... just to mix it up a bit.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Nothing changes, if nothing changes

I genuinely enjoy painting these gift rocks and selling my work at the Farmer's Market.I am certain that people enjoy giving and receiving them in the spirit in which they were made.It is just that I don't know where or how to move forward with them because I am not making enough money selling them one day a week.It is also a lot of damn hard work!

The painting part is relaxing and enjoyable enough, but purchasing supplies, creating new designs, setting up and breaking down shows after using the same sales pitch gets really monotonous and boring.The same people come to see me each week and I get restless the night before a market and really tired after.Being your own boss is almost as stress induced as working for someone else.I guess it all evens out really.Today it is raining.It fits my mood perfectly.

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

The Second Wave

Another storm has arrived in time for our Napa Valley Vintner's to breathe a brief sigh of relief.The Farmer's Almanac has predicted rains for March, and they haven't arrived soon enough as far as most people are concerned.Water rationing has begun in areas like Cloverdale and Healdsburg, and Calistoga is right inline.Amazingly, the mustard is in bloom and fields of yellow are sprouting up between the rows of vines.

The little brown Buddha you see below was a gift I gave my sister Tara some years ago. I had forgotten about it until she showed me that she still had it after all these years. The figurine still reminds me not to take myself so seriously. I mean, check out that cute little smile!

Now more about the weather;Although it is nice to have some moisture in the air, it is better for me to stay inside and tend to the rock business.Even when the sun is out, I tend to burn pretty easily and don't like to have my skin wrinkle any more than is necessary for old age. Yikes! did I just say old age? Disregard the rest of this post.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Happy Heart Day !

I've prepared this little video to put a smile on your face for Valentine's Day. I hope you have a sweet one. Enjoy!

Happy Valentines !

Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Getting Gratitude

Sometimes it may seem hard to find things to be grateful for during these troubled times.It is important to keep our eyes on the prize, which is where we are all going ( i.e. heaven ).This is what I believe, and I take comfort in this belief. Some may ask how can I believe such a thing when all evidence is to the contrary.I have to answer with a resounding,"I don't know!" but my faith in a higher power is forever.

Today I've been watching a lot of movies online. In the past three days, I've seen "The American Hustler", "The Wolf of Wall Street","August,Osage County" "Her", "All is Lost" and "12 Years as a Slave". The first two I mentioned were intriguing but I have to take issue with the gratutious violence and sex. I didn't find that entertaining. It was at times very painful to watch.The same can be said for the last movie, "12 years a Slave". It was atrocious and painful at every turn. Even if this was an accurate depiction of slavery in the deep south, it was still a movie I would not recommend anyone see.I have seen "Philomena" and "Nebraska" in the theatre and of all of these movies, I would have to say that "Philomena" was my favorite pick for the Oscar.Judy Dench gives a stellar performance.By the way, the picture below was taken last October at Russian Gulch. I left that heart-shaped rock there at the beach.