Announcing We Are The World Blogfest!

Will you speak for peace? 

Social media and news in recent times has been filled with hate and negativity.
Just as you cannot fight darkness, only light lamps, hate and negativity cannot be fought. We will bring love and happiness forward, creating an oasis!

z-banner-520-x120-whiteAnnouncing We Are The World Blogfest

We Are the World Blogfest” seeks to promote positive news.
There are stories of love and light and compassion and the resilience of the human spirit. Sharing these stories increases our awareness of hope in our increasingly dark world.
You can share one you’ve read or tell one you witnessed!

Our co-hosts who will follow and assist:
Belinda WitzenhausenCarol Walsh,
Chrissie Parker, Damyanti Biswas,
Emerald BarnesEric Lahti,
Inderpreet Kaur Uppal, Lynn Hallbrooks,
Mary Giese, Michelle Wallace,
Peter NenaRoshan Radhakrishnan,
  Simon FalkSusan Scott,
Sylvia SteinSylvia McGrath,
and of course, myself!

We will link to charities supported by the co-hosts,
and you could choose to donate to some of them or
add links to local charities you support
,
so we could all chip in to a good cause if we like.

Let us flood social media with peace and love, and “In Darkness, Be Light.
The first post for We Are The World Blogfest is 31st March 2017
Hashtag
#WATWB

~~~GUIDELINES~~~

  1. The blogfest takes place the last Friday of each month.
  2. It is suggested that you keep your post to around 500 words so many can be visited.
  3. You can link to a human news story, one that shows love, humanity, and brotherhood. Something like this news, about a man who only fosters terminally ill children.  Or tell/sketch one of your own!
  4. Share news that warms the cockles of your heart. No story is too big or small!  Think of stories that show compassion, neighborliness, caring, sweetness — into the core of humanity.
  5. watw-turquoise-badge-320-x280-whitePlace the WE ARE THE WORLD Badge on your sidebar (more sizes below).
  6. Help us spread the word on social media: Tweets, Facebook shares, G+ shares using the #WATWB hashtag through the month are welcome. More Blogfest signups mean more friends, love and light for all of us.
  7. We’ll read and comment on each others’ posts, get to know each other better, and hopefully, make or renew some friendships with everyone who signs on as participants in the coming months.

Sign up in the WE ARE THE WORLD Linky List below
if you want to join us and be visited on the 31st when you post your article!
Please help spread the word via the hashtag #WATWB.

Click here to enter your link and view this Linky Tools list…

Powered by Linky Tools  (BTW I am new to Linky so if there are problems please tell me!

Extra images for you to use in your posts, below!

watw-turquoise-badge-200-blackwatw-turquoise-badge-200-whitebanner-650-x150-blackbanner-650-x150-white

To hear about classes on art journaling, follow me on Facebook!

Posted in compassion, journal, memory, prayer, writing | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sketchbook Project: Fear and Hope, Deportation

I am participating in the Sketchbook Project this year.
This year is that they have assigned topics.
You choose FEAR or HOPE.
Being a creative type I picked one but am not following it.
I am doing Fear AND Hope.
Because of what is happening in our country, because of my nightmares
(real, not metaphorically),  because of the immense grief I am feeling
when I read ANYTHING these days in the political news, I decided to take this on.
If there is anything I know as a journaler of 40 years  it is
the very best way to get through something is to
write about it, paint it, or
stand on a street corner and tell the story (which in this climate will get you arrested)…
which brings us to one of the reasons I need to write about Fear and Hope.

So I start, and see where this takes me….
Let’s see if I can get to the hope by starting with the fear….

w17-3-2-fear-and-hope-1 w17-3-2-fear-and-hope
Concurrently, I am also one of 20 hosts of a blog challenge
(to be announced in a few days)
which is the antidote to my FEAR writing/painting exercise,
and I hope you all decide to join me once a month in that… drum-roll to come.

A note about Sketchbook Project:  I wanted to join once before and
after paying my money and getting their idea of a sketchbook I returned it.
For the price I think they should give you the option of lined and unlined books
(it is called the SKETCHBOOK Project not the JOURNAL Project),
and AT LEAST paper where every dang page doesn’t bleed through.
So that is my disclaimer… BAD paper, and I was willing this time because
it is journaling and I want to be part of a national conversation.

To hear about classes on daily art journaling, follow me on Facebook!

 W16 7 16 PENTALIC BLUEPRINT PALMS 03 SQ  W16 7 16 PENTALIC BLUEPRINT PALMS 03 SQ  W16 7 16 PENTALIC BLUEPRINT PALMS 03 SQ  W16 7 16 PENTALIC BLUEPRINT PALMS 03 SQ  W16 7 16 PENTALIC BLUEPRINT PALMS 03 SQ

©D. Katie Powell.  My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back to zenkatwrites.  Art (unless stated) is also by me; please link to dkatiepowellart.

Posted in art, autobiography, courage, journal, loss, sketchbook, writing | Tagged , , | 7 Comments

Sadness and Depression

sadness-and-depression

Image | Posted on by | 10 Comments

Tom Russell

Heartsick this morning over our cruelty as a nation.
Where would we be without the ability to laugh,
and the artists who tell the stories?

Posted in compassion, courage, spirituality, storytelling | Leave a comment

Tea Bag Village Moon

w17-2-7-nost-abstract-0446
It is true that Mitchell and I both live with the knowledge of being guided by an
unseen hand.  We’ve both been “taken are of” most of our lives.
Love this Thomas Merton quote though I edited it a bit.  Here it is in its entirety:

“My Lord, I have no idea where I am going.
I do not see the road ahead of me.
I cannot know for certain where it will end.
Nor do I really know myself, and the fact that I think that I am following
your will does not mean that I am actually doing so.
But I believe that the desire to please you does in fact please you.
And I hope I have that desire in all that I am doing.
I hope that I will never do anything apart from that desire.
And I know that if I do this you will lead me by the right road,
though I may know nothing about it.
Therefore will I trust you always, though I may seem to be lost and in the shadow of death. I will not fear, for you are ever with me,
and you will never leave me to face my perils alone.” 
Thomas Merton

w17-2-7-nost-abstract-0444
Stepping off into uncharted territory, trying my hand at abstract with a bit of teabag art.

W15 10 MPR DKP STAYCATION OM SQUARE SMALL W16 8 RO ASTORIA NET LOFT2 014B SQ W16 4 14 VSW GETTY TOMB CHICAGO 12 SQ W16 8 6 PENTALIC MARIPOSA LILY 03 SQ W16 7 31 PENTALIC MINERVA'S HOLLYHOCK 03 SQ

Posted in art, buddhism, creativity, journal | Tagged | 1 Comment

Parker Palmer

w17-1-25-bi-parker-palmer-campbellParker Palmer, writer and activist, became known to me through his writings
about depression.  I  find him grounding and thought-provoking.  His thoughts on the current state we find ourselves in are most comforting:

“How do I stay engaged and whole on the shadow side of democracy? I’ve been putting that question to my soul, and the response has been unnerving. It seems I’m being called to become a “patriot,” a word I scrapped years ago when it was co-opted by the “God, Guns, Guts, and Glory” gang. But a passage about patriotism by pastor/activist William Sloane Coffin — who spoke in the voice of the soul — has me looking for ways to reclaim that word for myself:

There are three kinds of patriots, two bad, one good. The bad ones are the uncritical lovers and the loveless critics. Good patriots carry on a lover’s quarrel with their country, a reflection of God’s lover’s quarrel with the world.

What would it mean to have a “lover’s quarrel” with my country right now, animated by the fierce love my soul would affirm?”

For his answer, read on in ONBEING!

Bright Ideas multi-color journal,
Platinum Carbon pen in medium with De Atramentis Document Brown ink.

2014 9 LOJONG SUNFLOWER copy  2014 9 LOJONG SUNFLOWER copy  2014 9 LOJONG SUNFLOWER copy  2014 9 LOJONG SUNFLOWER copy  2014 9 LOJONG SUNFLOWER copy

My images/blog posts may be reposted; for this post please link to dkatiepowellart.

Posted in autobiography | Tagged , | 5 Comments

Overwhelmed… Edges of Depression

Tired, overwhelmed.  I think of the WestWing episode where the man is sitting
in the bar with Toby and he says he doesn’t mind working to care for his family,
that it is a good thing, but just a little help would make a huge difference.

Just a little help, a little relief.  For things not to quite be this hard and more,
this hopeless, at this time.  Tonglen helps, breathing in the world’s sorrows and fear, sending out a breath of hope, what I sometimes don’t have any of because it is all so overwhelming.  I have a bit of comfort knowing that others feel the same.

Be kind.  If you have nothing but vitriol coming out today then turn and walk away.
People are feeling this way all over….

w17-1-20-nost-inauguration-02Above, all the anger and fear written over and over in a line then brushed with water…

KWZ Foggy Green ink in a Metropolitan pen, and pencil.

W14 5 5 MOON PHASES NEW copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES CRESCENT copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES 1ST QUARTER copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES FULL copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES 3D QUARTER copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES WANING CRESCENT copy W14 5 5 MOON PHASES NEW copy

©D. Katie Powell.  My images/blog posts may be reposted; please link back to zenkatwrites.  Art (unless stated) is also by me; please link to dkatiepowellart.

Posted in autobiography, bodymind, courage, prayer, stress, tonglen | 8 Comments