Gems 4.29

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

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Tell Us a Story

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The theme for February and ongoing throughout 2018 is “storytelling.”  We are always looking for your story, poetry, photo and art submissions.  Here’s the Submission Guidelines post from earlier this month:  Tell Us a Story.

Changemaker JohnnyO

John Olander

JohnnyO of Denver and Nicole Huguenin, (Dream Together) one of our most generous contributing photographers.

Big shout out to JohnnyO in Denver who has some amazing stories to tell (coming soon).  Johnny was recently featured in Channel 9 KUSA Denver News reading one of his poems, Climb Again.  When I spoke to John on Tuesday, he told me some wonderful news. He has secured a venue in Denver for two different Gallery shows which will feature the art and writings from under1000skies. One show will be in March and and the other in June.  These venues are quite expensive and exclusive but Johnny was able to get the venues pro bono!  This is amazing news.  Johnny has been passionate about helping spread the word about under1000skies since he learned about us a couple of years ago.  As more information becomes available, we’ll share it here with you.  Kudos to Johnny O and deep bows of gratitude for your enthusiasm, kindness and creative vision.

 

. under1000skies
☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

 

 

JULY 2017 GALLERY SHOW

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Welcome to our third ¤ Gallery Show ¤

 

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Created using a PicMonkey template.  Artist unknown.

Thank you so much to all the contributing artists and creatives who have helped under1000skies every day since we began in 2015.

  1. BEN ARCHER
  2. DR. RALPH BELL
  3. CONTESSA BROWN
  4. CREATIVE THEMES
  5. DAVID COLEMAN
  6. MIKE DOWNS
  7. NIKI FLOW
  8. FREE IMAGES.COM
  9. J.J. GARCIA
  10. JOHN HACK
  11. CHIP HALDANE
  12. AL HANDA & IVY
  13. NICOLE HUGUENIN
  14. JONATHAN KENDRICK
  15. STEPHANI PUI-MUN LAW
  16. M.J.
  17. STEVE MANN
  18. MARVEL COMICS
  19. CARLOS MENDEZ
  20. MELISSA M. MORRIS
  21. NOTHINGTOSEE MOVEALONGNOW
  22. CHRISTIAN NITU
  23. JOHN “JOHNNY O” OLANDER
  24. PHOTOS-PUBLIC-DOMAIN.COM
  25. PIXABAY PHOTOGRAPHY VOLUNTEERS
  26. JOE RALEY
  27. ALISA REAGAN
  28. THE REAGAN FAMILY
  29. PAUL ANTHONY SCHMITZ
  30. SHELTERING GRACE
  31. SHOWER-UP NASHVILLE
  32. SOLIVAN C. SZUPKA
  33. STOCKPHOTOS.COM
  34. WILD DREAM WALKS

 

2013

In 2013, under1000skies was just a site Niki Flow created for random poems, photos and sketches.

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2014

She didn’t do much with it in 2014.  Then on November 14, 2014, Niki’s whole life changed.  She wrote a story about it here:  It Begins with Me.

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2015

Year 1:  Gems 1.1 to 1.81.  It took almost a year to solidify a plan to keep the promise made in the November 14, 2014 blog.  On September 2, 2015, the first “light-filled gem” was published:  Gems 1.1

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2016

Year 2:  Gems 2.1 to 2.82  On March 2, 2016, Niki’s oldest son Ben Archer, disappeared.  Ben was one of the main contributing photographers and one of Niki’s staunchest supporters.   As of this writing (1 year, 3 months later) none of his family nor any of his friends have seen or heard from him since.  Many of the posts on under1000skies were about Ben that year, but the family decided to take most of those posts down.  They thought Ben might be embarrassed at all the fuss and would come home when it died down.  So we took down all the blogs, waited and never gave up hope.  We never will. Ben’s case is also now on the Federal Database here:   Ben Archer:  NamUs MP # 33696   All updates about Ben are being kept here:  Niki Flow.   In October of 2016 we started an Instgram Account for under1000skies and in November of 2016 we started a Twitter Account. We’re also on Tumbler, G+, Pinterest and Facebook.

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2017

Year 3:  Gems 3.1 to 3.65 (so far).  In 2017 we began a brand new year with new photographers, artists and, for the first time, our first contribution from one of our homeless creatives, “Johnny O.”  We also began our first Spotlight Saturday and hope to continue these at least every other week in the years go come.  We also finally designed a signature logo and a website logo.

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JULY – DECEMBER, 2017

There’s a lot more coming in the next six months of 2017.

Website and Stationary Story

We’ll be getting under1000.org up and running as well as our stationary store under1000skies.com.

On the Road under1000skies

On or about August 1, 2017 Niki Flow will be begin a USA tour which has three objectives:  (1) to meet volunteers and supporters of under1000skies around the United States; (2) to get the word out about under1000skies with road shows, poetry slams, music shows, and on-the-road gallery shows.  We’ll have a table set up with information about us as well as boxes of stationary, volunteer packets, and artist packs; and (3) to follow in the footsteps of Niki’s son, Ben Archer who was a traveling artist.  He visited 25 states in 2015 from one coast to the other and went to dozens of artist shows.  This is where Niki will set up her under1000skies table with the Gallery Show and Ben’s photo prominently displayed.  If anyone has seen Ben, it would be these creative folks he loved to spend so much time with.  If you would like Niki to stop in your city; if you’d like to support this road trip with materials, a bed for a night, supplies, a meal or even a few hours of company, please write to us at Gems@gmail.com.

 

thank you

To all our artists, photographers, writers and advocates, quote suppliers, cheerleaders and especially to our homeless creatives and those who love and support them too, with all our hearts, thank you.

With deep thanks and lots of love,

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☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

OUR 2nd BIANNUAL GALLERY SHOW

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

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 Second Biannual Gallery Show in support of The Gems Project!

Before the storm

Before the Storm in Delaware City by Niki Flow

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS

Below, you can 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

Chip Haldane

Contessa Brown

Michael Downs

Nicole Huguenin

Niki Flow

Nothingtosee Movealongnow

If you would donate photos, art or to volunteer, 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.  If you have any thoughts or questions please leave a comment below. 

Thanks so much again for visiting!

 

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Gems News

Big News today for Gems/Under1000Skies!

packs

As Posted on Instagram:
#under1000skies Our artist-pack supplies came in today! We have enough for six packs. Each pack includes pens, an all-weather notebook, a disposable camera and a waterproof bag (shown behind). Each (winter) pack also includes one warm scarf and one pair of gloves. Three of these packs are going to our Denver volunteer @wilddreamwalks two to our Delaware team @jazztizz and the other one to our California volunteer @big_manuel  These photos will be returned to us to be developed scanned and featured on our “Under1000Skies” @wordpressdotcom site along with poetry, musings, stories or anything else the artists care to write. We began Under1000skies as a way for homeless artists to connect with each other and form bonds of mutual respect, compassion and deep understanding from shared life experiences. Our Second Gallery #exhibition will be up this weekend. #grateful #heartsong #homeless #artists #photographers #lightfilledgems Special thanks to @cntryboyluv @#and @wilddreamwalks for photography #contributions. We are always looking for new #photos and #art to feature on our site. You always retain full rights. See our “about” page for more info. Thank you you so much for helping us distribute these packs! Thanks also to everyone for your support and for helping to spread the word about “Under1000Skies”. 😊@tizzlovesrowdy

♡ Gems 2.16 ♡

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Cyprus by Stephanie Pui-Mun Law, Shadowscapes.com, one of the paintings featured in Elanthian Love Songs.

♡ Gems, Gemstone and Elanthian Love Songs – A Bard’s Tale ♡

Serendipity

Things are going smoothly here save for a few last minute changes to my poetry book Elanthian Love Songs – a Bard’s Tale.  It is to be my first published book.  The release date is still set for Valentine’s Day (Sunday) on Amazon.  It’s nearly there!  The book is closely tied in with Gems as you will see, below.  Serendipitous…ly, Hay House came out with a series of free videos on getting published with some great practical advice.

My days are more balanced as I work hard, and as dreams I’ve had for years are coming to be.  I’ve been getting up with the sun, doing yoga and meditating, then starting my day. I’m off coffee completely and drinking either ginger and lemon tea or peppermint (from fresh-cut herbs) as a morning drink.  At home, we’re putting in a hardwood floor in our living room and hall this week.  We’ve been unloading boxes and boxes of papers and I’ve been organizing filing systems both for our house budget and my own writing projects.  The Hay House video series had some great ideas about that.

Seashore Strolling (or Running)

We’re walking more and as the snow is melted now, we’ll be out daily again to get ready for the 5th Annual Running for Joy 5k/1 mile. I  can’t believe this is the 5th year.  You’re very welcome to join us (no matter where you walk the miles). =) Remote walkers/runners who do either the 5k or 1 mile will receive shiny awards made of 1’s and 0’s too!

Son-shine

 My oldest son is staying with us now and has been such an encouragement and good example.  He is learning musical healing techniques, Ayurvedic yoga, herbal healing and meditation.  I’m learning with him!  It’s been a joy to talk to him every day about everything he’s learned.   I’m stronger and healthier than I’ve been in a long time using his suggestions and especially getting rid of all the toxins in our home.  We eat really clean now, and almost everything is from one-ingredient organic sources.  We rarely eat meat and most of protein comes from fish and plants.  We recently joined our local, organic whole-foods co-op in Newark which also has a huge selection of fresh-cut herbs.  This summer we’ll be growing our own herbs and vegetables.  Our entire backyard will be rototillered as soon as the ground thaws.  There will be lots of room for herbs and veggies. =)

Sara Michele O’Something-or-other and Shadowscapes

Today I’m putting the final touches on my book and cover. I’m waiting to hear back from my editor on two poems and from my artist friend about the cover design I did.  The cover and every one of the poems features the beautiful art of Stephanie Pui-Mun Law (Shadowscapes.com).  We purchased a limited copyright for Elanthian Love Songs.  I will have a supporting website — either saramicheleosullivan.com (which is the pen name I used for my old poetry) or wolfkin.net.  I couldn’t get NikiFlow.com because that was taken by an inspirational speaker named Niki Flow.  I’m happy with Wolfkin.com though.  (Wolfkin is Niki Flow backwards).  =)

Soon:  Online Gallery Show for Gems

Under 1000 Skies and Gems is on temporary hiatus until we get more original photo donations.  I’m working on a gallery show (online) that will have a way to donate to support the work of Gems.  The opening date will be February 29th.

Seeking Gems

If you or anyone you know is interested in donating photos and/or becoming a volunteer for Gems in your area, please let me know.  The volunteer pack includes three disposable cameras, three pairs of gloves and three scarves for the winter.  Summer packs will include cameras, sunglasses and baseball caps.  The packet also includes scripts for approaching with respect those who are currently between homes, three notepads and pens for the artist to record notes after each photo and three self-addressed stamped envelopes to return the cameras to me for developing.    In the days to come, I hope to include fleece blankets with the winter packets and sun screen with the summer packets.  Once I receive the photos, I scan and upload them, then I use PaintShop Pro to add the frame, the artist notes (or inspirational quotes if there are no notes).  Then I distribute these via the email list, the website and the social media sites (listed below).

Songs of the Heart

So far I am working with a homeless man in Denver named John who also writes poetry.  He is working on putting together a two- or three-week series of photos for me and those will be featured next  My friend Nicole (Wild Dream Walks) has facilitated my introduction to John.  He’s a beautiful soul and very creative.  Nicole also has one person in Denver that is interested in being be a volunteer for Gems / Volunteer Biographers and one in San Francisco, so that’s exciting!  We’re also hoping to affiliate soon with a soup kitchen in Philly.

Seeker Finds

My biggest contributor of photos in the past two months was a man who was homeless most of 2015  — my son Benjamin.  He says he prefers the term “nomadic” to “homeless.”  =)  During that year, his life was touched deeply by a spiritual awakening.   He came close to dying twice and both times, and in both circumstances, his survival was miraculous.  During this year and his awakening, my son literally did an about-face.  This new direction he walks is filling me with joy — and health! He has been instrumental in helping all of us — my husband Mike, his brother Joe, his Nana (my mom), and many of his friends, too.

So Grateful for Laddership!

 The Laddership Program by Service Space where I have been one of the co-creators (as our beloved mentor Nipun Mehta calls it) since 2014 showed me that I can be a part of the gift economy and design for generosity, too.  The people I met through the program showed me that I can live my dream within the framework of my principles as they are doing or plan to do.  So, to that end, half the proceeds from the sale of Elanthian Love Songs will go toward Gems.

 

So Much Inspiration!

 The poetry book, Elanthian Love Songs, is a bridge for the Gems project because I wrote every one of the 21 poems in the book while playing an online text-based role-playing game called Gemstone — thus “Gems.”  The creativity flowed like water in Elanthia, and it was a beautiful time of learning from and being inspired by the brilliant and beautiful people for whom I wrote my poems.

Soon, More Songs (etc.)

Elanthian Love Songs is the first of four poetry books, three short-story volumes, one screen play and at least two novels that will support the work of Gems 50/50.

I’ll be posting an invitation for you soon to the Gems “1st Online Gallery Show” eta February 29th.

I hope you have a beautiful day.

 

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Here’s the blurb from the “About” section of “Under 1000 Skies” blog on Word Press where Gems are featured. 

Welcome!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our featured photos. We now linked with Volunteer Biographers. We’ll be working with some folks who are currently between homes on a really exciting photography project, “Show Me What You Love and I Will Know Your Heart.” ♡

We distribute disposable cameras to these artists and the only assignment is, “Show me what you find beautiful.” When you know what someone finds beautiful, you get a glimpse into that person’s heart.

Every six months or so we’ll have a Gallery display to show all the work contributed. You can download the photos to print and if you like donate. All donations (100 percent) go to the purchase of disposable cameras and developing the film.

I would love to feature your artwork or photos. Please send me a note and anything you want featured. I will add title, copyright info, and your website if you have one.

The world needs more light-filled Gems. So please think about all your art work and paintings and photos and let’s sprinkle these beautiful light-filled gems into the world together. =)

More about Gems

You can find the “Gems” all over the net, featured

You can find *Gems” on Facebook here:
https://www.facebook.com/LightFilledGems

On Pinterest:
https://www.pinterest.com/jazztizz/gems/

Twitter:
https://twitter.com/jazztizz

Tumblr:
http://jazztizz.tumblr.com/

and G+
https://plus.google.com/u/0/115176813967792654833/posts

 

We Need You

If you’d like to be a donating artist and/or volunteer coordinator for an outreach in your town, please leave me a note. It is no accident you are here.

We Are All Connected.

♥. Niki Flow