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A sneak peek from the book Fractal Dreams… (you might have heard of it)… Let’s just see what today brings us, shall we…? I believe it’s time for a FridayFractalFeature on Saturday… don’t you… ?

CRONUS

CRONUS

LITTLE MAN

LITTLE MAN

SUNSET TUNNEL

SUNSET TUNNEL

THE HOLY TRAIL

THE HOLY TRAIL

GRAFITTI

GRAFFITI

You have certainly heard me complain enough about the heat, I shall spare you the details… let it just be said, September could well be my MOST favorite month of the year!

That said, I hope you all get a wonderful summer weekend out of this holiday weekend… whether it be the start of a new season, the end of a long hot one, or even just another weekend…

May these fractals take you to places you never thought you’d go, places of the mind, heart or soul. And may you enjoy your trip there and back (if back it is you must go).

Happy Summer to all!!!

love and hugs…

:)

Oh and one more thing… I’ll be taking it on the road a bit, that means next Tuesday you will find me spouting off somewhere off in another world… like the world of M3. Be sure to look for my guest post over there on Tuesday 03Sept13. If you can’t find it because my GPS is way out of tune… well just let me know and I shall be sure to update the link when it is live to my post!

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… is exactly what I had while reading KILLING US SOFTLY, by Red Dwyer. This is a powerful book with a powerful message. I encourage you to read it. However, you should know it IS intense…
and compelling…

REVIEW:
Killing Us Softly
By Red Dwyer
See this book and many others at Redmund Pro

I resisted reading this book at first. Why? For the same reasons we prefer not to discuss our wills, our pre and post death wishes. It sounds depressing. I’ve never had the experience, so I don’t need guidance. These are all the reasons a child will give, and it was the child in me speaking.
I don’t foresee this being something for which I need prepare. And I felt I would be making myself depressed and sad by reading about this woman’s experience as the spouse of a cancer victim.
But from the preface forward, I have felt nothing but enlightened and supported. It has become less important whether or not I’ll “need” this to prepare for similar such life events of my own.
I honestly don’t think I have read a more intelligent and straightforward book of any sort, in any genre. There is a peer (educated) to peer (educatable) dialogue going on between the author and the reader. And somehow, she had the strength and foresight to put into words every aspect of such a life changer as a spouse dying from cancer. I can’t imagine I would ever be able to think of all the things she has, that indeed need attention and decisions. Until I was already in the eye of the storm such an event would bring to my life and those who are a part of my life. Such a time is clearly not the best time to be rational and think critically. Even if I have read the book, I know there will be things defined or spoken of here that may not even cross my mind. So I will keep it for reference. Should the need arise.
KUSsCoverBut that mattered not, as I measured my progress through this calm, collected journey, related with the best perspectives one could hope for. There are many reasons for that. First, the author is as articulate and thorough as anyone I’ve known in discussing the ins and outs of this particular subject. She has done her research. But it’s more than that. She has the gene that calls her to share her experiences, not for the purpose of sympathy, but to teach, to guide. I have no doubt the author is an old soul, one who has witnessed far more than this woman could ever have in her lifetime now. And with that perspective and objectivity, she is a most capable educator, counselor – labels that go far beyond the role this book can have in the specific situation she writes of in “Killing Us Softly”.
Succinct and complete. There is no fluff. This is the real meat of the subject and she is telling it straight. When the author reminds us to question the medical professionals, especially when their attitude is condescending, or tired of your questions, it makes my shoulders a little straighter, I sit higher and remember how important it is to always come from my center. That place of strength that I have nurtured and fed. That I trust will keep me at my best in times of great stress or pain.
As she explains at the start, this IS so comprehensive because she had the presence of mind to document all of the issues she discusses as they happened or came to mind. I think there are very few of us with that kind of dedication, passion and purpose.
This book is intense and powerful. It is not for everyone. If you are a casual reader looking for a light read, read something else. However, if you are looking for a straight up experience being the surviving spouse of a cancer victim, I highly recommend this book. Or, perhaps if you are a student of human nature, the resilience, the struggles, everyday stuff, compounded by a very emotional situation, this book is for you. “Killing Us Softly” lifted my soul with the realization that we are stronger than we realize, but we must be smart about how we cope. This book can certainly be most helpful in that undertaking.
This book is probably best read in small bits, perhaps a chapter or two at a time. It is organized so well, that by perusing the table of contents, one can find just the situation that the reader might be struggling with now. Perhaps it is learning how to handle the medical professionals. They are knowledgeable, but they are not the ones who must make the decisions. Or perhaps it is the well-meaning relatives and friends, who also might think they know what’s best for you and your mate, child, cancer victim. When undergoing the great trauma, the emotional roller coaster of end stage, we may not be best able to make objective decisions that are best for all. So preparation is key. And knowing what to expect helps keep some of the surprise, and its relative frustration, elements to a minimum.
Finally, the author brings us back with her to her current life, a couple years removed from the raw nature of her emotions and fears and dreams she guides us through within the book. So we understand there is life after cancer. And with guidance and help, any one of us can get through to the other side, as did she.

EDIT 17Aug2013: I recently experienced a close relative involved in home hospice and realized just how much this book had prepared me for the end of life events. What an astounding book this is!

#deeplypersonal #author #intensely emotional #5StarReview

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R is for… Red
D is for… Dwyer
K is for KILLING US SOFTLY

What? It’s Friday? You mean it’s Fractal Friday? Holy C0wabunga, fractal folk, let’s get going then!

NO FLY ZONE

NO FLY ZONE

NIRVANA

NIRVANA

BARN FLOWER

BARN FLOWER

CHILDSPLAY

CHILDSPLAY

QUEENS' VALLEY

QUEENS’ VALLEY

Alrighty then… take these famous five out for a walk and see how they look during the day, at night, in the warmth of an evening lanterned deck… they won’t bite and they just might excite!!!

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#fridayfractalfeature #fractalart #fractaldreams

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THE BELLMAN CHROCICLES by Robert Hookey
Reviewed by Janet Russell
Kindle format and Paperback format available on many online sellers, including Barnes and Noble, Amazon, Half.com, Kobo, and many others online booksellers.

Reading this book felt Just like having a conversation with a friend after work… yes, a bit one sided, but Robert’s style is so friendly that with each story or anecdote, he draws me in, so I could become part of the story.

THE BELLMAN CHRONICLES

THE BELLMAN CHRONICLES

I enjoyed the story separations, which made it easy to stop and start again, reading in little spurts which is often my style.

I love the honest feelings he presented about the not so politically correct guests he had to work with. The stories were told in an easy friendly manner, engaging me in the very experiences he was undergoing!

There were lots of cliches in the book, but that’s the whole point of it. Robert wanted to show the reader that these cliche people really do exist!

And finally, Robert ended with a little of his homespun wisdom on various subjects from comic books, parenting, grocery shopping while hungry, Reality TV, and today’s hero’s for our kids to politics and human nature.

You gotta read this book! It’s warm and friendly, and funny and every point he makes will make you go “Yeah, I’ve always thought that too!”  It’s a feel good book in which we can all commiserate about the funny nature of our fellow human beings.

Thanks, Robert (he goes by The Hook on his blog You’ve Been Hooked) for a very entertaining time!

Oh, and for a Canadian, he’s all right in my eyes!

:)

You’ve Been Hooked
The Book of Terrible

UP is on the UP and UP…

           This is the only word in the English language

           that could be a noun, verb, adj, adv, prep.

UP

Read until the end… you’ll laugh.

This two-letter word in English has more meanings than any other two-letter word, and that word is “UP.” It is listed in the dictionary as an [adv], [prep], [adj], [n] or [v].

It’s easy to understand UP, meaning toward the sky or at the top of the list, but when we awaken in the morning, why do we wake UP?

At a meeting, why does a topic come UP? Why do we speak UP, and why are the officers UP for election and why is it UP to the secretary to write UP a report?  We call UP our friends, brighten UP a room, polish UP the silver, warm UP the leftovers and clean UP the kitchen. We  lock UP the house and fix UP the old car.

At other times, this little word has real special meaning. People stir UP trouble, line UP for tickets, work UP an appetite, and think UP excuses.

To be dressed is one thing but to be dressed UP is special.

And this UP is confusing: A drain must be opened UP because it is stopped UP.

We open UP a store in the morning but we close it UP at night.  We seem to be pretty mixed UP about UP!

To be knowledgeable about the proper uses of  UP, look UP the word UP in the dictionary.  In a desk-sized dictionary, it takes UP almost 1/4 of the page and can add UP to about thirty definitions.

If you are UP to it, you might try building UP a list of the many ways UP is used.  It will take UP a lot of your time, but if you don’t give UP, you may wind UP with a hundred or more.

When it threatens to rain, we say it is clouding UP.  When the sun comes out, we say it is clearing UP.  When it rains, the earth soaks it UP..  When it does not rain for awhile, things dry UP.  One could go on and on, but I’ll wrap it UP, for now. . . my time is UP!

Oh. . . one more thing: What is the first thing you do in the morning and the last thing you do at night?

U
P!

Did that one crack you UP?

Now I’ll shut UP!

:D

Thanks to my lovely friend Maria C for this fun one…

but I haven’t had any time this past week to gather some more of my lovelies, so to tide you over until I can put together a fine fractal feature, there’s this…

https://vimeo.com/fiorecartoons/syrias-royal-easel

and for your added pleasure another little gem from Mark Fiore’s library…

http://vimeo.com/fiorecartoons/cruel-and-unusual-blues

Just to let you know, this week we had a marvelous memorial service for Harley Guy, fully honored by the Patriot Guard. They led the procession to Fort Snelling, our military cemetery here and HG was interred with a full 21 gun salute. At the service before, the floor was opened for anyone who wished to share. There were many sweet stories about HG’s generous spirit, his loyalty and his lust for life. One of the most beautiful services I’ve seen. It was intimate and brought together many folks from many different lifestyles!  RIP, HG!

back soon with your regularly scheduled fractal feature…

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:)

HUGS

For a Few Fractals…

Greetings, people, one and all…

I apologize for the delay in preparing and posting this next batch of fractals… things have been a bit overwhelming, of late. I am now a person without a vehicle, with only so-so public transportation. Yes, I sold my van, as was the plan, to a very nice couple who even let me maintain possession until they had actually sold their own car, so they didn’t have to deal with two vehicles, in a one parking spot condo downtown. So that was most kind.

In other news, my dear BIL, the Harley Guy decided to quit undergoing dialysis, its benefits were no longer worth its downs, for him. He learned that he would not be allowed back on the transplant list, so he (they) made a very courageous decision. After stopping dialysis, doctors usually say a patient has 5 to 12 days left. It was, in fact, a rapid decline and he died peacefully at home about 7 – 8 days after stopping dialysis.

My sister is a very strong woman, with lots of love and support, so hopefully she will feel this to be the relief I’m sure Harley Guy did. It was only 25 – 30 years ago that she donated one of her kidneys to Harley Guy. It was a very strong kidney and it worked out quite well for him all these years. But first, she’ll need to deal with the aloneness. They’d been together for so long they were like Siamese twins. RIP Harley Guy.

To both Harley Guy and Virgo Gal, may your days and nights be full of peace and free from pain…

So, with a tune about moving on and some fractals, I dedicate this post to HG and VG! I love you.

POWER FLOWER

POWER FLOWER

FRACTURED

FRACTURED

INSOMNIA

INSOMNIA

AUTUMNI

AUTUMNI

#fractalart #fractaldreams #artbook

All of these fractals and many many more can be found at my gallery on Deviant Art

OR check out my book Fractal Dreams, sold exclusively at RedmundPro

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So, let’s have another sneak peek at some more of what you’ll find in my book Fractal Dreams. And, like El Guapo said last time, just cuz you see them once, is no reason not to look and enjoy them a second or third or fourth time…

So, for old time’s sake, today we have a little music to listen to while we browse some more of the fractals you’ll find in Fractal Dreams

one of my all time favorites…

Another (almost) #fridayfractalfeature…

BOWLING FOR ARMAGEDDON

BOWLING FOR ARMAGEDDON

WINDOW CLOCKS

WINDOW CLOCKS

THE POET

THE POET

POWER FLOWER

POWER FLOWER

CIRCLE OF WISDOM

CIRCLE OF WISDOM

QUEEN FIREFLY

QUEEN FIREFLY

HIDDEN RAINBOWS

HIDDEN RAINBOWS

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there… now doesn’t that just make you want to rush over to RP and purchase the book?!?!?! These are just a few of the more than eighty fractals you’ll find in the book!

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hope your week is proceeding along at a nice crisp pace and soon your weekend will take you away from all your stresses and woes…

:)

Just in case you are interested in the book, here is a little peek at some of the cool fractals included…

A friend told me she missed the titles when I didn’t post them, so I’ve decided to resume titling them as I post them. After all, I’m quite proud of them!

Sixth Star of Paths

Sixth Star of Paths

WEDDING FEAST

WEDDING FEAST

Tiny Dancer

Tiny Dancer

A PRIVATE PEACE

A PRIVATE PEACE

There are more than eighty images in my book Fractal Dreams… these are just a few of them. I’ll keep posting some over the next couple posts so’s you can get an idea of what the book is all about. Of course, you can buy the book exclusively at Redmund Productions along with many other great books!

These are so different, it’s hard to compare them to each other. But if you did have a favorite, I’d sure love to hear what it is and why!

Stay tuned for more sneak peeks at some images from my book, Fractal Dreams coming soon!

Thanks for allowing me to share with you these little pieces of myself!

#fractalartbyBuddhakat #digitalartbyJanetRussell #fractaldreams #redmundpro

Pathways to  Illumination by Christy Birmingham

Just released and available exclusively at Redmund Productions.

This book is a collection of honest and fresh moments in the journey of a woman starting with her having been seduced into a toxic relationship and ending with her independent, happy, extricated and enlightened

The author uses original and contemporary metaphors to take us with her on her journey to enlightenment. Like little bytes of life. Birmingham steers clear of the trite in favor of multidimensional and crisp imagery and language.

Some of the poems are strong and short, packing a powerful punch. One of my favorites is

“Moments

Moments on top of moments

Shatter

CrumblePTICover

Dance

Chase

Choose

And so we layer them like blankets

And huddle close for warmth,

While we look around for safety pins

And other ways to manage the moment.

…”

And in

“MY SHADOW

While I wrestle

Expertly woven words

Ripe and ready for picking.

…”

the author parlays masterful metaphors with awesome alliteration, both of which make you want to feel the words roll off your tongue. Good poetry delights when spoken.

I am taken by her sensual use of comfort memories (“pruning my skin” in the bath) to that very experience.

I have always been tickled by the phrase “expiry date” and enjoyed her whimsical use of it in “When Life Entered Me”.

Overall, I found this to be a very pleasant read on a soft spring afternoon. I was rooting for the protagonist from the very start. By the end, I found myself smiling bigger and deeper smiles. While it has to be somewhat introspective, it still felt like moments, experiences, emotions that were very familiar to me, and included me, though I’m sure our lives have taken very different paths. It mattered to me, while reading it, whether these poems were born of personal experience or imagination.  Wonderful to find they rose from both.

A cathartic, informative picture of what a toxic relationship can do to us, it serves as both as a wakeup call to avoid such things, as well as a healthy path to disengage from them.

Highly recommended reading!

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