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Please note:
My entry does NOT refer to the apocalyptic wildfires in Northern California.  
The devastation of the wildfires in California is real and harrowing.
The “fire” I specify and allude to is a poetic internal metaphor
not the apocalypse,
horror and grief that those effected by the wildfires are experiencing.

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RESURRECTION/EXODUS (1 of 5 paintings)                               Catherine L. Johnson  1996

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PRIVATE RHYTHM: MYTHROATSINGING                                Catherine L. Johnson 2009

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“We are created in rhythm,
kept alive in rhythm,
evolve through rhythm.

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Tides, breath, and blood flow in rhythm.

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HEARTFIRE Triptych                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson 1998

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We are born into a universe of currents,
and

our heart is

the great conductor of the body,

orchestrating

our

flow.”

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HEARTFIRE                                                                                          Catherine L. Johnson 1999

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The legacy of the

HEART FIRE

is more than eight hundred thousand years old
—and in our modern world,
we need more than ever to consciously reconnect
to the

RADIANT FIELD

that transcends
time, space, and culture.

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The

direct awakening

of the heart
often happens when we are at a

crisis point,

when the armor of our heart

has to crack,”

writes Shiva Rea.

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“Let us return to the

POWER

and

MAGNIFICENCE

of our

HEARTS

as LIVING

FIRE,

as INTELLIGENT

ENERGY

and

as ELECTROMAGNETIC

RADIANCE,

and

as our

ILLUMINATING 

guide

toward

LOVE,

CREATIVITY,

and

deep knowing

of our

TRUE

SACRED

 NATURE.”

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In our hearts there burns a fire…
That burns all veils to their root and foundation

When those veils have been burned away
Then the heart will understand completely.
Ancient love will unfold ever-fresh forms
In the heart of the Spirit,
In the core of the heart.
– RUMI

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HEARTFIRE                                                                                          Catherine L. Johnson 1999

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The Lydians were an ancient people who lived in what is now Turkey
during the Iron Age.
The Lydians developed a way to determine the quality of gold
with what is called a Lydian Stone
–flat pieces of basanite.

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A piece of gold would be dragged across the stone
so that it leaves a scratch mark.
The color of the mark was the objective determinate.
If it looked red, or coppery, the gold was not pure
and
was an alloy.
If the mark was bright yellow, the gold was pure.
The Lydians would make charts for color comparison.

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The purity of the gold became visible to those
who knew what to look for
and
who had the capacity to discern
what was pure gold.

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Note images above:
middle – an ancient Lydian Stone showing the mark of pure gold
top + bottom – showing the marks of gold and gold alloys on a touchstone

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RESURRECTION/EXODUS                                                          Catherine L. Johnson  1996

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TOUCHSTONE

The Lydian Stone has become known by another name:
touchstone.
You touch the gold to the stone,
and
then the value becomes apparent by its mark.

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touchstone

is used by contemporaneous jewelers to determine
if a gold metal is pure gold or an “illusion of purity”
which is an alloy masterfully blended
with just enough “truth” of gold
mixed with copper and other alloys
to make it appear to look like pure gold.

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The lesser qualities of gold
are mixed with copper and other alloys
to make it look like gold, without being pure gold –
that is the difference between 14 karat and 24 karat.  

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The word,

touchstone,

has evolved over the centuries,

but still

“suggests a simple test of the authenticity

or

value of something intangible.”

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The word/construct of

touchstone

is a

beautiful metaphor

to discern/align/sense intuitively/analyze
what is

truly authentic,

rare,

a sincere gold standard

in other areas of life other than gold metal:
the mark of genius in diverse fields of creative exploration;
the mark of personal character;
the mark of inspiring leadership;
the mark of an anam cara in one’s life;
the mark of a revolutionary paradigm shift;
the mark of courage
and
so forth.

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The fabricated/commercial platforms
of social media
is an alloy
and
a substitute of true intimacy.
Social media platforms
provide a stage/a theatre
to perform
“an illusion of truth” without a touchstone
to test the authenticity of its”truth-telling”

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The SONICS of TRUE GENIUS is SENSED.

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It is critical that those

anointed

with

GENIUS

step UP

and

educate/demonstrate

WHAT the sound of pure crystal IS

and

WHAT the look of pure gold IS 

and

WHAT the touch of pure love IS 

and

WHAT the taste of authenticity IS.

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INTEGRITY
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Above:
example of Walter Benjamin’s essay
on the

POWER

of the

ORIGINAL

and  
its craven various,
deconstructed,
decontextualized 
copies.
“ART IN THE AGE OF MECHANICAL REPRODUCTION”

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9 MILLION AMERICANS CHOSE NOT TO VOTE.

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Rural Voters Played A Big Part

In Helping Trump Defeat Clinton

http://www.npr.org/2016/11/14/501737150/rural-voters-played-a-big-part-in-helping-trump-defeat-clinton

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BLACK VOICES:

The Incredible Reason You Might Start

Seeing Safety Pins Everywhere

It’s a tiny gesture, but it speaks volumes.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/safety-pin-trump-brexit_us_58251b53e4b0c4b63b0c11a9

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In the wake of Donald Trump’s election,
many groups in the U.S.,
including African Americans; refugees;
Mexicans and of Mexican descent;
differently-abled; Muslims
and
women,
are feeling scared and uneasy.  
So while protests rage on across the country,
one movement is using a simple yet powerful symbol
to show their support for anyone who is fearful of
what is to come. 

 

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THE

2016 AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BALLOTS

SERIES

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The 2016 Presidential election revealed TWOTWO Americas.

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The Republican candidate, a renown bully, went rogue from  his party’s decorum.

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Bullies “smell” vulnerability.

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The Republican candidate became
the voice piece and the “parasite”
of

white male laborers*

and
the  once dominant and now obsolete
white patriarchal social structure/institution
of

White Male Privilege.

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* Please note the % of women who voted

for the Republican candidate.

 

Refer to the Pew Research link  embedded below.

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My experience, primary research,
of the structure/dynamic marriages
of white male laborers  is a rigid,
paradoxical and circumscribed  system.

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The  husband/man rules the household
and
the wife/woman  is obedient to the scripted gender roles.
Yet, paradoxically, she is the  fierce protector of his ego.
She excuses his threats,
locker room banter
and
emotional abuse as his right.
She does not hold him accountable for his  abuses nor excess.
She denies the potentially deleterious/ fatal
effect of his behavior on her and the family.
She prides herself on “standing by her man”.
His behavior is deemed as “normal”
– HER man being a MAN.

 It is “normal”.

It is a validated role-play that previous generations have modeled.
It is a template of security that life is predictable
and
is predicated on the practice
of a LOYALTY/ NO MATTER  WHAT template.

Change is feared and held at bay.

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Of course, not all households are defined by real or the threat of domestic violence.
Domestic violence is not contained by any one socio-economic class.
Domestic violence occurs in relationships of rigid dominance/submissive roles
where the submissive is not deemed as worthy by the dominant
and, in turn, the  submissive is subject to the dominant’s verbal/physical rage.

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The only risk is when this LOYALTY template
is questioned by the wife/woman- the submissive.

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I spoke to thousands of households in a RED state for the Clinton campaign.

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The Republican candidate’s rhetoric was the daily language
experienced and lived with in these households.
There was NO practice of  dialogue, negotiation or conversation.
The marriages were based on a patriarchal- dominant/submissive- system.

PERIOD. 

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The most prevalent response from a RED state
woman voter ( 30 + years of age):

“I need to take this call in the other room!”

In a whisper she tells me:

” I am voting for Hillary Clinton.

I CAN’T tell anyone!

can’t tell my friends,

I can’t tell my family

and I, certainly, can’t tell my husband!!!”

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The above is WHY  I state
the REACTIONARY REVOLT
was rooted and fueled by

WHITE MALE LABORERS.

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The majority of  wives/women stood by their man  
and voted on how he voted
and/or
how he told her who to vote for

PERIOD.

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The Republican candidate exploited their fears
and inability to articulate
their seething anger + resentment
of being held in contempt, scorned and parodied
by contemporaneous American society + media.

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They were coined/labeled as the candidate’s “deplorables”.
They embraced the label
and
were emboldened by its communal/tribal nomenclature.
A team.
A front.
A  social/political movement.

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The Republican candidate went beyond,
off the charts of protocol,
of what is tolerated in common speak
in his vitriol of specific demographics of America.

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His base was exponentially galvanized/electrified
at his UNFILTERED, loose cannon delivery.

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The Republican candidate’s fanatical support base
“dug in their heels’
nothing would sway them to be objective
and
analyze the actual toxic ingredients of his character.

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The Republican candidate became their needed “BIG DADDY”
who wore kevlar
and
was immune/vaccinated
to be held accountable
to his hate, xenophobia and fear-mongering.

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He became  the swiveling hips “rock-star”
of  a specific demographic of white men
– a  social phenom that wasn’t detected
on the radar
because it was without a lexicon.

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The  “clinging to fear and guns”
(quoting Obama during his first primary debates)
 was their battle cry!

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The Republican candidate became a parasite on them
and they fed off each other.
However, in a “host/parasite” relationship,
the “parasite” is  ALWAYS the winner.

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His supporters came out in droves
– many registered to vote for the first time
in their adult lives.

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The Republican candidate  possesses
no real world crisis experience
nor empathy of the “lives of others”.

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His  life story and his existence has been
a hermetically-sealed experience
defined by managing/manipulating/editing
public perceptions.

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He is a celebrity- a virtual media creation.

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He was born with a silver spoon in his mouth.
A proud tradition/ legacy of working class is NOT his story.

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He is no enlightened Buddha.

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The Republican candidate “smelled” HIS opportunity to win
in THEIR despair of eventual extinction.

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He did NOT offer adaptations/ innovative solutions
to his support base to adjust 
to the realities of their socio-economic lives.

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The Republican candidate seized their despair
of their extinction
due to a rapidly changing world
of inclusivity and diversity.

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He seized their fear of extinction 
and loss of identity
rooted to corporate America’s capitalism
– on-going practice of doing business
in a global economy driven by profit margins 
where the concept of indispensable workers
and their pensions plans
is not a factor in the economic matrix.

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The Republican candidate’s behavior 
– past and present-
was excused; rationalized; justified
and/or
blamed on others
by his blind faith supporters.

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Behind Trump’s victory:

Divisions by race, gender, education

http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2016/11/09/behind-trumps-victory-divisions-by-race-gender-education/

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ALL of the above, of course,
The President-elect’s campaign
echoed Germany’s 1938
and
the rise of Hitler.

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The Germans’ identity was decimated
by the definition of WW I’s post-war Treaty of Versailles.  

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Hitler was declared a buffoon by the media of the time.

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Similar to America’s present  day reality:
Hitler was mesmerized by his ascent
as is the President-elect
of the United States of America.

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Ultimately,
Hitler’s rise/ reign revealed
it was a fulfillment of his misaligned personal hubris
and
not a vision of  binding/ healing/ resolving
the German’s
psychological injuries of being decimated
by a post-WWI changed world.

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Hitler and his cabinet of drones
did the unthinkable to humanity
in his lust for grandeur.
His need to specify AUTHENTIC Germans,
and manufacture an Aryan race,
destroyed
and
murdered millions of lives
to fulfill his  own mesmerizing vision
of his own reflected psychopathic narcissism.

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Hitler seized/ used the nation’s brokenness and rage
and Hitler, as the “parasite”,
plummeted,  scourged and descended 
the German nation and Germans
into Hilter’s  own hell/ Sieg Heil.*

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*(Hail, my leader!), or “Sieg Heil!” (Hail victory!).
It was adopted in the 1930s by the Nazi Party to signal obedience to the party’s leader,
Adolf Hitler, and to glorify the German nation (and later the German war effort).

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Yes,

the candidate

who a citizen BELIEVES in,

supports + votes for

changes/alters

the nation’s and the world’s

trajectory + future.

 

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Voices:

What Trump’s victory tells us about women

http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/voices/2016/11/10/trump-election-white-women-sexism-racism/93611984/

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redmovespink_8_2016_catherineljohnsonREDMOVESPINK #8                                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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Garrison Keillor is a revered American icon of Americana and its virtues.
He was PRAIRIE HOME COMPANION.

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His recent post-election Washington Post Op-Ed,
 unknowingly,
reveals the WHY of the seething anger and resentment
of white male laborers
by his adjective Over-The-Top contemptuous
description of  “THEM”.
“Them” = the President-elect’s host and support base.
Keillor’s editorial is  SNAP/synapse to explain/understand
WHY there was a REACTIONARY REVOLUTION.

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When a WE v THEY duality is set up,
the THEY are the scorned/mocked/ less than
in this dominance/ submission dualistic equation.

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And, when THEY cannot fight back in words,
THEY will in action.
THEY did.
THEY voted.

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The THEY’s  REACTIONARY REVOLT is now the world’s.

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When another is psychologically injured,
it is NOT advised to pour salt
into their psychic/lacerated wounds.

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The WE did NOT listen.

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Listening and a dialogue heals.
Call and response.

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 The sublime universality of Gospel,
the Blues and improvisational sonics
are all based on listening
– which is the path of light moving forward.

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The WE’s did NOT listen to the THEY’S suppressed rage and pain.
The THEY voted: YOU ARE NOT ME!!!

 

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Please note the disdain, the mockery,
the contempt of the THEY in Keillor’s Op-Ed.
THAT is the WHY of the 2016 Presidential Election:
the WE are WHY.
One shared reality exposed by Keillor:
WE/THEY are  BOTH sucker-punched by this President-Elect.

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This is NOT Lake Woebegone.
The woe has  just begun.
We cannot drown.

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We, as America and Americans, will  float, swim and RISE.
WE/THEY will listen: call and response and a  NEW lexicon of our shared humanity will take shape.

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I am still picking up ALL my teeth from the sidewalk.
I called a RED state for Clinton- 4 hours each night,
I heard the drum roll and smelled the funereal pyre
of a demographic that was going Jurassic
– and, their anger was spit palpable.

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Opinions

 

Trump voters will not like what happens next

  9 November 2016- the DAY after.
Garrison Keillor is an author and radio personality.

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So he won. The nation takes a deep breath. Raw ego and proud illiteracy have won out, and a severely learning-disabled man with a real character problem will be president. We are so exhausted from thinking about this election, millions of people will take up leaf-raking and garage cleaning with intense pleasure. We liberal elitists are wrecks. The Trumpers had a whale of a good time, waving their signs, jeering at the media, beating up protesters, chanting “Lock her up” — we elitists just stood and clapped. Nobody chanted “Stronger Together.” It just doesn’t chant.

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The Trumpers never expected their guy to actually win the thing, and that’s their problem now. They wanted only to whoop and yell, boo at the H-word, wear profane T-shirts, maybe grab a crotch or two, jump in the RV with a couple of six-packs and go out and shoot some spotted owls. It was pleasure enough for them just to know that they were driving us wild with dismay — by “us,” I mean librarians, children’s authors, yoga practitioners, Unitarians, bird-watchers, people who make their own pasta, opera-goers, the grammar police, people who keep books on their shelves, that bunch. The Trumpers exulted in knowing we were tearing our hair out. They had our number, like a bratty kid who knows exactly how to make you grit your teeth and froth at the mouth.

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Alas for the Trump voters, the disasters he will bring on this country will fall more heavily on them than anyone else. The uneducated white males who elected him are the vulnerable ones, and they will not like what happens next.

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To all the patronizing B.S. we’ve read about Trump expressing the white working-class’s displacement and loss of the American Dream, I say, “Feh!” — go put your head under cold water. Resentment is no excuse for bald-faced stupidity. America is still the land where the waitress’s kids can grow up to become physicists and novelists and pediatricians, but it helps a lot if the waitress and her husband encourage good habits and the ambition to use your God-given talents and the kids aren’t plugged into electronics day and night. Whooping it up for the candidate of cruelty and ignorance does less than nothing for your kids.

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We liberal elitists are now completely in the clear. The government is in Republican hands. Let them deal with him. Democrats can spend four years raising heirloom tomatoes, meditating, reading Jane Austen, traveling around the country, tasting artisan beers, and let the Republicans build the wall and carry on the trade war with China and deport the undocumented and deal with opioids, and we Democrats can go for a long , brisk walk and smell the roses.

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I like Republicans. I used to spend Sunday afternoons with a bunch of them, drinking Scotch and soda and trying to care about NFL football. It was fun. I tried to think like them. (Life is what you make it. People are people. When the going gets tough, tough noogies.) But I came back to liberal elitism.

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Don’t be cruel. Elvis said it, and it’s true. We all experienced cruelty back in our playground days — boys who beat up on the timid, girls who made fun of the homely and naive — and most of us, to our shame, went along with it, afraid to defend the victims lest we become one of them. But by your 20s, you should be done with cruelty. Mr. Trump was the cruelest candidate since George Wallace. How he won on fear and bile is for political pathologists to study. The country is already tired of his noise, even his own voters. He is likely to become the most intensely disliked president since Herbert Hoover. His children will carry the burden of his name. He will never be happy in his own skin. But the damage he will do to our country — who knows? His supporters voted for change, and boy, are they going to get it.

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Back to real life. I went up to my home town the other day and ran into my gym teacher, Stan Nelson, looking good at 96. He commanded a landing craft at Normandy on June 6, 1944, and never said a word about it back then, just made us do chin-ups whether we wanted to or not. I saw my biology teacher Lyle Bradley, a Marine pilot in the Korean War, still going bird-watching in his 90s. I was not a good student then, but I am studying both of them now. They have seen it all and are still optimistic. The past year of politics has taught us absolutely nothing. Zilch. Zero. Nada. The future is scary. Let the uneducated have their day. I am now going to pay more attention to teachers.

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Post-election protests of the President-Elect occurred nationwide- and, are on-going.

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Hard week.

Our world lost Leonard Cohen as well.
Yet, his beauty and his expression of humanity is
Y/OUR ship to cross these dark waters ahead.

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Hallelujah

to ALL the seekers/explorers/ innovators

to whom the questions are the siren calls

and

the internal sea of imagination

summons up azure oceans

of courage

and immense luminosity

to ignite/launch the voyage

to uncharted

visions of deep love, joy + celebration

of y/our

humanity

– without fear.

YES! YES!

 

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Artists, NOT entertainers, are NECESSARY to tell the oracles,
the truth RAW + FORWARD  which is beautiful always.

ALL WAYS.

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R. I. P. Leonard Cohen.
Thank you for leaving your forever, generous, sacred beauty for the waves of future generations.

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RESURRECTION / EXODUS    Panel #1                                    Catherine L. Johnson 1996 

 

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RESURRECTION / EXODUS Panel #1     (detail)                   Catherine L. Johnson 1996  

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ALL THE RESURRECTION / EXODUS PAINTINGS:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/03/10/resurrection-exodus-1996-commission-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/resurrection-exodus-1996

 

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RESURRECTION / EXODUS  

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1996 COMMISSION

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/resurrectionexodus-holtkotter-project-1996

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Each panel measures: 64″ H x 37″ W x 2.5″ D.
The commission was site specific.
The quarter size model are shown above as well as the stages of exploration and execution.

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RESURRECTION_PANEL3_CLJ_1996_CATHERINELJOHNSONCatherine L. Johnson / ARTIST / 1996

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RESURRECTION/EXODUS  1996 was a commissioned by Holtkoetter International,
a German chandelier manufacturer, for their USA headquarter offices.
The work was inspired by the Exodus story of FAITH 
as one enters the wilderness:
following a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.

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The background and foreground oscillates with the various elements:
radiance of the gold and the position of the sun and the position of the viewer.
The background color is a custom mix of deep blue violet purple/black
which was applied in layers over the gold- back and forth,
which gives the work depth.

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There are five panels- five being the number of love.
The panels were affixed to an overhang of a balcony in the front lobby.
The South light washed the paintings and each painting was a revelation
of gold- an aura of gold.

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The viewer is not a spectator but is involved with the revelation and the shadow of the work.
A pas-de-deux.
An improvisational exponential disclosure of attending and opening/offerings.
Spectacular + intimate epiphanies.

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Slowly and suddenly, the work shifted into light and then to material.
A suspension and a transformation of the ordinary into a sublime moment.

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This major work was dedicated to my beloved doctor: the late Dr. Mark B. Coventry of the Mayo Clinic.
He looked at the x-rays of my bone and always saw my spirit.
We were in concert for decades.
Before he died he asked me to make two promises to him:
Please PROMISE me TWO things:
“Cathy, ONLY let those who honor and respect you come near
and
ALWAYS remain an artist.”

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