What is happening here?

Well, 2017 has certainly proven to be interesting so far. Most people were staying up to see 2016 end as it was just so awful, it couldn’t end fast enough, only to usher in one of the absolutely worst presidents and unqualified administration of our time and it’s only been 3 days. In those 3 days he’s done more damage than my 6 year old can do to her bedroom if given a marker and carte blanche on the walls.

Yeah, yeah, I’m supposed to give him time. Things could improve. Just be patient. Um….. no. That is what they want. Us to sit back, don’t question, don’t stand up for yourself or others and just go with the flow. I physically can’t do that. Not with this President. Outside of being so thin skinned he can’t handle an SNL impersonation or the proof of actual facts, he actually requested tanks for his parade and named his inauguration day a National Day of Patriotism. Sounds a little dictatorship in my book.

What a joke our country has become. I’m embarrassed and ashamed of us as a whole. We allowed this to happen. I know that I myself did my part as best as I could to avoid this outcome, but I’m just one and sadly, this election really showed the true colors of many people and I’m still coming to terms with it. It’s one thing to have your candidate lose, it’s happened to all of us and we all lived. However, the winning candidate wasn’t a threat to basic rights and the safety of the citizens.

What I saw on Saturday, January 21, 2017 in Washington D.C. with my own eyes and ears, was pure brilliance. 500,000 women, men and children of all races, sexual orientations and color gathered in a march so large that for a while it didn’t move. And it was peaceful. What was even more amazing was the support given around the world and the country in support of our basic human rights.

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Yes, Welcome Mr. President. We hope you enjoy the view.

Countries that are denied more than we are in freedoms found a way to support us and that should send a message. This administration won’t even accept that this march was as large as it was, despite hard evidence. It’s going to take a lot more noise.

Unfortunately, we are going to have to be louder than those who think they just voted in the guy who will Make America Great again for them. A man-child who has a serious issue with parodies, preys on women, and doesn’t pay taxes. When was America great again? Oh yeah, now I remember, when the President wasn’t black and women were submissive, gays didn’t exist, and marriage was only for one type of couple. The thing is, nothing was changing that would honestly hurt them, they just didn’t like it. America was moving forward and they could not accept it. It wasn’t right, not how it always has been. Blah Blah Blah.

They spit out the word Christian like it means anything anymore. If anyone of them was truly a Christian, we would not be fighting for equal rights and the betterment of everyone. This is not a game. God is not in charge, real people are.

I for one will make sure that I am not sitting back and watching this country go back to the dark ages and to a time of complacent females and domineering men making all the decisions. I have more integrity than that. Together we are stronger, divided we fall.

The Principles of Design: Font Pairing — The Daily Post

Use fonts that complement each other.

via The Principles of Design: Font Pairing — The Daily Post

This is a good reference for font pairing, although I hate using the word font as a designer, even though it’s accepted. I think typeface was drilled into me in design school by an instructor who despised it. But I digress. Check out what he has to say regarding why us crazy designers choose the typefaces we choose and check out his other topics on the Principles of Design. Good stuff!

 

I will keep fighting.

Please consider signing this to keep our rights as decent human beings. We are better than what is to come.

The people spoke at the polls, it’s time for the electoral college to listen.

https://www.change.org/p/electoral-college-electors-electoral-college-make-hillary-clinton-president-on-december-19?recruiter=164954&utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=copylink

Daily Prompt: Irksome

via Daily Prompt: Irksome

Monday mornings where you wake up smiling and recharged only to be deflated before noon due to events beyond your control that directly affect you.

That my friends, is irksome.

 

Quiet

It’s been quiet at my house lately. How is this possible with 2 dogs and 2 young kids running around, especially with Halloween thrown in the mix? Easy. I shut off the TV. I don’t mean Netflix, because honestly, I have a slight addiction to a couple shows, but cable TV. It’s nothing but madness. Anger, hatred, violence, materialism and fakeness. Is that even a word? Too bad, I’m using it.

I just realized today that I have not watched regular TV in about 6 days and I don’t miss it. My quiet mornings are now mine. If I want the weather, I can look it up. If I really want to know what’s going on in the world, I can look it up. But I’m not starting my day this way. Not anymore.

I’ve been talking more, having conversations that push me to my limits and frustrate me beyond belief, but it’s making me think outside the box, see other sides of the issue. I’m given the chance to work through my argument, which can be difficult, but it gets done and without this feeling of pressure to get it out. Sometimes I have issues processing and correctly phrasing what I need to say so this acceptance & support is so very welcomed. Despite my cries of irritation during the process. Cause let’s be honest, this is me we are talking about.

Without the TV on, news is gone. The constant onslaught of this horrid election and general madness that the world is in right now. I’m calmer in the mornings without the stress. My kids are not watching it either as it was affecting them. No news on at night either. It’s just useless to be honest and doesn’t do anyone any good.

Now for those of you saying, well, you can’t shelter your kids, give it a rest. My kids are far from sheltered. If anything, they needed this break. My oldest is a bit too involved in this election and she’s only 8! I love the passion, but hate the stress and fear that this election is bringing her. She does not need to be dealing with that at such a young age.

Without TV, materialism diminishes to some extent. The “I have to keep up with the Jones” is lessened. Especially for the kids. Less toy commercials, less, “I want, I want, I want.” They are always going to want something, they are kids, but I’m unable and unwilling to give them everything they want or desire that is material. I won’t feel guilty about that either. Without the ads interrupting every 10 minutes or so, there’s peace. They can focus on the movie or story they are watching. Less stress all around.

As I mentioned earlier, I have a slight Netflix addiction. I find it relaxing to be able to just sit down and watch something uninterrupted for a period of time at night once everything is done. You don’t lose momentum during the 50 minutes or so it’s on. Makes the story and my interest stronger and more involved.

Maybe I’m just old and I need or desire less in my life. I know I need less chaos and stress. And I’m working on it, slowly.

I think I like this. My new routine and I hope I can keep it up.

Art, expression & my kid

I’m so very proud of my oldest. At the ripe old age of 8, she came home with her first piece of art, done at school in art class & without our knowledge of the project, with a note saying it was inappropriate.

Now some have accused us of fostering violence with our praise of this image. We took it as she was working with Halloween imagery and this just came from that.

Maybe it’s her intense hatred of the subject, and we do side with her there.

Maybe she was just trying to express her feelings on this whole election. Her first one being an observer with an opinion. And boy does she have her opinions.

Maybe she just, in her juvenile 8 year old mind, thought it was funny.

Whatever her thought process was, she created something expressive. And like all good art, it often starts conversations.

And for the record, we found out it was offensive due to the politics. Seriously? Third grade people. Let them think for themselves a little.

Judge for yourself and let me know your thoughts.

Poster of Donald stump at debate with sniffles and holding his head

Damn Creative Blocks

creative coloring book

Creative blocks suck. No need to mince words here. They stop your workflow and get you off track. But how do you get back on track? That’s always my dilemma and when I have a hard enough time staying on task as it is, this doesn’t help.

This article is a pretty great resource for realizing that getting stuck is actually a good thing, even though we all fight that theory, and that pushing yourself is what art is all about.

http://create.adobe.com/2016/8/3/breaking_through_mid_project_creative_block.html

Now, let’s go create!

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