The Rose of Black is Sacred music by swo8 Blues Jazz Lyrics by Shelby Courtland

FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) – The Fort Worth Police officer who shot and killed a woman in her home early Saturday morning has been booked into the Tarrant County Jail and charged with murder. Apparently a neighbour was concerned about the wellbeing of the woman and called the police. “That beautiful 28-year old woman is dead, shot right in front of her nephew just because her neighbor called the cops for a welfare check and she ends up dead less than a second after a cop barks orders at her to “Put her hands up” in her own damn house.” Shelby Courtland.


The Setting, – Thanksgiving Weekend in Canada 2019

I’m pretty tired. Just cooked a 15 lb. turkey for 12 people. One of our clan couldn’t make it, so 11 of us sat down together for this special meal. I thought we’d talk politics but that was earlier in the afternoon. We are having a Federal election a week Monday. Everyone is fed up with the present regime. There’s a strong “Green” movement amongst us. I just want to send the present entities packing. It’s going to be an exciting election. It’s such a good feeling to turf the bums out. But we seem to swing from one set of bums to the next set of bums. Oh Lord, where are the honourable statesmen of our country? Happy Thanksgiving everyone.



The Quarter Man by swo8 Blues Jazz from the album Unfinished Business in iTunes

We are having a Federal election on October 21st so tonight I went to an all candidates meeting. The question I posed was about the Temporary Foreign Workers Program. This is a “globalist” approach to maximize benefits to the upper echelon of “big business” while thwarting the benefits to the average worker. A company goes to their MP and tells them they can’t find workers and they need to bring foreign works in. Truth be told, they can’t find workers who will work for the paltry wages they want to pay so they want to bring in workers who will. This is tantamount to slave labour in many cases and it’s the inspiration for the song The Quarter Man. 4:21 min.

The Potala Palace Tibet by L. Martel

This is a mere, quick paper sketch of the Potala Palace in Lhasa, Tibet. After doing the Prayer Wheel of the Jokhang Temple of Lhasa, it is imperative to do the Potala Palace which was the winter palace of the Dalai Lamas from 1649 to 1959. The one thing that stands out in my memory of this place is the room where the Dalai Lama left in a great hurry. He left behind a book on a table and his prayer beads. It is a magnificent building that meanders all over the mountain with stairways here and there, as you can see by this drawing.


Feel It: Part 2

Thank you Mountain Energy Yoga for Part 2.

Mountain Energy

While practicing mantra meditation, the mind will wander. When the mind wanders away from the breath, you then determine where your mind has wandered.

People often wish to avoid physical pain and painful emotions. Instead you are going to feel those things, also you are going to identify where the pain is and take your mind there. If the pain is in your neck, you take your mind to that place and feel that pain, and the mantra becomes “pain.”

If you are experiencing a painful emotion, you will identify which emotion it is, and you will use the word which describes that emotion. The mantra may become “feeling angry,” or “feeling sad.” Once again you do not avoid it.

Let it happen. Feel it. And when you notice it has passed you can go back to observing the breath, using the “rising” and “falling” mantras again.

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This is a 11″ x 14 ” oil on canvas still in the very early stages. I did a lot of fill in and I tried to straighten the stone walk way. Some of the pillars are a bit wonky so I’ll have to straighten them as well as the stone walk way which needs further work. I extended the hand of the fellow in the lead because that is the custom for the prayer wheels. I can see a lot of the irregularities from the photo so there’s lots to work on yet.


Feel It : Part 1

Thank you for your post Mountain Energy Yoga. I will try that.

Mountain Energy

I used to avoid meditation because I thought I’d be wasting my time. I didn’t know any methods that would work for me. When I read the book How To Meditate: A Beginners Guide, which I have written about in two previous blogs, I finally found something that made sense to me.

The method described is mantra meditation.

Mantra is repetition of a word. The basic instructions are to sit with your spine straight enough that you will notice your breath as it causes your abdomen to rise and fall. As you sit breathing, the mantra becomes “rising,” as you inhale and your abdomen rises, and “falling,” as you exhale and your abdomen falls.

The mantras are not said out loud. You are saying it in your head.

While you practice your mind may drift away from your breath. As soon as you become aware that your mind has…

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