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“You’ve Got A Friend”

When you’re down and troubled,
And you need some love and care,
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me,
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night.
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
You’ve got a friend
If the sky above you grows dark and full of clouds
And that old north wind begins to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
Soon you’ll hear me knocking at your door
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, running, yeah, yeah, to see you again
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there
And I’ll be there, yes I will.
Now, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend
When people can be so cold?
They’ll hurt you, yes, and desert you
And take your soul if you let them,
Oh, but don’t you let them
You just call out my name
And you know wherever I am
I’ll come running, running, yeah, yeah, yeah, to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
All you have to do is call
And I’ll be there, yes I will.
You’ve got a friend
You’ve got a friend
Ain’t it good to know, you’ve got a friend?
Ain’t it good to know?
Ain’t it good to know?
Ain’t it good to know, you’ve got a friend?
Oh yeah, now
Oh, you’ve got a friend
Yeah, baby

You’ve got a friend
Oh yeah…
You’ve got a friend

 

Carole King

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THE

PAY-IT-FORWARD

CONCEPT

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pay_it_forward
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_business
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gift_economy

 

$20 Gift card for the Black Dog Café | East Side Elders

November Events at Black Dog Coffee and Wine Bar

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Siblings Andy and Sara Remke,

co-owners of the Black Dog Cafe

in St. Paul’s Lowertown,

where customers can participate in a

pay-it-forward

meal program.

Wednesday, April 29, 2020. (Scott Takushi / Pioneer Press)

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At Lowertown cafe,

customers buy meals

for

struggling strangers

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“…The coronavirus hit suddenly and made the artists sick or out of work.
Most were unaccustomed to asking for help.

“We are humans.

We are all concerned about being embarrassed,” said Remke…”

 

“…The program has been broadened to accept anyone hurt by the epidemic.
Donors pay the restaurant, often while picking up their own meals.
Remke thanks them on social media, using their first name or an alias.
The recipient uses that name in the daily code.
“They might say, ‘Bob sent me’ or ‘Kat sent me,’ ” said Remke.
Donors say they are helping their favorite restaurant
as they help economic victims of the virus…”

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Please click on link for the FULL article
featured in the Pioneer Press by reporter Bob Shaw:
https://www.twincities.com/2020/04/29/at-lowertown-cafe-customers-buy-meals-for-struggling-strangers/

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Please click on link for

THE BLACK DOG CAFE’s

PAY IT FORWARD

PROGRAM

https://www.blackdogstpaul.com/gifts-more/1e6to72e2s7bp05p2a1dkfpyow85nj

Pay It Forward

$10.00
Help feed a Lowertown resident, laid off restaurant worker, or musician
The Black Dog will provide one or more free meals with every contribution.
Vegetarian options will be available.

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Pine Tree: HOPE                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson. 2005

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Pine Tree: HOPE

For further information, please click on links below
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/early-in-the-morning-on-29-august-29-2005-hurricane-katrina-struck-the-gulf-coast-of-the-united-states-pine-tree-hope-2005-catherine-l-johnson-allen-toussaints-the-bright-mississippi/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/pine-tree-hope-2005-catherine-l-johnson-serenitycourage-to-changeprayer-xenophobia-america-wasis-an-innovation-an-ongoing-experimentimprovisation-of-freedom-humanly-possible-the-empa/
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/pine-tree-hope-2005

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My 4 legged BLACK DOG: Zachary William Robert James Woodridge

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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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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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 LEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHTSONG

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Color of bright/jeweled yellow of the American Goldfinch

– their flight patterns + their song

in counterpoint to the Minnesota’s

clear blue summer sky/ fresh green foliage.

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http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/leftgoldfinchflightsong-1-2-3-4-5-2016-using-my-“non-art-hand”-post-op-reconstructionjoint

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Dedicated to my friend/ collector Nancy
and
to my other private collectors for her/their unwavering support/advocacy of my art.

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  Composed with my left hand- my OPPOSITE hand.

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LEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHT_#1_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONLEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHTSONG #1                               Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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LEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHT_#2_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONLEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHTSONG #2                                       Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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LEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHT_#3_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONLEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHTSONG #3                                      Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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LEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHT_#4_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONLEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHTSONG #4                                       Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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LEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHT_#5_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONLEFTGOLDFINCHFLIGHTSONG #5                                         Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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Creating these drawings/collages/mix-tapes/ dance charts of color in motion
is keeping me A/LIVE.
My ART HAND/ right hand/ is a reluctant bystander and gasps
at the wild renderings of my  WILD CHILD/left/OPPOSITE hand.
I can actually “feel” my brain heat up as I work.

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I walk every day to/through Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary, an Elysian field,
only a few blocks from my studio.
My English Springer, Jaspar Obi, accompanies me.
We walk or x-ski or bike depending on the season and what reconstructive surgery I emerged from!
This spring/summer it is my ART HAND this time,
so no biking or kayaking…
There is rarely any people walking through the fields of wild flowers, pasture and trees.
Solitude.
Meditative.
Solace.
Multitudes of birds swoop and sing.

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The American Goldfinch is a favorite of mine
– its bright yellow jewel color dancing/soaring through Minnesota’s clear blue summer sky
+ through the fresh green foliage = JOY!

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Now, the fireflies are flickering beginning at dusk!
Magical- like  celestial stars hovering above the pasture.
There are no street lights, so I place blinking red safety lights on Jaspar
and I wear a blinking head lamp.
The rhythms of disparate flickering lights creates its own improvisational LIGHT BLINK song…

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Surprising.

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Fascinating.

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Beautiful.

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/06/29/leftblushingheartinnocence-1-2-3-4-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/06/20/leftimperialpurplered-1-2-3-4-5-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/06/10/leftprussianblueorange-1-2-3-4-5-6-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/05/20/leftpastelpinkrosered-1-2-3-4-5-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/05/19/leftyellowultramarine-1-2-3-4-5-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/05/13/leftspringgreen-1-2-3-4-5-6-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/05/11/leftmingcobalt-1-2-3-4-5-6-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/05/09/leftgreen-1-2-3-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/05/17/leftyellowvermillion-1-2-3-4-5-using-my-non-art-hand-post-op-reconstructionjoint-replacement-of-my-art-hand-my-art-hand-my-breathmy-wingmy-freedom-song/

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SPARROW PRINT INSTALLATION #1_WP

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SPARROW-FLYMYHEARTFREE_2010_CATHERINEL.JOHNSON_WPSPARROW FLY MY HEART FREE                   Catherine L. Johnson   2010

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 Every wo/man must decide whether s/he will walk

in the

light of creative altruism

or

in the

darkness of destructive selfishness.

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

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My art has served social justice issues and humanitarian

visions of hope for as long as I have been an artist.

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My interdisciplinary and multi-disciplinary art is

a communication vehicle;

an oracle; a medium that can name the unnameable;

a channel that calls out  the full spectrum of the deepest emotions

of the human experience

with dignity; grace; humility;

beauty and acceptance.

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SPARROW 2010

A COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS

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NOTE:

the text below is revised from the original texts

from which the remarkable

rene marie  + her band improvised from.X

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“The sparrow is a symbol of the beloved.”

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The returning sparrow is the herald of spring,

a symbol of the mother goddess, rebirth, and the Resurrection.

The sparrow denotes the gentle nature of an intellectual person.

To see a sparrow in one’s dream represents inner dignity.

Never underestimate the small

or

those who do not appear powerful.

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The SPARROW Collection came to life in  2010

in response to the fragility,

the sirens, the uncertainty and the cherished revelations of life:

the suddenness of choking despair in tragedy to the

suddenness of passion, joy and lull when simply hearing

the living voice of the beloved.

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The SPARROW Collection was dedicated to the people of Haiti.

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I cannot shield myself from life- its ashen despairs

nor its sweet lullabies, its hell nor its heavens for it is life.

Fear and/or the desire to love in all colors and sound.

I believe the odyssey is to be touched,

marked by listening to and continually moving

toward and within love-

wounds are healed by love’s energy,

truth and touch.

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Trust.

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Earthquakes that shattered Haiti and Japan to its core,

Hurricane Katrina that drowned and devoured the Gulf Coast

leaving deafening despair and betrayal in its wake,

the inhumane cruelty of Ebola that melts the insides

of the afflicted like a furiously burning inferno,

snuffing their life out

– all occurs in a sudden and protracted moment.

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During Ebola’s afflicted victim’s

most vulnerable beseeching time

-their death knell,

this psychopathic virus keeps the victim isolated

from the comforting touch

of those who cherish them.

People who love

 YEARNS

to reach out

– as humanity is hard-wired to do,

to cradle their afflicted beloveds in their arms

as they suffer,

vomiting blood

– and, know they cannot.

 Ebola’s virulent contagion

SPITS at humanity’s hard-wired empathy.

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 Compassionate actions occurs in a sudden moment

in response to harrowing events

– calling out the angels in our nature.

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BLESSED are those who are called

and choose

to be

HURRICANE LAMPS

and

ACTIONS OF HOPE

in darkness

invoking God’s LIGHT and BLESSINGS

for ALL humanity.

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Compassion sang in as a song and an action.

The recognition of a deep soul connection occurs in a moment

– it is the epiphany of love in the morning star of light

and

the sight of the evening star within the darkest night.

I believe loving another is the vesper,

the revolutionary action of

turning hell to earth to heaven.

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Compassion and love are not words;

they are expressions of existence, action and occurrence.

It is all there waiting in anticipation to be opened, set free.

The heart is a muscle, a sweet land, a strange land of revelations.

Stepping up into the rhythm and cry of life is the dance, the hymn,

the weave, the blues, the laughter, the wail,

the morning, the night, the water and the music of the odyssey.

I believe the continuous gentle shower of compassion and tenderness,

listening with awe and kindness astounds fear so love can be released,

rise and breathe wide and deep.

Where there has been neglect and scars the heart has thorns,

WHISPER

a gentle garden.

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Love can be an implosion, an internal earthquake…

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Touch.

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I listen, listen, listen to the divine

within as its prayersound murmurs,

and then I dive into its pearl…

and, with a tender grasp

and
embrace, suddenly, the prayersound emerges

as singing its song as a drawing.

Then I research to explore the image as a tuning fork

and
attend to its resonance as a symbol, metaphor, etc.

Then I decide

to go
forward in the exploratory improvisation

or

extinguish the trajectory of the vision’s flame.

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A sparrow is and a moment can

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Heal/thy FAITH
Heal/thy LOVE thee

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Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings,

and not one of them is forgotten by God?

Luke 12:6

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Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing?

And one shall not fall on the ground without your Father.

Matthew 10:29

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rené marie Sings the TRUTH

@ the Dakota Jazz Club

Pamela Espeland

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5 September 2010

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The second song was an act of generosity and thanks.

Artist Catherine L. Johnson was in the house,

and she had brought marie a gift:

a print from her Sparrow series and a written description

of what the sparrow means to her.

(shown above)

marie sang the first verse to the gospel hymn

“His Eye Is on the Sparrow,”

then read Johnson’s words (which were lovely),

then paused, seemed to gather herself,

and

segued into Mentor Williams’ “Drift Away,”

a song that has been covered by everybody and his sister

(“Give me the beat, boys, and free my soul/

I wanna get lost in your rock and roll and drift away…”).

It was seamless and perfect,

 and marie transformed a soft-rock chestnut into

a song of revelation and thanks.

This may have been the moment

we all knew we had stumbled

onto something remarkable,

one of those performances

that would stay with us

for a long time.

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His Eye Is On The Sparrow

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Our humanity is hard-wired in empathy,

and

empathetic action is humanity’s hope.

CALL and RESPONSE.

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Catherine L. Johnson

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Insha’Allah

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A brief summary of my art that was created as a responses/contributions:

https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/the-city-of-scottsdale-selected-my-pine-tree-hope-2005-as-the-citys-2012-holiday-season-promotion-hurricane-katrina-an-international-display-of-humiliation-wherewhen-the-unconscious-fortress/

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/31/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/peace-on-earth-john-coltrane-live-in-japan-1966-2508-japan-meditatations-catherine-l-johnson-2011/

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/09/11/11-september-2001-11-september-2011/

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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