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Portia St. Luke
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Painter of the mystical, otherworldly, sensual, and whimsical.
Painter of the mystical, otherworldly, sensual, and whimsical.

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Had a fantastic time vending with Fox and Jackal at the Rochester Erotic Arts Festival, and everybody is home, safe and sound, but, right now, I'm just too tired to think. My thanks to everyone who made this weekend possible... but, until I can form the words... Goodnight, y'all!
#rochestereroticartsfestival   #foxandjackal  
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"Possession - 02" by Brazilian artist Noiaillustration.  For more highly detailed, macabre, and exquisitely beautiful drawings like this, check out the rest of Noiaillustration's work at:
behance.net/noiaillustration
#illustration   #macabre   #noiaillustration   #drawing   #surrealism  
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As I looked through my social media feed, on any given day, it became clear that many of my friends suffer from one of what psychiatrists call "affective disorders," or what most of us call "mood disorders":  Depression, Bipolar, Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder and so on.  
My God, there are a lot of us, aren't there?
If you're friends with somebody who has one of these "special brains," you've probably found yourself on the receiving end of their "bad brain day," a few times. When I know this is happening, it reminds me of the feeling I get from watching a thunder storm roll in.  I'm powerless to stop it, so I just have to let it run its course.  However, if this isn't your first storm, you already know you can seek shelter and ride it out.  Instead of porches and eaves, our friends give us shelter in their compassion and understanding, and by being present with us. The storms will pass.
Then again, you could also follow me and dance in the rain.  That works, too.
If you have been that shelter from the storm or danced in the rain, for me, or anybody else like me, thank you.  Even if you never heard those words, know that you really did (and do) make all the difference.
#depression   #mentalhealth   #mentalillness   #mentalillnessawareness   #bipolar   #bipolardisorder   #anxietydisorder   #panicdisorder   #ptsdawareness  

http://www.bustle.com/articles/65816-10-ways-to-help-a-friend-with-depressionwhile-taking-care-of-yourself
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Photo from happier (and warmer!) days:  September, 2011.
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"Contrary to popular belief, sound does exist in space.
"To clarify, it’s not sound as we know it (waves pulsing through the air), but electromagnetic waves that pulsate in similar wavelengths as the sound our ears hear..."

Fascinating, no doubt.  I'll add, "beautiful and haunting," too... but "terrifying?"  No more so than whale songs.  In many ways, the noises from space remind me of whale song: impossibly ancient and beyond understanding.  They are both powerful and humbling reminders that humanity is only one small piece of an infinite cosmos. 
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Does success seem like a rigged game?  Are you disappointed by life's setbacks?  Are there days when you just feel like giving up?  DON'T!  Here are 5 great examples of modern-day legends who took rejection that could have crippled them, turned it around, beat the haters at their own game and changed our world.
5 Players Who Changed The Game (After Being Rejected By It) - http://goo.gl/hZ9htT

Jay Z is undisputed rap royalty, but that didn't happen until he'd been a hype man and kicked to the curb by every label in the business.
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"And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’" 
- Jesus of Nazareth, (Matthew 25:40, ESV)
#homophobia   #michiganhomophobia   #licensetodiscriminate  

http://www.newnownext.com/michigan-house-passed-bill-allowing-emts-to-refuse-treatment-to-gay-people/12/2014/?fb_ref=fbshare_web
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Photo by Simon Peregrine,  Three Ravens, Rochester, NY.
February, 2015 
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For more of this artist's work, visit 
kevinsloan.com
Magical realism of Kevin Sloan
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