We Are All Racists

We all sometimes have racist thoughts.

Some people in recent threads argue vehemently that their viewpoint is not at all racist, even when fairly objectively the rest of the viewers can see that it is. I think it’s important for us to accept that none of us are perfect. We are all products of our flawed culture, our imperfect parents, and heck the way genetics work. I think it’s better to say “I might have challenges to work on” vs saying “I am an absolutely perfect human being and my life view is 100% accurate.”

In the interest of fostering helpful communication, I’ll reveal a few issues of my own I’ve found, on self-examination.

First, I love dressing in outfits from around the world. I always have. In high school I went to school in a Mexican dress I bought in Mexico and was ridiculed. “Look, it’s the Chiquita Banana.” I own a number of dresses like this traditional Chinese one. I adore wearing them. My own ethnic heritage is half Ukrainian and then a hodge-podge of German, English, Native American, African American, Irish, you name it. I grew up dancing Ukrainian dances and I own several Ukrainian outfits. But that’s just a part of what I enjoy. I enjoy it all. I love celebrating all cultures around the world. I love us being one enormous amazing world.

In May 2018, a white teen wore a similar dress to a prom and many people were furious. They said she didn’t have the right to wear it. It made me really think about the issue. I am not wearing this dress to “pretend to be Chinese” – it is that I adore their culture as I adore many cultures and respect their skill. It’s the same reason I wear a Chinese necklace sometimes. But I can also appreciate that it bothers some Chinese who feel their culture is being “stolen” by those “in power”. I do my best to hear that message. Here’s the link.

Do you ever sit down and consider how your views of others might be a healthy or unhealthy thing?

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2018/05/01/its-just-a-dress-teens-chinese-prom-attire-stirs-cultural-appropriation-debate/

Abstract Spatter Bicycle Gears Steampunk Cyanotype Handmade Unique Artwork 8×10 matted to 11×14

This abstract image draws you in to inspire your creativity and imagination. I created this with a spray bottle and a collection of various size of bicycle gears. You can see ghostly images of the gears at the edges. Perfect for the fan of biking or Steampunk. What do you see?

This cyanotype is 8 inches x 10 inches in size. It is matted to an overall size of 11×14. It comes with the mat, backing, and a plastic bag which encloses them all.

A cyanotype is created by mixing 8.1% potassium ferricyanide and 20% ferric ammonium citrate. The substance is sensitive to light. I then paint a surface with that concoction and lay objects on top of the paper. The shadows created by those objects leave a pattern. Each cyanotype is a one-of-a-kind hand crafted work of art. I create each cyanotype by hand myself. Every cyanotype is unique.

Please feel free to ask with any questions!

https://www.etsy.com/listing/658003231/abstract-spatter-bicycle-gears-steampunk

Blackstone Valley mystery series

Hurrah! Just finished writing Blackstone Valley mystery series book 4. I need to finish the series; I’m getting negative reviews from people that the series is not done yet.

Sheesh, don’t they know I’m busy? 🙂

Also, I need to update the covers. People say the covers look chick-lit when the stories are more Da Vinci Code. Suggestions?

What are you guys working on?

Here’s book 1, free!

https://www.amazon.com/Rumble-Strip-Blackstone-Novelette-Mysteries-ebook/product-reviews/B00STY2XC2/

short spooky story Chief Manchaug

Happy! I just heard that my short spooky story Chief Manchaug is going to be published in the upcoming issue of Cemetery Moon!

I’d like some reviews on the Kindle version of it – if you’d like a free review copy of the story, please let me know!

What are you working on today?

https://www.amazon.com/Chief-Manchaug-England-Ghost-Story-ebook/dp/B0765TZCV2/

Kittens and Yoga

The kittens are quite helpful in demonstrating how easy a spinal twist pose is. Simply point the arms in one direction and the legs in another. They also like to challenge me by randomly removing various parts of the yoga mat from play. Especially when I’m up in a pose and trying to transition to another one. Have you done your yoga today? If not, roll your shoulders! Every bit helps!

book 15 in my medieval adventure series

Hurrah! I have been stuck on writing book 15 in my medieval adventure series since October 2016. I just couldn’t find a new theme I wanted to write about. And then suddenly one came to me. In the past two days I’ve written 25,000 words / 16 Chapters. The story is flowing!

What are you guys up to?

Book 1 in the series is free here:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JDEK0I/

MySpace password

Remember a few weeks ago I got an email claiming someone videoed me watching a porn site? (as if!!) Well now someone sent a similar email and they knew my actual MySpace password. I haven’t used that site in eons. I changed my password of course, but it shows why you should use different passwords for every site. Otherwise if one site gets hacked, you’re in trouble with all sites you use.

And now that I re-instated my MySpace account with a new password … do any of you still use MySpace? What for?

Medieval Technology Changes

In medieval times, thousands upon thousands of people made their livelihood by spinning thread. Then in 1391 an intrepid man in Bologna set up a water-powered spinning mill which could spin silk. In short order he put 4,000 people out of work.

We think of changing technology as a modern thing, but the medieval folk had to deal with these issues, too!

Would you rather live in medieval times or now?