Friday, May 29, 2015

My Dilemma About SCK RLGN

It's been so long since I've updated this blog and inevitability my views on things have changed. Maybe I have learned more or simply disagree based on a variety of possible reasons.
There are also some old posts that I'm debating on whether I want them public...not like many people stumble upon my blog though.
This has always been a space to wrestle with ideas, debate, and even play devils advocate, with myself. And I created it as a place where I could speak freely, learn, and make a few mistakes along the way.
Though, I'm  not sure that I want my personal name and art associated with everything I've posted in the past...
Well for now. My art site is more important (to spend editing time on) so I'm leaving some junk (my current view) up on here. One day I may return and clean this hoarders nest of word vomit....
Just some art from

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Hindu Temples in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, and West Bengal

As a student of religious studies and philosophy I of course am fascinated with various religions. As I traveled throughout India I took several opportunities to explore the Hindu (and other) temples. This video shares a small portion of a couple of the Devi Goddess Temples in New Delhi. As I walk through be sure to look at all the art and beauty you can see in the highly decorative Hindu culture.

This video consists of two separate ceremonies. The first half is a ceremony from a village near Bishnapur in West Bengal and the second is from Madhya Pradesh. For more insight into what is going on be sure to check out my YouTube page to see (and join in) the conversation with a Bengali man in response to this video. He has some great insight.

Though I have not posted them to my YouTube account, I plan to have at least one more pooja video in addition to several videos from a guided Khajuraho tour.

I will continue to share many more videos from my time in India so be sure to subscribe to my YouTube account as well as my Facebook and Art Blog to actually see how India impacted me and my art. As I share more and more of my artwork inspired by my travels in India I am sure that these videos will help you understand where this new inspiration is coming from.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Exercise is Healthy

"Exercise is good for your body, but religion helps you in every way. It promises life now and forever."

Monday, August 13, 2012

Heaven's Very Speacial Child

Photo from National Down Syndrome Society

I work at a creative arts center (read more about the Cooper Center here or follow them on Facebook) for people with people who have disabilities teaching language arts and art.  One day for my cultural reading class we read poems by and able people with disabilities.  One of the girls with Down Syndrome fell in love with this one titled "Heaven's Very Special Child."  She even made me print a copy for her to take home.

Just thought I would share the joy.

Heaven's Very Speacial Child

A meeting was held quite far from Earth!
It's time again for another birth.
Said the Angels to the LORD above,
This Special Child will need much love.

His progress may be very slow,
Accomplishments he may not show.
And he'll require extra care
From the folks he meets down there.

He may not run or laugh or play,
His thoughts may seem quite far away,
In many ways he won't adapt,
And he'll be known as handicapped.

So let's be careful where he's sent,
 We want his life to be content.
Please LORD, find the parents who
Will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away
The leading role they're asked to play,
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they'll know the privilege given
In caring for their gift from Heaven.
Their precious charge, so meek and mild,

by Edna Massionilla December 1981 The Optomist- newsletter for PROUD Parents Regional Outreach for Understanding Down's Inc.

If you are more of an art fan be sure to check out my social justice art blog and my Facebook Art page.  I am in the process of creating a series of posters dealing with the fascinating history of people with disabilities.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012


I found this post about getting to know people's stories on Donald Miller's blog. 

Talking to people about their life is one of the best ways to get to know someone.  This article offers some great ideas for questions to ask to help you dig a little deeper than basic small talk.

Next time you are at church, a party, or just hanging out with friends ask some deep questions.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Outdoors and God

I can't believe that I have not written about the outdoors on my religion blog yet.  The outdoors have played a huge part in my faith from the time I was a young child (at least 3rd grade).  My faith statement for confirmation, snowboarding, my artwork, my church camp experiences and even my wedding have all been forms of worship taking place in the outdoors.  I will start with a basic overview and will post a bit in the future about these various outdoor experiences.

I grew up in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Lead and then Rapid City and I currently live in Laramie, WY.  I attended Outlaw Rance, Atlantic Mountain Ranch (AMR), or Klein Ranch every summer between 3rd grade and my senior year of high school.  I then worked at Outlaw and AMR for the next two summers and had my wedding at Outlaw.  If asked what denominaiton I am, I tend to respond with "Church Camp Lutheran." Since then I have been blessed with many opportunities to camp and backpack throughout Wyoming, Colorado, Washington state and even some in Oregon.

In addition, snowboarding has played a huge role in my relationship with God and my spiritual beliefs.  Everything from snowboarding alone, and praying or meditating on the beauty of the snow covered trees and even the metaphors of mountains are significant to my spiritual journey.

I found this quote and decided to use it for my own handbill/meme because it describes my faith and this aspect of what fuels me perfectly...

"I just need some time in a beautiful place to clear my head"

so true...

The Snowy Mountains, Wyoming.
Be sure to follow my blog for paintings and drawings inspired by my summer outdoor adventures.

What inspires you about the outdoors?  How do you relate best to God?

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Past Haiti Trip

Me sharing a a Paper Bead Lesson
As many of you know I was fortunate to be able to take a trip to Haiti last summer. The goal of our group was to build a chicken coupe in a small village community while spreading the Good News.

One of the cultural differences led to the Haitian males taking away most of the American women’s jobs while working on the chicken house (polaye in Creole). Though frustrating for some of the ladies, this was a good thing for two reasons. First, I strongly believe that it was our job to equip people rather than do for them. And second (third, fourth and fifth), this dynamic led to me being surrounded by tons of kids, and the opportunities to lead art lessons, learn some Creole, and having the chance to spend quality time with one of the older girls. One-on-one time with a role model of some sort is a major need for many young women in Haiti. The photo above is me teaching some of the order girls and young boys how to make paper beads.

 I would love the opportunity to go back to the small village again, to show the kids that it was not a one-time event, but rather a sincere investment in their lives. I also have a small amount of money to take back from selling my art in response to the first trip.