‘The creative process is all about experimenting, letting go of the logical information that our brains have processed during our lifetimes, and embracing the concept of seeing our world in a much broader sense’. From my book – The Apple Exercise.
This image is from my ‘interconnections’ series which I started in 1982 and am still working on. It was inspired by a photograph I came across in a magazine of a Mother and Child who had been caught up in a Mexican drug war.
Although Mother and child were dead – the last action taken by the Mother was to try and protect and hold her child in her arms.
I was so moved by the image, that I had to honour the lives of these two human beings. The swans symbolise fluidity, intuition and emotions: – the hummingbird unseen magic, and the rocks and water…
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Some days the Good L0rd does not provide with an article, just deep feelings which, more often than not, feel more like admonitions. The current events must also be troubling my soul and the deep emotions which greeted me this day were anything but comforting as I was made further aware of a permeating evil which is enveloping our world. It is not so much of a threat as a foreboding of times of turmoil. I realize that many are rolling their eyes and going, “Tell me something I don’t already know.” What makes this more troubling is the general nature of the deep rumblings that does not point to any people, person, area, government or any other subject which would focus the ill-will so as not to see it touching every place on the globe with a few exceptions, small exceptions with one being New Zealand but not necessarily…
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In early 2013, NATO supposedly came to its ally’s help: As Turkey was under threat from Syrian missiles — potentially with biological/chemical warheads — the alliance would build a mini anti-missile defense architecture on Turkish soil. Six U.S.-made Patriot missile batteries would be deployed in three Turkish cities and protect a vast area where about 3.5 million Turks lived.
The Patriot batteries that would protect Turkey from Syrian missiles belonged to the United States, Germany and the Netherlands. In early 2015, the Dutch mission ended and was replaced by Spanish Patriots. Recently, the German government said that it would withdraw its Patriot batteries and 250 troops at the beginning of 2016. Almost simultaneously, the U.S. government informed Turkey that its Patriot mission, expiring in October, would not be renewed. Washington cited “critical modernization upgrades” for the withdrawal.
Since the air defense system was stationed on Turkish soil, it unnerved Iran more than it did Syria. There is a story behind this. First, Patriot missiles cannot protect large swaths of land, but only designated friendly sites or installations in their vicinity. That the six batteries would protect Turkey’s entire south and 3.5 million people living there was a tall tale. They would instead protect a U.S.-owned, NATO-assigned radar deployed earlier in Kurecik, a Turkish town; and they would protect it not from Syrian missiles with chemical warheads, but from Iranian ballistic missiles.