April 16, 2012


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April 10, 2012

Ashley Judd Slaps Media in the Face for Speculation Over Her ‘Puffy’ Appearance

by Ashley Judd April 09, 2012

Ashley Judd’s 'puffy' appearance sparked a viral media frenzy. But, the actress writes, the conversation is really a misogynistic assault on all women.

The Conversation about women’s bodies exists largely outside of us, while it is also directed at (and marketed to) us, and used to define and control us. The Conversation about women happens everywhere, publicly and privately. We are described and detailed, our faces and bodies analyzed and picked apart, our worth ascertained and ascribed based on the reduction of personhood to simple physical objectification. Our voices, our personhood, our potential, and our accomplishments are regularly minimized and muted.

People Ashley Judd
Richard Drew

As an actor and woman who, at times, avails herself of the media, I am painfully aware of the conversation about women’s bodies, and it frequently migrates to my own body. I know this, even though my personal practice is to ignore what is written about me. I do not, for example, read interviews I do with news outlets. I hold that it is none of my business what people think of me. I arrived at this belief after first, when I began working as an actor 18 years ago, reading everything. I evolved into selecting only the “good” pieces to read. Over time, I matured into the understanding that good and bad are equally fanciful interpretations. I do not want to give my power, my self-esteem, or my autonomy, to any person, place, or thing outside myself. I thus abstain from all media about myself. The only thing that matters is how I feel about myself, my personal integrity, and my relationship with my Creator. Of course, it’s wonderful to be held in esteem and fond regard by family, friends, and community, but a central part of my spiritual practice is letting go of otheration. And casting one’s lot with the public is dangerous and self-destructive, and I value myself too much to do that.

However, the recent speculation and accusations in March feel different, and my colleagues and friends encouraged me to know what was being said. Consequently, I choose to address it because the conversation was pointedly nasty, gendered, and misogynistic and embodies what all girls and women in our culture, to a greater or lesser degree, endure every day, in ways both outrageous and subtle. The assault on our body image, the hypersexualization of girls and women and subsequent degradation of our sexuality as we walk through the decades, and the general incessant objectification is what this conversation allegedly about my face is really about.
A brief analysis demonstrates that the following “conclusions” were all made on the exact same day, March 20, about the exact same woman (me), looking the exact same way, based on the exact same television appearance. The following examples are real, and come from a variety of (so-called!) legitimate news outlets (such as HuffPo, MSNBC, etc.), tabloid press, and social media:

One: When I am sick for more than a month and on medication (multiple rounds of steroids), the accusation is that because my face looks puffy, I have “clearly had work done,” with otherwise credible reporters with great bravo “identifying” precisely the procedures I allegedly have had done.

Two: When my skin is nearly flawless, and at age 43, I do not yet have visible wrinkles that can be seen on television, I have had “work done,” with media outlets bolstered by consulting with plastic surgeons I have never met who “conclude” what procedures I have “clearly” had. (Notice that this is a “back-handed compliment,” too—I look so good! It simply cannot possibly be real!) 

Three: When my 2012 face looks different than it did when I filmed Double Jeopardyin 1998, I am accused of having “messed up” my face (polite language here, the F word is being used more often), with a passionate lament that “Ashley has lost her familiar beauty audiences loved her for.”

Four: When I have gained weight, going from my usual size two/four to a six/eight after a lazy six months of not exercising, and that weight gain shows in my face and arms, I am a “cow” and a “pig” and I “better watch out” because my husband “is looking for his second wife.” (Did you catch how this one engenders competition and fear between women? How it also suggests that my husband values me based only on my physical appearance? Classic sexism. We won’t even address how extraordinary it is that a size eight would be heckled as “fat.”)

That the conversation about my face was initially promulgated largely by women is a sad and disturbing fact.

Five: In perhaps the coup de grace, when I am acting in a dramatic scene in "Missing"—the plot stating I am emotionally distressed and have been awake and on the run for days—viewers remarks ranged from “What the f--k did she do to her face?” to cautionary gloating, “Ladies, look at the work!” Footage from “Missing” obviously dates prior to March, and the remarks about how I look while playing a character powerfully illustrate the contagious and vicious nature of the conversation. The accusations and lies, introduced to the public, now apply to me as a woman across space and time; to me as any woman and to me as every woman.

That women are joining in the ongoing disassembling of my appearance is salient. Patriarchy is not men. Patriarchy is a system in which both women and men participate. It privileges, inter alia, the interests of boys and men over the bodily integrity, autonomy, and dignity of girls and women. It is subtle, insidious, and never more dangerous than when women passionately deny that they themselves are engaging in it. This abnormal obsession with women’s faces and bodies has become so normal that we (I include myself at times—I absolutely fall for it still) have internalized patriarchy almost seamlessly. We are unable at times to identify ourselves as our own denigrating abusers, or as abusing other girls and women.

A case in point is that this conversation was initially promulgated largely by women; a sad and disturbing fact. (That they are professional friends of mine, and know my character and values, is an additional betrayal.)

News outlets with whom I do serious work, such as publishing op-eds about preventing HIV, empowering poor youth worldwide, and conflict mineral mining in Democratic Republic of Congo, all ran this “story” without checking with my office first for verification, or offering me the dignity of the opportunity to comment. It’s an indictment of them that they would even consider the content printable, and that they, too, without using time-honored journalistic standards, would perpetuate with un-edifying delight such blatantly gendered, ageist, and mean-spirited content.

I hope the sharing of my thoughts can generate a new conversation: Why was a puffy face cause for such a conversation in the first place? How, and why, did people participate? If not in the conversation about me, in parallel ones about women in your sphere? What is the gloating about? What is the condemnation about? What is the self-righteous alleged “all knowing” stance of the media about? How does this symbolize constraints on girls and women, and encroach on our right to be simply as we are, at any given moment? How can we as individuals in our private lives make adjustments that support us in shedding unconscious actions, internalized beliefs, and fears about our worthiness, that perpetuate such meanness? What can we do as families, as groups of friends? Is what girls and women can do different from what boys and men can do? What does this have to do with how women are treated in the workplace?

I ask especially how we can leverage strong female-to-female alliances to confront and change that there is no winning here as women. It doesn’t actually matter if we are aging naturally, or resorting to surgical assistance. We experience brutal criticism. The dialogue is constructed so that our bodies are a source of speculation, ridicule, and invalidation, as if they belong to others—and in my case, to the actual public. (I am also aware that inevitably some will comment that because I am a creative person, I have abdicated my right to a distinction between my public and private selves, an additional, albeit related, track of highly distorted thinking that will have to be addressed at another time).

If this conversation about me is going to be had, I will do my part to insist that it is a feminist one, because it has been misogynistic from the start. Who makes the fantastic leap from being sick, or gaining some weight over the winter, to a conclusion of plastic surgery? Our culture, that’s who. The insanity has to stop, because as focused on me as it appears to have been, it is about all girls and women. In fact, it’s about boys and men, too, who are equally objectified and ridiculed, according to heteronormative definitions of masculinity that deny the full and dynamic range of their personhood. It affects each and every one of us, in multiple and nefarious ways: our self-image, how we show up in our relationships and at work, our sense of our worth, value, and potential as human beings. Join in—and help change—the Conversation.

April 07, 2012

The Time of Your Resurrection has come.

The Time ofYour Resurrection has come.

Now, are you being called to fulfill the only purpose that ever could have been given for your own sojourn into this meaningless world of loneliness and death.That purpose is your escape from it,
through the message of Truth that is here expressed.

The world is not left by death, but by Truth.
He is Risen. He is Risen indeed.

"There is no death because the Son of God is like his Father.
Nothing you can do can change Eternal Love.
Forget your dreams of sin and guilt, and come with me
instead to share the resurrection of God’s Son.
And bring with you all those whom He has sent to you
to care for as I care for you.”
Jesus Christ in A Course In Miracles

For since by man came death, by man
came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive.
1 Corinthians 15

 I am your resurrection and your lightAs you come now to believe me,

You will see that you can never die.

Come and follow me and we will leave this world forever

Jesus Christ -New Testament - John 11

What is The Resurrection?

Very simply, the resurrection is the overcoming or
surmounting of death.
It is a reawakening or a rebirth; a change of mind
about the meaning of the world. It is the acceptance
of the Holy Spirit's interpretation of the world's
purpose; the acceptance of the Atonement for oneself.
It is the end of dreams of misery, and the glad awareness
of the Holy Spirit's final dream. It is the recognition
of the gifts of God. It is the dream in which the body
functions perfectly, having no function except communication.
It is the lesson in which learning ends, for it is
consummated and surpassed with this. It is the
invitation to God to take His final step. It is
the relinquishment of all other purposes, all other
interests, all other wishes and all other concerns.
It is the single desire of the Son for the Father.
from the Manual for Teachers
The resurrection is the denial of death, being the
assertion of life. Thus is all the thinking of the
world reversed entirely. Life is now recognized as
salvation, and pain and misery of any kind perceived
as hell. Love is no longer feared, but gladly welcomed.
Idols have disappeared, and the remembrance of God shines
unimpeded across the world. Christ's face is seen in every
living thing, and nothing is held in darkness, apart from
the light of forgiveness. There is no sorrow still upon
the earth. The joy of Heaven has come upon it.
Here the curriculum ends. From here on, no directions are
needed. Vision is wholly corrected and all mistakes undone.
Attack is meaningless and peace has come. The goal of the
curriculum has been achieved. Thoughts turn to Heaven and
away from hell. All longings are satisfied, for what
remains unanswered or incomplete? The last illusion
spreads across the world, forgiving all things and
replacing all attack. The whole reversal is accomplished.
Nothing is left to contradict the Word of God. There is
no opposition to the truth. And now the truth can come at
last. How quickly will it come as it is asked to enter and
envelop such a world!
All living hearts are tranquil with a stir of deep anticipation,
for the time of everlasting things is now at hand. There is no
death. The Son of God is free. And in his freedom is the end of
fear. No hidden places now remain on earth to shelter sick
illusions, dreams of fear and misperceptions of the universe.
All things are seen in light, and in the light their purpose
is transformed and understood. And we, God's children, rise
up from the dust and look upon our perfect sinlessness. The
song of Heaven sounds around the world, as it is lifted up
and brought to truth.
Now there are no distinctions. Differences have disappeared
and Love looks on Itself. What further sight is needed? What
remains that vision could accomplish? We have seen the face
of Christ, His sinlessness, His Love behind all forms, beyond
all purposes. Holy are we because His holiness has set us
free indeed! And we accept His holiness as ours; as it is.
As God created us so will we be forever and forever, and we
wish for nothing but His Will to be our own. Illusions of
another will are lost, for unity of purpose has been found.
These things await us all, but we are not prepared as yet to
welcome them with joy. As long as any mind remains possessed
of evil dreams, the thought of hell is real. God's teachers
have the goal of wakening the minds of those asleep, and
seeing there the vision of Christ's face to take the place
of what they dream. The thought of murder is replaced with
blessing. Judgment is laid by, and given Him Whose function
judgment is. And in His final judgment is restored the truth
about the holy Son of God. He is redeemed, for he has heard
God's Word and understood its meaning. He is free because he
let God's Voice proclaim the truth. And all he sought before
to crucify are resurrected with him, by his side, as he
prepares with them to meet his God.
Jesus Christ
of A Course In Miracles

You do not walk alone.
God's angels hover near and all about.
His Love surrounds you,
and of this be sure...
that I will never leave you comfortless.
Jesus Christ

REVIEW: To Kill a Zombie by David W. Pierce

To Kill a Zombie The year I came back to life - and why

by David W. Pierce

"Most zombies aren't aware that they are zombies. David Pierce heard it first from his wife: "You just seem dead," she told him. "Checked out, lifeless... a zombie." David took this as a challenge. He had to kill the zombie and come back to life - he had to connect with people and his faith in ways he never had before."

This is a book of stories from David's life that will touch on a few spots in your own - I know it did in mine.
He connects with us by sharing the most intimate and sometimes mundane 'chores' we have in life - living it day by day. 
You know those days... when life feels like it just drags along, dragging us with it, sometimes without even caring. People will see us as zombies sometimes, staring out at nothing, our minds thousands of miles away. And we don't even know what we're looking at or thinking about. 
Written in Jekyll & Hyde-type chapters, at the beginning of each chapter, David tells us of his life full of excitement, and then follows it up with becoming a 'zombie' and how he struggles to get the spark back into his life.
Some of his wonderful stories include volunteering at Habitat for Humanity and wandering through the "Hollywood Forever" cemetery in California.
He kept me giggling a few times as well. 
The struggles he shares with us help remind us that our Lord is right next to us - through every drag, through every loss, through every triumph. You'll see how our Lord helped David in this down-to-earth book.

David WPierce lives in Tennessee with his wife, popular Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce.

Leafwood Publishers (www.leafwoodpublishers.com) Abilene, Texas
Copyright 2012 by David W. Pierce
ISBN 978-0-89112-267-8
LCCN 2011046165
Christian Biography/Religious Aspects

'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade dies in Calif.

'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade dies in Calif.
Apr 07, 2012 
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Artist Thomas Kinkade, whose brushwork paintings of idyllic landscapes, cottages and churches have been big sellers for dealers across the United States, died Friday, a family spokesman said.
Kinkade, 54, died at his home in Los Gatos in the San Francisco Bay Area of what appeared to be natural causes, David Satterfield said.
Kinkade called himself the "Painter of Light," and his sentimental paintings, with their scenes of country gardens and churches in dewy morning light, were beloved by many but reviled by the art establishment.
He claimed to be the nation's most collected living artist, and his paintings and spin-off products were said to fetch some $100 million a year in sales, and to be in 10 million homes in the United States.
Those light-infused renderings are often prominently displayed in buildings, malls, and on products - generally depicting tranquil scenes with lush landscaping and streams running nearby. Many contain images from Bible passages.
"I'm a warrior for light," Kinkade, a self-described devout Christian, told the San Jose Mercury News in 2002, a reference to the medieval practice of using light to symbolize the divine. "With whatever talent and resources I have, I'm trying to bring light to penetrate the darkness many people feel."
Before Kinkade's Media Arts Group went private in the middle of the past decade, the company took in $32 million per quarter from 4,500 dealers across the country, according to the Mercury News. The cost of his paintings range from hundreds of dollars to more than $10,000.
According to his website, Kinkade's paintings have been reproduced in hand-signed lithographs, canvas prints, books, posters, calendars, magazine covers, cards, collector plates and figurines. The website touts his Disney collection and offers a gallery locator, where fans can find nearby dealers.
Its online store offers a wide range of works and products with Kinkade images including artworks, prints, and coffee mugs.
His artistic philosophy was not to express himself through his paintings like many artists, but rather to give the masses what they wanted: warm, positive images, Ken Raasch, who co-founded Kinkade's company with him, told the Mercury News.
"I'd see a tree as being green, and he would see it as 47 different shades of green," Raasch said. "He just saw the world in a much more detailed way than anyone I've ever seen."
A biography on the website said Kinkade rejected "the intellectual isolation of the artist" and instead, made "each of his works an intimate statement that resonates in the personal lives of his viewers."
"I share something in common with Norman Rockwell and, for that matter, with Walt Disney, in that I really like to make people happy," he said.
He called Rockwell his earliest hero. "I remember my mom had a big collection of copies of (Saturday Evening Post) magazines, and that was really my introduction to those great illustrators," he said.
Kinkade was born and raised in the Placerville, Calif. He studied at the University of California at Berkeley and the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
He said art was a major outlet growing up.
"I was always the kid who could draw," he said. "I had this talent, and it was the one thing that gave me some kind of dignity in the midst of my personal environment."
As a young man, Kinkade traveled by boxcar from California to New York with fellow fledgling artist, James Gurney, sketching the American landscape along the way.
The site says that with these sketches in hand, the two were able to get published "The Artist Guide to Sketching" in 1982, a book that helped land him a job creating background art for animated films.
Also that year, he married his childhood sweetheart, Nanette, to whom he frequently paid tribute to by hiding her name and those of his four daughters within his paintings.
"Thom provided a wonderful life for his family," Nanette said in a statement. "We are shocked and saddened by his death."
There was no immediate word on an official cause of death. Calls to the coroner's office were not immediately returned.
The newspaper said friends and family on Friday began planning a private service and were weighing a public celebration for a later date.

April 04, 2012

REVIEW: MoriaVaratu by David Lee Jones

MoriaVaratu by David Lee Jones

"Geologist Dr. Brandon Jordan flees to Mars to escape the tormenting loss of his young son and wife to a rampant, global blood virus on Earth. Upon starting his life on the Red Planet, he stumbles onto an ancient secret that distracts him from the oppressive depression and sends his life hurtling into an adventure that not only solves eon’s old mysteries on Mars, but connects to unsolved history back on Earth. In the end he is forced to become an unlikely hero in a war that, unbeknownst to humankind as a whole, has spanned across two worlds and unfathomable time altering the course of humanity."

This is one of those books that pulls you in, so deeply, that you feel you are actually there, you truly do not want to put the book down because you're going to miss out on what a character is going to do!
A great sci-fi that WILL become a classic! 
Do you like vampires, but not the campy kind? 
Love a continuing mystery? 
Like to be surprised? 
Pick up a copy!

I so want this book turned into a movie! Eagerly awaiting the next book!

David Lee Jones lives in Lexington, SC.

Category: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Published: Feb 06, 2012
Publisher: Lulu.com
Seller: Lulu Enterprises, Inc.
Print Length: 257 Pages
Language: English