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Melvin Carter, the newly elected St. Paul mayor, celebrates his victory with his supporters at Union Depot on Tuesday night, Nov. 7, 2017. (Special to the Pioneer Press / Chris Juhn)
“I’m thrilled. I’m elated. I’m humbled,” Carter, a former St. Paul city council member, told a group of supporters at the victory party. 

“We’ve built what I’m excited to say is a big, bold, bad vision for the future of St. Paul.

Melvin Carter’s parents, Melvin Carter II, left, Toni Carter, wife Sakeena, and daughter Naomi looked on as he spoke at the Union Depot Tuesday.
Photo credit for the 2 above images: Jerry Holt/Strib

 

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DEFINITION OF A LUMINOUS GRACE FIRE

IN A HURRICANE LAMP:

MELVIN CARTER WINS!!!!!

St. Paul’s “OUR” Mayor!!!

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( Melvin’s family is on the right and the campaign’s organizers/interns on the left.)

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Pioneer Press:

Melvin Carter elected St. Paul’s first black mayor

http://www.twincities.com/2017/11/07/melvin-carter-mayor-st-paul-minnesota-first-african-american-elected-pat-harris-dai-thao/

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Star Tribune:

Carter leaned on community ties, volunteer support to win St. Paul mayor’s race

http://www.startribune.com/carter-leaned-on-community-ties-volunteer-support-to-win-st-paul-mayor-s-race/456196133/?ref=nl&om_rid=1660397001&om_mid=61471177

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Defying the Odds:

African-Americans Make Historic Wins on Election Night

A large number of black candidates claimed victory in state and local races across the country Tuesday night — results widely hailed as a reaction to President Donald Trump and Republican policies in general.
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/defying-odds-african-americans-make-historic-wins-election-night-n818971

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YES!

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LIGHT was IGNITED

+

SHINED FIERCELY

across

OUR NATION!!!

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Here’s A List Of Historic Victories

Democrats Had On Election Day

Tuesday was a momentous night.
https://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/democratic-victories-firsts-election-day_us_5a026c51e4b092053058cf38

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IndividUals,

AmerIcans,

collectively and in collaboration,

stood UP

+

PERSEVERED

to

RE-IGNITE

RADICAL HOPE

for

ALL!!!

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ACTIONS BREAK THROUGH!!!
MOVING FORWARD!!!
REAL REAL LIFE LIVING!!!

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AUTHENTICITY

+

COURAGE

+

HONORABLE/respectful

LISTENING

+

practicing the

integral principles/ideals

 of

DEMOCRACY

was the

HARVEST

across OUR

AMERICA!

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COMMUNICATION

via the irreplaceable

VEHICLES

that work to build TRUST:

face to face/voice to voice 

– the true blue

conduits/instruments

of

GENUINE connection

IS

life-changing!!!!

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Electronic digital

communication

avoids

relational interaction

and

is not capable

of sparking

the vivid electricity

of a direct

 call+response dialogue

nor

can it create the

dynamic improvisation

of a REAL I/Thou exchange

 which is relational

and

occurs between individuals

in the moment.

Think IMPROV jazz – LISTENING/collaboration!

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Hearts + minds are won with genuine connection.

All creative leaders KNOW/practice

this simple soul truth!

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R/evolutions

happen

with

genuine connection + truth telling

between

individuals.

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The flyer, the brochure,

the advertisement,

the messages on social media,

the text can influence,

the REAL life conversation

 is

THE event!

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Keeping ONE’s word

is one’s currency

+ 

the touchstone

of their

INTEGRITY

building

FAITH + TRUST.

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One CHOOSES

to construct/engage

their life stories

aligned

with their

TRUE NORTH.

(Or not.)

One’s

COURAGE/COMPASSION

navigates

their own dynamic

inter-relational

“ship”

as it meets

the live waters of the rivers of life

+

the roiling seas of humanity.

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MELVIN’s story

is a

CONSTRUCTIVE TEMPLATE

of

CONSCIOUS GRACE

MOVING FORWARD

CHOICES.

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Melvin constructed a life story

which generated

a dynamic

forward-looking

radiant

+

inclusive 360

CIVIC VISION.

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Melvin = the FIRE in the HURRICANE LAMP 
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My collaged poster for my building.

 

I biked every evening except HALLOWEEN to Melvin’s campaign headquarters. YES-Brr!

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Below: contents of my EBLAST sent to hundreds of  my St. Paul friends/associates:
MPR MAYORAL DEBATE: https://www.mprnews.org/story/2017/11/02/st-paul-mayor-debate
PLEASE LISTEN + YOU WILL KNOW WHO MUST BE AT THE HELM!
I VOLUNTEER FOR THE MELVIN CARTER FOR MAYOR CAMPAIGN.
ABSOLUTELY!
THE LOCAL LEVEL IS THE CONDUIT, THE FIRE OF THE HURRICANE LAMP.
We need to  ALIGN OUR CITY with VALUES/POLICIES/VISION
that REFLECTS OUR CAPACITY TO RISE with GRIT + “ MOVING FORWARD” IMAGINATION.
MELVIN CARTER IS ST. PAUL’S “OUR” MAYOR!
http://www.melvincarter.org/
MY VOTE IS FOR MELVIN CARTER!
ABSOLUTELY!
PLEASE FORWARD THIS EMAIL AS YOUR CAMPAIGN!
CATHERINE L. JOHNSON
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

 

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The BEAUTY of MELVIN’S

ELOQUENT/ACTION 

HERO/INES

–  the culturally diverse/the culturally competent-

ORGANIZERS/VOLUNTEERS/INTERNS

at his

CAMPAIGN HEADQUARTERS

was a motivating

TESTAMENT

of sharing responsibility,

accountability,

LISTENING AND ENVISIONING

and

practicing relational negotiation

CALLING OUT the BEST,

challenging each and all

to ACTualize,

overcoming

self-limiting concepts/non-actions

to

YES, I WILL!

XSt. Paul mayoral candidate Melvin Carter thanked his campaign workers at his head uarters Tuesday evening. Photo credit: Jerry Holt/Strib
 THE VICTORY CELEBRATION: Three of the several ORGANIZERS: Myles, LyLy + Laura!

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Volunteers and organizer, Ikram- center, on a week night.X

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Volunteers on a week night. 
As Election Day neared, the campaign headquarters was PACKED/HUMMING with YES, I WILL!

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It was a beautiful

ELIXIR

to experience/witness,

evening after evening,

as individual’s choice

to step UP

became

a collective dedication

+

becoming

a collaborative 

ocean/day+night stars/land

of

YES!

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ELECTION DAY

T-shirt that I made for the OBAMA campaign: VOTE HOPE. Barack/Michele each have one.
Michele Obama with my OBAMA t-shirts in hand. August 2007
OBAMA Campaign 2007 – scroll down:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/01/20/707-20-january-2017-my-now-dis-united-states-of-americas-inauguration-day-sos-september-gallerys-post-election-women-artists-resistance-dedication-for-all-humanity/

 

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I vote at 4:45- the polling location is teeming with voters!
I bike from my loft in Lowertown to Melvin’s campaign headquarters
at 1250 W. 7th Street for the last exhale- calling until the polls close.

Clear blue skies and COLD!

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The headquarters is electric and excited and resolute with a full house of callers.
8 pm: we all hug each other and acknowledge we did ALL we could do with passion.

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Farewell and now THE wait.

The ranked-choice ballot will mean 
sequential passes to identify the NEXT mayor.
I bike back to my loft – 35 minutes each way.
FROZEN to the very marrow and I prepare with goggles and layers!
Ha!

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There is a PARTY for MELVIN’S CAMPAIGN at the Union Depot.
After thawing, I call friends and friends call me.
Once thawed and can feel my fingers again, I dress FOR the party!

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My dear dear Rob texts me:

CONGRATULATIONS!

I text him back: What has happened?
NO reply!

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I drop everything, and sit on my fitness ball in front of my laptop.
I Google: Pioneer Press.

MELVIN WINS!!!

By an

ASTOUNDING

margin!

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For those who know me well:
use your imagination!
HaHaHaHa!
I am a titanium hammer
with my disciplined work ethic
crossed
with an overly enthusiastic 3 year old child of

WONDERWOWWHEEEE!

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Yes,

I am OTT

hollering

expressing

cascades

of

PURE CLEAR OVERWHELMING

JOY!

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I RUN to the Union Depot – 2 blocks away!
Upon seeing the organizers/volunteers/interns

WE WHOOP

with

ELATION and DISBELIEF and AMAZED

YES!

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Melvin surrounded by his Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity brothers
as he enters the historical threshold of HIS win
AND
the CELEBRATION of bles/SINGS
who sang his luminous visionary SONG
with

RADICAL HOPE!

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I WILL!

I WILL!

I WILL!

WE DID! 

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YES,

YOU/we/I WILL!

The RISE of radiance is OURS!

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MELVIN,

THANK YOU

FOR

LOVING/HONORING

THE

SOULHEARTHOPE

OF

ST. PAUL

WITH YOUR

SOULHEARTHOPE.

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WE LOVE YOU!

CALL UPON ME!

PLEASE.

YES!

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https://i0.wp.com/stmedia.startribune.com/images/1509115261_08+1004143162+2POWER072317.JPGMelvin Carter campaigned in July with supporters in the annual Rondo Days parade in St. Paul.
Photo credit: Jerry Holt/Strib

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Melvin Carter v. Tony Soprano

During my volunteer tenure FOR the MELVIN CARTER FOR MAYOR campaign, dear Rob invited me to dinner and the NYC ballet.
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Rob asked IF I had watched the HBO series THE SOPRANOS (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0141842/). I had not. I never wanted to leave Little Italy neighborhood where ALL my senses were harkened and I was embraced with love and caring for 6 years.
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Rob knew I had lived in Little Italy from the time of my yearlong P.S. 1 International Studio Residency (prestigious MOMA program, 41 artists are selected worldwide).
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After a stellar evening experiencing delicious meal, hilarious and probing conversation and ballet dancers’ divine capacity to express the most subtle human emotion with searing poignancy and sublime elegance, I turned on my laptop and watched Season 1 / Episode 1 of THE SOPRANOS.
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Every night, after biking in the freezing temperatures to and from Melvin’s campaign headquarters and making 100 + calls to St. Paul residents, I watched THE SOPRANOS. It became a ritual of participating in democracy- calling out to St. Paul citizens of what their vision was and introducing them to a mature and practicing visionary to watching authoritarian system where the leader struggles with the unmovable mask and his nascent humanity and excruciating emergence of self-awareness.
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THE SOPRANOS was a living scrapbook of my years there on 115 Mulberry Street. I lived in the building behind a restaurant and next to the THE MOST PRECIOUS BLOOD church where church bells rang every 8 hours.
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While I lived in Little Italy, John Gotti was the Don and his Gambino family reigned. I was watched over with loyal tenderness and deep affection…
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I loved living there.
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The contrasting experiences of working FOR Melvin Carter for Mayor and living IN the Little Italy of my past piqued by my nightly THE SOPRANOS, provided an insight to stark contrasts of systems of leadership and opposite systems of governing others as well as the character of the leader.
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THE SOPRANOS’ acuity was visceral for me. Authoritarian, a rigid vertical hierarchy where devotion was prescribed and questioning was deemed “disrespect”. The head, the Boss, wears a fierce iron mask and behind this mask is a very human man- tender, caring, affectionate, loving. The character of Tony Soprano describes the Hamlet rub: to be OR not to be. I experienced the two sides living in Little Italy. WE all know when the strength of our character and our TRUE NORTH is tested, challenged – the time when INTEGRITY is your touchstone of gold or not.
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For those who served loyalty and filial piety and being a life-sentence prisoner is the life. Questioning and/or going rogue is not seen as a conversation with the leader to arrive at new solutions. The consequences are brutal and the punishment is swift.
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Living in that diagram of power feels safe. However, the sense of safety is anchored to staying immature in thought. Think: SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION and Nelson Mandela’s term as prisoner – Nelson kept his soul free, unshackled.
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Melvin Carter’s call out for becoming Mayor was a request to those he would serve what THEY envisioned! Yes, a true practice of democracy: a shout out for blueprints for the future!
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The Melvin Carter campaign was rooted in the principles and discipline of democracy and the sonics of free jazz- call and response. The Melvin Carter leadership demonstrated an individual of mature ancient wisdom within and courage and compassion. He beckoned participation of others to step UP, RISE and act with the “better angels of our Nature”. His leadership welcomed conversation – LIVE conversation – breathing Harvard Negotiating Project and  the revelatory TRUTHS + beauty of improv jazz!
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The Melvin Carter campaign demonstrated an open system motivated by ideals and anointed everyone as a steward moving FORWARD.
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At the VICTORY party at the Union Depot, the atmosphere was elation and the elation was welcomed and soaked in. No one questioned IF the victory’s elation did not belong to him or her or was an undeserving experience. No. Melvin’s leadership and system of welcoming, calling out, LISTENING was a testament of COURAGE and COMPASSION and CONVICTION that no one is a stolen soul to serve him.
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I lived in a body cast from infancy through childhood. I have had 47 reconstructive orthopedic surgeries; I became what I dreamed of. I leaned toward those who could SEE me. I was a plant waiting to bloom God’s  promise. What I was not given physically, I was bountifully gifted in other ways.

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I listened and moved toward those who are FREE SOULS and welcome the BEST to RISE within.
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I can never be held captive. I observe those who choose to resign themselves and live in rigid systems and wear a mask – a false narrative to feel safe – not realizing they are living the furthest truth of what is safety: to be WHO you are and ALL the things you are.
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Yes, people do choose to live shackled in cyclical bouts of turmoil and fear.

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Yes, people do become their own R/EVOLUTION with courage and serenity.
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I move toward the LIGHT with RADICAL HOPE.

My choice.

My life.

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Adapt.

Improvise.

Overcome!

Lives that live OVERCOME are templates of courage and grace.

EXODUS stories are stories of respect and dignity. Templates.

As a child raised in sterile hospital institutional rigid systems,   I read biographies of individuals who had the strength of character to adapt, improvise and overcome what they were told was a life sentence. I loved their HOPE/COURAGE/FAITH that cast off the shackles and they CHOSE, with  mighty/remarkable courage and enlightened sense of WHO they were, RISKED + RISED UP! Think: Rev. Dr. MLK; Abraham Lincoln; Marian Anderson; Eleanor Roosevelt; Helen Keller; Nelson Mandela; Harriet Tubman; Maya Angelou; Susan B. Anthony; etc. They became my templates, my hurricane lamps. I was “seen” as a handicapped girl with low intellectual/creative capacities. Low hope. Yet, I was SEEN by my orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Mark B. Coventry of the Mayo Clinic; my Uncle Bob, my Grandfather, my Daddy – ALL MAVERICKS whose life circumstances shattered pre-conceptions and lazy optics.
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I loved working FOR Melvin Carter’s campaign for MAYOR.

His intentions/actions called OUT the freedom and the grace that resides within us ALL , and. in turn,  what occurs when called out: DIGNITY; HONOR; RESPECT and CARING. 

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St. Paul citizens stood UP for the LIGHT, the FIRE in the hurricane lamp that radiates light no matter the tempest.
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Melvin’s victory was a template of what character IS and how a true NEW BREED LEADER functions. When I observed Melvin dancing with Sakeena on the marble floor of the Union Depot, I knew Melvin’s INTEGRITY of calling out the BEST and partnering in the FUTURE was authentic. Theirs was the DANCE OF JOY!!!!!

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“Human freedom involves our capacity to pause, to choose the one response toward which we wish to throw our weight.” Rollo May

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Hallelujah!!!!!

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Yes, there are life lessons and revelation; allusions, and the SERENITY PRAYER in the writings above. 

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Courage is an inner resolution to go forward despite obstacles;
Cowardice is submissive surrender to circumstances.
Courage breeds creativity..,”
Cowardice asks the question, is it safe?
Expediency ask the question, is it politic?
Vanity asks the question, is it popular?
Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
Maya Angelou

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“Confront the dark parts of yourself, and work to banish them with illumination and forgiveness. Your willingness to wrestle with your demons will cause your angels to sing.” 
August Wilson

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“Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one’s courage.”
Anaïs Nin

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“Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
 Lao Tzu

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“WHY ARE WE MAKING THEM?”

Donald Trump

“THEM” aka NUCLEAR WEAPONS

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PLEASE

WATCH THE AD BELOW

AS IF Y/OUR WORLD

DEPENDED ON IT

– BECAUSE Y/OUR WORLD

NEEDS TO BE

INFORMED 

NOW!

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BUTTON. IMPULSIVE. NUCLEAR WEAPONS.

THE WORLD’S FUTURE IS IN Y/OUR VOTE.

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HOW/WHAT DO U/WE DECIDE? 

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Male viewers who watched THIS ad

presenting the REAL POSSIBILITY of TRUMP

having access to the nuclear button

in a REAL CRISIS, in REAL TIME,

as PRESIDENT of the USA

were

SEVEN percentage points

more likely to SUPPORT CLINTON

over TRUMP

compared to those who

DID NOT

watch the ad.

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I/WE must make sure megatons

of swing voters see this ad

—especially now that the  Presidential race

has really tightened and access to

the NUCLEAR CODES

is the OUTCOME of ALL Presidential elections.

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WHAT IS NEEDED IN A REAL CRISIS

WHEN THAT IRREVOCABLE OPTION

WOULD BE CONSIDERED:

STEADINESS.

A MULTI-SPHERIC CAPACITY OF VISIONING

FORESEEABLE  CONSEQUENCES

and

WHO TO CALL TO THAT SOLEMN TABLE.

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CERTAINLY NOT AN INDIVIDUAL WHO THINKS

THEY KNOW MORE THAN

OUR FIVE STAR MILITARY GENERALS,

OR WHO THINKS THEY KNOW MORE

THAN INFORMED/EXPERIENCED

INTELLIGENCE EXPERTS IN SPECIFIC/ INTERCONNECTED

VOLATILE REGIONS IN THE WORLD

AND WHO HAS A MANCRUSH ON PUTIN.

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THAT “WING IT” INDIVIDUAL IS A FATAL ATTRACTION.

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THAT INDIVIDUAL,

A LIVING DEFINITION OF HUBRIS,

THAT PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE,

IS A

DEADLY

WILD CARD.

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THE WORLD ALREADY HAS:

Kim Jong-un/ North Korea’s Supreme Leader,

Ali Khameni/ Iran’s Supreme Leader,

Vladimir Putin, President of Russia

(Trump’s man crush),

and 

Rodrigo Duterte/ President of Philippines

DEALT IN @ THE WORLD’S  SOLEMN TABLE.

THEY HAVE MADE IT INTO THEIR

OWN “POKER TABLE”…

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https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/f/f4/The_Scream.jpg

The Scream    Edvard Munch   1893

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As the defining image of the Expressionist movement, The Scream stands as a pivotal work in the history of art. Munch created the image in the mid-1890s as the central element of his celebrated Frieze of Life series. The powerfully-rendered, blood-red sky presents the viewer with the reality of Munch’s experience at the moment he is gripped by anxiety in the hills above Oslo. Like his Dutch contemporary Vincent van Gogh, Munch’s desire was to paint a new form of reality rooted in psychological experience, rather than visual. It is this projection of Munch’s mental state that was so artistically innovative – a landscape of the mind, whose impact is still felt in the art of today.

 

An icon of global visual culture, The Scream is instantly recognizable – from Beijing to Moscow to New York. Since its creation at the turn of the 20th century, the provocative work has only gained relevance and impact over time. The haunting composition stands as the visual embodiment of modern anxiety and existential dread, referenced by everyone from Andy Warhol to The Simpsons. Edvard Munch and The Scream have been the subject of countless books, scholarly articles, films and museum exhibitions.

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PLEASE, PLEASE,

PLEASE SEND

THIS WordPress entry

TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW

and, IN TURN, THEY SEND IT ON

TO EVERYONE THEY KNOW!

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Y/OUR WORLD DEPENDS

ON KNOWING

WHO TRUMP IS,

WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF

and

HOW HE WILL RESPOND

IN A REAL CRISIS.

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THERE IS NO REVERSAL

ONCE THE NUCLEAR BUTTON

IS PRESSED.

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IT IS IRREVOCABLE.

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NO WHOOPS.

NO REGRETS

IN THE AFTERMATH.

IT IS DONE.

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PERIOD.

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TRUMP IS: 

WAAAAY 2 ERRATIC;

WAAAAY 2 IMPULSIVE;

WAAAY 2 UNINFORMED;

WAAY 2 ARROGANT;

WAAAY 2 A “LOOSE CANNON”

and, most harrowing,

WAAAY 2 FIXATED 

ON USING

NUCLEAR WEAPONS…

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“YOU ARE FIRED!”

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TRUMP’S FAVORITE

IRREVOCABLE LINE,

DECLARATION

and

RESPONSE.

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VOTE

https://www.hillaryclinton.com

https://i1.wp.com/thesmokinggun.com/sites/default/files/assets/hfalogox16.jpg

FOR Y/OUR

FUTURE IN THE WORLD.

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—– Original Message —–
Sent: Monday, October 24, 2011 8:34 PM
Subject: Re: entropy v centrifugal, and photo shoot

“2nd Law of thermodynamics all reactions go to a random state.
Biological organisms organize reactions
but can’t really compete with the inorganic reactions which are randomizing.
My week here is getting complex I’ll let you know.”
On Oct 24, 2011, at 7:26 PM, Catherine L. Johnson wrote:
Hail Chris!
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Thank you for viewing the  BODY & SOUL exhibit.
(The installation took hours-every piece had to be perfectly positioned.
It was a mash-up of various series, a re-mix presented as several installations of disparate pieces.
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Thank God I requested Justin to assist me!
I was so fortunate/grateful for Justin’s uber-LIBRA-ness:
a little to the left, a little to the right and his radical patience,
aesthetic alignment and investment in my vision was critical.)
Acute and hilarious dialogue and spot-on commentary except for entropy.
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Everyone looks and experiences their world from their own
conditioned, practiced and habitual set of references and comfort zones.
Indifference, neglect, hostility are transformers, shaping one’s world views and expectations.

  An individual can

dramatically shift/evolve

to NEW sets of experiences-

if
willing
and
possesses
the courage to change
and
do the exodus Red Sea crossing
and
the FAITH walk in the wilderness thing.
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New neuro-pathways can be created
to overwrite the previous framework/matrix
creating
a new and unfolding improvisational blueprint!!
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Love is a transforming energy
and
a nest of love can transform one’s life!
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Art piques an awareness of one’s
internalized
grid/filters/rules/by-laws-
which may be:
life- giving,
life-deceiving ,
 and/or
life- stealing...
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Jim did an amazing job in framing the one  BODY & SOUL piece on display.
I would love the wrought iron frame but the simple white
was a great counterpoint to the art.
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BODY & SOUL- 12  pieces now in  the portfolio!
(My Physical Therapist, the amazing Jill. is working on my arms-
it is like she is ripping out the nerves in my arms!
She is concentrating on my right arm- my “wing” arm!
What an occupational hazard- she tells me how patients get angry
and blame her for causing them pain-
when it is their pain, emanating from their own  injuries/wounds!
I learned what mine was mine a long time ago! I can work up to 4 hours now.)
16.5″ H x 13″ W, mixed media on board.
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Yes, the BODY & SOUL works are extraordinarily different
from the HALO: The Prayer Wheels 2007.
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What they share: circles and lines like phrasing and notes.
They are, like ALL my work, performances -one execution where
all of the flaws and the awe is present, audible presences, as marks and pentimenti. 
Circular breathing pure, no rough edge rounded, and focused.
FLOW!
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The BODY & SOUL work ,
unlike
the serene whirling presence of the Halo: The Prayer Wheels,
are total vitality,
breath works,
enigmatic,
high frequency,
and
elegant and dynamic,
The ambient light and the  physical position of the viewing
ignite the surfaces and/or veil the surfaces’ luminosity.
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Yes, we talked about the genesis, the inspiring juice for this new series:
the martial art:
Aikido
– which is based on a dynamic sphere principle
of when attacked,
you do not receive the negative energy of the aggressor,
and
with specific motions you send the negative energy back
to the aggressor’s life path/journey
– to own and resolve;
alchemy
: iron -the masculine element that is to control impulses
and, yet,

retain fire

and
silver
– the feminine, the moon, the purveyor
of intuitive wisdom and artistic expression
sex and the yin/yang energy
balancing and re-balancing
always fluid and shifting, moving, not static;
Milky Way galaxy, nests, centrifugal force….
and, of course,
listening
to the variations/arrangements of 
the musical composition: BODY & SOUL
( several sonic vocal/instrumental artists).
X
Life is physics.
I have learned, due to my early background of isolation and confinement,
that I need rhythm,
rhythmic call and response.
X
My early life was comprised of continuous and random
blasts of energy onto me, and I became alchemical-
transcending and transforming the circumstances,
and
then  after the blasts,
there was complete silence and confinement.
X
My body and psyche is very, very honed like a rare instrument.
Who I can “run” with- lovers, is a complex set
of profane/sacred equation of contradictions.
As it goes with my collectors as well:
exquisite and searing sensibilities.
X
My work always has a rhythmic motion, swinging motion- never backward,
yet, bringing energy forward and deepening its magnitude.
Always.
Period.
Breath- inhale and exhale.
Touch- stroking, back and forth, in and out.
Sensual and sensuous and sexual.
Life.
X
You mentioned
 Entropy?
Hmmmmm. deterioration and decline?
X
No, Chris, an adamant and certain NO-
yet, it is something interesting I learned about you
and your perceptions/perspective at that moment?!
X
How about centrifugal force?
Chris and Michele are viewing exhibit tonight
and will be picking up their Pine Tree: ROSE.
X
I would be so grateful if you could photograph
just the two installations of paintings-
the rOses 2011– the triptych
and the BODY & SOUL piece coupled
with the small BLACKBIRD: Revelation 2010.
X
Very, very HaPpY to learn about your NEW ventures-
yes, experiment, ask different sets of quest/ions!!!
It is imperative- questions.
Not the SAME questions, though!
Boring and predictable.
Claustrophobic and so what….
I look forward to learning about your discoveries!
X
Please let me know about when you can photograph the work.
I will NOT be here on Friday- returning Saturday late afternoon.
X
Thank you Chris! The best!
YOU are the ONLY one that can document my work- 
because of its quicksilver, a/live performance,
and, yet, 
always there as a physical reality
-my work,
like me,
simply refuses/rebels about being boxed/contained-
needing wide arenas and loving patience to slowly offer its
forever revelations,
mysteries and beauty…waiting in anticipation,
knowing it will be beautiful,
surprising
and
fulfilling.
As you know!
X
Eric is beginning the path in  learning HOW to document my art’s whispers…
X
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BODY & SOUL   2011  18.5″ H x 13″ W   MIXED MEDIA ON BOARD  CATHERINE L. JOHNSON

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