OVERVIEW from Planetary Collective on Vimeo.
This is great – scientists, artists and philosophers getting together to discuss our world and universe. They have just released their first short film with a longer documentary to follow.
The Overview Effect tells us that the Earth is an interconnected whole, of which human beings are a part. We are one species with one destiny, and as more than one astronaut has said, “We are all in this together.” We are the crew of a natural spaceship called Earth, which is hurtling through the universe at a high rate of speed. In a very real sense, all of us are astronauts, but we do not realize it because we normally do not experience it.
Today marks the 40th anniversary of the photos taken of our planet from space by the Apollo 17 crew.
Today is World Aids Day. So many countries all in support of this and yet so much more needs to be done. According to what I’ve read, over 34 million people suffer with HIV. According to CDC people between the ages of 13 and 24 represent more than a quarter of new HIV infections each year (26 percent) and most of these youth living with HIV (60 percent) are unaware they are infected! I personally have only known one person who was affected, he was an artist with a supremely clever wit and dazzling smile. We lost touch over the years but last I knew he was doing okay, a 15 year survivor.
I voted today. I can’t say that I’m exactly thrilled with any of the choices I was offered, but I feel that you can’t complain if you don’t participate. Every election I still find myself eagerly optimistic that the winning candidates will benefit the world in a positive manner. And I’m sure they all think that they’re going to, regardless of their personal ideology. Somewhere along the intervening months things just don’t seem to get done in government, at least not the way I always hope they will or even the way the candidates promised.
I’ve decided I’m a Romantic Realist, can that be a party? Maybe we could start using that instead of Independent. That’s what I’m registered as; I find it difficult to admit that I’m married to a Republican, though. Steve claims he randomly chose a party years ago without knowing what they stood for, just so he could vote in a primary. I’ve been with him for longer than I care to admit, and I’ve yet to hear him say he’s ever voted in a primary! I’ve always been an independent sort, and I find many times I’m a “middle of the road” kind of person. It’s not that I don’t have an opinion, most times I do – I just prefer to think that I keep an open mind, can see two (or more) sides to an issue and nothing’s clear cut left or right. So I vote, eyes wide shut like my cute dog Finn and keep hopeful thoughts.
I remember my mom used to say that she would vote for whomever my dad didn’t, and Dad would reply with, “She only votes to cancel me out!” After the election Mom’s station wagon would sport a bumper sticker that said, “Don’t blame me I voted for the other guy” or some such.
This year they’re both going to vote for the same candidate – imagine that. Things DO change.
These are some of my little stained glass boxes. I make them with different tops – some I call “jewel top”, some “shell top” and others have pressed flowers or cast or stamped charms . They are 2″ x 3″ and are a great size for a hostess gift or birthday present. Most people tell me they use them as a ring box on their dresser or bathroom vanity.
Here’s some images of my graphic design work.
Painting based on one by Walter Crane from the turn of the previous century. I sketched it out, then rolled up the poster and worked on my canvas, doing my own take.
Even years later I still like it, image that!
This one is of the Foo Dogs in Wickham Park, Manchester CT
Since I’ve been taking care of the blogs and websites for my job, it never seems like I have the time to create one for myself. But I decided that Today’s the Day! Carpe Diem and all that. Expect to find my artwork, pics of my pets and community, gardening tips, food, and ambient musings on the universe.