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Or B?

(There are subtle differences, such as contrast, areas of different shading, etc.)


New ArtFire Collection!

I've been thinking about a few things regarding my art bizniss, Alternate Visions.  First off, a name change!  What do you think of "Ethereal Arts?" The ".com" is available, and it will easily encompass my crafting, vocal and acting work. :)  Plus it illustrates the mystical bent most of my work takes (light as well as dark) and doesn't just allude to visual art.   (At this point in my life, I'm okay w/it not alluding to the visual impairment.  That's part of what I am, not all of who I am. :))

Next up, I'm thinking of dropping Etsy entirely as a marketplace for my work.  ArtFire's cheaper (it asks a low monthly fee, instead of charging per listing and taking a cut from each sale), it's more complete, more customizable, and seems to be working harder to get creators' works seen.  It's still not as well-known as Etsy, but I'm hoping that that'll soon change, given all the lengths AF is going to to support their artists & promote their work. :)  Again, thoughts?

Also, because of the bus system newly operational in this area, I'm eager to get more active in the local bellydance community. (I might finally be able to get to Blacksburg classes & haflas! :D)  Inspired by the prospect, I put a little AF collection together.  :)
Whatcha think?

Lastly, things are finally starting to calm down here a bit, so I'm excited to get my house back together and back into creating more- and more often. ^_^ (Now that I know that I'm staying here for a bit, and can pull my stuff back out of boxes. ;))  -And I mean that where singing and crafting is involved. ^_^  Let me know if you want to see/hear anything specific, and.. thanks for readin'.  It's hard to express, but I really appreciate it. :)  I'll be stoppin' over to many others' journals more often now too, since I'm no longer using my computer on top of a pile of bins n' can sit at it for more than a few minutes at a time. ;)


Portland was AWESOME! ^_^

Pics Pics and More Pics! From Street Fairs to Spooky Bars! :DCollapse )
And more will be coming, as soon as I get my mom's photographs. ^_^  
If you'd like to see more, the full set is allll on Facebook. :)


A Blessing at the Table

I just read an article that featured a lovely little table blessing.  As I've always said my own freeform prayer in my head at meals and have always wanted something to share with others during communal events, I thought I'd alter yon cute little poem a bit and commemorate it here.  (To keep for my own records, and to share with others.  If you like it, then by all means, feel free to use it as you please. :)) 

Blessings on the blossoms,
Blessings on the fruits,
Blessings on the leaves and stems,
Blessings on the roots,
Blessings on the gentle lives,
That helped to make this meal,
We thank you for this bounty
As in our heart/s we kneel.  

Alt. Version:
Who helped to make this food,
We give You thanks for all Your gifts,
And bow our heads in gratitude.

(And of course "we" can be substituted for "I," just as "Your" can be switched for "God's," "Heaven's," or "Earth's," etc. :))
Hope you enjoy!

Happy Pride, Y'all! Here- Have Some Links!

 As Pride is happening all around us now and throughout the month of June, I thought I'd share a few links with folks that I just found; which might be of interest to some. :)  (Ones which I wish I'd found eeeeeons ago- as a little bi blind girl. ;))  

For many, it's hard enough to find decent disability resources- if any at all; depending on where one lives.  For many others, the same goes for GLBT-Q-related resources.  But put those two together, and most might think that finding any assistance w/pertinent issues would be a virtual impossibility.  I know I sure did- up until last night. :)  So for those who might be in a similar situation, that's why I'm sharing this with you.  If you or someone you know could use this info, pass it on! :D

For those who are blind or visually impaired and part of the GLBT-Q community, there's http://www.blind-lgbt-pride.org, a division of the ACB.
For folks with all types of disabilities in the UK and beyond, there's http://www.regard.org.uk, They offer free membership for disabled folks in the GLBT-Q community.  
Plus there's a great, GLBT-Q inclusive online magazine, full of info for people of all kinds of abilities.  It offers stuff about everything from entertainment to finding work. :)  http://www.disabilitynow.org.uk -f

Annnd that's all I have for now, but if I find more, you can bet they'll be posted here as well. :)
Hope you are all well, and Happy Pride, y'all!

"Bellydance for Every Body" Resources

Bellydance and Confidence Starters

What is bellydance?

Gothic Bellydance (Not included in the above)

"Fat Rant" Videos by Joy Nash
(Helpful for people of size as well as everyone who feels they might have issues that could be holding them back from living life to the fullest.)

1. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yUTJQIBI1oA&feature=relmfu
2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8dm5VpYGH4&feature=relmfu
3. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyQ_IKkAM9I&feature=youtu.be

Places to Shop







A Little Bit of Video:


Nisha of Las Vegas


Pavlov's Hips


Rachel and Badra Du Noir

Male Bellydancers

Online Resources for Plus-Sized Dancers

Am I Too Fat to Bellydance?

HUGE compendium of bellydance related links on Hub, by the author of "too fat" and

"disabled bellydance"

Bellydance for people with disabilities and special needs:


Bellydancing for Men and Beyond
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As a former resident of MD (and one who may potentially reside there again in the not-too-distant future), I'd like to think that if one of MD's delegates advertised belief in and support of an issue (especially to the point of fostering a particular bill), one would remain true to their words, campaigned principles & commitment to the constituents who helped support them because of said beliefs/supported policies.

I'd also like to think that if I were to return to Maryland & make it my home again, that not only could I have confidence in my elected government, but that I would be treated equally as a fully viable citizen no matter what my race, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, political leaning, hair color, age, body type, face shape, eye color, etc. may be.

Denying LGBT equal rights is like discriminating by face shape. Should two consenting adults w/round faces be able to marry? Of course they should! My point is, you're only focusing on the physical bits, but you're still dealing w/cognizant, consenting, mature and fully capable adults. Refusing LGBT/Q equal rights is like denying overweight people access to hospitals, the equality of people w/disabilities, denying people of different races/creeds/cultures/religions the ability to marry or women the ability to own property, live independently, etc.

All of this not withstanding however, you were elected because you purported to have certain beliefs. You took money from people who supported you because of said advertised beliefs. It seems a little odd that you would suddenly come to an impasse just now, no..? Please do the right thing and stand up for the beliefs you said you held and would uphold during your service to your constituents. You not only made commitments with words and obligated yourself by using other peoples' funds, you'd also simply be breaking faith. And isn't what this whole supposed quandary is about..? Have a little faith in what you originally purported to believe, Mr. Arora. Don't denigrate the system (or your personal integrity) further by betraying your constituents.


 "Mah-meee!!" a long-time-ago drawing, by Yours Truly.

Sometimes the idea that people look down on children's authors & artists scares me. As artists & writers, there's often a stigma that says you'll be taken less seriously if you "deign" to venture writing, drawing, or creating for childrens' works.  That you're less intelligent, less creative, and personally more juvenile yourself...

Then, I remember people like Shel Silverstein and Jim Henson, and think of how different, less magical, less imaginative, and more grey a world this would be w/o the likes of them. They both worked on projects for kids as well as adults, and they both made HUGE impacts on people of all ages- during the times where they were active as well as after they passed on. Because of their brilliance, their passion, their heart and their originality.. their.. sparks, they have impacted countless lives and made an imprint on inumerable psyches around the world. As an artist as well as a fan of both mens' work, I just wanted to express how grateful I am that they (and others like them) have graced this world, even for a time, w/their presence, and benefited so many lives with their amazing, incomparable Art. 'Cause to me, there is no truer or higher art than inspiring minds, impacting lives, or igniting others' spirits to climb to greater heights, and continue the message of loving and giving to others in their own time, in turn.

♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥

Why I Love The Dance

I just came across a great celebrity blog entry.  Normally I'm not into these things, but for one it happens to answer a question I've been wondering about her for the past few years.  And most importantly, for another.. well, if you've ever wondered why I'm so into bellydance, Ms. Margaret Cho illustrates the reason(s) beautifully- and very, very poignantly. :)


Baila mis amigas.  It's good for your soul. ^_^




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