Bet You Can’t Shake Your Booty Like this J-Lo!

21 Sep

It takes a second for the video to load cuz there’s a whole lot of shake’n go ‘n on . . .

Butt JUST in case you’ve not seen the Peacock Spider’s competition here’s J-Lo & Iggy’s booties.  (I wonder how they would shake “IT” if they had 8 feet . . . )

Thanks Ida! Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrety Incrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrredible (The spider, not J-Lo)

Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT, Chapter 1

20 Sep

Once upon a time, in a land by the sea, physically far, far away and imaginatively very close, there lived a brrrrriliant psychotherapist who specialized in human psychology and foibles.  He took care of two humans who he unexpectedly found wandering in life.  Freddie Parker was a keen observer of human nature and able to pick up on changes in the human psyche long before the human psyche knew it was changing  . . .

just judy, Judith & Freddie, CDT

 judy, Judith & Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT

Sleep deprivation, late life eroticism, memory loss, wrinkles? – Bring it on!

19 Sep

James Hillman explains why he believes that a person’s true character only emerges in old age. 

(only 11 1/2 minutes – LISTEN!)

*Jungian psychologist James Hillman is the author of “The Force of Character and The Lasting Life”.

Thanks Laurie F.  Hibernationnow for this grrrrrrrrrrrrrreat interview!

Sugar Shun – Swimming towards Pie (parenthetically, mathematically and metaphorically speaking)

18 Sep

True confessions:  I’m addicted to sugar and Stefan Bucher.  Stefan draws,  actually, Stefan gives birth to a daily monster.  (The labor pains have been decades in the makings).  

Stefan drew Monster #292, asked a question and I replied.  My response was, I’m sure, “fed” (pun intended) by my most recent vow to not imbibe in refined sugar for this month.  Stefan’s reply to my comment was to refer me to this comedy video.  I would have found it to be quite funny if it hadn’t set off obsessive thoughts about key lime, berry, lemon, apple, cherry and chocolate fudge.

I checked out Wikipedia looking to satisfy my cravings more rationally only to find that it is perfectly logical to be irrational on the subject of pie.

Pi” “Being an irrational number, (obsessive thinking regarding pie is always irrational) π cannot be expressed exactly as a common fraction, (because once you eat a delicious piece of pie it never again can be a fraction of a piece of pie nor considered common) although fractions such as 22/7 and other rational numbers are commonly used to approximate π. Consequently its decimal representation never ends and never settles into a permanent repeating pattern. The digits appear to be randomly distributed although, to date, no proof of this has been discovered. Also, π is a transcendental number (if you’ve ever tasted a morsel of mouth-watering pi you are indeed having a transcendental experience)– a number that is not the root of any non-zero polynomial having rational coefficients. This transcendence of π implies that it is impossible to solve the ancient challenge of squaring the circle with a compass and straight-edge.”

(We all know pies  are round:)  “Because its definition relates to the circle, π is found in many formulae in trigonometry and geometry, (gastronomy) especially those concerning circles, ellipses or spheres. It is also found in formulae used in other branches of science such as cosmologynumber theory,statisticsfractalsthermodynamicsmechanics, (french pastry) and electromagnetism. The ubiquity of π makes it one of the most widely known mathematical constants (and culinary delights) both inside and outside the scientific community: Several (cook)books devoted to it have been published, the number is celebrated on Pi Day where calculations of the digits of π in record-setting pie eating contests)  often result in news headlines. Attempts to memorize (and digest) the value of π with increasing precision have led to records of over 67,000 digits” (of ant-acid tablets).

 After re-reading this post it is clear to me my body is glucose-deprived and not enough oxygen is getting to my brain.  I’m off to Marie Callenders for clarity.

http://www.dailymonster.com/344_loves_you/2014/09/daily-monster-papers-292.html

What if . . . . ?

16 Sep

The European Space Agency has spent $1.7 million, 10+ years, crossing 4 billion miles of deep space travel to arrive at Comet 67P/C-G.  The Agency is planning on landing on the Comet in November.

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Comet 67P/C-G.

 What if . . . 

it’s a popcorn kernel?PopcornKernel

“The $1.7 billion (1.3 billion euros) Rosetta mission arrived at Comet 67P/C-G in early August, and since then, scientists have been using the spacecraft’s instruments to scope out the terrain of the comet in the hopes of finding a good site to set down Philae. If all goes according to plan, Philae should be released to the comet’s surface on Nov. 11.”

Philae will harpoon itself to the comet once it reaches the chosen landing site. The lander will study the comet from the surface while Rosetta takes measurements from orbit. Rosetta is expected to travel with the comet through space until at least August 2015, when Comet 67P/C-G makes its closest approach with the sun in its 6.5-year orbit.”

“ESA launched the Rosetta spacecraft and Philae into space in 2004. The probes traveled for 10 years, crossing 4 billion miles (6 billion km) of deep space before finally reaching their comet target.”

Rosetta Comet Landing Site, click here for full article

 

It’s International Dot Day!

15 Sep

International Dot Day? How cool is it to celebrate the DOT!  It’s celebrated on September 15th and it’s all about encouraging kids to discover how they can make a difference. I didn’t know this until I read Mama Cormier’s last post!  

Peter Reynolds, The Dot

I wish I had this wonderful picture from Mama Cormier’s students for my “branch” post!  Is this a perfect picture to go with the branch haiku . . . or what!!!!

 Rooted in God’s love

we are all leaves of one tree

and fruits of one branch*

Mama Cormier's Art CLass
Mama Cormier’s 2nd & 3rd grade Art students!

*“A fundamental teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith,  is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, He says: “Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.”  

Thanks Mama C.!!! 

How to draw a stick figure and design haute couture

14 Sep

Comic Relief

Remember my Year of the Fairy Tale stick figures? 

Clothed in the latest see-though fashion

See-though couture right off the New York Fashion Week runway

Nature Tops “Where’s Waldo”

12 Sep

Masters of Camouflage

AnimalCamoMantisInFlower

Source: 123 Inspiration

AnimalCamoFishOnRocks

Source: Aqua

AnimalCamoOctopusInCoral

Source: Business Insider

AnimalCamoDoveInSnow

Source: 123 Inspiration

AnimalCamoAlligatorInSwamp

Source: EHD Walls

AnimalCamoCaterpillarOnTree

Source: 123 Inspiration

AnimalCamoSeahorseInPlants

Source: Rocket Boom

AnimalCamoSealOnRocks

Source: SOCSD Teachers

Source: Kick Vick

Source: Kick Vick

AnimalCamoGreatPotooOnTree

Source: New York Daily News

The Mask of Invisibility and Me

10 Sep

In 1996 I contracted an invisible “illness”.  I began experiencing excruciating burning pain in my hands, arms and legs followed by gastrointestinal, cardiological, dermatological, emotional “issues”.  The worst part is I was also in peri-menopause and experiencing mood swings, wildly, uncontrollably ric-o-shaying between happy, content to annoyed and upset.

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In1996 fibromyalgia was not recognized by the medical community as a “real” ailment. Doctors considered it to be a syndrome: Unexplainable, unverifiable and psychosomatic. It was a Hysterical Middle Aged Woman’s Syndrome, as doctor after doctor told me – based on test, after expensive test coming back negative – that nothing was wrong with me and to go home and “Get a life”.DSCN1413

Forever imprinted in my memory is the chief of neurology at one of the major medical centers in Los Angeles (the doctor and medical center shall remain nameless because this is a true story)  looked at me knowingly, like we shared a secret “You’re a psychotherapist. You know about psychological issues” – he leaned forward, compassionately touching me on the knee and winked.  “Go home, live a good life and take up a hobby like kick-boxing.”  The only reason I winked back was to blink away the tears that were threatening to disrupt the façade that I wasn’t a hysterical middle-aged woman.

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I looked for anyone - gynecologists, gastroenterologists, cardiologists, neurologists, rheumatologists, environmental specialists, acupuncturists, immunologists, chiropractors – to put a name to what I had, to give what was invisible to everyone but myself a label other than HYPOCHONDRIAC.  I looked fine, acted fine, all tests were negative.  All I took away from the 100’s of doctor’s visits was a stack of psychiatrist’s cards doctors handed to me on the way out of their office.

After years of escalating pain, exhaustion, depression, countless doctors and tests I really did qualify on all counts as a hysterical middle-aged woman .

Well over a decade after my initial symptoms fibromyalgia was recognized by the medical community as “real” and research has since shown that it’s a central nervous system, brain processing disorder.  

I’m no longer middle-aged or hysterical.  But the doctors were right – it was, it is, all in my head.

This is National Invisible Illness Awareness Week

P.S.  There are hundreds of millions of people with “Invisible Illness” in this world.  Click above to  read more information.  Here’s a tiny sample:

  • Why, when you tell someone who is ill that they look good, they’re offended?
  • Practical ways you can encourage someone who is ill.
  • What’s the difference between a visible and invisible illness when it comes to one’s career?
  • What’s it like to go to college with an invisible chronic illness?

 Check out Carolyn Thomas’ My Heart Sisters -“You look great!” – and other things you should never say to heart patients and lots of other great posts about invisible illness.

Hooked on the Haiku BRANCH – tu haiku for yu

9 Sep

 Rooted in God’s love

we are all leaves of one tree

and fruits of one branch

“A fundamental teaching of Bahá’u’lláh, the founder of the Baha’i faith,  is the oneness of the world of humanity. Addressing mankind, He says: “Ye are all leaves of one tree and the fruits of one branch.”  

“In this way His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh expressed the oneness of humankind whereas in all religious teachings of the past, the human world has been represented as divided into two parts, one known as the people of the Book of God or the pure tree and the other the people of infidelity and error or the evil tree.”

“The former were considered as belonging to the faithful and the others to the hosts of the irreligious and infidel; one part of humanity the recipients of divine mercy and the other the object of the wrath of their Creator.

His Holiness Bahá’u’lláh removed this by proclaiming the oneness of the world of humanity and this principle is specialized in His teachings for He has submerged all mankind in the sea of divine generosity. Some are asleep; they need to be awakened. Some are ailing; they need to be healed. Some are immature as children; they need to be trained. But all are recipients of the bounty and bestowals of God.”

Golden Snub Nose

Golden Snub Nose

When you’re stuck in mud

need to climb to higher ground

any branch will do

 

Haiku Horizons – prompt BRANCH

On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea, Becca Givens 

The Baha’i World Faith

Why can’t humans be friends like animals?

8 Sep

Surprising: An Australian Magpie and a Jack Russel Terrier puppy playing together.  Astonishing: People still hang laundry outside to dry.

If Antonio Banderas is a Burrito Paul Newman was a Hotdog

7 Sep

When I was in college I slept with Paul Newman.  I shared a one bedroom apartment with two other “women” (I thought I was a W-O-M-A-N ala Helen Reddy).  We furnished the bedroom with $5 (it was in the 60’s) mattresses from Goodwill – no frames, no box springs, just sanitized -(I think) formerly-used mattresses on the floor.  Wall-to-wall mattresses – there was barely room to walk between them.  A gigantic floor to ceiling poster of Paul Newman informed our dreams and was our homage to decor.

In my middle years George Clooney (Hooked on haiku & George Clooney) took Paul’s place.  But now George is off the market (You Mean I Could Have George Clooney’s Baby)  and I’m hard pressed to find anyone as tasty.

After I watched this short video “How to Live Passionately NO Matter Your Age” I realized I’d better get cook’n . . .  again!

 

Isabelle Allende 

You have to listen all the way to the end for the “burrito” recipe

 

 

Sugar Shun (Parenthetically yours) 8 Steps to Kick Sugar Cravings to the Curb. OUCH!

6 Sep

(Day #5 and no refined sugar.  Thanks Lisa for this article from Woman’s Health Network!)   

My “editorial” comments below are in (RED)

8 Steps

“Craving — and eating — sugar is not simply about willpower or emotions. (That’s true because I’ve not had willpower for a long time and because I am a therapist I am in COMPLETE control of my emotions . . . ) We now understand that there may be several underlying physiologic causes feeding what feels like a desperate desire for sugar. For one thing, it can affect our brains in the same ways drugs and alcohol can, making it addictive.”

Sugar Roller Coaster

“Can’t lose weight — no matter what you do?

Extra sugar and carbohydrates that aren’t being used by the body are generally stored in the liver as glycogen. If the liver is full, your body will make fat from the extra sugar and store it in existing fat deposits around your body, (AROUND my body like a bloated hula-hoop) which is why there is such a direct link between sugar and weight gain.”

“Sugar can also directly affect you hormonally by turning off a gene that controls your sex hormones. Without this sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) gene, levels of testosterone and estrogen can become unregulated, leading to symptoms like fatigue, anxiety, irritability, and more.(MORE, there’s MORE?!)

So here’s what you can do to stop your sugar cravings and all the corresponding health effects:

Bob Blobfish sez: "Here she goes . . .again"

Bob Blobfish sez: “Here she goes . . .again”

“Step 1: Balance your hormones. Just before menstruation, when estrogen is low and progesterone is on its way down, beta-endorphin levels in your brain are at their lowest. These cyclical hormonal and neurotransmitter fluctuations may explain why many women who experience PMS and perimenopause also have sugar cravings and the accompanying serotonin–endorphin bursts that high-sugar foods can provide.”  (Hormones? – at my age there aren’t any left to balance)

Step 2: Add nutrients. Specific micronutrients like zinc, vitamin C and the B vitamins are particularly helpful in calming sugar cravings by influencing serotonin production. Equally important are omega-3’s, which are crucial for regulating mood and inflammation — factors that are both associated with cravings.”

Step 3: Mix protein (or fiber) with pleasure. Combining treats with a stick of cheese, a few nuts, a glass of milk, or some vegetables will help balance the sugar and insulin surge and allow a gentler increase in blood sugar and insulin. Protein shakes make great snacks, too.”

Step 4: Investigate intestinal yeast. (Investigate?  Sounds like yet another TV show – Intestinal Yeast Miami) Yeast thrives on sugar. If your intestinal (and vaginal) bacteria are out of balance, they are more likely to welcome yeasts like Candida.(Isn’t Candida is one of the stars on the TV show Mistresses?) An overgrowth of yeast in the intestine (or system-wide) can lead to extremely intense cravings for sugar, fatigue, fuzzy thinking, and digestive issues.  Going on a yeast-free diet is the first step to eliminating these sugar-hungry cells because they can’t live without sugar and refined carbohydrates. Take away their food and they go away.”

The BOOT

The BOOT

Step 5: Avoid acid-forming foods. Red meat is high in a pro-inflammatory molecule called arachidonic acid. Eating a lot of meat and refined carbohydrates tends to increase inflammation and acidity, causing the body to crave sweet foods in an attempt to maintain balance. Choosing anti-inflammatory foods high in omega-3 fatty acids, as well as those that are alkalizing and antioxidant-rich, such as fruits and vegetables, can offset the damage and the cravings associated with this dynamic.”sensitivities

Step 6: Explore food sensitivities. Food are more and more common these days and they can lead to extra sugar intake by leaving us foggy-headed and fatigued. These symptoms logically drive many of us to a sugar pick-me-up to feel better or complete our daily tasks. (ah it is logical why  I drive to Ben & Jerry’s to pay a social visit) The most common food allergies are to gluten and dairy, but others to explore are corn, eggs, soy, peanuts, and citrus.

Step 7: Lower your stress. Any stressful situation can lead to less than optimal eating habits, but stress itself increases cortisol levels, which eventually increases hunger hormones. This can push many women with stressful jobs and lifestyles into a pattern of nighttime cravings, over-eating, and unwanted weight gain. (Tell me about it . . . ) Over time, these women reach adrenal imbalance and extreme exhaustion. And they find the only way to get through the day is to drink lots of caffeine and consume sugar for quick energy bursts.” (not to mention the only way to get through the night)

Step 8: Refrain from sugar for 3-5 days in a row.We know how hard it can be to do, but avoiding sugar for just three days can make a huge difference for some women. Trust us on this one! For others, it may take longer for their cravings to diminish. But eliminating the cyclical crash-and-burn bursts of serotonin and beta-endorphin from sugar and refined carbohydrates can help your body normalize its receptors and neurotransmitters. This way, your brain isn’t constantly sending the message that it needs more sugar.”  (I’m blessed that even with a completely fogged-out brain the message I need sugar still gets through)

For the entire unedited article click here: 8 Steps to Kick Sugar Cravings to the Curb

Bye Bye Summer, are you listening?

5 Sep

I’m jealous . . . I just read Laura’s Art from Trails End last post “Bye Bye Summer, It’s Been Fun”.  Geeeeeeeeeeesh – she went to a week-long poetry workshop, cruised the Rhine River, did art, entertained had house guests, contributed in meaningful ways to others and is writing a poetry book.

My summer:

  • Travel:  Watched HGTV House Hunters International.
  • Entertainment: Watched Golden Girls reruns on late night TV.
  • Accomplishments: Gained 6 pounds, blogged and worked.  
I'm not lisssssssstening . . .

I’m not lisssssssstening . . .

I decided to turn my jealousy into . . .  inspiration.  So I went to the Dana Point Harbor today to remind myself I live in a spectacularly beautiful part of this world. Thanks Laura for booting me out the door!

Dana Point Harbor, California

Dana Point Harbor, California

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I'm not lisssssssstening

I’m not lisssssssstening

 

Sugar Shun – No bags, no butter no oil!

4 Sep
Rosemary Lee Seeking Equilibrium is my hero:  She is doing the “shuck the sugar” for a month with me – and gasp! – she threw away Oreo cookies that were next to her bed:
She sent me this:
“This works!!  I had some with some cumin and salt for a southwest popcorn.
For the popcorn lovers!!!  Microwave popcorn, no bags, no butter, no oil!!!!  It’s genius really. Simple, simple genius.
Glass bowl + ceramic plate + popcorn kernels = perfectly popped popcorn in the microwave.  No bag. No butter or oil. Nothing to throw away afterward. And even no un-popped kernels.
  • Take 1/4 cup of dry popcorn kernels and place in the bottom of a microwave-safe glass bowl (pyrex is a great choice).
  • Place a microwave-safe plate on top of the bowl. Plate should be wide enough to go beyond the rim of the bowl.
  • Microwave for 2 minutes 45 seconds. Watch in glory as your popcorn pops perfectly into little puffs of heaven.”
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 Corny Facts

  • Americans consume some 16 billion quarts of this whole grain, good-for-you treat. That’s 51 quarts per man, woman, and child.
  • Compared to most snack foods, popcorn is low in calories. Air-popped popcorn has only 31 calories per cup. Oil-popped is only 55 per cup.
  • Popcorn differs from other types of maize/corn in that is has a thicker pericarp/hull. The hull allows pressure from the heated water to build and eventually bursts open. The inside starch becomes gelatinous while being heated; when the hull bursts, the gelatinized starch spills out and cools, giving it its familiar popcorn shape.
  • Most popcorn comes in two basic shapes when it’s popped: snowflake and mushroom. Snowflake is used in movie theaters and ballparks because it looks and pops bigger. Mushroom is used for candy confections because it doesn’t crumble.
  • “Popability” is popcorn lingo that refers to the percentage of kernels that pop.
  • How high popcorn kernels can pop? Up to 3 feet in the air.
  • The world’s largest popcorn ball was created by volunteers in Sac City, Iowa in February, 2009.  It weighed 5,000 lbs., stood over 8 ft. tall, and measured 28.8 ft. in circumference.
  • If you made a trail of popcorn from New York City to Los Angeles, you would need more than 352,028,160 popped kernels!

P.S. Rosemary, there are only a few people (besides Laurie F.)  who would describe popped corn as “little puffs of heaven” and you are one of them! 

Sneek Peek into my Sketchy-Book – one (or 2) liners

3 Sep

One liners . . . plus a couple of extra lines.  Watching an introductory video of a Coursera Literature Class hoping to rekindle my love of reading fiction.

Professor of literature from Brown Univ. who shall remain nameless to protect his reputation . . . and mine
Professor of literature from Brown Univ. who shall remain nameless to protect his reputation . . . and mine.

I liked what the professor had to say about the study of literature - essentially it wouldn’t get anyone a “job”, teach a trade but it ultimately was about understanding the human condition and how we relate to one another.  He tells his students who ask him what the “work load” for the semester will be that it should be considered a “pleasure load”.  Reading is a pleasure.

Now the wonderful part about my having a liberal arts education was it prepared me to think - analyze and synthesize information.

The horrible part was that the English lit department of the school I attended was so skewed to the analysis of literature it literally killed my enjoyment of reading. Since graduating I can count the number of books of fiction I’ve read on one hand.  I am a voracious reader . . . but it’s all non-fiction.

Perhaps because of what he said, perhaps because of how he looked  . . . . . . the professor captured my imagination.  I “drew”  him as I listened using one continuous line each time (well, I might have thrown in an extra line by lifting my pencil and starting again . . .).

Check out Coursera – FREE on-line courses from MAJOR universities all over the world.

“Ode” to Sugar

31 Aug

Refined sugar is my drug of choice.   Lately I’ve been on a binge.   When my energy is flagging sugar is my go-to drug.  It’s also my choice when I’m bored . . .in pain . . . when I’m sad, happy . . . when it’s raining . . . snowing (anywhere in the world) . . . cloudy, clear, night or day . . .  

O’ lovely sugar

sweetest seductress ever

you never grow stale

*

O’  sugar of mine

as pure as the falling snow

cooling my senses

*

O’ sugar my love

with pangs in my head &  heart

you are a goner

I’ve not been feeling very well lately and no longer know which comes first – sugar or my symptoms.  Ultimately it makes no matter for I know that sugar is not good for me.  For the next month I’m going to ATTEMPT to keep refined sugar and it’s “carrier” white flour at least 10 feet from my lips.  (I was going to say mouth but I need those extra inches for safety.)

judy's journal, collage

judy’s journal, collage

I’ve tried abstaining from eating refined sugar before . . . . wish me strength of character and will (luck isn’t going to cut it). 

P.S.  Rosemary Lee, Seeking Equilibrium, is joining me.  Anyone else?  

Add your name in the comments box.  I dare you!

Year of the Fairy Tale – More 12 Dancing Princesses

30 Aug

Wanna see some incredible interpretations of the 12 Dancing Princesses?!  

Ya gotta click here: Carla Sonheim

judy journal, collage & "stuff"

judy’s journal, collage & “stuff”

Healthy Chocolate Cake – 2 (or 3) ingredients!

29 Aug

My motto: Never, ever give up on healthy eating when it comes to chocolate!

Brownie mix and pumpkin . . .  well you’ll have to read my first attempt 3 ingredients to Eat Healthier and lose cravings . . .  not so delectable.  So back to Google and trying cake mix instead of brownie mix.  I also used an ORGANIC brand of pumpkin but the “batter” was so stiff I couldn’t stir it.  So I plopped in an ORGANIC egg . . .  and of course, flax-seed to make it a COMPLETE health food.

judy, judy pumpkin eater

won’t let one failure beat  her

Duncan Hines, it’s on sale

this time she can’t fail.

ALL organic

ALL organic ingredients

Now she’s got a plan

one egg, organic pumpkin in a can

350 degrees, let it bake

Voila! a chocolate cake

Health Food Chocolate Cake
Health Food Chocolate Cake with organic garnish

 

Frankly Freddie, Discerningly Yours

28 Aug

Dear Human Beings,

I’ve been very busy bringing solace, comfort and smiles to my clients and my human being.   Solace, comfort and smile bringing is time-consuming, you know, so I’ve not had time to blog.  Yesterday I received a very nice surprise in my comments from Mr Suchled which inspired me. (I hope I may call you Suchled as I can’t find any other name on your blog Scattered Words)

Mr Suchled, Thank you for the poem you wrote JUST FOR ME.   I wrote a poem JUST FOR YOU too.

*        *        *

Fred was a mongrel puppy
When first I him did spy
A mangy frightened poodle cross
A cast in his left eye.
But as the years unfolded
His silky pelt revealed
A dog of great discernment
My broken heart he healed.

by Mr Suchled

*        *        *

Reading, writing and . . .  resting

Reading, writing and . . . resting with discernment

Humans are the best

Mr Suchled, you stand above the rest

Your poem can’t be beat

(but doggie cookies are a better treat)

by Freddie Parker Westerfield, CDT

Canine Dog Therapist

Sneek a Peek into my sketchy book – Irritating Doodle Birds

27 Aug

Irritating Irritated Birds Haiku

Birds of a feather  

dislike flocking together 

When annoyed, wing it

Doodle w/ watercolor
Doodle Birds w/ watercolor

 

S’more Irritating Irritated Birds:

Irritated Birds collage in the Drink

Irritated torn paper Birds, the originals

Irritated Birds collage – Let Sleeping Birds Lie

3-Ingredients to eat healthier . . . . . and lose cravings

26 Aug

I’m eating more vegetables!  Pumpkin is very healthy so I googled pumpkin recipes.  Two-ingredient chocolate & pumpkin brownies!  I added flax seeds to make it a bona fide health food.  Can’t go wrong, right?

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judy, judy pumpkin eater

mixed chocolate with a beater

added it to a pumpkin batter

tasted so bad it didn’t matter*

Pumpkin-Flax-Chocolate Thing with walnut garnish

Pumpkin-Flax-Chocolate THING with walnut garnish

Not a brownie, not a pie

a waste of chocolate, I could cry

rather tasteless what a mess

no cravings here,  I’m blessed

* Original nursery rhyme
Peter, Peter pumpkin eater,
Had a wife but couldn’t keep her;
He put her in a pumpkin shell
And there he kept her very well.

No Rhyme or Reason – Muffet & the Spider Pome

25 Aug

Little Miss Muffet and the Spider

by judy

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet

eating her chips and dips

along came a spider

who sat down beside her

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and said with dread,

“It’s my fate.

Chips & dips don’t go to my hips 

just straight to my thighs

times eight.”

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Fat-thighed, chip eating purple spider (only the purple ones gain weight)

 

 

 

Hooked on Haiku – No BONES about it

18 Aug

My bones are creaking

past sinking, future winking

ain’t it glorious!

judy journal page, mixed media

judy journal page, mixed media

Haiku Horizons - prompt BONE

Haiku Horizons – prompt BONES

Year of the Fairy Tale – Dance the Night Away

16 Aug

The last fairy tale The Twelve Brothers was too morbid for me - too much pathos – but The Twelve Dancing Princesses is my kinda story!

The Twelve Princesses are 12 very sneaky princesses.  Every night they secretly leave their castle to dance to dawn until their shoes are worn out and then they sneak back to bed.  The only evidence every morning is a pile of their worn-through shoes . . . .

Mixed media, pastel and pencil, The 12 Dancing Princesses
Mixed media, pastel chalk and pencil, The 12 Dancing Sneaky Princesses
Pencil sketch

Pencil sketch of One Dancing Princess – won’t show her face

because she’s sneaky

Want to read the story?  Click HERE

 

 

 

 

The Roving Typist

15 Aug

Ingenuity has no bounds!  This brought a smile to my heart!

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/86963435″>The Roving Typist</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/mark”>Mark</a&gt; on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

A film by filmmaker, Mark Cersosimo)

http://rovingtypist.com/

How to Live Life with Your Head in the Clouds

14 Aug

I’d forgotten how I’d lay on a blanket on the front lawn when I was a child finding images in the passing clouds . . . until I saw this:

You don’t need to plan an exotic trip to find creative inspiration. Just look up, says Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As he shares charming photos of nature’s finest aerial architecture, Pretor-Pinney calls for us all to take a step off the digital treadmill, lie back and admire the beauty in the sky above.”

Cloud Appreciation Society

 

 

Sneek a Peek into my sketchbook – Elephant’s have their day

12 Aug

Elephants have always been one of my most favorite animals in THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD.   I follow the blog Sunshine & Chaos and todays post is about World Elephant Day, August 12th!  

Click HERE and read Maureen’s really  informative post about elephants and World Elephant Day 

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For years and YEARS now I’ve been collaborating with Ramesh Sood on the unlikely tale of  Elephant & Ant.  (would love to publish but have not been able to figure out how!) Above are a few of  my preliminary sketches for the heart-throb male “lead”.

Elephant & Ant preview posts:

http://judithwesterfield.com/2012/01/07/elephant-ant-will-the-real-eleph-please-stand-up/

http://judithwesterfield.com/2012/08/05/elephant-ant/

and Ramesh’s blog:  A Little More Than Ordinary

 

Sneek a Peek – Let Sleeping Birds Lie

11 Aug

Irritated Birds . . .

sleep on fiber fill

not to insult fellow birds

down pillows offend

*       *        *

Cable network down

irritated bird snores

Network TV bores

Mixed Medium, Irritatingly Irritated Bird

Mixed Media, Irritating Irritated Bird

 

just can’t cut it out

got nothing better to do

What more can I say?

I'm not lisssssssstening . . .

I’m not lisssssssstening . . 

Haiku Horizons - prompt CUT

Haiku Horizons – prompt CUT

Sneek a Peek – Irritating Irritated Birds in the Drink

10 Aug

Who Nu Haiku

Much too much to drink

Irritated birds can’t fly

water – logged” will sink

Mixed media - Irritated Birds
Mixed media – Irritated Birds
"There she goes . . .again"

Bob the Blobfish sez: “There she goes . . .again”

Sneek Peek at Summer Camp – “Irritated Birds”

9 Aug

Serendipity is a wondrous thing - Art Camp bird lesson “Put a Beak on It!”  and Ramesh Sood’s haiku were meant for each other!

Irritated Birds Haiku

by Ramesh Sood – A Little More Than Ordinary

Ah, rain and sun and 

 rain and sun and rain and sun;

irritated birds . . . 

Scraps of paper

Start with scraps of paper

 Irritated birds; 

winds fail to pick up songs when 

passing through the trees

Put a Beak on It!Put a Beak on It!

I was asked about the birdies personalities by one of the Carla Campers.  Here’s my reply:  The birdies are very different – left to right: Morley’s emotions boomer-rang all over the place, Humphrey likes to be babied even tho he’s “older than Methuselah”, and Methuselah is very stodgy and smokes cigars. (the two babies were just born and haven’t developed any personality . . . or bad habits . . . yet . . .)

 

 

 

 

Sneek a Peek at Summer Art Camp Critter

8 Aug

Me and my paint brush just weren’t getting along so I turned my affection toward my oil pastels (I think the paint was secretly relieved).  So here’s my possibly, probably final version . . . I think . . . of my “Splish-Splash-Painting-Drawing-Thingey-Critter.

If you want to see what the steps were to this point click here:http://judithwesterfield.com/2014/08/07/sneak-a-peek-at-summer-art-camp/

Paint & I decided to part ways at this point

Paint & I decided to part ways at this point

Reunited with oil pastels
Splish-Splash-Dab ‘n Draw Critter Thingey

THE END . . . probably

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Sneak a Peek at Summer Art Camp

7 Aug

Haven’t had time  . . .  or energy to do much of anything lately.  Here’s a peek at one of the only assignments I’ve started.  It’s not finished but thought I’d share some of the process:

Take a canvas – smear paint on it, squirt it with water, let the paint drip, put stencils on it, smush paint it around somemore, find something that resembles something and do whatever you want to bring it out. .

#1 = old unfinished painting

#1 = old unfinished painting

#2 Covered old painting with splashes of paint and water

#2 Covered old painting with splashes of paint and water

#3 - added stencils

#3 – added stencils

#4 - outlined discovered image

#4 – outlined discovered image

#5 - white-washed background

#5 – white-washed background

  . . .  to be continued . . . at

http://judithwesterfield.com/2014/08/08/sneek-a-peek-at-summer-art-camp-critter/ 

Summer Art Camp plus crabby haiku

29 Jul

Instead of buying candy I been saving my allowance for Summer Camp - Carla Sonheim’s Summer Art Camp.  As you might have guessed by now I LOVE Carla, her classes and emphasis on having fun with art.  The first camp assignment is drawing 3 crabs (better than 12 princes!) with non-dominant hand and then a water-color of sea shells (to come).

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Crabby judy!

Deep Fried Crab Haiku

Used to be hard-shelled

Age has marinated me

Now I’m a softy*

 

*Soft-shell crab is a culinary term for crabs which have recently molted their old exoskeleton and are still soft.[1] This means that almost the entire animal can be eaten, rather than having to shell the animal to reach the meat.[2] The exceptions are the mouthparts, the gills and the abdomen, which must be discarded.[3] The remaining, edible part of the crab is typically deep fried.[2] Wikipedia

 

Non-dominant hand, pen

Unhappy Crabs, Non-dominant hand, pen

 

Hooked on Haiku – CLEARly Showing Men How It’s Done

28 Jul

Never been so clear

a new world order is here

bitter, painful birth

judy journal page

judy journal page

You decide: A political post?  a psychological post?  A sociological post? A  post about the sexes? . . 

 Merkel Shows Men How It’s Done

“Would women be better than men at running the world? There’s a case to be made on the example of Angela Merkel, currently the longest-serving — and most popular — leader of a Group of Seven country.”

With an approval rating of 71 percent, far beyond what the leaders of other big industrialized nations could hope for, Merkel shouldn’t need any further justification to stay in power. She has, however, an unexpected one: “I have, at least so far, incredible curiosity.” It’s not just about highbrow lectures. Merkel is the rare politician who listens rather than talks, which is one reason her public pronouncements are famously bland and repetitive. One sometimes gets the impression that Russian President Vladimir Putin calls her so often (he did it yesterday, too) because he finds the sessions therapeutic.

Thanks Sandy W!!!!

Read the entire article: http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-07-18/merkel-shows-men-how-it-s-done

Haiku Horizons - prompt CLEAR

Haiku Horizons – prompt CLEAR

Making the Invisible Visible

27 Jul

YOU HAVE TO WATCH THIS!

 “Mysteries of the Unseen World, is aNational Geographic 3D Imax that journeys into invisible worlds that are too slow, too fast, too small and too vast for the human eye to see.”

“We live in a world of unseeable beauty, so subtle and delicate that it is imperceptible to the human eye. To bring this invisible world to light, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg bends the boundaries of time and space with high-speed cameras, time lapses and microscopes. At TED2014, he shares highlights from his latest project, a 3D film titled “Mysteries of the Unseen World,” which slows down, speeds up, and magnifies the astonishing wonders of nature.”

“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky” 

Buddha

 

A “Don’t quote me” Haiku

26 Jul

Enough said . . .

unnamed

*    *    *

 Renouncing reason

 not very reasonable

It’s just logical

 

 

Year of the Fairy Tale – It’s GRIMM

25 Jul

Our new fairy tale is The Twelve Brothers by The Brothers Grimm.  The Brothers GRIMM live up to their name.  I DO NOT LIKE this fairy tale – BAAAAD king wanting to kill his own kind,  evil x 12.  We are supposed to read it 3 times.  (Thank goodness 3 and not 12!).

I know, I know . . .  all fairy tales have curses and evil and such but for some reason this one unsettled me even though it has the proverbial happy ending. Maybe there are tooooooo many brothers . . . Maybe it is tooooooo parallel to the murdering of “own kind”  all over the world . . .Maybe I’m getting verrrrrrrrrrrrrrrry sensitive in my “old age” . . . just maybe . . .

Even the drawing part is overwhelming to me since there are 12 prince brothers to draw.

(This “posing prince” is Carla Sonheim’s son Wes!)

Fast 2 minute sketches

 6 of 24 two-minutes STANDING sketches

Our first drawing assignment is 24 quick sketches of PRINCELY POSES, courtesy of Wes. 

4 more out of 24 (two minute sketches)

4 more out of 24 two-minute SITTING sketches

A look into my sketch book

24 Jul

The Year of the Fairy Tale has been on “vacation” for a couple of months now.  It is hard for me to keep creating without an outside “container” or “reason”.  The other day  I decided to break that pattern and just DO IT on my own. (knowing that The Year of the Fairy Tale was about to start again!)

 I have always been fascinated by figure drawing, probably because I’m fascinated by people.  This pencil sketch was done fairly quickly as I was trying to capture the essence of the figure – rather than realism.  (Also, it’s easier to sketch essence!) Here’s what evolved from my DO IT.

Three “Muses”

Inspired by The Seven Valleys – a mystical book written by Baha’u’llah.  This Baha’i book doesn’t specifically focus on longing, pain or remorse – it’s just what evolved in my psyche.

Longing, Pain, Pencil Sketch

Longing, Pain & Remorse – Pencil Sketch

 

Hooked on Haiku – prompt DRIVE

14 Jul

Don’t drive me crrrrrrrrazy!

be gentle with my psyche

I’m already nuts.

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"There she goes . . .again"
Bob the Blobfish sez: “Here she goes . . . . . again”

Driven together -

I’m crazy, you’re crazy too

Love is always blind

 

 


JK Rowling: The fringe benefits of failure

13 Jul

 Wonderful Harvard Commencement Speech.  Listen carefully – it’s much quicker and cheaper than a Harvard education.

“As is a tale, so is life: not how long it is, but how good it is, is what matters.”

― Seneca .

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/1711302″>J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/harvard”>Harvard Magazine</a> on <a href=”https://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

Weird Wonderful World – The Elephants Knew

12 Jul
The Elephants Knew* 
. . .THE ELEPHANT’S JOURNEY TO PAY RESPECT, BUT HOW DID THEY KNOW?
Lawrence Anthony, a legend in South Africa and author of 3 books including the bestseller, The Elephant Whisperer. He bravely rescued wildlife and rehabilitated elephants all over the globe from human atrocities, including the courageous rescue of Baghdad Zoo animals during US invasion in 2003.

On March 7, 2012 Lawrence Anthony died. 

He is remembered and missed by his wife, 2 sons, 2 grandsons, and numerous elephants.

Two days after his passing, the wild elephants showed up at his home  led by two large matriarchs. Separate wild herds arrived in droves  to say goodbye to their beloved ‘man-friend’.

A total of 31 elephants had patiently walked over 112 miles  to get to his South African House.

Witnessing this spectacle, humans were obviously in awe not only because of the supreme intelligence and precise timing that these elephants sensed about Lawrence’s passing, but also because of the profound memory and emotion the beloved animals evoked in such an organized way: Walking slowly, for days, making their way in a solemn one-by-one queue from their habitat to his house. Lawrence’s wife, Francoise, was especially touched, knowing that the elephants had not been to his house prior to that day for well over 3 years! 

But yet they knew where they were going. The elephants obviously wanted to pay their deep respects, honoring their friend who’d saved their lives – so much respect that they stayed for 2 days 2 nights without eating anything. 

Then one morning, they left, making their long journey back home. 

Sharon, thank you for sending this.
* I did check this out on Snopes’ Urban Legends and it is listed as” undetermined”.  Despite my checking I LOVE elephants and know they are one of the most intelligent animals on the planet.  It’s well documented that they will mourn and bury their own.  No doubt that Lawrence Anthony was one of their own.

Hooked on Haiku – prompt PARTY

9 Jul

Life’s not a party

Our one chance to learn lesson -

How To Be Humane

 

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Haiku Horizons - prompt PARTY

Haiku Horizons – prompt PARTY

The Fruits of NO Labor

9 Jul

I’m an accidental gardener.  It’s a very inexpensive and quite a suspenseful, way to garden.

Let me explain:

I used to have a ginormous composting bin that was too hard for me to maintain.  Now, I just dig a hole in the garden dirt, throw in the compost “stuff”, cover it with dried leaves and more dirt.

VIOLA!!! All sorts of interesting, unknown, plants germinate and grow from the “compost” seeds.  Some times the accidental plants are flowers whose seeds blows in.  Sometimes the accidental plants even produce a crop.  One year I got  huge crop of bad tasting cantaloupe.

Mary, Mary, quite contrary,
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells, and cockle shells,
And kitchen refuse all in a row.

Here’s some pictures from my accidental garden for this year!

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Green pepper and accidental weeds

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Plopped a branch from a neighbors fig tree in a pot – baby fig tree!

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Accidental Flowers 

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Accidental Strawberry plant

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Cucumbers that never turn green?

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Accidental “Compost” Garden and a few plant that are still unknown

 

Birds of a feather aren’t necessarily birds

7 Jul

Believe it or not this ain’t no bird!

AreallydThis a woman in full body paint!

  • Her right side is toward you.
  • Her left leg is pointed down like a tail.
  • Her right leg is bent with her foot on top of the stump.
  • Blending into the tail, her right arm is braced on the stump.
  • Her other arm is folded over her head.
  • The bird’s eye is in the center of her forehead.
  • DO YOU SEE HER NOW?
  • Her nose is at the bottom of the right side of the white coloring.
  • The white of the bird’s head is the right side of her face.

Once you see her she’ll just jump out.

Thanks Sharon!

 

Hooked on Haiku & Love

5 Jul

July 4th

Independence Day

when hate and greed are banished

from land of plenty

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 Fireworks of mind

respect, compassion and love 

sparklers of the heart

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It’s freedom for all

when the world is lit in love

until then we pray

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My New Favorite (Polish) Saying!

2 Jul

A client and I were talking how we needlessly take on other people’s “stuff”.  She told me a Polish saying that was a great reminder to separate ourselves from others’ issues, feelings or reactions.  I’d never heard this saying (even though I’m half Polish . . .).  Does this create a brrrrrrrrrrriliant reminder, or what!?

“It’s not my circus, not my monkeys”  

Ponder on that!

Ponder on that!

nie mój cyrk, nie moje małpy

not my business
literally: not my circus, not my monkeys

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It sounds catchier in Polish.

Man’s Best Friend LimERICKs

1 Jul

LimERICK by Rick

Dogs are incredibly likeable creatures
with many commendable features.
They sniff and they lick
and rarely get sick
whether named Freddie or Duffy or Peaches.

(couldn’t find a name to rhyme with features)

Duffy, Ozzie and
Duffy, Ozzie . . .  and  . . .  Peaches?

*     *     *

LimeRick by Freddie

There once was a dog named Freddie

he sleeps a lot in his beddie

never wears clothes

checks you out with his nose

much more cuddly than any teddie

Freddie Parker Westerfield

Freddie Parker Westerfield

 

Hooked on Haiku – prompt DECLINE

29 Jun

 Growing old beckons

Decline the invitation

and you will perish

One-line drawing by judy
One-line drawing by judy

“Inspiration Porn”

28 Jun

You gotta take a few minutes to listen to this thought-provoking look at how we objectify people with disability.

Stella Young is a comedian and journalist who happens to go about her day in a wheelchair — a fact that doesn’t, she’d like to make clear, automatically turn her into a noble inspiration to all humanity. In this funny talk, Young breaks down society’s habit of turning disabled people into “inspiration porn.”’

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