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NAVY BLUE: soUnd                                                                        Catherine L. Johnson   2020

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TRUE

SPONTANEOUS

INSTINCT

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The NAVY BLUE series is my moving forward work
– the first explorations without my talisman, my tuning fork:
the cosmic
Jaspar Obi.
And, my first explorations with “Frankie and Stein” – learning to walk.
Jaspar is present as the FIRST light!

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Thank you.

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From  dearest Carrie’s garden in Atlanta – an exquisite pink whorl of Nature’s offerings
‘PINK PERFECTION’

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CHERISH #1                                                                                   Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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REDMOVESPINK #2                                                                             Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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CHERISH #2                                                                                    Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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PLEASE CLICK ON IMAGES TO ENLARGE + FOR DETAIL
PLEASE CLICK ON LINK FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/cherish-1-cherish-2
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/676-redmovespink-1-2-3-4-5-6-2016-red-pink-catherine-l-johnson/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/11/01/681-redmovespink-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15

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“I want to

unfold.


I don’t want to be folded anywhere,
because where I am folded,
there I am a lie.

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Rainer Maria Rilke
 Book of Hours: Love Poems to God

 

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cher·ish

CHeriSH

verb

verb: cherish;

protect and care for (someone) lovingly.

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 🐝 MY 💞!

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🐝 MY 💞!

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The DailyOM on Valentine’s Day 2020:

It is important to choose our partnerships consciously. Sometimes forged quickly during times of need, we may find ourselves rushing into unions with perhaps not the clearest intentions. Partnerships created from those starting point might serve our immediate needs, but the repercussions of a union so quickly fostered without much thought can be difficult to recover from. Granted, there is something to learn from every relationship, but looking to another to fix or complete us can turn a partnership into a dependent bond. If we can stay clear about what we want and what we need in a partnership, while staying grounded and remembering that we are our own source of happiness and fulfillment, we can create partnerships that support and enhance the best of who we are.
Everyone in our lives is a mirror reflecting back the parts we love and dislike about ourselves. If we have the courage to recognize our reflections in each other, we can grow through our partnerships. A partnership that offers both acceptance of who we are and an opportunity for personal transformation can be fertile ground for growing a healthy, lasting union. When we find this kind of partnership, we are more likely to want to keep it, invest in it, and nurture it.
Life is a collaborative effort. Much of what we do can be enhanced through partnership. Together we are stronger because our personal power is multiplied by two. Through partnership we experience the joys of working, living, and loving together.

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MY RAF K9 JASPAR OBI TAUGHT ME YES LOVE + YES LOVING IS THE ELIXIR OF FOXHOLE MATES

JASPAR OBI

👑WARRIOR👑
30 April 2007 – Veteran’s Day,  11 November 2019

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HEAL / THY

THY / HEAL

HEAL / THY

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INDIVIDUALS

NAVIGATING

CHRONIC INVISIBLE / VISIBLE CHALLENGES

MUST CAPTAIN THEIR SHIPS
IN UNKNOWN
VAST SEAS OF CALM + TURBULENCE.
RESPONSIBLE.
ACCOUNTABLE.
NO EXCUSES.
NO BAITS.
NO HOOKS.
CLEAN.
CLARITY.
AWARENESS of SELF-SABOTAGE + EXTERNAL SABOTAGE.

 

 

ESSENTIAL

to

LOCATE / COMMIT

the

BEST RESOURCES

to

NAVIGATE

with

SELF-LOVE.

 

 

NEVER to be POSITIONED as a VICTIM or a HOSTAGE!

 

YOU

are

NOT at FAULT

or

not to feel guilty,

or

less than whole

or

be blamed,

yet,

IT IS VITAL to TAKE RESPONSIBILITY

to be

proper and caring

GARDENERS!

YOU ARE YOU!!!

IRREPLACEABLE / UNREPEATABLE

 

 

 

 

OWNING Y/OUR  STORY!!!!!

WITH
THE

STRENGTH

and

PURSUIT

OF:

GOD’S GRACE

HUMILITY

RADICAL ACCEPTANCE

VULNERABILITY

RISK

WILLINGNESS

RADICAL HOPE

BEING KNOWN

SELF-RESPECT

RESURGENCE

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 👑WARRIORS👑

 

 

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People tell stories to make sense of their suffering;
when they turn their diseases into stories,
they find healing.
Arthur  W. Frank recounts a stirring collection of illness stories.
Their stories are more than accounts of personal suffering:
they abound with moral choices and point to a social ethic.
Frank identifies three basic narratives of illness
in
restitution, chaos, and quest.
Restitution narratives
anticipate getting well again and give prominence to the technology of cure.
In chaos narratives,
illness seems to stretch on forever, with no respite or redeeming insights.
Quest narratives
are about finding that insight as illness is transformed
into a means for the ill person to become someone new.

 

 

 

A HEAVYWEIGHT RESPONSIBILITY.

YES, SUCCESS IS A DAILY PRACTICE
of
PATIENCE,
HUMILITY,
and
DISCIPLINE.
THERE IS NO SHAME IN WHO WE ARE.

ABSOLUTELY NONE!!!!! 

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SELF-ADVOCACY!

RADICAL HOPE!

NO SHAME!

NO GUILT!

TELLING YOUR TRUTH!

STEPPING UP!

LOVE amaZING!

BRAVE!

GIANT STEPS!

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FYI:

INDIVIDUALS

who

NAVIGATE

CHRONIC

INVISIBLE / INVISIBLE CHALLENGES

  are

NOT

DEFINED by their CHALLENGES!

ABSOLUTELY  NOT!

Need FACTS? 

Please click on the link!
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/disability-disrespect-can-you-play-the-violin-equally-to-itzhak-perlman-no-does-that-mean-you-are-disabled-what-is-essential-is-invisible-to-the-eye-the-little-prince/

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’37 Seconds’ on Netflix

👑WARRIOR👑

An aspiring manga artist with cerebral palsy seeks liberation
— and sexual experience —
in Hikari’s stereotype-defying drama.
https://variety.com/2020/film/reviews/37-seconds-review-1203488025/
https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2020/02/13/films/film-reviews/37-seconds/#.XkgKWRd7nUo

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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK

👑WARRIOR👑

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/silver_linings_playbook
https://www.vulture.com/2012/12/ask-a-psychiatrist-how-does-silver-linings-playbook-handle-mental-illness.html

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REAL LIVED LIFE STORIES:

Beloveds

 

RYAN WILLIAM COTTOR

👑 WARRIOR 👑
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/12/21/841-winter-solsoul-stice-elegance-3-4-5-2018-catherine-l-johnson-dedicated-to-the-bountiful-grace-luminosity-of-holly-cottor-on-her-birthday/

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CONNIE CATES SHELLA

👑WARRIOR👑
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/01/27/847-she-in-the-dark-found-light-brighter-than-many-ever-see-connie-cates-shella-5-september-1954-23-january-2019/

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EDNA CATHERINE STRAND COTTOR

👑WARRIOR👑

My maternal Grandmother navigated severe rheumatoid arthritis + bedridden at 53.
Left to right: my brother Bill, me, my Grandma, and my sister, Lynne Johnson Omlie.
Brilliant, remarkable woman whose compelling presence defied her physical restrictions.
Adored by my Grandfather – they created/nurtured a dynamic, tender loving partnership.

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RICHARD HAROLD JOHNSON

👑WARRIOR 👑
My beloved Daddy navigated bipolar.
He was a WARRIOR. He fought for the quality of my life.
He was THE LOVE of my Mother’s life.
My brothers: Dr. William Johnson Omlie + Blake Johnson Omlie. I took them on 8/24/18. Sacred.

 

 

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YES

SUPPORTIVE CHOIR / CIRCLE
OF

SELECTED INDIVIDUALS

WHO ARE
DEPENDABLE,
TENDER,
HONEST – CALL YOU OUT,

LOVING,

TRUSTWORTHY,
LOYAL,
NO DHA MANIPULATION
(Drama Hysteria Acting)
and

CELEBRATE

YOU

ARE
THE LIGHT IN THE DARKNESS:

” I SEE YOU!!!! ”

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THE GIFT OF BEING SEEN AS COMPLEX/WHOLE IS VICTORIOUS BEAUTY, WONDER + AWE!
A CHOIR OF MULTIPLES OR A SINGULAR LOVED ONE IS THE TOUCHSTONE OF YES! 

I KNOW. YOU KNOW.

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TODAY!  13 February 2020
MY SNAKESKIN PRINT COMPRESSION LEGGINGS > HELPS TO “DE-SWELL” FRANKIE/STEIN!

 

 

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GREETINGS

from

FRANKIE

(left foot)

and

STEIN

(right foot)!!!

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Orthopedic reconstruction surgery #55 DAY: WHEEEEEEE!
ALL my toes and major joints – hips / right knee – were congenitally dislocated.
27 December 2019
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/01/12/892-yes-lightluminousradiance-yes-greenfirehandsfeetdance-turningturningturning/

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Post op: 3 February 2020

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Post-op: 13 February 2020

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NO SHAME! 

The lengthy HEAL/THY process demands loving love. 

I am

so proud

of

loved ones

who continuously navigate

CHRONIC INVISIBLE / VISIBLE CHALLENGES

who

FALL and RISE

FALL and RISE 

FALL and RISE 

with

grace,

stalwart faith,

YES!

compassion,

GIANT STEPS,

and

courage

– ALL 

decorated

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RAF PILOTS

CAPTAINS!!!

👑WARRIORS👑

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I know it is not fair – hard,
excruciating,
beyond the pale
when we
feel all alone.
 

We are not victims.

We own our story.

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We
acknowledge our vulnerabilities.
We
make self-aware choices
with
WOW creativity,
heroic dignity,
loving love,
over the top humor,
and 

GIANT STEPS!!!!!!

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YES

DECISIONS / CHOICES

for

RISING:

🌪VICTIM 🌪 >  🌲SURVIVOR🌲  👑WARRIOR👑

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/pine-tree-appeal-heaven-1998-2000

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FOR  👑VICTORIOUS 👑YOU !

rosE FIRE series 2018

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/04/26/800-rose-fire-i-vii-april-2018-appear-hide-gold-pearls-or-snakes-scorpions/

 

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BLOOOMING

bouquets of gratitude
and 

 my boundless appreciation

of

loved ones

who entrusted me

with their luminous sacred beauty

their story,

their truth,

their grit.

Blessings to YOU!!!

HONOR!

RESPECT!

ADMIRATION!

 

YOU

are

treasures,

remarkable,

shining,

rare,

beautiful,

unique

beloved

jewels!!!!

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THE ELEVATOR IN MY BUILDING WORKS FINALLY AFTER 10 DAYS!

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A FIRST TIME!

 

 

I

WENT

OUTSIDE!!!

I rolled my walker on the snowy sidewalk.
I stomped my NEW feet
FRANKIE (left foot) + STEIN (right foot)
on the streets of St. Paul
+

DELIGHTED

in the
OPEN WIDE OPEN

BLUE

BLUE

BLUE

skies!
My RAF soul

flew triumphant

VICTORY ROLLS!!!!!!

 

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11 February 2020.        LOOK! There I am!                   YES! YES! YES!                 I SEE YOU !!!!!

RESURGENCE

NOUN

rising again,

as to new  life,

vigor

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PINKPAINTERSBLUES H                                                            Catherine L. Johnson  2017

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/03/25/723-pinkpaintersblues-h-i-j-catherine-l-johnson-2017-and-what-musician-holds-us-oh-sweetest-song-r-m-rilke/

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SWEET
SWEET
SWEET

Meaning of lyrics:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sweet_Dreams_(Are_Made_of_This)
Hold your head up
Keep your head up, movin’ on
Hold your head up, movin’ on
Keep your head up, movin’ on
Hold your head up
Keep your head up, movin’ on
Hold your head up, movin’ on
Keep your head up, movin’ on

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HEAL/THY

THY/HEAL

HEAL/THY

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YES!
YES!
YES!

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YOUAREMYNIGHTSTAR                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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YOUAREMYNIGHTSTAR        detail                                                          Catherine L. Johnson  2018

 

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Rafiq Bhatia’s

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rafiq_Bhatia
recreation of standards

uses what we’ve heard before to ask

“What haven’t we heard yet?”

and

challenges us to ask

“Why not?”

https://www.npr.org/2020/02/10/804530259/on-standards-vol-1-rafiq-bhatia-questions-the-act-of-reinterpretation

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Rafiq Bhatia started the new year by taking a fresh look at perennial jazz standards in a four-song EP called Standards Vol. 1. The record subverts our expectations — for both a guitarist best-known as a member of the band Son Lux and for songs we know well, half of which were written by the great Duke Elington.

Standards Vol. 1 opens with a rendition of Ellington’s “In A Sentimental Mood,” but without a heads up, you might not even realize it. Bhatia’s transformation renders the song almost unrecognizable, but the liberties he takes are in line with Ellington’s own stance on genre boundaries. In a 1964 CBC interview, Ellington was put off when asked about the music of “his people.”
“That’s a strange question,” he says. “My people — now which of my people? I’m in several groups. I’m in the group of the piano players. I’m in the group of the listeners. I’m in the group of what? Oh yeah, those who appreciate Beaujolais.”
Ellington echoes those thoughts in his 1976 memoir, Music Is My Mistress, writing, “There really are no categories, you know. Everyone is so alone — the basic, essential state of humankind.”
“I think that’s the best answer to that question I’ve ever heard,” Bhatia says. “It helps me make sense of my own resistance to that kind of classification.”

Bhatia has been called a jazz musician, an experimental musician, and his guitar shredding has been compared to that of Jimi Hendrix. He’s not offended by the shorthand, but his latest work, which deploys recording techniques as much as performance chops, questions the act of reinterpretation.

Across Standards‘ four tracks, Bhatia plays for less than a minute. “Is it possible to ‘play these pieces’ without playing an instrument?” he asks. “And, can you express who you are without picking up an instrument?”
Bhatia says when he listens to the recordings of Coltrane, or Monk, or Ellington, he has an immediate sense of who they are — and that’s not exclusive to the jazz greats. “That’s a quality that extends to a lot of other different kinds of music that have evolved in the years since and are evolving right now,” he says. “When I hear Madlib, or Flying Lotus, or Tim Hecker, or Ben Frost, I hear a similar kind of thing, where a few seconds happen and you know who it is.”
Bhatia’s sonic signature provokes a certain amount of disorientation for his listeners.
“I think I have a general interest in otherworldliness, and the surreal, and the language of dreams and these kinds of spaces in which we might be able to have an experience with it that is more emotional and less rational,” he says.
But on this new project, his music-making uses his listeners’ familiarity with landmark recordings to guide them through his ideas. If you have already heard Ornette Coleman’s recording of his song “Lonely Woman,” you can hear its melody recurring in Bhatia’s version, over and over, jumping registers and moving from instrument to instrument.

On Standards Vol. 1, Bhatia shows himself in his choices, just one of which was asking Cecile McLorin Salvant to sing “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,” a perennial on Roberta Flack’s setlist. Salvant’s rendition is haunting and meaty.

“She’s able to inhabit a song and tease out these other kinds of layers under the surface of what the song might have been written to mean, and maybe even pull those things out with her vocal delivery in a way that makes us all confront them,” he says.
Another distinct choice was the way Bhatia recorded pianist Chris Pattishall playing Ellington’s “Single Petal of a Rose.”
“If you had been in the room with Chris,” he says, “you actually would not have heard any notes.” That’s because they laid a piece of felt inside the piano, between the hammers and the strings, dampening the instrument’s reverberations and leaving, he says, “all the sound of human action without any pitches. And we just recorded it with a lot of volume and dynamic processing added to it so that it would bring the notes back out.”
In other words, they cranked it up way past eleven, to convert a series of gentle thuds into something both ethereal and close.

“It’s like bottling the act of expression,” Bhatia says, describing a crucial component of Bhatia’s aesthetic. For as much as he’s intrigued by the possibilities of technology that didn’t exist in 1959, the year “Single Petal of a Rose” was first recorded, he’s not going for scrubbed perfection.
“If all of these techniques are available to us,” he wonders, “why aren’t we using them in service of making ourselves feel like the listener is sitting there and playing the piano and it’s speaking back to her in this way?”

Growing up the son of South Asian Muslim American immigrant parents in North Carolina, Bhatia says he didn’t see many people who shared his identity. That void meant he made it up himself, according to his own rules.

“I can think of no better exemplar or North Star for people who have done that than Duke Ellington and Ornette Coleman,” he says. “So even though I’m not sure … how other people see my relationship to that music, I know that there’s no way that I would be able to be here doing what I’m doing with sound if it wasn’t for their example.”

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CHERISH. WHISPER. SOFTLY.                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2009

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whisper
[ hwis-per, wis-per ]
to utter with soft, low sounds, using the breath, lips

 

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The elevator in my building,
Artspace’s The Northern Warehouse,
has been down
for

9

days. 
My recent reconstructive surgery prohibits me taking the 5 flights of steps
to
go

OUTSIDE.

Feeling
TRAPPED, HOSTAGE, IMPRISONED
with my free will denied
is
terrible, difficult, challenging.

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must practice MY freedom exodus flights in MY mind’s eye:
I slowly lift

open

the large window in my loft
so I can feel
the  thrill of the heaven’s wind exhaling
the soft blue of the sky.
My soul escapes:
my body, my cherished wings billow
out from the tight coil
– RELEASED
and

I fly, flying

soaring.

Calming me.

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Stages
of the
FREEDOMEXODUS

RADICAL HOPE

own compose author your life
spiral VIOLET improvisational dance:

ALL

aware practices,

heal/thy disciplines,

telling the truth,

continuous rehearsals,

and

selecting a beautiful life force honest ensemble

for the

revolutionary

GIANT STEPS

YES

DECISIONS / CHOICES

for

RISING:

🌪VICTIM 🌪 >  🌲SURVIVOR🌲  >  👑WARRIOR👑

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/pine-tree-appeal-heaven-1998-2000
 

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WONder.

AWE.

AWEmen!!! AWEwomen!!!

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SEE my WINGS?

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Serenity Prayer: I can do this.

Violet energy.

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My brother suddenly wanted to see me.
This morning, immediately.
He calls me at 7:15 am
He drove an hour from his home with all his dogs
churning black and white and brown
in the back leather seats of his car.

Catherine! Catherine!

Let down your hair!

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The courageous Senator Mitt Romney (Utah – Republican).
Senator Mitt Romney will always be remembered not as a traitor
but as a honest man who had the courage to speak up against President Trump.
The truth is the truth even if you are a minority of one. Mahatma Gandhi.

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The Constitution is at the foundation of our republic’s success, and we each strive not to lose sight of our promise to defend it. The Constitution established the vehicle of impeachment that has occupied both houses of Congress for these many days. We have labored to faithfully execute our responsibilities to it. We have arrived at different judgments, but I hope we respect each other’s good faith.
The allegations made in the articles of impeachment are very serious. As a senator-juror, I swore an oath, before God, to exercise “impartial justice.” I am a profoundly religious person. I take an oath before God as enormously consequential. I knew from the outset that being tasked with judging the president, the leader of my own party, would be the most difficult decision I have ever faced. I was not wrong.
The House managers presented evidence supporting their case; the White House counsel disputed that case. In addition, the president’s team presented three defenses: first, that there can be no impeachment without a statutory crime; second, that the Bidens’ conduct justified the president’s actions; and third that the judgment of the president’s actions should be left to the voters. Let me first address each of those defenses.
The historic meaning of the words “high crimes and misdemeanors,” the writings of the Founders and my own reasoned judgment convince me that a president can indeed commit acts against the public trust that are so egregious that while they are not statutory crimes, they would demand removal from office. To maintain that the lack of a codified and comprehensive list of all the outrageous acts that a president might conceivably commit renders Congress powerless to remove such a president defies reason.
The president’s counsel noted that Vice President [Joe] Biden appeared to have a conflict of interest when he undertook an effort to remove the Ukrainian prosecutor general. If he knew of the exorbitant compensation his son was receiving from a company actually under investigation, the vice president should have recused himself. While ignoring a conflict of interest is not a crime, it is surely very wrong.
With regards to Hunter Biden, taking excessive advantage of his father’s name is unsavory but also not a crime. Given that in neither the case of the father nor the son was any evidence presented by the president’s counsel that a crime had been committed, the president’s insistence that they be investigated by the Ukrainians is hard to explain other than as a political pursuit. There is no question in my mind that were their names not Biden, the president would never have done what he did.

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HEAVENINMYMOUTH                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2012
PRIVATE COLLECTION: Charles Lloyd + Dorothy Darr

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COURAGEOUS SENATORS

 

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“Don’t lose hope.”

“There is justice in this world and truth and right.

I believe that.

I wouldn’t be in this government if I didn’t.”
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

 

I direct my final message not to the house managers, not even to my fellow senators but to the American people.

My message is simple: Don’t lose hope.

There is justice in this world. And truth. And right. I believe that. I wouldn’t be in this government if I didn’t. Somehow, in ways we can’t predict, with God’s mysterious hand guiding us, truth and right will prevail. There have been dark periods in our history. But we always overcome. The Senate’s opening prayer yesterday was Amos 5:24. “Let justice roll down like water, righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”
The long arc of the moral universe, my fellow Americans, does bend towards justice. America does change for the better. But not on its own. It took millions of Americans hundreds of years to make this country what it is today. Americans of every age and color and creed who marched and protested, stood up and sat in, Americans that defended this beautiful democracy in its darkest hours.
On Memorial Day in 1884, Oliver Wendel Holmes told his war-weary audience that, quote, “Whether one accepts from fortune her spade and will look downward and dig, or from aspiration her ax and cord and scale the ice, the one and only success which is yours to command is to bring to your work a mighty heart.”
I have confidence that Americans of a different generation, our generation, will bring to our work a mighty heart to fight for what’s right, to fight for the truth and never, never lose faith.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

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