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BLACKMOVESYELLOW

#7/ #8/ #9 / #10/ #11/ #12 /#13

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Please click for further information:

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/blackmovesyellow-7-8-9-10-11-12-13

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Please click for

BLACKMOVESYELLOW

#1/ #2/ #3 / #4/ #5/ #6 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/09/16/blackmovesyellow-1-2-3-4-5-6-2016-catherine-l-johnson-mstislav-rostropovichs-bach-cello-suites-charles-lloyds-wild-man-dance-open-sonics/

 

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Black is associated with power; 
elegance; formality and mystery.

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Black denotes strength and authority;
it is considered to be a very formal, elegant, and prestigious color.

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In heraldry, black is the symbol of grief.

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Black was one of the first colors used by artists
in neolithic cave paintings.

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Yellow is a symbolic color that brings joy and delight. 
The third chakra, located at the solar plexis,
is said to be yellow.

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The
“solar plexis”
is associated with the power of the sun (solar-sun).
Yellow, then, is associated with positive thinking.

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The solar plexis is where we/I gather
y/our/ my courage
and
y/our/ my will power.

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PLEASE CLICK ON EACH IMAGE TO ENLARGE

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blackmovesyellow_7_2016_catherineljohnsonBLACKMOVESYELLOW  #7                                              Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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blackmovesyellow_8_2016_catherineljohnsonBLACKMOVESYELLOW  #8                                                     Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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blackmovesyellow_9_2016_catherineljohnsonBLACKMOVESYELLOW  #9                                                       Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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blackmovesyellow_10_2016_catherineljohnsonBLACKMOVESYELLOW  #10                                                       Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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blackmovesyellow_11_2016_catherineljohnsonBLACKMOVESYELLOW  #11                                                       Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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blackmovesyellow_12_2016_catherineljohnson_cBLACKMOVESYELLOW  #12                                                      Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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blackmovesyellow_13_2016_catherineljohnsonBLACKMOVESYELLOW #13                                                     Catherine L. Johnson 2016

 

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CALL + RESPONSE.

BREATHING.

LISTENING.

DANCING.

LOVING.

HONING Y/ OUR/ MY SENSES.

LIVING LIFE A/LIVE.

BLESSINGS FLOW…

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The yellow color I selected for

BLACKMOVESYELLOW

series shifts suddenly, and slowly,
the color vacillates from gold to citron
depending on the  source/ intensity of the ambient light
and the position of the viewer to the work.
My art needs an actual encounter.
It IS a performance that needs to be witnessed/ experienced.

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I mixed several variations of yellow like a sound engineer working with a sonic.
Refining.
Refining.
Discerning.
Refining.
Discerning.

Touchstone.

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My art is silent sonics.
You listen to it with attentive, receptive open palms.
The space is the silence between the notes.

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Each painting is a composition of disparate parts:
 filmic + sonic + poetic.

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The line quality resonates with rené marie’s
 flowing/ deepening  sonic grace of her voice.

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Please click on the link below.
rené marie  and her band improvised on my writings when she was @ the Dakota.
Astounding.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/sparrow-fly-my-heart-free-catherine-l-johnson-2010-deafening-despair-call-and-response-the-sparrow-is-a-symbol-of-the-beloved/

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Then there is Charles Lloyd’s sonics:
a testament of the presence of the sacred.

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I listened to Charles’

WILD MAN DANCE

as I worked in the studio over and over and over and over and over and over and 
over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over and over…

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Charles’ art is always a revelation,
a harkening of ALL that is only visible
to the heart, by/ for the beloved
and calls out what is luminous in y/our my soul.

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His sonics are one continuous river of reverence.
Blessing the wild.
Blessings of the serene.
Blessed are the explorers who listen to the Oracle of Delphi and hold a divining rod.

https://catherineljohnson.files.wordpress.com/2016/09/87a15-clwmd.jpg?w=500

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JOY

Synonyms:

WONDER, BLISS, ECSTASY, RAPTURE, TRANSPORT

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1.

the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying; keen pleasure; elation:

2.

a source or cause of keen pleasure or delight; something or someone greatly valued or appreciated:

3.

the expression or display of glad feeling; festive gaiety.

4.

a state of happiness or felicity.

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We all know the betrayal,

the heartbreak, the deceit of

unauthentic joy.

Contrived.
Affected.
Feigned.
It is a dead sound.
A fake smile that thrashes your soul.
A foul smell.
A numb touch.
Your body and soul shrinks, vanishes away, unseen.

 

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JOY

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JOY

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“When you do things

from your soul,

you feel a river

moving in you,

a JOY.”

 Jalaluddin Rumi

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“JOY does not simply

happen to us.

We have to choose JOY

and

keep choosing it

every day.”

Henri J. M. Nouwen 

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“I didn’t expect

to recover

from my

second operation

but since I did,

I consider that I’m living

on borrowed time.

Every day that dawns

is a gift to me

and

I take it in that way.

I accept it gratefully

without

looking beyond it.

I completely forget

my physical suffering

and

all the unpleasantness

of my present condition

and

I think only of the JOY

of seeing the sun

RISE

once more

and

of being able to work a little bit,

even under

difficult conditions.”

Henri Matisse 

 

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“No matter

what all your teeth

and

wet fingers anticipated,

there was no accounting

for the way

that simple JOY

could shake you.”

Toni Morrison, “BELOVED” 

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JOY!

ELLA & LOUIS

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Their simpatico/resonance,

in both their sonics and silence,

is quiet and boundless joy,

a delighted call and response,

that is lushly beautiful!

 

 

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JOY!

CHARLES LLOYD

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JOY!

NICHOLAS PAYTON  

JOY!

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JOY!

A Trumpet Summit -Marciac 1999

 

JOY!

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JOY!

“One of the tasks of true friendship is to listen
compassionately
and
creatively
to the
hidden silences.
Often secrets are not revealed in words,
they lie concealed in the silence
between the words
or in the depth of what is unsayable
between two people.”

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“Once the soul awakens, the search begins
and you can never go back.
From then on, you are inflamed with a special longing
that will never again let you linger in the lowlands
of complacency and partial fulfillment. 
The eternal makes you urgent.
You are loath to let compromise or the threat of danger hold you back
from striving toward the summit of fulfillment.”

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“Love allows understanding to dawn, and understanding is precious.
Where you are understood, you are at home.
Understanding nourishes belonging.
When you really feel understood,
you feel free to release yourself into the trust
and
shelter of the other person’s soul.”

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“When love awakens in your life, in the night of your heart,
it is like the dawn breaking within you.
Where before there was anonymity, now there is intimacy;
where before there was fear, now there is courage;
where before in your life there was awkwardness,
now there is a rhythm of grace and gracefulness;
where before you used to be jagged,
now you are elegant and in rhythm with your self.
When love awakens in your life,
it is like a rebirth,
a new beginning.”

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John O’Donohue, Anam Cara: A Book of Celtic Wisdom

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JOY!

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GoldBirdSONG_#5_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSON_ABGoldBirdSONG #5                                                                   Catherine L. Johnson 2016

 

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Please click on link below:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/07/24/goldbirdsong-1-2-3-4-5-6-7-spectrogram-electrocardiogram-polygraph-visual-graphs-confluencecollaboration-of-visualsonics-practicing-democracy-to-risebreakthrough/

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JOY!

 

“The soul should always stand ajar,

ready to welcome the ecstatic experience.”

Emily Dickinson

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/kayak-kinnickinnic-river-thrilling-x-sublime-x-bliss-20-august-2015-kinnickinnic-river-rapids-hair-reverb/

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FOR ME:

KAYAKING  ON ANY RIVER- ESPECIALLY THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER+ THE KINNICKINNIC RIVER: WOWRAPIDS
 + LISTENING/WITNESSING TO SOARING SACRED STRATOSPHERIC IMPROVISATIONAL SONICS +
CREATING ART + USING MY PLATFORM AS AN ARTIST AS AN AGENT FOR SOCIAL JUSTICE
SOULFUL/ SENSUAL/ TRANSCENDENT LIVE DIALOGUES
OFFERING LIGHTLOVEGRACE WITH
MULTI-SPHERIC ADVENTURES OF INSIGHT + DEEPENING  INTIMACY
WHEN THE SILENCES ARE THE SONICS ARE THE SILENCE OPENING UP  
UNCHARTED MAJESTIC FIELDS OF MELLIFLUOUS SENSITIVITIES/COLORS 

EXHILARATING

 JOY!

LIVE WATERS + LIVE MUSIC + LIVE DIALOGUE/VOICES/PRESENCES + LIVE LIVING LIFE
YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!

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KAYAKING WITH JASPAR OBI! MISSISSIPPI RIVER=HARROWING + JOY!

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JOY

is

the FREEDOM

to communicate/

express/sit/kneel/stand UP

for the

BETTER ANGELS IN OUR NATURE

without

fear of reprisals.

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PLEASE CLICK LINKS:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/08/08/nate-chinen-nyt-8816-a-cri-de-coeur-from-jazz-musicians-in-a-black-lives-matter-age-blanchards-breathless-hall-of-lament-2012-isaiah-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-freshdri/
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JOY is INTEGRITY.

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I am NOT going to stand up to show pride in a flag

for a country that oppresses black people

and people of color,”

Kaepernick told NFL Media in an exclusive interview after the game.

“To me,

this is bigger than football

and it would be selfish on my part

to look the other way.

There are bodies in the street

and people getting paid leave

and getting away with murder.”

Colin Kaepernick

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick
has willingly immersed himself into controversy
by refusing to stand for the playing of the national anthem
in protest of what are wrongdoings
against African Americans and minorities in the United States.

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A golden laurel wreath, probably originating from Cyprus, 4th—3rd century BC

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IN ROMAN TIMES,
ARTISTS + ATHLETES WERE CROWNED
WITH LAUREL LEAVES
TO RECOGNIZE/ACKNOWLEDGE
THE INTERNAL DEDICATION/DISCIPLINE
THAT MADE THEIR PUBLIC ACHIEVEMENTS
POSSIBLE.

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ARTISTS + ATHLETES ARE MADE INTO
ENTERTAINERS/ BRANDED
IN AMERICA
STIFLED/SHAPED/STYLED BY MASS MARKETS +
DOMINANT SOCIAL STRUCTURES +
PATTERNS OF CONSUMERISM.
MANACLED.  SHACKLED.  BOUND.  

 

 

ARTISTS + ATHLETES
ARE
 ORACLES/HURRICANE LAMPS
BREAKING THOUGH + BREAKING OPEN
UNCHARTED VISIONS
RELEASING
THE LIMITS/ BARRIERS/ BOUNDARIES OF
PERCEPTION;
INTELLECTUAL PARADIGMS;
CREATIVE IMAGINATION
AND
PHYSICAL BRINKS.

 

ARTISTS + ATHLETES  NEED
TO PRACTICE THE FREEDOM
TO GO BEYOND  ARBITRARY CONFINES
TO DISCOVER MAGNIFICENCE
AND
TO DEEPEN/WIDEN/ WHO/WHAT IS OUR SHARED HUMANITY.

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ARTISTS + ATHLETES ARE FREEDOM EXPLORERS*.

GENUIS IS GENIUS.  

INTEGRITY.  

*THIS IS OUR JOB!

*THIS IS OUR MORAL/ SOCIAL/ ETHICAL/ ACTIVE RESPONSIBILITY!

*THIS IS OUR JOY!

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JIMI HENDRIX’S PROTEST @WOODSTOCK
http://www.spin.com/2016/09/remember-when-jimi-hendrix-protested-the-national-anthem-on-a-national-stage/

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RESPONSES TO COLIN KAEPERNICK’S USE OF HIS PLATFORM AS AN ATHLETE:
http://www.nfl.com/news/story/0ap3000000691077/article/colin-kaepernick-explains-why-he-sat-during-national-anthem
http://www.npr.org/sections/codeswitch/2016/09/02/492296505/kareem-abdul-jabbar-calls-colin-kaepernicks-concerns-very-admirable
http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/nfl/49ers/2016/09/01/colin-kaepernick-national-anthem-protest-police-socks/89743344/

 

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CHARLES_DOROTHY_CATHERINE_DAKOTA_30JUNE2015Dorothy Darr + Charles Lloyd + Catherine L. Johnson, me!,
in the Dakota’s Green Room
@ Lowell Pickett’s “Living Room” (affectionately named by Charles) aka The Dakota.

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Michele Jansen, dear friend and station manager of KBEM/88.5 FM
and my dear brother/vascular surgeon were with me the first night!
The next night was shared with  friends Peter, visual artist, and Lars-Eric Larson, drummer
– their FIRST experience/witnessing of  Charles’ sonics as traveling white light.

 

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Define kindness.
Dorothy + Charles.
Define the warmth of an open heart.
Dorothy + Charles.
Define the delight of being with dear individuals that define the majesty, song and sweetness of humanity.
Dorothy + Charles
Define the visceral and palpable love/intimacy between two lovers whose internal oceans create a hymn.
Dorothy + Charles.
Define gratitude, amazing grace, affinity, resonance and a blue moon of  the synergistic sublime.
When I first experienced + met Charles and Master Billy Higgins at Lowell’s former “living room” waaaay over a decade ago.
And, then I met the remarkable + ethereal  Dorothy.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/10/03/catherine-l-johnson-joy-sacred-birds-charles-lloydbilly-higgins-free-birds-free/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/09/14/monsters-of-subtlety-and-oceans-of-the-heart-charles-lloyd-and-billy-higgins/ 

 

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Define the  translation of sacred, sublime beauty.
Charles Lloyd’s sonics.
Define an adventure, a flight through a night sky and the luminosity of  morning’s dawn.
Charles Lloyd’s sonics.
Define the continuous  rushing waters of an unseen river.
Charles  Lloyd’s  sonics.
Define breathing the fragrance  of a communion of beauty that is both a wilderness and a child’s wonder.
Charles Lloyd’s sonics.
Define the healing  balm of art and my choice of sonics in the OR.
Charles Lloyd’s sonics.
Define the capacity to intuit the creative genius of other musicians,
and when performing together calls out the divinity within each musician.
Charles Lloyd’s ensemble of astounding musicians.

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/06/16/i-breathe-it-is-the-way-i-breathe-charles-lloyd-interviews-ornette-coleman-interview/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/03/22/charles-lloyd-charles-lloyd-new-quartet-jason-moranreuben-rogerseric-harland-village-vanguard-15-march-2015-radical-empathy-nyt-nate-chinen-charles-lloyd-nea-jazz-master-charle/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/09/24/fyi-improvisation-the-automatic-message-instinct-art-gallery-charles-lloydbilly-higgins/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/03/14/charles-lloyd-75th-birthday15-march-the-ides-of-march-2013-music-is-a-healing-force-temple-of-dendur-the-met-jason-moraneric-harlandreuben-rogers-gr8-joy/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/03/13/the-dakota-11-march-2013-charles-lloyd-with-eric-harland-reuben-rogers-the-sky-trio-and-special-guest-gerald-clayton-pure-music-no-boxes-revelations/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/sonic-artists-create-music-not-music-boxes/

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My offering to Charles and Dorothy: an original painting  HEAVENINMYMOUTH  2012
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/heaveninmymouth-0

 

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CHARLESLLOYD_LOWELLPICKETT_JULIANBOND_30JUNE2015

Charles’ presence was further heightened by the poignant presence of  the first light hurricane lamp of civil rights activist,
Julian Bond, with his wife Pam.
It was beautiful to have the radiant presence of these two revolutionary souls, two men, at once,
-constellations of breaking through to new vistas of symphonic harmonics of humanity,
together-one on stage and the other receiving.
Both messengers of the beyond and spiraling toward.
Lowell as the conduit.
I spoke to Julian Bond and he reminisced knowing my relatives Harris and Clare ( Emmy Lou) Wofford.
Harris worked closely with the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., as his civil rights attorney.
Mr. Bond told me to continue to press forward with my work- which many times addresses social justice issues.

 

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/03/09/selma-bloody-sunday-50th-anniversary-2015-rev-dr-martin-luther-king-jr-s-speech-how-long-not-long-harris-wofford-what-i-saw-at-selma-today-my-dear-friends-presence-as-a-fami/

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Julian Bond 

Former N.A.A.C.P. Chairman and Civil Rights Leader

14 January 1940 – 15 August 2015

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/08/17/us/julian-bond-former-naacp-chairman-and-civil-rights-leader-dies-at-75.html?_r=0
http://www.freep.com/story/news/columnists/rochelle-riley/2015/08/16/julian-bond-legacy-new-leaders-stepping/31817851/
http://www.ajc.com/news/news/local-govt-politics/reactions-to-bonds-passing-come-from-region-nation/nnLCf/

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Thank you to Andrea Canter, Jazz Police photographer, to capture our reunion without a flash!
We beamed any way!

 

 

 

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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