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C.J. Shane
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I've been selling a lot of these small-scale mixed media collages (8"x8"). The curator at the gallery said he thought my "muted desert colors" was one of the appeals. So naturally I had an uncontrollable urge to get colorful. I call this Blood Moon.  Btw, the recent blood moon was very visible in our Tucson "dark skies."  (We have a bunch of astronomers around here and consequently we have special street lights that do not interfere with astronomical observation. )
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Beautiful! Glad you are selling lots of work. Amazing blood moon lately. Great idea with the street lights that don't interfere with viewing it.
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New work from +Shu-Ju Wang Her stories that go with the paintings are intriguing. (read the captions) I already knew about the explorer Zheng He (sounds like Jung Huh) but I love seeing his adventures illustrated in the 21st century. Oh if he could only see this painting! And yes, anthropologists have a lot to say about foods and how they travel. I've always wondered what the Italians ate before Marco Polo brought noodles back from China, and Columbus brought tomatoes back from Mexico.
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I hope so! I've just started working on the 3rd one. There will be ice in it, but I'm still not sure about the specifics.
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This baby was just sold at Tohono Chul Gallery. Thanks to +marianne slevin for the excellent title Waiting for the Honeybees.
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Congratulations and it's one I really favor. 
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Bolivian artisans.
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Title of this artwork by Isaac Cordal is Politicians Discussing Global Warming
Yes indeed.
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Regarding Heartbleed security issue, here are two useful sites.
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/which-sites-have-patched-the-heartbleed-bug/ AND  https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/
I put my bank domain name and my Discover credit card in the second site . Both got an A. My favorite mail order art supply house (JerrysArtarama) got an F. Uh oh.
Now I gotta go change passwords after checking the first link.
We compiled a list of the top 100 sites across the Web, and checked to see if the Heartbleed bug was patched.
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Update on this. Link "The Hearbleed Hit List: The Passwords You Need to Change"
http://mashable.com/2014/04/09/heartbleed-bug-websites-affected/#:eyJzIjoiZiIsImkiOiJfZXA1bjF3aXF0Z3o1YzM3YSJ9
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Some original music from our G= friend  +Randall Beggs and his brother. Pretty good, huh?
 
Song I wrote with my brother ,  can be dl'd  at  http://jodybeggsmusic.com/mp3-downloads
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Thanks +C.J. Shane our #Tucson friend and great artist. 
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New work. Dream of the Desert oil on canvas, 24"x 30"
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Great painting!
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For those of us who have done our time in those tin cans 30,000 feet above the land/ocean, and who have been following the mystery of Flight MH370, here's the best explanation I've seen. The link is to Wired magazine but note that this excellent commentary by  +chris goodfellow  appeared first here on G+  at  https://plus.google.com/106271056358366282907/posts/GoeVjHJaGBz
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I like Chris's main thesis too - get into the head of the pilot.  From all accounts he was a dedicated man and he knew what he was doing.  He loved flying.  It was his passion.  Have seen nothing to the contrary.  
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This review of my book by +Masha du Toit tells me that Masha is a very insightful reader. My sincere hope is that readers will understand the ways westerners and Chinese are alike and the significant ways that we are different. The goal is greater understanding between cultures.  Please read her review - and many thanks to Masha du Toit.
 
Review: Voices of New China by +C.J. Shane 

This book is a series of interviews with young Chinese people from various backgrounds, about themselves and their country.  CJ Shane helps the reader understand the hopes, dreams, and beliefs of Chinese people.  The book is a continuation of the work she did with her Yingwen Teach project,  a cross-cultural education project that sent Americans to China, to teach English and learn about Chinese culture.

The first third of the book is all about context. It is a brief overview of Chinese history, focussing mostly on the dramatic events of the 20th Century which still reverberate in the memories of the current generation. There is also a chapter which introduces the reader to  the ways in which Chinese culture differs from Western culture.  The book stresses the danger of assuming that "we are all basically the same",  without examining the way history has shaped us.

The rest of the book is a series of interviews with young people, aged between 18 - 35.  Some are educated university students from relatively wealthy backgrounds.  Some are poor workers who have only had a few years of primary school. Each interview teases out touching insights and shows a unique and intimate portrait of an individual, their opinions, their sense of humour, their wistful dreams.

There are many beautiful moments. For example, when a young mother asks the interviewer to give her little son an English name, and is charmed with the resulting suggestion.  Some moments are sad -- for example a young man who works for the government, but is a poet and philosopher at heart.  He is one of the few who expresses quite outspoken against the Chinese government, but is torn between his dream of being a successful poet, and the reality of having to survive as a business man.

Another interview reveals the struggle of a young woman who has to choose between pursuing her dream of studying further,  or having a child.  The interview seems to create a space for her to face the choice she has to make.

Many bitter-sweet moments. I was struck by how many of those interviewed worried about the environmental problems that China faces today. People mention never seeing the blue sky, or stars.  Or lament the cutting down of forests near their home.

Voices of New China offers a glimpse of China as seen through the eyes of young Chinese people.  An antidote to the version we see in Western media.
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Gosh, how impressive ... a wonderful review for what is obviously a well-researched, well written and very interesting book. Congratulations!
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