One Drawing A Day – 6

Red Dust:

This was too hard, I didn’t, couldn’t finish the drawing the way I saw her. I don’t know if I want to try again. Her pain is so real, I really want to try to capture it again.

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I cried, I could see the child under her pain.  I didn’t do justice to what the photographer captured or the woman.  I read that depressed people like to look at ugly pictures or paintings. The world is not a pretty place, it has moments of wonder and beauty, as well and horror and hell. What I see usually has a mixture, especially when I pay attention.


taken from a photograph by Lee Jeffries

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Red Dust:

I only have two granddaughters. This little one is overflowing with personality.

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Theron’s little sister Evie, my only Son’s daughter, this is her funny face she makes to make her Mom and Dad laugh. Her Dad will say, “Evie, do your stink face.” She will wrinkly up her nose, squint her eyes, and frown. She likes to make people laugh, that is a nice quality to have.

Funny Face
Funny Face

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Dalai Lama’s guide to happiness (8:06)

Red Dust:

First I had to find out what happiness was, because the happiness I grew up with never brought lasting happiness. The Christmas type of happiness, you are lied to about Santa Claus being real and you only care about your gifts until they become old and boring. I realized I had been conditioned to be sad, scared, angry when there was no need to feel that way. I asked myself how I could uncondition myself from these mind states? Medication didn’t help, self help books and tapes didn’t help, prayers didn’t help, leaving abusive relationships didn’t help. I was reacting to old memories provoked by situations that didn’t warrant these emotions. That is, even though I had been abused as a kid, something out of my control, I am now an adult. I can say no to those who want to cause harm to me and others around me. I have to take responsibility for my emotional states of mind. How I react to something is no one’s responsibility even if they are psychopathic monsters. I will actually beat the holy shit out of you if you try and harm me or my friends and family. How do I say no to negativity and stop falling into negativity when I say no? I want to hit you on the head with a baseball bat, kind of angry when all you said was something silly and mean or I was triggered from old conditioning…hahaha…..I kept reacting as if I was an abused kid over stuff that was silly and had to do with the other persons negative conditioning and wouldn’t effect me. I was causing my suffering from my reactions to what I liked and didn’t like. I wanted to leave these conditioned reactions behind. I want to be able to pick up that bat and use it correctly or just walk away and leave that person’s crap alone so they can deal with it without carrying what happened me for days, weeks, months, or years. Overwhelming emotions, intrusive memories, uncontrollable triggers are a pain in the ass and no use at all in battle or daily life.

In meditation I got to see these gross emotions turn into light and bliss and then disappear. My insight was, these emotions and feelings don’t last and are made up of beautiful light. Just sit and watch them come and go and I’ve tried to take that experience off the meditation cushion for the last 20 years. It’s kind of like gardening, you just keep at it and don’t give up.

I like define happiness as contentment, it is subtle and not dependent on other people or things I may or may not have or control. I am content with who I am and what I have now. I don’t get lonely, but I still get sad, many times I still cry, I get my feelings hurt. But that’s okay, I no longer lose my temper or carry grudges that feel like hot iron in my heart. Such a relief!

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

“This eight minute epic reveals some incredible insights into human behaviour and values that impact our happiness, particularly in this materialistic Western life so many are living, or reaching for.”

Dalai Lama’s guide to happiness:

The Dalai Lama’s 18 Rules For Living:

1. Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.
2. When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.
3. Follow the three Rs: 1. Respect for self 2. Respect for others 3. Responsibility for all your actions.
4. Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.
5. Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.
6. Don’t let a little dispute injure a great friendship.
7. When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.
8. Spend some time alone every day.
9. Open your arms to change, but don’t let go…

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Red Dust:

I will finish the drawing this week, lots of smoothing out lines and erasing to add depth and contour. This “One Drawing A Day,” will make great presents. However, a drawing a day for a year, I don’t have that many friends or family. lololol

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My oldest granddaughter cut her hair a couple of years ago. Most of us that have children have been through at least one child who gave themselves a hair cut. Elisabeth swore she didn’t do it. She told her Mom her Dad snuck in her room and cut her hair. Her Mom, my oldest daughter had given herself a hair cut around the same age. I had some good chuckles with my Daughter whilst she told me Elisabeth’s story. After much crying Elisabeth finally confessed she cut her hair. “Mom, I don’t know why I cut my hair,” she said, with a wail of frustration. My daughter told me she had to bite her lip to cut off her laughter. Kids are more entertaining than any computer, TV, smart phone, or gadget. If you have noticed how fun they are find one and make friends. You will find endless entertainment.

My Dad cut my hair Mom My Dad…

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Song of the Week (52)

Red Dust:

I feel this song so much! Why should I watch or listen to something that makes me feel stressed and traumatized? What is going on in media is not entertainment to me. I can’t watch most TV, digital art, art, movies, news, or listen to most songs anymore. Too much violence coupled with sex and really loud noises that hurt my ears and heart. “Most, ” corporate media production and entertainment spew out really negative energy. I feel so much lighter, happier, positive, and productive now that I no longer let that stuff into my life. I do the same thing with people. You try to hand me your negativity, I will politely put it down and walk away.

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‘Good People’ by Jack Johnson.

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Red Dust:

Off to watch a Movie with my Husband. Hope you all are having a lovely weekend! Spent most of my day getting the winter garden ready for the freezes. If I button up my greens with row covers, we will have fresh greens through the winter. Collards, kale, leeks, and chard are spendy when you buy organic. I save a ton of money taking a little extra time protecting winter greens.

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I will finish this drawing this week. I did a quick sketch to find Theron’s personality and make good on my one drawing a day vow. I’m drawing all my grandkids. The drawings make lovely Christmas presents. This picture is from a photo taken of Theron holding his first newly hatched chick. Theron stayed with us for the week and helped me care for over 100 chicks hatched in our incubator boxes. We gave several hens to Theron’s parents this fall. One of them is this little chick. Buff Brahmas are heritage chickens that are endangered because of factory farming practices. They are very gentle large dual purpose chickens that make very good pets and egg layers.

As you can see Theron has a bit of an impish nature.
As you can see Theron has a bit of an impish nature.

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One Drawing A Day – 1

Red Dust:

More detail and even out the lines, especially around the eyes tomorrow. I am off to watch my favorite TV show, “Grim” on the computer. We don’t own a TV and I am so happy now.

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A rough sketch of my grandson Sean.  Inspired by one of my WordPress Artist Friends.  What a challenge, it is the end of the day and don’t want to draw at all. I have drawn this portrait as quickly as possible to catch the personality. However, I left a lot of detail out, so I will probably finish it up tomorrow and complete another drawing for the “One Drawing a Day ” exercise, and start research for my horse and water, watercolor painting.

Number 1 Grandson
Number 1 Grandson

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We Need a Name for the Imaginary Planet Simulated by Climate Models for the IPCC

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Red Dust:

I know a good name for the imaginary planet simulated climate models for the IPCC, “Paycheck” or “Easy Grants”.

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?:

Guest Post by Bob Tisdale

I recently ran across an article by Chelsea Harvey for BusinessInsider. It was the title that grabbed my attention: This Map Shows How Climate Change Will Screw The Whole World. Not just parts of the world, the “Whole World”. Wow. Interest piqued, I discovered she was referring to Figure 2.4 from the IPCC’s Climate Change 2014 Synthesis Report (longer report), shown below. It appears to be the same as Figure SPM.8 from the 2014 Synthesis Report Summary for Policymakers. The author described the map of future risks as a “handy chart”. I love handy charts.

IPCC SYR Full Figure 2.4

The map resembles the planet Earth, where most of us reside. The continents are in the right places, and so are the oceans. But we know that’s not the Earth. The risks illustrated are based on climate models, and we know that climate models used by the…

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Anatis In Lux

Red Dust:

I am starting some face drawings tonight and working on the layout for my next painting. My wordpress friend 7891samoth has inspired me to try and pop out a pencil drawing a day. His are really good <3

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I have finished the painting and I think I will stick with this title. I hate signing paintings and that’s probably why I will never sell anything. Now, a couple of drawings of faces and beginning a new painting of a horse running in water. I think I will stick myself as a kid on the horse, riding bareback with only bailing twine for a bridle. I grew up with a horse crazy mother who showed and bred Morgan horses. I started riding when I was four years old until we sold all the horses when I turned ten or eleven, maybe I was twelve, I can’t remember. I think I will tell some stories of my riding adventures and friendships with the horses along with posting pictures as I progress through the layers of the painting. That will be a fun way to blog.


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45 MORE Signs That You Might Be One of Those Crazy Preppers

Red Dust:

“You’re secretly disappointed when the electricity comes back on after only a few minutes.” We are not anywhere near as ready as the list provided. But I did check quite a few off this list. Our Energy grid is so fragile that one person who knows the grids can bring it all down. I am not kidding, it’s that fragile. Besides that, every winter we lose our electricity for a couple days. It’s really fun to test out how ready we are to live without electricity. This is how we used to live …. I hate being called a Prepper, this is an ancient way of life. Just a few generations ago we all used to live like this.

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45 MORE Signs That You Might Be One of Those Crazy Preppers | The Daily Sheeple.

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45 More Signs That You Might Be One of Those Crazy Preppers

A while back, I wrote an article called “30 Signs That You’re One of Those Crazy Preppers.”  Lots of readers got into the spirit of things, since it was pretty darned relatable.  We all know these are actually signs of sanity, but we’re used to being misunderstood by the unprepared and sometimes it’s fun to have a good laugh about their misconceptions of what we actually do.

Then Ebola happened, here on American soil, and a lot more people jumped on board the preparedness bandwagon.  To welcome the newbies, here are 45 MORE signs that you might have crossed over to the “prepped side.”  (Many of these came straight from the readers!)

Many of these will be…

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Duck To Light 9

Red Dust:

I am so ready to finish this painting. If I were having a baby, I would be screaming at the doctor, pull that damn thing out!

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More highlights and details needed, tons of work left to do on the yellow trail of highlighted water. I want the feeling this duck is swimming through the universe made up of light. Another day of headaches to go along with earthquakes a few epicenters a couple of miles down the road from us. Nothing big 1.6 to 2.8, didn’t feel anything. Down south-east, over a thousand on the Oregon-Nevada border near Lakeview Oregon and the Sheldon Contiguous Study Area in Nevada. My husband is getting headaches as well. Now I am looking at getting this picture done tomorrow, at least 4 hours of detail work to do. Unless we have a big earthquake and we gotta make a run for it. Bug-out bag is ready…ha!

Duck 9

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Poor Diet Changes DNA, Causes Lasting Damage to Immune System

Red Dust:

The way we interact with the world changes our DNA, not just the other way around. More intriguing, one of the major ways we can change our DNA is by diet. For example, a study published in 2008 showed that exposing mice brains to as little as 6 hours of high blood sugar led to epigenetic changes that increased risk of vascular damage. These changes lasted even after 6 days of normal blood glucose, representing long-term damage after just a short blast of sugar. The research on long-term effects from short exposures is at the core of epigenetics. It’s furthered by data from another 2008 study published in the journal Diabetes.

Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum:

Poor Diet Changes DNA, Causes Lasting Damage to Immune System – Waking Times.

November 11, 2014 

unhealthy foodMae Chan, Prevent Disease
Waking Times

While we may be familiar with the dangers of eating too much processed foods, the actual effects of this indulgence may be far more damaging to our health than previously imagined. Almost everyone knows that improved eating habits will most likely improve a range of health measures, but researchers have warned that the effects that a poor diet have on the immune system can persist even after eating habits improve.

Writing in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, the team behind the new study found that even after successful treatment of atherosclerosis – including lowering of blood cholesterol and a change in dietary habits – the effects of an unhealthy lifestyle still affect the way the immune system functions.


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The Babadook

If you are a concrete thinker this movie will not make any sense to you.

A Kickstarter movie. This is the kind of movie I want to watch.
Director: Jennifer Kent
Writer: Jennifer Kent
Stars: Essie Davis, Daniel Henshall, Noah Wiseman

As a child I was overwhelmingly afraid of the dark closets and things under my bed when I had to go to sleep at night. I never really grew out of that fear until I faced my grief. Well, okay, I am still “kind-of-afraid” of dark closets.

My father died of cancer and my Mom couldn’t handle her grief on her own and so I picked it up and carried it for her. At five years old I became the goat that ate my families grief. Which, as we all know, grief if not taken care of can turn into a horrible monster.

In the movie the Mom finally found her courage and took care of her kid. The symbolism flies thick so keep on your toes!

If you understand what I am saying, you will really like this movie.

I Am The Slime

TV, news, music, books, and the movies have too much graphic sex and violence. Movies and music are too loud. I am not entertained, my ears have been brutally beaten, I feel traumatized. What we call news and entertainment is actually trauma bonding/conditioning. I feel so much better now. I had to get that off my chest.

By Frank Zappa

Duck To Light 8

Red Dust:

Highlights going in today and this project will be finished. Next project will be of a horse and water. Can’t wait, I grew up with horses. English Dressage all uptight and prissy and wild riding bareback with only bailing twine for a bridle.

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Just highlights left and I will have finished this piece. I will get this done today. Three days behind schedule due to migraine headache and getting carried away with baking bread. Thankfully I was only down this weekend. I was getting migraines a couple of times a month for the last two years. I figured out my triggers, adjusted my diet and exercise routines, avoided useless stress triggers. Now I only get a migraine every other month. I was able to work on the painting in-between my senses going crazy. Eyes become sensitive to light, smell becomes so intense I get an upset tummy and I get dizzy. Nothing to worry about, it comes with getting old. By next year my hormones will settle settled down. Thank goodness for years of meditation. I can stand back and let the pain go instead of falling in and getting lost in the…

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