Monthly Archives: October 2012

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

“The emotion that can break your heart is sometimes the very one that heals it…” Nicholas Sparks

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

Thank you everyone for your well wishes and kind comments… My heart goes out to all who have lost so much; lives, homes, memories… I am deeply touched and saddened by the devastation that Mother Nature has wrought… but we shall all recover. Today, I ventured outside after being cut off for two days, and what I saw on the news and on the internet made me weep. We don’t have power, cell or internet access (pales in comparison to many). We have toppled trees and branches everywhere and the possibility that power won’t return for a while; so I stopped by my local Barnes & Noble to write this quick post. When feasible, I will stop by and thank all of you who left messages and comments. A big thank you to all who have helped the many; govt, 1st responders, news outlets, red cross, kind folk… Blessings to all.

“The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Rumi

Reflections: Post Hurricane Sandy…

When the sky darkened around me and the winds screamed angrily, I realized how petty the things that usually bother me had become. When we are under the peril of a thunderstorm that is wrecking havoc all around us… how can we not call on that which is mightier than us? Stay safe and blessings to all. I love you!

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Inspirational Haiku: Stand Still – Hurricane Sandy…

“To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.” Gautama Buddha

Inspirational Haiku: Stand Still – Hurricane Sandy…

Inspirational Haiku: Stand Still – Hurricane Sandy… East River at 11am. Source: Wikipedia

If Lost…Stand still – Arrangement by David Wagoner
A native American Elder was asked,
“What shall we do if we get lost?”
Stand still. The trees before you and the bushes beside you are not lost.
Wherever you are is a place called here,
and you must treat it as a powerful stranger
both asking to know and be known.
Listen. The forest whispers,
“I have made this place, you can leave and return once again
saying, here.”
No two trees are the same to Raven,
no two branches the same to Wren.
If what a tree or a branch does is lost on you,
you are truly lost.
Stand still. Listen.
The forest knows where you are.
Let it find you.

When fear calls… Stand still.
Divine guardians comfort you
Winds, Storms, turn within…

Wherever You are…
Pray, Sandy’s dark storm be still.
Blizzards, Black outs, keel…

Hurricane Sandy’s Path: I wish I were … here… however, “Wherever you are is a place called here” at least, I am home. As the winds howl around our home and the heavy rains beat down on us, I cannot help but acknowledge how powerful nature is and how much we depend on her grace for each moment … for each breath.  Mother Nature continues to show her might in a complicated universe with divergent desires and right now, the word – compassion – comes to my mind…

When will we start showing all of our fellow men and women compassion and respect? The winds and the rains don’t know what color or creed we are. As they sweep through cities and villages, they will spare or tear asunder whatever stands in their way… regardless of our political leanings or personal prejudices. We are all human first, let’s start from there and just show we care. Stay safe and give a helping hand to a neighbor, a stranger, a friend today. More below!

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Haiku: VandArt For You…

“I don’t think art is propaganda; it should be something that liberates the soul, provokes the imagination and encourages people to go further. It celebrates humanity instead of manipulating it.”  Keith Haring

Haiku: VandArt For You… Keith Haring’s vandart

Haiku: VandArt For You… George Lee Quiñones does subways

Haiku: VandArt For You… Jean-Michel Basquiat spray paint on canvas

Haiku: VandArt For You… Lady Pink’s Evolution Triptych

Vandalism Art…
Keith Haring did it well too
Graffiti Art, Flows…

I was looking at some truly magnificent graffiti art on Carl Milner’s blog post, Graffiti Factory, when in our exchange, the word VandArt came to me. In a creative flash, I had coined a new word – VandArt – as an abbreviation for Vandalism Art aka Graffiti. Don’t get me wrong, I love art and graffiti as an art form has always fascinated me; especially with its ties to hip hop culture. But, in its early days, graffiti was viewed as a form of vandalism… Of course, over the years, what used to be perceived as a nuisance or an act of vandalism evolved into more acceptable forms, and found its home in galleries and museums around the world.

“Graffiti is revolutionary, in my opinion, “and any revolution might be considered a crime. People who are oppressed or suppressed need an outlet, so they write on walls—it’s free.” Terrance Lindall

Haiku: VandArt For You… Banksy on Brick Lane East End, London…

Haiku: VandArt For You… Blek Le Rat…

Haiku: VandArt For You… Kenny Scharf, Mural on Houston

Haiku: VandArt For You… Keith Haring’s Crack is Wack…

Graffiti to You
Caged voices, defy the norm
Basquiat, Lee too…

People like Keith Haring,  Jean-Michel Basquiat, Lee Quinones, King Robbo, Banksy, Kenny Scharf, John Fekner, Pixnit, CrashLady Pink,  Alexander Brener, Dondi, Zephyr, Heathcote Williams,  Blek le Rat, and a host of other artists elevated the form by going beyond defacing subway trains and public spaces. VandArt was not just about the external form but about the greater internal message; the inner stance of the artist. As Aristotle explains: The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. What do you remember about Graffiti? More below!

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