Gems 4.96

I hope you’re having a beautiful Friday. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem. The creators of this audio track were Gary Malkin, the composer/arranger, producer, and collaborator Michael Stillwater. The work came from a CD/book called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and it could be purchased by going to wisdomoftheworld.com. The creator of this video is R Smittenaar. This video can be downloaded at: https://vimeo.com/6518109 Visuals taken from: HOME, Earth and Baraka

Please forgive the lateness of this Gem.  The time/stamina I had today went to something that is deeply touching my heart:   Updates from Texas.  The chant came from a friend on KindSpring who is grieving the loss of a sister. I needed a way to let go of the anxiety that was building since I began writing this morning.  It really helped. It’s a beautiful chant.

Some news…

July

Next Monday we’ll feature our homeless artists, JohnnyO and Cord X’s beautiful creations in a Gallery Slide Show.  We’ll be taking the rest of July off except for any Spotlight Saturday interviews we might be able to line up.

August

August and ongoing, our theme will always be about the homeless and the struggle of homelessness.   We’ll use quotes, share news and feature those serving the homeless (more Spotlight Saturdays).

The exception to that is:

September

The 2nd Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge

Beginning on Hobbit Day (September 22nd) we’ll begin a new KindSpring Eowyn Challenge:  Walking through Earth and Middle EarthAll are welcome! All photos used will be original artwork, photos or those gifted for the limited use of the challenge.  I’ll supply the link to the challenge once it’s set up and ready.  I’ll also be continuing The Journal of Samwise Gamgee.  Since we didn’t finish that here due  to some technical problems in 2015, we’ll do the same walk as the first one:  Bag End to Rivendell with Frodo and Company.

Gems 1st Biannual Gallery Show

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s some exciting news about our light-filled ¤ Gems! ¤

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OUR FIRST BIANNUAL GALLERY SHOW

You can view the Gems (and all artists) in reverse order in our new

Gallery Carousel

Thank you to everyone who has supported, followed, liked and commented our blog since our first Gems last fall.  It is with great pleasure that we announce our first Gallery Show in support of The Gems Project.

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS

You can also view our Gems by specific contributing artist.  Special thanks and a big shout-out to these talented artists who have so generously shared their inspirations with us:

Ben Archer

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Chip Haldane

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Contessa Brown

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Michael Downs

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Nicole Huguenin

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Niki Flow

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Nothingtosee Movealongnow

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If you would donate photos, art, time or currency to The Gems Project, please see our About “The Gems Project” Page. We need photographers, artists, volunteers, art and photography lovers to spread the word and, of course, donations for the Artist Packs.

☼ Gems 1.33 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤
Bag End to Rivendell, Day 17 of 28

 

Mile 296 BETR
Here below is an excerpt from The Journal of Samwise Gamgee, nightly notes he kept while the journey from Bag End to Rivendell.  (Based on “Flight to the Ford,” The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

  • Oct. 9 – Day 17 (3rd from Weathertop): 19 miles

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We’re camped now.  Today we followed a wide shallow curving valley.  Finally out of those brambles. Mr. Frodo is hanging on but he looks poorly.  His eyes are all funny and he doesn’t recognize anyone.  It’s like he’s somewhere else. 

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 279-298*

*Milestones based on

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

☼ Gems 1.32 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤
Bag End to Rivendell, Day 16 of 28
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The Road to Rivendell, Series Day 16/28. Photo by Niki Flow (me). =) Feel free to use it for your Eowyn Challenge group!

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 260-279*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

The Eowyn Challenge on Facebook (a safe and secret group)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/eowynchallenge/

☼ Gems 1.31 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Bag End to Rivendell, Day 15 of 28

GEMS 1.32

Oct. 7 – Day 15 (1st from Weathertop): 19 miles

(7 Oct – 15th Day from the Shire – Dawn) In the night, the Nazgûl attacked. I couldn’t find Mr. Frodo, then I heard him cry out as from far away — strange words they were! Then, when he appeared, he was bad hurt! Strider fought the cursed things off. At full light, we made our way down to the Great Road. As we crossed, we heard the Riders and ran into the brambles. We camp here tonight. Strider says Mr. Frodo’s wound came from a Morgul-blade and is cursed!

from The Journal of Samwise Gamgee by NikiFlow (DotMatrix/Kindspring.org)

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 241-260*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

☼ Gems 1.30 ☼

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Bag End to Rivendell, Day 14 of 28

GEMS 1.30B

From The Journal of Samwise Gamgee by NikiFlow (DotMatrix/Kindspring.org)

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 229-241*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

 

☼ Gems 1.28 ☼

Gems 1.28

Bag End to Rivendell

Miles 194-211*

*Milestones based on The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
September 23-October 6th on KindSpring.org

MTFMR (Movement-to-Forward-Movement Ratios) on Middle Earth. Translate ALL movement to Middle Earth miles!

 

Bag End to Rivendell
Oct. 4 – Day 12 (5th from Bree): 17 miles

“It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo, — the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were…But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Two Towers

Weather Foothills, 12th Day from the Shire
Tonight we camp by a proper stream and trees.  Well, the trees are stunted alders but they sure beat the Marsh.  The moon is turning her face away and in a week or so the night will be too dark to see much at all.  (from The Journal of Samwise Gamgee*)

*Based on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien and The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad

The 1st Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge
http://www.kindspring.org/challenge/join/716/