April, Week 4
the Places You'll Go!":
Greetings, Art Lovers!
is completely inspired by Dr. Suess's final
book published before his death and a video tribute
to such found at "Oh,
the Places You'll Go at Burning Man 2011".
In essence, for me, this is a double inspiration...because
Man (An annual art event and temporary community based on
radical self expression and self-reliance in the Black Rock Desert of
Nevada...that I would LOVE to attend!)
yet another expression similar to the one put into book
form by Dr. Suess in "Oh, the Places You'll
Go." So WHO better to have featured in this
little film clip using this book as the script than
various folks filmed while at last year's Burning Man
festival? Anyway, take a minute (6 minutes actually)
and watch this little inspirational video. "Oh,
the Places You'll Go at Burning Man 2011" Then
always been an adventurer at heart. I grew up
in the flat farmlands of Northwest Ohio day-dreaming
of travelling afar, visiting the mountains and oceans
and rivers of the world while watching the puffy clouds
roll by. And as most people did (I think?) I
had my favorite places to go and sit and ponder
for hours about such adventures as a kid growing up.
One of these places was the ONLY "body" of
water within miles of my childhood home...a neighboring
farmer's pond. I'd set-off and walk
beside the drainage ditch through the field
to this pond (which was about 1/4 mile from home) and
I'd sit and fish and ponder and stare-off wondering
what the world might be like near flowing rivers and
big natural rock walls. I dreamed of living in my own
cabin in the mountains one day.
gypsy soul has been adventuring pretty much non-stop
since those days. Four years of college, six years
in the U.S. Army, three years of living in Chattanooga,
Tennessee, four years of living in Gatlinburg,
Tennessee, nine years of living in Jackson, Tennessee
and two more years of living in Chattanooga,
Tennessee. And isn't it funny how often times life
leads us full-circle? Now I'm back living in Northwest
photo above was taken just a few weeks ago on
my 40th birthday. That's me and Chris...at
the pond. In the background is the red Toyota truck
that has taken me to so MANY wonderful places over the
years...and I think it's PERFECT that now it's brought
me back to the very place I'd spent dreaming about
the mountains AND the one I love is here to experience
this with me! Directly behind us, behind the brush,
across the field and out of the picture is my childhood
home. In the foreground (looking into the reflection
in my sunglasses) you can see the pond. It looks
SO small to me now, yet seemed so HUGE to me
as a kid. This place holds many special memories
for me! (so it was a nobrainer for me to choose to propose
to Chris at this place...the pond...which NOW means
even MORE to me...because she said, yes!)
on your own...you know what you know....and
YOU are the guy that will decide where to go."
Funny thing is...as I think about this ...knowing that
I have created and continue to create my current
place in life. Me...no one else. When I pose the question..."what
is it you want, Rachel?" The answers spin and
whirl around me. It's just not that easy to answer
that question now it seems. The world is at our finger
tips and we can do ANYTHING....BE....ANYTHING we want
to be. One thing I know...my knower knows...I WANT
to BE my BEST self!
often say, "be careful what you wish for"...because
I myself have attracted things into my life that I THOUGHT
I wanted there...and turns out...when they were stepping
onto my front doorstep suddenly those things didn't
seem quite so appealing. It is WORTH pondering the
question, "What IS it you want?" Exploring
the answers to this question is utterly FASCINATING!
Why yes, things come and go that we don't want...but
yet...many things we discover along the way we learn
that we DO want to be a part of our lives!
THIS is the underlying motto behind Rachel's "Life
is an Adventure" credo! Life is about this process
of discovery...the lightbulb moments of when we
learn what resonates with us and what doesn't.
And it is my wish for those who are reading this...that
you too discover YOUR life's greatest experiences!
you haven't viewed that video yet...you MUST go now
and view "Oh,
the Places You'll Go at Burning Man 2011"!
mountain is WAITING, so get on your way!" Thank
you Dr. Suess!
Be. DO! Discover!
Fresh from the Art
original mini-paintings, abstract on wood! If
you are an avid art collector OR if you've been an art
lover and have yet to start your personal collection,
these little minis are perfect! Seven inches
by seven inches? Five inches by five inches? We
all have space in our homes or office for a painting
to fit that size. Which is why I opted to paint
small. Affordable too!
get a closer look, simply click on any of the
& A with Rachel:
you could meet anyone, living or dead, who would you
Two people I'd LOVE to meet! Eleanor
Roosevelt and Amelia Earhart. Gosh, I'd love to have
been in the cockpit of that plane when Amelia gave Eleanor
a ride over Washington! Would have LOVED to hear their
conversation and pipe in with some chatter of my own.
Which celebrity have
people said they remind you of?
the answer to that one is hillarious to me. Many times
I've been compared to Ellen Degeneres...and I supposed
that's because I like to dance. I always take that as
a huge compliment. I think Ellen is very cool and is
an example for us all to embrace ourselves for who we
are regardless of what others may think or say about
it. She's a huge role-model for being yourself and for
laughing at yourself.
What songs are included on the soundtrack to your life?
I've also been told I remind
people of Rachel Maddow. I think she is a fabulous example
of embracing what you're good at and people respect
her for that.
on Black by Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Angel from Montgomery
by John Prine
Forget About it by Allison Krauss
by John Mayer
Half Acre by Hem
OMG by Usher
of Two by Indigo Girls
Stones in the Road by Mary
Realize by Colbie Caillat
the Miles by Sara Bareilles
out Rachel's NEW, COOL friends, Page:
don't think we give enough credit to where
credit is due sometimes. Nor do I think it really cool
that most accolades aren't given until AFTER
those who've inspired us or left an impression on us
one-way-or-another are gone. With that in mind, I've
created a page on my website where I've begun listing
some of those people. Titled "Cool Friends",
it's on that page (obviously an evolving project) that
I begin to tell their stories.
here to view
Rachel's COOL Friends online.
LOVE to goof around and play! Yet there are many times
I give pause to the thought, "hmmm, that might
be embarrassing." Then I found this....
the 2008 Serious Play conference, designer Tim Brown
talks about the powerful relationship between creative
thinking and play -- with many examples you can try
at home (and one that maybe you shouldn't).
is the CEO of the 'innovation and design' firm IDEO
-- taking an approach to design that digs deeper than
the surface..." Ted.com
following thought provoking talk given by Tim
is WELL worth the 28 minutes it takes to watch/listen.
Click on the image above or simply click
MORE inspiration? Check out other Ted
Reading Rachel Recommends (R.R.R.):.
LOVE to read! But yes, I know, not everyone does.
So if you don't give two rips around reading...skip
this section. Otherwise, read on!
something about the written word! Check 'em out.
a book you like? Tell me about it!
out Rachel's Art Store on Etsy:
you ever heard of Etsy.com? I hadn't until I purchased
some custom made jewelry from robandlean's
etsy shop on this AMAZING online marketplace! Self-proclaimed
as "the world's handmade marketplace" Etsy.com
is truly a marketplace chocked FULL of handmade original
goods! You'll find everything on Etsy.com from
paintings, to jewelry, to glass, to furniture, to everything
here to shop online at Rachel's Art Store on Etsy.
The Daily Blog:
what you can, where you are, with what you have."
quote is prominently displayed near my desk as a reminder
to not be a whiner about what I don't have and to embrace
what I currently DO have to work with.
Daily Blog is full of such personal inspirations and
will find daily musings, adventure recaps, talk about
personal thought topics and much more at Rachel's
blog. Certainly the most comprehensive place
online that you'll find the goings-on with Rachel.
things in our lives rush in....pour in...and overflow.
Sometimes these are good things and sometimes not-so-good.
Which is what this painting is about. Measuring 3.50"x3.50"
this mini-abstract would be a great accent to that part
of your home you need a little bit of red.
need a little artsy gift to give that special someone? Give
here to view "Rushing in."
that I LIKE!:
likely would never consider extreme shepherding
to be a form of art...but COME ON! After you watch this
video you might just feel as I do about this "art/ad
Well, it certainly brought a smile to my face if that
Knapton of UK news, The Telegraph, wrote, "A
group of Welsh sheep farmers have become internet sensations
after a video went online showing sheep being herded
into astonishing shapes on a mountainside.
than a million internet users have watched the
viral video in the four days since it was released online.
(March 2009) The 200 second ad also sees the creatures
manoeuvred into position to create a giant sheep and
even has them creating the Mona Lisa with the various
coloured LEDs on their back.
creators of the video, for TV makers Samsung, revealed
that they recruited Welsh national sheep herding champion
Gerry Lewis, and a team of Welsh sheep herders to guide
the flocks into position. However they admitted computer
trickery had been used.
Smith, the co-founder of ad agency The Viral Factory
said: 'The people on camera are real farmers and they
were really controlling the sheepdogs. Rather than trying
to fake it all we did it for real.'
'The sheep herding bit is straight up – no trickery but there is a fair
amount of computer trickery and post production work.'
'We thought the Mona Lisa was the big wink to people – once they saw that
we thought they would realise it was not all real.'
'But we have been quite surprised that there is still a debate about
whether it is all real and people have been coming up with various theories.'
Mr. Smith said the main problem on the shoot was not herding the sheep, but
getting enough of them. He went on: 'We filmed it at the end of last
month and it is lambing season so we could not disturb the sheep that were
lambing because it would have been too stressful.'
'We used different sheep over the two day shoot because we couldn't have
them running around all day. We didn't give them any treats because they got
to wear an LED coat – I can't think of anything better.'
'The video is silly and joyful. This one has caused a real stir.'"
here to view the Extreme Sheep LED Art video.
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are we waiting for? Let's together be our best selves
starting right now!
cook a new dish? Make it for dinner. Wanna paint a new
painting? Paint it. Wanna visit a local museum? Buy
tickets and go. Wanna hike that trail? Hike it. Wanna
learn how to tie knots? Go get a knot book and tie knots.
It really is simpler than we seem to
think it is. We just gotta go DO it.
in the words of Chris' 16 yr old, Hannah (when teasing
her brother or sister because they're taking longer
than she'd like in whatever it is their doing, "T...t...today
next time...enjoy life! After all...we are the ones
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