Friday, December 31, 2010

Happy New Year

Out of the Darkness

Out of the darkness, the heavens parted, and light seeped through in a flash. Life happens in a flash, and out of ones own darkness there is light. Sending you a flash of light, and positivity ...

Happy New Year!

Monday, December 27, 2010

Mitzvah Blessings Project



Socks




Food

Mitzvah Blessings Project

For the last 29 years in honor of my parents, I started a Mitzvah Blessings Project. The mitzvah takes place within the days after Christmas and just before New Years Eve. In recent years, the mitzvah’s took on more meaning, and they are now dedicated mitzvoth. Amen.

The project began one wintery day with me wanting a pair Sorrels. I drove to the Sports Castle in downtown Denver. I went in and bought the boots. I walked out with happy feet, and the old pair in the box.

I drove around downtown in the snow and stumbled upon a heartening sight. Sitting at the bus stop in a heavy snow was a young girl. She was wrapped in a blanket, wearing sneakers, and a suitcase.

Taking a deep breath ... I pulled over and gave her my boots. I said, "You need these more then me." I offered to drive her to a shelter and she refused. I will never forget her face an image embedded in time.

I drove home and told my parents what happened. We cried. From that day forward we have fed, and clothe many lost souls.

The recent recipients have been a group of Gulf War vets, and we spoke recently. I asked, they shared what sacrifices they make, and what they do with those VA benefits.  “My name is David, and I came home an emotional mental wreck, and cannot maintain a normal life." The ones I spoke with send the money directly to their kids, and they sleep on the street or in shelters.  They sleep on the streets because they're severe alcoholics, drug addicts, and cannot maintain the jobs.  Many joined the military already broken mentally, and from abused homes.  Many had no high school education, but a basic GED, and the economy changed. 

They get little benefits and the hospital system is broken. The hospital distance is to far, and the VA system does not care. VA related news 17,000 soldiers are coming home within the month, and how many of them are broken mentally.  My VA suggestions, create a medical unit on wheels, and visit these vets on the streets. I would say that suggestion would take an act of congress, but they are messed-up.  

Images:

   The Group of packages
   Food, good food
   Socks, homeless value socks and gloves
   Sweaters, new wool sweaters

My family is doing the best we can to make a difference by giving back ... How do you give back or have you received, please share your story?

Dedicated to: Mom, thank you for standing behind me when I was falling hard.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Winter Solstice Lunar Eclipse









Became One

The moon was high in the sky and the furthest from the sun, but on this night, the moon and sun became one.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Emotions


“The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground. May we be grateful when we are grounded, remember to show tolerance to those that struggle, they are no less mighty.”--Unknown


My dear friend was visiting a friend, she saw a quote on the vanity mirror, and posted the quote. I was reading the quote, and thought about emotions. The holiday season triggers all kinds of emotions. The image shows branches intertwined, and the heart nested above and protected.

Sometimes we are caught-up in the commotion, and the commotion can branch in many directions. We also get emotional if the right words are not said, or expressed, i.e., joy, and love. If the negativity seeps in, it tears you, and everything seems bleak.

Like the tree of emotions, sometimes we have to climb-up, and out of the depths, and protect our own hearts. Give yourself those emotional words; enjoy yourself and love yourself, you count. Think kindness, and tolerance for your own soul, as you branch through life protecting your heart. Like the holiday shoppers stressing with their emotions, learn to be tolerant of them too.

Peace...


Saturday, September 11, 2010

9/11

Empire State Building 03/28/2002

The whole world knows the insane story of terror that occurred on September 11, 2001, or 9 1 1. The name of the hole is now Ground Zero, which is so impersonal and uncaring for all the souls that passed away here. I renamed it, The Twin Tower Tomb. I found a good position to start snapping pictures, and one by one the images changed.

As the time passed I was able to soak in the atmosphere and get an inkling of what it was like on 9 1 1. I looked and observed in all directions, and the lone beauty stood proud amongst ruins and tears. The Empire State Building …

I feel that it’s a sin to rebuild on or near holy ground. The Twin Tower Tomb needs to be treated with respect; many human remains are permanently imbedded into the soil. To build a Religious Vessel from any denomination is not justice, its disrespect to the families who suffered the losses on September 11, 2001, or 9 1 1.

Please show respect to those whose lives are forever entombed in The World Trade Center.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Poets Row




Poets Row

In 1938 the street between 10th and Sherman to 11th and Sherman Street in Denver, Colorado have been dubbed “Poets Row.” The street is now part of the Colorado Historical Society, and is protected. The list of poets is intriguing, and why where they chosen, and who lived in these apartments, and were these apartments the "coolness" in 1938?

In 1938 half a world away from Denver, Germany was getting ready to invade Europe, the economy was very similar to our current economy.

Authors and Poets:

Nathaniel Hawthorne’s most famous book The Scarlett Letter, and he was never a poet. Nathaniel was a novelist, and short story writer.

Mark Twain a pen name for Samuel L. Clemens, and what a wonderful author. Best known for children’s classics Huckleberry Fin, and Tom Sawyer Adventures, but he too never wrote any poetry. He was the original nutty liberal professor, who supported women’s rights, was in favor of abolishing slavery, and freedom for Native Americans.

Emily Dickinson was an author of over 1800 poems, and a closeted lesbian. According to historians, Emily had an open but secret relationship with Susan Gilbert. To hush rumors Gilbert ended up marrying; no one will ever know the secret. The secret is hidden within her poems.

Get out and write, take a pen and paper with you, and write your emotions from something you see.
Don’t worry about editing, you can do that later if you choose too. Just write, put down the iDevice for a few and feel a pen, pencil, and paper. Become the next famous poet on "Poets Row."

Recently after seeing a stunning pair of blue eyes at an art gallery, and hearing the artist story behind the eyes a poem was written. A written sense that emanates what the artist feels for the pair of “blue eyes”

A poem for all who feel the emotion: absent.

Absent

temporary

remoteness

bowing east

pointing west

intersecting points

Eyes

_hrs 08/31/10

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

ART vs Graffiti - Social Activism



















Social Activism


Formal artists are supposedly bound by the arts aesthetics boundaries that critics set through the centuries. The supposed art standards for beauty are based harmony, pleasure satisfaction, originality, place, uniqueness, etc. Graffitists are supposedly street trained and are graphic, uneducated, and vulgar with their works, and anything is a canvas.

However, in the early 1980’s Keith Haring, a young artist changed art through rage. Keith was art educated, but he combined graffiti vulgarities with pop culture, and his canvases were the New York City subway walls.

On Thursday's, the trash goes out to the alley, last Thursday (08/26/2010), upon opening the gate I saw a story that left a lasting impression. The walls were tagged, and upon further exploration, it seemed our little artist tagged the whole alley.

The graffiti story had a beginning, middle, and an ending does that mean the artist was educated or uneducated, male or female, gay or straight? Does it really matter, no? By the way, the other neighbors where not delighted by the tagging.

Appreciating the beauty left on the walls, thank you mystery artist.



Saturday, July 10, 2010

Road Games: Slug Bug II



Recently Volkswagen started a new ad campaign called, PunchDub. The ad shows people punching one another when a Volkswagen Car drives by. Volkswagen has 13 different models to choose from and that is a lot of punching in one drive.


However, the ever-popular road game called Punch Buggy or Slug Bug has the same rules you punch someone when you see a Volkswagen Beetle or a Bug.  When you see a Volkswagen Car you punch the person near you and say, “Saw one or There’s one.” When you see a Volkswagen Bug you say, "Slug Bug", and then slug the person closes to you

You as the reader decide which one you prefer.  Personally I prefer "Slug Bug" the original game.  



Sunday, July 4, 2010

And the Rockets' Red Glare ...


rockets red glare  hrs© 07/04/2010




And the Rockets' Red Glare ...

I am proud to be a Jewish American, and my parents' immigrated after the Holocaust, my parents' value[d] their freedom. Recently in the news Helen Thomas was quoted, "Tell them to get the hell out of Palestine. Palestinians are "occupied" and that the Jews should "Go Home" to Germany, Poland, America and "everywhere else."

Who is "Them," they are the Jews. For the record Helen Thomas's family are of Lebanese decent, but Helen was born in Kentucky.

Happy fourth of July to a country built by immigrants of all colors, and religions.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

World Press Freedom Day


On March 28, 2002, I went to Ground Zero and captured pictures. As I walked around, I kept thinking about the insanity that occurred on September 11, 2001. The act of “hatred,” just look at the faces in the image; did anyone benefit from the “hatred.” A group of dirty thugs, celebrated the victory, victory over what? Nine years later on May Day (May 01, 2010), an estranged man tried to set off a bomb in Times Square. Acts of “hatred” something New York City does not need to experience anymore.

Today May 03, 2010 is World Press Freedom Day; speak-up for everyone has a voice to be heard!