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C.J. Shane
Artist & Writer in Tucson
Artist & Writer in Tucson

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Okay, I'm convinced.
You, too? +mirta noemí ruíz

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The bright spot in my day comes very early when Sunday the pit bull and I take a long walk. Here you see a favorite walk. This is Alamo Wash (arroyo in Spanish, wadi in Arabic) on the right. The trees with yellow blossoms are blue palo verde. Alamo Wash opens into the Rillito River, and there's the Santa Catalina Mountains in the background. Sunday (left) is waiting for me. She likes those walls because that's where the lizards are. She loves to chase lizards. Lizard-chasing is a serious sport for dogs who live in the Sonoran Desert.
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I'm giving away 10 free copies of my new paperback book American Community Colleges: The International Student's Guide (2017) to international students who would be willing to write a brief review of my book on Email me cjshane.mail @ or contact me through G+.
Description of what's in this book:
American community colleges are a great choice for international students seeking higher education in the United States. This book will guide you through the process of becoming a community college student, help you to achieve your academic and career goals, and save you a lot of money!
Topics covered are:
• how community colleges fit into the U.S. system of higher education
• the advantages of starting your American education at a community college
• the steps you must go through to study at an American community college
• key factors to consider when choosing an American community college such as transfer agreements
• the process of applying to and gaining entrance into a community college
• the process of applying for a U.S. visa including required forms
• the forms needed when arriving in the U.S. and passing through U.S. customs
• choosing classes at your community college and how to register for those classes
• how to get help improving your English-language skills
• basics about living in America, including housing, transportation, and medical care
• American culture and how to deal with culture shock
• profiles of seven American community colleges in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, and Texas
• commentary by international students currently studying at American community colleges
Includes glossary of terms and index.

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an important issue....some amazing art
Thank you for watching The Incredible Intensity of Just Being Human. I'm grateful to our videographer, Christopher Brown.

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Hot hot is this! 

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Congratulations to Tucson artist +Ruben Moreno for his new mural. If you want to know more about Ruben and his artwork, here is a video on Sonoran Arts Network (scroll down) from the summer of 2013. Video by Ryn Shane-Armstrong. I hope this means that Ruben is finally starting to get the attention he deserves.

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Water wins! Warriors win! America wins!

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Before we get too far away from Thanksgiving, here is my latest blog The Art of Thanksgiving. The blog has commentary and art by Thomas Nast (1869), Will Bradley (1898), Jennie Augusta Brownscombe (1914), and Jean Louis Gerome Ferris (1915) depicting various views of Thanksgiving. Access the blog here: . Below you see Thomas Nast's view which has been described as "utopian" because there were people not usually seen at the Thanksgiving table at that time...and for a long time after....Chinese, blacks, Hispanic, and women (note the University Suffrage sign). Nast was way ahead of his time. 

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Recent events lead me to think I need to speak out more. I have a blog now. The first post includes a) a film recommendation, Sky Ladder; a new art project from Shu-Ju Wang titled Love Trumps Hate Prayer Flags; and news of my latest gallery exhibit. You can receive my blog posts via an email newsletter by signing up here:
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I highly recommend this Netflix documentary about Chinese artist Cai Guo Qiang
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