Anger in the Age of

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Anger.

Whether misdirected or in the form of cyber-bullying, or through my former articles about stress & anger management, or any of the stories I shared about abuse during my time with STMND, anger is a topic we’re quite familiar with here at CardCastles.

So some of the replies I got today due to my support of another strong woman, Maxine Waters, didn’t surprise me.

chat iconThese may seem like two simple pieces of the internet at first glance. Although I did notice something and have been noticing this over & over play out again & again.
When you look at this from a broader scale, it may be clear to some that this response is the language of hate, and not just mere opinion.

Let’s dive deeper, shall we?

Calling someone like Maxine or myself crazy, from the pedestal that many of these cult followers stand on, is something abusers and controllers, bullies and dictactors have done since the beginning of time. They try to silence or discredit the person by calling the person, “crazy” thus nulling their opinion. Some of the cultists that responded to what I said up there called me crazy too for calling her a strong woman.

That kind of language is something I’m all too familiar with, coming from a cycle of abuse myself. I lived with a family member that used this tactic on both my mother and myself often.

In a society where I think most of us are trying to eradicate the stigma surrounding mental illness, language like this is a double-edged sword. Let’s face it, though. People that could support this regime don’t exactly care about anyone—not even themselves.

This is a pattern I’m seeing in all of these people that support this regime. They appear brainwashed, are usually not of high intelligence, and have abusive and/or racist tendencies. They use religion as a means to hide behind and defend their hideous actions. It is sickening to watch and to say the lot of that are sane in this country are tired of it is far beyond an understatement.

This type of silencing and spiritual and psychologial and even generational warfare they have begun will have lasting effects for generations to come.

Despite them and their abuse,

I am telling all of you with a heart and soul left in your body to speak up now and condemn all of this madness every single time you see it.

Now is not the time to be silent and respectful anymore.

We are going through a full blown crisis of epic proportions in this country and we have to protect our youth while uplifting each other. It is a damn war zone out here with all of this violence happening and such hate in the air.

Perfection Culture

white-flowers-pattern.pngLately I’ve seen a decent number of stuffy posts all over the internet by professionals (& Non-professionals. And professionals that shouldn’t be professionals, and non-professionals that think they’re professionals…)

all passing on advice to never show anything but your absolute best work. They go on to insist that no one is going to take you seriously, blah-blah, blah.

Yeah, about that…

I’ve come to learn in my almost 4 years doing this [selling art, rebuilding a company] professionally, that people respect me for sometimes showing my flaws as an artist,

at times even blatantly pointing them out~>Sleepy Sundays: Meditation (From CardCastles Archives, Year: 2014)

In an attempt to help other artists with mistakes we all make sometimes.

—and you still keep coming back.

No one turns away from my site and says, “Oh my goodness, she’s so unprofessional! Did you see that shading mistake she made on that one?” For every mistake, I learn, make adjustments, and the rest of my work becomes better for it. I take things down. I put them back up. Sometimes being an artist is about making improvements.

People actually rather often say “Your have such a unique style! Your work is so detailed! This is gorgeous.”

They can tell I take my time and have learned from years of experience.

Those years included making plenty of mistakes.

There’s a growth there that you can see and a passion I have for my work that you all seem to know off the bat.

I guess what I’m trying to relay is:

It’s not all always about being perfect all the time. I get it about putting your best foot forward and all. But it’s okay to make mistakes too, ya know?

I mean, what are we all doing this for?

(—If not to have fun, learn, grow and pick some things up along the way.)

The same can be translated into writing and many other art forms.

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Perfection is an Illusion

There is no such thing as true 100% perfection. Even the best of things have flaws. In our modern-day society one can admit our culture has become a bit obsessed with the idea of perfection. Plastic surgery, who’s eyebrows are or aren’t “on fleek” (barf) whose contour be slayin’ ” (cringe), whose girlfriend looks better than yours, all of it supposedly determined for us by some post or meme or magazine.

Don’t get me started with the subject of “reality television.” Some other time friends.

It’s all so incredibly fake, and put out there by people desperately seeking attention or validation, or followers, some fill to their void…

Whatever the case is, there is no such thing as true 100% perfection.

Maybe if we accept that first, we can fix our society’s increasingly narcissistic ways.

 

Sleepy Sundays: New World

New World
New World

There’s so much ugliness in our world on the daily. This is a hard truth to swallow. This harsh reality exists whether we want it to or not. Sometimes these modern day truths have us longing for fresh starts. Perhaps that’s what our planet needs. A fresh start. That new lease could begin with you. We could change things for the better before its too late.

Perhaps it will kick off with something as simple as a little TLC. Maybe a utopia doesn’t exist, but just maybe there’s a chance that’s because we haven’t created it yet.

Do you ever feel you need a “fresh start” in life? Have you started something new lately? What would exist in your idea of a “perfect world”?

Have a dreamy Sunday!

Sleepy Sundays: Ancient

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Ancient © 2016 cardcastlesinthesky.com
Ancient

In our speedy process these days with our heads buried in our phones we sometimes forget how to love. I’m as guilty of it as anyone is. We could be kinder to one another. Lend a hand to one another.

People sometimes ask me how is it that I interact with all of the lovely, talented people that I do. My response is always the same. I try to love everyone from the start. I try to be friendly. That is all.

All I’m saying is sometimes a simple hello to someone that’s not expecting it can change someone’s day for the better. We could be kinder to one another.

Try to reach out to someone that could use it today. For me.

Simply because we could in fact be kinder to one another.  Not just on a Sunday but any day of the week.

We all thrive on love rather than hate.


This art was inspired by a dream I had of two characters I had never met or seen before in my life. It was as if they stepped out of some mythical painting. I had to work them into my art somehow. How I saw them, was two souls that had been recycled over and over, always fated to falling in love over & over in each lifetime that they meet again. I plan to work them into a short story some day.

Have you ever had a dream about people you’ve never met? Do you believe that love can heal? Will you be kind to someone today?

Have a love-filled Sunday!