Monday, January 16, 2017

My Sixth Book

I know it's cliche, but OMG (meaning, Oh my goddesses) I'm so happy today. After a lengthy and energized discussion about race, at the family dinner table Sunday night, I woke up and finished my 6th book on Martin Luther King's Birthday. In fact, the last section is called "Woke."

I will be sharing more on this soon-to-be-released title soon, but wanted to share this incredible news with you today! I say incredible because it took about 14 years to put this book together and go through my personal journey - which is still very much a work-in-progress


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The book is "Earth Mama's Spiritual Guide to Weight-loss." It should be released sometime this spring or summer!

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Live it Like Lucy




So you made a mistake? Now what? Cover it up, fix it or apologize? How about…gasp, accessing the damage, learning what you can and then, moving forward?

I don’t know where you stand with your Judge but mine is ruthless. She looks down her nose at me constantly, worse of all, my Judge is within me, always ready to chirp in, whether I request it or not. I say, as I look forward to this New Year: Judge, you are dismissed! Get lost. Piss off.

I have made a mistake. Is it monumental? No. Will it hurt people? Yes. Most importantly, is it fixable? Yes!

No one likes making mistakes, but they happen. I love the “I Love Lucy Show” (the original, in black and white) because Lucille Ball’s outrageously humorous touch invites us to see mistakes in a funny way. We laugh with her not at her, as she falls into one unexpected dilemma after another. Instead of saying to ourselves: this is terrible; we ‘feel’ in our gut: this is funny!

What if our lives could be the same way? I know it would seem peculiar to LOL when you’ve made a mistake at work or in front of people, at the same time, what if you could view mistakes with lightness of spirit? It happened; you observe; figure out the best way to move forward and then head there without heavy judgement?


These opportunities pop up through pop culture. Look at the recent Mariah Carey case. Say what you want about the woman but her voice is golden; she can sing. She or someone in production made a mistake…noted, and now it's time to move on.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

2017 Presents a Fresh Start

Oh boy! It's been a while since I've been in this space. Apologies! There are so many things I have to do, want to do, need to do; sometimes blogging has to wait. Other times, like this morning, it calls to me. This morning it said: hey girlfriend, it's blogging time.

I get weird about New Year's. Some years I want to deny it; power through; act like somehow, it didn't happen. This year I am welcoming 2017 by doing my creative rituals, such as writing out intentions, otherwise known as resolutions, and creating a dream board (still in-process).

You've seen me write a lot about the Law of Attraction, and how the Universe is active in our every day lives, listening for our directives. I've seldom seen the Law of Attraction come to life so brilliantly as when I create and post a dream board somewhere in my home. Amazing! Have you created one? What has come from it?

In some ways I think 2016 was a terrible year. I was stuck, looking, waiting, wanting, but...not so much of the doing. I've decided to dedicate 2017 to doing - making art, writing and making; you know, the stuff I love doing and do best.

I must admit I'm still searching. This time for ways to walk the Sage's Path. I'm listening and studying; finding out amazing things about life, process, making, blessing, and making things happen. Mostly from TED Talks and reading.

Yesterday, I watched the most compelling TED Talk for where I am right now. It is featuring the musician and I would venture to say, performance artist and thinker, Amanda Palmer, speaking about asking. She makes a powerful and compelling case for the magic in asking. She supported herself through asking, while posing as a sculpture called the Eight Foot Bride. I don't want to spoil it for you. You should look it up, watch and let your soul listen. She is a very soulful person, deeply moved by generosity and my humanity from what I can see. For Palmer, abundance came through asking.

I wish in this year, I could be as open as she is; open to possibility and to trusting that things will work because it seems as though the process of trust cultivates abundance. Have you readers ever done crowdfunding or couch-crashing in an intentional way? What were your results or experiences? I'd love to hear more about this. I'd love to be able to trust enough and be free-spirited enough to do either. They require an openness and a level of vulnerability that I'm not sure I am ready or willing to allow.

Time will tell. I think I need to partake in crowdfunding personally to gain a footing for my herbal and art businesses. First though, I must decide seemingly infinite amounts of details. Stay tuned for more on this opening-up process; opening-up to letting things be, as the Universe see's fit. Meanwhile, I want to once again make my blogging a viable space, for experimentation, airing of thoughts, a garden of ideas, where ideas flourish. Looking forward to hearing from you.





Monday, April 25, 2016

U is for Unexpected

un·ex·pect·ed
ˌənəkˈspektəd/
adjective
  1. not expected or regarded as likely to happen.
    "his death was totally unexpected"

    synonyms:unforeseenunanticipatedunpredictedunlooked-forsuddenabrupt,surprisingunannounced
    "an unexpected change in plans"


    There is a way we view our world. We know the players, the backdrop, the goings-on. But sometimes something so unexpected happens that it shakes up that orderly arrangement. This rearrangement, brought on by unexpected news makes you question all of the aforementioned parts of your seemingly orderly life.

    Acrylic on Canvas, c. 2015 Stephanie Rose Bird


    I received some unexpected news yesterday. A friend of the family has been suffering with breast cancer, quite quietly, I might add. I had no idea, which also causes a variety of responses ranging from guilt to shame, and then inevitably the question rises, What to do?

    The friend of the family has just always been there, at least for the past 12 years or so. She is an indirect friend, meaning our children our good friends, and by default we have been brought together on many occasions. Yesterday I found out that this lovely person, who has always been so helpful, so open and welcoming, has breast cancer. She has been enduring chemotherapy, and in the process she has lost her lovely blond hair--all of it.

    So now I am re-examining things because that's one of the challenges unexpected news offers. I'm wondering what is the appropriate thing to do and I keep coming back to heart. While unexpected news is a shake-up of sorts, it is also a reminder of the heart center or heart chakra we learn about in yoga. My intention is to give of myself, as selflessly as she has, from the heart. 

Saturday, April 23, 2016

T is for Transitioning and Tears

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Transitioning and Tears

I took off a couple of days from the A to Z Challenge. It felt good. Now, I'm back! I decided I wanted to allow myself more freedom in our last week, so I'm transitioning. Moving forward, I'll be writing on random topics I'm passionate about. 
This is the transition part of the post. It has to do with authenticity. The "A" word looms large in my life at this point in my development. When I don't feel what I'm doing has as much authenticity as I hope, I transition and change until it does.


Tears


Prince was a huge influence on my creative production in the 80's when I was in graduate school. Many paintings, far larger than I would dare paint now, were completed with energy and verve, inspired by fast-paced song after song by Prince. I was deeply saddened to hear of his departure Thursday, and more than a little shocked.

News coverage can be grating and annoying but I've found what I've heard about Prince, has jibbed with what I thought or suspected. It's been so nice to see the rainbow of people from different ethnicity's, colors, and walks of life that he drew to him, through his talent. In fact, his broad-based appeal to so many, that would not typically even get along, let alone be in the same concert hall, is a talent in itself. His music was colorful and colorless at the same time. He crossed musical genres with ease, style and flair, with little regard for prescribed boundaries--a true artist. Prince was also deeply rooted. He held fast to his community in Minnesota, and the people there claim him. One woman in a television interview said, "He was ours," with a face streaked with tears

Curiously, he was extremely sexy, androgynous and sometimes seemed asexual, all at once. I'm sure that because of his mysterious and at times deeply sexual vibe, he drew many people of varied sexual orientations to him. He had become increasingly more involved with our current Civil Rights Movement, he championed women musicians, was vegan...I could go on and on.

So now, as much as I wonder what took him from this earth, I also wonder who can fill those tiny, and at the same time, gigantic high-heeled shoes his absence leaves in the music industry, and in many of our hearts.






Friday, April 22, 2016

Seismic Crimes Released Today!

I met Chrys Fey a few years back, online, through the A to Z Challenge. We found out through our posts and frequent comments on each other's blogs, we have I lot in common. We are both vegetarians for example, are published authors of multiple books, and share a strong interest in alternative spirituality. Since that time of finding such important common ground, we've stayed in touch and support one another's work. 

I am a strong believer in developing and maintaining community: blogging community, spiritual community, local community, writing and art community, and yes, online community.

In that spirit, I want to share with my readers some tantalizing tidbits about "Seismic Crimes," her first novel. Fey has written many eBook Novellas, some of which I've read and enjoyed. She has a way of drawing the reader in, and then through her copious research and flair for dramatic twists and turns, she holds your attention with intriguing, and well-paced storytelling. You will also find yourself immersed in the rich environmental setting she creates, and invested in her well-crafted characters.


Enjoy "Seismic Crimes" by Chrys Fey!




SEISMIC CRIMES
Today is the release of Chrys Fey's first novel!


BLURB:
An Internal Affairs Investigator was murdered and his brother, Donovan Goldwyn, was framed. Now Donovan is desperate to prove his innocence. And the one person who can do that is the woman who saved him from a deadly hurricane—Beth Kennedy. From the moment their fates intertwined, passion consumed him. He wants her in his arms. More, he wants her by his side in his darkest moments.
Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a criminal’s crosshairs.
When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?



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Beth Kennedy may not know everything about Donovan, but she
can’t deny what she feels for him. It’s her love for him that pushes her to do
whatever she has to do to help him get justice, including putting herself in a
criminal’s crosshairs.

When a tip reveals the killer's location, they travel to California, but then an earthquake of catastrophic proportions separates them. As aftershocks roll the land, Beth and Donovan have to endure dangerous conditions while trying to find their way back to one another. Will they reunite and find the killer, or will they lose everything?

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

P is for Perspective

P is for Perspective

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perspective

noun  per·spec·tive \pər-ˈspek-tiv\

Definition of perspective
1.  1a :  the technique or process of representing on a plane or curved surface the spatial relation of objects as they might appear to the eye; specifically :  representation in a drawing or painting of parallel lines as converging in order to give the illusion of depth and distance b :  a picture in perspective
2.  2a :  the interrelation in which a subject or its parts are mentally viewed <places the issues in proper perspective>also :  point of view b :  the capacity to view things in their true relations or relative importance <trying to maintain my perspective>
3.  3a :  a visible scene; especially :  one giving a distinctive impression of distance :  vista b :  a mental view or prospect <to gain a broader perspective on the international scene —Current Biography>
4.  4:  the appearance to the eye of objects in respect to their relative distance and positions


My Creative Block Hack for today is about changing your perspective.


La Clairvoyance by Rene Magritte


Here are some ways I suggest to accomplish this shake-up:

·         Challenge the lens through which you look at your work, including your fine art, the characters and situations in your novels, or your approach to creative nonfiction.


Memory of a Journey by Rene Magritte


·         Give yourself permission to change things up a bit.

 Imagine this different type of work.

1        Ask yourself, how can I change the mental, physical, conceptual and/or spiritual view of my creative project?

2        How can I encourage readers or viewers to see my work differently?

Have you pigeonholed yourself?

Spend some serious time, days, a week or month(s) figuring out how you can get out of that pigeonhole.

Examine your work as objectively as possible.

Look for common themes, motifs, words or images.

Now think about themes, motifs, words, concepts or images you’ve thought about exploring but haven’t.

List these things out so you can see them.


Begin to work your way through the list, approaching the work from a completely different perspective.