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Unforgotten – A Poem

Your truth echos
In the ever gentle breeze
With each September Recurring
Preserving what is free

Your names etched
Deep into hardened stone
Saving lives of many
In sacrificing your own

Now who could ask for more?
Love truly crushing hate
With colors flying proudly
As they accepted fate

We owe you so much
A debt we cannot repay
For the selfless acts of courage
On that late summer day

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Jessica Haas, the First Female Speed Painter in the US

If you have’t heard of this young lady, you really need to discover her talent. This video will show you just what she does:

Bidding Farewell to 2017

This last day of 2017 stirs a lot of emotions, some good, some bad. But taking time out to reflect on the last 365 days is always interesting and often therapeutic.

On a global level we’ve seen historic moments that would serve as inspiration while being hit by events that echoed a collective melancholy. But we can most often relate more truthfully to the things that impact our daily lives and those we care for dearly.

Whatever 2017 was like for you, may it come to a positive conclusion and lead into a prosperous New Year with happiness and health. After all, it’s the simple things in life that are the most profound.

Talented Artist/Set Designer M.K. Hughes

When one thinks about the performing arts, most of us probably tend to dwell on a few details. These may include such things as the acting, storyline or music and dance if it is a musical production. But there’s another part of the story that helps to create the magic, the set design.

Photo from Instangram@mkhughesdesign and Patreon

Painter and muralist M.K. Huges is one of the people who bring the action to life via her wonderful and engaging set designs. A graduate of Southern Illinois University with a Master’s in Theater (Set Design), she has experience working with the Alabama and Oregon Shakespeare Festivals and is now responsible for the sets on the numerous shows conducted at Point Park University, a Pittsburgh area school widely recognized for theater arts.

Photo from Instangram@mkhughesdesign and Facebook M.K.Hughes Design

For more info on this talented young lady, check out her official website or any of her social accounts including Patreon.

 

 

Blackout Poetry By Induco

If you’ve never heard the terms “Blackout Poetry,” this post has something cool in store for you.

No, Blackout Poetry doesn’t have anything to do with drunkenness as the sillier readers might have assumed. It’s all about a process that sounds simple but is actually quite complex.

As the artist that goes by Inducto calls it, the idea is to black out pages of text leaving only specific terms and phrases that create a new story.

Check out some of her work on Patreon and in the pictures here:

Lindsey Stirling’s “Warmer In The Winter” is an Excellent Release for the Holiday Season

I have done quite a few music reviews over the years but I can honestly say I’m not sure if I’ve ever given an album a 5-star rating, until now. The fact is, even the artists nobody would ever expect to come out with a Christmas album are lining the retails shelves with holiday sounds. And in some ways, the impact has been lousy. You are probably going to end up with either a bunch of originals that are of poor quality or boring versions of the classics.

On this recording, what Lindsey does so well, with the help of a few friends (Sabrina Carpenter, Becky G, Trombone Shorty and Alec Gaskarth of All Time Low) is blend her own style that has made her a star with classic tunes while adding in just enough in terms of original songs to make for a very pleasant listening session.

The best among the originals is “Christmas C’mon” and the most interesting rendition of a cover is “Let It Snow.”

Overall, I’d be hard-pressed to find someone I didn’t think would love it.

The Universal Gobo – Unlimited Options for Gobo Photos

As you probably realize by now, I enjoy being artistic with my photos. This being the case, one of the tools I find interesting is what are commonly referred to as gobos. I mentioned these in another post as any material that is placed in between the light and the subject to make a pattern out of shadows.

The biggest problem with today’s gobos are that they are big, heavy and tend to allow for just a single pattern making them inconvenient and costly. I recently invented what I call my “Universal Gobo” that solves ever one of these problems.

You can buy our Do It Yourself guide for just $3.00 and the materials should cost you less than $20. This is a lot nicer than paying around $20 each for those available in stores and over the web.

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