SoCS: Key is Gratitude

I  journal mornings with stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturdaywhenever I have time.  I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!  You can do it too!
The Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “key.”


The key to surviving depression is gratitude.
Every day I write about what I am grateful for, and often it is
just a line during the day in my calendar journal.
The more depressed I am the more I do gratitude if I want to
move away from the dark matter looming in the corners of my vision,
waiting to slip into my consciousness.

I record joyful moments.

But no mistake, I also record the horrendous.
Right there in my art journal or writing journal next to the gratitude.
Writing it down, doing image, releases it from my mind.

But daily I write and draw gratitude.

This morning I am grateful for Mitchell doing “Tiger Cat” with Izzee and Gibbs on the bed.

I am grateful that we get to have our buddies with us while we work.
When the cats get to the studio we tell them all about what we are doing…
they run along joyfully as we open the doors in the rooms they are allowed,
feed the crows on the roof, put out fresh water,
or if I make a new climbing hiding chair tent for them to explore.
Cleaning litter becomes play when Izzee catches the sound of the scooper in the sand…
And I laugh when I hear Mitchell finally have to banish her so he can get the job done.

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

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Birds!


Both Yaman and Savitri watch birds; the studio windows are by far
the best bird watching windows because we can see murders of crows, flocks of gulls,
smaller birds, and the occasional antics of a bluejay family.
We’ve also seen eagles and hawks, but the crows give them the what-for every time.

Taking the opportunity to also announce my card shop on Etsy!
https://www.etsy.com/shop/dkatiepowellart
Cards as single or as sets, like the one below on Siamese Cats!

If you place an order, drop me a note saying you heard about it on the blog  and you will get an extra surprise!

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VSW: San Francisco, 2


Thanksgiving.

I loved returning to regular sketching with a fast one of one of my favorite views in San Fransisco. cable cars.  When I was in college and early 20’s I stayed at the Stratford Hotel.
I did a quick perspective under in a red pencil; sorry bout the midnight picture!


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Lojong 38: Don’t seek others’ pain as the limbs of your own happiness

THERE ARE NO COINCIDENCES.


My mom’s Yahrzeit is today… she died a year ago.

Before Thanksgiving, during the dark of the moon, I began finally sorting through
the boxes of things I am storing for family who said they wanted this or that.
As I am sorting through tons of pictures that she never had time to put into an album,
I remember the fun times she and I had up until I went into my terrible teen years —
and she responded with her neurotic crazy mother self.

And independently, I decided to go back to my Lojong practice with the sketching
and my off the cuff take on each slogan, from years of practice.
I stopped a year and a half ago because I could not be involved in my Mom’s death
and family crap and business and and and…
I opened to where I left off and the next one was:

“#38: Don’t seek others’ pain as the
limbs of your own happiness.”

Wow.  No coincidences.

I can’t share what I wrote on the next page about this coincidence at this time,
but know that right now we have a lot of this as an example in our lives,
both personally and professionally.  The various commentaries talk about karma
in these matters, and this is one place where I just don’t see it —
I see people ripping off many for not their fair share of the pie,
not what is owed to them, but stealing… not being generous… harming others while trying to feather their own nest… and see no bad karma coming to them.
I still wouldn’t do that to another, but the threat of karma seems quite empty here.
It has not been a meaningful slogan to me in past,
mostly because it is not my poison to do this to others (I have my poisons),
but this day it is, as the Universe is conspiring to give me a front seat view of these people.  It is effecting our livelihood and our ability to be comfortable going into retirement.


I’ve studied through the slogans a dozen times in my life;
these are my musings on the slogan currently, not a formal interpretation.
For that reason they are less about straight Buddhist teachings,
and I think able to be shared with most practitioners of other faiths or no faith
(unless yours doesn’t allow you to read any other tradition.) 

If you have time and the inclination, I published the WHOLE  thang here!

In this weekly commentary on the lojong, I am not open to comments becoming
a debate for people to nitpick Buddhism or my interpretations of Buddhist concepts.
(There are lots of places for debates.)  I am more interested in hearing about
YOUR life or how the lojong affected you or your practice awakening in some manner.
For more info about why, go here.

 

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VSW: San Francisco, 1


It has been awhile since I sketched regularly…
Taking a class and sketching thumbnails just isn’t the same!
I have a couple days off here and NO family obligations and so,
sketching and noshing with my sweetie…
Wishing everyone a Happy Thanksgiving if you celebrate!

I bought the loveliest pen, a vintage Pelikan P20 Twist Fountain Pen…
I bought it because it has a palm and parrot on it — I HAD TO —
but dang, it is a sweet smooth nib and I love it.
It has a black Pelikan cartridge in it and I am using that up for now and enjoying it!

Palace of the Fine Arts by the amazing Bernard Maybeck,
built for the 1915 Panama-Pacific Exhibition in San Francisco.

A touch of Robert Oster Blue Sea on a waterbrush.


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Word Art: Mugged by Reality


What do you do when you are living under oppression
and you have things to say but you are living in fear?
Not little fear, but cataclysmic fear?
For the first time in your life?


I wrote this and got carried away, writing the same words over and over and over…

mugged by reality
sine quo non
leaders from both parties don’t care about pollution
without air water plants sea die
take most of the beauty of our mother earth with us

This was my answer after:

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SoCS: Flyer/Ad

I  journal mornings with stream of consciousness exercises, and
I’m again participating in Linda Hill’s Stream of Consciousness Saturdaywhenever I have time.  I write to a timer, 15-20 minutes, no editing except spelling, and of course I add my art!  You can do it too!
Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is “flyer/ad.” Look at the latest ad you got in the mail (if it’s a store flyer, choose the product right in the middle of the page) or choose the next online ad you find, and theme your post on whatever the product is. Have fun!


Fountain Pen Revolution came today!  Always nice when they are ads about what you want and about a sale… and there are going to be sales on the Himalayan UltraFlex.

I love these pens so much I draw them when I get them.
Beautiful swirling colors (may b the India connection but they are not color shy —
no boring pens here) and the ultraflex nib allows for flexing lines
without having to pay for a gold nib.


The sexy-flexy nib makes even my handwriting look good!

Some peeps have a bit of trouble with them — I’ve had to heat set the nib,
And that is not what some peeps want to do but it is so easy.
Don’t do it unless it is an ebonite fountain pen feed!

Saturday morning, 10am, and three telemarketers called while I was writing this…
NOT the kind of ads I like.
There is a special place in hell for the person who designed the robocall.

For the rules, go to Linda’s blog;  feel free to join the fun!

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