Uriel Cazes Paintings Document the 12 Tribes

In all respect and appreciation of the Jewish religion we are proud to present, once again, Uriel Cazes of Ibiza Spain. We introduced Uriel in our last issue of Home & Realty Magazine with his beautiful religious paintings. The unique value Uriel’s work brings to his audience is the religious significance of each and every hand painted canvas, from this most talented artist.

Uriel has established a prominent brand in Europe especially in Germany, where he makes his residence. The name of Cazes is a household name in Ibiza Spain, where the renowned artist works in his studio. Uriel sells his signed pieces of Jewish history to some of the most affluent clients in the world who enjoy the island of Ibiza regularly. Uriel now looks to expand his historical religious paintings into the homes of some of his new found American followers. How would a hand signed Cazes painting look showcased in your home?

 

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Uriel Cazes Artist of Ibiza Spain

This is the 2nd part about my cycle “documents – the 12 tribes” that I painted in 2014 and was shown first time at ArtPalmBeach in Miami, FL January 2015.

Jacob, Abrahams grandson, is the father of 12 sons that were called the tribes of Israel. He also received the name “Israel” which can be translated as warrior of god. The families of the 12 sons of Jacob received several parts of around Kanaan, including parts of nowadays Israel, Jordan and Negev.Though they didn’t have a common leader they worked together in culture and belief in god. They did trade with food and goods and built army’s, whenever it was necessary to do as a confederation. Later on they turned into a monarchy under pressure of surrounding tribes like the Phillisters. Well known kings are Saul and David.

To me the story of the 12 tribes is a very important part of Jewish history and the history of Israel. That’s why I decided to create these documents of history in 12 paintings.
sources: Wikipediawww.cazes.uriel@gmail.com

 


 

 

Build Faith For Brand Power

DEFINING BRAND

When I discuss BRAND, I am referring to the entire experience a consumer has with a company or agent. How every thread from digital discovery, to sales, to customer service, to HR, to a referral is woven throughout the experience. We know that the first thing a consumer does (or an agent investigating a company to work with) is head to google. What do they discover? Does working with that agent or company match the expected experience? On a global scale, how important is the corporate brand?

BRAND POWER AND BUILDING TRUST GLOBALLY

I recently facilitated a panel at AREAA Vancouver Summit titled “Brand Power – Building Trust Globally” with amazing leaders: Budge Huskey, CEO Coldwell Banker, Elton Ash VP RE/MAX Western Canada, Brian Rushton VP Century 21 Canada, Chris Stuart – Franchise Director Berkshire Hathaway and my good friend Matthew Shadbolt Director of Real Estate Products at the New York Times! Did I mention it was a killer panel?

MATTHEW SHADBOLT OF THE NEW YORK TIMES

It was Matthew Shadbolt of the Times who early in our pre panel discussions hit on the subject that drove our entire conversation around building FAITH and what that means to the consumer and to the Brand. And yes ~ I do believe this is a “Conversation That Matters”.

 When we talk about trust, or brand loyalty, very often we’re really talking about faith…and the best brands are able to rise above the deafening digital noise and truly articulate purpose to their customers. And while that sounds grand, it’s the little things, done every day, that make a huge difference in moving that needle….

The challenge for any brand, be it an individual or a brokerage, is attention. We live in an age of excellence, where if an experience isn’t 5 stars, it’s either ignored, or swiftly forgotten. Who leaves a 3 star review anymore? It’s either amazing, or awful, and there’s no middle ground anymore in an increasingly unforgiving climate, especially online – this is something we feel acutely at The Times as you can imagine. But this is what real estate professionals have to tackle if they are to win business and rise above the noise. I believe they have to stand for something, and when I think of the best real estate brands, they do this.”

 Faith: complete trust or confidence in someone or something.

This is true for global brands, for brokerages and for agents. Whether you’re trying to farm your local neighborhood, or attract international buyers, how you present yourself at every touch will either confirm or refute the consumer’s expectations.

I have been fortunate enough to learn about BRAND via Matthew Shadbolt for many years, since his time at Corcoran Group and as one of Inman News’ Top 100 Most Influential. We share a passion for binding the customer expectations to the overall experience and now Matthew has has succinctly articulated the real goal.

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Build faith.

 

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Tattoos and Burritos

by Robin Auwerda

Some call her the “Purveyor Of Fun”, some refer to her as the “Local Tattoo Goddess”, most of us just call her Mimi Masher.

I’ve always wanted a tattoo, and was hungry for a burrito. Who better to call for a lunch date, and get some info on tattoos, than Mimi Masher, who seems to live on burritos alone. We decided to meet at Mimi’s favorite place in town, Pike Restaurant and Bar on 4th. The “Pike” must like Mimi a whole lot because they named their breakfast burrito after her, “Mimi’s Favorite Breakfast Burrito”! I can only dream of having a dish called after me. One day, one day…

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Mimi Masher even has a Burrito named in her honor!

Now enough about food!

So about that tattoo I always wanted… Mimi’s first tattoo was a Varga Style Hula Girl when she was 18. Now of course I didn’t ask Mimi for her age but over the years she has added more and more to her tattoo collection. About two years ago she started her back piece. It is meant as a show piece for the tattoo artist Robert Ullom. Robert, who works at Ghost Wolf, was looking for someone with an outgoing personality and willingness to show off the finished masterpiece. The two met through Mimi’s husband Sean.

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Mimi

I had to ask, I’m just curious, what happens to tattoos over time, you know when you get older. For right now that is not a problem, to keep the tattoo, and herself, in shape, Mimi uses the weighted hula-hoops, and roller skates a lot. She is the head coach of the Long Beach Junior Roller Derby. (You may remember one of my previous columns.) Both the hula-hoop and roller skating are on Mimi’s list to teach me. Please don’t wait for photos of that any time soon!

The lunch was great! The owner of the Pike, Chris Reece, stopped by at our table to make sure everything was yummy. I love it when restaurant owners ask you how you like the food. If you haven’t been to Pike Restaurant & Bar, it’s worth checking out. According to Mimi they have the best cocktails in town, and have great happy hour specials.

I loved the steak burrito that I had so I’ll be back for sure!

As for the tattoo that I want, I’ll sleep on it a little longer, I hear it stings.

Make it a Burrito day!

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Monday’s Cup of Motivation

by Stuart Thomas  Re/Max Select One

Monday’s Cup of Motivation

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MONDAY’S CUP OF MOTIVATION

Sometimes life is great and sometimes it’s not so great. This is a universal truth. There’s always events coming up and we tell ourselves that once we can get past that event, we can get back to life. The truth is these events are a part of life and they have a huge impact on our quality of life. How we respond to events will have a profound effect on how we live our lives. There are different ways to react to challenging events. Do we float with the tide or do we swim for a goal? That’s the question. We can bury our head in the sand and hope life works itself out or we act and face it head on today and make it work out the way we want it to. Life is all about the choices we make. There is a simple formula that we can apply to all the events in our lives and how we choose to respond. We can actively use this on a daily basis. E+R=O. Event plus Response equals Outcome. Many of us blame outside events for where we are in life. We blame our job, our spouse, the economy, the weather… The truth is we are a direct result of every choice we have made in the past. We need to take ownership of everything in our lives and realize that it is up to us to make it happen. We can’t change the events but we can change how we respond to them in order to get a better outcome. Events don’t determine where we are in life. How we respond to them does. Let’s be positive and take ownership of how we respond to events. It’s never too late to change our attitude. Remember that Thoughts Become Things. This week, let’s think positive and make it happen. Have a phenomenal week!!

ENCOURAGEMENT…

The Worry Tree!
The Carpenter I hired to help me restore and old farmhouse had just finished a rough first day on the job. A flat tire made him lose an hour of work, his electric saw quit, and now his ancient pickup truck refused to start. While I drove him home, he sat in stony silence.

On arriving, he invited me in to meet his family. As we walked toward the front door, he paused briefly at a small tree, touching the tips of the branches with both hands. When opening the door, he underwent an amazing transformation. His tanned face wreathed in smiles and he hugged his two small children and gave his wife a kiss.

Afterward he walked me to the car. We passed the tree and my curiosity got the better of me. I asked him about what I had seen him do earlier.

“Oh, that’s my trouble tree”, he replied. “I know I can’t help having troubles on the job, but one thing for sure, troubles don’t belong in the house with my wife and the children. So I just hang them on the tree every night when I come home. Then in the morning I pick them up again.”

“Funny thing is”, he smiled, “when I come out in the morning to pick ’em up, there ain’t nearly as many as I remember hanging up the night before.”
Author unknown

GREAT WORDS TO LIVE BY…

It doesn’t matter if the glass is half empty or half full. Be thankful that you have a glass and grateful that there’s something in it.
Unknown

So if you now number yourself among the disenchanted, then you have no choice but to accept things as they are, or to seriously seek something else. But beware of looking for goals: look for a way of life. Decide how you want to live and then see what you can do to make a living WITHIN that way of life. But you say, “I don’t know where to look; I don’t know what to look for.” And there’s the crux. Is it worth giving up what I have to look for something better? I don’t know — is it? Who can make that decision but you? But even by DECIDING TO LOOK, you go a long way toward making the choice.
Hunter S. Thompson on Finding Your Purpose

In the end, we only regret the chances we didn’t take.
Unknown

Learn how to be happy with what you have while you pursue all that you want.
Jim Rohn

The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.
Oprah Winfrey

Remember, you can earn more money, but when time is spent, it’s gone forever.
Zig Ziglar

Life is only as good as YOU decide to make it, so be bold, and don’t let anyone else define it.
Unknown

This week, let’s make it happen!

 

Cup of Motivation – Today is a Very Special Day

by Stuart Thomas RE/MAX Select One

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MONDAY’S CUP OF MOTIVATION
Today is a very special day. Today marks the oldest we have even been and the youngest we will ever be again. Today may seem like just another day, but for many, it will be their last day. They would give anything for more time and another day. The moment we get ill or we learn that our time is limited, we look at time very differently. We can’t allow ourselves to wait until time is running out before we realize how precious it is. Time is the most precious commodity in the universe. Let’s ask ourselves this question, if time truly is that valuable, why do we waste so much of it worrying about things that don’t matter or on things we can’t change? Let’s choose to make the most of our time filling our lives with amazing memories and surrounding ourselves with people we truly care about. Don’t waste time on trivial things. Let’s find the goodness and quality in life. Why do we need to limit life’s amazing experiences to a bucket? Let’s live life so we could fill an ocean with our amazing memories. Buckets are for places and things. The ocean is for family, friends and the things that truly matter…making lasting memories. With that said, let’s get rid of the negative in our lives. Let’s find a way to focus on the positive in our lives today and every day. Let’s surround ourselves with people that build us up. This week, remember to be positive, be a friend, love life and live in the moment. Make the most out of today. Focus on quality and have a phenomenal week!!

ENCOURAGEMENT…

This is the beginning of a new day. You have been given this day to use as you will. You can waste it or use it for good. What you do today is important because you are exchanging a day of your life for it. When tomorrow comes, this day will be gone forever; in its place is something that you left behind…let it be something good.

Author unknown

EXTRA ENCOURAGEMENT…

As you get older you find out that true happiness is not in how much you make or how many degrees you have or how big your house is or how fancy your car is. It’s finding peace and joy and a calmness in your life that will soon become the most important thing to you. Your family are what matters to you, love is what matters to you. Things that are of quality, not of quantity.

Author unknown

GREAT WORDS TO LIVE BY…

Your thoughts affect your emotions. Your emotions affect your decisions. Your decisions affect your life.
Unknown

A meaningful life is not being rich, being popular, being highly educated or being perfect. It is about being real, being humble, being able to share ourselves and touch the lives of others. It is only then that we could have a FULL, HAPPY and CONTENTED LIFE.
Unknown

Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care. Let your words heal and not wound.
Unknown

Be willing to change your behavior. If you keep doing what you’re doing, you’ll keep getting what you are getting.
Jim Rohn

Keep the smile, lose the tension, feel the joy, forget the worry, hold the peace, leave the pain, and always be happy.
Unknown

The only way that we can live, is if we grow. The only way that we can grow is if we change. The only way that we can change is if we learn. The only way we can learn is if we are exposed. And the only way that we can become exposed is if we throw ourselves out into the open. Do it. Throw yourself.
Unknown

Always do the right thing. Always be exciting. Always be encouraging and always be learning something new.
Zig Ziglar

This week, let’s focus on quality!

 

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Monday’s Cup of Motivation

by Stuart Thomas

Re/Max Select One, Huntington Beach CA
Cup of Motivation

Stuart’s Cup of Motivation

MONDAY’S CUP OF MOTIVATION
The greater the risk, the greater the reward. We have heard this our entire lives. As we get older, we work to limit risks and surround ourselves with safety nets. We end up so encased in our nets that we fear risk and losing more than we embrace a challenge and growth. When we played athletics, remember that feeling we had on game day? Anticipation, fear, excitement. That knot in our stomach. There was nothing like competition. When we won, it was amazing. When we lost, we worked hard to improve for the next time. What was important was we gave it our all. We put ourselves out there and competed. Now that we have hung up our cleats and high tops, we don’t compete like we used to. Winning and losing are all part of sports. We win some and we lose some. Why are we so afraid of losing nowadays? We need to take chances and we need to complete. We will never get ahead if we don’t put ourselves out there and go for it once in a while. The more chances we take, the more chances we will won. We are guaranteed to not win if we don’t try. We get in our comfort zone and worry about what if something goes wrong. As the three C’s of life states, we must make a Choice to take a Chance or our life will never Change. It’s time to grow again. If we can put fear in its place and remember that life is short and we only live once, then we can build from there. We need to get out of our comfort zone and keep moving forward. Here’s to friendship, good health and prosperity. Now let’s get out there and compete. Have a phenomenal week!!

ENCOURAGEMENT…

My Comfort Zone
I used to have a comfort zone where I knew I wouldn’t fail.
The same four walls and busywork were really more like jail.
I longed so much to do the things I’d never done before,
But stayed inside my comfort zone and paced the same old floor.

I said it didn’t matter that I wasn’t doing much.
I said I didn’t care for things like commission checks and such.
I claimed to be so busy with the things inside the zone,
But deep inside I longed for something special of my own.

I couldn’t let my life go by just watching others win.
I held my breath; I stepped outside and let the change begin.
I took a step and with new strength I’d never felt before,
I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and closed and locked the door.

If you’re in a comfort zone, afraid to venture out,
Remember that all winners were at one time filled with doubt.
A step or two and words of praise can make your dreams come true. Reach for your future with a smile; success is there for you!

GREAT WORDS TO LIVE BY…
The chief cause of failure and unhappiness is trading what you want most for what you want now.
Zig Ziglar

Everything in your life is a reflection of a choice you have made. If you want a different result, make a different choice.
Unknown

Your “I Can” is more important than your IQ.
Robin Sharma

When we are 100, we will be elderly. Until then, we are young and hot.
Christine Rodell

Being positive does not mean the negative things in life do not exist. Being positive simply means overcoming the negativity you meet on your journey.
Unknown

People who uplift you are the best kind of people. You don’t simply keep them. You have to treasure them.
Dodinksy

Getting knocked down in life is a given. Getting up and moving forward is a choice!
Zig Ziglar

This week, let’s make a Choice to take a Chance or our life will never Change!

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Memorial Day Cup of Motivation

by Stuart Thomas,

RE/Max Select One

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Memorial Day Cup of Motivation

This week starts off with Memorial Day. We all need to stop and thank those who gave all so we could have the freedom we enjoy today. Let’s honor them by living the life they fought for. Imagine a world where we are not free. We see on TV what is happening in other parts of the world and we could not imagine what it must be like to live there. We are so amazingly blessed to live where we do. Can you imagine if we took our biggest problems we face today overseas. For the most part, our first world problems would be laughed at. For those of us living in the United States, a huge percentage of today’s problems that we currently face will be forgotten by this time next year. Our veterans have ensured that we have the freedom to work things out for us as long as we face our challenges head on and keep moving forward. The truth is we live in the greatest country on the world. Think about all the blessings we have in our lives and then compare them to all the problems we have. When we list them side by side, our problems are minimal and our blessings are many. This week, remember that things can always be better but they could also be so much worse so let’s count our blessings and stop our stressing. Let’s hug our kids and our family today and remember how fortunate we are. We have the freedom to choose what we do today, tomorrow and in the future. This is a huge gift that goes hand in hand with Memorial Day. Let’s make the most of this gift and have a phenomenal week!!

ENCOURAGEMENT…

You cannot stay on the summit forever;
you’ve to come down again.
So why bother in the first place?
Because what is below does not know what is above, but what is above knows what is below.
One climbs, one sees.
One descends, one sees no longer,
but one has seen.
There is an art of conducting oneself in the lower regions by what one saw higher up.
When one can no longer see,
One can at least still know.

Mt. Analogue

EXTRA ENCOURAGEMENT…

The Three Simple Rules In Life

1. If you do not go after what you want, you will never have it.
2. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be NO.
3. If you do not step forward, you will always be in the same place.

GREAT WORDS TO LIVE BY…
Being positive does not mean the negative things in life do not exist. Being positive simply means overcoming the negativity you meet on your journey.
Unknown

So many times I wish I could have lived my life without making mistakes. In reality, a path like that doesn’t exist. We fall. We get lost. We make mistakes. We get up and LIVE!
Unknown

No matter how good or bad your life is, wake up each morning and be thankful that you still have one.
Unknown

Happiness is not a destination or a an experience. It’s a decision.
Carlos Santana

Our goodness doesn’t come down to what we have in our bank. It comes down to what we have in our hearts.
Sandra Kring

On this road called life, you have to take the good with the bad, smile with the sad, love what you got, and remember what you had. Always forgive, but never forget, learn from your mistakes, but never regret. People change. Things go wrong. But just remember, the ride goes on.
Unknown

The most treasured gifts are the meaningful moments we create with the people we love. They become priceless memories decorating our lives.
Dodinksy

F.E.A.R has two meanings. Forget Everything And Run OR Face Everything And Rise. The choice is yours.
Unknown

This week, Face Everything And Rise!

 

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Coach’s Mediterranean Bar & Grill

Hello Huntington Beach!

It is again time for Huntington for Fun! This month you are going to learn about one of the best restaurants, bar & grill and restaurant owners this beautiful city has to offer! The restaurant is Coach’s Mediterranean Grill & Bar and its owner is Coach! The location is perfect, the food is classic Turkish/Mediterranean old world dishes and a full bar. Although Coach has operated a successful restaurant since 1994, his plans to expand and open up the restaurant are going to make this place even more social and inviting.

Bar & Grill - Home & Realty MagazineCoach is originally from Antioch, Turkey, and is the youngest of five brothers. He was born into a baking business family and had learned about hard work at the tender age of 6 years old. When Coach was 17 years old, he started his journey as a chef in Turkey, cooking for diplomats and celebrities. At 21, Coach came to the USA with little cash and spoke little English. He knew instantly Huntington Beach was his new home… He has been here ever since and is loved by all who meet him… In 1992, he opened his first deli on Main Street serving gyros. Right next door in 1994, he opened the Grill & Bar. He has since, expanded a deli and a second location at Beach and Atlanta in 2013. Coach and his wife Tuba have both raised 2 beautiful children and are along this journey with their parents building this family business dream.

Coach’s Mediterranean Grill & Bar is located in the heart of Downtown Huntington Beach Main Street. Also, my favorite, it’s located on the sunny side of the street. The menu offers a fine selection of family passed down recipes… including kebabs, gyros, fresh seafood, pastas, salads, and famous appetizers… don’t forget the hummus and pita!! They also have a tempting dessert menu and famous for their Apricot Special… a true Turkish delight!!! After a yummy dinner and dessert, you can make your way over to the bar, which is made of stone and lights up from underneath… it is gorgeous! Coach makes a drink called Coach’s Paradise made with pink lemonade, cranberry and mango infused with mandarin and peach vodka… I have to say, it is delicious! If that is not what you’re looking for, they have a huge selection of drinks and experienced bar tenders that can accommodate any drink menu! On the weekends, you can enjoy live music and dancing! Coach’s is a perfect place for a party or celebration of any kind! They also offer Happy Hour daily from 3-6….good to know…

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Stacey and I talked to Coach about his future plans for the restaurant… it is exciting! He is going to open up the entire front! He will be removing the pillars out front and replacing it with big glass accordion-like doors. The whole store front will open completely. They will be replacing the chairs and tables with booths and couch-like seating with fire pits. He will have raised tables for more effective people watching! It’s a favorite past time here on Main Street. I really love going to Main Street and sitting down to a good meal… Coach’s Mediterranean Grill & Bar is always a winner! You will not meet a nicer guy either! The next time you are Downtown Huntington Beach and are in the mood for Mediterranean food, do not hesitate to pop into Coach’s Mediterranean Bar & Grill… you will be glad you did!

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Love, without the Desire to Possess

Being given the opportunity to write a monthly column for Home & Realty magazine has been quite a blessing in disguise. Each month I have to come up with an interesting topic to write about, and at first I made the effort to tie my writing into the idea of Real Estate and Homes, as this is of course Home & Realty Magazine, but soon the inspiration was waning and as I began to feel boxed in I almost gave up on my column. I talked it through with the editor Bruce Bryant and we decided that I had enough to say and enough of a voice to speak from so that I could just write about whatever I wanted. The freedom was frightening. But also enlightening. Now I find myself pondering a subject or a concept throughout the month leading up to the actual writing process, and then when I finally sit down to write, the words begin flowing from me just like a painting flows from my brush.  When the heart is open, the mind lets go, and the creative juices begin to erupt from within. This is when the best creation occurs, from the depths of the soul.

Recently I’ve been pondering the idea of the image of Buddha and the popularity of Buddhism in our world today and throughout history. It’s incredible to imagine that this sage has affected so many lives and cultures across the globe and still today remains popular in art, home decor, and throughout all realms of society. I knew I wanted to paint Buddha and feel his soul and the soul of his teachings.   As I my brush created the lovely pillows of his cheeks and mysterious and all knowing smile upon his lips I felt I would learn Buddha from within.  While searching for Buddha images I studied his teachings, watched documentaries about his life and existence, and spent hours searching google and pinterest for anything Buddha related. I began to find so many helpful words, concepts and teachings. I began to feel my heart was growing…as my studies continued I found I was stuck on one concept, his idea that “all that we have is this very moment”, and that “our possessions are meaningless compared to the power of our love”.

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For many years I’ve been obsessed with the idea of waste in society. Wastefulness in all its forms, food, trash, consideration, excess, addiction. I found the idea of the wasting of food to be something that kept me up at night. How could so many starve while so many others throughout the world waste food. How could we live in such dichotomy? For my column this month my focus turns to the waste of “things”. As Buddha would say, “There is no destination, there is only the quality of the moment.” In our quest for materialism and need for more, more, more, we stop living in this moment and loving in this moment and focus upon a world where “more” is better”.

Take a moment to go back in time with me….. Imagine if a caveman from around 300,000 years ago were to come upon a glass bottle with a plastic screw cap with the words “Voss” on it? To us it would only be a bottle of Voss Water, but just imagine the pure awe he might experience looking upon that bottle and seeing it as a kind of a god, the light sparkling across the glass creating prisms inside of his cave as the sun set, the cap of the bottle being used as the first rudimentary cup. He and is fellow cave dwellers might christen that glass bottle as a leader, might hold ceremonies to honor it, might copy the words Voss Water all over the cave. That one bottle might be so revered and cherished… if it broke perhaps the clan might go into a mourning, they would possibly mend it with bison innards and twine made from their own hair, doing anything to preserve its perceived power. Today we consider it nothing important, we consider nothing sacred. We throw it in the trash-not even the recycle bin usually-and we just let it become buried by mounds and mounds of other such bottles and trash. If we are considerate enough to make sure it finds its way into a recycling bin, it will go on to a long and extensive life in the recycling plant, using up precious resources and creating more airborne toxins as it enters into its new life as a new and unimportant object to be used and thrown away again. Where did we go so awry and lose the value of “things”?

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Every year each one of us produces around 1500 pounds of trash. Can you imagine where all of that is going? Landfills and recycling. Both are so hazardous to our environment!And lets look at the sociological implications of the wasteful human of today. Do you believe we consider relationships as unimportant as objects which are used once and then become trash? The divorce rates in America would say we do. Social media has given us a kind of social ADD where every minute we are throwing out ideas, feelings, emotions and on to the next. We are simply wasteful of life. When is the last time you simply stopped and smelled a rose? Took a calm moment to admire the beauty of your blessed existence? No matter how hard life can be there is always beauty and love to be found somewhere in your daily existence. Buddha says “Your actions are your only true belongings”. Imagine if that were the truth of today and we placed less importance on materialism, and more importance on “being”: being kind, being thoughtful, being in the moment, being our best self. If there were less of an importance placed upon “things”; the “having” of things, the “getting” of things, the “giving” of things…. can you imagine what a greater world we would live within?

As an artist, I make “things”. I create paintings on canvas and paper and also sculptures out of clay and stone. Luckily most of what I create has shelf life of a century or even many more. As with the many artists who came before me out canvas and paint are able to last hundreds and hundreds of years. But as a human being I’m starting to truly become aware of needing less things, using less, and aquiring less. I’ve decided to create a new series of art using recycled products, mainly cardboard, to reduce my “carbon footprint” on our beautiful earth.I’ve also started to re-use as many plastic bottles and containers as possible…. shop at farmers markets, reuse shopping bags, make sure not to waste any food, always recycle no matter what, give more of myself and my own gifts to the world and less of physical gifts when gifts are expected.

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I encourage you all to make whatever tiny effort you can make in this world, as Buddha would say, to focus more upon action than things. Every time you look upon something disposable, imagine you’re that caveman seeing it for the first time, and think about what you can do to reuse this object or perhaps avoid buying it in the first place. Lets all be less wasteful and more appreciative. Let’s Save our beautiful Planet. Let’s learn to “Love, without desire to Possess”.

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