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Skyland, the magic that inspires

I created this video; Skyland last summer. It captures the magic I feel living on the Chesapeake Bay, sharing sky and water with my fellow creatures. It is a goal to include more videos on my blog, as I am fortunate to have lots of beauty to inspire me. 

Hurrah it worked!

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Trumpzine Pre Press SALE on book out early May

Ever since January 20 I have been creating a compelling diary of the new Trump Administration in comics, quotes and commentary.  The Trumpzine . 100 dayshistory in a tasty gummy pill

Trust me-Humor helps…

This truth is so much stranger than fiction. Available early May!

A 6”x6” chunky softcover book with 200 pages of wtf happened. Call  410.546.1534 . cell 410.603.0531   or place your order before April 15. LINK below

https://www.danasimson.com/product/1-trumpzine-100-days-history-in-a-tasty-gummy-pill/

SEE  the SAMPLE weekly flip book on issuu:

Week 7

http://issuu.com/dbird7/docs/trumpzineweek_7_issuu

Bans are blocked, healthcare gets unhealthy, trump is still bugged, 

& a skinny budget is served up with the Devil in the details.


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artsmart . Imagination Exercise 2

How to strip away gray noise and hear single notes.

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Imagination rises in a symphonic wake of what you have passed through on your individual journey. The flow of imagery and general quality of the “Life in your day” is lifted and made more vibrant when you pay attention to the larger world. These notes, while making your day spark like chili flakes in a zippy curry are efficiently filed in your massive library of recollection neighboring nose and ears.

Imagination is deeply hooked into all our senses.  That is why we each react to things uniquely. Reaction and ideas are tempered by volumes of what we remember and feel. Imagination is not just about pretty pictures and new notions. It is a lifestyle choice of being aware, noticing and  appreciating. But one step at a time.

This week quiet yourself and listen.

Notice the music of a ceiling fan oscillating.

The slap of a car door shutting.

The tinkle of silverware jostled when you pull out a spoon.

Wings over water. A sink draining. Someone walking briskly down the hall.

If you want to sit down with yourself and study; start a work book/journal and write down sounds that delight you followed by what images they bring to mind. Do likewise with sounds that grind at you or cause discomfort. The strongest gift of imagination is empathy; slipping into another’s story and  listening so deeply you may grow to understand what escaped you before. Little steps forward in a big world.


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