The Adventures of Squicken... Week OneMy name is Cameron Michael but all my friends call me "Squicken". It's a mixture of "Squid" (what Mommy calls my Dad) and "Chicken" (what Daddy calls my Mommy). I was born last Tuesday the 18th, and have learned SO MUCH that I asked Dad if I could write about it here in his journal.
Dad gave me permission so here goes my first attempt at writing. Don't judge me too harshly because I'm only a week old and I've got my hands full trying to learn stuff. For instance, eyes!!! Wow, eyes are tough to control! It's hard to focus them and move them all around. I can't really see all that well yet but I think I recognize Mom and Dad and I CERTAINLY recognize a fine nipple, which makes Dad proud. Of course, I don't have much experience with other nipples but, I have time to fix that.
I spent a few days in ICU (Mom, Dad, and I called it "jail") at the hospital because Mom ran a fever during birth and the docs said they found some indication of infection in the blood samples they took from me
Squicken - due September 26th...or soMy Hang glider pilot friends called me "Pelican" and it has been my "handle" for many years but my girlfriend (of almost 4 years now) calls me "Squid". I call her "Chicken". So, it seems only reasonable that our offspring should be named "Squicken". He is due September 26th or whenever he chooses to come out and play. On his birth certificate, he will be "Cameron Michael" but he's gonna be stuck with Squicken...so be it.Squicken - due September 26th...or so in Personal More Like This
Some of the joys of pregnancy are all the stupid classes one feels compelled to attend. Of course, it isn't fair in the least to refer to these wonderfully instructional forums as "stupid" because there truly is a copious amount of information disseminated during the eons of hours you sit through. Videos, lectures, illustrated instructions, and hands on practice doing all sorts of things one rarely finds palatable. Well, by "one", I mean my girlfriend and me.
What astounds me is how excited everyone in our classes is...well...everyone except the two of us. W
Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11Time is certainly displaced. We're not really suffering jet lag but it's obvious our bodies are weirded out by being here.Japan Journal....day one, 11/11/11 in Personal More Like This
My girlfriend and I traveled today to Atsugi, about an hour train ride from Tokyo. We had some business to take care of there. It was a bit frustrating because we couldn't get everything done we needed to, but the traveling to and from was delightful.
I was amazed, looking out the train window, there was not ONE piece of litter. I think we traveled 20 miles or more before I saw so much as a tissue paper beside the tracks. The Japanese, even in the less affluent areas, are incredibly tidy.
During the morning commute, the subway trains are packed so full there are literally uniformed individuals called "pushers" whose job it is to shove people into the cars as tightly as possible. As the doors slide shut they get very aggressive and carry out their job of sardine commuter packing very seriously and they do it with smiles and white gloves and a charm that everyo
Everything is Beautiful...NOT!In the 1960s, Ray Stevens wrote a song titled "Everything Is Beautiful" and it won him a grammy. Perhaps it was the idealism of those times or maybe a personal philosophy that gave birth to this song. It starts out with children singing "Jesus Loves the Little Children", a song I remember singing in church when I was a child.Everything is Beautiful...NOT! in Personal More Like This
"Jesus loves the little children
All the children of the world
Red and yellow, black and white
They are precious in His sight
Jesus loves the little children of the world"
Like Disney's "It's a Small World", this song has a worm like infectious tune that rolls around in your brain like a marble in a barrel. A child, once he has learned this song, will hum it, whistle it, and sing it until adult ears bleed. Not only is the tune contagious, the lyrics are ideal and Pollyanna to the point of near myopic blindness.
After one chorus of "Jesus Loves the Little Children", Mr. Stevens' song moves into his "Everything Is Beautiful, in It's Own Way" mantra.
The notion he pu
Japan Trip....more daysNote to self: Getting up early does not mix well with late night drinking. The good news is, I think I'm on track for setting a new personal record for consecutive days with a hang over wait is that good news? It's amazing to me that you can buy beer in vending machines everywhere here. Ugh it's 6:30AM, I'll pass on the beer .for now.Japan Trip....more days in Personal More Like This
My legs are sore from walking about 2,000 miles yesterday and my feet already hurt. I love it.
This morning, after crashing a little after 2AM, we got up at 6:30AM to catch the bullet train to Osaka. The train stops several times, so it doesn't always get up to the incredible speeds other ones do. We'll be on one this Sunday that tops out at about 180MPH! It's hard to describe the funny experiences one has on the subways and trains. The crazy visuals of passing another train going the opposite direction when you are only a foot or so apart. Ah these Japanese are so precise. The trains displace so much air that when we
Japan Trip... dazed and confusedToday we are back on the bullet train heading for Akita. Funny thing about bullet trains they don't turn around but rather go to a destination the go backwards over the same tracks. As a result of this, all the seats rotate 180 degrees so passengers can always be facing forward. But it's odd to look for your seat and notice the numbers going up sometimes and down sometimes depending on which way you are headed.Japan Trip... dazed and confused in Personal More Like This
We had a nice breakfast in Sendai. My girlfriend went ahead to our room to pack while I took a few photos. I went to the restroom in the lobby and as I sat there communing with nature and enjoying the wonderfully heated toilet seat, I noticed a narrow door in front of me. Out of curiosity, I opened it. A mop with gloves fell out of it and scared the crap out of me! Curiosity will be the death of me. As I left the restroom, I realized I couldn't remember what room we were in, I didn't have the key, and I most assuredly didn't speak Japanese. Fortunately
Crossing the LineAlmost 99.9999% of the comments I get on DA are very nice and complimentary. For this I am grateful and appreciative. I also appreciate the occasional criticism that suggests I try a different crop, color, or lens choice. Even after 35 years I feel it is vital to listen to all the input I get because there are occasional jewels of ideas that come from learned professionals and beginning amateurs alike. Sometimes I even like it more when someone who is new to photography makes suggestions because they aren't stifled by the "rules" we all learn when we start out.Crossing the Line in Personal More Like This
Recently, I've had a few people say some interesting and absurd things. These comments are related to my having taken down my gallery of nudes. First of all, let me say, my motive for this action was simply time management. I run a business so I don't have time to respond to all the comments or even read them all.
The suggestion has been made that by me removing the nudes, by responding to horrid comments then hiding and blockin
Today, I am HeartbrokenThis past week our nation witnessed one of the most horrific violations in history. A beast that I refuse to name, planned and then killed 12 people in a theatre in Colorado. I won't go into details of how, why, or who committed this atrocity.Today, I am Heartbroken in Personal More Like This
What I WILL address is the idea of our Constitutional "right to bear arms". The misconstrued perception of this "right", saddens and confuses me. The archaic belief that having a gun in our houses will enable us to "defend ourselves" is not only statistically improbable, it is metaphorically AND literally unsettling to those who live with us. A loaded gun in a house says,"I don't trust people", "I am afraid someone will break in and hurt us", and also "I am willing to shoot to kill another human being".
If you have a gun in your house and it is NOT loaded, the statistical probability of you being able to get to it, load it, and confront a home invader AND for the outcome of that confrontation to be positive in ANY way, is insignificantly small.
Chaaaaange?“Why don’t you launch a Kickstarter campaign?”Chaaaaange? in Personal More Like This
“Have you heard of Patreon?”
“Why doesn’t your site have a Donate button?”
Put simply, I have this (evidently archaic) opinion that; if you want to make money, you have to do the work first. I don’t like the idea of taking money off people unless they get something for it immediately, not [insert timeframe here] down the line. It feels like a scam. That’s why I produce all those cheap digital comics: to finance my larger projects (and which is why I get pissed off when I find them being distributed freely online, because it slows everything down).
Even for large projects, like video-games that only have a niche audience and which big publishers won’t ever assist: I don’t see crowd funding as a particularly good way to go about getting production capital. I prefer the early release approach, such as that Mojang took with Minecraft.
No complete product? Giv
The End of the Twinkie?http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2012/11/16/hostess-twinkies-ding-dongs-wonder-bread-going-out-of-business/1708409/The End of the Twinkie? in Personal More Like This
World War 3 may just be months away, with much of the middle east currently being blown apart by missiles and the locals setting their neighbours on fire, but the real news is that the Twinkie, the USA's primary contribution to world cuisine, could cease to be.
"You eat those?" I hear people ask. Hell no. Never eaten one in my life. There's something about their unnatural, chemical-yellow colour and that they have a half-life rather than a use-by date that just sets off one too many alarm-bells.
In fact, I'm pretty sure that if you read the print on the pack, you'll find asbestos to be a key ingredient.
Even John McClane can't keep one down, and he took out a building full of terrorists with nothing but his bare feet and a Santa hat.
Which leads to my point: Without the Twinkie, there are SO many lines from SO many classic movies that future generations just a
RIP Bob HoskinsVeteran actor Bob Hoskins has died: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27224995RIP Bob Hoskins in Personal More Like This
The man played a whole range of characters, from Smee (Hook) to Khrushchev (Enemy at the Gates) but he'll probably be remembered (and envied by those of us with a looser grip on reality) for his role as Eddie Valiant, the LA gumshoe from Who Framed Roger Rabbit whom the badly-drawn Jessica bounced off, slunk around and serenaded.
For that, I think we'll all forgive him for Mario Bros.
The Happy World of Haribo...oh...OH...OH, GOD!!!I like to take a bag of Haribo gummy sweets with me when I go to the cinema. It's cheaper than buying the over-priced rot they sell in the foyer, and thanks to the industrial waste they're quite obviously made from; it can take the length of a movie to chew through a bag of the things.The Happy World of Haribo...oh...OH...OH, GOD!!! in Personal More Like This
I may, however, have to rethink gnawing this brand of confection in light of an article that just popped up: http://www.buzzfeed.com/michaelrusch/haribo-gummy-bear-reviews-on-amazon-are-the-most-insane-thin
Glad I didn't take a bag of those in with me when I went to see The Hobbit.
Doomsday....sorry; you missed it.Since the concept of the Leap Year was first implemented back in 45BC, there have been about 514 of them.Doomsday....sorry; you missed it. in Personal More Like This
Without the extra day every 4 years, we would be in 2013.
As the Mayan Calendar doesn't take leap years into account; 2012 has been and gone.
(Edit - no: I'm not smart enough to work that out myself. I read it!)
Change for the sake of change.Well…..that was immature drivel.Change for the sake of change. in Personal More Like This
I don’t know a huge amount about the “New 52” take on the DC universe (I stopped paying attention to DC’s output when they changed their logo to look like a half-unwrapped Acme magnet) but if the Justice League: War animation is any kind of summary, I’m glad I’ve not wasted my time.
Batman now seems to think it’s impolite if he doesn’t tell everyone who he is, Wonder Woman has taken to talking like a really, really bad Shakespearean actor and Superman is a dick.
Ignoring the animation’s terrible narrative, what struck me like a rancid kipper in the face was how god-awful the character designs were. In this instance; particularly Darkseid’s. Yeah, he wore a bucket on his head in the past, but it worked! It added to his menace as a laser-firing brick of doom. You took one look at him and you knew who he was.
Watch Superman/Batman: Apocalypse. THAT version of Darkseid is an ic
RIP Rik MayallOne of my fave comedians has died.RIP Rik Mayall in Personal More Like This
Pretty much everything Rik Mayall starred was in was over-the-top, offensive and purile.....and it always had me in stitches.
Edit: Now this is how you do a tribute
Expiration DateI love the Team Fortress 2 short movies. They're like little Pixar films......just with violence, blood, dismemberment and a general disregard for health, safety and human life.Expiration Date in Personal More Like This
Usually they're quite brief, but the latest to surface is a whole 15 minutes. Positively feature-length!
It's making me want to revisit those TF2 "auxiliary units" I designed a couple of years back.
I'm changing my name.That's right. I'm changing my DA name.I'm changing my name. in Personal More Like This
I've thought long and hard and have decided to change it toooooo.......
That's right; i'm one of the few artists here on DA that seems content with my name. That; and I think changing a "brand" simply because you can, after you've spent time and energy building up an audience is f**king stupid.
I've been here for years. I've operated on the internet under "jollyjack" for longer. If I changed that now it would be monumentally confusing to people that follow my work, which, in turn, would have an effect on revenue.
There are a ton of artists here whose work I keenly follow, and I think they're kinda shooting themselves in the foot by doing this.
Kinda reminds be of those little label-making things everyone's been given on at least one Christmas as a kid: you unwrap it, you find out what it does and you spend the rest of the day punching out new tags for everything. Even if they'
RIP - H.R. GigerKooky Swiss artist and master of f**ked-up imagery, H.R. Giger, has died: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-27390345RIP - H.R. Giger in Personal More Like This
His work was brought to prominence, obviously, by the design of the titular Alien in Ridley Scott’s film, but he was also more or less the godfather of “biomechanical” science fiction/horror illustration.
I can’t say I was ever a real fan of his work. Most of it made my flesh crawl. It was art, but it was utterly repulsive.
Why mention his passing, then? Well, love or hate his style, its effect on the science fiction/horror genres is undeniable, and they wouldn’t be the same without him.
I HATE THIS GUY. Seriously. I quit, LOL.I discovered Kim Jung Gi during my years living in South Korea when I came across his first sketchbook in '09. It was a blue and red bible of non-stop art. it made me cry. SEEING him do what he does, however, makes me contemplating giving up art altogether, lol. T________T #SoGoodI HATE THIS GUY. Seriously. I quit, LOL. in Personal More Like This
ANIMATION FACT....The conventional Anime style (big eyes, large heads & proportions) origin traces back to Osamu Tezuka (1928-1989/Astro Boy, Kimba The White Lion, Black Jack), unanimously known as 'The Godfather of Anime' who was heavily influenced by the style's of Max Fleischer's BETTY BOOP & Disney's BAMBI. Anime's signature style was derived from American animation styles.ANIMATION FACT.... in Personal More Like This
See how we influence each other?
NICKELODEON AND DREAMWORKS ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT!NICKELODEON ANIMATION launched an Animated Comedy Shorts Program. They are looking for writers/animators/artists to contribute.NICKELODEON AND DREAMWORKS ARE LOOKING FOR TALENT! in Personal More Like This
APPLY TO NICKELODEON HERE:
DREAMWORKS ANIMATION LOOKING TO TRAIN STORY ARTISTS:
"The Story Initiative Program at DreamWorks Animation is a comprehensive immersion program for recent college graduates who wish to pursue artistic careers as story artists.
The objective of the program is to identify and train entry-level storytellers in the techniques and practices of storyboarding for feature-length animated films. Over the course of an initial three month curriculum, trainees are instructed by a DWA senior story artist in a training environment that replicates the production environment on actual projects. Trainees learn how to: evaluate and plan their storyboard sequences,
TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS...Someone just linked me to this image (even featured my artbook cover in it) this morning and I thought it spoke to what i've dealt with my entire career.TO YOU ASPIRING ARTISTS... in Personal More Like This
Try to embrace what makes you different, even if it makes others uncomfortable.
WHICH ONE OF THESE ARE CONSIDERED ANIME?WHICH ONE OF THESE ARE CONSIDERED ANIME? in Personal More Like This
The Making of YOSHINARI'S LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIAFor all aspiring artists/ students who whish to work in 2D animation production, and those already in 2D animation who know little to nothing about actual 2D animation production, here is but a glimpse of what it's like. This is also a pretty brilliant program enacted by Japanese grants to nurture the talent pool for the new generation. Watch director Yoh Yoshinari (gurren Lagaan, Evangelion, FLCL) train 5 young animators at his newly founded animation company STUDIO TRIGGER (KIll LA KILL), as he guides them through the process of helping him create the first episode of the wildly popular Little Witch Academia OVA. Inspiring stuff and a true peek behind the curtain of what it's like for young artists/creatives/animators who work under a giant like Yoshinari.The Making of YOSHINARI'S LITTLE WITCH ACADEMIA in Personal More Like This
ASPIRING MANGAKA : SHONEN JUMP WANTS YOU!JAPAN'S SHONEN JUMP is looking for the next manga star with the INTERNATIONAL MANGA COMPETITION! The next manga star could be you!ASPIRING MANGAKA : SHONEN JUMP WANTS YOU! in Personal More Like This
Get ready to submit your masterpiece for competition and win cash, prizes and a publishing opportunity! Put up or shut up! Good luck! :-D
ALL INFO HERE:
SPACE DANDY KEY ANIMATION!A collection of Genga Animatics from one of my absolute favorite animated shows this year, "Space Dandy." It makes me happy to see this kinda content is still all done on paper. No Command Z. Japanese 2D TV animators continue to inspire me beyond no end. featuring some of the work of key animators Tadashi Hiramatsu, Yutaka Nakamura, Norifumi Kugai, Gosei Oda , Bahi JD and others!SPACE DANDY KEY ANIMATION! in Personal More Like This
WHEN JOBS IN THE ANIMATION INDUSTRY DISAPPEAR..."....Yes, when your dream seems far away, you might experience discouragement, overwhelm or even depression. I know what that's like.WHEN JOBS IN THE ANIMATION INDUSTRY DISAPPEAR... in Personal More Like This
However, "Will my dreams ever come true?" is not the most important question you can ask yourself right now.
The bigger question that bad news reveals is this:
" IF MY DREAM DIES, WHAT WILL I DO?"
It is wise to decide how you'll respond to failure and seemingly insurmountable obstacles before you face them" :
READ MORE HERE: http://chrisoatley.com/jobs-in-animation-industry/
STAY THE COURSE!!!
I Love YouThere are three simple wordsI Love You in Free Verse More Like This
That have the power to leave me
Those words can produce beauty,
Deception, war, or more.
They can overturn cars
Slice open wrists
Saw through secrets.
The can shatter hearts, like
Crystal vases thrown against walls.
They lead you to dream of a smiling future
Rich with technicolor.
They tear off clothes and explore
Every inch of skin
Every moan that they create.
They can be
whispered into your ear
pondered inside your head
shouted up to the sky
or whimpered at times of need.
They are an exquis
A little bit of loveSome words, thought and things about deviantArtA little bit of love in Personal More Like This
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Important note regarding Commercial UseIn regards to commercial enquiries. I have now added my rates for commercial usage into my stock rules information.Important note regarding Commercial Use in Personal More Like This
Please note; these are the same rates I have been using for almost 3 years.
Hopefully this will speed up the process for commercial enquiries.
Im sorry to everyone who is waiting for a reply.
I do my best to get to everyone, but it takes a while to go through them properly.
Watchers of the Week! #1Basically, the first 10 people to comment on this journal will get a journal feature here from me.Watchers of the Week! #1 in Personal Journal More Like This
These will probably go fast, so hurry and comment!
I will call this "Watchers of the week" because this offer is only for my watchers!
Pandora's Box Contest Entry by azuriinAnnabeth von Bouthe Page Doll by azuriin
Tonight, you DIE by BurloroThings get better by Burloro
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100 point giveaway WINNER100 point giveaway WINNER in Deviant Events More Like This
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100 point giveaway! WINNERThe winner of this giveaway is....100 point giveaway! WINNER in Deviant Events More Like This
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The Voices In My HeadThere are three people living in my mind. And they control my every move.The Voices In My Head in Philosophical More Like This
First, let me introduce Mimi. Short, plump, her dark hair in a bob-cut, she favours the colour red and rarely has time to clean her glasses. Not that she cares.
I guess you could say that she's the misunderstood of the three. Her main drive is to keep me alive, healthy, and pain-free. She's the one who sends reports to Valerie, telling her what's being said, whether or not there's pain, everything. Every bit of information goes through Mimi.
Even though she couldn't care less about the health of others, this doesn't make her selfish or evil. No, she is simply doing a job and that's her only job.
In my mind, there is a large storeroom full of shelves. And on these shelves are boxes and boxes, each crudely labeled, none of it in any sensible order .Some are dusty and rarely perused-through while others can't even keep their lids on.
In charge of this room is Valerie. All day, every day, Valerie runs thro
The Feels "Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded." James 4:8 (KJV)The Feels in Personal More Like This
You can feel peace, but peace is not a feeling. You can feel love, but love is not a feeling. You can feel anointed, but the anointing is not a feeling. It just is. The peace of God just is. The love of God just is. His power and anointing on your life just is. When you can't feel it, know that it hasn't gone anywhere. It is there and is always accessible to you through Jesus. Don't get caught up in feelings. Move on to being confident and resting assured that you are who God says you are. Period. He lives in you. Period. When you take feelings out of the equation, you're growing into someone that is truly learning to live by faith, and it is faith that pleases God.
Prayer: Father, I receive Your peace and love by faith. It's always available for me to receive at any moment and at any time. I receive strength now
Thoughts on the Triune...no, not the TriforceThoughts on the Triune in Personal More Like This
This is my response to a thoughtful question on this lovely image illustrating the concept of the Godhead of YHWH.
It's some pretty tricky stuff and I know it can't be fully grasped but I do think it can be to some degree as you get to know God better and even study the sciences and creation.
This was my comment:
"It's similar to how he Bible says we have a body, soul, and spirit. We have 3 parts like him; yet another way we reflect his image. But what helped me understand a little better is meditating on John 1 where it describes Jesus as the "Word made flesh". Think about the nature of a word: it starts as a drive in your heart, our mind creates words to articulate it, and we manifest it vocally through the mouth.
So you could say Jesus is the manifestation of YHWH God's heart. If you want to know God's heart, look at Jesus. And the Holy Spirit will reveal the mind and thoughts of God to you as needed. The Godhead funct
My Current SeasonJust a status update.My Current Season in Personal More Like This
It has been a very tiring time physically, mentally, and spiritually. But it's a very interesting time and I'm really just maintaining a place of prayer, simplicity and waiting now. It is just something Yehuwah is guiding me to do. I'm tired of not listening and rushing ahead of him. I'm such a stupid sheep. I have to be so careful not to deceive myself into thinking my own desires are Yehuwah's will. I need to die to myself before I can hear from him. That challenge that comes with that is when people around me criticize this approach and get on their high horse lecture on the "proper method" to go about my life. I have to just tell them this is what Yehuwah is requiring of me right now (then hopefully acquire and slap on and pair of nice, thick headphones from Radioshack).
[By the way, I started calling God by his real name (Yehuwah of Israel) http://the-emissary.me/wp-content/uploads/2012/05/YHWH.png because these days people get all con
Finishing the Job?Lord-Kiyo breached an interesting point regarding my Genesis Comic project and I thought it was worth posting. It's good to have this dialogue because it helps my art concepts.Finishing the Job? in Personal More Like This
With me when I go threw the story of Noah, I always think, why did God not finish the job? Because the only good person was Noah, and the rest of the few passengers where taints(sp. saints?) just to start the whole thing over again.
I think there are 3 important factors to consider:
1. Any righteous present
3. The Earth
Any Righteous People?
I think it's a similar situation to Sodom and Gomorrah. No righteous could be found. In Noah's case, God was able to find 8 righteous so the future of humanity was spared for their sake.
Noah's name even means "comfort" so it must have been a comfort to God's grieving heart that there was someone still willing to listen to him.
I also believe God allows wicked nations to eventually be destroyed because of children
Memorial DayWe honor today all the people past, present, and future who fight for freedom. Their sacrifices and deaths are precious and I hope people like those don't become a dying breed. I want to be one of those . . .Memorial Day in Personal More Like This
Lord Jesus I pray for all those families who have lost brave soldiers, police, and other servants who put their life on the line to protect us. You said yourself there is no greater love than for a man to lay down his life for his friends. You know about that most of all and you did it for people who hated you. I pray that you will soften the hearts of this nation again so that we will have that heart of sacrifice and service even on the everyday, civilian level. Rid us of selfishness and vice and please turn our hearts to one another and the least of us who need that love the most. Forgive us for worshiping sex, money and people when you deserve that praise.
We can't be free on the outside unless we are free in our hearts. Th
Our Dear VeteransI saw a documentary today http://youtu.be/ix0EPH3jPxk on Desmond Doss, a conscientious objector who reused to kill yet he received the highest military Honor.Our Dear Veterans in Personal More Like This
He prayed for his Company B and while A got decimated, B went untouched. He dragged about 75 injured/dead soldiers across the plateau under heavy fire and lowered them with a rope to safety. He refused to leave them behind. A Japanese soldier reported that he had him in his sights the whole time but every time he tried to shoot him, his gun would jam up. He was really under God's protection. When he asked his superiors to give him time to read his Bible for strength, they put their plans on hold and allowed it because shoot, whatever he was doing (or rather, allowing God to do) was working.
Mr. Doss was a very devout man and he is a gem, a human national treasure. I only hope my existence serves to benefit others nearly to the same degree his did. He was so sold out to God th
Neal ParrowThe man's Biblical art Is DELICIOUS. I love how he uses dynamic (and sometimes trippy) compositions! Definitely inspiring for my own projects.Neal Parrow in Personal More Like This
In the one titled "Seek", the water is beautifully painted and Jesus totally looks like he's water bending which makes it even more awesome (He was talking about how he has living water and when you drink that you won't ever thirst again like with normal water).
How Kids can Make MoneyI was doing some research today since my nephew was going on about wanting to buy Sonic Generations himself. He was asking me if he could get paid for doing house chores. In that line of thought I also looked up some other ways kids can make money while developing some entrepreneurial skills:How Kids can Make Money in Personal More Like This
Everyone keeps bawling about the economy and not being able to find jobs. Sometimes it's just time to start your own thing and MAKE the jobs and you can't start too early. Teach your kids to be creative entrepreneurs. It's something I certainly wished I learned earlier on. These links also suggest how to promote yourself by doing a little PR with youtube, flyers, facebook, and photos. It's very valuable to take advantage of the most cutting edge toosl in this day and age so I'll be pitching this to them and see where it goes from here.
As a Christian, it will not onl
ShofaaaaarHey, my birthday falls on Rosh Hashanah!Shofaaaaar in Personal More Like This
If I understand correctly, it celebrates the creation of the world (Adam and Eve). It's also a day of sounding the Shofar (Day of Trumpets). As a Christian, it is also a prophetic feast, the last one yet to be fulfilled by the Messiah. He will come back to the Earth with the sound of the trumpet and the shout of an Archangel.
Many blessings to those observing today. The same way he created the world, I hope he creates something new in all of us too. Not by might, nor by power, but by His Spirit
I also thank God for bringing me this far and keeping my sanity during my "quarter life crisis", lol. Going to go out and eat later with my family. California Pizza Kitchen has an amazing tiramisu.
News: Commissions are closed after today so I can finish up my orders.
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St. Valentine, The Real Story
By David Kithcart
The 700 Club
Flowers, candy, red hearts and romance. That's what Valentine's day is all about, right? Well, maybe not.
The origin of this holiday for the expression of love really isn't romantic at all -- at least not in the traditional sense. Father Frank O'Gara of Whitefriars Street Church in Dublin, Ireland, tells the real story of the man behind the holiday -- St. Valentine.
"He was a Roman Priest at a time when there was an emperor called Claudias who persecuted the church at that particular time," Father O'Gara explains. " He also had an edict that prohibited the marriage of young people. This was based on the hypothesis that unmarried soldiers fought better than married soldiers because married soldiers might be afraid of what might happen to them or their wives or families if they died."