6th Annual NoBo Art District Group Show

In February, instead of hostiNOBO_logong our usual Tap Into Transformation, Jeanine and I will be participating in the opening reception of the 6th Annual NoBo Art District Group Show.

Date: Friday, Feb. 5, 2016
Time: 6-9 pm
Location: First Congregational Church, Broadway & Pine.

The NoBo Art District is an artist run organization dedicated to promoting the 220+ artists and creative industries clustered along Broadway in North Boulder, Colorado. Characterized by a mix of artist friendly industrial warehouses, new urbanist neighborhoods, retail and restaurants, the NoBo Art District’s current heart is at the intersection of Broadway and Yarmouth Avenue with many artists’ studios fanning out from there within walking distance of each other. Viriditas Studio is one of those studios. For more information about the NoBo Art District, check out the NoBo website: noboartdistrict.org. 

Jeannine and I will be tap dancing, singing and reciting poetry at the opening reception. We have created some new choreography to some Michael Jackson music which you do not want to miss! Jeannine will be singing St. Hildegard’s O Viridissima Virga and I will be reciting my new poem What Is Soul? Also, Jeannine’s painting of St. Hildegard’s Illumination which is the heart of the final scene of Feather’s On The Breath of God will be part of the art show which will be on display at the church through March.

There are lots of other great activities happening throughout this entire event. Check them out in the flier below:

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Jeannine and I hope to see you at the reception!

May you have Power For Life Now!
David

The Lion King

I am introducing a guest blogger this month. Clifford Cephas is a friend and wonderful thinker who loves to analyze and mine words and subjects for the gold they have buried deep inside. I will be including his writing from time to time. This month, he is allowing me to begin sharing his thoughts about one of my favorite shows ever… The Lion King. Even in this short intro, you can see the attention to detail he brings to his thinking.

Enjoy!
David

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LION KING BLOG: INTRODUCTION

by, Clifford H. Cephas

Have you ever been truly inspired by a book, movie, poem, song? I have found that usually what touches us the deepest are things that are infused with truth deeper than what is communicated on the surface. The Lion King has inspired multiple generations using several forms of media. My grandchildren still watch it on VHS when they come to my house. The truths underlying this movie, play and story are powerful principles. It has been a pleasant task of mine to remind myself and my acquaintances of these truths which make this story so popular.

The blogs that I will write will be excerpts and adaptations from a book that is being written called Lessons from the Lion King. It has been my determination to not be amused as I am being entertained. When the word “entertain” is broken down, the prefix “enter” means to come in or go in, and the “tain” means to hold; so our entertainment is something that comes into us and holds us. When we are not entertained the item is not holding us, and sometimes not even entering us. At the same time the breakdown of “amuse”, the prefix “a” means not or no, while “muse” means to think or be in deep study; so when we are amused we are not thinking or not in deep thinking. Usually amusement is solely for fun and not for learning purposes. I believe that we should always have our thinking caps on, being ready so that whatever touches our hearts can educate and expand our minds.

I was inspired to start doing this kind of mental and spiritual exercise in a Sunday School class wherein the curriculum involved a movie and the lesson called for the students to analyze the behaviors of the main character from one scene to the next in the movie. That particular movie did very little for me, but the principles of the Lion King have informed and changed my perspectives about several things, each of which are delineated in a scene from the movie.

I do not believe that the writer of the Lion King intended for Bible lessons to be taught from the story. These are truths that were reactivated in me as I repeatedly viewed the movie, dissecting the words of the characters and looking for meanings. I hope the blogs that follow will entertain and cause you to think, even meditate, on some of the deeper meanings that this story can convey.

If you do not have a copy of the movie, I highly recommend that you get one, or go onto the internet to view the scene that is being discussed. You may not always agree with me. That is perfectly fine. I am not the ALPHA and OMEGA. I am just a jot who has a tittle to communicate. (Matt 5:18)

Sharpettes & Annie Ruth’s Truths, January

I began creating what I call Sharpettes over 30 years ago. As a speaker and writer they became my own way of sharpening my understanding of the meaning, power, and energy of a single word. I am sharing them publicly now in hopes that you will enjoy them as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

The first line is the word.
The second line defines or describes the word twice, 4 syllables for each attempt. You may place a comma or semi-colon between each attempt. So, the second line has a total of 8 syllables.
The third line is a simile. It always begins with the word “Like”, and paints a picture of the word in 10 or 11 syllables.

On some Sharpettes the 4th or 5th syllable of the third line will rhyme with the word on the first line itself. This can yield another insight into the word chosen, and provides a unique and fun poetic challenge.

Enjoy!
David

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ski

Ski
Downhill on white; whoosh, fast, slow, fall
Like flying free on flurries of soft powder.

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Annie Ruth’s Truths are my renderings of folk wisdom and country common sense, gained from a lifetime of listening to my mom, who has a unique way with words, as well as a witty, joyous and playful attitude to go with it! Always fun or sassy, they tell the truth and can make you laugh, shake your head and go “Hmph!” or even make you shout, “Whaaat?!”

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Annie’s answer as to why she is so bundled up in jacket, scarf and knit cap on a fall afternoon walk, when her walking buddies were not so wrapped up and the sun was still out.

Annie: I don’t mind being out in the cold… I just don’t want to be cold while I’m out.