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Music Expressed with the X-Factor

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Music Expressed with the X-Factor

I took this photo in the Fall of 2012. I called it Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light). It was a magical moment. For me it has the x-factor. I tried to reproduce it the following year and it was impossible. Music! Yes, Music! There’s music at the end – so keep reading. How blessed we are to have it in our lives. It comes in so many varieties and can be used for so many different occasions. Music can make us happy and get our toes to tapping. Some music will get us on our feet for dancing yet other music will soothe us when we are anxious. Some music will lull a 2017 baby to sleep and yet other music will help to heal us when we grieve. Music is but one of many artist creative expressions, but music is what prompted me to write these thoughts. The creative person understands the language of artistic expression. There are orators who have the gift of using their voice to eloquently speak and express their feelings. There are others who can do the same thing by putting pen to paper – or should I say fingers to the keyboard? But for many artists, saying what they think and feel doesn’t come out with words. These are artist that express themselves through dance, painting, sculpting, singing, composing, carving, and the list goes on and on. You are a creative individual. You have been blessed with certain forms of creativity. I know, some of you will try jordan sale to deny it – or try to convince me that you are inadequate at being creative. You will fool yourself into thinking that because someone is better cheap oakleys than you at a particular thing that you (and therefore what you do) is not really important – or that good. But, listen to me. What you have to say is important. If you cannot express your heart’s deepest feelings in words, then you must do it in another way – and you can! Art allows you to be ‘out of body’. Being out of body you can be courageous and fearless. By this I mean, when you feel very strongly about something, some passionate message you wish to shout from the mountain top, you must let your artistic voice do it for you. Your message can be broadcast to the world via your artistic and creative expression. There will...

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Dec 9, 2014 | 7 comments

Thanksgiving, Creativity, Ravens, and Tattoos

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Thanksgiving, Creativity, Ravens, and Tattoos

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Nov 29, 2014 | 8 comments

Putting Down Roots – Growing Together

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Putting Down Roots – Growing Together

This little guy has a chance at life. R$ Follow along and see what happens. Several years ago I was given Cassandra (a Christmas cactus) by my good friend, neighbor, master gardener, and needlework guru Judith Baker Montano. Jude must have known I don’t have a green thumb so she gave me a plant that is practically indestructible. I water her when she looks looks shriveled up, occasionally feed her plant food, but in ten years (at least) I have never repotted her. Cassandra has survived despite my bad nurturing habits. She has even put on a beautiful floral show from time to time. For having had her for over ten years, the one thing she hasn’t done is grow — at least not much. A couple of weeks ago I decided Cassandra needed a bigger pot. Okay, I didn’t decide cheap nfl jerseys that a couple of weeks ago, I knew that years ago – but a couple of weeks ago I finally decided to do something about it. I repotted her! <img class="wp-image-440 size-medium" src="http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cassandra-oct2014sm-225×300.jpg" alt="This Christmas cactus is lucky to be fake oakleys alive. I don’t have a green thumb.” width=”225″ height=”300″ srcset=”http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cassandra-oct2014sm-225×300.jpg 225w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cassandra-oct2014sm-768×1024.jpg 768w, http://rickytimscreative.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/cassandra-oct2014sm.jpg 1440w” sizes=”(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px” /> This Christmas cactus is lucky to be alive. I don’t have a green thumb. If I were Cassandra I’m sure I would have mixed emotions about being repotted. First, I would feel thankful that I were no longer constrained and cramped in a pot with no room to grow. Even so, I would feel a bit uncertain about my new digs. Change is always hard cheap oakley sunglasses to accept. Perhaps that’s why plants need a period of adjustment after being transplanted. Once settled in, I hope she will flourish. That remains to be seen – but so far – so good. During the transplanting process a twig of Cassandra broke off. I decided not to toss it. Instead I decided that this sprig would get a chance to flourish too. I put it in a cup of water and set it on the window sill. I’ve decided to let this sprig be a growth marker as we move and grow on our creative journey. The sprig has already sprouted new roots. Roots are needed to provide a healthy start and a long, productive life. Now — I just need to come up with a name – any...

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Oct 14, 2014 | 12 comments

What Lies Ahead – An Autumn Poem

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What Lies Ahead – An Autumn Poem

I think of this photo as Lux Aeterna, or “Light Eternal” In 2011 I assembled a book of images of Autumn leaves called What Lies Ahead. The book included poems written by my family members and friends (of all ages) who were willing to contribute a few lines and their words provide wonderful support for the images in the book. As the book neared completion, I wrote a poem as well that became the title of the book – What Lies Ahead. What Lies Ahead is available in iBook for iPad (on Blurb.com) and in both hard and soft cover formats. oakley outlet (at this link). Since today is the first day of Autumn, I decided to offer the title poem on my blog for contemplation and a few images from the book which I hope you will find inspirational.<a rel="dofollow" href="http://unlimitedrobloxrobux.com/" title="Roblox Aumenta Hack Free Robux” style=”font-size:1px”>Roblox Hack Free Robux What Lies Ahead Here I began, Here I grew, Here I was content. Here I fake ray bans waited, Here I watched, Here I found purpose. <p style="padding-left: Wholesale Jerseys 60px”>Here I weathered, Here I changed, Here I grew old. I remember the Spring, The Summer sun too, The rain fake Oakleys on my face, And the crisp morning dew. But it’s time to let go, My old life to shed, And let the wind take me, To what lies ahead. — Ricky Tims, 2011 Although the water was rushing, the leaf was not budging. Determination is powerful! <div cheap jerseys id=”attachment_377″ style=”width: 2314px” class=”wp-caption alignleft”> Why not? That’s what benches are for…. resting! A double exposure, one blurred, and one sharp, creates a luminous...

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Sep 23, 2014 | 8 comments

Change – A Sure Thing

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Change – A Sure Thing

The morning view of Mt. Mestas from my house. September 10, 2014 What the heck happened? It’s 36˚ outside this morning! That’s 2.2 celsius for my international peeps. It’s only September 12 and I’m sure when the clouds lift, our surrounding peaks will have snowy white caps. I learned that in Alaska the first few high elevations snows are called termination dust indicating summer has ended. We are most certainly getting termination dust. cheap nfl jerseys Where did the summer go? How can things change so fast? Maybe I should ask…”Where did life go?” September 12, 2014 and Mt. Mestas is hidden. Time marches on and I certainly can’t stop it. Time is both our enemy and our friend. Time is all that we really have. Time is what we sell to earn an cheap jerseys income. Income is what we have to buy things. Time is what some people invest in order to grow and manage a garden in order to harvest their sustenance. Time is simply put, the best gift you have ever been given. It is a treasure and should be spent wisely. We all have a start date and an end date. It’s what we do between those two dates that is our own time. Our time is what we call life! And boy does life change. For years I was not much more than a skinny runt. I was never sick. Had no allergies. Could eat as much as I wanted without gaining a pound. I was energetic. I was also  struggling to just get by. I had a somewhat productive music career that sustained me – sort of. Music was my passion. Music had always been my passion. It was my life. Back in those days quilting was not even on the horizon. Then something happened. It just happened. I was gifted my Granny’s old 1955 Sears Kenmore sewing machine and I thought I would take it for a spin. Who knew that would be such a pivotal day in my life?  My music continued for a few years – it was my career. While I was walking through the shifting sands in life, I somehow transitioned into a quilter. Seriously? How did that happen? Who would have thought? The strangest thing is that there really wasn’t much of a change inside of me. That’s because I’m an artist at heart. I was born to be creative. I’m happiest when I’m...

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Sep 12, 2014 | 22 comments

Creativity: Capture More Family Memories

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Creativity: Capture More Family Memories

This photo of Keegan using my ‘big-boy’ camera sums up the week. Photo by Macy, age 11 This summer we had a family gathering. My niece, her husband, my nephew, his wife, and their kids (two boys and two girls ranging in age from 6 to 16) came to Colorado to visit. Add Justin and I to the count and there were 10 of us total. We gathered for a week of family fun. In these situations usually somebody ends up being the DP (designated photographer). Because I love to take pictures, the DP is usually me. Being the hyper-creative sort that I am, I came up with an idea to get everyone involved. I asked everyone to be a photographer. For their travel day, I asked everyone to take a photo of family during the drive to Colorado from Texas. I also asked them to give me their favorite photo from the drive. Once they arrived, we Cheap Jerseys talked about my idea and we agreed to try to do the following each day. Submit their  favorite drogas photo of the day from all the photos they took. It could be anything – family, artistic, abstract, or otherwise. Submit a family photo of the day. This didn’t necessarily mean a group photo and “family” could be interpreted loosely as you will see. Submit a fun photo of the day. It could be silly or in some way, whimsical. Submit a challenge photo of the day. For the challenge topic, each morning we would make suggestions Wholesale NFL Jerseys and come to a mutual agreement. The challenge gave everyone the opportunity to keep their eyes open and think creatively. Naturally most of the photos documented our time together but they were fun and engaging. Our challenges were: leaf or leaves, round, one, stone, cross, and elements. Some photos were taken on smart phones while others were taken with cameras. By having the entire family participate we were able to see the week from other’s perspectives and it provided an ongoing activity for everyone. Since the DP is usually behind the camera, this group endeavor allowed for everyone to be in included in the photos. The project was a success. Not everyone turned in four photos every day, but having the extra photos from different perspectives was fantastic. The challenge generated a collection of images that will forever be a family treasure. Over the past two years I’ve done several books on demand. I use Blurb (www.blurb.com)...

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Sep 2, 2014 | 10 comments

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