Saturday, May 31, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Thursday, May 29, 2008
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Monday, May 26, 2008
these festivals where passed down through generations
and became commonly known as
Sunday, May 25, 2008
Further reading states..."Many people observe this holiday by visiting cemeteries and memorials. A national moment of remembrance takes place at 9 p.m. US Eastern time. Another tradition is to fly the U. S. Flag at half staff from dawn until noon local time. Volunteers place an American flag upon each grave site located in a National Cemetery. It honored the troops who fought in the war and died." Note: The red highlighted items provide further information and other interesting details. Simply click on the topic of choice.
factual information and details about Memorial day are
definitely important to know...
but for some reason today as I was designing this post
the words seemed so cold, and soul-less, and lacking in heart.
I feel the post needed some emotion...some humanity...
to properly pay tribute to those so honored on this day.
So, in that light, I decided on a personal course of action.
As I display the flag this weekend
I will mourn the great human losses suffered in the name of
I will take inventory of my blessings
cherish the richness that fills my spirit
and my life.
I will strive to have a heart full of gratitude and peace.
And, maybe, in this small individual way
I will truly honor the lives of those
who came before me and tried to make the world a better place.
Join me if you wish...
I wish you all PEACE...where ever in the world you may live.
Friday, May 23, 2008
Thursday, May 22, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Draw Some Ice Cream
Monday, May 19, 2008
"That's Hot! " -Paris Hilton
Friday, May 16, 2008
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
Time passed and when the garden was still young, I just might find maybe a dozen or so stems every spring to pick...I would place the precious stems in a small crystal vase and carry them from room to room with me, cherishing the delicate blooms and enjoying their light delicate fragrance. It was heavenly.
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Monday, May 12, 2008
Saturday, May 10, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Monday, May 5, 2008
Become "Saguaro Saavy":
The magnificent Saguaro cactus is composed of a tall, thick, fluted, columnar stem, 18 to 24 inches in diameter, often with several large branches (arms) curving upward in the most distinctive shape of all Southwestern cacti.
Saguaros are slow growing, taking up to 75 years to develop a side arm.
The flower of the saguaro cactus is the state flower of Arizona.
The saguaro cactus typically blooms in May and June.
It is one of the most unique state flowers, and is characterized by having a waxy feel, but fragrant aroma.
There may be hundreds of flowers on a saguaro cactus that bloom just several at a time over a period of more than a month.
The saguaro flowers have a short life; they open at night and close permanently during the next day.
Many of the blossoms will become pollinated and, later in the summer, the flowers become red-fleshed fruits that are enjoyed by the local bird population.
Some specimens may live for more than 150 years... the champion saguaro grows in Maricopa County, Arizona and is 13.8 m tall with a girth of 3.1 m.
Happy Cactus Monday! :)
Saturday, May 3, 2008
Thursday, May 1, 2008
Early man used natural items such as stone, charcoal, animal fat, minerals, shells, clay, reeds, and sand to create masterful works of "primitive" art. Evidence of these breathtaking pieces of early art decorate caves, cliff walls, and canyons throughout the world.
To honor this natural art style I celebrate the sand painting style of the Navajo tribal peoples of the desert southwest.
The Navajo word for sand painting means "a place where the gods come and go". Thus, sand paintings had great power and were often used for healing, teaching the traditional ways, and in tribal ceremonies. Sand paintings produced by the Navajo people are traditionally the most beautiful, elaborate, and complex.
The pigments used in a sand painting are obtained by collecting colored sandstone which is ground into a fine powder resulting in colors of rich reds, browns, and ochre yellow. Crushed charcoal is added to produce black. Cornmeal, pollen from plants, and pulverized flower petals add additional color to the palette. These are then sprinked by hand into traditional compositions.
The four plants, sacred to the Navajo and often used in sand paintings, are corn, beans, tobacco, and squash. Artistically interpreted, each of the plants is incoporated into this piece.
My drawing was also styled as a mandala which in certain Buddhist spiritual practices is thought of as a sacred space, a place for meditation, and is often represented in sand paintings.
"Primitive": A (Past) Illustration Friday Topic :)