LET YOUR HAIR DOWN

Crazy hair days. They happen often. For me, at least. But these kinds of days are not necessarily bad; an unkempt hairdo doesnʻt have to mean I am out-of-sorts.  As my hair is usually representative of my inner lioness, letting her roar to her fullest capabilities on a regular basis is wise–essential even. 

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PLEEEAAASSE

Forget resolutions. Make one commitment. To self. For life. Not self-is but self-centered–centering your center if you will. If you can do this one thing, you will be able to make the mental and spiritual space required to pursue and kick ass on whatever you want to do. You will also have the capacity to adapt and change your position and perspectives in life as you need to without delay and backtracking to accommodate the expectations of others. 

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PENCILS DOWN

This may be my last post of 2018 but just like the artwork is in the process, so is my life, regardless of any man-made time-gate that says the year is “over.” What I have created to date is the foundation for what is yet to come. I don’t have a clean slate, and it’s likely that you don’t either. And would you want one anyway? Do you really want to start over?

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YESTERDAY & TODAY

This day in Kalaupapa (where the picture was taken), and today feel similar. Amazing connection to and experience of an expression of aloha beyond my human ability to describe—in parallel—to a clear directive to release all I know and love.

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INTERNAL INK

Am I staring out the window daydreaming? Maybe. With 2019 a week away, I remain reflective.

I am humbled by the poignant conversations I have had over the last week. They have all been the kind that potentially deserves a tattoo to mark the occasion. This image is of the ink-session where the beautiful Yvette Deterra co-created the third installment of my wrist/hand-art. Since I found her, she has been the only one to touch my skin. (side note: tattoos infuse ink as well as mana into your skin, so you want to pick the right person to mark you). But we all have tattoos.

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A Genealogy of Gratitude

Life is short. Be grateful for what you have. Appreciate every moment. These are sentiments I have heard from many wise people, and I would agree that they are correct. Being grateful is one of the most essential mindsets for a satisfying human experience. It helps people differentiate between needs and desires, between the material and immaterial, and to value "what is" versus "what is not" or "what could be."

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How do you plea? ASTWR Podcast No.31

A basic definition for restorative Justice is as follows: a system of criminal justice that focuses on the rehabilitation of offenders through reconciliation with victims and the community at large.This definition, however, as logical and straightforward as it is does not speak to the kind of justice that is employed as standard practice across the globe, and this includes the United States. 

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Salted Logic: An experiment in rebranding

My new overarching identity is SALTED LOGIC. I finally settled on this name as it could be the name of almost any kind of product or service, from a perfume or magazine to clothing or software. However, my identities always need to bee rooted in the symbolic and/or spiritual realm so this name has a layered backstory. 

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The Future is Feminine

The original plan for writing this post was to land in New York, taxi it to my hotel, then pen an inspired, edgy overview of CTRL+ALT: A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures. I desired to promote the show and the work of the 40 amazingly talented artists, performers and scholars that are participating. I felt that we would be successful at not only asking provocative questions of society but also asking museums to reinvent their relationships with community. 

Once I landed at JFK, however, and took my phone off airplane mode, the outcome of the 2016 US Presidential election brought a stark (even bleak) reality that killed my desire to be creative. I quickly made a status update on Facebook noting my disorientation and made my way to baggage claim

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