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YES, thE ELEgancE sEriEs is vEry subtlE / vEry sEnsitivE / vEry alivE as is Y/OUR brEath.

 

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ELEgancE #1                                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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ELEgancE #2                                                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson  2018

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The present was an egg

laid by the past

that had the future

inside its shell.

Zora Neale Hurston

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Rich gifts wax poor when givers prove unkind.
William Shakespeare

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Just because an animal is large,
it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness;
however big Tigger seems to be,
remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.
A A Milne

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What do we live for, if it is not to make life less difficult for each other.
Blessed is the influence of one true, loving human soul on another.
George Eliot

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THANKYOUAWCFORTHESWEETBALMOFYOURTENDERKINDNESSMYHEARTBREATHESLOVE

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VEIL

something that covers, separates, screens, or conceals:
a veil of smoke; the veil of death; the veil of ignorance…

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JOHN RAWLS’

THEORY OF JUSTICE

“VEIL OF IGNORANCE”

http://www.csus.edu/indiv/c/chalmersk/econ184sp09/johnrawls.pdf

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Symbolic depiction of Rawls’
VEIL OF IGNORANCE.
The citizens making the choices
about their society make them from an “original position”
of equality and ignorance (left),
without knowing what gender, race, abilities, tastes, wealth,
or position in society they will have (right).
Rawls claims this ensures they will choose a just society.

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PINK: VARUS III                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson  2012

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WE ARE ALL THE COLOR PINK INSIDE.

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PINK: VARUS SET I-IX 2012
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/pink-varus-set-i-ix-2012-13h-x-12-5w-catherine-l-johnson/

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FAIR PLAY

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http://www.whosestreets.com/#directors-statement

https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/whose_streets/

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WHOSE STREETS?

HOW THE KILLING OF 18 YEAR OLD MIKE BROWN
INSPIRED A COMMUNITY TO FIGHT BACK.
A PEOPLE’S DOCUMENTARY

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Directors’ statement
Sabaah Folayan, Damon Davis
Every day Americans experience a mediascape that humanizes whiteness, delving into the emotional lives of privileged white protagonists while portraying people of color as two-dimensional (and mostly negative) stereotypes. Nowhere was this more apparent than in the case of Mike Brown, who, in spite of being college bound & well regarded by his community, was portrayed as a “thug” and a “criminal.” For this reason, it is essential that Black people be the ones to tell our own true stories.
Ferguson has experienced media colonization since August 9th; as all eyes turned to the protests, the Grand Jury, and the response to the non-indictment, people became desensitized by the scenes of chaos. The image of Mike Brown’s tragic final moment, pants low, one shoe strewn across the street, became a meme. The victim, a young boy with a bright future, became an object of discussion -subject to apathy,  judgment, and even ridicule, but rarely compassion.  The dehumanization of Mike Brown was perpetrated by his murderer, perpetuated by the media, and reinforced by violent police repression of his community.  This was a modern day lynching.  
We are intimately aware of how we are portrayed in the media and how this portrayal encourages both conscious and unconscious racial bias. We are uniquely suited to make this film because we ourselves are organizers, activists and we are deeply connected to the events of August 9th and beyond. We are making this film, in part, as tribute to our people—our deeply complex, courageous, flawed, powerful, and ever hopeful people—who dare to dream of brighter days. This is more than a documentary…this is a story we personally lived. This is our story to tell.  

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There
is a

Native American parable

about an ELDER who says:

 “I feel as if I have

two wolves

fighting

in my heart.

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One wolf is the

vengeful, angry one.

The other wolf is the

loving, compassionate one.”

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 When asked which wolf

will win the fight in his heart,

the ELDER replies: 

“The one I feed.”

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My INTRINSIC values, my ART of LIVING:

GRACE 

ENERGY

GRACE

CHERISH

GRACE

CARESS

GRACE

VULNERABILITY

GRACE

HOPE

GRACE

WHISPER

GRACE

COURAGE

GRACE

COMPASSION

GRACE

TRANSCENDENCE

GRACE

NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION

GRACE

HUMILITY

GRACE

RESPECT

GRACE

INTEGRITY

GRACE

GOD’S WILL

GRACE

HONOR

GRACE

TRUTH-TELLING

GRACE

DIVINE

GRACE

REVELATIONS

GRACE

DEVOTION

GRACE

COLLABORATION

GRACE

CALL + RESPONSE

GRACE

MOVING FORWARD

GRACE

VIBRATION

GRACE

HAPPINESS

GRACE

LIGHT

GRACE

KISS

GRACE

SUBLIME

GRACE

TENDERNESS

GRACE

RESOLVE

GRACE

TRANSFORM

GRACE

HARBINGER

GRACE

SACRED

GRACE

BEGINNINGS

GRACE

CLOSURES

GRACE

FORGIVE

GRACE

DEDICATION

GRACE

KINDNESS

GRACE

STILLNESS

GRACE

INTIMACY

GRACE

TRUTH

GRACE

SPIRITUAL AWAKENINGS

GRACE

EMPATHY

GRACE

CHARACTER

GRACE

STRENGTH

GRACE

DIGNITY

GRACE

REFUGE

GRACE

TOUCH

GRACE

AMENDS

GRACE

IMAGINATION

GRACE

TRUST

GRACE

SHELTER

GRACE

DEVOTION

GRACE

CONDUIT

GRACE

EPIPHANIES

GRACE  

BALM

GRACE

FAITH

GRACE

INSPIRATION

GRACE

HONESTY

GRACE

MAVERICK

GRACE

PERSEVERANCE

GRACE

VISION

GRACE

AUTHENTIC

GRACE

IMPROVISATION

GRACE

SWEET

GRACE

LOVE

GRACE

BLOOMS

GRACE

LULLABY

GRACE

ELEGANCE

GRACE

BREATH

GRACE

RHYTHM

GRACE

SENSUAL

GRACE

SINCERITY 

GRACE

JOY

GRACE

BEAUTY

GRACE

SYNERGY

GRACE

LIVING A/LIVE

GRACE

ENERGY

GRACE

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La Venadita (Little Deer)                                                    Frida Kahlo                 1946

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deer_2_2016_catherineljohnson_2_96DEER / DEAR #2                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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Life energy FLOWS through us like a swift stream
when there is nothing to obstruct it.

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Though the channels
THROUGH which this energy FLOWS
are OPEN systems
and
influenced by factors
OUTSIDE
of our control,
one ultimately
chooses what impact
these  factors
will have in one’s lives.

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It is up to one to identify
and
CLEAR blockages in the energy field
to ensure that FLOW is maintained.

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Life energy FLOWS through each of  us
like a swift stream
when there is nothing to obstruct it.

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Yet,
various forces such as
trauma;
the spiraling downbeat vibrations of others;
deceit and betrayal
and
unresolved grief of
past heart-breaks, irreversible losses and terrible disappointments
can and/or will
act like pebbles to stones to boulders
to mountains to earthquakes
that
impede/ BLOCK
the flow+ current.

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If one allows/chooses

obstructions

to accumulate
without conscious clearing,
one’s life energy is thrown off its course
or
cataclysmically blocked entirely,
causing illness;
emotional/spiritual/psychological duress + distress
restlessness,
and
will,
ultimately,

STEAL

the vitality
of one’s

sacred/LUMINOUS life FORCE.

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If one values the

sacred unrepeatable jewel

of one’s life,
  one will take the time to clear
these forces away
and
seize their power to impact
one’s lives.

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When I practice:

RADICAL HOPE;

living my intrinsic values,
my ART of LIVING,
with honor and respect
for myself and others;
breath meditations – tending to my mind and body;

MOVING FORWARD

with FAITH + fearless improvisational creation/creativity;
RUN/PLAY with my selected + cherished DEARS /DEERS
and
fiercely shield myself
from negativity/bitterness/dishonesty/toxic energy,
I preserve my  

WILDERNESS/INTEGRITY/AUTHENTICITY

and

the JOYOUS flowing OCEANIC FIELD

of 

GRACE ENERGY’S

 LOVE/sacred LIGHT/BEAUTY

within
me.

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WELCOME

call and response

relationships
that

HONOR + RESPECT

who I am
and
they have the capacity to state: 

“I SEE YOU!”

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 Those same cherished beloveds

KNOW

that my response is:

“I SEE YOU!”

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GRACE ENERGY

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CATHERINE_ PORTRAIT_CHADFAUST_2004

PORTRAIT OF ME

SEEN/EXPERIENCED

 THROUGH the eyes/ life/ real experience of my then 7 year old friend CHAD

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TRUTHWOWTRUTH!!!!!

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CHOICES – ENERGY LIFE MAPS /

one’s CHOICE of  internal VIBRATIONS

– like attracts like:

LOVING COMPASSION

VENGEFUL ANGER

JOYOUS HAPPINESS

SEETHING BITTERNESS

MOVING FAITH/HOPE FORWARD

FROZEN FEAR / NO MOVEMENT

CREATIVE IMPROVISATION

PRESCRIBED SOCIAL SCRIPTS

FREEDOM / HONORING THE DIVINITY WITHIN

HOSTAGE / ALLOWING FEAR TO SEIZE / STEAL

OXYGEN BREATH- INHALE/EXHALE

NO OXYGEN- I CAN’T BREATHE

COURAGE LIGHT

COWARD DARKNESS

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 EVERY DAY WE CREATE THE STORIES OF OUR LIVES.

THE STORIES OF OUR LIVES BECOME OUR LIVES.

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LIFE IS AN IMPROVISATION

OF

DIFFICULT + BEAUTIFUL.

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Rhythm. Rhythm. Rhythm. Rhythm. Rhythm.

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COURAGE IS LOVE / LOVE IS COURAGE

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CREATING HAPPINESS IS HOPE

 HOPE IS LIVING HAPPINESS

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CREATING/CREATE/CHOOSE

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SACRED JOYOUS LUMINOUS SOUND

FOR Y/OUR WORLD.

YES.

DO.

PLEASE.

YES.

DO.

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There

is a

Native American parable

about an ELDER who says:

“I feel as if I have

two wolves

fighting

in my heart.

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One wolf is the

vengeful, angry one.

The other wolf is the

loving, compassionate one.”

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When asked which wolf

will win the fight in his heart,

the ELDER replies:

“The one I feed!”

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http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/breathe-whisperlivingtruth

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breathe_2_2016_catherineljohnson_yesBREATHE: WHISPERLIVINGTRUTH                                      Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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TRUTH TELLING IS LIVING LIGHTLOVEGRACE

Catherine L. Johnson

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“Playing the guitar is like telling the truth

– you never have to worry about repeating the same [lie]

if you told the truth.

You don’t have to pretend, or cover up.
If someone asks you again,
you don’t have to think about it or worry about it

because there it is.

It’s you.”

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B. B. KING

 

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Without courage

we cannot practice

any other virtue

with consistency.

We can’t be kind,

true,

merciful,

generous,

or

honest.

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Maya Angelou

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I need freedom.

Because I am freedom.

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Relationships that are as taut, mean and narrow

as walking on a high wire hijacks improvisation,

creativity,

joy and moving forward.

I do not seek fear, or threats of being pulled off and shut down.

I seek freedom.

The past is the present until one opens into the present.

Nothing is still.

I am not who I was yesterday, an hour ago, a moment ago.

I uphold fidelity, balance and integrity in relationships.

I respect the constant learning,

breaking open

and releasing patterns that:

 drain the life force,

cut the wings,

capsize discovery,

and

 practice cruel chutes and ladders games that are designed to lure one in and then spin one out into emptiness.

I will not and cannot be bolted to a polished and well maintained comfort zone.

I need revelations and torrents of passion.

Hallelujahs and bliss.

My question always:  am I (are you) moving beyond  my (your) comfort zone?

Yes, I will be your nest, harbor and happy bells of laughter.

I cannot be tripped, trapped, boxed.

I cannot be threatened with abandonment and withholding of truth.

My kindness is not to be tapped and used as a lotion.

My kindness is offered as a bouquet, a balm.

I welcome the full humanity of those I love.

Love is a decision to see the other with an original eye.

I offer wings, large fields, celebrate the depth and the breadth of  imagination, creative devotion and inspiration.

I seek the fuel of grace, wonder and rapture.

Boundless and replenishing.

I seek the simplicity in your complexity and the complexity in your simplicity.

I cannot be the same as I was yesterday for you.

We all float between heaven and earth.

Intimacy is releasing the mask and telling the truth

to the one whose heart you respect and find deep pleasure within.

I am personal.

A  tight rope walking relationship does not invite delight.

It watches for lapses.

It feeds on power and distancing and cruelty.

It is a surveillance camera

My life and my joy is now, the present.

I need the challenge and life force of forward motion.

I cannot and will not go backward.

It is the past.

I believe in resilience, hope and renewal granted by faith, patience and forgiveness.

 

The truth of me is in y/our wing of motion- moving ahead.

I am music – pure music.

Moving forward.

 

 NEST: FORYOUTRUTHISMYWINGFORME                                        Catherine L. Johnson   2010

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THE ART of CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

Michele Needs a Kidney

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