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Agent Orange brings together Edel Rodriguez’s illustrations of Donald Trump.

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STATE OF THE disUNION

4 February

 

NO2o2oVISION

 

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MAGIC ACTS!

Watch/listen words + action disconnect v connect!!!!!
 
 

WHO tells / acts the TRUTH?

Is NO INTEGRITY or INTEGRITY PROMISED?

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Watching

Representative Nancy Pelosi,

Speaker of the House,
figuring out

whether to throw out

the printed text
of

tinymans

SOTU

divisive BOMBastic spinNINGINGING RALLY of LIES

speech

into the

recycling,

trash,

compost,

leave ‘it’ on the desk,

or

tear ‘it’ up

was a

truly

maddeningly

brilliant action.

The tearing of tinyman’s

– made for the clingers ‘script’-

was a moment
marking
the Speaker of the House’s

capacity

to
tolerate tinyman’s

lies, spins, obfuscation, snake oil sales hype

was

crossed.

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The action
below
would have been better
– involuntary vomiting on tinyman’s SOTU ‘script’ –
without replicating
tinyman’s knifing with his routine of vindictive immature vicious ‘revenge’
which is characteristic of
tinyman’s 
malevolent narcissistic behaviors .

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The bigoted tinyman’s token parade of our societys

disenfranchised invisible minorities

selected to
sit / stand
for his smirking applause
was an

obscene gobsmacked gutting spectacle!

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tinyman’s SOTU was

a

a patronizing sideshow,

a delusional circus,

and

a self-centered campaign rally directed to his base.

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Note:

MAGIC SHOW!

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tinyman’s Republican party – an alternate universe.

Above: tinyman and Sen. McConnell caressing.

 

DID YOU SEE HOW

the Republicans

could stand

without spines

and

raise their arms UP in the air

and

holler????!!!

 

WOW!

 

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WHO* WANTS TO DRINK MORE OF THE KOOLAID?

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

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The

Senate’s

IMPEACHMENT VOTE

is

tomorrow

to

CONVICT

or

ACQUIT!

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*Republicans!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK!

DRINK

tinyman’s + Mitch’s KoolAid!

WHOOPIE!!!!

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Oh!

Teach your children

well

about the difference
between

cultural appropriation,

appropriate actions,

and

authentic appreciation.

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IPROMISETOTELLTHETRUTH                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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Please click for further information:
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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XDr. Mark Coventry provided me the character of Abraham Lincoln as a template.
When I was 7, my grandfather, Emil Cottor, gave me Lincoln book holders. He knew.

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Cooper Union Address

https://www.nps.gov/liho/learn/historyculture/cooperunionaddress.htm

“…What is the frame of government under which we live?

The answer must be: “The Constitution of the United States...”

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The Cooper Union speech, 27 February 1860, 
played a pivotal role in Lincoln gaining the
1860 Republican Presidential nomination.

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Abraham Lincoln, 
Founder of the Republican party,
from Kentucky
the same state and party
Senator Mitch McConnell
represents.

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HOUSE MANAGERS

 

House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.)
House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.)
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.)
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.)
Rep. Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas)

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Thank YOU

House Managers

for your perseverance in

UPHOLDING our Constitution

CHERISHING our democracy

NAMING truth-telling

as THE currency

of

RADICAL HOPES

of

FREEDOM

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“Walk by FAITH”

3 February 2020
Closing argument
Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (D-N.Y.)

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I worked the 2018 campaign:

TINA SMITH for SENATOR!!!

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ELECTION NIGHT 2016

TELLING/LEARNING THE TRUTH

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VIEWER DISCRETION ADVISED!!!!

GREETINGS

from

“FRANKIE” (left) and “STEIN” (right)!!!

Almost 6 weeks post-reconstruction!

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“Frankie” (left) + “Stein” (right)

ABSOLUTELY

believe

they are

Bolshoi Ballerina Feet!!!

Bless their little hearts… 

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Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, and The Nutcracker
by

Tchaikovsky

is on an endless loop in my studio.
“INSPIRES HEALING!!!” exclaims, in unison, Frankie and Stein.

I go with it!

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To look /see my face
that is above my feet,
please click:
 https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

 

 

 

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Pelosi Statement on Senate Vote to Block Witnesses and Documents

January 31, 2020
Press Release
Washington, D.C. — Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement after Senate Republicans voted against calling witnesses and compelling documents in the impeachment proceedings:

“The Senate Republicans’ vote against calling witnesses and compelling documents

in the impeachment proceedings makes them accomplices to the President’s cover-up. 

 

The President was impeached for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

He is impeached forever. There can be no acquittal without a trial. 

And there is no trial without witnesses, documents and evidence.

 

“It is a sad day for America to see Senator McConnell require

the Chief Justice of the United States to preside over a vote

which rejected our nation’s judicial norms, precedents and institutions

to uphold the Constitution and the rule of law.

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#887 + 18 DECEMBER 2019 + 🇺🇸 + U.S. House of Representatives VOTED to IMPEACH

upholding the principles/vision of the United States of America’s CONSTITUTION

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/12/19/887-18-december-2019-%f0%9f%87%ba%f0%9f%87%b8-u-s-house-of-representatives-voted-to-impeach-upholding-the-principles-vision-of-the-united-states-of-americas-constitution/

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Republican Senator Mitch McConnell

is NOT a ‘Captain Winters’ leader.

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His oath,
as an elected representative,
was/ is to

*”got your six”*

to the Constitution,
to America’s democracy,
and
to Americans.

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Senator Mitch McConnell

rounds up the Republican sheep

PERFECTLY

for the malevolent narcissist
who currently sits in the WH
– the man who impulsively tweets; conducts kiss me grandiose myopic rallies;
spews hatred; demeans; bullies; gaslights;
never is responsible/accountable for his OWN words/actions;
blames others for his victim behaviors
and
blames others for the storms he creates:
note his

‘throw another one under the bus’

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(he guts/eviscerates individuals who stand up to him – his liar liar pants on fire routine)
for daring to counter his uninformed phantoms he calls facts
and/or,
in turn,
challenging him to be accountable for his OWN choices/actions;
and, oh, he golfs.

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Please research the shared/fixed world view of
Cipollone, Sekula, Barr, Pompeo
–  it does not welcome a greater field of humanity.

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‘PERFECT’ SHEEP

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‘PERFECT’ SHEEP

Look at them go to the sounds of McConnell whistle blowing!

WHEEEEEEEEE!

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The Senate Republicans

will forever defined as

‘PERFECT’ SHEEP:

scared,
incapable of standing up for truth,
and
terrified of the United States President.
The Senate Republicans took an OATH to DO their job
– they betrayed their OATH because KEEPING their job was more important –
following the principled leadership envisioned by
the Framers of our Constitution?
I think not!!!

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The Republicans

the party of Abraham Lincoln

– who was not afraid to tell the truth,
persevered in his truth,
and
acted on his truth.

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President Abraham Lincoln’s character is described below:
Honesty striving for dealing with individuals and situations fairly and with truth
Empathyshowing concern and attempting to understand the feelings of others
Humilityworking for the betterment of others, and in the interest of others over self
Perseverance showing hope and determination in the face of defeats and loss
Couragebravely standing for what is right in the face of opposition and personal fears
Intellectcontinually learning all one can about the world around us
Vision being governed by a firm set of principles & attainable ideas about the future
Responsibilitywillingness to work hard and to do one’s duty as a citizen
Leadership – showing an ability to lead others in service and with justice & fairness

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 President Abraham Lincoln

“got y/our six”.

Truth.

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COURAGEOUS STAND UP ACTION.  NOT SHEEP.  S/HEROES.

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VULNERABILITY

FOXHOLE MATE

“I GOT YOUR SIX”

HONESTY

TRUST

RESPONSIBILITY

CHOICES

ACCOUNTABILITY

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What does the term

“got your six”

mean?
Where did it originate?
In the military, “got your six” means “I’ve got your back.”

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The saying originated with World War I fighter pilots
referencing the rear of an airplane as the six o’clock position.
If you picture yourself at the center of a clock face,
the area directly in front of you is twelve o’clock.
Six o’clock is what lies behind you.

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On a battlefield,

your “six” is the most vulnerable.

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When someone tells you

that they’ve

“got your six,

it means they’re watching your back.

By extension,

that person expects

you to have their back as well.

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“Got your six”

is now a ubiquitous term in the military
that also highlights the way
military members look out
for

each

other.

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Very difficult, challenging weekend
of  deliberate,
selective,
and
critical action
with full awareness of my bearing the consequences.

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INTEGRITY.

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Life is improvisational:

demanding
the multi-spheric awareness of a detectivepriest,
an eyeheartsensibility of a poet/musician
generating
a vast spectrum of possible outcomes to numerous blueprints of actions
and

triage

the determination of priorities for action.

A RAT PATROL captain + medic in the battlefield field

– a musician on stage improvising.

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Tuesday
was the one month marker
of my birthday
and
the one month post-op evaluation
of
the reconstruction of all my toes.
https://wordpress.com/view/catherineljohnson.wordpress.com

“FRANKIE” (left)  +  “STEIN” (right)

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I returned
and
was slammed down
by a monster virus with a high fever.

I am living the CDC description of the flu.

I am the middle soldier, at this time.

Vulnerable.

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One remarkable occurrence
  as I passed into and out of the high fever dreams:
I heard Rep. Adam Schiff quote the philosopher

John Rawls

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/747-veil-john-rawls-theory-of-justice-the-veil-of-ignorance-the-little-prince-documentary-whose-streets/
in his response to a question
from the Senate floor!

 

 

 

I will begin Physical Therapy
to learn how to walk again
with these new 10TENTOE
structures.

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Our bodyheartbrain

is OPEN to adventure

awaiting

to create NEW pathways
which is the

WONDER + AWE of NATURE

and
living who YOU are

– in truth, in light, risk, knowing you will fly

and
knowing

YOU are loved for ALL the things YOU are.

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Back to bed.

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PRACTICING DEMOCRACY!!!

 

 

 

From

St. Paul, Minnesota

to

Waterloo, Iowa!!!

Saturday 25 January!

 

 

Calling for WARREN!

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Sunday 26 January!

 

Brian FIELD ORGANIZER for East Waterloo!

DOOR KNOCKING for WARREN!

 

Me / James – committed WARREN voter / Steph

 

Kate INTERN with WARREN / Waterloo!

 

 

 

 

26 January 2020

 

The Des Moines Register

 

ENDORSED

ELIZABETH WARREN!!!

https://www.desmoinesregister.com/story/opinion/editorials/caucus/2020/01/26/elizabeth-warren-president-democrat-iowa-caucuses-des-moines-register-editorial-board-endorsement/4562157002/

 

 

 

 

 

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We must accept

FINITE disappointment,

but  never lose

INFINITE hope.

In My Own Words,
a collection of 

Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

sermons,
speeches, and writings
selected by his widow,

Coretta Scott King

 

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MPR News Presents

Former U.S. Attorney General

Eric Holder

and

Representative

John Lewis

Georgia

keynote addresses

on

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

https://www.mprnews.org/story/2020/01/20/mlk-day-keynotes-by-holder-and-lewis

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finite / perish / monologue

content / meandering / injustice

  succumb / conscientious / politic 

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MLK 

discerned

the

VIBRATION

of

EACH selected WORD

he used to

RE-WIRE

the brainbody
from the fear rooted pattern
spiral down of hopeless despair
to the risk of practicing

THE

SPIRAL UP

of

RADICAL HOPE!

Catherine L. Johnson

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ACTIONS UP!

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 THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO

FRESHDRIEDBLOODIAMHUMAN                                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2013

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 EXODUSIMFREEATLASTIAINTGOINGBACKIMFREE                         CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 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/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/05/07/803-this-is-america-childish-gambino-aka-donald-glover-freshdriedbloodiamhuman/

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HUMANLY POSSIBLE:THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION

IWISHIKNEW                                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson   2011

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-press-release/

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THE HALL OF LAMENT:

STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/

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ISAIAH

FIRST LIGHT @ NIGHT

TWO INSTALLATIONS WITH AUDIO

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/

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A STORY of THREE INDIVIDUALS

KINDNESS WARMS
HONORING INTEGRITY
IMPROVISATIONAL HUMANITY
15 January 2020

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The Ross Frame Shop

Minneapolis, Mn

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In Jim’s* own words
(*dear, dear, dear friend + my selected framer who knows the breath and dance of my art)

of his

special poignant encounter

with a

6 year old boy

on
15 January 2020.

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“A Mother and little boy came into the shop

towards closing.

I asked if she was her to “pick up”? 
She said no,
her son wanted to come in to meet me and see the shop.

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I smiled and introduced myself to him,
shook his hand
and said,

WOW!

I used to have choppers (leather mittens) just like yours!
Keeps your hands nice and warm, I remember. 
He smiled and agreed. 

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I then told him I have been here a long time
and
some of my customers children have already grown up,
and
they are even in their 40’s now!
The mom was amazed
and
I asked her to imagine her son as a 30 year old man,
if she could.
She said she could not!
I said, “Enjoy his age now,

he’s a wonderful six

but kids have a way of growing up before you know it.”
We talked about art
and
I said I have been doing this for a very long time,
and
what’s incredible, I still enjoy what I do!

I told the little boy to find something he loves

and
try to make that happen. 

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I told them their visit to my shop

made my day,

and
gave him some picture frame magnets to hold photos,
and
said they were welcome back anytime.

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This all came about from a little guy

looking out the school bus window
and

seeing me

day after day,
sometimes not,
and

wanted to know who I was!!! 

Amazing! “

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Please reflect and recall what was in your mind’s eye as you read this.
Now, please, cast the individuals in the below variables.
How does the ‘casting’ shift / challenge your perceptions / your comfort zone?

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JOHN RAWLS’ THEORY OF JUSTICE:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/747-veil-john-rawls-theory-of-justice-the-veil-of-ignorance-the-little-prince-documentary-whose-streets/

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Jim, my dear friend and the framer, is:

black / differently-abled / white / brown / gay / straight / single / married 
what age / what faith / other variables

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The Mother is:

black / differently-abled / white / brown / gay / straight / single / married
what age / what faith / other variables

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The 6 year old boy is:

black / differently-abled / white / brown / gay / straight / trans 
what faith / other variables

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JOHN RAWLS’ THEORY OF JUSTICE:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/08/26/747-veil-john-rawls-theory-of-justice-the-veil-of-ignorance-the-little-prince-documentary-whose-streets/

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RISE UP!

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STEP UP!

WORDS UP!

ACTIONS UP!

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NOW!

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Mom and the Doris/Dick Johnson children Lynne, Bill, Catherine – not born yet: Blake
and, much later Anne Omlie!

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My Mother designed / cast this earring while a University student.
I wear it as a pendant when I need her near.

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My Mom believed in the boundless / bountiful gifts / sacred offerings / vital lessons of Nature.
My Mother was an adventure in living / thinking / creating / loving.

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My Mother

My Mom

My Genesis

Doris Eileen Cottor Johnson Omlie

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HEAVENINMYMOUTH                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson   2012
Private collection: Dorothy Darr + Charles Lloyd

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My Mom loooooved my JOY.
My Mom loooooved my resilience.
My Mom looooved my integrity.
My Mom loooooved my  adventure.
My Mom looooved my independence.
My Mom looooved my passion.
My Mom looooved my moral courage.
My Mom looooved my inquisitive mind.
My Mom loooved my creativity.
My Mom loooved my radical hope. 
My Mom looooved my perseverance.
My Mom loooved  – in her words: my ‘sparkle’.

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My Mom ‘gardened’  me
–  me,
the unique

BLOOOOOM

of my
Daddy’s love for my Mom,
(her beloved husband of only 10 years – an intimate forever love story)
 of my
Mom’s love for my Daddy,
and
of their
testament, 
their story of prevailing

pure love

for
EACH
other.

 

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We shared the childlikebloodheartfirewonderawe of the quote below!

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The soul

should always

stand ajar,

ready to welcome

the ecstatic experience.

Emily Dickinson

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The fifteenth of January 1997
was my Mother’s,
my Mom’s,
Doris Eileen Cottor Johnson Omlie’s
last day on Earth.

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My Mom told me THREE revelations
that she had held tight,
unfolded,
like a

rosebud

[ rohz-buhd ]
in her heart.
My Mom told me to bloooom me.
The next morning my Mom was dead,
and
the unfurled, opened, petals of her rose
were now an incandescent alive constellation
within me
to inspire
the continuous

unfolding / revelation

of
who I am.

Momentous.

Revelations that stated:

I SEE YOU.

I LOVE YOU.

YOU WILL RISE.

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I think of the experience
of that night,
twenty-three years ago.
I can see her turning toward me.
I can see her face.
I can hear her voice: slow, firm, declarative.
Her revelations were distilled, spare.
No embellishment.
A sacred telling.
Urgent.
I listened – rapt.
I wept with its gravity and release to live me.
I thanked her.
I kissed my Mom
goodnight.

 

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TODAY’s DailyOM:
“…Nearly every revolutionary change
in the history of human progress
came about because someone questioned
some time-honored belief or tradition
and
in doing so revealed a new truth,
a new way of doing things,
or
a new standard for ethical and moral behavior.
 A commitment to staying open and inquisitive
in our own individual lives can lead us
to new personal revolutions and truths,
truths that we will hopefully,
for the sake of our growth,
remain open to questioning.”
http://dailyom.com/

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Thank you Gina dear
for bringing me to resplendent beauty today
– Como Park Conservatory
and
sharing joyoUS laughING ING ING
to honor my Mom:

15 January 2020

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Mom in her garden with her Abby (left) and Winston. August 1997.
 A crystalline moment that captured her spirit.
I took this picture.

 

My Mom loved loving
what is life:
all the vicissitudes of life – the joys and sorrows,
all that laughed, cried, bloomed,
barked, explored, achieved,
failed and tried again,

hoped for

and
blue skies where bluebirds fly.

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Mother believed

the dreams that you dare to dream

do really
come

true.

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rosE: FIRE VI                                                                                    Catherine L. Johnson 2018

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