Thursday, July 28, 2016

Julia Feltham - A Creative Change Maker

Julia Feltham - Creative Change Maker

" Shop local" is a frequently heard statement. I think the same should apply to local artists. We don't always have to search outside of our geographical location to find talent that we might think is some how bigger and better, because it's 'come from away', as is also an often heard statement in the Maritimes. There are so many movers and shakers with a plethora great talent, and it can be found right under our noses.

A few years back I was invited to a story telling night in Sackville New Brunswick as part of what is called Baked Ham, to be a participant. It was really fun and exciting to be part of this very talented and interesting group. I was particularly taken with one young woman. When I try finding the adjectives to describe her, vibrant, vivacious and full of life and talent, these come to mind.

But you can see this for yourself on her site. She is a storyteller and so much more. I'm certain you will agree, she is also someone you'll not forget because she has an infectious enthusiasm that inspires and lifts the spirit.

I am talking about a beautiful young woman inside and out, Julia Feltham. She is a creative change maker.
This is my second blog post I have written about Julia, because I want to world to know just how special she is, at least I certainly think so.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Ursula Franklin - A Celebration

Ursula Franklin

"Peace is not the absence of war—peace is the absence of fear, and the presence of justice."
– Ursula Franklin in The Ursula Franklin Reader.

I would be remiss if I didn't mark the passing of this great woman Ursula Franklin, who truly understood peace and justice.

Last night I listened to a beautiful tribute on CBC Ideas, to this brilliant, feminist, humble and kind peace maker. 

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Why Are My Blogs More Popular In Russia Than In Canada?

I'm not really up on all that there is to understand about algorithms, but I do continue to try and educate myself about having an online business presence. I do think once you can figure out some basic logistics about how to get visitors to your site, the main input comes from having good content that engages your viewers.

That just my opinion. I may be way out in left field. It is however a real mystery to me how I manage to get these kinds of stats as of late that I've listed below.

I've especially noted the difference in numbers between Russia and Canada.

And so I don't know the answer to my posed question it's a mystery to me, but I do thank you Russia with love from Canada! It tops the list! If someone out there could shed some kind of light on this mystery, I would be very grateful for the information.

These are the statistics I've had recently over the past month on my blog Catherine Meyers Artist.

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These are the statistics I've had recently over this past month on my blog  Apple River Tarot Readings 

Apple River Tarot Readings                                   
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Friday, July 22, 2016

Conversation VS Connection


I don't have a cell phone. Oh I had one many years ago that I used for a very short period of time when I also thought I had more money than brains. Cells phones can be a extremely helpful in emergency situations. Only to this extent do I see them as being an absolute necessity. Mostly I find them to be an addictive, an unproductive distraction, undermining relationships and creativity.

We may be more connected but we seem to have lost the desire, interest and even the ability to engage in conversation. This situation has really come about in a short period of time.

Sherry Turkle's book Reclaiming Conversation carries a message we all need to hear and pay attention too. She might be a visionary, simply a very insightful and intelligent woman or perhaps both, from whom we have much to learn if we can take our attention away from our phones and devices long enough to listen to what she is has to say.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

10 Quotes From Ken Robinson That Motivate and Inspire Creative Thinking

Learning is a creative activity, at least it certainly needs to be, if we are going to effectively learn. Being taught creatively  increases our curiosity, our creativity and our ability to achieve through the power of our imagination.

Sir Ken Robinson motivates and inspires me creatively, and to share his important message, being an educator and an artist myself. We are in the midst of a creativity crisis. His message and mission “to transform the culture of education and organizations with a richer conception of human creativity and intelligence” gives me hope for a more creative world in the future.

In my opinion not enough people are aware of his work, particularly in Canada, and his call for a transformation and a paradigm shift that is needed within the educational system on all levels.

The following quotes are a small glimpse into his way of thinking.

1.Curiosity is the engine of achievement. ” 

2. "Imagination is the source of every form of human achievement. And it's the one thing that I believe we are systematically jeopardizing in the way we educate our children and ourselves."

3. "Creativity now is as important as literacy, and we should treat it with the same status."

4. "Human beings are naturally different and diverse.
 childhood. ”

5. " A real education has to give equal weight to the arts, the humanities, to physical education. ”

6.“ Kids prosper best with a broad curriculum that celebrates their various talents, not just a small range of them. ”

7. “ The arts aren’t just important because they improve math scores. They’re important because they speak to parts of children’s being which are otherwise untouched. ”

8.“ In place of curiosity, what we have is a culture of compliance. 

9. “ Our children and teachers are encouraged to follow routine algorithms rather than to excite that power of imagination and curiosity."

10  "Creativity is the process of having original ideas that have value."

Sir Ken Robinson is what I would call a real change agent.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Why the Lack of Sleep Affects Creativity One Night At a Time

One of the best things for me about being so called semi-retired is it gives me time to sleep. You might think it would that I now have more time to paint and be creative. That's true too but only because I can now get more sleep. What I mean is, I can now get a healthy amount of sleep.

Ironically now in my 63rd year, my need for sleep has lessened. I'm awake by 5:30 a.m every morning! It doesn't mean I get up then, because, I don't have too and I usually can catch a few more snoraphonics before I get vertical for the day!

If I need to take a nap in the afternoon I do, but sadly that habit seems to have more or less left me, along with my ability to sleep in like the lazy teenager I once was.

 When I was working for many years and then in 2009 while attending University full time for three years, I was usually very sleep deprived. This is the way it was, a good portion of my life. It's the way it is for most people.

I never saw my lack of sleep as a badge of honour, like some perceive it to be. My lack of sleep was in no way a reflection of my working harder. Nope, not all all. It simply left me with less mental, physical and emotional energy, and I day dreamed a lot about getting sleep. Mostly I could never get enough deep sleep. My creative life suffered.

When I worked traveling two hours one way, from where I lived I sometimes I had to sleep in my truck or had to get up at 4 in the morning and didn't get home until 7p.m. when I was attending school, an hour and twenty minutes away from home.

 On one occasion coming back from work after working three twelve hour shifts I was so tired, I'd had a black out driving, because I'd fallen asleep at the wheel and got stopped by an R.C.M.P. Becuase I was weaving all over the road, he thought I'd been drinking. I assured him I didn't drink, as I am a recovering alcoholic. I told him I had just finished working three twelve hours shifts and that I was exhausted. Fortunately he let me off with only a warning.

Getting behind the wheel when you're sleep deprived can be just as dangerous as drinking and driving. This experience scared the livin' bejesus out of me, and I knew something had to change, and so it did. I quit my job and got another one. This time it involved working mid-nights, which is pretty darn gruesome, especially for women because you get even less sleep. Most women don't adjust well to midnight shifts. The plus side was no longer having to commute back and forth long distances to work.

Studying Fine Art in 2009 in a creative environment helped immensely. I was doing what I loved, making art full time. However I still had academic courses and assignments to complete. If I'd had more sleep, no doubt about it, I would have been better prepared, being able to think with greater clarity, improved my marks  and especially increased my creative output.

 I would have enjoyed the overall experience much more as well, because I would have been functioning at 100% optimal health instead of about 65-70 percent most of the time, mostly going through the motions, often simply trying to get through my sleep deprived day.

In her book The Sleep Revolution Arianna Huffington succinctly and poignantly expresses why sleep is so essential and a great performance enhancer all based on scientific research.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Warning Yiddish Pornography

Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion

This post wasn't what I'd intended to blog about, until I listened to Q this morning. I thought, yep we all sure could use a laugh after all the serious goings on throughout the world, and Trump's absolute trash talk in the news, which I am beyond sick of constantly hearing and seeing online. And so today, I've turned to these very funny guys that I just have fallen in love with, Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion who have a brilliantly funny webcast,

I've always had a great fascination with Yiddish since I was a teenager. I wished I could speak it fluently like these two Schlemiels.This is partly due to the fact that my family ancestry comes from the old country and because I have a Jewish Germanic name. No one I know of in my family spoke Yiddish, but that doesn't mean they didn't. In all likelihood they did, I just don't have a lot of family history, as my great grandfather Meyer(s) was orphaned and I never knew him nor my grandfather.

Yiddish resonates with me, as I believe it does for many folks because it's so expressive and is a combination of a number of languages. Many of our words used in North America are Yiddish. Some of my favourites have to be Fartz, Shmuck, Kosher, Shmooz, and Tuchis.

Yiddish, literally means "Jewish", and is the language of the Ashkenazic Jews and a German-derived dialect, merging the sacred language of prayer, Aramaic, the ancient Near Eastern language of Talmud, and the languages of the Rhineland into a new dialect.

Every culture that was encountered by the Ashkenazic Jews, especially Slavic, was merged creating an expressive, poetic, and humourous language of Modern Yiddish-the mamaloshen, or mother tongue. Yiddishkeit is Jewishness, but usually means the totality of the Jewish heritage that is loved and passed on from generation to generation.

You can find these two mentshes here at YidLife Crisis and the Q featuring them is here.