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Living – Life – Large

February 26, 2020
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

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Living – Life – Large
Column
Dan Abernathy – Number One
February 2, 2020

As time rolls forward the one consecutive thing I do is to write. Each morning I put pen to paper, as I am old school and this is the way my words twitch before they get typed out and end up printed in some fashion.

Writing an opinion column is nothing new to me. In years past, more years then I would like to broadcast, the Pinedale Roundup was the birthplace of, From The Hip, a column slightly void of description except for being a platform of my observations, quirks and oddities.

From The Hip, covered many topics, leaving some with the nod of approval and smile, while others shook their heads in wonder and disbelief. There were readers that responded with praise, aggressive rebuttal and condemnation, or to perhaps just to express their confusion. All however, reacted because the column did what it was expected to do, evoke thought. This thought was, and now is, never delivered proposing you should follow it. It will be written to provoke a thought of your own, what ever that thought may be.

Not being freighted with change I couldn’t find a good reason to stay with the column title, From The Hip. I thought about it for some time and I always returned to what I have already been branding. Live – Life – Large, so that is what I kept. Contributing to the Chaos while Living – Life – Large an opinion column by Dan Abernathy.

Some of you know me some of you do not. Some of you will want to know me, while others will not. Some of you I imagine, will quickly run screaming in disbelieve of this printed declaration that will be swirling into your eyes, leaving the stinging residue of a dust storm. Whatever reaction is spawned, this is my voice, and it is ruled by none.

Within this realm of writing I expose myself in one of two ways. An unstoppable rant seeming as if like I have consumed four lines of coke, three shots of tequila and seven cups of espresso laced coffee while sitting in the back of an all-night diner, or like the Buddhist monk practicing a vow of Zen calmness where all is good. This is just a slight warning to the way of my being and seldom is there much of an in between.

I am about being an individual. I believe you should walk your own path and it should never, two steps behind and to the right. I have been tagged with, contributing to the chaos, and I accept this definition proudly. My way of contributing is about donating to life and living. I believe this should be accomplished with a carefree attitude filled with reckless abandonment, while exuding calmness and compassion amidst the disorder.

Our world is in a constant chaotic state, in this capacity of high confusion and disarray, if we carefully look and listen beyond the pandemonium, we can now hear the rumbling of oncoming anarchy. It is said that this is a natural progression as, “we the people,” wait for Plato and Socrates declared arrival of the Philosopher King. So contributing to the chaos, with good and through many obscure facets, is in fact contribute to life. We must live life now, with the way of mindfulness as our future is truly, only tomorrow. This is the only way we can find some contentment and sense of who we are, in a world that is insensibly out of control.  

For myself, I have been in this game way to long to put my cloths back on now. Nor will I settle down, get a job and find comfort with what many may consider the normal way of living. Within this life that is mine, I can adapt to no rules but my own, and these rules will not allow me walk on anyone else’s footpath.

So hold tight to your britches and feel the free blowing wind in your face. This is going to be a fun ride filled with abnormalities and wonder. We will be going places with fresh eyes, places where rules are found, learned and then perhaps bent a bit to ignite thought and a small bit of joy. – dbA
 
Contributing to the Chaos while                                                 
Living – Life – Large
Number Two – Dan Abernathy

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Within this thunderstorm of current governmental affairs we are in, the airwaves are seemingly overflowing in a debauchery of shameless bantering and echoing, “he said – she said.” This static white noise is becoming deafening and overpowering to my tinnitus. Out of self-preservation, I have chosen to ignore, abandon, give up and turn my back to all the pointless and absurd political rhetoric that is destroying our beloved nation.

So, when the masses tuned in with some type of hate-monger attitude, or possibly just to sit quietly in bewilderment and watch the State of the Union Speech, I found rebellious comfort and relief by tuning into Zombieland 2: Double Tap, to watch Woody Harrelson attempt to eradicate zombies.

I am not a huge fan of zombie movies but this one, in its morbid ways, was humorous and did just what it was supposed to do. This movie entertained me with no residue of disgust hovering over my evening on the couch with popcorn and friends. Though Zombieland 2, was not the type of movie I generally choose to find entertainment in, in its ridiculous, bloody and grotesque way, it delivered my thought and mind, well…, to nothing. As millions watched a speech that I’m sure was filled with the same bile the zombies were coughing up, I laughed at the senseless stupidity with reckless abandonment.

As I am in this diatribe around the fringes of television viewing, I will reveal some honesty with discussing television. I will escape the “Cool Way” of proclaiming that I’m to intellectual to watch television and declare that I do. I, like most who say they haven’t, have been watching TV all my life. I no longer can force myself to adjust the knob to find CNN, FOX, ABC, CBS or NBC, I doubt that I will ever not find some time to be involved with the entertainment released from the little flat screen.

I rarely forfeit my viewing time to the new shows being brought forth and released. I will freely admit to being hopelessly addicted to Law and Order, but most of the new programing does not resonate to highly with me. I can understand that it may be deemed trendy by other sources, does not so much for myself. When it comes to television viewing, I have given myself freely to living within the world of reruns.

These shows, from another time, were filled with acting and often an underlying meaning that pointed to a way we should be, or at least try to be. These shows from the past, light up the room and project a feeling of good without pushing an ultimatum to how to be trendy. I venture in to the land of black & white reruns, where actors acted and didn’t need a costar of special effects. They offer me an escape as I empty my mind from, “what is,” for a brief moment of escape and getaway.

Television, movies, actors and acting are supposed to be about entertainment. The mission of television and movies are to entertain. The job of an actor is to act and entertain, as they create a passageway for their audiences to escape reality for thirty minutes or perhaps even two hours and ten minutes. Combining the two together should become the vehicle to escape and forget this troubled world that we are living in.

Because of our fickle society, celebrities of all venues have become the heroes and because so, they have become a voice to the people. Though I agree with Joaquin Phoenix’s massage about compassion, when he accepted his Oscar, I really could care less if he has taken a stand and doesn’t put cows milk on his Wheaties. Robert De Niro bashes the current administration as if he acting his part in, “The Irishman.” Meryl Streep, Roseanne Barr and Cher, bashing or indorsing someone in the political arenas means nothing. Actors and actresses should not use their names to sway a vote and endorse political parties.

Politics and religion should not be talked about in a bar, on a beach or at Universal Studios. Actors and actresses should remember that they have made their millions by acting in a false perspective of life. Why should we think their words carry more weight then it truly does? I strongly believe everyone’s voice matters, but we all should pause a brief moment before we speak. An actor’s job is to act, so they should continue to act and by all means, “Act Right.” – dbA

Art Carneys For Playa Gigante

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We are in the second month of this humanitarian Campaign to help Playa Gigante and we are helping this small fishing village. The donations of compassion you have given have not only helped feed these proud people, it has helped in other ways as well. We have purchased school supplies for kids unable to afford them. We also have gotten prescriptions for some elderly people that have not been on their needed medications as there was no money to get them. With the generous help of you, the donators, we are making a difference.

Like I said before, each and every dollar that is brought in goes directly to the people. There are no administration fees removed or a fat check paid to a CEO for being a part. We are here for the people. It is that simple.

These donations are not just about the amount; it is also about kindness and compassion. It is about feeling good inside when giving to someone with no other motive then to just help. I’ve had friends dig deep into their pockets for a few hundred dollars, and other friends, that could only afford $2.00, or $5.00. But they gave. They give just to help and it all touches my heart.

Susan and Steve, true Road Carneys are constantly on the road selling at juried art festivals. With each festival they pick a piece of art, when it sales, they donate the money.

All this help has been amazing and it cannot stop. Please go to my website and click on the link to Art Carneys for Playa Gigante. There is information there and the donate button is on the bottom of the page.

From all that I am I thank all that have donated, all that are donating and to the ones that are going to donate. To you all …. I Thank You!

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This small fishing village of Playa Gigante, Nicaragua is severely struggling. Because of the political crisis in Nicaragua, the loss of tourism, and the unemployment is at an all-time high. Playa Gigante is a small fishing village located north of San Juan del Sur, on the Southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The village has a small population of about 500 and they are some of the most gracious people I have ever met, but they are in trouble. With the fishing and tourism industry suffering greatly, the unemployment rate is rapidly increasing. These proud people are hurting. They need help feeding and caring for their families.

I am asking for your help, to help them. In the forth-coming future you will be hearing about humanitarian plans to assist this village, and a strategy to raise money for Gigante, via donations and art sales. My goal is to raise $1000 per month. If we can do this, the entire village can be supplied with Gallo Pinto, (beans and rice) and compassionately assisted. In the greater plan of things, $1000 dollars is a truly a very small amount, but to them it is massive.

If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give a donation of love please contact me. Even the smallest amount will help greatly. I guarantee that each dollar received will be going to help these proud people. Not one dime will be spent on administration fees or salaries to a CEO. Please contact me if you would like to donate something or have any questions about helping. You can also go to my website, www.contributechaos.com and click on the link, Art Carneys For Playa Gigante, it will take you to a Donation button.

There will be a list of donations received. Please let me know when you make the donation if I can post your name and amount, or if you prefer I will keep it anonymous.

From My Journal

Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

IMG_6484Artist Statement

Each morning I open my journals and pour into them myself. These are thoughts and ideas that arrive from unlimited sources. This is my voice, be it in words or in art. It is a collection of oddities, fascinations, desires and obsessions – a road map of sorts, tracking the life of a man that can’t and won’t fit in.
Now I make available 98% of my freedom and perspectives with, Chronologies – Excerpts – Fragments and Reflections, be they unsolidified and random thoughts, words of meaning, words of too much meaning, or perhaps at times, meandering, incomplete and unedited rants, unleashed to the masses. The other 2% I keep to myself archived as a waiting gift for the scholars and naysayers to decipher after I walk on.

I had the opportunity to venture into a doll makers studio with camera in hand and spend some time. It all turned a bit dark, as the bits and pieces that I was viewing seemed to show the dark side of their intended beauty. But with these images showing the dark side remember:

“The path towards the highest light often guides us through the shadows to the darkest of darkness. This is the route, as we must know the dark to know the light. This is the gift; the highest light is there for all that pass through the dark.” – dbA

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My Friend
I walk in the woods
to be among my friends.

Each time
I embark on this stroll
I find a new one.

A Tree
standing proud and unique,
waiting with no hesitation
to be my friend.         -dbA

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 I Am
I stand in the solitude of the sea,
the white foam of surf
circling my bare feet.
I feel complete.

Not capable
of knowing impression
or thought.
I just am.
                               – dbA

 

Words form the collection, 2020 Poetry and Words
You can find more of my poetry on my website in the volumes of
Looking for Security While Wearing a Loincloth
I Don’t Shave on Sundays and
My Mind Has Forgotten to Age
                       
Cover_Episode_13Chool Cast Episode 13
Episode Number 13 of the Chool Cast is out with some music from Buck Frampton. I hooked up with the elusive Frampton in the costal jungles of Nicaragua and had a strange, though mysterious and indefinable time. You will be witness to more of his obscure and wisdom later on.
The Chool Cast has not been extremely consistent, but then again, neither am I. So it is what it is. I am working towards something with everything concerned and involved, including a video blog that will be, in a sense, different venues to Contribute to the Chaos!

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Art Murals at Grey Mountain

January 14, 2020
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

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Art Murals in Northern Arizona
Native Artist Jerrel Singer
Driving North out of Arizona, on Highway 89, can be a bit bleak. The vistas occupying this barren land are not filled with to many breathtaking views, though if you leave comparison behind you, there is a true uniqueness to be found.

One such sanctuary is on the southern edge of a small village known as, Gray Mountain. Situated on the side of the road, at a seemingly abandoned filling station is an impromptu art gallery with plenty of parking and a great place to stop and water the dog, stretch the legs and view some very unique art.

Jerrel Singer, a Navajo artist who grew up in Cameron and Gray Mountain on the Navajo reservation, is known for his vibrant flowing colors, has painted a group of murals reflecting issues faced by the Navajo people, including uranium mining.

Singer’s murals are sending a message that is tied to the land and his people living on the reservation, a message that needs to be heard more now then ever. A dispatch of significance as it not only comes from Singer, it derives form his home, the place of his birth.

These impactful murals of Jerrel Singer, and the message they are shouting is one to hear. Stop, pay homage and listen to what is being spoken. – dbA


Art Carneys For Playa Gigante
Art Carney_01_ProofI want to give out a Massive Thanks to anyone moved to find the Donate button. With just a small amount of kindness and compassion you will be helping so much. For the cost of a latte, we can feed 7 people. You guys are proof that it is not about the amount, it is about the compassion and we thank you from all that we are.
Richard Lucas, Cheryl Essington, Angelina Deans, Mathieu Jean Robinette – Rooster, Kitty O’Donnell, Amanda Templar, Tommy Sue Kissell

Playa Gigante
This small fishing village of Playa Gigante, Nicaragua is severely struggling. Because of the political crisis in Nicaragua, the loss of tourism, and the unemployment is at an all-time high. Playa Gigante is a small fishing village located north of San Juan del Sur, on the Southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The village has a small population of about 500 and they are some of the most gracious people I have ever met, but they are in trouble. With the fishing and tourism industry suffering greatly, the unemployment rate is rapidly increasing. These proud people are hurting. They need help feeding and caring for their families.

I am asking for your help, to help them. In the forth-coming future you will be hearing about humanitarian plans to assist this village, and a strategy to raise money for Gigante, via donations and art sales. My goal is to raise $1000 per month. If we can do this, the entire village can be supplied with Gallo Pinto, (beans and rice) and compassionately assisted. In the greater plan of things, $1000 dollars is a truly a very small amount, but to them it is massive.

If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give a donation of love please contact me. Even the smallest amount will help greatly. I guarantee that each dollar received will be going to help these proud people. Not one dime will be spent on administration fees or salaries to a CEO. Please contact me if you would like to donate something or have any questions about helping. You can also go to my website, www.contributechaos.com and click on the link, Art Carneys For Playa Gigante, it will take you to a Donation button.

There will be a list of donations received. Please let me know when you make the donation if I can post your name and amount, or if you prefer I will keep it anonymous.


A Page From My Journal

 This Art Show has been extended until the end of January!!
A show of my Journals is currently being displayed in the Gallery at the Sublette Country Library. It will be up until the end at the end of the month.
Here are a few new images from the new pages of my Art Journals that are not in the show.

Artist Statement
Each morning I open my journals and pour into them myself. These are thoughts and ideas that arrive from unlimited sources. This is my voice, be it in words or in art. It is a collection of oddities, fascinations, desires and obsessions – a road map of sorts, tracking the life of a man that can’t and won’t fit in.

Now I make available 98% of my freedom and perspectives with, Chronologies – Excerpts – Fragments and Reflections, be they unsolidified and random thoughts, words of meaning, words of too much meaning, or perhaps at times, meandering, incomplete and unedited rants, unleashed to the masses. The other 2% I keep to myself archived as a waiting gift for the scholars and naysayers to decipher after I walk on.
These pieces are available framed and for purchase. Please contact me for information.


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Khaki’s Kids

January 2, 2020
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

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IMG_5704Every morning before the door opens to start the day at Café Cicada, in Playa Gigante, Nicaragua, there is a mixed parcel of anxious children waiting to hear the click of the lock. When the locks do click and the doors open, Khaki Wieters, the owner of Café Cicada, is greeted with smiles, laughter and hungry bellies. Out of the kindness of her heart, which holds huge amounts of kindness and compassion, she feeds these youngsters, but not until they complete a few chores around the café. Then, after a hot breakfast, the children engage in Art Therapy, something that Khaki feels very strongly about as it gives them a sense of pride. She also hangs their art in the back room art gallery of the café.
IMG_5844    Khaki also helps spearheads a humanitarian effort to feed not just the morning children, but also the people of Playa Gigante, which also includes helping with prescriptions for the elderly and even care for some of the animals. Khaki feels she was put on this earth to help make a difference and make no mistake; this is precisely what she is doing. There have been numerous times that she has latterly used her last dollar to pay for a prescription or help someone in the village of Playa Gigante, the village she calls home.
    Look at these images of Khaki’s Kids, and let your heartstrings be touched, and then please contact me on how to help. It doesn’t take much to help a lot.


Art Carneys For Playa Gigante 

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This small fishing village of Playa Gigante, Nicaragua is severely struggling. Because of the political crisis in Nicaragua, the loss of tourism, and the unemployment is at an all-time high. Playa Gigante is a small fishing village located north of San Juan del Sur, on the Southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The village has a small population of about 500 and they are some of the most gracious people I have ever met, but they are in trouble. With the fishing and tourism industry suffering greatly, the unemployment rate is rapidly increasing. These proud people are hurting. They need help feeding and caring for their families.

IMG_5855    I too am now involved and asking for your help, to help them. In the forth-coming future you will be hearing about humanitarian plans to assist this village, and a strategy to raise money for Gigante, via donations and art sales. My goal is to raise $1000 per month. If we can do this, the entire village can be supplied with Gallo Pinto, (beans and rice) and compassionately assisted. In the greater plan of things, $1000 dollars is a truly a very small amount, but to them it is massive.

    If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give a donation of love please contact me. Even the smallest amount will help greatly. I guarantee that each dollar received will be going to help these proud people. Not one dime will be spent on administration fees or salaries to a CEO. Please contact me if you would like to donate something or have any questions about helping. You can also go to my website, www.contributechaos.com and click on the link, Art Carneys For Playa Gigante, it will take you to a Donation button. Myself, Khaki and all the people of Playa Gigante will be forever grateful for your random act of kindness.
      I want to give out a Massive Thanks to anyone moved to find the Donate button. With just a small amount of kindness and compassion you will be helping so much.
There will be a list of donations received. Please let me know when you make the donation if I can post your name and amount, or if you prefer I will keep it anonymous.


A Page From My Journal

Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

IMG_6093This Art Show has been extended until the end of January!!

A show of my Journals is currently being displayed in the Gallery at the Sublette Country Library. It will be up until the end of December – January!!! Please stop by and have a look into my mind and thoughts.

Artist Statement
Each morning I open my journals and pour into them myself. These are thoughts and ideas that arrive from unlimited sources. This is my voice, be it in words or in art. It is a collection of oddities, fascinations, desires and obsessions – a road map of sorts, tracking the life of a man that can’t and won’t fit in.
Now I make available 98% of my freedom and perspectives with, Chronologies – Excerpts – Fragments and Reflections, be they unsolidified and random thoughts, words of meaning, words of too much meaning, or perhaps at times, meandering, incomplete and unedited rants, unleashed to the masses. The other 2% I keep to myself archived as a waiting gift for the scholars and naysayers to decipher after I walk on.
These pieces are available framed and for purchase. Please contact me for information.


The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
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A Passage To Salvage Self
Listen to your heart and soul and respect your Emotions
Be in control of your thoughts
Be kind to all things
Remove yourself from what is out of your control
Avoid negativity and meaningless drama
Keep what is important close to your heart
Make time for solitude
Meditate each and every day


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The Fishing Village of Gigante, Nicaragua

December 14, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

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Walking Around the Fishing Village of Gigante, Nicaragua
One of the highlights of being on the Emerald Coast was wandering the beaches and back streets, in the community of Gigante. Playa Gigante is a small fishing village located north of San Juan del Sur on the Southern Pacific Coast of Nicaragua. The town entails of about 500 gracious locals, a fluctuating number of expats, some surfers and a few beachfront restaurants and cafes. The residents that inhabit this area are unbelievable warm, friendly and can deliver a smile in record time. A real and genuine smile, one that originated from within the heart before exploding from their face.

IMG_5649This small community of Gigante is now struggling because of the political crisis and loss of tourism, but they are still as accepting and amazingly hospitable. The unemployment is at a staggering high now and you will be hearing more about some humanitarian plans to assistance this village. I am jumping into the effort to help feed these new friends and show them that hope will never fade when it is fueled with kindness and compassion.

IMG_5791I hope you enjoy these images I made while strolling the back street and beaches of Gigante and can see, as I did, that these people may not have much, but in reality have so much more then their materialistic neighbors of the north. – dbA


 

Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!

The Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

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A show of my Journals is currently being displayed in the Gallery at the Sublette Country Library. It will be up until the end of December. Please stop by and have a look into my mind and thoughts.

Artist Statement
Each morning I open my journals and pour into them myself. These are thoughts and ideas that arrive from unlimited sources. This is my voice, be it in words or in art. It is a collection of oddities, fascinations, desires and obsessions – a road map of sorts, tracking the life of a man that can’t and won’t fit in.

Now I make available 98% of my freedom and perspectives with, Chronologies – Excerpts – Fragments and Reflections, be they unsolidified and random thoughts, words of meaning, words of too much meaning, or perhaps at times, meandering, incomplete and unedited rants, unleashed to the masses. The other 2% I keep to myself archived as a waiting gift for the scholars and naysayers to decipher after I walk on.
These pieces are available framed and for purchase.
Please contact me for information.


The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
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I will be teaching Essential Reiki I & II in Roosevelt Utah, hosted by Erika Winterton, a supporter of energy workers, and spiritual service based professional commerce.

Essential Reiki I & II
With Usui Reiki Master Dan Abernathy
January 23-26, 2020
The Grace Event Center, Roosevelt, Utah

Reiki is a Japanese healing technique used for energy balancing, stress reduction and relaxation. It is administered by touch, the placing of hands. It is based on the idea of the universal life force energy, which flows through all of us. This energy is the essence of our being, our consciousness and our soul.

Essential Reiki I & II
Essential Reiki I & II are easy to learn and powerful to use on yourself, friends and family. These classes are for anyone interested in learning techniques for self-healing and helping others. Whether you are a professional healer or not, you will enjoy these classes and benefit from the material presented. This class is very personal and relaxed, yet well organized to achieve the intended goals. Essential Reiki is taught using the Usui style of Reiki with lecture, discussion, an attunement for each level, and plenty of hands on experience. There will also be instruction with the use of a pendulum, Kum Nye for relaxation, meditations and Redolence Therapy with essential oils.

Please contact me for booking information.


Donators
I want to give out a huge Thanks to my sponsors who used the Donate button on my website. You are the ones keeping the strange ideas, thoughts and travel stories in the view of everyone, everywhere.
         If you are in possession of one of those kind souls and would just like to give a donation of love to help you can Donate to the cause. Please go to my website, www.contributechaos.com and hit the donate button. I will be forever grateful and return the kindness by continuing to furnish random acts of kindness each day and will keep the content of my endeavors alive for all to see, read and hear.


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Teaching Essential Reiki at Rancho Santana, Nicaragua

November 4, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace

IMG_5161Teaching Essential Reiki at Rancho Santana, Nicaragua

 As a Usui Reiki Master Teacher, it was a great honor for me to teach Essential Reiki and pass on the attunements of Reiki I & II with the spa staff at Rancho Santana in Nicaragua. My heart unfolds to Khaki Wieters, Tanya Lexin, Yosselin Acevedo, Maria de Los Angeles Guzman, Yolanda Amador Martinez, Daylin Lopez, Isayana Rosario Mora, Francisca Obando, and Peter Lanuza Gonzalez
         My goal as teacher is to help students become competent and confident Reiki healers, while guiding and nurturing them to fully develop their capacity to work with energy and help them develop within themselves the idea of living the Reiki way, not to just practicing it.

As a Reiki instructor it is my purpose to help connect the, “energetic dots,” for the students so they understand the mind, body, and energy relationship. These dots would not have been linked without the amazing help of Tanya and Khaki, who not only were the translators in this all Spanish speaking class, but also the conduits helping the energy flow and touch each person there.
        As I watched the Reiki energy ignite during the wonderful days I truly was living the Reiki Way and found the truth of becoming the Reiki Master, for this is when you truly become the student of Reiki.


IMG_5105The Airport Sleeps

It is going to happen. When you thrive with the elevated precedence of being on the road or to travel in general, at some point you are going to find yourself broke down, delayed, or stranded. This experience again materialized, when my flights to Nicaragua were dipped into confusion and I spent the night, “camping” at Miami International Airport, Not that it was much of a camping trip as there was no where to find comfort in airport camping.
       Late into the night, after all the restaurants closed, random conversations ended and people filtered into their reasons for being there, I was overly amused at how such a large airport can became so empty. The granite floors lost the flow of feet, as the airport became quiet as the delayed travelers found safe spots to sleep.
       So around 2:00 to 3:30, as sleep for myself was nowhere to be found, the creative lights ignited. Never without a camera and never having fully departing from my photojournalistic years, nor the thrill of formulating a photo story, I went on assignment to document, The Airport Sleeps.


Tacos & Tequila
La Taqueria at
The Beach & Surf Club at Playa Los Perros – Ranch Santana – Tola, Nicaragua

IMG_5352When visiting the Emerald Coast of Nicaragua you will be told that the tacos at La Taqueria are the best in the world. I’m not sure how much truth this holds, as I have not yet experienced all the tacos of the world, but until I do the tacos and tequila at La Taqueria will rest high on the at the “Best Taco & Tequila List,” I am constructing. And, for now I will not confuse any palate dreams with euphoric words about the ceviche there.
La Taqueria is located at Playa Los Perros in Rancho Santana, Tola, Nicaragua. An open beach bar and surf shop with a “surf shack sophisticated,” offering light, fresh beach fare in a rustic, casual setting.  The open-air taqueria serves baja-style tacos, quesadillas, ceviche, garden fresh salsas and more. Everything served is prepared to order using fresh ingredients including the freshest of fish. The tortillas are homemade from corn that is ground onsite daily.IMG_5356
       The margaritas served from your choice of tequila, which runs from good to better, were amazingly fantastic. They too are created with freshness and not from an over sweet mix. This liquid invention and location was not constructed to indulge in just one.
As you indulge your senses with this amazing experience, your sense of sight will also be stimulated from the view of Playa Los Perros, one of the most stunning beaches on the coast. There is also a pint-sized surf shop where you can rent surfboards and acquire beachwear before catching a wave or just meandering along the beautiful beach.
 La Taqueria is open daily, 11:00am to sunset. No reservations or shoes needed.


Tacos & Tequila
Tacos & Tequila, a assessment of habitual indulgence, is a venture joining the strange, obscure and baffling elements that I seem to find a requirement to do. I came to learn the importance of tacos late in life, though I have been heavily schooled in tequila. So now in this phase, I am making up for the tacos I’ve missed as I combine them with fine tequila.
        This obsession begins with the loss of my dear friend Kelly. It was commonly known that she would drive over 100 miles for a Taco Bell fix. Now that I have followed her trail into the folds of the taco, I will never compare any taco to Taco Bell. Their tacos are unique and cannot be associated to any other style. I must also add that each time I fall to the degradation of a Taco Bell fix, I give tribute to Kelly with a traditional hard shell taco.
Requirements and Criteria
A taco is a fried tortilla that is folded and stuffed with a mixture of seasoned meat, cheese, and lettuce. But, as you have or will see see, you can construct a taco out of just about anything. The only requirement is, it is on a corn tortilla, never flour. The second requirement is it must have a salsa on top.
      Tequila, which is only produced in designated areas of Mexico, has had rocky history climbing to the top shelf, but in doing so has become one of the most popular liquors in the world. It is distilled from the juice of the blue agave plant’s heart, known as the piña. While it’s the essential ingredient to the classic margarita, it’s just as popular served “neat,” with a side of lime and salt, affectionately known as “legs.”
      What I have learned so far is each taco is as unique as the tequila that primes the taco indulgence. There will be no placing of negativity into this quasi pseudo food review to contaminate any flavors and thoughts of any taco or tequila. So, remember that if I have been to a taco shop that does not stimulate a review, that is infect a review into itself.
So this is where it begins and as far as I am concerned there are no rules and no end that I will ever hope to find!


Tattoo Session Number 5,
IMG_5904With the continued homage to spirit animals, tattoo session number Five is Lord Ganesha. I explained these tattoos on my arm during an Extended Reiki Class, and Adam, a new friend, called my arm, my own personal Totem Pole, which it is. Thanks Adam this is a term I will continue to develop and honor. Each item that is added will be connected to the different aspects of my higher self. Thanks to Joe Chandler for helping me reach this mystical quest of documentation. Take note of this one as t is drawn freehand by Joe with markers before the tattooing begin.
If you would like to offer your skin as a canvas to an amazing artist, I highly recommend giving Joe a call and booking a session. Working with Joe is an amazing collaboration. Contact Joe through Facebook or call 307-941-2423


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The Imbalance Of What Is Now

October 21, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

IMG_4752 2Each day I am invaded with the thoughts of the imbalance of what is now, the common day-to-day now of our crumbling society. A society and nation that was built by the dreams of immigrants and the unstoppable commitments of individuals and I find a sick discontent in the back of my throat. We, as we have become an inconsistent nation, have been allowing the degradation of humanity to happen for a long time. Blindly and guided by greed and broken promises, we have been conditioned to believe rules and regulations will curtail change and keep what we have found, like we found it. But, in doing so we have altered every freethinking thought that was ever envisioned. The natural balance is no longer thriving. It has been replaced with ego, greed and discontent. I will also add, for burning sensation, judgment, comparison and cowardly hate.

On a local level, look at all the use-to-be cool free spirited places of fascination, Jackson, Wyoming, Boulder Colorado, Park City Utah, Taos New Mexico, Sedona Arizona, these were all places found by the free thinking gypsy troubadours. Individual people that was not willing to live by the ways of, “the Man,” any longer. In these places a freedom grew and the only rule was, you had the freedom to do your own thing.

These were the true Hippies that were unwilling to live like they were being told and strived to live by a code of rejecting established institutions, while discarding the traditions of mainstream American life. They opposed violence and war and developed a countercultural movement that developed into a distinctive lifestyle.

Then other people took note of these free lifestyles and they too wanted to be part of it, even if it was just for the weekend, a week or a month. The free spirited paradises started to grow. We all know what happened to these places of the once free spirited minds and what they have become. Now only the extreme wealthy can live freely and uninhibited within the restrictions and abundant covenants of what was once the places to deny established rules and treaties. The freethinking, do what you want foundation of what were these places were built on, has turned to what these free thinking people were escaping from. They are controlled with the phrase, “you can’t do that.”

The control and suppression has no end, no reflection on the past atrocities or no boundaries for the future as degradation of man is bypassed for the greed of the few. Now I look at the ruling party, the head of state and a democracy that was built on the foundation of free thinking individuals and immigrants and see that this is no longer available. We have people deliberately hunting down the oppressed and undocumented, and I also question why each of us has to be documented, as documentation is just another way of controlling the people. Are these people, the hunters, the same type of sadistic, cruel, controlling bullies that hunted the roaming natives of the Americas and beyond? The runaway slaves and the Jews during the holocaust?

This has all happened in the past and history is repeating itself again, though we shudder in fear and disgust with what has been, we stand quietly as it is unfolding in front of us and as a whole all we truly care about is if our morning latte is made right and that the internet stays up with no glitch in service so we can see more atrocities unfold in the latest mas-controlling stream of misinformation. – dbA


Tattoo Session Number 4,
Paying more homage to spirit animals, tattoo session number four are ravens back grounding the Reiki Tree. The Raven signifies intelligence and the ability to learn quickly, it shows mystery and represents prophecy and insight and the guide towards the magical and mystical ways. Each item that is added will be connected to the different aspects of my higher self. Thanks to Joe Chandler for helping me reach this mystical quest of documentation.
If you would like to offer your skin as a canvas to an amazing artist, I highly recommend giving Joe a call and booking a session. Working with Joe is an amazing collaboration. Contact Joe through Facebook or call 307-941-2423


SpokenWord
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Levi 501’s
It’s not that I’ve cut off
my back pockets,
I’ve just tossed
the right one away
and moved the left one
to the right front
and Levi 501’s
are no longer quiet.
These denim jeans
are much to binding
after knowing the freedom
of Thai fishermen.   – dbA

Levi 501’s a new poem from the 2019 Collection
You can find more of my poetry on my website in the volumes of
Looking for Security While Wearing a Loincloth
I Don’t Shave on Sundays and
My Mind Has Forgotten to Age


DerivativeThe Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
And The Seven Elements of the Essential Way –
Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness
Live Them
Being spiritual, being kind and being compassionate are characteristics and features that should not be practiced; they should be lived each and every day. – dbA


A Page From My Journal
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Ryan gift
After returning to my mode of transpiration, after some magnificent refueling time at my sanctuary on the lake I found a gift from Ryan. It blessed my heart and then found permanent residence on a journal page.


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Notifications

September 29, 2019
Chronologies, Excerpts, Fragments and Reflections!
the Artistic Journals of Dan Abernathy

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Notifications
In an era where knowledge and information is as close as our fingertips we, as a whole, seem to become less and less informed with the importance of truly being. Social media and the constant connection are depriving people with what is happening right here, right now. The perplexity our heads are submerged in now, is not one of calmness and purity.

There are lots of reasons to be connected to people, but it is also a venue to be sucked into the drama that unfolds each second. People are dedicating numerous hours of the day to be connected and involved in this performance of tragedy. The social cellphone dominion has been conceived and orchestrated into a mind-controlling atmosphere, which infested and acerbated in all populated areas. As people become involved and obsessed with this addiction, they in fact are all physically standing alone with their fixation. There is nothing real within their touch.

Put the cellphone devices down and not on the table your siting to eat at, to better keep a close eye for rumbling and buzzing notifications. Leave it in your pocket, purse or car. You do not need to constantly be on alert for another cellphone notification. Allocate some alone time without your cell phone. Take a walk, read a book, truly be with someone you love and give them 100% of your time and attention. It was not that long ago when we knew what existing without being tethered to a phone was. How living real time was without an umbilical cord to what is not. – dbA


The Oral Art of the Spoken Word
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 Sagebrush
The sagebrush hills

that surround me
hold 1000’s of contradicting,
contrasting and unique stands of sagebrush.
Each one exclusively their own.
Each one different
then the one standing next to it.
They all survive and unite
in just being sagebrush.
So why is it expected of me,
or anyone else
to all be the same?
There is no reason to be like you,
or you to be like me.
We can only be ourselves,
united together as who we are.

That was Sagebrush a poem from my next Chap Book. Moring Sex and Pancakes
You can find more of my poetry on my website in the volumes of
Looking for Security While Wearing a Loincloth
I Don’t Shave on Sundays and
My Mind Has Forgotten to Age


Derivative
The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
The Essential Way – A Foundation For Peace
And The Seven Elements of the Essential Way –
Calmness, Compassion, Kindness, Forgiveness, Gratitude, Love and Mindfulness

Children of the Earth
There should be no reason for hating a race, a religion, or a way of living any chosen life. You do not have to agree with anyone’s way of thinking and believing, even when it is contrary to yours. But, bashing and hatred do not equate to living a free life for you. There is room within this global society for all people, as we are all children of the earth. – dbA


New Pieces from the Unique and Eclectic Jewelry of Dan Abernathy
This artistic jewelry is created completely by Dan Abernathy. Formed from his ideas and visions, the core of this one-of-a-kind, handmade jewelry is created using recycled copper from demoed houses and power lines. It is shaped and patina then combined with crystals, stones, and vintage objects of all types to enhance the unique flair.

118919
This piece of handmade jewelry is created from a recycled copper wire, pounded, shaped and patinaed holding a polished piece of Lapis. Fastening hooks are handmade. Chain is treated copper. Over all size is 1 ½” X 2 #118919 $68

 

 

 

 

 

119019This piece of handmade jewelry is created from a recycled copper wire, pounded, shaped and patinaed holding a nice piece of Amethyst. Fastening hooks are handmade. Chain is treated copper. Over all size is 2 ½” X 4 #119019 $68

 

 

 

 


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From My Sketchpad
This drawing form my sketchbook is a merger of lines and pointillism.


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