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MERTON'S JOURNAL

Wed Dec 25, 2013, 12:19 PM


LFA GSB MANS FBTA SERIES  5:  MANIFESTING NEW LIFE by mertonparrish

A LETTER TO A DEAR FRIEND, WRITTEN ON CHRISTMAS DAY, 2013

Merton extends greetings, and sort of details where he "is at" in his life on Christmas Day.  He is still home with the crud, and sort of thinking about his life.  Where are you in your life, dear friends, visitors and readers?   The new year is almost here.  Time for taking stock, New Years resolutions, etc.

Key:

R  = my friend to whom I am writing, and to whom I have written many letters
B   = my partner (in life, art, music, performing)
Bd =  the town in which my partners children live, which we visit frequently

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Dear R,

The kids had us up at six thirty am to watch them open presents via skype, so we are zonked today and zzzzzzzzzz, but a little voice said, after getting up to go potty to send you a note and let you know that we got the art you sent in the mail. Very nice and and thank you!

Hope you are having a nice Christmas day. My chest is getting better and my throat feels a lot better, so I am on the mend. Still not feeling ready to go out in the cold, travel, sing,etc., but that is what I must do starting tomorrow, then our trip to Bd on Sunday. So send prayers. Hopefully all will be well, no relapse, and I will bet better and better each day, despite what is required.

Watched the classic 1964 Rudolph animated Christmas special with B's little one yesterday on Skype and was amazed at the metaphoric meaning for those of us on the fringe of society. Interesting.

All presents are wrapped now and ready for the children (which as I shared with you contain lots of original art). That was a lot of work, much more than I anticipated.  Everything looks very nice and I think shows all the work, time, effort that we put into this project.

Speaking of art, I am making a lot of progress on finishing up the twelve or thirteen drawings that I posted not too long ago (some of which were done enough to post, but still needing, in the typical, artisty "a piece is never quite done" view) some finishing touches. Now almost all of them completely inked, with added details. Now comes the decision to colorized them, or not. They look good as pen and ink drawings, but will be more impactful, I imagine, if colorized. Perhaps I will colorize them little by little over the course of this year.

B finished some of his drawings (by colorizing them), that he had not worked on for a long time and gave art prints of them as Christmas gifts.  He created a couple other paintings and gave the originals as gifts.  I virtually never give the original, since I cannot part with originals (bad Buddhist that I am).  He is much more able to do a piece and then give it away lock stock and barrel.  But anyway, the Christmas season was busy with lots of art making and art finishing. It was both good and a lot of work!  We are going, I hope, to start right away this year, on Christmas for next year, so the next holiday season is not as much work and stress.

I am anxious for everything to be all normal, B and I used to each other, health insurance all worked out, performing/student spots filled, us used to what is required to do the performing/teaching (and chores), financial things all worked out and hunky dory. It sure has been an uphill climb getting everything in our lives worked out and getting us used to so much being different, for both of us.

I do feel like my life is rather a dream, not really real.  It is as though I blinked my eyes, and suddenly I am in a different time track:  a different Merton, with different life, surroundings, loved ones, dramas, stresses, etc.  Hmmm... Maybe all of this here on earth is a hologram, a dream, as some have suggested!  One wonders.

On a side note (but pertinent, still, I think to a Christmas, rather taking stock of things sort of letter) I watched some videos on Youtube ("that" part of Youtube) which suggested all sorts of wild things. I just sort of filed them away in that collection of things in my mind which are a part of my ongoing discernment process concerning spiritual, apocalyptic, metaphysical things.

I do see some synchonicities in things that I have read, things that have happened, things that I have encountered in conversations, etc., lately.  And, it is good and important to pay attention to synchronicities.  However, I think I have finally learned not to get too worked up about these sorts of things (at least I hope I have).  Who knows what is "really" happening, what will happen, etc. Heaven only knows. "We'll see... meanwhile, on with life,"  I think is the proper response, I believe.  A less reactive, more balanced, wait and see Merton?  We'll see about that, too!  Lol.

No matter what happens in my life, the world, life in general, I suppose I will try to go on cheering people up with music, teaching, drawing, wrting, evolving, no matter what happens... even if I have to barter, do it unconventionally, or even be like Frederick the Fieldmouse and help the other mice dream of the spring, as one of the books of my childhood (which I have never forgotten) suggested.

B and I spent many hours, whole days and evenings, really, on Skype with the little one (nine years old), while I have been sick.  She is very attached to B, and now me. I am glad we can help her. We have been trying to help her (she has been very upset and acting out at home and at school) by spending time on Skype, helping her with her homework, working on her math skills, encouraging her to read to us, teaching her the meaning of words, etc.  She is very lonely, despite a house full of people at her home. All there are very busy with their separate devices, interests, tasks, etc. Is this not the modern malady?  So connected, yet so alone and even lonely!  I am not used to being a parent. Interesting.  I think I am learning a lot.

K, back to Christmas day zzzzzzzzzz and trying to get me all better. My throat feels sore again, suddenly.Send prayers and good thoughts for my recovery, please!

Love,
Merton

Shoutbox

auronstalker:iconauronstalker:
I'm really glad things are looking up for you Merton!
Fri Sep 27, 2013, 3:23 PM
Peter-The-Knotter:iconpeter-the-knotter:
Teenage son a bit "salty" then... judging by his journal code! ;)...
Sat Aug 24, 2013, 7:25 AM
Freak-Angel56:iconfreak-angel56:
Thanks for your fave!
Fri Dec 28, 2012, 3:02 PM
Freak-Angel56:iconfreak-angel56:
Thanks for your fave! :D
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 9:18 AM
mertonparrish:iconmertonparrish:
I will post that photo of the two series, after I put everything from the photo shoot away and get it edited.
Thu Aug 30, 2012, 2:51 AM
Nobody

Complete and Subcategorized List of Gallery Folders

*********** The Arts in Oil by mertonparrish ***********

Please click the art piece above (see its artist comment) for a complete, specially sub-categorized list of my gallery folders.

A Preview of my Gallery

Blue Boy by mertonparrishWinged Angel Male Altered Oil by mertonparrishBlue Boy by mertonparrish

Both this preview and the full gallery itself (detailed in the module above and found here mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… contain my original art and lit in a wide variety of genres and mediums on the following topics:

art, the arts, the nature of art, practicalities related to making art, the nature of time, the beauty of the natural world, the awesomeness of the Universe, spirit, spiritual growth, New Thought, manifesting, alternative spirituality, theology, philosophy, eros, health.

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“THE ARTS” IN OIL:
(Representing my love of so many genres in the arts)
The Arts in Oil by mertonparrish

SELF-PORTRAITS:
Further Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishNew Vertical Smudged Me by mertonparrish

DIGITAL, COLOR PHOTOGRAPHS:
Yellow Bee Magnet by mertonparrishAntique Music Magazines by mertonparrish

PHOTO AND ART MANIPULATIONS:
Red Snake Goddess by mertonparrishDisembodied Figure 10 by mertonparrish

WRITINGS:
(See bottom of gallery (mertonparrish.deviantart.com/g… for letters/essays/poems)
THE THINKING CAP
THE THINKING CAP
Here is Merton's response, in verse form, to his friend and fellow poet Colornote's poem, I have a thinking cap. (http://colornote.deviantart.com/journal/44889574/ )
Thinking caps are cumbersome
when brooding over and over.
And weary artists, poets with pens
develop sore, bruised shoulders!
It's a heavy load to bear,
a worrisome hat to wear...
and does the world even care
or notice?
Maybe best not to think,
nor see, nor sow, nor shoulder-
perhaps depict only happy things
or just sit upon this boulder?
"Ow!  My head!" Mr. Gumby cries.
"A spider!" shouts Miss Muffet.
Shall we blithely paint and sing,
perched upon a tuffet?
Gumbys, Muffets, painters and such
(and all the reluctant prophets)
sat on a rock, rubbing their brows,
hesitant to get off it!
But then they each, mutt'ring "dare I?... a peach?..."
(and thinking of Mr. Eliot)
left the seaside, jumped off that rock
and wandered down the beach.
For poets and painters, psalmists and singers
know it is their lo
LONG LIVE POETRY MUSIC AND ART
LONG LIVE POETRY, MUSIC AND ART
an essay by Merton Parrish
THIS IS AN ESSAY PRAISING POETRY, MUSIC AND ART, WHICH WAS PROMPTED BY ONE OF MY DA FRIEND'S JOURNAL ENTRIES. IN HIS ENTRY, MY FRIEND PRAISED A POEM BY EDGAR ALLEN POE. THE ENTRY CAUSED ME TO REMEMBER MY FATHER READING MANY WONDERFUL THINGS TO ME AS A CHILD, AND TO WRITE THIS PIECE WHICH CONTAINS SOME GREAT LINKS FOR YOU TO CHECK OUT.
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My father, an English teacher, used to read Edgar Allen Poe's poem Annabel Lee to me when I was a little boy, along with many other things (including another poem called The Highwayman, which I bet you would like).  Oh how lucky I was to have such a father who read to me like this. I will always remember it.
In Annabel Lee, Poe speaks of his love who lived and died in her "kingdom by the sea."  Here is a lovely YouTube video featuring a fine reading of the poem and beautiful animation.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=swrriM1vuk8


ART/LIT PIECES ABOUT ME & THE HUMAN/ARTIST JOURNEY:
(Click on 2nd piece below & see its artist comment
for links to many pieces on this subject)
Its a Merton Sorta Life TCA by mertonparrishDEV ID with Merton Reader by mertonparrish

ORIGINAL THOUGHTS AND ART COMBINED:
Play YOUR song by mertonparrishSmile by mertonparrishUse your Time well 2 by mertonparrish

ART ABOUT CREATIVITY/THE CREATIVE PROCESS:
Inspiration from my Muse III by mertonparrishAm I what I Do G Rated by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY POETRY:
Sunflower Sutra by mertonparrishThe Highwayman by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY MUSIC:
Male Nude Harpist by mertonparrishFramed MixedMediaMusic Drawing by mertonparrishMusical Male Recycled Collage by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY THE SPIRITUAL JOURNEY:
Hermit Energy Series Piece 1 by mertonparrishHermit Energy Series Piece 3 by mertonparrish

ART INSPIRED BY ANCIENT CIVILIZATIONS:
Male Aztec Fantasy Character by mertonparrishCentaur Colored Pencil by mertonparrishAltered AncientCiv Gold Leaf 1 by mertonparrish

PAINTINGS:
Moon Buddha by mertonparrishTrust Ask Adapt Change in Oil by mertonparrishGreen Angel in Oil by mertonparrish

DRAWINGS:
Light at the End of the Tunnel by mertonparrishWe Two Together Clinging by mertonparrish

ALTERED DRAWINGS:
Pan Pastel by mertonparrishThe Dance of Life by mertonparrishAltered MichaelangeloRendering by mertonparrish

PEN AND INK:
Cute Lil Faery Chub Close Up by mertonparrishNude Male Pianist by mertonparrish

PASTELS:
Behold by mertonparrishDo I Contradict Myself by mertonparrishChub in the Eye of the Comet by mertonparrish

COLORED PENCIL:
Framed Hand Colored FemaleNude by mertonparrishFully Hand Colored Male Nude by mertonparrishFully Hand Colored MidAir Male by mertonparrish

MIXED MEDIA:
Crazy Sunbird by mertonparrishFlowing Golden Locks by mertonparrishSovereign Seeker by mertonparrish

SCULPTURES:
Angel Recycled Art Sculpture by mertonparrishRedGold Winged Angel Sculpture by mertonparrishLovers Original Clay Sculpture by mertonparrish

HANDPAINTED PLASTERCRAFT
Greek Male Head Painted Statue by mertonparrishMale Nude Painted Vase by mertonparrish

CHARM BOXES:
Green Artists Eye Charm Box by mertonparrishStacked Charm Boxes 2 by mertonparrishArtists Eyes Charm Box by mertonparrish

DIORAMA BOXES:
Creative Fire I Diarama Box by mertonparrish Creative Fire II Diarama Box by mertonparrish

CURIOS:
Pan Music Makers Curio Collage by mertonparrishDiorama Box Dancers by mertonparrishSacred Heart Curio Collage by mertonparrish

MOBILES:
Faery Mobile of my Art Prints2 by mertonparrishFaery Mobile of my Art Prints3 by mertonparrishFaery Mobile of my Art Prints1 by mertonparrish

KNITTED HEADBANDS:
Knit Head Band Belt 33 by mertonparrish Knit Head Band Belt 34 by mertonparrish

KNITTED SCARVES:
Knit Scarf Original Design 2 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Original Design 8 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Original Design 7 by mertonparrish

KNITTED SHAWLS:
Knit Scarf or Shawl 19 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Shawl 25 by mertonparrishKnit Scarf Shawl 21 by mertonparrish

KNITTED BLANKETS:
Knit Shawl Blanket 23 by mertonparrish Knit Shawl Blanket 22 by mertonparrish

WEAVINGS:
Woven Rag Rug on Loom by mertonparrishWhite and Blue Weaving on Loom by mertonparrish

APPLIQUE:
Spirit Applique by mertonparrishSpiritual Applique Whole Piece by mertonparrishBalance Applique by mertonparrish

GLUE GUN APPLIQUE:
Glue Gun Applique Jungle by mertonparrishGlue Gun Applique Celestial 1 by mertonparrish

CREWEL:
Written Spoken Word Crewel by mertonparrishFlower Crewel by mertonparrish

NEEDLEPOINT AND CROSS STITCH:
Lion Modified Cross Stitch by mertonparrishGreek Themed Needlepoint by mertonparrish

COLLAGES AND GROUPINGS OF FRAMED ORIGINAL ART:
Orange Male Fantasy Collage by mertonparrishArt Print Collages Collections by mertonparrishBabylonian Fantasy Collage by mertonparrish

ART AND FRAMING CREATED FROM RECYCLED MATERIALS:
Recycled Art Gallery by mertonparrishRecycled CD Case Frames2 by mertonparrish

BRANCH AND HATPIN CUPS:
Hatpin Art Print Cups by mertonparrishMale Couple Branch ArtPrintCup by mertonparrish

CD FRAMES AND FAUX STAINED GLASS ORNAMENTS:
Sun SharpieStainedGlassCD Cs by mertonparrishNova SharpieStainedGlassCD Cs by mertonparrish

Ty for visitng. Come back soon. Leave a friendly comment. :)

Further Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishFurther Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrishFurther Altered Self Portrait by mertonparrish

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Thank you for all the faves and comments yesterday. 
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Hi there :wave:
Thank you very much for the Watch :dummy:
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:iconrandallstuartpeik:
Thank you for all the comments and faves from last night.  I am glad you like the current pieces. 
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You are welcome, dear Randall.
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