Sunday, April 18, 2010

The statue of motherhood

Easter and spring brought many changes this year. Not the least of which is that this five year project of min eis reaching fruition...

....the statue is well enough done to sell it.. can go to a private home, or, more importantly, into a local park where all may enjoy it. So, i am looking for those who would forsake their private gain just a little, and pay for it to go where all may enjoy it...

This is during the killer snow storm of 2010...

This is some more of my work....

This is my own take on making an art movie....

More "Mom"... of my movies

More music

This one is too good. Ok, another form of the other movie, but still worth seeing..

I was listening to Sting for a while there. Great voice! And an excellent guitarist, as you can see her, and also one of the finest ballerinas ther is..

But this is the one I started out with him. It was for a woman in my email group by that name.....he has such an unusual voice...

As he gets older, he gets to do some great motion pictures, too...

Here is a really pretty one..

Here's another one; and she has such an unusual voice..

Dobet Gnahore has some good ones, and she is quite a good dancer, too.

Liz Wright is great,,,, such a voice.....wouldn't more people go to church if the made music like this??????


Dobinet Gnahore sings some fine African music.......

Richard Bona is great

I always did like this song...Leaving on a Jet Plane....

This lady is my current favorite singer,,,

Bobbi Mcferrin used to be my favorite singer ( he may still be)....

This was my favotite song for a while....

And this one always amazed me...

And this one, too...

Just look at her hand movements. Aziza is a great musician...

Of course, Bobbi is also a great comedian (just see this one two minutes into it), and works with Robin Williams. Of course, he has a four octave voice, perfect pitch, was raised by Black opera singers at a time when that was very unusual,and just decided, at the age of 50+, to go and conduct symphony orchestras, so he did.

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This one is very good, too....

If you like the violin's big brother (oh, how I do love the whole family), you may want to hear this one, too..

And, if you liked Jorane ( pronounced Jo-hanra), well, hear this..

I just love that deep bass..

This one shows you how intriguing a simple hello can be...
These ladies get down, literally...

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The first time I saw Bobbi McFerrin was on Sesame Street. I watched it a lot with my kids; some parts of it I really enjoyed. Too bad they grew up!
The one i saw was different than this. He had the muppets organised into a choir, each singing a different note, then he did the melody. The guy just invents songs as he goes along, he is great...

Here , he gets the whole audience to be part of the choir...

And here, he sings and directs the orchestra...

This is mary margaret O'hara, she has such an unusual voice, and i just love that bass line, don't you?

This should get yo to my old playlist, under meredith848. It has Oh Laura, and some other good work on it. All of those playlists are good

Hey, I can't believe it! It took several minutes of messing around, but I did get that link to work. You can see that it is heavily Bobbi McFerrin augmented, as that suited my taste at the time; but each of those lists holds something different under the first few songs...

Forrest Gardening

You may have heard of permaculture....

There is a lot of stuff on youtube and the net, on it. It is really quite interesting how they harvest rainwater, and build up organic matter in the soil. This will be the secret to re-foresting the vast areas of the world, made into deserts through human activities in the past two millennium.
You are looking at an extremely large part of the American West, Greece, India, China, perhaps in Peru, under the Incas.
Did you know that North Africa was once the granary for Rome?
The process is simple, cut the trees, farm, when that is exhausted, put the sheep and goats out to finish the job. In a hundred years, you have rugged, desert-like, scrub country; and the inhabitants can no longer remember what it was like; perhaps can not even believe it...

The food forest is the way to go. it is less labor, park like, self-sustaining. I want to develop a replicable system of social organization that would install forest gardens in city parks around the world, tended by various groups and individuals. This will go with the installation of a sculpture park, featuring the big statue.
Of course, a properly landscaped edible garden will look as nice as any park. Some of the prettiest plants and trees are food crops also. I'll probably hire a landscape architect, until I get the hang of it.

I was going to make a book report on the three gardening books i read last year( Perennial Vegetables, Gardening When It Counts,and Four Season Gardening), give a summary of my own agricultural experience, and an update on the various methods I have been trying (including bio-char, the well known tierra prieta); but, you know, i am a lazy boy, and will have to do that later....

You know books do thrill me, and those three, each approaching gardening from a different angle, still keep me going reading, and re-reading. I hope you enjoy them , too.

These guys, and gleaning groups who feed the poor, even boy scouts in need of an eagle scout project, will probably be interested in my project. Of course, besides the gardens, grape arbors, etc., there will be plenty of other structures to build, and to decorate,,,,,maybe invite the local art class, the spray paint artists, import sand for sand sculptures.....really gets the imagination all fired up...

Alternative medicine and the auto mechanic

Here are some of my online photos......

The Auto Mechanic

Several years ago, while doing a remodeling job, I met a young guy fixing a car on the street. He had his own business, and was working on a customers’ car. It seemed like a really good deal for the both of them. She got to have her car fixed, without the nuisance of going to and from the shop twice, he got to have his own business.
Instead of the $30 an hour or so he would get as a piece worker, he was now charging what an auto shop would charge, $100 an hour. Instead of putting up with what the boss says, he was the boss.
This is what I have found with my carpentry business. What I like best about it is choosing my own work hours, working in a house instead of a construction site, and dealing with nice people.
The auto mechanic had a panel van, and a roof he could pull over the work spot of he wanted to. He said that he could re-build a motor with the tools he had there, but never did. He could do anything that he could in a fixed garage.
It seemed like a pretty good deal all round, and I wondered why more people didn’t do it.

Alternative Medicine 101…1/5/10….written originally for my sons, if they will even read it( I know their mom won’t)…………….

If you want to detox your body from the many chemicals we are exposed to these days, which the body is ill equipped to handle, start simple, and work your way up.
The start will be food. Go to the Weston A. Price foundation website, and read up on nutrition. Try to lead up to an organic, and grass-fed diet. Try to think of how people ate 200 years ago, avoid factory products, do some research.
Some people say that an all raw food diet will cure many diseases. This is because the body craves many of the nutrients, which otherwise are cooked off, and processed out. There is a lot written on it. Some doctors claim that they have patients with no more interest in alchohol and tobacco, once they get on a 75% raw food diet. There is some proof from this that drug addiction is a nutritional deficiency disease. Try to eat as much raw as you can. You can start with just one fruit or vegetable salad a day.
Don’t ask me why, and it may be the unconscious result of writing this, but I have gone over to an almost 100% raw diet. Something about cravings that I don’t understand. The fruit salads in the mournings that make me salivate to think of them, then the mayonnaise on top of the cilantro and tomatoe salad (with whatever else is in the house). Anyway, I’m keeping it up for as long as it lasts.

Water may be even more important than food. Get a water filter, and drink lots of water. It is hard to get the floride out of the water, unfortunately, along with all the pharmecutical drugs that pass on through the body. These are terrible pollutants, with little proof that they are beneficial. The birth control pills may be the worst of these. In the same class as the now illegal steroid drugs, they frequently cause male fish to become female, and, in England, it has been found that as many as half the men are now infertile due to this cause.
On top of this, most birth control pills work in two ways, one of which is by preventing implantation of the fertilized egg. Science being what it is, we now know that those entirely new chromosomes that come into existence when the mother and the fathers’ dna material mix, remain virtually the same until the death of the creature. Abortion is always a tragedy. Everyone agrees on that. If you must use the pill, then try to get the one that does not prevent implantation.
Quite a few social organizations, from old hippies on The Farm in Tennessee, to the Catholic Church (quite a spread there, eh!), advocate natural family planning. This uses cervical mucous, basal temperature, and other advancements in medicine, to give a system equally as effective as the pill, without the down side. It is not as good for women with irregular cycles, but it is proven to hold couples together. Part of this is the required time of abstinence, which allows men to see women more as biological entities in their own right, than just as sex providers. Many people say that lust destroys more lives than greed does.

Did you know that sex and morphine set off the same reaction in the brain? I mean the same chemicals? Seems like sex is quite addicting, but I never heard of this kind of addiction being cured by raw food. You actually don’t hear about it much. Last I saw someone admitting it in the press, it was old Mayor Barry, of Washington, D.C.

This may actually be in inverse order, but next we have exercise. The human body (and the brain is a large part of it) has 200 million years of evolution in close relationship to clean air, water, food, and lots of hard exercise, out in bright sunlight. Think about it, how is the species going to evolve in fifty years, or a hundred? So now, we have a race of couch potatoes, living on highly processed food, filled with deadly chemicals, swilling down untold sodas, instead of water, and 100 years ago, the FDA was trying to outlaw them as being dangerous! Is it any wonder that diseases such as cancer are shooting off the chart, should surely be declared an epidemic, and a failure of our so-called health care system? Americans spend twice as much as any other country on it, yet we are number twenty on the list of health and longetivity, the last of the developed countries. If you think the Big Pharma companies don’t rule our economy, then please explain why the above facts do not show up in the talk of health care reform?

So, enough ranting, back to exercise. Any athlete will avoid depression, have a good self- image, and be confident, as will many who work physical exercise jobs. All would do well to practice yoga. One study showed that of the 2500 or so respondents, from 60% to 90% of them, with every kind of disease imaginable, received significant relief from the symptoms by simply doing yoga. It is an ancient, scientific system of exercise, which builds the muscles, stretches the skeleton back into its natural position, and massages the internal organs. It includes breathing excercises. Did you know that 70% of heart patients are shallow breathers, and that some doctors cure many diseases just by teaching proper diaphragmatic (deep) breathing?

The best short book on alternative and complimentary medicina that I have ever read was written by an old emergency room doctor. “ Bursting with Energy”, by Dr, Frank Shallenberger, covers just about everything. The section on exercise will be good for everybody. He says some people work out too hard to achieve their aims, and that without sufficient exercise, the so-called aspects of aging will rear their ugly heads. He invented a machine that tests the oxygen carrying capacity of the body at the cellular level, covers deep breathing, diet, and vitamins in a lively way. I gave a copy to my Doctor, her partner grabbed it, and she had to buy a copy of her own! Pretty well written, eh?

One of the things Frank goes into is modern fats. Most of them are extremely unhealthy, especially the hydrogenated ones. Grass raised animals provide the correct proportion of cholesterols (the good and the bad, or, the omega 3, and the omega 6 fatty acids). The human brain is composed of over 90 % pure cholesterol, so if the proportions of natural fats are not correct, it is logical that the brain would misfunction, isn’t it? Add to this simple observation the widespread incidence of mental disease, and we have quite a problem, don’t we?
Did you know that recent psychiatric studies show 15% of the American population have an acute mental disorder, and that after hurricane Katrina, it went to 30%? Stress is one thing, and proper nutrition, helping the body to deal with stress, is another. Doctor Howell, in his “Enzyme Nutrition”, wisely points out that wild animals have lots more stress than we do, but, one thing they have that we do not have, is a 100% raw food diet, filled with all the enzymes that are powerhouses for the body. He says that there is not a single metabolic function that does not require enzymes (a type of protein), and that when they are diverted to food processing in the body, they are diverted away from their true function as metabolic scavengers, keeping the body healthy. Heating food much above 110 degrees F. will kill all the enzymes.

I did say this was written in reverse order, didn’t I? Well, a Russian doctor, studying the extremely long lived people in soviet Georgia, found that living in a house with all of the generations represented is the best way to lead a long and happy life. Oh, He dealt with diet, exercise, clean air, food, and all that. But, think about it, babies, toddlers, young people, and people of all ages each have a different world-view, and it is extremely stimulating to be around them; lots of feedback, and caring…….

My friend Harly lived to be close to a hundred ( he re-married at the age of 84, to a woman eighteen years his junior, and outlived her, too).He was doing well up to the end, though harder to talk to. His secret, he told me, was to swill down an ounce of raw liver in the mourning, blended in with orange juice.
His son Fritz died from colon cancer soon after, despite being a complete diet and exercise freak. I found out (see that the seated position, atop our porcelain thrones, is completely unnatural, a historical first, and the cause of much reproductive and gastrointestinal tract disease.
When I was in India, all of the travelers there really liked the squatting position, to a one acclaiming that it got the load out, and made one feel fresher. Seems that the two valves that operate the lower colon don’t work well while seated. It also puts pressure on the nerve passing near the pubic bone, and causes nerve damage. It is believed by many to cause prostate cancer. Black men in America, for instance, have the highest rate of prostate cancer in the world, while in Africa, it is virtually unknown. Every possible factor was studied, and compared, the conclusion being the bowel function factor.
Seems like there are a lot of things in this world that can hurt us, meanwhile we remain unaware, sad but true. Try to read something everyday, at least twenty minutes of it, you will learn something new, and it will be quite stimulating. I look at each book as a whole new world, and good ones really get my imagination to spin. It is also a great way to put yourself to sleep at night, stimulating, while also dreamlike and relaxing.

The rats given a limited diet, and a new toy each day, died with larger brains, after having lived longer. They were clearly excited each mourning, waiting for their daily treat of a new toy. So, my new toy is writing every mourning, what’s yours?

Some other good ways to detox, perhaps the best, and so wisely left for last, are cilantro, miso, heavy dose vitamins (including fermented fish oil), and saunas. Saunas are the most fun, and the near infrared saunas are said to do the most good. Miso, along with a macrobiotic diet, was consumed by 90% of the atomic bomb survivors in Japan.
Anyone with lots of x-rays under their belt, or, especially, some cat scans, at 200 times the dose of a regular x-ray, will have a dose similar to what the a-bomb survivors had. So, where is our nanny government, that is supposed to protect us from all this shit?

Cilantro is a well know old detoxer, and it tastes good.

Saunas are the best way to bathe, and much is written on this type of heat therapy. Is it any wonder that so many cultures throughout the world have had their saunas, hot baths, steam rooms, and sweat lodges? These are frequently used in purification ceremonies, as a spiritual exercise, and as a prelude to more.
Just yesterday I was feeling depressed, on a bleak winter day, mulling over how some malicious people had treated me. I took a long, hot (get it as hot as you can!) bath, and, well, there is a lot to be said for heat therapy, as I felt a lot better, making jokes, and outgoing again.
Since these people left my important work tools out for several hours, in a place where anyone could steal them, I have to look at this as malicious. I always felt that a working-mans’ tools were sacred, necessary for his existence. They also lied, and so angered themselves against me, that they decided to rob me of $2400 due on the contract, most of it already done. Oh, I did do some things wrong there, and I do believe the job was jinxed, but nothing to substantiate such rude behavior.
So, I guess I should not trust Catholic couples, recently married, or is it mid-twenties professionals, or, should I merely not trust people who work for the patent office, or as computer programmer nerds(LOL)?
Less that a year ago, I was robbed of $500 to finish a contract, and $13, 000 on contracts they were ready to sign, because the wife got all mad, and lied, saying that I myself had lied in saying that I had already put a second coat of paint on the garage. All of these thefts, at a time when I am making half what I used to, and my wife is sick. I wonder how many people ever even consider the status of the person they are bad mouthing, and treating bad?
This, of course, gives me the opportunity to not treat other people wrong, in any way. I try, and don’t think I’ve done anything so wrong as this in quite some time.
Some time ago, I was reading the Dalai Lama, and he was talking about a Tibetan freedom fighter, captured and tortured by the Chinese. Though an atheist, he figured that to keep himself whole, he would have to forgive his torturers, and quite actively forgive them. He breathed deeply, and took in all their maliciousness, on the exhale sending out love to them, this is how he kept from being destroyed, turned into a slave of hate.
I have found that forgiveness is not for the perpetrator, but for the victim, so as not to carry such a heavy load of anger around (and I was raised by an abusive alchoholic parent, so I know what I am talking about!). Hey, that person who offended you may deserve imprisonment, or the electric chair, but his just deserts, and your love for him, are two entirely different things……..

The only man to ever get two unshared Nobel peace prizes lost his funding when he discovered the benefits of Vitamin C. Seems kind of odd, doesn’t it, at least until you understand that the media is controlled by its advertisers, and research is similarly controlled. Look up Orthomolecular Medicine, it is a fascinating subject.
Well, even more controversial, and with many centuries of research, and many adherents, is eating clay. No, dummy, do not just go into your backyard, and start munching on dirt. It might be good for you, but you are better to do some research, and get the right kind. There is substantial evidence that it removes toxic compounds, and rejuvenates the colon. If I remember correctly, it is used in the space station, and in emergency rooms.
I also take one half teaspoon of Vitamin C, and one half teaspoon of baking soda, with some stevia, every mourning. After meals, I take some fermented fish oil, in capsules, and lots of vitamins. Check out Dr. Ron’s website.

It would be remiss of me to write about detoxification, and not to mention the Dr. Hulda Clark liver flush. You can find details on this, and on Zappers, which build health electronically, online. You can buy a ten dollar zapper, at, and give it a try. It is supposed to kill parasites, which we all have so many of, unwillingly.
The liver flush is an old method, which involves some fasting, and then the timed consumption of olive oil, and grapefruit juice. This stimulates the gall bladder to pass stones, and it does. The literature, and my own experience show this to be true. She says, though, that these are not gall stones, that they reside in the liver, and clog up its’ function. As I only got out a few stones, it didn’t seem worth it to me to do the whole process a third time. Also, it made me lose some weight, and I am trying to gain weight. Some people get out lots of stones, and here is the benefit, the safe removal of kidney stones, without surgery? They don’t teach that in school (not the liver part, or the safe removal part), so lots of Dr.’s don’t believe it, nor do they try it themselves. So now you know the general attitude that leaves me wondering if I should ever trust an M.D. for much of anything.

Actually, I gained 20 lbs. of hard muscle in six weeks of Tai-kwon-do, and looked like Michaelangelos’ David, but it was so much work. In fact one poor part or another of my body was always aching, so I was glad when my boys wanted to move on to Hopkido, a much gentler sport. This is the art of twisting the opponents’ arm around, and getting painful locks. Perfect for preventing date rape, all women should know it. My wife loved the muscles, but they went away, along with the hard labor. Also, when my back muscles get big, my arms are pushed more forwards, and it feels funny. Maybe I am just so used to being a scholastic sort, that going over to being a jock is too much of a shock to me.

Don’t know if I want to keep on going, or to wrap this one up, but for now, duty calls, or boredom anyway, so I’m signing off………………..

Oops, hey, hey, bet you thought I was leaving off garlic. Well, it is very basic and well known. It should be fresh, organic, and in a garlic press, it is a bit easier to eat, than merely chopped up. So much is written on garlic, and its positive effect on the body, it is an astounding plant. Lots of other plants and foods are good for the immune system, for detoxing, and for various parts of the body.
I just bought “Herbs”, by Leslie Bremness, at Borders, a discount book. It is great, good pictures, some common foods with medicinal uses, nothing quite beats buying a good book, at the cost of a magazine.

The big statue is part way up, with the key structural members intact. The face and hair are as you see in the big picture. The crane/tower, that indescribably problematic but necessary part, is working, though later I build and test a few more models. The square left arm, is eight feet long.
This is a good slide show of my work.....

Making a proportional five foot tall hand (as tall as my wife) was such a pain. it took me several re-takes, much massive failure, structural collapse, and several years to accomplish. Considering all that, it is easy to see why I finally gave up the idea of making the second hand, and have the right hand in a pocket on the big statue.

I have been working on this big momument( a monument to mothers) for five ( he wipes the sweat from his brow) years now, and am still not done! It's just a bit now, and it will be done enough to sell( it comes complete with an edible landscape garden).

This is my attempt to teach a little about sculpting. The hand is nearly done, and looking good, maybe better than the gold colored copy I am using on the big statue...

Here are some good photos of my work...

This is the decorative cloth that covers the ceiling in my art studio. I think it would look good in practically any building, and especially with paints of different colors and reflectivities on the ceiling behind it...

This is the main body of my figurative sculpture work, that kept me busy from 2000 to 2004. After that, I did various science and engineering projects, mainly the three story tall statue.

This is my outdoor art gallery, including a sculpture i put on the front of my car ( there is one on the back of it, too).

art and music

Here are some good photos of my work...

This is the decorative cloth that covers the ceiling in my art studio. I think it would look good in practically any building, and especially with paints of different colors and reflectivities on the ceiling behind it...

This is the main body of my figurative sculpture work, that kept me busy from 2000 to 2004. After that, I did various science and engineering projects, mainly the three story tall statue.

This is my outdoor art gallery, including a sculpture i put on the front of my car ( there is one on the back of it, too).