DRIFT
Drift or drifting is often referred to in unappealing terms.   But drift can be a force of nature, like when lava from a volcano is drifting down it's sides carrying chunks of rock that drift along in the molten lava.   For me this image captures that slow drifting movement.

https://youtu.be/cEU-dXsnNF0

My plea to the world.

My plea to the world.
Check out the link for Brian May (of Queen) classic solo track BACK TO THE LIGHT.  The lyrics are really powerful - especially for the times we are living in. 
https://youtu.be/Zvmp8YhEgQk

Far, far from the light 
Hear the night creatures call 
With a cold breath they howl 
All the hollow hours 
They're calling you

I'll be there 
No matter what your going through 
In the dark I care 
I'm holding on, I'm hoping on 
It's still the same old me inside

Back to the light 
Back to the streets that are paved with gold 
Back to the light, yeah 
Back to the land where the sunshine heals my soul

Deep, deep in the night 
When the world fills with tears 
And the wind blows 
Colder and colder it grows 
And the fire dims with the same old fears

I'll be there 
Though maybe you don't hear me, babe 
I still care 
No matter when and I still be there 
When you make it to the other side 
And I'm going back

Back to the light 
Back to the streets that are paved with gold 
Back to the light 
Goin' back to the land 
Where the sunshine heals my soul

On and on, searching for a clearer view 
Winning and losing an inner war 
Wonder what we do it for 
Though the road seems never ending 
Hold on to the hope I'm sending through 
Yeah

No, no matter what your going through 
In the dark I care 
I'm holding on, believe it 
We'll be walking in the light 
'Cause they'll be no place left to hide

Back to the light 
Back to the streets that are paved with gold 
Back to the light 
Oh, I'm goin' back to land 
Where the sunshine heals my soul, hear me babe 
Yeah, yeah, yeah

Back to the light

Back to the light

Back to the light

Back to the light, yeah, yeah

Babe, come with me 
Back to the light 
Yeah

Are we living in the “underworld”?

Orpheus’ entrance to the underworld
It's easy to get sucked into the vortex of negativity that we perceive, witness; and turn it into our own personal suffering.   While this life is made of suffering - we should not add to our suffering that which we do not have the power to change.

Árstíðir - Hvenær kemur sól (When will the sun come) 
fyi: Árstíðir translated means Seasons.  Also next to Sigur Ros they are my favorite icelandic band. 

waste not…

WASTE NOT…
Sadly we live in a time of outrage.   Everyone is outraged at something or someone.    Media is outraged.  Politicians are outraged.  People are outraged in the name of religion.  Regular citizens are outraged.  Will it take destroying ourselves to stop the madness?   For all it's advances in technology humanity is still living in the dark ages emotionally.  In fact I think the case could be made the humanity is not evolving but devolving to the most base animal instincts.   

In fact if you watch the opening section ("The Dawn of Man") in Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY https://youtu.be/ypEaGQb6dJk the only difference between us today and the animals portrayed in the film is technology.  The behavior is the same.    Outrage causes reasoning that is only used for destructive purposes.   

What do you think?  Do you have hope?  Why?  What can you provide that will make me believe?  Your considered thoughts and questions are welcome.

A Good Lie

The Good Lie

I lied to you 
and that is true.

I told you something you wanted to believe.
I let you believe something I did not agree with.

You wonder why I’m distant?
I do not wish to give a truth that hurts, room to breathe.

I wanted to give you room to evolve
and grow in your own time.  Not my time. 

I was taught; ALL lies are bad
and we should ALWAYS tell the truth.

But everybody lies:

lies of omission,
lies of deception,
lies to protect,
lies to self,
lies to manipulate,
lies to harm.

Motive is the key.

I lied to you
and that is true.

because if I told you the truth about ….
You would have been forced to make a judgement
you did not want and were not ready to make.

because if I told you the truth
you would not have acted in the love, grace and mercy
in which you believe.
You would have endangered your own salvation and peace of mind. 
And I could not live with that. 

A truth never known is love in disguise and
an un-healing wound never inflicted.

I lied to you 
and that is that.

Inspired, in part, by the film titled THE FAREWELL (see trailer)https://youtu.be/RofpAjqwMa8

The Dance

One of the wonderful things about YouTube is how different fashion houses have embraced the shared video format as an opportunity to create and share some amazing video content.   This video I'm posting today in an amazing example.   

This film created to celebrate International Dance Day 2022.  Dance has always been about the creative tension between control and release and even explores movement through sounds that are created through movement.  The setting is the Palazzo Farnese in Rome.  Built for the Farnese family and was greatly expanded when Alessandro Farnese became Pope Paul III.   Famous for it's  sculptures and artwork (most which resides currently Museums in Naples) it is currently the home of the French Embassy in Italy.   The dancers represent sculptures come to life as the the dance tells the story of Nox, goddess of night, adding darkness and mystery to this place of power.  

The costumes are designed by Maria Grazia Chiuri, designer and creative director for famous fashion house, Christian Dior and highlight the sculptural elements of the dancers bodies.   Music is by various composers including (but not limited to) Ligeti, Bach and Vivaldi.

The camerawork and lighting are also quite amazing.  seamlessing weaving in and out between real time, slow motion and reverse slow motion.
Enjoy. 

An amazing video on the origins of paparazzi

From one of my favorite YouTube channels.   This video  not only traces the origins of Paparazzi, or what we would call tabloid journalism today and it's effects on celebrity perceptions.  Enjoy and have an enjoyable weekend.  

STOP THE WAR NOW!!!

Hopefully by time this posts the Russia's unprovoked, unjust war on Ukraine will be over.   These abstract images are inspired by the fact that Russia has now used chemical weapons (phosphorus bombs).   These phosphorus bombs glow in the night and cause severe burning.     They are illegal and were developed by Hitler's Nazi regime which dubbed them "the flaming onion".     

Like Edwin Starr sang "STOP THE WAR NOW!  Don't put if off another day."  https://youtu.be/rFv0gqIPAE4

When I scheduled this post back near the beginning of March I sincerely hoped that I maybe the nonsense of this foolish war would be over by now. Obviously I was, sadly, wrong to hope that. I’m so sick and tired of human’s and their stupid ideas of conquest. I honestly don’t think there is any hope for humanity anymore. I’m beyond cynical at this point. There is only absurdity. Wishing Putin dead or for regime change seems useless because like the great Hydra, you cut off one head there are two others waiting to replace it. Meaningless, meaningless, everything is meaningless…