Promise that you will not laugh

Thank you for participating with the Daily Drawing Contest.  These were your choices: 
Staff 2 received 1 vote – Hungry bird
Staff 5 received 3 votes  – Martin Luther King
Staff 9 received 2 votes – Hungry fishes 
Good eyes, for they were all chosen winners.  
I am so glad that I managed to entice my peers to draw and join the contest.  In our department, only three of us participated and all of us are winners, we cleaned up the prizes. 
Remember in my previous post that I prefer sacred geometry: a line and a circle.  I drew Staff 9 titled “Namaste”.  It’s my self-portrait.  Only half of my face is showing because I am too shy plus the pink hair for anti-bullying. 
Many times, I mentioned that I love hummingbirds and that is Staff 3.  It’s was mostly strokes of straight and oblique lines. 
And the third picture I drew was the family of First Nations.  I have also mentioned before in a post being with the Elders in North Vancouver and Starr who received the “Courage to Come Back” award.  Again, circles and straight lines. 
As much as I am trying to use the right side of my brain, somehow, the left side of my brain is dominant.  What I am aiming for in the future, hopefully, my brain will become centered. 
And now for the winning picture, I received an 8.5 x 11 wire-bound sketch pad to further my ambition to become an artist. 


Artist Among the Staff

To bring out the fun and the child within us, a Daily Draw contest was set-up at the head office for the staff.  
For a week, we can enter our daily drawings, sketch or doodles and we will have a chance to win.  Every day a winning drawing was selected. 
I encouraged my peers to use their right brain, start flexing their creative muscles and enjoy a break from counting beans.  Oh, what a joy. 
 At the end of the week, all drawings were displayed to celebrate how important drawing is.
Staff Drawings

Staff Drawings

Please, don’t laugh at our drawings.  There is no comparison to what the children drew.  Our minds are already conditioned and we have lost a few brain cells.  As a matter of fact, one of my drawings was the first winner! 
Here are some of the entries from our department and some of them are a winner.  See if you can pick which are mine and the winning drawing.  

Artist in Residence

At the school level, give the children a booklet, pencils and crayons; they are happy as they can be to start drawing.
Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Children are born with the propensity to draw at an early age.  There is really no need to teach the children how to draw.  Random scribbles will change over the years as the child matures.  Drawing is the language through which they are best able to express subtle or complex perceptions, thoughts and feelings.  These are vital for mental development, emotional health and healing. 
Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence

Drawing is the child’s most effective language for achieving these goals.  These are some of the drawings the school board posted for us to admire at the head office. 
Artist in Residence

Artist in Residence


Words, I used to believe in words….

Apr 7, 2013 wordsRelated articles

Colour Me Happy

What is the colour of happiness?  Happiness has so many shades of colours. 
Yesterday I was surprised by Mike at work that is in charge of receiving materials for the school board.  I think he has the most important job. He came up with a special delivery for me and asked for a dollar tip.  In his hand is a parcel. 
I was so excited that I know what it’s in the package that I have been patiently waiting all week! 
You have to stay, Mike, this is worth more than a dollar you are asking for, I demanded.  I must say the package is so well wrapped for protection.  With the excitement I created, my colleagues came to my work area to find out what the fuzz is all about.  I was surrounded by curious eyes. 

The off-white box contained colours of pink, blue, brown, black protective materials.  As I unravel the contents, bit by bit the excitement is building up and they all want me to hurry up. 
Finally, my priceless gift of living colour that makes me happy sent by in Bella Remy Photography in playing the game Name that Raptor contest.  I rearranged my desk to show off Mr. Who, the raptor that I named incorrectly.  Looking at him every day definitely will make me remember Who this raptor is. 

In the end, I took it home for fear that someone may take a liking of Mr. Who.  At home, I renamed the colour of my life, The Owl and the Pussycat. 
The Owl and the Pussycat

The Owl and the Pussycat

 Bella Remy’s blog site has all the colours one could possibly imagine.  Never a day goes what I see in her site colours me happy especially after the rain.  
With grateful heart, thank you Bella Remy for giving living colours of happiness not just to me and to all. 
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Daily Prompt: Quote Me – Does Evil Exist?

“Do you have a favorite quote that you return to again and again? What is it, and why does it move you?”

When it comes to what I believe, I bear in mind that the word God might be different to other belief system.  If you are reading this, the word God should be replaced by whatever higher power or inspiration you believe in.

Here is a man who questioned everything.  And he answers it, too.

The question is “Does Evil Exist?”

His answer:
“Evil does not exist or at least it does not exist unto itself.”
“Evil is simply the absence of God.”

Thought provoking.  This poster hangs on the west wall of my sanctuary.  I stare at it every day.

I want to know God's thoughts ... the rest are details.

I want to know God’s thoughts … the rest are details.

DP: Gimme – Traditionally Speaking

Christmas in the Philippines is one thing I miss here in Beautiful British Columbia, Canada.  It is the happiest and most awaited celebration. The Philippines is so rich with traditions.  The Christmas lanterns, caroling, fireworks will start in mid-December.  Noche Buena is what we call it meaning Christmas Eve.

As a child, it’s hard to be patient; can’t wait for Christmas and it just doesn’t come fast enough.

The focus is attending midnight mass, a birthday celebration for Baby Jesus.  After this, we go home and have a feast.  I mean the feast of traditional Filipino food.  The gather is circled around my family and anybody who does not have a family to celebrate with.  This is the real meaning of Christmas for me.

There is no Christmas tree, and we do not believe in Santa Clause.  What we believe is the Three Kings.  Three Kings arrive on the first Sunday of January.  That’s the time we received gifts in our family.  This was fun.  What we did at the eve of Three Kings, we lined up our shoes on the stairs, one pair only for each sibling.  When we woke up, run down the stairs, our shoes were filed with candies.  We really believed that Melchior, Gaspar and Balthazar (names of the three Kings) came bearing gifts.  Gifts of candies not Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold.   This is how we end our Christmas.  It’s the longest Christmas celebration ever.

Three Kings

Three Kings

 “Was there a special gift or toy you wanted as a child but never received? What was it?”

Being with my family, visiting relatives and god parents to pay respect and ask for their blessings are the best gift I received.  I couldn’t ask for more.  No toys.  Sometimes, I received money but it wasn’t important for me.  What was important is we give one another our love and faith-based on the birth of Infant Jesus, Mother Mary and Joseph.

DP: It’s Alive – Icons Galore

“Write a Q&A-style interview with an inanimate object.”

I can’t.  I am speechless.  I am listening.  
This “inanimate object” is most awe-inspiring. 
There is no Question. 
The answer is in sharing the mystery.
Merry Christmas Everyone.  Blessings to you and your family.
Holy Trinity

Holy Trinity

DP: Study Abroad – School of Life

“If you were asked to spend a year living in a different location, where would you choose and why?”
A year?  That’s too long to study for my feeble mind.  And who’s going to take care of my lovely furry companion?  Go away and miss Christmas with my family and friends?  I have to think long and hard about this.  The longest time I was away from my sanctuary was six months when I was searching for myself. 
After so many years of studying in colleges and universities, I don’t know if I can handle the stress of burning candles at both ends.  I don’t know if I would be able to ace those final exams.  As far as I can remember, those study days were brutal. 
To stay in the spirit of prompting, I will focus on the word “abroad”.  In my lingo, that means travelling. I can incorporate the studying with travelling as a pilgrim on earth, a school of life.  Now that sounds more palatable. 
I would like to study and learn how to paint an Icon.  Icons are depicting of religious images.  In my faith, it’s a spiritual work of art.  Should I become so enamored with this subject, I want to become an Iconographer. 
As to where I can go abroad to take this course, Google is the best search engine for the Iconofile Resource Guide.  There are two places that I am interested at: Versailles and Amsterdam.  I think I will skip Amsterdam for I must keep my body, mind and spirit pure (meaning stay away from the red light district and smoking a joint or two).  Versailles is a better choice for I was just there in October 2012 pilgrimage.  And then I can learn how to speak French.  Oui?  As for Christmas, I can always stay at Espace Bernadette  for a retreat, a silent retreat to be still and listen to the prompting of the Holy Spirits. 
Holy AngelsLiseux, France

Holy Angels
Liseux, France

Here is an Icon that I took a picture of at Lisieux, France.  I could just lovingly gaze for an extended period at this Icon and be transported as if I were invited to sit with these Angels.  I am always curious about what they are discussing.  What do you think they are talking about? 

 A Prayer
Angel of God, my guardian dear
To whom God’s love commits me here
Ever this day, be at my side
To light and guard, to rule and guide