Regarding this weekends events, I'd like to share a statement that is attributed to Morgan Freeman but the "internet truth police" cannot find proof of. None the less I agree with whoever wrote it.
TURN OFF THE NEWS.......
"You want to know why. This may sound cynical, but here's why.
It's because of the way the media reports it. Flip on the news and watch how we treat the Batman theater shooter and the Oregon mall shooter like celebrities. Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris are household names, but do you know the name of a single *victim* of Columbine?
Disturbed people who would otherwise just off themselves in their basements see the news and want to top it by doing something worse, and going out in a memorable way. Why a grade school? Why children? Because he'll be remembered as a horrible monster, instead of a sad nobody.
CNN's article says that if the body count "holds up", this will rank as the second deadliest shooting behind Virginia Tech, as if statistics somehow make one shooting worse than another. Then they post a video interview of third-graders for all the details of what they saw and heard while the shootings were happening. Fox News has plastered the killer's face on all their reports for hours. Any articles or news stories yet that focus on the victims and ignore the killer's identity? None that I've seen yet. Because they don't sell. So congratulations, sensationalist media, you've just lit the fire for someone to top this and knock off a day care center or a maternity ward next.
You can help by forgetting you ever read this man's name, and remembering the name of at least one victim. You can help by donating to mental health research instead of pointing to gun control as the problem. You can help by turning off the news."
Next four prompts are from Reverb#12:
13. Please post your favorite picture of yourself from 2012, self-portrait or otherwise!
14. What was the most important thing you learned in 2012? How does this learning shape the path going forward?
I learned a lot about spirituality and why we are all here and how we co-create our reality. It made me aware of my thoughts and my feelings and gave me confidence that all can be changed, if you put your mind and heart into it. How does this shape my path? Well, I believe a new world is coming.
15. What was the most extraordinary dish you sampled in 2012? What made it so magical?
I'm not much of a gourmet eater and since I limited my diet to meat-free, dairy-free and gluten-free, I depend on home cooked meals that are good but not extraordinary. Nothing magical crossed my dinner plate this year. :) My fave food though are homemade spring rolls.
16. Who inspired you in 2012? And why? What gifts did they give you? And how will you carry these forward in to 2013?
Flora Bowley is always an inspiration to me with her artwork and "zenness". Tracy Verdugo made huge business decisions this year that made me applaud her. Teal Scott gave me a lot of insight into spirituality and helped me grow. How will I carry these forward in to 2013? Hell, if I know. I don't have all the answers. I just improvise. :))
For the journal page above I used another border stencil from Jessica Sporn.
Linking to Show me what you Got Art Linkup.