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Art inspires the soul

Art is such a great way to express yourself! I knew I wanted to draw a cross, what kind of cross and design was not clear until I began filling in the color. I knew I wanted the center to be my favorite color – turquoise! Other than the center, the cross took on a life of its own. When I began filling in the color the edges started to need to be prickly like cactus, it made sense so I continued this effect. As I continued the center needed to flare and or glow somehow, hence the red center explosion! As I was adding color I felt as though the art was leading my hand. I had no idea what it would look like or what I would do! The end result is what it was meant to be.

I think about Jesus being hammered to the cross and how every inch of the cross must have felt like laying on a cactus hence the prickly edges. As the center came to life it made me think of how his blood was shed on the cross for us.

The Turquoise is the protection and the color of love ❤❤❤❤❤as I see it 🙂




12-12-12 Virgen De Guadalupe

Celebrating El Dia de la virgen de guadalupe – If you are Mexican or Latino chances are you know about the miracles the Virgin Mary is known for.

Mexican singer Jenni Rivera feared dead in plane crash
Published December 09, 2012
Associated Press

March 8, 2012: File photo, Mexican-American singer and reality TV star Jenni Rivera poses during an interview in Los Angeles. Mexican authorities confirmed that the plane in which Rivera was traveling disappeared early Sunday, Dec. 9, 2012, after leaving the Mexican northern city of Monterrey where she performed in concert on Saturday night. (AP)
MONTERREY, Mexico – The wreckage of a small plane believed to be carrying Jenni Rivera, the U.S-born singer whose soulful voice and unfettered discussion of a series of personal travails made her a Mexican-American superstar, was found in northern Mexico on Sunday. Authorities said there were no survivors.
The singer’s father, Pedro Rivera, said he thinks his daughter died in the crash and that her brother will travel to Mexico on Monday to identify what they presumed were her remains.
Authorities in Mexico say the remains found are unrecognizable and have not yet publicly confirmed that she is dead. They say there will be an investigation.
Born in Long Beach, California, Jenni Rivera was at the peak of her career as perhaps the most successful female singer in grupero, a male-dominated regional style influenced by the norteno, cumbia and ranchero styles.
A 43-year-old mother of five children and grandmother of two, the woman known as the “Diva de la Banda” was known for her frank talk about her struggles to give a good life to her children despite a series of setbacks.
She was recently divorced from her third husband, was once detained at a Mexico City airport with tens of thousands of dollars in cash, and she publicly apologized after her brother assaulted a drunken fan who verbally attacked her in 2011.
Her openness about her personal troubles endeared her to millions in the U.S. and Mexico.
“I am the same as the public, as my fans,” she told The Associated Press in an interview last March.
Rivera sold 15 million records, and recently won two Billboard Mexican Music Awards: Female Artist of the Year and Banda Album of the Year for “Joyas prestadas: Banda.” She was nominated for Latin Grammys in 2002, 2008 and 2011.
Transportation and Communications Minister Gerardo Ruiz Esparza said “everything points toward” the wreckage belonging to the plane carrying Rivera and six other people to Toluca, outside Mexico City, from Monterrey, where the singer had just given a concert.
“There is nothing recognizable, neither material nor human” in the wreckage found in the state of Nuevo Leon, Ruiz Esparza said. The impact was so powerful that the remains of the plane “are scattered over an area of 250 to 300 meters. It is almost unrecognizable.”
Rivera’s father told dozens of reporters gathered in front of his Los Angeles-area home that “I believe my daughter’s body is unrecognizable.”
“My son Lupillo told me that effectively it was Jenni’s plane that crashed and that everyone on board died,” Pedro Rivera said.
Rivera said his son would travel to Monterrey early Monday morning.
No cause was given for the plane’s crash, but its wreckage was found near the town of Iturbide in Mexico’s Sierra Madre Oriental, where the terrain is very rough.
The Learjet 25, number N345MC, took off from Monterrey at 3:30 a.m. local time and was reported missing about 10 minutes later. It was registered to Starwood Management of Las Vegas, Nevada, according to FAA records. It was built in 1969 and had a current registration through 2015.
Media and celebrities in Mexico sent condolences to Rivera’s family even though authorities still had not confirmed that she was aboard the plane.
“My friend! Why? There is no consolation. God, please help me!” said Mexican pop singer Paulina Rubio on her official Twitter account. Singer Miguel Bose, who appears on the Mexican show “The Mexican Voice” along with Rivera, wrote on his Twitter account: “My dear Jenni, you will always be in my heart. Forever. I love you.”
Also believed aboard the plane were her publicist, Arturo Rivera, her lawyer, makeup artist and the flight crew.
Though drug trafficking was the theme of some of her songs, she was not considered a singer of “narco corridos,” or ballads glorifying drug lords like other groups, such as Los Tigres del Norte. She was better known for singing about her troubles in love and disdain for men.
Her parents were Mexicans who had migrated to the United States. Two of her five brothers, Lupillo and Juan Rivera, are also well-known singers of grupero music.
She studied business administration and formally debuted on the music scene in 1995 with the release of her album “Chacalosa”. Due to its success, she recorded two more independent albums, “We Are Rivera” and “Farewell to Selena,” a tribute album to slain singer Selena that helped expand her following.
At the end of the 1990s, Rivera was signed by Sony Music and released two more albums. But widespread success came for her when she joined Fonovisa and released her 2005 album titled “Partier, Rebellious and Daring.”
Besides being a singer, she is also a businesswoman and actress, appearing in the indie film Filly Brown, which was shown at the Sundance Film Festival, as the incarcerated mother of Filly Brown.
She was filming the third season of “I love Jenni,” which followed her as she shared special moments with her children and as she toured through Mexico and the United States. She also has the reality shows: “Jenni Rivera Presents: Chiquis and Raq-C” and her daughter’s “Chiquis `n Control.”
In 2009, she was detained at the Mexico City airport when she declared $20,000 in cash but was really carrying $52,167. She was taken into custody. She said it was an innocent mistake and authorities gave her the benefit of the doubt and released her.
In 2011, her brother Juan assaulted a drunken fan at a popular fair in Guanajuato. In the face of heavy criticism among her fans and on social networks, Rivera publicly apologized for the incident during a concert in Mexico City, telling her fans: “Thank you for accepting me as I am, with my virtues and defects.”
On Saturday night, Rivera had given a concert before thousands of fans in Monterrey. After the concert she gave a press conference during which she spoke of her emotional state following her recent divorce from former Major League Baseball pitcher Esteban Loaiza, who played for teams including the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers.
“I can’t get caught up in the negative because that destroys you. Perhaps trying to move away from my problems and focus on the positive is the best I can do. I am a woman like any other and ugly things happen to me like any other woman,” she said Saturday night. “The number of times I have fallen down is the number of times I have gotten up.”
Rivera had announced in October that she was divorcing Loaiza after two years of marriage.
There have been several high-profile crashes involving Learjets, known as swift, longer-distance passenger aircraft popular with corporate executives, entertainers and government officials.
A Learjet carrying pro-golfer Payne Stewart and five others crashed in northeastern South Dakota in 1999. Investigators said the plane lost cabin pressure and all on board died after losing consciousness for lack of oxygen. The aircraft flew for several hours on autopilot before running out of fuel and crashing in a corn field.
Former Blink 182 drummer Travis Barker was severely injured in a 2008 Learjet crash in South Carolina that killed four people.
That same year, a Learjet slammed into rush-hour traffic in a posh Mexico City neighborhood, killing Mexico’s No. 2 government official, Interior Secretary Juan Camilo Mourino, and eight others on the plane, plus five people on the ground.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/12/09/mexican-singer-jenni-rivera-dies-in-plane-crash/#ixzz2EcbH1yZK


Everyone has the ability to become stronger and more connected spiritually through prayer and meditation.  We all are born with the ability to connect with spirits, we lose that connection when we are told we really don’t hear anything or see anything.  So we stop believing.  Depending on your upbringing you may even be told its not the work of god.  However, guess who god uses to help him here on earth, correct, you, and me!!!  Some of us are stronger in these ways than others.  Some people have a very strong presence around people, you know who you are.  I was always told that I was very lucky for many reasons and indeed I was, always and I mean always won contests I entered, I always get the first parking spot my friends are always blown away by that by the way.

I have a strong sense of who I am.  The older I get the stronger I become in the spiritual ability ways.  In a rush to enter this in WordPress before I have to get ready for work, sorry if grammar is off will fix later lol.

I love people, I love to teach, I love to see kids faces light up and can tell a client why they are here to see me, in a therapy session.  How am I able to do this, it’s a gift, not sure why I was picked to have such a strong presence and to have the ability to teach and help others as well as the ability to draw without taking classes or take photos without having stepped foot in a photography class.  God gave me these gifts and its up to me to figure out how to use them for the greater good.  I pray about it constantly because I still am not sure how I can put together all my talents for a greater good.  Maybe National Geographic will call and I can travel to Mexico take photos of my peeps who struggle in the villages to make ends meet hence why they come to America.  People in America often don’t have a clue why Mexicanos come here maybe I can show then through National Geographic.  When you dream, dream big right!!!!!!!  Love and Light to all of you.  Love is a powerful thing!!!!!!!!!!!!! ❤


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Trees of Germany – When I loaded this last photo of the Autumn colors of Germany, I was so taken by the unbelievable beauty of this image. The color, the trees and the softness of this splendor. I sat back  admiring it and thought about gods creation. How can something be so beautiful.

A feeling came over me of loss of a people that are no longer with us. I thought of the thousands upon thousands of lives taken in Germany, because they were thought to be less than…

I felt their energy through these trees, if you can believe that. I sense their spirits in these beautiful trees and everywhere in Germany.

I felt so at peace in the woods surrounded by pines, water, sky and autumn. There is definitely a lot of bad energy no matter where we go, good, bad and ugly. But for whatever reason the woods have a feeling of serenity, love, compassion, PEACE.

I think god lives there more than in the craziness of cities, just saying its tougher to feel gods presence there. Out in the woods, you don’t even have to think about it, it’s there just look around!!!!

I still haven’t figured out why I had to go to Europe, why it was meant to be, but I do feel I am getting closer to the truth.

Peace, Love, and Light!!!

Angels surround us, they pray with us, they light the way when guiding us. There have been people in my life that have guided me to grow in the way of career, artistic creativity, and spirituality just to name a few.

A few years ago I had a much needed massage, I had so many aches and pains I wasn’t sure where to begin when asked what I wanted done. She was amazingly healing not only with the massage. Her hands felt like butter on my aching body. I had a great healing experience, felt great and returned many months later.

This time I asked about Reiki and what she knew about this healing approach. She was very familiar with it, so I went for it. The best way to describe this experience is spiritual, higher level of consciousness! I felt a love that enveloped me I had never felt before. I sensed and saw angels surrounding me creating a tunnel like space that felt warm and so protective. Today I could draw this vision as it is still very clear in my mind. I will never forget the experience years followed, years of joy that made me feel sooooo loved and protected.

Yesterday I had a hodge podge of things worked on and done at the spa. This time I opted for stone therapy which I never imagined would feel like electrifying warm glowing purple firing as the stones moved across my back. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I have previously had stones places on back without massage.

I didn’t realize that my experience was unique and that each persons experience is different. I’m a whimp for pain, but with the stones it wasn’t possible to hurt me or apply too much pressure, it felt so perfect that I asked her to press as hard as she was able. I felt one with the stones if that’s possible.

She worked on right shoulder and arm which is always sore from my photoshoots, computer work and art. Once again her hands felt like butter, more like she was touching me with a cotton ball. Suddenly my arm felt elevated as if her cotton warm hand was guiding it to raise above my side. She was doing Reiki. The pained shoulder and arm felt weightless. In fact, my whole body felt elevated I felt light as a feather and did not feel I was on top of massage table. As my arm felt elevated the angel showed up on right arm hovering over it surrounded by a purple color in a long flowing white gown no wings I might add lol. It kind of felt like her hand became the angel or her angel was guiding her hand.

I’ve not delved into the world of angels, but I truly believe they exist. Each time I’ve seen this lady for a healing massage I’ve left feeling as though her angels that guide her had a big part in my healing.

I know there are millions of Angel stories out there, I have a few more to add and will do so in this blog. Feels good to write this story. Can’t wait to hear other people’s stories and continue this Angels journaling.


Driving to Northern Minnesota – Embarrass, Minnesota to be exact. Just got on road and there he was guiding the way. What a nice way to start this holiday.

We are often so rushed to get the turkey in the oven, make sure everything is perfect for the festivities that we actually forget to start with a thank you! Thank you sun for giving us life! Thank you water for giving us life. Thank you creator for allowing us another day on this earth.


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Tattoos ~ Tatuajes, a set on Flickr.

Tattoos tell so much about a person, sometimes it’s like looking into their soul. I used to really dislike tattoos, but the older I am the more I have come to appreciate the artwork, the symbolism and how deep you can see into someone’s being just by looking at their tattoos. I sometimes encounter people with beautiful tattoos and no longer afraid to compliment them. At times I ask to photograph them. I recently saw a guy at CUB Foods, I wish I had my camera, he had the most amazing tattoos up to his neck all color and beautifully designed. I do not like needles and a or pain so I know I will never own a beautiful tattoo. But maybe in another life I will get huge eagle wings designed on my lower back and I mean huge not tiny little wings lol. I do love tattoos these days. I have come across people with amazing tattoos and just viewing the tattoo I pick up energy from the person hosting the art work. I can see more than they imagine. Their canvas has become my window. I am pretty intuitive, and for some reason the tattoo makes me even more in tune with their story on a level that is or may be incomprehensible. I never tell people what I see or feel, I never want to alarm people so I keep it to myself.