Archive for the ‘Interesting Findings’ Category

If you are in the San Francisco Bay area, read Jamie’s article on the upcoming marathon. This is my first marathon, so I am excited.


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I really want to try new things for this new year, and one of things I definitely want to master is sewing. It would be so fantastic to make my own clothes, but sewing is too intimidating right now. That monstrous sewing machine, all those fabric selections, it’s all unfamiliar territory, so I decided to take baby steps. I am a writer right now, but I decided to learn how to tell stories through pictures. I’m going to spend my free time painting out my imagination and blogging about my progress.

I'm excited to use every color in my new paint set

The very first step I took was buying some painting supplies: brushes, paint holder, and paint. There was so many variety in paints from water color to oil paints. I was told that oil paints are the worst because you have to buy a special substance to clean up the brush, so I settled with acrylic paints.

You can barely see it, but the canvas is light blue. I'm now allowing it to dry.

So far, I used the turquoise like watercolor just because I wanted to cover up the white spaces. I don’t know how you all feel, but I usually try to cover up white space. Even when I write, I hate leaving a page blank or even half blank because I feel the whiteness of the page piercing at me. It sounds crazy, but an empty white space feels like nothingness. White lacks an emotional connection.

Oddly enough, there was an artist, whose name escapes me, who released a blank canvas as a credible piece of artwork. It was said that  the emptiness of his canvas leaves room for the viewer to imagine their own creation into the space. What B.S.! Then I thought to myself, may be this artist is so ingeniously devious that he was able to convince others that his lack of inspiration is the inspiration itself thus emphasizing the gullibility of his followers. I believe Socrates was referring to this artist when he argued that artists are wizards of deception.

Well, this is chapter one of my journey.

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Most of us have heard the story of Adam and Eve. God told his creations to not eat the fruit from the tree of knowledge, yet the snake tricks them into doing so anyway. As a result, God curses Adam, Eve, and even the snake, and banishes them from the garden of Eden. For the rest of their days, they must make a living on earth. But is this the whole story? What is the tree of knowledge, and who’s really to blame for the fall of man? Well, there’s only one way to find out. I’m going to do a close explication of the story of Adam and Eve to seek answers to these questions.

In the Bible, the story of Adam and Eve is located in chapter two of Genesis. In this chapter, the narrator describes how God made a magnificent garden in Eden, and in this garden resides the tree of life and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Adam is the manager of the garden since God expects him to take care of it. Adam is free to do whatever he pleases, but God gives him one rule to follow: don’t eat from the tree of knowledge. God says, “You are free to eat from any tree in the Garden; but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” The first question we must address before exploring the symbolism of the tree of knowledge is, “Why did God incorporate a deadly source in his seemingly innocent garden?”

God is testing Adam. He is making sure Adam trusts his word and obeys his rule. And based on the God’s statement, the test is very simple to past. Adam just has to stay away from the one tree, and as a reward, Adam is granted eternal life. But, is there more to this analysis? May be there’s another perspective to this situation. What if God is very curious? After all, Adam is one of his first human creations. Adam is God’s experiment. May be God wants to see if Adam will choose knowledge over life, but knowledge of what?

At face value, the tree of knowledge is as stated. It’s the tree of the concept of good, and it’s the tree of the concept of evil. However, there has been some speculation that the tree of knowledge is the tree of sexual knowledge. I can understand this claim because immediately after Adam and Eve eat from this tree, they realize they are naked. The narrator says, “Then the eyes of both of them were open, and they realized they were naked.” The reference to the eyes signifies that the tree of knowledge is more than just sex. When your eyes are open, they see things for what they are, including their own nudity. After Adam and Eve ate from this tree, they now see their world for what it is. Basically, they gained consciousness.

Consciousness is the part of the mind that analyzes and understands. Consciousness is, “the awareness of one’s own existence, sensations, thoughts, and surroundings.” So Adam and Eve now realize they’re human, they realize what is God, they realize what sex is, and most importantly, they realize what are good actions and what are evil actions. Therefore, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil is the tree of the conscious mind.

Before Adam and Eve ate from the tree of consciousness, they were like new born babies. God gave them everything they needed to survive, and they didn’t have the ability to question anything. So God wants Adam and Eve to remain in this state. He wants them to remain ignorant and carefree. However, as I mentioned before, God is curious. He put that tree in the garden to see whether his creations want what he wants. Of course, Adam and Eve decision to eat from the tree suggest they want the opposite of what God wants, but this may not be the case. May be they did want what God wanted. They were just tricked into thinking otherwise. In the next post, I will attempt to find out Adam and Eve’s intentions, and who’s to blame for the fall of man.

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Everyone loves art! Whether it’s bright decorations in your home or Picasso on display at a museum, art is a seductive medium that no human can resist. Actually, I initially wanted to be a fashion designer when I was younger, but I faced one major problem. I’m not a patient drawer. I get so excited to see the ending, I rushed to see the finished product. So one day I decided to leave the art world and jumped ship to the land of literature. That doesn’t mean I can’t admire art though.

My favorite art site is Deviant Art, and it’s filled with talent artists of all types. There are beginners, students, and even professionals. I can’t get enough of the projects displayed there. Then I thought to myself, I’m still an artist. A writer is an artist, so I finally created an account there.

If you want to view more of my work (mainly poems), just visit my DA page at: http://sape101.deviantart.com. You can also see what type of art I love so much in my favorite’s section.

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By Sabrina Pettis

October 21, 2009


Who says bugs can’t make a stylish necklace? Who says bugs can’t make a desirable key chain? Stacie’s Gifts boldly ask these questions as this small jewelry company produces a strangely beautiful collection of insect accessories.

Red Bean and Beetle Necklace Just look at the beetle in the Red Bean and Beetle Necklace from the Stacie’s Gifts online store. The crystallized beetle presents a gorgeous hue of blue that a genuine sapphire can’t even match. And the beetle’s color is perfectly complimented by the rich ruby glow of the bean above. Spiny Spider Key ChainAlso The spider in the Spiny Spider Key Chain presents the same vibrant array of colors as the beetle. You see, each item in this collection portrays the insects in an elegant manner making them appropriate for a night out in the town or a picnic at the park.

Now one would think Stacie’s Gifts’ unconventional jewelry would cost you a week’s pay, right? Wrong! Each product in their collection is about 9 US dollars. For the price of a movie ticket or a bag of Starbucks ground coffee, you can purchase one of these extraordinary charms.

I am sure there are a few of you who despise bugs, and no one or nothing will get you to view them differently. No worries! The creative members of Stacie’s Gifts are a step ahead of you. They produced an alternative option… Real Flower NecklaceCRYSTALLIZED FLOWERS! Everyone loves flowers, and they’re priced at the same low price as the insect pieces.

Go check out Stacie’s Gifts’ bug collection and more at www.staciesgifts.com. They may be new to the jewelry market, but they’re building a strong reputation for themselves.  So keep your eyes open for what they have to offer next.

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