Wait…What? You mean the world really is in trouble?

Imagine what an alien species would think of a race that wastes it’s 2nd most precious resource for no actual viable purpose.   We do so many things without question. So many of us chose to remain willfully ignorant,  we think : someone else will take care of the big issues.  We think that we can do what ever we want, and not worry about to consequences because there are people in charge of making sure the planet does not blow up… Is that what you think?  you are wrong, we the people will decide the fate of this planet.  The governments and the corporations could care less.
So open your eyes… I know they have been closed for a while and you did not even realize it…OH SHIT!  Yeah, the world has become a fucking scary place.  No No No, don’t run and bury your head in the sand, that won’t make it go away.  It is up to each of us the fix our home.  We can all do just 1 simple thing and there are lots of choices for that 1 simple thing.  There are so many ways to reduce the depth of your footprint,  you don’t have to give up your truck for a bicycle (although you could convert it to run on corn oil).  If  everyone would just make 1 (YES 1)  environmentally friendly change in their household we could start reversing the damage that has been done to this planet.

Don’t care?  you should… If you keep damaging something, anything, eventually it will break.  Current science predictions show an Extinction Level Event by the year 2070.  This event will be man made…If we keep on the path we are on now,  we can stop it, it’s still not to late.   Do you have kids?  2070 might not matter to you,  but it will matter to them, and it will matter to their kids even more.

Do you think about what happens when you turn on your car?  when you turn on a light?  Well when enough people do it, all the time, non stop, year after year what happens is a long complicated and drawn out series of events that creates problems. Because we do not stop and change our wasteful habits these problems need solutions. So those people who are in charge of figuring out how to give us ( the general public ) what we want, end up coming up with the most cost effective solutions they can.  These are often bad solutions like Fracking and Drilling. Now I am no fan of big government or corporate America.  But to blame anyone other then our selves for these problems is irresponsible, to expect others to fix the problem for you is negligent and lazy.

 

Lets say we live in a world of inexhaustible fuel and resources (which we clearly do not) In such a world what are the effects of the simple above mentioned action of turning on a light switch. Well, On your end alone, just turning on 1 light switch causes a very very very small amount of green house gas to be released into the atmosphere – the light itself is not the culprit, but the energy it cost to turn that light on.  The problem with this?  Well it comes down to natural light from our sun. Light from the sun that normally reflects off of the ocean and back into space gets trapped in the upper atmosphere because of these clouds of green house gasses. So the light from the sun just reflects back down again (even been in a hall of mirrors?)  As this continues to happen earth continues to heat. I could go on and on, but if you do not understand what the green house effect really is (even though we have been hearing about it since the 1970’s),  there are a lot of people that can explain it in much more depth and clarity than myself.  All the information is right here on the World Wide Web.  (Yep there is more stuff here than cheap entertainment.)  Essentially we are cooking ourselves, the earth can’t fix this, the earth does not have a system in place to deal with this while keeping the climate stable. The government can’t fix this.  Someone smarter than you can’t fix this, people paid to fix this – CAN’T FIX THIS!  Only we the collective human species can fix this.

My solution is not to turn out all the lights and live in the dark, it is not to stop driving to work, I acknowledge the energy I am using right now to operate this computer is releasing green house gasses into the environment through a series of events that ultimately add up to the way the power company provides power to my home.

 

Seems overwhelming doesn’t it?  Seems like Doom is coming and there is just no way to avoid it right? Well nothing could be further from the truth.  If everyone just made 1 minor change, things would start to come back into balance.  We can burn coal, we can burn fuel, and we can do it in a safe amount for the environment.  The problem is we are way way way past the safe bar right now.

 

 

Lets start with something simple, and fun, that will actually save you money, and increase your own happiness while at the same time help out the earth. This picture is a perfect example of someone living in a Suburban bedroom community that is making a difference…These people know “Lawns are dumb” and are doing something positive with their front yard.

LAWNS! 30 gallons of water per day is what the yearly average amount of water is used to keep your grass green.

If you Plant a garden, you will use less water to water it than you would grass,  You will have more Water retention, you will attract bees and butterflies, and birds (without which human numbers would start to drop very quickly). You will reduce the need for over farming and the destruction of top soil. You will be eating healthy fruits and veggies and not ones covered in poison. You will save 100s of dollars every month on produce.  Did I mentioned Gardens are great therapy? Plants also help to filter the air, hey who doesn’t want cleaner air?  If you are one of the few people who uses their lawn for recreation,  chances are there is a nice park not far from your house, you can walk to it and get some exercise, at a park you can meet new people, and have some time away from the house with your family.

I am not seeing a downside yet…

Plants and trees also create Oxygen (our first most precious resource)

Or….

You can have a green grass lawn…..

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So maybe you do not want to garden, or it is to much “Work” or… Or … OR…. whatever.  Keep your green lawn, there are hundreds of other things you can do at your home everyday to help save this planet.  Here is a list.  http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-science/save-earth-top-ten.htm

Most likely aliens have already visited us, and what did they find?  ” No INTELLIGENT Life to be found”

Live long and prosper  \\ //

 

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Who is the Half Hearted Girl?

The Half Hearted Girl

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I want to tell you all about an amazing project I have been fortunate to observe from conception to  completion, It has been so much fun for me  to be behind the scenes and watch this all come together.

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The Half Hearted Girl ( 2 words not hyphenated) is a black and white fully illustrated book. The story, writing style, and art are relevant to people of all ages, however I think the target audience is probably around 11-20 years of age.   I wish it was easier for me to classify this book, but it simply stands alone. I want to be clear that this book is by no means some Obscure novelty book. With a page count of just under 100 and with so many illustrations it is hard to classify by modern literary classifications.  I think of it more like a modern fairy tale. This is a book you would have seen in books stores 70 years ago.  It is similar to some of the works of Hans Christian Andersen as far as word count and art. I call it a modern fairy tale because their is no physical antagonist in this story. The challenge our Protagonist has to face is that of an internal nature.

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The main theme of this story is about love and soul mates and how meeting another person can sometimes help us become a more complete person ourselves. The story follows the life of The Half Hearted Girl and her quest to seek out wholehearted things.  When one day she discovers something special.  ( I do not wish to be more detailed about her discovery for Spoiler reasons) This discovery sends her off on an adventure.  The author now tells a  parallel story of The Half Soul Boy. Who one day also discovers something that leads him off on an adventure of his own.   Layered inside of the main story line is a  coming of age tale with some very significant and meaningful  insights about life, the emptiness we all feel inside at times, and the great mortal coil . There is a real  longing so many of us feel to try something new, to meet someone new, to go someplace new, and to find out what is over the horizon.  We often think that somehow we will find what ever it is we are missing if we just keep looking, but somehow  it’s always just one more step away.

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We choose the path that leads to the right, and after we have been on it for a while we think we should have gone left instead. So we go back and go left, and after being on the left path for a while we think we should have probably stayed on the right path all along.  Often times as humans be do not appreciate who and what we have around us, and how amazing our lives are until we seek out the unknown. What do most of us find out there beyond the rim of the world?  Well, some of us do find our Soul Mates,  but we also find  the answer to our own unique question, the same question that set us on our journey to begin with.  The answer more often than not is that all we need, all we love, and all that matters was always there all along we just needed to see the world and to gain knowledge; we just needed to meet new people to gain experiences, so that through comparison we can see who we are, where we come from, and what matters most to each of us.

Adventure-Book

We often get restless and start feeling trapped. This is something a lot of us deal with all of our lives. Perhaps we feel like the daily routine is like  living with half of a heart or half,  of half of a soul.    Sometimes we just have to get far enough away from those things, those people, and those places  and to realize there is nothing out there in the unknown that we will find under some rock that will somehow complete our lives and make everything perfect. Even when we find the one thing we seek it always comes with a choice.  After all isn’t life often about giving up something you want, for something you want more?

That is my own interpretation of the story,  I do feel the author may have had a more literal meaning in mind,  but that is one of the wonderful things about every story I have read from Sandra Harvey.  Ultimately it is for you to decide.

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Do not miss out on this incredibly wonderful and life changing story, with amazing illustrations by Calum Jones.

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Who is the Half Hearted Girl?

The Half Hearted Girl

hhg

 

I want to tell you all about an amazing project I have been fortunate to observe from conception to  completion, It has been so much fun for me  to be behind the scenes and watch this all come together.

doorhalf

 

The Half Hearted Girl ( 2 words not hyphenated) is a black and white fully illustrated book. The story, writing style, and art are relevant to people of all ages, however I think the target audience is probably around 11-20 years of age.   I wish it was easier for my to classify this book, but it simply stands alone.  It is by no means some Obscure novelty book. With a page count of just under 100 and with so many illustrations it is hard to classify by modern literary classifications.  I think of it more like a modern fairy tale. This is a book you would have seen published in books stores 70 years ago.  It is Similar to some of the works of Hans Christian Andersen as far as word count and art. I call it a modern fairy tale because their is no physical antagonist in this story. The challenge our Protagonist has to face is that of an internal nature.

QUESTIONS

The main theme of this story is about love and soul mates and how meeting another person can sometimes help us become a more complete person ourselves. The story follows the life of The Half Hearted Girl and her quest to seek out wholehearted things.  When one day she discovers something special.  ( I do not wish to be more detailed about her discovery for Spoiler reasons) This discovery sends her off on an adventure.  A parallel story of The Half Soul Boy is told and of course one day The Half Soul Boy discovers something that leads him off on an adventure of his own.   Layered inside of the main story line is a  coming of age tale with some very significant and meaningful  insights about life, and the great mortal coil.  The emptiness we all feel inside at times. The longing so many of us feel to try something new, to go someplace new, and to find out what is over the horizon.  We often think that somehow we will find what ever it is we are missing,  but it’s always just one more step away. 

signtop400dpi

We choose the path that leads to the right, and after we have been on it for a while we think we should have gone left instead. So we go back and go left, and after being on the left path for a while we think we should have probably stayed on the right path all along.  Often times as humans be do not appreciate what we have around us, and how amazing our lives are until we seek out the unknown. What do most of us find out there beyond the rim of the world?  Well, some of us do find our Soul Mates,  but we also find  the answer to our own unique question, the same question that set us on our journey to begin with.  The answer more often than not is that all we need, all we love, and all that matters was always there all along we just needed to see the world and to gain knowledge; we just needed to meet new people to gain experiences, so that through comparison we can see who we are, where we come from, and what matters most to each of us. 

Adventure-Book

Often humans get restless and start feeling trapped. Perhaps like we are living with half of a heart or half of a soul.    We just have to get far enough away from those things, those people, and those places  and to realize there is nothing out there in the unknown that somehow makes our lives perfect, because even when we find the one thing we seek it always comes with a choice.  After all isn’t life often about giving up something you want, for something you want more?

That is my own interpretation of the story,  I do feel the author may have had a more literal meaning in mind,  but that is one of the wonderful things about every story I have read from Sandra Harvey.  Ultimately it is for you to decide. 

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Do not miss out on this incredibly story, with simply amazing illustrations. 

available on amazon 1

 

 

 

 

Where is God in all of this?

No matter what God you believe in , if you do believe in a God than you probably believe that God created humans. I am 100 percent sure, your God does not want you killing his creations for any reason, and especially not in his name. To Murder another human is the ultimate rejection of God, and to murder a child will earn you a trip to what ever version of Hell you believe in. An interesting fact is if you look at the global peace index, nations that have a higher percentage of people who follow Christian and Islamic Beliefs are the least peaceful and most war-like, while countries that have a higher percentage of Agnostic and Atheists are the most peaceful. And while I have noticed that MOST Atheists certainly are not quite about the fact that they think anyone who believes in God is a moron. I do not think I have ever seen a bombing or shooting of a doctor in the name of atheism. I also do not see atheists trying to dictate the lives of gay people because of things they believe in a book. And just in case anyone is wondering. I am NOT an Atheist, I try and just look for truth, and all I want for this planet is acceptance, and peace. Is that to much to ask after thousands of years of killing each other?

If you must pick a side please, pick the side of peace.

It does not matter who you think is right or who you think is wrong. There is no good or right side in a war. There is no good enough reason to ever kill another human being, and certainly never a reason to kill children, or to classify the death of Innocent civilians as “Acceptable casualties.” The media tells you what they want you to believe, the Media is a weapon of mass distraction that is controlled by the stock market. Humans are not inherently evil, People do not instinctively want to kill other people. Soldiers on both sides of any conflict are brainwashed and fed propaganda. Years after a war is over if you ask any soldier on either side of the war they fought in if they feel like they did the right thing, 99 out of 100 of them will say NO. Armies are controlled by governments, and governments (just like your favorite news station) are controlled by the stock market.

The only side worth taking in any war is the side of peace. Scary to think in a world made up of billions of humans, only about 1,000 have any real power, and these people are essentially the only truly evil that exists on this planet, they just turn others to their cause with power and manipulation , so they can get even richer, these people have no regard for any human life other than their own.

I am not stupid enough to believe every single person that is not part of the people in control are angels, But honestly I think most people really have good hearts. I also think there are a lot of reasons why people go bad, the invisible class system that still exists, poverty, desperation, sexual abuse, and religious and sexual persecution all affect peoples development. It’s amazing what a person is willing to do to feed their children, or protect what little they already have. This global poverty, destruction, and desperation I do blame on those in power.

I have trouble understanding the US opinion on the Gaza / Israel war. The US news is showing the Israel / Gaza situation so 1 sided, and the American people are eating it up. John Kerry makes a huge humanitarian plea, and Americans are slandering him? Are you kidding me? After all this time people still believe what they see on the news, and what other people tell them to believe. Do your research, and form an opinion based on your own findings, do not let a new anchor give you your opinion for you.

The truth is Israel has broken UN regulations more times than Iraq did under the rule of Saddam Hussein. Israel forces military service on all their citizens, they openly admit to war crimes and torture.

Gazan children are being killed playing soccer on the beach, and the US is just watching it happen, because for some reason it’s okay for Israel to do the same things Iraq did. it just makes me sick, violence,war,death, hate. It’s so sad to see Humanity still resorting to killing children over invisible lines on the ground, Money, and religion. Now I am not saying I think we should get involved , I do not think you can fight violence with violence. But it is interesting that the US is just watching this happen. I know this post wont change anything, or make people care. And I am not taking sides in this either, but Dammit! I wish people would just stop hurting each other and live in peace. Humans are capable of so much more than this.

Exposure for my art and free drinks does not feed my children

—Update my add was deleted from Craigslist because of its content only 8 hours after it was posted,  In those 8 hours I got 2 somewhat well written non offensive responses,  1 telling telling me how Evil of a person I am, and about 5 telling me to “F-Off” I posted the 2  that I feel are appropriate for all readers in my Comments section.

8 Hours and it was deleted…yet dozen of adds asking for free art and music still exist.—  The link below no longer works but I wanted to preserve the original post so below this screenshot of the original add, is the original post I made on WordPress earlier today.

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Does this add seem ridiculous to you?   http://asheville.craigslist.org/fbh/4576234223.html  Now read it again but reverse the position and services of the 2 main parties involved in this add. Does it seem as ridiculous?

(in the event the add is deleted and the link stops functioning, I have posted a screen shot of the add on the bottom of this post)

My CL add will run for 30 days. With several other adds in different places in an attempt to raise awareness for the value of art, music, and literature. You should not have to be Dead, Katy Perry, or on the  New York Times best seller list to make a living as an artist.

Exposure for my art and free drinks does not feed my children

I will post the unedited replies to this add as they come in in the Comments section as myself, for as long as the add is active.

It is very common to see adds just like these almost anyplace in the country, and somehow people are conditioned to think this is acceptable.

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A great opportunity for artists!
We need a talented artist with Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Indesign skills.  We require a Logo for our sign and front end apparel. We also need a 4 page menu and wine list.  This is an open competition to all artists interested, we will use the best work submitted.

Compensation: Great exposure, eat for free.

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Live musicians needed

Looking for talented local band to play 15 song set list.  We will require you to perform at 8 pm and again at 11 pm.  If interested please contact me to set up an audition.

Compensation: Get exposure for your band!  Sell your CD’s before and after your performance.  Did we mention?   Free Drinks!

 

 

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All we are saying…

Is give peace a chance.

Well maybe that is the problem right there, people who want peace are by nature not going to be aggressive, you can say it all you want, but the people who need this message are not listening. The problem is you can not fight for peace, you can’t force someone to be peaceful. You can not tell someone who has been hating someone else for so many decades to stop hating them, when they are so consumed by hatred they do not even know why they started hating them in the first place. So forcing peace on the world can never happen. But that does not mean Peace can never happen, it’s just going to take courage , far more courage then it takes to hate and destroy. People are going to have to start trusting again, and stop looking at human life as a statistic on a screen in a war room.

YES! Special interests groups do control the media, and they show every country a different story, none of which are true.

Every single time we go to war, every single time we are told by the media that American has to respond to the current “Evil Nation”. That nation is being told the same thing about us or about the nation they are in conflict with. If your an average American you have a sense of pride and patriotism, you believe that we are a righteous force protecting the world and bombing the bad guys. You believe in pick up trucks, shotguns, and country music and that somehow we are gods chosen people and we are always right in everything we do. Well I am here to tell you that you are wrong! a good part of the world sees us as warmongering , self obsessed, glutenous pigs, that will go to war with anyone that disagrees with us. So you see it’s a matter of perception, of media, and of government propaganda.

It is ignorant to think that once you cross some made up line on the earth , the people that live on the other side are so different than you that the only way to deal with them is to kill them.

Does it even matter where, why, or who? Isn’t it simply a violation of Humanity itself to kill for any reason? Your God does not want you killing, and even if you do not have a God, your soul , your heart, and the very essence of humanity and the universe itself does not want you killing either.

I have believed for some time now that there are 2 difference species of human beings on this planet. There is nothing about war and violence that seems Human to me at all, there is no part of me that wants to kill, or bomb, or rape. This might seem like a very negative post, but in fact from my perspective It seems the less evolved humans make up a very minor part of the Global Human Population, yet somehow they are the ones with the power. We are all one regardless of race, sex, and religious beliefs. I know more people that think this way then do not. So why are we still killing each other over things like invisible lines drawn in the ground, oil, and what or who we chose to worship? Because a handful of primitive humans consumed by power, lust, hatred, and greed are running the world? Well it is time to take the world back and reclaim and redefine what it means to be a Human. But how do we get started?