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Posts Tagged ‘The writings: “HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE Lullaby” + “I /ThoU” poem- a lullaby for a lover + CATHERINE L. JOHNSON / INTERDISCIPLINARY ARTIST + “HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION” @ INSTINCT Art Gallery’

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reflection:lookingforwardtoSEEbackwardstellingthetruthofLIGHT the longest day of sunlight

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Until the story of the hunt

is told by the LION,

the tale of the hunt will always

glorify the HUNTER.”

African Proverb

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Until the story of the hunt

is told by the LIONESS,

the tale of the hunt will always

glorify the HUNTER.”

African Proverb  – adapted by CLJ on 21 June 2018

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Until the story of the hunt

is told by the LION CUBS,

the tale of the hunt will always

glorify the HUNTER.”

African Proverb – adapted by CLJ on 21June 2018

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listen, listen, listen to the story told by the children

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IPROMISETOTELL                                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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 HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson   2013

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ONE HUNDRED LULLABIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES
5 December 2015  
Collaboration and accompanied by Lars-Erik Larson / composer + percussionist
Please click on link to read the lullaby:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-writings-herhymns-be-brave-lullaby-i-thou-poem-a-lullaby-for-a-lover-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art/

 

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Image result for martin luther king jr injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere meaningThe Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. – Letter from a Birmingham City Jail. 1963.
Yours for the cause of Peace and Brotherhood, Martin Luther King, Jr.
https://www.africa.upenn.edu/Articles_Gen/Letter_Birmingham.html

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Image result for melania trump I really dont care
Is that a quote in relation to the ongoing emotional carnage sponsored by your husband??
DT’s “Stepford Wife/ Stockholm Syndrome reality show” CHOSE to wear THIS jacket 
http://screenprism.com/insights/article/what-does-it-mean-to-call-a-woman-a-stepford-wife

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/reliable-source/wp/2018/06/21/writing-on-melania-trumps-jacket-causes-controversy-before-border-visit/?utm_term=.fbb1f048e7a9

 

https://www.npr.org/2018/06/21/622410485/whats-up-with-melania-trump-s-i-really-don-t-care-do-u-jacket

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Today, First lady Melania Trump wore a jacket with the words

“I REALLY DON’T CARE, DO U?”

on the back on Thursday as she boarded a plane on her way to visit immigrant children being held at the border. She arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland wearing the green, hooded $39 jacket from Zara. She removed it before she arrived in McAllen, Texas, to tour a detention center. 
As my dear eloquent, articulate and step UP Canadian friend Janet and I have texted each other – as a LOOPED refrain – for the last few weeks in response to DT + his White House’s actions:
THERE ARE NO WORDS” or “CANNOT FIND THE WORDS”
Truly, THERE ARE NO WORDS. 

 

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HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2013

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RESPECT

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A

REBUKE

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TRUMP,

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CENTURY

in the

MAKING

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By The  New York Times Editorial Board

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The editorial board represents the opinions of the board, its editor and the publisher. It is separate from the newsroom and the Op-Ed section.

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Credit Ping Zhu

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Having a sexist in the Oval Office who curries favor with conservative religious groups is having dire consequences. Health workers in developing nations are preparing for a rise in unsafe abortions due to President Trump’s reinstatement of the global gag rule that prohibits federal funding of groups that provide abortion services or referrals. Here at home, his administration has been hostile not only to abortion access, but even to birth control.
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But Mr. Trump’s presidency is also having some effects he probably doesn’t intend. Rage at the election of a man who boasted about grabbing women’s genitals helped set off the #MeToo movement’s reckoning with sexual misconduct. A record number of women are running for office around the country, many of them announcing their candidacies after participating in women’s marches the day after Mr. Trump’s inauguration.
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And now, on Mr. Trump’s watch, feminists could reach a goal nearly a century in the making, and that many assumed would never come to pass — ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution. It states: “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any state on account of sex.”
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The fight centers on Illinois, where the State Senate recently passed a bill to ratify the E.R.A. If the State House of Representatives also passes the legislation — supporters hope to see a vote next month, and are cautiously optimistic about the outcome — then Illinois will become the 37th state to ratify the amendment.
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Approval by just one more state would bring the measure to the three-quarters threshold required for constitutional amendments. There are a handful of good possibilities, including Florida, Virginia and Utah.

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Congress sent the measure to the states in 1972 with a seven-year deadline that was later extended to 1982. Thirty-five states signed on by 1977, then extensive conservative opposition arose, preventing further ratification. Nevada’s ratification last year was the first since then.
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This recent progress counts as dizzying, considering how long supporters have been at it. So long that one of the original writers of the amendment, Crystal Eastman, died in 1928 — she was only 47, granted, but her co-writer, Alice Paul, has also been dead for decades.
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An entire generation of feminists has come of age largely knowing the E.R.A. as their mothers’ and grandmothers’ fight. That’s if they know about the amendment at all — a 2016 poll conducted by E.R.A. supporters found that 80 percent of respondents thought the Constitution already explicitly guaranteed equal rights for women and men.

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There are some questions about what will happen if a 38th state ratifies the amendment, given that it would miss the deadline Congress set by at least 36 years, and five states have even voted to rescind their ratifications. But E.R.A. supporters and some legal experts make a plausible case that the amendment should still be recognized, pointing to, among other things, the 27th Amendment, on congressional pay, which was ratified more than 200 years after its passage by Congress, although no deadline had been set.

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Then there’s the question of what the E.R.A. would do. Even the most die-hard proponents of the amendment acknowledge that it’s unlikely to radically advance women’s rights, at least in the short term. That’s because, for decades, many courts have applied the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment to sex discrimination, creating a body of case law that’s functioned as a sort of de facto E.R.A. As to whether the amendment could actually undo some programs that are beneficial to women, like sex-based affirmative action efforts, legal experts point to the fact that though the Constitution already protects the rights of people regardless of race, race-based affirmative action continues to exist. They also point to parts of the country that have state-level E.R.A.s and have not had such outcomes.
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The fight against the E.R.A. is being led by groups on the religious right like the Illinois Family Institute, using arguments that are the ideological heirs of those so vociferously expressed by Phyllis Schlafly, whose group Stop E.R.A. — the first word standing for “Stop Taking Our Privileges” — which became the Eagle Forum, prevented the E.R.A.’s ratification at the time.

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Those arguments include fearmongering about how coed locker rooms could become standard and alimony for women outlawed — arguments that are hard to take seriously but that nonetheless helped Mrs. Schlafly to very effectively convince Americans, including many women, that the E.R.A. was bad news. (Mrs. Schlafly, who died in 2016, would no doubt be appalled that her home state, Illinois, could now play such a pivotal role in ratification.)

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Another conservative talking point is that the E.R.A. would lead to abortion restrictions being struck down. That outcome is not at all certain, but it would help many women. (For obvious reasons, the anti-E.R.A. crowd already had to slink away from an argument that the amendment would lead to legalizing same-sex marriage.)

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Looking at everything the E.R.A. would not do raises the question of why it’s still needed. Here’s why it is: The court decisions that make up the “de facto E.R.A.” can be undone in a way a constitutional amendment cannot. The E.R.A. would add an extra layer of legal protection for women — and men — against discrimination. This could become especially important if Mr. Trump gets to pick additional conservative Supreme Court justices.

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There’s also a symbolic and emotional element to this fight that’s not to be discounted. Ruth Bader Ginsburg — who, before becoming a Supreme Court justice, fought many legal battles over gender discrimination and is a longtime supporter of the E.R.A. — summed up this argument in 2014.

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“I would like my granddaughters, when they pick up the Constitution, to see that notion — that women and men are persons of equal stature,she said. “I’d like them to see that is a basic principle of our society.”

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Enshrining women’s rights in the Constitution matters. Doing so now, during this presidency, would be particularly fitting.

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ROAR

 

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HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                               Catherine L. Johnson  2013

 

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Our NATION,
OUR AMERICA,

NEEDS

WARM/MORAL COURAGE ACTIONS!

Enough CHILLING HORRIFIC hypocrisy of elected officials.
“THOUGHTS/PRAYERS” + NRA $$$$ = ?
Thoughts +  prayers will NOT reverse trauma.
GOD did NOT do this and nor did plant life.

THIS IS A CHILLING “MADE IN AMERICA” CREATION.

MOBILIZE WARM ACTIONS.

STOP GUN VIOLENCE KILLINGS.

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FYI:

“WARM”

EXTENDED THROUGH SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY

https://static01.nyt.com/images/2018/01/05/us/05storm-01ALTSUB/merlin_131861075_ab81464f-32c5-48d7-804f-56a9960839c6-superJumbo.jpg

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HOMELESSNESS

CAN

HAPPEN

TO

ANYONE.”

UNION GOSPEL MISSION

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SILENCE
America, land of the free?
Images of real life tell us the truth.
Have our minds become numb,
mouths paralyzed, avoiding confrontation?
We were put on this Earth
not to hate each other but to love.
understanding fear of those who suffer.
We must not let silence be our sin.
– Kari Irene Musil
Twin Cities based jazz musician/composer and writer

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Keeping empathy suppressed and denied, when an innate action of  humane courage is imperative, is a decision to be silence itself
–  to be complicit.
All of us have been blessed with someone’s humane actions of kindness, when our worlds seemed to have shattered, that fortified our hope, our faith, our courage, our body and mind.
Practicing humanity begins with you and me.
The measure of our character is our capacity to see/reality, empathize/compassion and do the right thing/step UP moral courage.
Recall the times when your world was fragile, and someone’s actions of “SEEING” you and, in turn, they stepped UP and fulfilled your need
– a testament of radiant RADICAL HOPE.

YES?
PAY/PASS IT FORWARD!

CLJ
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

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 VALENTINE’S DAY

THROUGH

SUNDAY 

18 FEBRUARY

 

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*LOWERTOWN*

ST. PAUL

WARMS

ST. PAUL

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OUR WINTERS = BONE SHATTERING COLD

 

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OUR FELLOW ST. PAULITES NEED

HATS / MITTENS / SCARVES / SOCKS

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HONOR YOUR WARM HEART.

 DONATE

WARM!

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NOW

THROUGH

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY

@

TWO NORTHERN WAREHOUSE RESTAURANTS

308 PRINCE STREET / LOWERTOWN ST. PAUL

– STATIONS  OF THE ONLY

WARM

DONATION BOXES*

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BLACK DOG CAFÉ *

http://blackdogstpaul.com/

 

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KYATCHI *

http://www.kyatchi.com/

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Black Dog Café has served Lowertown with their warm and relaxed presence for over 20 years. They now host a full bar and serves Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner from their scratch kitchen.
They will be serving a special fish offering throughout Lent.

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Kyatchi opened their Lowertown location in December 2017. They offer happy oceans and plate up sustainable ingredients – especially with a focus on sustainable fish and seafood.

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RECIPIENT/DISTRIBUTOR of ITEMS:

UNION GOSPEL MISSION

https://www.ugmtc.org/

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THE WARM BOXES ARE SET UP + WAITING!


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21 September 2017

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AN

ELEGANT

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ONE NIGHT EVENT

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HOSTED

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CULTURAL INVESTORS

AN

UNREPEATABLE 

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EVENING

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GRACE

LIGHT

RADICAL

HOPE

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON / ARTIST

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON / ARTIST / PRIVATE ART EXHIBITION / 21 SEPTEMBER 

 

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MY RRRRRRRROARING

GRATITUDE
TO MY

AMAZING GRACE BAND

OF
SYNERGISTIC  COLLABORATIVE IMPROVISATIONAL
AND
DEDICATED INTEGRITY:

MARY  BRIAN  PETER  DEANDRA  DREW

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SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:
STEPH  CARRIE  BOB  SHERRIE  ANTHONY  MICHELE  JIM               
BOB  SHARON  JOEL  MELISSA  CHRISTA  LEO  JUSTIN  NICK  JASPAR

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Deer / Deer

Deer / Deer 

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PALESTARSRISING

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Please click on links for further information:
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/deer-male-deer-female
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/palestarsrising-1-2-3-4
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2017/02/28/718-deerdear-1-23-4-5-6-7-8-9-2016-2017-catherine-l-johnson-grace-energy/
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deer_2016_catherineljohnson_3a_96Deer / MALE                                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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PALESTARSRISING                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson 2016

 

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PALESTARSRISING #2                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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PALESTARSRISING #3                                                          Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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PALESTARSRISING #4                                                                Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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deer_2_2016_catherineljohnson_2_96Deer / FEMALE                                                                           Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/12/15/700-luminous-deer-where-i-create-there-i-am-true-r-m-rilke-pine-tree-an-appeal-to-heaven-1998-catherine-l-johnson/

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Ten year old Kaylee Rogers sings Leonard Cohen’s HALLELUJAH
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breathe_the_2016_american_election_nov_catherineljohnson_aBREATHE                                                                                         Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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callresponse_-frequency_resonance_2004_catherineljohnson_b-wCall and Response: Frequency and Resonance                    Catherine L. Johnson 2008

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Quiet Anguish In Elgar’s Cello Concerto

http://www.npr.org/2011/07/18/120248259/quiet-anguish-in-elgars-cello-concerto

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Completed in 1919, the Cello Concerto was Edward Elgar’s 
last major work for orchestra,
and his most confessional.

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In spite of fleeting moments of idyllic release,
it’s dominated by disillusionment,
by a sense of suffering
that at times cries out against life,
yet more often speaks in quiet anguish.

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Elgar had been ill,
and he was deeply depressed
by the Great War’s destruction of the world he had known.

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All of this he poured into a concerto for the cello
not such an unlikely instrument,
considering its rich-toned yet brooding personality
and
its searing, dark timbre.

 

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manuscript music score, faded with age

Fragment of the manuscript of the opening of the second movement of the concerto

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I love the sound of the cello.

This instrument has the capacity to open
the most barricaded defended heart
and melt/meld the heart to serene wholeness
with its elegiac/sacred/humane sonorous “voice”.

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Edward Elgar Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85,
his last notable work,
the Cello Concerto is for the most part contemplative and elegiac.

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The first performance was a debacle
because Elgar and the performers had been deprived of adequate rehearsal time.

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The work did not achieve wide popularity until the 1960s,
when a recording by Jacqueline du Pré captivated the public imagination.

 

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What Happens In The Body When We’re Stressed?

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The physiological stress response is actually designed to be an asset.
It speeds the heart rate and diverts blood away
from the gut and to the muscles so we can run away.
It constricts the pupils of our eyes so we can focus on our attacker.
It dilates the bronchi of the lungs to increase blood oxygenation,
and converts energy stored in the liver into fuel for strength and stamina.
In short, it keeps us safe, says Esther Sternberg,
physician and author of several books on stress and healing.

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It’s in a part of the brain called the hypothalamus,
which makes a hormone called CRH,
or corticotropin-releasing hormone.
Sternberg says that when you are stressed,
you are bathing yourself
in a whole soup of other nerve chemicals and hormones.

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But if they hang around too long,
those same nerve chemicals and hormones
can impair the immune system.

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Eventually, stress hormones make the adrenal glands
release another hormone called cortisol.
Cortisone, which is the drug form of the hormone cortisol,
is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory drugs available.

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“What’s happening when you’re stressed
is that your own body is giving itself
multiple shots of that anti-inflammatory hormone,
and
so that tunes down your immune system’s ability
to do its job to fight infection,” Sternberg says.

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Slow, deep breathing

actually stimulates the opposing

parasympathetic reaction

the one that calms us down.

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“The relaxation response
is controlled by another set of nerves
the main nerve being the Vagus nerve.

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Think of a car throttling down the highway
at 120 miles an hour.
That’s the stress response,
and
the Vagus nerve is the brake,” says Sternberg.
“When you are stressed,
you have your foot on the gas,
pedal to the floor.
When you take slow, deep breaths,
that is what is engaging the brake.”
http://www.npr.org/2010/12/06/131734718/just-breathe-body-has-a-built-in-stress-reliever

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Understanding the stress response

Chronic activation of this survival mechanism impairs health.
http://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/understanding-the-stress-response

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We are almost always stronger

and

more capable than we believe ourselves to be.

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But anxiety is not rational in nature,
which means that in most cases we cannot work
through it using logic as our only tool.

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Reason can help us recognize the relative futility
of unwarranted worry
but, more often than not,
we will find more comfort in patterns of thought and activity
that redirect our attention to practical or engaging matters.

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Most of us find it remarkably difficult to focus
on two distinct thoughts or emotions at once,
and
we can use this natural human limitation to our advantage
when trying to stay centered in the period
leading up to a potentially unknown/uncertain experience.

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When we concentrate on something
unrelated to our worry
—such as deep breathing, visualizations of success,
pleasurable pursuits, or exercise
anxiety dissipates naturally.

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Meditation is also a useful coping mechanism
as it provides us with a means
to ground ourselves in the moment.

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The intense emotional flare-up you experience just
before you are set to challenge yourself
is often a mixture of both EXCITEMENT + FEAR.

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When you take steps to eliminate the fear,
you can more fully enjoy the excitement.

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Though you may find it difficult
to avoid getting worked up,
your awareness of the forces acting on your feelings
will help you return to your CENTER
and accept that FEW hurdles you will face
will be as high as they at first appear.

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Surround

yourself with loving and kind people

whenever possible.

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http://www.quietmindcafe.com/sympathetic-breathing.html

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I dedicate this entry to ALL Americans.

WE ALL BREATHE THE SAME OXYGEN.

 

 

 

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REDMOVESPINK

#7/ #8/ #9 / #10/ #11/ #12/ #13/ #14/ #15

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Red
is the color of passionate love,
seduction, violence, danger, anger, and adventure.
Our prehistoric ancestors saw red as the color of fire and blood
– energy and primal life forces –
and most of red’s symbolism today arises
from its powerful associations in the past.

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Red is also a magical and religious color.
It symbolized super-human heroism to the Greeks
and
is the color of the Christian crucifixion.

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Red was almost as rare and as expensive as purple in ancient days
– a fact that may explain its magic and power.

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Pink
represents compassion, nurturing and love.
It relates to unconditional love and understanding,
and the giving and receiving of nurturing.

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A combination of red and white, pink contains the need for action of red,
helping it to achieve the potential for success and insight offered by white.
It is the passion and power of red softened with the purity,
openness and completeness of white.
The deeper the pink, the more passion and energy it exhibits.

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Pink is feminine and romantic, affectionate
and intimate, thoughtful and caring.
It tones down the physical passion of red
replacing it with a gentle loving energy.

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Pink is intuitive and insightful,
showing tenderness and kindness
with its empathy and sensitivity.

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Please click on links for further information:
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/redmovespink-7-8-9-10-11-12-13-14-15
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/10/22/676-redmovespink-1-2-3-4-5-6-2016-red-pink-catherine-l-johnson/

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redmovespink_7_2016_catherineljohnsonREDMOVESPINK #7                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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redmovespink_13_2016_catherineljohnsonREDMOVESPINK #13                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2016

 

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redmovesred_14_2016_catherineljohnsonREDMOVESPINK #14                                                              Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACreSCENTwATerMoON                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson   2009

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“HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE Lullaby”

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BE BRAVE.

I AM NOT AFRAID.

I WILL SING TO YOU,

A SONG OF BEAUTY

SINGING LIGHT + GRACE

BE BRAVE.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The silver crescent moon shines bright.

Silver, silver crescent moon smiles light.

The silver crescent moon sees you day and night.

Silver crescent moon, up so high, sings to you in the starlight.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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You are wrapped in love’s kind warmth tonight.

I kiss your soft cheeks, hands and feet to your smiling delight.

You feel loved and safe – cuddled and cradled in my arms tight.

I wrap your sweet body, tenderly, in my arms- by candlelight.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The moon knows your name in the deep dark blue of midnight.

The stars know your name in the soft blue evening of twilight.

The sun knows your name in the shining yellow dawn of daylight.

I know your name ALL through and through the day and night.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The silver moon and shiny stars sing, dear little one, time to sleep.

The trees’ branches hold thousands of nests for little birds to sleep.

The Earth we stand on in the day is a gift of a nighttime bed to sleep.

My heart is your moon and my arms are your nests to sleep.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

BE BRAVE.

I AM NOT AFRAID.

I WILL SING TO YOU,

A SONG OF BEAUTY

SINGING LIGHT + GRACE

BE BRAVE.

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Written/performed @ INSTINCT Art Gallery’s

“ONE HUNDRED LULLABIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES”

5 December 2015  
Collaboration and accompanied by Lars-Erik Larson /composer + percussionist
HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE Lullaby was based on the original painting HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE  2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-herhymns-be-brave-2013-catherine-l-johnson-singing-is-a-balm-to-the-distressed/

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HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson   2013

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Call_and_ Response_ Frequency-and-Resonance_2008_CATHERINELJOHNSON_VISUAL_I_ThoU_poem_2011Call/Response                                                                             Catherine L. Johnson  2004

 

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I /ThoU- a lullaby for a lover

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Come to me with your coal and diamonds:

with your armor and secrets;

with your sweet water;

with the vast blue sky in your mouth and ear;

with your worn and eternal humanity; and

with your desire to open your blood 

to love. 

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Come to me with your root and veins:

in mud and debris;

in fear and bitterness;

in uncertainty and tears;

in shreds and shame; and

in belief and faith

to love.

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Come to me with your hands open:

to breathe;

to fall;

to rise;

to break open; and

to speak and sing

to love.

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Come to me with touch and a soft candle:

for no language;

for music;

for unbound universes;

for unmade bed cathedrals; and

for joy 

to love.

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Come to me to release the divinity:

of all the colors and tastes and sounds of true blue;

of once excruciating scars;

now of nourishing and unspeakable sex;

of gentle caress; and

of being found

to love.

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As a gospel song of freedom,

I will respond the same

for you.

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 Catherine L. Johnson
24 June 2010
For _________.

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INSTINCT ART GALLERY

21 NOVEMBER 2015 – 16 JANUARY 2016

Tuesdays- Saturdays: 12 Noon – 5 pm
http://www.instinctmpls.com/current/
https://www.facebook.com/instinctartmpls/
940 NICOLLET MALL, MINNEAPOLIS

 

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“The path to empathy”– by Mary Abbe, Art Critic for Minneapolis Star Tribune.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/review-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-the-path-to-empathy-by-mpls-star-tribune-art-critic-mary-abbe-published-new-year-s-day-2016/
Published: New Year’s Day 2016

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST: https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/ 

 

 

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