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EPIPHANY

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a sudden, intuitive perception of or insight into the reality or essential meaning of something, usually initiated by some simple,  or commonplace occurrence or experience.

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FLIGHT

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a soaring above or transcending ordinary bounds

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OPEN XIX                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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Please click on the images for detail

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I was a submarine.

I am a submarine.

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“… Suddenly, I would open wide

– inhale and

soar up

– breaking open the astonished still seas.

Majestically.
A water birth.
A sudden kiss.

Awe riSING fire on water …”

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Catherine L. Johnson
26 May 2018

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Please click on link below for the complete poem.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/27/806-i-breathe-submarine-internal-violet-that-this/
For further information on the OPEN I – XIX series, please click on links below.
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/open-1-19
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/07/10/812-open-9-10-11-12-13-14-dedicated-to-my-beloved-uncle-bob-dr-robert-cottor-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/06/14/808-open-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-2018-catherine-l-johnson-violet-light-submarines-this-is-love-to-fly-to-a-secret-sky-rumi-that-this-anthony-cox/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

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U/MEKISSINGU/MEALLOVER.

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Photo credit: ME

 

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CATHERINE_ STCROIX_CHRISTA_LEO_15SEPT2018_WP

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“May what I do flow from me like a river,

no forcing and no holding back,

the way it is with children.”

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 Rainer Maria Rilke

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May what I do flow from me like a river,

no forcing and no holding back,

the way it is with children.”

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WATERFALL                                                       Catherine L. Johnson    2004
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/waterfall-15-2003-2004

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May what I do flow from me like a river,

no forcing and no holding back,

the way it is with children.”

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 Rainer Maria Rilke

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15 September 2018                  St. Croix River                    Osceola, Wisconsin

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Paddled the sacred waters  of the St. Croix River
for my almost 4 y/o darling buddy Leo
-his FIRST river adventure.
I brought my kayak paddle and sat on the actual stern of the canoe – gondola style!
Leo was seated in the center of the canoe in his “throne”
and his Mom ( my dear friend) seated at the bow!

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“May what I do flow from me like a river,

no forcing and no holding back,

the way it is with children.”

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 Rainer Maria Rilke

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“May what Uawc/MEclj do flow from U/ME like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children.”

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IPROMISETOTELL                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2015
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/12/17/ipromise-ipromisetotell-ipromisetotellthewhole-ipromisetotellthewholetruth-16-december-2015-catherine-l-johnson-artist-patti-smith-people-have-the-power/

 

 

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obfuscation

noun

  1. the act or an instance of making something obscure, dark, or difficult to understand

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obfuscate

verb

  1. to obscure or darken
  2. to perplex or bewilder

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Unlike the tens of thousands of unreleased Kavanaugh documents
and
KavaNAH’s decision to withhold the truth of him,

you can know the truth

and

the details of my documented work

by clicking on the image!

Yes!

No obfuscation,

I offer you

  my art of ambiguity and clarity

that discloses:

the rigid or fluid perceptual lenses,
openness to explore/discover
and
the imagination
of

you,

the viewer
– how you see, how you think, how you envision,
how you negotiate uncharted territories, etc.

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LIVING/SELECTING/DECISION-MAKING

by

Precedents or Firsts.

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Listen to how truth is revealed<>hidden

in the Kavanaugh SCOTUS HEARINGS.

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How questions are shaped/framed

is the vehicle

to

truth-telling.

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The DYNAMICS/SPECTRUM of

AWARENESS <> DENIAL.

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Do you really want to KNOW what is the truth

of someone

IS the question.

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Awareness is the catalyst to action.

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Once you know the unvarnished reality,

and

choose to NOT act

you chose complicity.

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HEARING #1(DAY 1)                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2018

 

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HEARING #2(DAY 2)                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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HERITAGE FOUNDATION

https://www.heritage.org/about-heritage/mission
https://www.heritage.org/impact/supreme-court-nominee-brett-kavanaugh-was-included-the-list-the-heritage-foundation-helped
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Five things that we know for sure about Brett Kavanaugh:

1. He has not committed to uphold Roe v. Wade, and, if appointed to the Supreme Court, he would likely be the decisive vote that would undermine the right to safe and legal abortion.
2. He refers to birth control as “abortion-inducing drugs” and believes that employers have the right to exclude birth control from health insurance plans.
3. He has gone further than the Supreme Court and written that assault weapons and high-capacity magazines cannot be banned under the Second Amendment.
4. He believes that a sitting president should never be indicted, and he refuses to answer even basic questions about presidential authority, such as whether or not a president can pardon him or herself.
5. He has flat-out refused to recuse himself should any of the president’s civil or criminal investigations reach the Supreme Court.

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Judge Brett KavaNAH:

I am an unimaginative thinker.

I am LOYAL

to those who program and fund my binary brain
with
fixed, obsolete and outdated laws and worldviews
that hold specific demographics captive and hostage
– I will uphold their imprisonment by choosing to
NOT adapt, NOT improvise and NOT overcome
social injustice and inequities!
I love my HERITAGE (wink wink)!
YES, I am their “dummy”!

Precedents and living in fixed pasts is MY future

– and will be YOUR future!

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WHEEEEEEEEEck!

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CHOICES.

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My Mother lost most of her amniotic fluid
when she was 20 weeks pregnant with me.
She was given two possibilities, options, choices:
1.) go home and walk around and you will have a natural miscarriage
– the fetus needs the full volume of the amniotic fluid to create a healthy baby
OR
2.) lie down for a few weeks and see if the tear heals
– the loss of the amniotic fluid is permanent
and if the fetus develops there will be major orthopedic issues.

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My Mother chose to lie down.
I was born 29 December with my right leg twisted around my neck.

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I lived in an institution, Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children
where cribs were lined up in rows and rows and rows in a large cavernous room
and I lived bound face down in body casts.
from 6 months to 3 years.
Parents could visit 1x week and were NOT permitted to touch their children.

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My Daddy fought the hospital administration to get me OUT at 18 months.
He achieved that goal with his phenomenal love and  singular purpose
to take his his daughter from captivity and experience the world.

I was/am WONDER and AWE!

I had never experienced the vastness of Nature nor the improvisation of human relationships
– the sensuous brilliant exhilarating experience of touch, sight, sound and taste.
I ate the colors of flowers in my Grandparent’s garden.
I touched and was touched, kissed, caressed by my Mom, Daddy and sister
with timidity, hesitance
and then, slowly, with lessened terror> unfolding overwhelming joy.

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To feel caress was both frightening, overwhelming and amazing GRACE.
I felt the WINGS of freedom and pure love.
I could NOT ever return to a pattern of being hostage and live as a captive.
I was brought back to the institution after 2 months in the world experience.

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At three I began my DANCE,
my life altering blessed, sacred, joyous DANCE
WITH Dr. Mark B. Coventry at Mayo Clinic.
He could SEE me.
We DANCED a miracle.

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I have prevailed.
Forty-eight reconstructive surgeries since my first breath.
I am A/LIVE.

A life of riSING EXODUS.

My life.

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My Mother made a choice. I lived her choice.

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PLEASE!

The woman’s choice – no one else – HER life

and

HER child’s life.

The child’s LIFE story.

Not YOUR life.

A woman creates the life of her choices – no matter.

A woman is not a pet, a captive

and

nor should she be a hostage of biased laws

rooted in

patriarchal perceptions/controls of women’s right.

Every woman breathes her own heal/thy <> NOT healthy choices.

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Everyone is IMPACTED by HER LIFE choices.

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HER CHOICES are hers to make and LIVE her LIFE story

– not your choices for her.

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HER LIFE.

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25 AUGUST 2018   Photo credit: me, Catherine L. Johnson
oneofmysecretplaces

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“Run your fingers through my soul.

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For once, just once, feel exactly what I feel,
believe what I believe, perceive as I perceive,
look,
experience,
examine,
and
for once;
just once,
understand.”
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Emily Dickinson

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“The soul should always stand ajar,

ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”

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Emily Dickinson  

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To enlarge the images for detail, please click on the image

 

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OntO #2                                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/04/802-onto-1-2-3-in-or-into-a-state-of-awareness-about-may-2018-catherine-l-johnson/

 

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A MASTERWORK. A MASTER’S WERK.

A MASTERPIECE.

Please click on link below to listen, listen, listen to samplings of

Anthony Cox’s original compositions:

https://ateliersawano.com/products/ske333029

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My Daddy.

Richard Harold Johnson

August 1960. Northern Minnesota, Lake Benedict.
Yes, I kept his name.
Of course.

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My brothers: Bill – Dr. William Richard Johnson Omlie on the left and Blake David Johnson Omlie.

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After decades,
his sons found again their Father’s  white marble tombstone
among thousands who were and always will be the brave.
2015.
I took the picture
– lining up the visible physical and invisible soul presences/rhythms
with a tree,
a tree of life,
with the awareness of the perspective:
a metaphor of
unfolding generations and stories of living life – told and untold.

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On 24 August 1960,
Daddy was killed instantly in a car accident.
His head was decapitated.
Bill would turn 5 on 4 September 1960.
Blake would turn 2 four days later on 28 August 1960.
Our Mother, our young Mother with 4 children, released her grief on my birthday, 29 December.
She went into the kitchen to bring out my birthday cake.
I could hear her soft wails that slowly became waves of searing sorrow.
Upon hearing her grief, her audible wails, I felt relief and calm.
Finally, the  swelling volume of her grief
broke through the vase, the container,
of her heart where her love for her beloved was kept.
This was my first experience of beloveds’ hymn for/to/with each other – the joy and its grief.

 

 

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My Daddy loved music!!!!
Music was always playing from the Fisher stereo in the living room.

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His favorite songs:

My Daddy’s brother, William Henry Johnson.

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Related image
I knew what LOVE felt like because of my Daddy’s presence to/for WITH me.
His gaze, his touch, how he spoke to me and how he held me in spite of all the weight of my plaster casts.
I felt cherished and beautiful and worthy of luminous love and living love – a beloved.

Thank you, Daddy.

I always chose to RISE because of you.

YOU are forever.

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WILLOW
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/11/27/693-waterfall-willow-shelter-in-a-storm-yourmy-willow-oh-willow-when-the-sun-is-out/

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“Real poetry is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it.”
Matsuo Bashō (松尾 芭蕉)

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PINE TREE: AN APPEAL to HEAVEN                                             Catherine L. Johnson  1999

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LIVING Pine Tree                           Vento Nature Sanctuary                           18 August 2018

 

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Nature

welcomes,
invites
and
blesses
heal/thy

BLOOOOOOOOMS

with
light,
water
and
sky!

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This is true of authentic love, living love:
Nature’s beautiful offering and gift – not forced – an amazing grace of natural living love.

Let it BE y/our LIFE…

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“SPINE

SOLIDIFICATION”

step

UP

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I

would

consider

it

an

honor

if

you

would

revoke

my

security

clearance

as

well,

so

I

can

add

my

name

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list

of

men

and

women

who

have

spoken

up

against

your

presidency.

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Navy Adm. William McRaven

William H. McRaven
August 16 at 2:44 PM
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/revoke-my-security-clearance-too-mr-president/2018/08/16/8b149b02-a178-11e8-93e3-24d1703d2a7a_story.html?utm_term=.829a2657611d

 

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Revoke

my

security

clearance,

too,

Mr.

President

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Navy Adm. William McRaven, right, and U.S. Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis in 2013. (Gary Cameron/Reuters)

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William H. McRaven, a retired Navy admiral, was commander of the U.S. Joint Special Operations Command from 2011 to 2014. He oversaw the 2011 Navy SEAL raid in Pakistan that killed al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

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Dear Mr. President:

 

Former CIA director John Brennan, whose security clearance you revoked on Wednesday, is one of the finest public servants I have ever known. Few Americans have done more to protect this country than John. He is a man of unparalleled integrity, whose honesty and character have never been in question, except by those who don’t know him.

 

Therefore, I would consider it an honor if you would revoke my security clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency.

 

Like most Americans, I had hoped that when you became president, you would rise to the occasion and become the leader this great nation needs.

 

A good leader tries to embody the best qualities of his or her organization. A good leader sets the example for others to follow. A good leader always puts the welfare of others before himself or herself.

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Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities. Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation.

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If you think for a moment that your McCarthy-era tactics will suppress the voices of criticism, you are sadly mistaken. The criticism will continue until you become the leader we prayed you would be.

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BTW:
Omarosa Manigault Newman was Agent Orange’s selected choice,
his apprentice.
She was a brilliant student!
Her “testimonials” about her YOU ARE FIRED white fat vile boss man
is a collision
of a Dave Chappelle  Netflix + Shakespeare + Arthur Miller + Maya Angelou.
She IS a black woman MIRRORING him
practicing his every

maneuver

that he taught her
except
his blatant racism and misogyny.

HA!

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