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Art Part 1- FINALLY!

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Finally, without glitchs or F ups... It has finally been done! The first of two parts covering the art of Art Prize (AP)! For those that don't know exactly what AP is- here's a few facts. It is an art competition enclosed within 3 square miles of downtown Grand Rapids, MI. The only limit or artistic medium is that of the mind. Out of 1582 artists entered- 153 are from the ages 18-25. 39 countries are represented. 602 artists entered sculture or other 3-D works. 17 of these works have "love" in the title. These are only a few facts... I will post more on the next blog.

Sunday we found lots of parking right downtown at the Fulton/Ottawa ramp, parking all the way at the top for me to grab some great snaps of the cityscapes. We wandered about the Monroe Center and BOB parking lot- where there is an insane amount of art packed into one small area that serves alcohol! Amongst these pieces of art- was a massive bean bag that towered above us by about ten feet!! I will go alo…

Disregard...

I just spent four hours working on a ass kicking blog with pictures from Art Prize, complete with pictures in my new Word program. It posted the words, not the photos.

&(*@)*&!#^$(@&$^#@^#&&*(%&^%^&%#$%$#$#!$#@!%#@$%#$&%&^

I AM NOT HAPPY!!!!!!!!!
I will try again later... dammit!!!!

Art Prize Blog Number 1

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This will be the first of two blogs based on Art Prize this week. I haven't tyet added the photos of my favorite art works since we are going back tomorrow for more! Stay tuned!!!



A band playing in Rosa Parks Circle.



The Steam Punk Clan at Gerald R.. Ford museum









A photographer who's works were all black and white photographs of the people in Sudan.



You'll see her again... I loved her work! Plus I'll even add her name, since I cannot remember it right now.




SG Hopeful Lexer!!! We finally met!


The following photographs are my city shots... Stay tuned for more!!!















This is Me- Exhaling...

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Views from the Healing Fields 9, 10, & 11th, 2011

















There are certainly more on my FB page. I am also taking orders for those of you that would like a CD of your own. Otherwise I am selling prints.


This past weekend- a lot of healing was done to my soul. With as much crying as I did, it would be hard not to heal a little. I mourned those lost, along with who I once was. I was filled with extreme pride seeing Hubby in uniform, standing in formation with those other's in uniform. As of now- I'm just slightly burned out a bit by it. I will talk about it if asked, of course, but as far as expressing the high amount of emotion I went through... I need a little space and time for that to be spoken of again.

The Pink Arrows take on Reeths-Puffer: 42-07








That there was a whole lot of pink!


For the first time in a long time I am actually caught up on photo editing. 365 project? Not so much. I'm even caught up with photography gigs as of late. This weekend- remains to be seen but I know…

Healing...

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These are my airline stubs & ticket (that went unused) 10 years ago today...




I'm not going to say today has been hard... I will simply say- it has been healing.

An Addendum..

As many might know- I have spent the last two days at the "Healing Fields" and again will be spending a long 12 hours there tomorrow. I will be posting pictures later whis week from the ceremonies...

I was also honored to be at the Lowell Pink Arrow game. A game in which sponsors breast cancer research... Stay tuned for pictures from that as well!!!

September 11th- The 10 Year

Here's a little backstory for those that are reading this for the first time and for those that might not have heard the whole story. I try not to tell it a lot because it still hurts. In this posting, as is fitting for the occasion, I will be going deeper into detail then I have in a very long, long time.
On September 11th, 2001 I was to fly home to Michigan for a month long visit. My then husband was going to Marine Corps training at Bridgeport, in California for one month. That morning, before the sun even rose to reveal a day soon to be shrouded in horror… I didn't want to get onto the plane. I'd never before not want to get on an airplane as bad as I did that morning. It was the first time I can remember of ever being terrified to fly. My friend Ebony Litchard had to force me down the jet way to board my flight. In the journal entries- I call her Ebby. Her husband was going with mine to training.
The following typed up journal entries are in their entirety, the only edi…

Grand Haven Blue

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It isn't very often that the surface of Lake Michigan reflects like a mirror...


Much less- let it allow you to see the bottom from the top... Hubby deemed some of these shots- "A Scuba Diver's Delight" Allowing us surface dwellers the chance to see what they see under the surface.













Oh the storms this weathered wood has endured...



I call these "Macaroni Waves" because a piece of macaroni would be the perfect sized surfboard to ride them.











Obviously- Tuesday afternoon was Hubby's day off and we chose to spend it in the fair city of Grand Haven. We had a few errands to run that were here and there, and also took time to lunch at the fabulous G & L Chili Dogs. Ironically- I chose a double chesseburger... What is it with me and cheese burgers lately anyways?

This week, for the most part, I have been an utter emotional wreck just beneath my fake chipper exterior. The evening news and primetime TV specials covering the whole 9-11 thing is absolutely about killing…

Whispers and Ghosts...

This morning started like a beautiful (not yet) autumn day should start. Heavy thick gray cotton clouds shrouding away the warmth from the sunshine, while a stiff breeze carried with it the certain to settle in chill in the air. Autumn is soon to arrive, but not without a massive hurdle to jump.

Sunday morning- the emotions started. The ten year anniversary of a day that changed the world as we know it as well as myself is fast approaching this coming Sunday. All ready the "children of 9-11", "stories of 9-11- 10 years remembered", and "faces of 9-11, ten years later" television specials have started to air or are being teased by the news networks. Teasing... that's what it is. Actually- its more of a toying, to me personally. My tears started to flow as CBS Sunday Morning aired more then a few segments based on the hallmark year this is for the tragedy of 10 years passed.

This, will no doubt, be the hardest and longest week I will go thru. Images from …

What It Stands For...

Today, hasn’t been a great day. I have been in a lot of pain from the tooth getting yanked from my skull and the pain pills only do so much… But I had to go to work around noon today- to pick up an ambulance from the dealership in Grand Rapids. My dad/boss dropped me off and after fifteen minutes of avoiding stares from grubby mechanics, I was on my way.
I stopped at Culvers (a burger joint) for a quick pick-up of lunch. The stammering idiot at the register spent more time looking at my boobs then actually paying attention to my order (thank goddess it was right in the end), but after I paid and filled my drink cup- I went to go take a seat.
Now- I was wearing a pair of respectable khaki shorts and my new black Suicide Girls tee shirt. Across the chest of the shirt is the logo. A cute goth girl in pigtails, drawn in a touch of anime style with the Est. 2001 and big pink SG letters. That’s it. No big deal.

While I sat and waited not so patiently for my food, I couldn’t help but notice …

Big cup of Hot & Muggy Soup

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I stepped outside for a brief moment this morning at 4am, thunder awoke me and I couldn't remember if I had closed my truck windows. I had. And my goddess- did it suck outside! Having no personal experience save for day I was born- almost 32 years ago now... It felt like a womb outside. In the open air, it was so thick and humid and dark... Well you all get the picture now.


Speaking of pictures... I should really get to work on them. It's been a wild week. I essentially moved everything from my old laptop to my external hard drive, then waited. And waited... Wednesday I got the phone call that my computer was on it's way over to my house! And that made me happy! I got it around noon, and worked on it- loading pictures, music, programs... The works. Amazingly enough- I got it done (save for iTunes) around 3:30 Wednesday afternoon. I loaded it, my briefcase, my camera, purse, and other essential things and off I ran to K'zoo.


Why, you might ask? Well Kirin got the opportun…