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TYRE_NICHOLS_ 2023_FRESHDRIEDBLOOD_2013

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Installed in the Northern Warehouse, St. Paul, Minnesota.

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one work

in the

HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013

‘FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN’

Catherine L. Johnson

2013

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 TYRE NICHOLS

(5 June 1993 – 10 January 2023)

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pulled out of car overpowered kicked in head

restrained punched tasered beaten by baton

murdered by Memphis’ Scorpion

(Street Crimes Operation to Restore Peace In Our Neighborhoods)

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‘MERCENARIES II’ 1979 Leon Golub

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BITE YOUR TONGUE

For further information, please click on link below:

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humanity_freshdriedbloodiamhuman_catherinel-johnson_2013_clj_dpi300FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN    Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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Death of Tyre Nichols

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TYRE NICHOLS

(5 June 1993 – 10 January 2023)

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7 January 2023

PULLED OUT of his car

overpowered

KICKED IN HEAD restrained

punched tasered BEATEN by batons

MURDERED

by

FIVE officers

of the

Memphis’

elite

SCORPION

(Street Crimes Operation to RESTORE Peace In Our Neighborhoods)

police

unit

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Officers gave terrified Tyre Nichols

71 swift and contradictory commands

in just 13 minutes

as they beat him to death

during unprompted traffic stop

including holding his hands

while barking at him

to show his hands

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Tyre Nichols beating.png

image from a surveillance video

showing

five SCORPION police officers

BEATING Nichols

Across the country,

police sometimes use passive language

that can paint a very different picture from what cameras later show.

Initial news releases are often based on police officers’ self-reporting,

and were it not for the ubiquity of cameras in modern times,

the discrepancies between those filings and the reality of a police interaction

may never come to light.

The brutal footage released Friday

echoed the disparity

between what police often initially report

and

what actually happens.

In 67 minutes of video, brutality followed by nonchalance

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Tyre Nichols death: How to navigate news coverage, social media as footage  is releasedX

Memphis PD Shuts Down SCORPION Unit Involved in Tyre Nichols' Death

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Mercenaries II    Leon Golub  1979

https://www.mbam.qc.ca/en/works/1412/

Surpassing Science Fiction: Leon Golub's Late Paintings | Gallery Aferro  Studio Residency

For information on Leon Golub, please click on link below:

LEON GOLUB

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Leon Golub was my remarkable graduate school advisor: Mason Gross School of Arts, Rutgers University.
Leon named humanity can transit into animal Lord of the Flies of inhumanity.

The scale of his ‘Mercenaries’ series are theater, gladiator arenas, landscape geographies, back drops.

Layers, thick layers of paint upon paint.

Layers of paint ground out with by his hand held grinder.

The finished canvases are held up by brass grommets.

VISCERAL HORROR.

An actual encounter witnessing his paintings versus looking at an online image – incomparable

The viewer experiences an overwhelming sensory assault.

The viewer can smell the rabid, violent fumes of a bounded tribal ‘group’.

The viewer is ‘frozen’ – fight/flight and the naming of humanity’s shadow side capable of cruelty, evil of another human

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I will not watch the video tapes of the violence of Tyre Nichols’ torture.

Choice.

I did not watch the video tapes of George Floyd’s murder.

Choice.

Listening, reading of their tortured death – BOTH men calling out to his Mother

evoked the NAMING of humanity’s brutality in Leon Golub’s art.

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The savage mentality

of

the FIVE Memphis police officers

belonging to the ELITE community driven

SCORPION

(Street Crimes Operation to RESTORE Peace In Our Neighborhoods)

  unit

who, together as a choreographed crew

beat and murdered

Tyre Nichols,

showed that they were cannibals,

a flash mob,

a wolf pack,

MERCENARIES.

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DOMINATION.

CONTROL.

GOONS.

COMPLICIT bystanders.

COLLUSION.

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2023_LUNAR_NEW_YEAR

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Rabbits are earnest

with

everything they do;

they just ask

that

others treat them the same way.

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In Chinese culture, rabbits represent the moon.

Some say it is because the shadows of the moon resemble a rabbit.

Others say it is because of the rabbit’s pure characteristics.

The Rabbit’s kindness may make them seem soft and weak.

In truth,

the Rabbit’s quiet personality hides their confidence and strength.

They are steadily moving towards their goal,

no matter what negativity the others give them.

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‘It’s the Year of the Rabbit and we should all be focusing on rest, introspection and working smarter not harder. 

The Lunar New Year, celebrated primarily by Chinese diasporas and other East Asian cultures as well as the Vietnamese, will begin on Sunday, kicking off 15 days of festivities and customs. While the preceding Year of the Tiger was seen as a powerful period of action, and, at times, impulse, the rabbit sign is expected to usher in a softer period focused on self-reflection, Jonathan H. X. Lee, an Asian and Asian American studies professor at San Francisco State University.’

I lived in Manhattan’s Little Italy for SIX years – adjacent to Chinatown!

The LUNAR NEW YEAR parades were EXHILARATING!

Chinese New Year 2023 in New York - Dates

THEN and NOW, I celebrate the LUNAR NEW YEAR!

Leo / Christa / I will be celebrating my 29 December on THIS day!

http://www.chengheng448.com/menu/

Red-colored clothing is worn throughout the Lunar New Year as it symbolizes prosperity and is thought to ward off evil spirits. Interestingly, people are clad in everything red from head to toe as the new year begins.

Fiery red, in particular, promotes movement, vitality, passion and love.

I will be wearing RED!

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‘Wade in the Water’

was

coded message

to

escaping slaves

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2016/04/21/marvis-staples-song-once-helped-slaves-escape

https://songofamerica.net/essays/the-shift-to-the-concert-stage-wade-in-the-water-and-the-american-spiritual/#:~:text=%E2%80%9CWade%20in%20the%20Water%E2%80%9D%20was,settings%20as%20a%20baptismal%20song.

https://www.npr.org/2019/06/20/711807580/wade-in-the-water-ep-9-the-struggle-for-a-new-classical-concert-tradition

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=726113095

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Because many slaves knew the secret meanings of songs, they could be used to signal many things. Harriet Tubman used the song “Wade in the Water” to tell escaping slaves to get off the trail and into the water to make sure the dogs slave catchers used couldn’t sniff out their trail. People walking through water did not leave a scent trail that dogs could follow. Read the words of “Wade in the Water”:

Chorus

Wade in the Water, wade in the water children.
Wade in the Water. God’s gonna trouble the water.

Who are those children all dressed in Red?
God’s gonna trouble the water.
Must be the ones that Moses led.
God’s gonna trouble the water.

Chorus

Who are those children all dressed in White?
God’s gonna trouble the water.
Must be the ones of the Israelites.
God’s gonna trouble the water.

Chorus

Who are those children all dressed in Blue?
God’s gonna trouble the water.
Must be the ones that made it through.
God’s gonna trouble the water.


Chorus

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Marian Anderson

 and

Mahalia Jackson

were my childhood

HER/OS

– thier life template fired my choices.

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https://nccdh.ca/glossary/entry/marginalized-populations

Marginalized populations

are groups and communities

that

experience discrimination

and

exclusion

(social, political and economic)

because of

unequal power relationships

across

economic, political, social and cultural dimensions.

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HUMANITY Portfolio: EXODUSFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE CATHERINE L JOHNSON  AUGUST 2013; Catherine L. Johnson;EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE                         Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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magnetic_MIDNIGHT_#1_2023_CLJmagnetic: MIDNIGHT one    Catherine L. Johnson  2023

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visual score

magnetic: MIDNIGHT one 

 

Nature’s beautiful offering and gift – not forced – an amazing grace of natural living love.

Let it BE y/our LIFE…

Catherine L. Johnson

2023

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 Silver ‘Pablo’ Caran d’Ache drawing pencil on archival heavyweight paper

the silver lead is iridescent

skeins of luminous bright silver lines over lines over lines

drawn as a continuous ‘breath’ upon a theater of deep navy midnight blue

the silver lines shine and spark in relation to the ambient light

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original drawing measures:

19″H x 12.5″W

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Aurorae are the most visible on northern and southern Polar Regions due to the form of the Earth’s magnetic field. In Finland, aurora borealis can be most often viewed in the northernmost Lapland, approximately on 200 nights a year, whereas in southern Finland the phenomenon is rare with about two dozen sightings annually. In 2000 and 2001, a very powerful aurora borealis storm occurred, when bright bands of aurora borealis were seen on the northern hemisphere all the way down to southern Europe. Most commonly, aurora borealis can be seen as steady arch but many kinds of forms can be seen from time to time.

Electric particles from the sun, such as protons and electrons, are carried by the solar wind to the Earth’s magnetic field that reaches as far as 100 000 km above the atmosphere. Due to the influence of the solar wind, this field, i.e. magnetosphere, stretches forming a tale of millions of kilometres on the night side of the Earth. Part of the electric particles drift to the Earth’s magnetic field to form the so-called Van Allen zone. Part of the particles are stored in the tale of the magnetic field and carried from there along force currents to the proximity of the poles of the Earth. These particles are pushed into the atmosphere of the Earth, colliding with the molecules of different matter 80 to 300 km above the ground and exciting the atoms. When the excitation is released, the extra energy is released as light. Depending on the variety of the excited atom, the released light can have different wavelengths that are visible to the eye in different colours.

Aurora borealis cannot be seen at all times. The best time of the day is during the magnetic midnight, which occurs approximately an hour before the actual midnight. The difference is caused by the 11º-difference between the North Pole on top of the axis of the Earth and the magnetic North Pole. According to observers, the aurora borealis is the most commonly seen during Equinoxes, but also on other bright winter nights viewing is possible.

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#894 + RISE UP! STEP UP! WORDS UP! ACTIONS UP! + “We must accept FINITE disappointment but never lose INFINITE hope.” The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther KING Jr. + RISE UP! STEP UP! WORDS UP! ACTIONS UP!

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/01/20/894-rise-up-step-up-words-up-actions-up-we-must-accept-finite-disappointment-but-never-lose-infinite-hope-the-reverend-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-rise-up-step-up-words-up-actions-u/

 

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HUMANITY Portfolio: EXODUSFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE CATHERINE L JOHNSON  AUGUST 2013; Catherine L. Johnson; EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE                         Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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The Life of Dr Martin Luther King Jr - HubPages

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Original New York Times Obituary - The New York  Times

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Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. celebrated throughout Mass.

Amusement Parks And Jim Crow: Martin Luther King Jr.'s Son Remembers : Code  Switch : NPR

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You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Fragment from ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelo

Martin Luther King Jr. - Wikipedia

 

REMARKABLE!

It was the spring of 1963. These leaders were planning the now famous March on Washington. The voting rights bill was being debated before Congress. The same with a food stamps bill for poor people. Participating in this live prime time television dialogue were James Farmer, James Forman, Whitney Young, Martin Luther King and Roy Wilkins. All powerful civil rights leaders representing the NAACP, the National Urban League, the Congress On Racial Equality (CORE), the SCCC, and the SCLC. Issues discussed include Lyndon Johnson and the southern Dixiecrats, the voting rights bill, the bus boycotts, the lunch counter sit ins, the effort to register voters in Mississippi, and more

 

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Why It's Difficult To Find Full Video Of King's Historic Speech : The  Two-Way : NPR

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
History: MLK joins sanitation strike in Memphis

King: "I'm happy, tonight. I'm not worried about anything. I'm not fearing any man."

“I’m happy, tonight.

I’m not worried about anything.

I’m not fearing any man.”

Martin Luther King Jr. delivered this sermon on the night of April 3, 1968, at the Bishop Charles Mason Temple in Memphis, Tennessee, as a storm raged outside. Titled “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” it was his last speech. Some people believe its final passage prophesized his death the next day.

https://www.cnn.com/2018/04/04/us/martin-luther-king-jr-mountaintop-speech-trnd/index.html

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POP UP

MLK FOOD DRIVE

NORTHERN WAREHOUSE

‘COME UNITY’
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Because my building,

(where my loft is located)

has had frequent break ins and theft,

I set up the

MLK FOOD DRIVE

in the elevator!

 

HALLIE Q. BROWN FOOD SHELF

https://www.hallieqbrown.org/site/

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🙌🏾🙌🏼🙌🏽🙌🏼🙌🏾

 

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15 January 1997

 

 

The last day of my Mother’s life – she gave me that night:
profound offerings of glory, unconditional love, anointment of naming WHO I am.
She was dead the next morning.
I found her – warm and blue eyes open in her bed with her dogs sleeping at the end of the bed.

 

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6Jan2022_1st_anniversary_INSURRECTION_WP

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💥💥💥💥💥💥

On the FIRST anniversary

of the

6 January 2021 INSURRECTION

mobilized by president #45

WHO LOST THE ELECTION,

my buddy Pete

(owner of W. 7th Street Barbers – on the left, and the amazing Mark next to Pete)

sheared my hair

at my request.

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My action,

a performance of choices

– how/why

our choices

become the story

of our lives.

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On

6 January 2023

after an unprecedented #

ROUNDS of VOTING 4 the SPEAKER, 

the spineless

MAGA REPUBLICANS

+

the wannabe speaker,

Kevin McCarthy,

 was made paralyzed by the

Qanon Taliban

faction

of the

Grand Old Party

– NOW party of 3 RINGS of CLOWNS:

like Dante’s inferno.

The concessions Kevin has made upon each failed round is a testament of _______.

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THE

CLOWN / MAGA/ QANON TALIBAN PARTY

DONORS

NEED TO BE NAMED + OUTED.

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Kevin McCarthy Speaker of the House Memes

As of this minute,

after the

#13 ROUND of VOTING

4 SPEAKER of the HOUSE

resulted in gobsmacking

ZIP!

💥💥💥💥💥💥

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UPDATE

7 January 2023

#15 ROUND:

Kevin McCarthy,

AFTER

selling his family, the family dog

and

succumbing to the concessions

demanded by the

MAGA QANON Taliban,

his gobsmacking groveling

finally awarded him

the party of clowns

🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡🤡

SPEAKER of the HOUSE.

Kevin McCarthy elected House speaker in rowdy post-midnight vote |  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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a Washington Post reader’s

SPOT ON comment

in response to now

SPEAKER MAGA McCarthy:

“Hard to comprehend that a person that voted against certifying a free and fair election AFTER a violent insurrection was finally quelled was elected Speaker of the House. Watching him administer an oath to protect and defend the Constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic to people who have already violated that oath was hard to watch.”

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Incompetent people don’t know they’re incompetent.

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6JAN2023_CLJ_CAMO_PT

6 January 2023

( image: @ my weekly PT TCO /Woodbury working with my collaborator and creative genius Lisa Richardson)

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I began 2 let my sheared hair

GROW

+

RISE UP 4

FREEDOM + DEMOCRACY

at the

MID-TERMS!

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Democrats commemorate

the 2nd anniversary

of the

6 January 2021

INSURRECTION

attack with tears and silence at US Capitol

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Hundreds of members of Congress gathered

to pay tribute to five police officers

whose deaths have been tied to the insurrection

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Senior Democrats led a large and poignant gathering on the steps of the US Capitol in Washington to commemorate the “solemn day” on the second anniversary of the deadly January 6 insurrection by extremist supporters of Donald Trump.

Only one republican came.

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6 January 2021

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2022/01/06/1060-the-insurrection-day-6-january-2022-hair-cut-democracy-an-art-not-pants-on-fire-demagoguery-american-terrorist-tourists-1st-anniversary-tic-tac-toe-1-catherine-l-johnso/

Trump's Insurrection Shows We Must Strengthen Protection of Our Democracy |  Earthjustice

Many' US Capitol Police officers want to retire or leave after Jan. 6  insurrection, union says - ABC News

Shameful moment in history': Sisters react to insurrection at US Capitol |  Global Sisters Report

Capitol riot latest: Man who allegedly dragged beaten officer down steps  charged - ABC News

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The

remarkable

ARENA

of our times:

Truth v Loyalty

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“In a time of universal deceit

telling the truth is a revolutionary act.”

Unknown

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TICTACTOE_#1_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSONTIC-TAC-TOE #1        Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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1JANUARY2022_BRIGHT_NEW_YEAR

Nature’s ‘fireworks’

BATTLE CREEK DOG PARK

New Year’s Eve

http://www.battlecreekdogpark.dog/

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‘TABULA RASA: CHANGE’

2008

Poem/libretto: Catherine L. Johnson, visual artist and writer

I wrote ‘TABULA RASA: CHANGE’ upon the election of President Barack Obama. I was a volunteer from the campaign’s early stages when his name recognition was a whisper – his name on pamphlets were placed on the the far edge of the DFL table at the Minnesota State Fair! What occurred was change, a change that was both blowing in the wind and an internal tsunami. America is shaped by our gentle breath and a roaring belief in: YES, WE CAN!

Transformations call out internal revolutions.

And, that process exposes raw nerve truths:

beautiful and ugly.

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In March 2011, ‘TABULA RASA: CHANGE’ was mobilized from a text into a recorded spoken word performance.

The session was snaked.

Faith.

Improvisational call and response.

A rhythmic beat – my voice.

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Change.

Change the pattern.

Change the dance.

Change the sound.

Change the thought.

Change the view.

Change the volume.

Change the rhythm.

Change the understanding.

Change the bruise.

Change the garden.

Change the gold.

Change the kiss.

Change the touch.

Change the story.

Change the cowardice.

Change the bad.

Change the good.

Change the song.

Change the silence.

Change the beat.

Change the color.

Change the hymn.

Change the circle.

Change the lie.

Change the love.

Change the map.

Change the ocean.

Change the dark.

Change the light.

Change the sky.

Change the mouth.

Change the silence.

Change the thirst.

Change the longing.

Change the hunger.

Change the earth.

Change the skin.

Change the unknown.

Change the certainty.

Change the insecurity.

Change the heart.

Change the hand.

Change the fist.

Change the anger.

Change the fear.

Change the fight.

Change the blame.

Change the home.

Change the mind.

Change the lock.

Change the link.

Change the color.

Change the weak.

Change the strong.

Change the animal.

Change the demon.

Change the angel.

Change the prayer.

Change the choice.

Change the decision.

Change the dead.

Change the life.

Change.

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Catherine L. Johnson 2008

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twenty

twenty

three!

A

BRIGHT

NEW

YEAR! 

YES!

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29 December

‘I was born.’

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29December2022_VENTO_reflection29 December 2022

Vento Nature Sanctuary

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29 December 2022

Vento Nature Sanctuary

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I always celebrate

my birthday

outdoors,

in Nature,

in motion.

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No matter the weather or temperature or wind.

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Today x-skiing

for over three hours,

round and round and round

Vento Nature Sanctuary, 

listening and heart ajar:

welcoming

Nature’s evanescent,

boundless, and profound beauty

with my sweet K9 Zachary.

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“A heart filled

WITH LOVE

is like a

phoenix

that

NO cage

can imprison.”

Rumi

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Angular Geometry — Phoenix Fire. | #GIF | #DAILY | #C4D |

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CATHERINE_CHRISTMAS_2022

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Be JOY!

Be HAPPY!

Be PEACE!

Be LIGHT!

Be KIND!

Be HONORABLE!

Be EARTH!

Be MORAL COURAGE!

Be SKY!

Be COMPASSIONATE!

Be STARS!

Be FAITH!

Be FREEDOM!

Be DAWN!

Be HONEST!

Be RAINBOWS!

Be OCEANS!

Be LOVE!

Be GRACE!

Be DIGNITY!

Be SERVICE!

Be INTEGRITY!

Be RESILIENCE!

Be HEART!

Be CHANGE!

Be FAITH!

Be GENTLE!

Be HOPE!

Be LIGHT!

Be DEER / DEAR!

Be NEW!

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Be THE GOLDEN RULE!

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

ARTIST SONIC / VISUAL COEUR POET / WRITER SEE/SEA BEAUTY DETECTIVEPRIEST / ACTIVIST/ SACRED TRUTH-TELLING INTEGRITY RADIANCE