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Who is Asao Tokolo? | the designer behind Tokyo's 2020 Olympic Emblem -  Spoon & Tamago

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Reinhold Niebuhr - Nothing is Worth doing... | Wow words, Inspirational  verses, Prose poem

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Here's why the Paralympics use the Agitos logo and not the Olympic rings |  Metro News

 

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WE HAVE WINGS

Tokyo 2020 Paralympics

https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/paralympics/

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The symbol of the Paralympic Games

is composed of three

“agitos”,

colored red, blue, and green,

encircling a single point,

on a white field.

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The

agito

(“I move” in Latin)

is a

symbol of movement

in the shape of an asymmetrical crescent.

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The Tokyo Paralympic Games

Have The Most Athletes

  and

The Most Women in HerHistory

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/24/1030606628/the-tokyo-paralympic-games-have-the-most-athletes-and-the-most-women-in-history

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Tatyana McFadden, center, and Jenna Fesemyer of the United States compete in the Women’s 5000 Meter Run T53/54 Wheelchair final during the 2021 U.S. Paralympic Trials at Breck High School on June 18, 2021 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
McFadden has won 17 Paralympic medals and is looking to pick up more in Tokyo.
David Berding/Getty Images

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The Tokyo Paralympics Are Here.

These Are Some Of The Sports

and

Athletes To Watch

https://www.npr.org/2021/08/24/1030632463/tokyo-paralympic-sports-athletes-to-watch

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(Courtesy of Lucía Montenegro)
(Courtesy of Lucía Montenegro)
 

Lucía Montenegro, Argentina

When it comes to disability rights, wheelchair racer Lucía Montenegro won’t stay in her lane. The 20-year-old Argentinian uses her athleticism to advocate for change. She speaks out about lack of transparency in para-sport and the discrimination she’s faced from her school.

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(Courtesy of Sara Vargas)
(Courtesy of Sara Vargas)
 

Sara Vargas, Colombia

There’s a lot 13-year-old Sara Vargas likes about being a champion para-swimmer: winning medals, beating out her rivals, representing her home country. But there’s no accolade that beats being in the water.

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(Courtesy of Aya Ayman)
(Courtesy of Aya Ayman)
 

Aya Ayman, Egypt

As the first and youngest Egyptian, African and Arabian female athlete to get a world para-swimming medal, Aya Ayman balances studying at university with competing at world championships. She shares with us why she prioritises her education alongside her swimming career.

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Paratriathlete Melissa Stockwell poses for a portrait at the USOC Rio Olympics Shoot (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images

United States

Melissa Stockwell:

From wounded soldier to Paralympian

In April 2004, Melissa Stockwell became the first U.S. woman to lose a limb in active combat when an IED exploded during her daily convoy in Baghdad, Iraq. She has since gone on to become a two-time Paralympian, culminating in a bronze medal in Paratriathlon at Rio 2016. And it all started with a choice…

https://olympics.com/tokyo-2020/en/paralympics/news/melissa-stockwell-from-wounded-soldier-to-paralympian

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Anastasia Pagonis sets WR for U.S.’ first Paralympic GOLD!

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Mallory Weggemann shines in SM7 200mIM final and captures GOLD!

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Jessica Long of Team USA wins fourth straight 200m IM GOLD!

 

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Allysa Seely defends triathlon GOLD

with heroic late push Danz is SILVER

 

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Scaroni breaks from pack, gets her 1st GOLD in 5000m;

McFadden gets BRONZE!

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Gia Pergolini, 17, smashes own 100m backstroke WR to win gold

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GINGKOWINGS_RISERISERISEWEWILLRISE_2014_CATHERINELJOHNSONGinkgoWINGS:RISERISEIRISEWEWILLRISERISE        Catherine L. Johnson  2014

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GinkgoWINGS:

RISERISEIRISEWEWILLRISERISE

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/ginkgo-wings-portfolio-2013-2014-ginkgo-wings-riseriseirisewewillriserise-2014-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-maria-callas-sempre-libera-la-traviata/

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

Mixed Media on Board
16″ H x 10.5″ W
2014
 

 

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ZACH_ME_23JAN2021

One aspect of my story

Congenital dysplasia of multiple joints: both hips, right knee, and both feet.

57 reconstructive surgeries on hands, arm, nose, hip, knee, feet.

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CHOICE:

I HAVE WINGS.

I CHOSE WINGS.

 

I ‘standbike’ cannot sit on bike seat

(total hip and knee reconstruction – restricted flexion),

kayak upstream on the Mississippi River

(STRONG arms),

swim

(YMCA certified water/ weight/ elastic band and fitness ball

fitness instructor after my my 1st hip reconstruction in 1999),

cross country ski,

and…

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Blake,

On this date: 24 August 1960, our Daddy was killed in car accident, decapitated, as his car crashed into a bridge near St. Cloud. He fell asleep while driving home to us.

Your 2nd birthday was in 4 days – fourth born and second son.

The story and arc of our Mom and Daddy’s marriage was only 10 years. They LOVED each other. Authentic love has a radiant energy, vibrancy. I felt it: low swinging amplitude, a safe beautiful hum. The body knows: truth’s divining rod.

Daddy had his first manic episode and he was hospitalized earlier that spring.

I have a small clay sculpture of a dog, glazed the darkest brown, he created as a boy. His hands were eloquent and elegant, a pianist’s hands. Lynne, Bill and you wear his hands. I wear his promise. My body remembers his touch, his caress, as he held me his second born and second daughter whose lower body was shut still in heavy casts. He knew how to hold me with protective tenderness. His tenderness is embedded in me, my life. My body remembers.

We, his survivors, would always ‘feel’ the date when his soul violently evacuated his body. Our bodies remembered. My body remembers today the force of his soul’s escape. He lived 32 years.

I knew that Daddy had died.

Lynne, Bill and I were sleeping over at the home of our former neighbors, dear friends of our parents.

Both of my legs were in heavy plaster casts and I carried my body with wood crutches.

I was lying down on the carpeted living room floor.

Our brother Bill was asleep on the navy blue tweed sectional sofa next to and above me.

I woke him up suddenly when I knew and told 4-year-old Bill: “Billy, Daddy died!”

I sensed it.

My body knew.

Immediately, I knew.

We are Daddy’s hope and future as are your children: George, Jessica and Max, our parents, Richard and Doris’ only grandchildren, my nephews and niece.

I kept the JOHNSON name because I knew he loved me unconditionally with the expanse of an open blue sky and unseen universes. He fought hard for my welfare, my light, my breath, and my wings: my life. As Lynne, Bill, and you changed your name. I would not. I could not.

The body knows.

The body remembers.

 

My body knows.

My body remembers.

 

Daddy loved you.

Daddy loves you.

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BILL:BLAKE_DADDY'S:GRAVE_MEMORIAL_2015

My photograph. Memorial Day 2015. Daddy’s sons, my brothers: Bill (left) and Blake.

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Candle Flame GIF - Candle Flame Burning - Discover & Share GIFs

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(Michael de Adder/The Washington Post)

(Michael de Adder/The Washington Post)

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Taliban militants violently disperse rare Afghan protest

21 AUGUST 2021

 

Members of the Taliban pass onlookers during a military parade as part of celebrations to mark the
72nd anniversary of the country's independence from Britain in Kabul, August 2001. The independence day ceremony was attended by senior Taliban officials and some leaders of Pakistani religious parties who support the hardline Islamic movement.

REUTERS/Files

AUGUST 2001

 

Members of the Taliban pass onlookers during a military parade as part of celebrations to mark the 72nd anniversary of the country’s independence from Britain in Kabul, August 2001. The independence day ceremony was attended by senior Taliban officials and some leaders of Pakistani religious parties who support the hardline Islamic movement. REUTERS/Files

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Opinion by the

 

In Kabul,

President Biden must match his lofty goals with great capability

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/21/kabul-president-biden-must-match-his-lofty-goals-with-great-capability/

PLEASE NOTE THE READERS’ COMMENTS!

Example:

The Board is engaging in useless sniping at the rescue effort. Wake-up to the reality that, in this unstable situation, Biden must not reveal all the cards up his sleeve. Everything his government says is being studied by the various factions within the Taliban. Pulling this off requires sophisticated judgement and considerable guile. Just stick to supporting the effort. Your analysis can wait until the operation is over.
 

 

Trump negotiated the withdrawal by a date certain, May2021, with the Islamic Terrorists; so the military, , had plenty of notice ahead of time to prepare for an orderly evacuation. President Biden even extended the withdrawal deadline that Trump had committed to with the Taliban. Was President Biden supposed to personally rescue all the refugees and Americans all by himself? Even Churchill did not evacuate all the troops from Dunkirk by himself.

It was another clear exposure of about how incompetent our military leadership is and has been for a very long time.

What do you suppose Trump striking a peace deal with The Taliban, in exchange for he agreeing to pull all our Troops out of there by May 2021, did to the morale of those Afghans we trained and armed?

 

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Honoring Military Gold Star Families | Military OneSource

I know GOLD STAR families, and, perhaps, you do to…

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HALO: THE PRAYER WHEEL  #3     Catherine L. Johnson  2003

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HALO: THE PRAYER WHEEL

series

The catalyst of the series was the synchronicity of two profound events:
the dying of my beloved friend, Jane Matteson, with her soul turning to heaven and America’s invasion of Iraq.

 

Please click on the link below for further information:

https://catherineljohnson.art/2021/02/25/halo-the-prayer-wheel-2003/

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AMERICA 

WE HAVE A MORAL OBLIGATION / RESPONSIBILITY

TO EXECUTE A SAFE/ SOUND EVACUATION

OF

ALL OF OUR ALLIES IN AFGHANISTAN.

 

 

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As we all know:

there were NO weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq.

 

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I use symbols, an object or/and an idea, that represents something of deeper meaning.

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‘PAPER: WEAR YOUR CROWN

original

mixed media work  17″ H x 14″ W

2021

Catherine L. Johnson

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PAPER_CROWN_WEAR_THE_CROWN_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPPAPER: WEAR YOUR CROWN                Catherine L. Johnson   2021

 

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The ‘blank page’ is a foundational move.

The blank piece of paper is a symbol of all that is to be:

 to be written /  to be experienced / to be loved.

It is reflective of everything that can be when starting anew.

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I said to my soul, be still, and wait without hope

For hope would be hope for the wrong thing; wait without love,
For love would be love of the wrong thing; there is yet faith
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting.
Wait without thought, for you are not ready for thought:
So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing.
Whisper of running streams, and winter lightning.
The wild thyme unseen and the wild strawberry,
The laughter in the garden, echoed ecstasy
Not lost, but requiring, pointing to the agony
Of death and birth.

T. S. Eliot, East Coker

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…we believe social leadership

is crafted by each one of us in our own way,

a crown made of paper

in this sense is worth far more

than any crown made of gold and jewels.

https://www.paper-crown.org/whats-behind-our-name

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Circle

“What we call the beginning is often the end.

And to make an end is to make a beginning.

The end is where we start from.”

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The Little Gidding

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What we call the beginning is often the end
And to make and end is to make a beginning.
The end is where we start from. And every phrase
And sentence that is right (where every word is at home,
Taking its place to support the others,
The word neither diffident nor ostentatious,
An easy commerce of the old and the new,
The common word exact without vulgarity,
The formal word precise but not pedantic,
The complete consort dancing together)
Every phrase and every sentence is an end and a beginning,
Every poem an epitaph. And any action
Is a step to the block, to the fire, down the sea’s throat
Or to an illegible stone: and that is where we start.
We die with the dying:
See, they depart, and we go with them.
We are born with the dead:
See, they return, and bring us with them.
The moment of the rose and the moment of the yew-tree
Are of equal duration. A people without history
Is not redeemed from time, for history is a pattern
Of timeless moments. So, while the light fails
On a winter’s afternoon, in a secluded chapel
History is now and England.

With the drawing of this Love and the voice of this Calling

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree

Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always–
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire

And the fire and the rose are one.

The Little Gidding is the last of T. S. Eliot’s Four Quartets.
 

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‘WILL: FLY AWAY

#1/ #2/ #3/ #4/ #5/ #5/ #6/ #7/ #8/ #9

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/05/04/1002-will-fly-away-2021-catherine-l-johnson/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/05/17/1006-will-fly-away-19-2021-catherine-l-johnson-fossil-spine-fly/

original mixed media works

2021

Catherine L. Johnson

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WILL_FLYAWAY_#4_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON

WILL: FLY AWAY #4         Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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‘TAKE THE CROWN

#1/ #2/ #3/ #4/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/03/04/991-4-march-take-the-crown-2021-catherine-l-johnson-learning-to-see-quidquid-recipitur-ad-modum-recipientis-recipitur/

 

2021

Catherine L. Johnson

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TAKETHECROWN_#2_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WP2TAKETHECROWN #2                                Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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DEVASTATING: The Afghanistan withdrawal

America, we have a moral obligation to LEAD an evacuation NOT a massacre.

BETRAYAL.

Read about the actions of the British citizens: the Dunkirk evacuation.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunkirk_evacuation

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Picsart editing tutorials | swappy pawar official tutorial | Picsart  editing material an… | Black background images, Pink background images,  Light background images

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‘THE LIGHT IS HERE’

#1/ #2/ #3′

 

2021

Catherine L. Johnson

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Three original works

Each measures: 14″H x 17″W

Mixed media:

colorblack on white paint

linegraphite, metallic silver pencil + crayon

paper archival heavyweight kraft 

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THE_LIGHT_IS_HERE_#1_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSONTHE LIGHT IS HERE #1    Catherine L. Johnson  2021

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THE_LIGHT_IS_HERE_#2_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPTHE LIGHT IS HERE #2    Catherine L. Johnson  2021

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THE_LIGHT_IS_HERE_#3_2921_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPTHE LIGHT IS HERE #3    Catherine L. Johnson  2021

 

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THE CHANDELIER DRAWINGS  2006  CATHERINE L. JOHNSON; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;

Chandelier Drawings    Catherine L. Johnson  2006

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https://catherineljohnson.art/2021/02/17/the-chandelier-drawings-2006/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/12/11/the-chandelier-drawings-you-can-cage-the-singer-but-not-the-song-this-is-dedicated-to-all-who-have-been-shut-down-andor-shut-out-you-sing-you-sing-you-sing-you-sing-you-sing-you-sing/

 

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“Don’t grab hurtful comments and pull them close to you by rereading them and ruminating on them. Don’t play with them by rehearsing your badass comeback. And whatever you do, don’t pull hatefulness close to your heart.

Let what’s unproductive and hurtful drop at the feet of your unarmored self. And no matter how much your self-doubt wants to scoop up the criticism and snuggle with the negativity so it can confirm its worst fears, or how eager the shame gremlins are to use the hurt to fortify your armor, take a deep breath and find the strength to leave what’s mean-spirited on the ground. You don’t even need to stomp it or kick it away.

Cruelty is cheap, easy, and chickenshit. It doesn’t deserve your energy or engagement. Just step over the comments and keep daring, always remembering that armor is too heavy a price to pay to engage with cheap-seat feedback.”

  Brené Brown, Dare to Lead

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👑💐🚀💞Above sent by true blue dear friend Carrie💞🚀💐👑

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TRUTH

LOYALTY

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‘TIC – TAC – TOE‘

 

2021

Catherine L. Johnson

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Two original works

Each measures: 26.5″H x 19.5″W

Mixed media:

color – blackboard soot black

line – graphite, metallic slver pencil

paper – archival heavyweight kraft 

 

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My Aunt Sharon Cottor texted me on 28 June 2021:

‘Please always weigh truth vs loyalty.

A very ethical question.
Truth does not always prevail.’

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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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TICTACTOE_#1detail_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSONTIC-TAC-TOE #1  detail        Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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TICTACTOE_#2_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_edited-1TIC-TAC-TOE #2        Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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TICTACTOE_#2detail_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPTIC-TAC-TOE #2  detail        Catherine L. Johnson   2021

 

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TIC-TAC-TOE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tic-tac-toe

https://www.wikihow.com/Win-at-Tic-Tac-Toe

There is no universally agreed rule as to who plays first.

 

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Courage <> Loyalty <>Truth

Truth <> Courage <> Loyalty

Loyalty <> Truth <> Courage

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Courageous loyalty to be OPENED by truth

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‘The ONLY thing that is CONSTANT is CHANGE’

HERaclitUS

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2019/08/18/874-18-august-2019-18-august-2015-the-only-thing-that-is-constant-is-change-heraclitus-blooomresurgence/

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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

Police release photos of suspect who 'assaulted' Capitol officer Daniel  Hodges while he was crushed in doorway - ABC News

 

 

Mike Fanone, Daniel Hodge, DC police detail fight to defend Capitol against  pro-Trump mob - The Washington Post

The deplorable treatment of Michael Fanone and the heroes of Jan. 6

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/08/07/the-deplorable-treatment-of-michael-fanone-and-the-heroes-of-jan-6/
You guys don’t seem to have a problem when we’re kicking the sh-t out of Black people,” Fanone recalls saying. “But when we’re kicking the sh-t out of white people, uh-oh, that’s an issue.”

Quite a withering assessment from a self-described redneck who voted for Trump. But, Fanone told Time, the horror he endured opened his eyes to the truth.

And the truth is this: Republicans and conservatives who howl about “law and order” never meant it as a statement of universal principle. It was “law and order” for the Black and the Brown. The other. Get in the way of the straight, White, cisgender male’s (and female’s) divine right to riot and to act a fool, to push the prerogatives of an aggrieved and shrinking White majority or to overthrow the government and the message appears to be: “You get what’s coming to you.”

Capitol assault a more sinister attack than first appeared - WHYY

Conservatives go after Capitol police officers who testified before Jan. 6  commission | Salon.com

 

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Betrayal trauma

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Betrayal_trauma

Betrayal trauma

can be caused by many things,

but

they all have

one root cause:

a betrayal of trust or security

(usually in a relationship).

This type of betrayal trauma

hits especially

hard,

because

relationships are essential

for our ability

to navigate the world

successfully.

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“The tragedy of that day deserves the truth above all else,”

President Joe Biden said.

“We cannot allow history to be rewritten.

We cannot allow the heroism of these officers to be forgotten.

We have to understand what happened

— the honest and unvarnished truth.

We have to face it.

That’s what great nations do.”

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TRUE

for

SINCERE

honorable/ respectful relationships

that

rise, sustain, prevail

with

INTEGRITY.

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IPROMISETOTELL_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSONIPROMISETOTELL           Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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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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Pryor Cashman Celebrates 31 Years of the ADA and Recognizes Disability  Pride Month 2021

 

Thank YOU

 to my

ORTHOPEDIC and HEAL/THY bodysoul

 creative maverick teams!

All detectivepriests!

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My story:

FIFTY-SIX reconstructive orthopedic surgeries since birth.

A life story of:

HEAL/THY and the GOLDEN RULE and RADICAL HOPE.

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LEFTIMPERIALPURPLERED_#2_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSON_ALEFTIMPERIALPURPLERED #2                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2016 

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Thank you, Dr. Clare McCarthy

https://www.fairview.org/providers/m/c/c/a/r/mccarthyclare-439586098

And, surgeries for carpal tunnel syndrome (both hands) and Dupuytren’s contracture.

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POST-OP LEFT HAND DRAWINGS:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/leftimperialpurplered-1-2-3-4-5-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/

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Check-up: 9 September 2021   EXCELLENT!

 

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SEeSEaSHIP #11                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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Thank you, Dr. Mark B. Coventry

DR. MARK B. COVENTRY My orthopdic surgeon after Shriners and when I was three. The portrait was a gift provided by his lovely daughter, Martha, days before my hip was replaced on 26 May1999

https://www.healio.com/news/orthopedics/20120325/coventry-was-dedicated-to-broadening-orthopedic-knowledge-and-practice

At the time, there was no consensus among surgeons about the best way to replace a hip joint. Dr.
Coventry visited Europe on several research trips and investigated various approaches. He was espe-
cially impressed by the work of Dr. John Charnley, a British surgeon who was knighted for his pioneer-
ing work in orthopedics. “It was amazing,” a colleague later recalled. “(Dr. Coventry) went to England
and toured all the centers and came back with the one that would be the model for the future”.

Today, thanks to the pioneering efforts of Dr. Coventry and his team, total
hip replacement is one of the most frequently performed orthopedic surgeries, improving the quality of
life for millions of people worldwide. In summarizing his career, a colleague said,

“Dr. Coventry particularly remembered that at Mayo he learned …

about treating patients as people, not merely as a condition that needed to be diagnosed.

http://mccms.cws.net/content/history.mayoclinic.org/files/Contributions/1969-hip.pdf

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From 6 months to 3 years old,

I lived at Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children (name changed now!).

I began to ‘dance’ with Dr. Coventry when I was THREE years old.

His framed picture was gifted to me by his cherished daughter, Martha

– his ‘presence’ was brought into the OR for all major reconstructive surgeries.

 

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 I am three years old.

I remember the ‘event’ stilled in the black and white photograph above.

I cannot recall if it was my Daddy’s or my Grandpa Cottor’s

arm and hand

gently supporting my body.

My Daddy was, at last, victorious

in releasing me out

of the

Shriner’s Hospital for Crippled Children

where I was taken as a six month old infant

 living in an institutional crib.

My Aunt, Dr. Anne Cottor Kuhn,

had learned about a young maverick buck,

a remarkable orthopedic surgeon,

named Dr. Mark B. Coventry at the Mayo Clinic.

My Aunt informed my parents who needed visions of hope.

 

I remember this event.

I was set upon on a horse without my crutches,

a brightly painted wooden horse that was frozen

in a running movement that lifted me UP and DOWN!

My first experience on a merry-go-round!

I was overwhelmed. I was astounded. I was frightened.

I was in wonder and in awe!

The movement!

The feel of the outdoor wind gliding through the hairs of my skin.

I was dressed in a soft cotton smocked dress

 which my Mother had sewn just for me

– feeling the softness in contrast to the hard cotton of the hospital gowns.

The colors, the sounds, and being touched with love!

 My experience of caress was not known.
AWE and WONDER.

 

 

We, Dr. Coventry/I, ‘collaborated’ until his retirement.

He was my confidante until and beyond…

My beloved Dr. Coventry’s nickname for me:

SPITFIRE!!!

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Thank you, Dr. Rodney H. Peterson

https://orthopedic.io/surgeon/rodney-holmes-peterson-md-edina/

Dr. Peterson stepped up to take the ‘Excalibur from the stone’

– a congenitally dislocated hip coupled with an undeveloped pelvis.

He told me I would have to lie back at 120 degrees

for 8 weeks post-op so the prosthetic could properly/soundly set.

Dr. Peterson  firmly stated:

‘You MUST have dedcated / relable / trusted support FOR you before I will do the surgery”.

My response:

” Dr. Peterson, I will create

Catherine’s Courageous Compassion Circle

– a gold ring, a sliver ring, and a bronze ring!” 

On 26 May 1999, Dr. Peterson was the Olympian surgeon artist.

My body underwent a revolution.

The crucial offerings of sequential Physical Therapists entered my life.

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Body/soul fitness was always a  priority!

Counterintuitive decision after Dr. Peterson’s hip replacement:

I became a certified YMCA:

 * water fitness instructor

 *weight training instructor 

*Arthritis Foundation water fitness instructor

*fitness ball and therapy band fitness instructor

*cross-training water classes for inner city youth basketball players.

FIFTEEN YEARS!!!!

 

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Dr. Robert Trousdale

https://www.mayoclinic.org/biographies/trousdale-robert-t-m-d/bio-20054172

 

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HIP HAND HEART

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/hip-hand-heart/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2018/01/28/785-seeseaship-11-12-2018-catherine-l-johnson-anthony-cox-billy-higgins-samba-je-hed/

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Check-up: 9 September 2021   EXCELLENT!

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Thank you, Dr. Mark B. Coventry

https://www.healio.com/news/orthopedics/20120325/coventry-was-dedicated-to-broadening-orthopedic-knowledge-and-practice

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Thank you, Dr. Mark Heller

https://account.allinahealth.org/providers/16759#aboutMe

 

RIGHT KNEE

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/01/31/uncle-lee-age-89-died-peacefully-among-family-on-23-january-2014-sigma-chi-uncle-lees-generation-wereare-a-remarkable-and-treasured-template-of-how-to-be-a-man-pine-tree-moon/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/11/17/pine-tree-body-soul-my-secret-is-hidden-within-me-my-name-no-one-shall-know/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/08/27/hurricanerapturelantern-a-libretto-5-december-2010-japan-meditation-catherine-l-johnson-2011-john-coltrane-peace-full-moon/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/moon-aerial-mines-ix-2012-14h-x-11-5w-catherine-l-johnson/

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Thank you, Dr. Garrett Griffin

https://www.mw-fp.com/facial-plastic-surgery-team-st-paul/dr-garrett-griffin/

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TURNED + TWISTED RIGHT LEG

HAD BULLDOZED NOSE + JAW

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/09/22/952-onto-4-2018-catherine-l-johnson-dr-victoria-sweet-slow-medicine-pre-modern-understanding-of-the-body-as-a-garden-to-be-tended/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/for-art-collectors-designers-exquisite-beautiful-impeccable-site-specific-fine-art-prints-esteemed-artist-catherine-l-johnson-master-printer-mark-jones-arts-district-imageworks-inc-2/

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FEET_POSTop_JUNE2021

FRANKIE (left) + STEIN (right)

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Thank you, Dr. J. Chris Coetzee

https://tcomn.com/physicians/chris-coetzee/

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The 2x ORTHO RECONSTRUCTIVE surgeries during the PANDEMIC

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/08/04/938-radical-hope-faithperseverancevision-you-reap-what-you-sow-my-reveal-my-first-sandals-dr-co-et-zeeeeeeeee-coltranes-giant-steps/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/04/27/917-announcing-the-first-worldwide-covid19-kite-flying-event-sunday-may-3rd-fly-a-kite-to-salute-the-brave-dedicated-front-line-workers-fly-a-kite-to-commemorate-those-weve-lost/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/06/24/926-the-civil-rights-kite-flying-project-build-community-with-joy-every-weekday-evenings-on-lowertowns-prince-street-sundays-4pm-upper-landing-park/

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X RAY of SPINE coming!

 

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WILL: FLY AWAY #3      Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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Thank you, Dr. Frederick Harris

https://www.fairview.org/providers/h/a/r/r/i/harrisfrederick-555332880

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Thank you, Dr. Eric Kirksson

https://tcomn.com/physicians/eric-kirksson/

 

SPINE + SI JOINTS

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/05/17/1006-will-fly-away-19-2021-catherine-l-johnson-fossil-spine-fly/

 

 

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Thank you

to the

RADICAL HOPE

remarkable

aweZINGZINGZING

ESSENTIAL

tenacious

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS

who

step UPed and ENTERed

post-op:

Mary Husband / Joan Milles / Jill Monson

Alison Mumbleau / Bonnie Glenzinski

+

LISA RICHARDSON

https://tcomn.com/therapists/lisa-richardson/

creative genius re-wiring / releasing the grip of my Genesis story

and

opening NEW worlds!

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‘I SEE YOU!!!

‘I AM HERE!!!!!’

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Why Disability Pride? — ACLBoulder

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Facebook

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Inclusion means Inclusion | The Learning Renaissance

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youDEARPRECIOUS’ #2           Catherine L. Johnson   2021

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VISITING MY FAMILY

– holding TIGHT onto my Mom as my crutches were set down behind!

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/1005-updo-updo-updo-12-may-2021-glorious-chartreuse-bee-my-baby-bee-hive/

My UPdo could be an homage to Bezos’ / Branson’s

testosterone fueled rockets NOT quite entering OUTER space?

 

‘I SEE YOU!!!

‘YOU SEE ME?’

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/933-also-mysta-moon-goddess-also-catherine-moon-goddess-strong-arms-under-pressure/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/06/13/1014-udeerpresh-uhs-youdearprecious-2021-catherine-l-johnson-8-original-works/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/07/19/1021-i-see-you-i-hear-you-i-love-you-because-you-are-you-yaaaay/

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The Irede Foundation on Twitter: &quot;We all have the power and responsibility  to make society more inclusive for everyone. When people living with  disability are empowered, they become agents of change.  #ChildAmputeeAdvocate #

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IPROMISETOTELL                                                           Catherine L. Johnson  2015

 

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JULY

*Disability

Pride Month

*NOT my naming choice!

https://www.forbes.com/sites/andrewpulrang/2021/07/15/5-questions-to-think-about-this-disabilitypridemonth/?sh=4905927d1417
https://www.wnycstudios.org/podcasts/takeaway/segments/what-disability-pride-month

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My entry below has been viewed worldwide and over 1K times:

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/

 

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

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/05/28/1009-tell-no-secrets-tell-2021-catherine-l-johnson-the-incessant-beating-of-the-telltale-heart/

 

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-writings-herhymns-be-brave-lullaby-i-thou-poem-a-lullaby-for-a-lover-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art/

 

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1 August 2021

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A B  O  U T  BeLOW

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

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Dear 6 y/o Leo SEES me!!!!!

We are together 1x week since he was born: we are buddies!!!!!

Leo’s favorite color is purple.

2021

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Auntie CatHERinE!

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/05/12/1005-updo-updo-updo-12-may-2021-glorious-chartreuse-bee-my-baby-bee-hive/

My UPdo could be an homage to Bezos’ / Branson’s

testosterone fueled rockets NOT quite entering OUTER space?

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Leo and I have a weekly ‘engagement’ !

When the pandemic altered our shared face-to-face/ bonding time,

we would

ZOOM!

I would research/select READ OUT LOUD books on YouTube!

We would ‘share the screen’

and

I would MUTE the audio of the FOUR books

so it was his AUNTIE CATHERINE’S voice reading to him!

After an hour of reading,

we would

DANCE and LAUGH!!!!

Our goodnight is me giving him

KISSES:

chin, both cheeks, forehead, and, finally the TOP of Leo’s head!

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Tonight was:

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ways_of_Seeing

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John Berger in Ways of Seeing

points out that seeing and recognition come before words.

It is seeing that establishes our place in the world,

but we use words to explain this world.

Despite this he argues there is always a distinction

between what we see and what we know.

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In Ways of Seeing Berger claims that the representations

of men and women in visual culture entice different “gazes”,

different ways in which they are looked at,

with men having the legitimization of examining women,

and women – also examine women.

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Berger asserts

that only twenty or thirty nudes

n the European oil painting tradition

depict a woman as herself

rather than as a subject of male idealization or desire.

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Playing The Gender Card:

Overlooking And Overthrowing Sexist Stereotypes

https://www.npr.org/2019/01/17/684515742/playing-the-gender-card-overlooking-and-overthrowing-sexist-stereotypes

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A Mathematician’s Manifesto

For Rethinking Gender

https://www.npr.org/2020/09/10/911691013/a-mathematicians-manifesto-for-rethinking-gender

 

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I have been contemplating about honesty and representatIon: 

the arc, the spectrum of

original to portrayal to betrayal

of the truth/integrity of actual presence

to one’s representation

to conversion to a digitized avatar. 

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Women in our culture are aware of being looked at, objectified.

The gender power playbook is a women’s reality.

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For women to engage with men who are willing to/ capable of:

practicing democracy;

knowing change/ new information/ insight is a constant;

vulnerability is human;

making amends;

and

men knowing dominance over anyone is not a victory

IS a GIFT

– a true blue

reciprocation/ partnership

of

expansive/ boundless fields

of

FREEDOM.

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Women using photo-shop filters to

portray

their own visage,

their own countenance,

into a digitized ‘honey pot trap’ avatar

who uses sex to trap and blackmail a target

is  a

betrayal.

The cultural conditioning,

and, in turn,

the need for women in our culture

to ALTER

the A/LIVE self

is a complex litmus test

and

a story of a soul’s freedom lost.

 

 Women who self-represent

as digitized honey pot trap’ avatar

is a code of complicity with women as product,

 betrayal of truth and authenticity, 

 and

is a player in deceit,

‘spear phishing marketing’ to their ‘target niche’: men.

ALL is a worn capitalist/consumer caricature, a binary game

which is NOT honest and NOT genuine intimacy.

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Loving is honesty,

courage, trust, radiance,

telling the truth.

Love IS

not a portrayal/ practice of gender stereotypes.

Love is a verb.

Loving is disarming.

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The sacred, honorable gift:

I welcome you to SEE me.

 

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/01/13/706-grace-energy-dear-cherished-deer-deer-honorrespect-wounded-deer-dear/

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I SEE You, I Am Here

 

 

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PORTRAITS

SEEN/EXPERIENCED

 THROUGH the eyes/ life/ real experience

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Dear 6 y/o Leo SEES me.

We are together 1x week since he was born: we are buddies.

Leo’s favorite color is purple.

2021

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Dear 7 y/o Chad SEES me.

I was Chad’s favorite babysitter.

2004

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My dear niece Emily SEES me.

11 y/o Em’s portrait of her Aunt Catherine.

2008

 

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SAWUBONA

The ancient Zulu greeting meaning we see you.

The greeting recognizes that each individual is never alone

– that we each represent a lineage of multitudes.

The greeting also serves to acknowledge the next person’s existence,

and

is an invitation to communicate and explore possibilities.

DIALOGUE

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I SEE You, I Am Here

The Secret to Heartfelt Communication

https://www.lionsroar.com/i-see-you-i-am-here-the-secret-to-heartfelt-communication/

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BEAUTIFUL offering

Orland Bishop

https://www.csh.umn.edu/education/whole-systems-healing/interviews-wsh-leaders/orland-bishop

https://www.globalonenessproject.org/people/orland-bishop

 

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GLOBAL ONENESS PROJECT

https://www.globalonenessproject.org/about-project

Welcome to the Global Oneness Project. We believe that stories play a powerful role in education. Founded in 2006 as an initiative of Kalliopeia Foundation, we aim to plant seeds of empathy, resilience, and a sacred relationship to our planet. Using stories as a pedagogical tool for growing minds, we bring the world’s cultures alive in the classroom. Committed to the exploration of cultural, environmental, and social issues, we offer a rich library of multimedia stories comprised of award-winning films, photo essays, and essays. Companion curriculum and discussion guides are also available…

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/06/13/1014-udeerpresh-uhs-youdearprecious-2021-catherine-l-johnson-8-original-works/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/07/09/1019-youdearlivelove-2021-catherine-l-johnson/

 

 

 

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For you: a look/ a read/ a listen…

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YOUDEARLIVELOVE_#1_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPYOUDEARLIVELOVE    Catherine L. Johnson   2021

 

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YOULIVELOVE_#2_2021_CATHERINELJOHNSON_WPYOUDEARLIVELOVELOVELOVELIVE    Catherine L. Johnson   2021

 

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2021/06/13/1014-udeerpresh-uhs-youdearprecious-2021-catherine-l-johnson-8-original-works/
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wing gifs | WiffleGif

 

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Read, read, read:

INTEGRITY.

WINGS. HONESTY. INTIMACY. TRUST. FREEDOM. BREATH.

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/06/25/16/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/05/27/735-blooom-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-89-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-i-will-only-let-you-touch-me-if-your-hands-are-so-full-of/

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/06/01/736-my-blooom-lives-2017-catherine-l-johnson-pablo-neruda-keep-for-me-your-sweetness/

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Listen, listen, listen:

https://firstlightatnight.bandcamp.com/releases

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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FIRST LIGHT AT NIGHT INSTALLATIONS:

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ISAIAH  

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HaPpYhApPy blesSINGS!!!!!

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11 July 2021

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AFTER almost TWO years

(2 consecutive reconstructive surgeries on both feet followed by the pandemic),

a BEAUTIFUL sacred reunion:

NANCY CARLSON

(my late Mother’s dearest friend from high school AND my cherished dear heart
– Mother to dear, dear Rob)!

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12 July 2021

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Dear friend

MICHELE JANSEN,

who has endured/prevailed with PKD for years,

receives a

heal/thy

KIDNEY

 a gift offered by her heal/thy niece,

ANNA!!!!!

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At 1:51 pm,

I received notice from mtj’s true blue sweetheart, David:

“Michele is out of surgery and doing fine, no complications .

Her donor niece is fine too.”

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AND,

12 July

is

my London niece’s,

THE amaZING

👑JESSICA👑,

24th birthday!!!!!

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

Michele Needs a Kidney

How can someone help?

CATHERINE L. JOHNSON ART

THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON