My sweetie stopped by at work earlier this afternoon just to give me a kiss :)
I am an artist, deep in the center of my soul. I have many roles in this life, but I think perhaps more than any other, artwork is at the center of it. The medium may vary–hides and bones, words on the screen, ingredients in the kitchen, a carefully considered response to a counseling client’s thoughts–but at the heart of it all is a deep need for creativity and expression, arranging things just right. Most of my visual artwork for the past fifteen years has been with the dead critters, but I do like to branch out–I don’t want to be a one-trick pony, after all. One of my passions is art made from secondhand materials; this does describe some of my hides and bones, but I also want to reclaim some less biodegradable things as well. So I do like having a bunch of found objects to work with, things salvaged from thrift stores and free piles on the curb and so forth.
Because of my current counseling job, which keeps me busy 40+ hours a week, I don’t have as much time for art as I did before, and a lot of that time is spent on keeping customer favorites stocked in my Etsy shop. But sometimes I do manage to make time to really dig into more unusual projects, stretching my artistic muscles.
D: poor baby
Yet one more reason to PICK UP YOUR DAMNED TRASH, secure it so wildlife can’t get to it, DON’T FEED THE FUCKING WILDLIFE so they don’t learn to associate humans with food, and be a decent human being like this one.
“Nature is busy creating absolutely unique individuals, whereas culture has invented a single mold to which all must conform. It is grotesque.”
— Jiddu Krishnamurti (via sun-hawk)
Well, not really. If you study animal evolution, nature is busy evolving certain behavior patterns, instincts, and other mental and social qualities. Take in-group favoritism, as an example. For social mammals such as humans, the tendency to favor members of one’s own group has long since been an evolutionary advantage—group members who stick up for each other live longer. (This, incidentally, is also why the “lone wolf” romanticized in our culture really isn’t something to aspire to—a lone wolf must find a pack to join, or else it may very well starve.) So you can blame nature for our tendency to create groups with similar cultures, memes, etc.
Now, who an individual person turns out to be can be pretty variable, and it’s a combination of nature and nurture. We come prepackaged with a certain set of genes, but how those genes are expressed—to include in the womb—can have lifelong repercussions. Over that we have layers of experience and learning starting from the day we’re born, all of which shape us profoundly. Part of what influences us are those in-group favoritisms, that instinctual desire to be a part of a group of accepting others, and there’s the intense stress of the loner who on some level just wants to be wanted and safe.
In the end, it’s all nature. We humans are big-brained, upright-walking apes with sophisticated vocal apparatus. Culture is every bit as natural as genes, and they have the same basic wellspring.
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All I want if for this post to get 10,000 notes.
:/ this makes me feel pretty bad.. I had a goldfish when I was 14 year old and if I had known, it would still be alive today. Thats crazy!
Finally after many years of eluding us the Giant Squid has finally been capture on video in its natural habitat.
Congratulation to Dr. Tsunemi Kubodera for being the first scientist to come face to face with this magnificent creature.
And Congratulation to the rest of the scientist who help made this fantastic moment in history possible.
Unfortunately, the only reason he and his team were able to do this was because they caught the squid on a hook trap, and it spent four hours struggling before it tore off the caught tentacle and got away. (Source.)
I just posted some pouches made from secondhand leather over on my Etsy shop. There are a couple I painted, plus a few with scrap fur, and one with a trio of coyote claws. You can see ‘em all at the Green Wolf shop :)
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