December 20/21, 2010 the world experienced a Lunar Eclipse on Winter Solstice. The last time this phenomenon took place was in 1638, 372 years ago. The eclipse stole the attention of tens of millions of people across the globe, whether they are trapped in an air port sitting in window sills attempting to see the event while they have a chance, or are standing outside in zero degree weather wearing shitty gloves freezing their fingers off while attempting to take clear pictures of the eclipse with no tripod, no matter the situation people all over the world were doing all they could to see the event. It's not everyday you get to experience something like this.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Anything we feel is an emotion. Often our choices are moved by our emotions. They can be powerful, and can simply drive you mad. Having an emotional talk with someone can bring out feelings you never even thought you had. Or can lead you into a choice you had never even thought possible.
Life can be hard, and the people in your life can make it even harder....or easier depending on who you surround yourself with, or what kind of family you have.
In life you are given a set of roads to take, each road leads you to a different future. Successful or not. Sometimes you pick a road to fast and you miss out on all sorts of things, with friends, with family.... you name it.
Recently I made a decision to move in with my mom in Alaska, I thought it through very thoroughly before making my ultimate decision. I'm still planning on going, so don't jump ahead of yourself... But I discovered why it's been so hard to pack my things... The date I chose was July 19th, and lately it just feels too close. There are people I want to spend time with before I leave, but with work and everything it's hard to fit in the time.. So what I think I'm going to do is wait till summer is over, then start my new life in Alaska. Ultimately I think it will be for the better.. And that way, I can give my friends a proper good bye. I think it's a good plan.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Sleepless nights are dreadful. They always seem to occur on the days where you feel the most warn out... For me, that was today. I was so excited to get to bed early and get a good nights sleep, but here I am, sitting in the dark, passing the time till my eyelids can close peacefully. It's strange though, how different things are at night. Have you ever just walked through your house in the middle of the night without turning on any of the lights to guide your way? Tonight I did that, everything seemed so unreal, the lights from chargers bouncing off the walls, the foggy nights sky that transforms the moons light to something abnormally bright, and the way everything seems so hazy. It felt like I was in some kind of cartoon...I'm not sure how to explain it really..perhaps you can try it some night and you will get what I mean. But then again I tend to perceive things in abnormal ways...
Saturday, June 5, 2010
Judgement, a common denominator everybody fears, whether they admit it or not. People do not like to be judged poorly, and often this prevents people from doing things that makes them happy, or it simply makes them self conscious to express their self accomplishments. There are people who who really could care less about what others think and they become successful in whatever it may be that makes them happy quite easily, but the vast majority stay stuck and don't know how to move forward. I'm here to say, do what you love for you, and not for anyone else. Don't give in to their criticism unless its constructive. No person should be held back because they were not supported, yes it is harder to commit to your passion if no one is there by your side cheering you on, but if its your true passion nothing should stop you from pursuing it.
Once you get past that challenging beginning where you were your only support and you pushed yourself to become successful people will look up to you, or your work. Many people look up to those who went through a rough beginning, they will think, " Wow look at what that person had to go through just to get to where they are today." or something along those lines.
Right now I myself am working to get to my goal, just like everyone else. It takes effort to reach the next level. Creating this blog for me, was my next level. I want to do many things, but it's definitely a challenge to get to that point. So here I am, typing out my thoughts for you to read. Thinking this will bring me to my next step.
Note: I will be adding more pictures for this one later.
Friday, April 23, 2010
A man whose music is inspirational and life changing, his music sends beams of love to all his listeners, Bob Marley, the Natural Mystic, is still impacting the world today. He is a "Musical Prophet", his music is relatable to any person in any situation. He sang with emotion and feeling, he sang of truth, love, happiness, sadness, and with an understanding of what he was sending out to people. He went on a mission to send his message of love and peace across the globe.
Bob Marley made his first record with his song "Judge Not" in 1962 when he was still a teen. Eventually he formed a group with his friends, Junior Braithwaite, Beverly Kelso and Cherry Smith, called The Wailing Wailers. The group produced their first record "Simmer Down" in the final weeks of 1963. Although the group was growing quite popular, they broke up and went their separate ways. After the band split Bob decided to join his mother, Cedella, in America for 8 months to earn enough money to finance his goal to become a musician.In 1967 Marley's music reflected much of his religion, Rastafari; along with singing of his religion he sang of spirituality and social issues; this chapter of his musical career was just the cornerstone for his true legacy.
Bob reunited with the old band and they decided to re-form with an updated name, The Wailers. They constructed classic songs such as "Soul Rebel", "400 years", "Small Axe", and "Dubby Conquerer" which were defined to be the future generation of reggae music. The group was later described as a different kind of jamaican music "A whole new style of Jamaican music has come into being. It has a different character, a different sound. . . what I can only describe as International Reggae. It incorporates elements from popular music internationally: rock and soul, blues and funk. These elements facilitated a breakthrough on the international market."~ reggae dub poet Linton Kwesi Johnson. In 1975 Bunny and Peter quit the band to create their own solo careers, thus the band name changed to Bob Marley and The Wailers.
In December, 1976 Bob Marley was going to put on a free concert to promote the need for peace in the slums of the city, (Kingston, Jamaica) which shockingly brought assassins to Bob Marley's house and shot him. He was only wounded, but was hastily taken to safety. He went on with his concert of peace, and played a brief set in defiance to the gunmen. Shortly after the concert he left Jamaica for 18 months, spending most of his time in London. There he recorded his most powerful records, "Exodus", "Waiting in Vain", "Jammin", and then the album that put him number 4 on European charts," Kaya".
After his European tour, he flew to American, after putting on 2 shows, he fell extremely ill. Bob Marley fought his cancer for 18 months, until May 1, 1981, he died at the age of 36, although his body died, his soul lived on. Bob Marley is a legend, he has forever left his mark on this world. You can find his face painted on the sides of buildings in big cities, his face is on billboards, his soul is inside all of us. Bob Marley is not dead, and I don't believe he will ever truely be gone.
Friday, April 16, 2010
"The cat (Felis catus), also known as the domestic cat or housecat to distinguish it from other felines and felids, is a small domesticated carnivorous mammal." ~ Wikipedia. For 9.500 years cats have been associated with our kind, but we have only seen them for what they are on the outside and not for what they are on the inside. Ever question why most cats keep their distance? Secretly they are off dreaming of a life they will never have. When they are out exploring the wilderness they act as if they were a wild animal, in search of their midnight snack. A cat will stock its prey, waiting patiently for the right moment to strike, and then it leaps like a lion into the air, landing vigorously on its specimen, as the cat sinks its teeth into the animal its life ends. When I was a little girl I had this poster of a kitten pondering what it was going to be like as an adult, a tiger, it said one day its meow was going to turn into a ROAR. I believe this is true for most cats, I think they see them selves a lot bigger than they are, this is why they sit with pride, and don't fully seek the affections of us humans, they just use us so they can get a daily meal.
Thursday, April 15, 2010
All over the world there are people of all different shapes, sizes and each with a different perspective. Every person experiences something differently, each person lives their life as their own, and every person has their own state of mind. Some people cling on to others for security, others mold into their friends because they don't know how to find themselves. It's strange though, how every one is different, yet we are all the same. We are the same because we all have similar goals, we all want to be successful and we all want to find love. To me, to be successful, it's not about money, it's about reaching your goals, what ever they may be, and a lot of times people see success as being rich, but we all have our different opinions. To find love doesn't necessarily mean to find your soul mate, I believe the deeper meaning to it is to find happiness within yourself. There are also the people who just don't care, they give up on themselves, lose everything, and are miserable, I suppose I'm not one to say if they are truly unhappy, but that's the way they appear. To me living life that way is a waist, life was something given to us to enjoy and live to the the fullest, maybe that's not how everyone sees it but that's the way I see it .
The city is a great place to go, and not for shopping, not for the sites and definitely not for traffic. It's a great place to go and see how different people live their lives. I was in portland once and I saw a man walking down the road in a bright red suit with heart glasses, he ended up being kind of a jerk, but he was sure a site to my eyes. When you go to the city you never really know what to expect.... One things for sure, it will never be the same.
For the past three weeks I have had the pleasure to visit the beautiful state of Alaska. I come here pretty often to visit my mother and brother. Every time I go I am overwhelmed with the beauty of the state, every direction you turn, there is something glorious to look at. I'm the type of person who looks at the small things, and I tend to look for beauty in everything. So when I am surrounded by it, it's hard for me to pay attention to much else. Some people have a hard time seeing the true beauty in things. Most people will just glimpse at something and say, "oh yeah, thats neat." and then they move on to something else. When looking at something wonderful, to truly accept it, you need to look at it, breath it in, bring your eyes across every detail, absorb it so the image is imprinted in your mind, and then feel the soul of the it, alive or not. All of what I just described, I try to capture in my pictures, I want the viewer to feel like they are there, apart of the image, I want them to see the way i see. This is my goal, and I realize I still have a long ways to accomplish this, but I believe I'm off to a good start.