The new Blockchain ⛓️

Many things in the universe start and end, like a ruler, or a stick, like a stone. But also concepts like months and seasons have initial and end dates. We can join the edges: starting and ending, start and end like in an immense chain of bytes only computers can handle.

The new trend is about this: the constantly linking in a chain, a chain of blocks, or in crypto-world, the Blockchain.

Now that the Blockchain exists, that Bitcoin exists, Ethereum, Polkadot, etc; all humans (not only Catholics being kings with technology under our service) can take advantage of it. As with many things in these modern times (pandemic and so on) we are shifting our traditional way of thinking, finding fresh and open marketplaces like the crypto-world. Even when I dislike the infinite rows of megabytes in Bitcoin’s ledger, it would be sloppy not to use cryptocurrencies, not to build NFTs.

Of course we wont use technology to become slaves of it, we will use it in a smart way 😄. The biggest tradeoff against the blockchains technologies are their ecological impacts. And when browsing about them I got astonished…

The Internet is this giant source of information –insights are just an extension to it. Anybody can post anything. Even when lying, one will always find what it is searched for. Myself too collapsed with these videos, since I care about our planet:


Fortunately we have many alternatives to save the environment, of whose I like the Algorand Blockchain. It is opensource, white label and environmental-friendly; It founder, who works at MIT made its Pure Proof of Stake algorithm, (something that drastically decreases carbon emissions, actually a similar algorithm will be in Ethereum 2, hopefully in 2022).

…I am still in the process of testing this blockchain and uploading my NFTs, so I will update this post in the coming months (if I God provides me enough health, obviously).

Time to Switch Gears 🚙

The New York Times Reader’s Center is looking for inspiring people who prove it’s never too late to switch gears, change lifestyles and pursue dreams. They want to hear from people of all ages who are living according to their own timeline — in regards to career, education, athletic pursuits, family, friendships or another calling: People who learned to drive after the age of 40, found love after age 75 or finished a marathon at age 99.

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Most artists are used to this idea of switching gears. We do it in each artwork. For me it happens when painting and also when writing. I have switched gears in religion too, shifting my whole panorama. It is not the same to be an inherited catholic, a new-age practitioner, or a returned catholic (I passed through them in this order). As an inherited catholic, I did duties because I had to. I saw advantages in dropping it, but I never satisfied myself in new age’s doctrines. I felt no peace and was running all the time, from one place to the other. Of course, physical surgeries made me reflect on my acting, and a trip I took to Medjugorje, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and to Israel. I finally turned to a religion of love, the Catholicism I knew already, with a deeper understanding and embracing the faith. I wish you the same in your Trip, different for each person, in which religion and beliefs are upmost important.

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Did You Switch Gears Later in Life? We Want to Hear from You.
June 16, 2021

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Not Vaccinated Kids 👦🏻🧒🏻

Leng Vong Reiff had just received her second dose of a Covid vaccine and thought guiltily of her two young, unvaccinated sons. Schools have reopened, and families with those under 12 are finding ways to get their kids inoculated, even though they’re not officially eligible yet. Like countless parents across the nation, she was searching for vaccine clinical trials, found one, applied and got a call back.

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Wanting to vaccinate our children, is like baptizing them, being Catholic. Because it means the beginning of a better future –the one in heaven. Since parents want the best for their sons, it makes a lot of sense to provide this fundamental sacrament to babies, even when they haven’t learned to talk neither to reason as adults. Actually not baptizing them could be negligent, not allowing the most blessings.

On medical issues, there is always a second opinion. Some may argue that returning to school can be dangerous. If vaccination is not a legal option, the better could be to talk to our kids. I would remember them to keep their distance, teaching on how to do it. Depending their age, they could easily forget or get distracted when playing games. So try to avoid risks. Pandemic is not a game to play, not even in young citizens.

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Abba Music returns 🎼

Abba, which is reuniting after nearly 40 years, will released a new single, “Don’t Shut Me Down”. Their new album, “Voyage,” is due on Nov. 5 and quasi-concert dates are scheduled in London in May. Though the verses of “Don’t Shut Me Down” are about a woman surprising an ex with her return, the choruses also recognize the strangeness of Abba’s reappearance: “I’m not the one you know/I’m now and then combined”.

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As the music band returns to action, it can’t be expected to have the same teenagers fans, but older ones with new learnings and understandings. Returning will be different, like all returning experiences. Catholics often recur to the parable of the prodigal son (about a son that returns home after spending all his fortune). His father received him with a big hug, and even threw a party on his return. He ordered to bring him new clothes and to cook food (to sacrifice a pork). God’s response could be similar as this father’s, because God is greater than what we think.

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Abba Previews First Album in 40 Years, and 11 More New Songs
Hear tracks by Charli XCX, Bobby Shmurda, Japanese Breakfast and others.
By JON PARELES, JON CARAMANICA, ISABELIA HERRERA and GIOVANNI RUSSONELLO

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Luck in a workout ⛹🏻‍♀️

Doing a 7-Minute Workout seemed a safe routine. Then she wrote: “But my liftoff was misaligned, so that coming down I glanced off the edge of my step stool and hit the floor with my full weight on the side of my left foot.

Pop!

After lying on my back for a few minutes, panting through self-recrimination and the bright crush of pain, I crawled to the phone and called my husband.”… she has got an injury. 

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Surgeries can have long term consequences. An earthquake, or even a pandemic can show us that life changes in just a second. When I was a child in a Catholic school, the nuns never tired of telling us how lucky we were. Now I see it, we have free time to head ourselves to better places. We (Catholics) believe in Life Everlasting, in our given resurrection; this is what I mean by “better places”. Think of it as a new hope we have, attainable by loving people and God. Loving people means taking care of them by real actions. What else could we do with our free time?

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Sometimes the Luck Is in the Fall
The author Ann Patchett finds that misfortune in small doses can cast a glittering light on the rest of life.
By ANN PATCHETT

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Sushi bar reservation 🍣

Try to get a reservation at one of Manhattan’s luxury sushi bars and you’d never guess that the restaurant business is struggling. As I write this, you need to wait a week to experience one of Shion Uino’s $420 omakase meals at 69 Leonard StreetMasa, where lunch and dinner are now $800 a person, is almost fully booked for the next two weeks. At Sushi Noz, spots at both the counter of buffed hinoki wood, where dinner is $400, and the secondary bar made of ash, where it costs $225, are all but sold out for the next month.

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This is our lucky road to heaven: our stance in Earth for the meanwhile, in which to select our favorite food, again, for the meanwhile. We live in this vast Eden of variety; with certain amount of time left, and having freedom available. Thanks to God for all those things and also for our intelligence, to discern how to play ones cards like in poker.

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A Sushi Hideaway Where There’s Always Something New to Taste
A meal at Nakaji might start with icefish and end with watermelon. Then, if you can afford it, try a $300 shot of whiskey.
By PETE WELLS

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Chicken tree sleeping 🐔

Earlier this year, I went out with someone who told me that chickens slept in trees. I refused to believe him, but our banter helped during a time when I was overwhelmed with grief from my grandmother’s passing. Things didn’t take flight with Chicken Man. Several months later, I spotted a fluffy white poof high up on a tree late one night. It was a hen I often see in my Singapore neighborhood. I laughed out loud to nobody in particular and thought of my grandmother, Chicken Man and how life affords us small moments of joy unexpectedly. — Shu Wen Chye

Image from the NY Times, link at the bottom

However, impossible things are possible to God, like in the Creation. I still keep figuring out how did the hen got there, up in that tree? Did the chicken flew? Surely it was free from her brooding, otherwise she wouldn’t be able to sleep like that. What if when dreaming, it moves or fells down… Once more, God surprises us with this animal creativity.

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘I Laughed Out Loud to Nobody in Particular’
Modern Love in miniature, featuring reader-submitted stories of no more than 100 words.
Aug. 24, 2021

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Sponge’s skeleton ☠

At the bottom of the Pacific Ocean, cylindrical clusters of sponge jut upward like skyscrapers in the deep sea. The sponge’s glass skeleton is certainly a feat of architecture, comprising a geometric latticework that gives the sponge the illusion of being wrapped in lace. Yet it is enduringly sturdy, able to stay rooted in the sea floor and weather currents without snapping or splintering. Such structural superpowers leave many scientists eager to unravel whatever secrets this crystalline sponge contains

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Sponges like this are the home of different ecosystems. Recently, we have been more conscient about the importance of having a home, specially with this pandemic. As Catholics, we pretend to defend life which is frugal and subtle, starting from the smallest group: the family. Family has proven to be robust and adaptable to ever changing scenarios, suited to raise children, protecting them from the amenities, false idols, and distractions of the outer world. Lets provide our kids with a proper environment for growing. 👍🏻

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A Swirling Vortex Is No Match for This Deep-Sea Sponge
A new paper finds a glass sponge has the power to eliminate destructive vortices that are created when fluid moves around a blunt object.
By SABRINA IMBLER


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Ordinary Labors are Solutions to Catastrophes 🏆

After the attacks on the World Trade Center, Americans — and particularly New Yorkers — were told that we needed to go about our lives as we normally would to demonstrate to the terrorists that they hadn’t won. “For individuals, the most effective course of action they can take to aid our recovery is to be determined to go ahead with their lives. We can’t let terrorists change the way we live. Otherwise, they will have succeeded. In some ways, the resilience of life in New York City is the ultimate sign of defiance to terrorists.”

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Sometimes, when catastrophes happen, is better to continue with our ordinary labors. Keep doing what it is expected, as a regular day; and reaching a higher help in another way. Lets take, for instance, the example when children are being bullied at school. Even when the kid could still return to the same activities, moms and dads can reach other parents, or teachers. A solution must be found and Church or praying may not be the adequate solution to everything.

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Our Children Will Never Know the Innocence We Knew
Sept. 11 changed us.
By CHARLES M. BLOW, September 8, 2021

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Salmon, a martyr fish 🐠

The Biden administration on Thursday took the first steps that would allow it to begin the process of protecting Alaska’s pristine Bristol Bay, one of the world’s most valuable sockeye salmon fisheries. Salmons are those fierce fishes that climb against river’s currents, skipping predators like bears crossing their paths.

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In spiritual terms, what is the reward of such risks, not only to swim up the river, but also jumping outside while shaking its fins. Salmons may be the fish martyrs, who after days of efforts and struggling, finally reach their destination. Their goal won’t be that nice, as it is our heaven, but still a jewel.

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Biden Administration Moves to Protect Alaska’s Bristol Bay
The bay, home to a key sockeye salmon fishery, sits atop a massive gold and copper deposit, pitting environmentalists against mining companies.
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Olympic gymnastics as squirrels 🐿

Olympic gymnasts stun the world with their performances on the uneven bars. Fortunately they don’t have to compete with squirrels. Suppose instead of the uneven bars, human gymnasts had to fly through the canopies of trees, leaping gaps of varying distances, from branches of varying thicknesses, some stiff, some springy.

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Not everybody born with abilities as squirrels did. For such dexterity we will need to go to the gym. Training is not the difficult part, but to be constant on it. To return the next day, with the same enthusiasm. Thanks to God, we have a next day to do exercise or to be free. Not everybody have a next day. And for sure, one day we won’t have it, ourselves. Are we prepared?

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Male role 👨🏻

One hundred fifty years ago, a woman named Myra Bradwell brought a Supreme Court case claiming a constitutional right to be admitted to the Illinois bar. She had passed the state’s bar exam with high honors, but the Illinois Supreme Court refused her application, saying that when the State Legislature gave the court the power to grant law licenses, “it was with not the slightest expectation that this privilege would be extended to women.”

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Church has also, not a favoritism, but established a role for man as the family´s head. Dads should take relevant decisions such as where to live, how many children would compose the family, and so on. They should provide an income, preferably a stable one; and this duty alone, will take them 8/5 (8 hours per day, 5 days a week) on the average. I don’t think this imposed role for dads as heads have damaged our societies; on the contrary, families continue to succeed even in this pandemic times.

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Coated Emissions, a Darker Future for NFTs? 🏭

In June 1988 a NASA scientist, Dr. James Hansen, appeared on a very hot day in Washington and told a group of powerful senators that a grim future lay ahead. Carbon emissions, he said, had raised average global temperatures to the highest levels in recorded human history, bringing heat waves, droughts and other disruptions to people’s lives. 

That same year a collection of scientists assembled by the United Nations — known as the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — delivered much the same message, warning pointedly of rising seas and threats to biodiversity. Four years later, world leaders meeting in Rio de Janeiro signed a landmark agreement to stabilize “greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere at a level that would prevent dangerous anthropogenic interference with the climate system.”

A clean order we find in nature. Besides traffic and industrial pollution, beauty and intelligence abide in our world. We have to defend this ambient from elements of distortion. I was first enthusiastic when told about NFTs, further publishing a post and inviting people. But when getting to know its environmental effects, I turned to other ways of income. Damaging the environment is a serious issue to me. I prefer to do sacrifices in order to leave a working planet to our babies and toddlers. So I did further research (in my laptop, I am blessed with many confort and can also chose between ways of income).

Ethereum and Bitcoin are computer-ecosystems that use the Proof of Work algorithm, turning them to be inefficient. They produce large carbon emissions, which can harm the environment. And we only have one Earth, so we better take care of it. Fortunately scientists have come with happy alternatives: there are different blockchains like Polkadot and Polygon to register our NFTs. Among these, I prefer Algorand, which uses a Pure Proof of Stake algorithm, and which will be adopted by El Salvador government. These are examples of my digital art, I have listed at algogems.io as @jampaintings:

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No, CryptoArtists Aren’t Harming the Planet
Clarifying a big misunderstanding about the ecological impact of NFTs–and what we’re doing to make SuperRare more sustainable
https://medium.com/superrare/no-cryptoartists-arent-harming-the-planet-43182f72fc61

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How the Cat Gets Its Stripes: It’s Genetics 🐈

Folklore is full of stories about the coat patterns of cats: How the tiger got its stripes. How the leopard got its spots. And scientists ask the same questions, although not necessarily about large predators. The research may focus instead on something like the mackerel tabby pattern in domestic shorthairs. The answer is straightforward: genetic code.

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Interdisciplinary aspects are connected when dealing with coating in different colors. Stripes in species produce a camouflage suited for predators. Many sport cars are named after felines like cougar, jaguar, just to name a few. Tones combined with highlights may look appealing to other species, or to the human eye. Dogs attention may be grabbed by their stripes. All these considerations must be orchestrated by Higher Wisdom, our Creator. He impress us each time with creative solutions.

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How the Cat Gets Its Stripes: It’s Genetics,
Not a Folk Tale. Researchers took a deep dive into embryonic development to tease out the source of the tabby pattern in cats.
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Birthday Present: A Covid Vaccine 💉

Turning 12 has taken on added significance this summer, as teens line up for shots allowing them to see friends and play sports again. At least 52 percent of children ages 12 through 17 in the United States have received at least one dose of a vaccine, and about 40 percent are fully vaccinated, according to early September data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Thinking in all the changes we have passed through in this pandemic, it is relevant to point that Catholic Church is also changing. Reforms are necessary with the pass of time, as we adapt to modernity. Nobody knows what will happen next. The one thing I see is that we will save the heart of the gospel, if we get to think correctly. We will be a better society and of course, a society that integrates religion, since it is of top relevance when being human.

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The Best Birthday Present in 2021? A Covid Vaccine.
Turning 12 has taken on added significance this summer, as tweens line up for shots allowing them to see friends and play sports again.
By EMMA GOLDBERG, Sept. 5, 2021

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Where L.G.B.T.Q. find shelter 🏳‍🌈

“Casa”, which opened in February 2019, is one of a handful of Tijuana shelters catering to a group that includes trans women, gay men and mothers traveling alone with children — among the most vulnerable and endangered refugee populations, according to a 2017 Amnesty International Report


I like our pope approach to these issues. (At the time of this writing, his name is Francisco I, or Francis.). His posture starts by remembering our human partticipation in the first place. Being humans, most of us care about others, our brothers, to say it this way. Pope is human too, not to dictate or punish parishioners, but to turn to God, who is the one capable of mitigating these scenarios.

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Working “996” 💰

In China this April, a 31-year-old former factory worker named Luo Huazhong drew the curtains and crawled into bed. Then he posted a picture of himself there to the Chinese website Baidu along with a message: “Lying Flat Is Justice.”

By June, American news outlets were describing the “lying flat” trend as a natural consequence of China’s hypercompetitive middle-class culture, where employees often report working “996” weeks — 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., six days a week — a lifestyle praised by the founder of the online shopping giant Alibaba, Jack Ma, and other captains of commerce.


Not only work can be a false idol, but many other desires too. Having a perfect body is a good example, or acquiring a bigger house. Goals we constantly seek can be compared to the golden statues of Scriptures. It takes integrity to revise these false idols, but at the end we prefer to have done it. Or at least I do 😁

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Toddlers Spread Virus More Easily Than Teens 👦🏻

A study published in the journal JAMA Pediatric, demonstrates that very young children also participate in the contagious chain. Actually they result more dangerous than teenagers.

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The number of communication with different people is much greater in toddlers than in babies. Toddlers can walk to places, grabbing objects that could be infected. Toddlers can talk to strangers, having too much more contact with other people.

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As I was thinking yesterday, we may babies when compared to god. It is a beautiful age when they can freely walk through the garden. We may prowl around the house of God, which will be the world; first by crawling, like babies, then walking as toddlers. God’s mansion is a titanic Eden, with immense amounts of species, each one with different colors and behaviors. Some animals can walk (in 4 paws), others swim, or even fly. Each one with different strategies for feeding, hunting, resting, and so on. These fresh variety turns our minds to the Creator.

We can find immense variety in many things. For example in transportation. We use to move in cars. There is also a public service like buses and subways. For long distances there are airplanes. To exercise we walk, or jump to a bicycle. And there are more rare options like boats. yachts , submarines, motorcycles, one wheel self balancing scooters, skateboards, paragliders, skies, kayaks, surf tables, cable cars, (not bumper cars hahaha). Disabled ones can use chair wheels or prothesis depending the case. Thanks God for a great Universe!

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Work Out and Chill? 🤸🏻‍♂️


I like chilling around in places. I will eventually learn how to work out while chilling, something I have always wanted. Cool temperature workouts may be the answer for those who want to exercise without swimming in sweaty clothes.

Gyms are not the place to do nothing. Do Catholics think results come from work, like in gyms? There is a debate on this. I usually find myself in extra efforts even when not intended; even if extra-efforts does not guarantee a gain. Catholics of history won’t deny work (and maybe neither working out). Saint Paul (almost an apostle) used to work at night, so as to serve during the day. Saint Joseph, patron of workers, was a carpenter. No to say Jesus -who followed his example- and who in many issues held a distinct opinion. Work and working out or chill and do nothing, will always be debatable.

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Superfast Train 🚄


Nowadays, we built a maglev bullet train that can reach speeds of 600 kilometers per hour (373 miles per hour). It made its debut in Qingdao, China, by the state-owned China Railway Rolling Stock Corporation. It’s considered the world’s fastest train.

What would be the fastest way to go to heaven? Through the Virgin Mary, definitely. Or following a saint, throw a group or congregation. This is like going in a superfast highway. Everybody there is heading towards the same direction. Also, the Eucharistic, Confession, of course Baptism, there are many ways 🙂

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Learning to Love G.M.O.s 🍎


Fears have turned people against genetically modified food. But benefits are great, Kahn wrote, for the NY Times.

The difficulty is to predict the results of each genetical modification. Many years have to pass to be able to measure their consequences. Developing tests take time, depending on the kind of food. And of course, there have to be enough monetary outcome since the required investment is much.

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Once grown, what if the GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) behave different than expected? 💡 This is similar as the creation: God made us and gave us freedom. We can take our own choices, whether good or bad, only God can tell. What if we make mistakes, maybe unfixable mistakes??? What if, being confused, we take decisions that later wish to change? Because of God’s love, he sent us his Son, actually Himself in Trinity’s Second Person. He is the one able to fix unrepairable mistakes. There is no impossible for Him, even when it seems the contrary, so keep the faith. I can talk and talk about this and my experiences in hospitals and surgeries, but let us return to GMOs.

There is an opposition, which is completely natural, to this movement. Also it is natural to have fears, because they prevent us from dangers. An intricate knot will result if we keep hiding and hiding fears under the armor, pretending they are not there, with the temporal benefit of not seeing them for a while.

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There should be a level of maturity when dealing with this issue and its consequences. Each alteration being done should have a multilateral reason. For instance someone could produce an overwhelming colored fruit, one that sells better. But what if now requires a different weather, or if it is devoured by insects attracted to the new look. As I said above, consequences can be unpredictable. Like when they forced salt to be perfectly white, which seemed pure at that time; and now salt is listed under the 7 white food demons. White is an utopic color, did you know it is the mandatory color to play tennis at Wimbledon?

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Feeding Antibodies 🍼

Yes, vaccinated mothers are trying to give to their babies antibodies via breast milk… In the first nine months of the pandemic, around 116 million babies were born worldwide, according to UNICEF estimates. This left researchers scrambling to answer a critical question: Could the virus be transmitted through breast milk? The answer, six researchers agreed, is that newly vaccinated mothers have antibodies generated which can, indeed, be passed through breast milk. Does ‘vaccinated breast milk’ contain antibodies? Yes, study after study shows it does contain antibodies. How exactly these antibodies protect the infant from Covid is not yet clear.

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Babies are in a different seat with their recently-born condition. Most adults had tagged episodes as pleasurable, fun, fast, easy, and so on… but babies haven’t done so: they are blank pages waiting to be written. They seem creative, which they are, but mostly they are new, SO new that ordinary things can be their first time, therefore having a fresh panorama.

Babies surprise me with unpredictable actions, like grabbing their toes with his fingers, or looking a dog as a weird animal. Even when crying, their sound seems beautiful to their mothers. Pretending to be a baby is not so easy though. We can try to be amazed by the rainbow, but we will look strange staring for minutes at a raining cloud 😊 hahaha

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There is still the question: why do babies receive baptism even when are not jet responsible ❓❓ Now that I think of it, we may be babies compared to God. There should be a formal reason to this question, and here is a discussion about it. Anyway, what a bless it is to be baptized at an early age, actually. One can enjoy of the benefits of being saved since very young. One can expect heaven, for instance: a blessed life for eternity, for free! just by behaving okay.

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Pancakes In Heaven🍝

Every morning I come to the kitchen asking myself what to eat. The immediate answer of my stomach is evident: pancakes. There is a point at which pancakes become closer to dessert than breakfast, or perhaps they become an excuse for substituting one for the other.

A rich pancake, like those often served in Sweden, takes the paladar to a landscape, boosting the proportion of eggs, butter and sugar. The Swedes use a special pan for these plattar, as they are called, so that they are all the same size, which is smaller than American pancakes. The pancakes are so rich and delicious that they can be served with nothing more than a dusting of confectioners’ sugar. You can serve them with lingonberry (as usual), or other tart preserves (cranberry sauce is great), or even a little lemon juice. Yogurt or sour cream also complement the breakfast, as do any sweet jam or a celestial whipped cream.

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One of the reasons I want to go to heaven is to eat pancakes everyday, haha. This may sound banal, but the more I reflect on it, the most I agree: my desire is authentic, and therefore legal. And they should serve the best pancakes in heaven😋. Not anymore I will hide this desire for pancakes in the mornings. How much would it cost to make it happen? Is it to much $15 daily for God? According to Catholics, everything is possible to God…

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It is nice to be able to cook even in this cold isolation. Whatever is the emphasis, the most common restriction is to wear a mask. Superiors could impose rules on external aspects but will never stop our interior life-s. 😋


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Digital Painting a Croissant 🥐

Many people ask me, what is Digital painting? It is like regular painting but in the computer, using a special software for this purpose. I like to view it as regular cooking: placing nice colors, one after the other. As simple as that, to select tones that combine in interesting ways is like making food: finding new flavors, heat them to the point, smell the ingredients. Also consider other factors like diet, health, wellbeing; and synchronizing them with proper drinks, time of the day… even the weather and clothing. It is an art, like Digital Painting.

If you think that painting is difficult, directing someone towards a prosperous future✝✝ is even harder. What is a prosperous future anyway? Everybody has different ideas about it. It could be to be rich, or being happy, or both. Health will be the first step, I guess. It will be a good idea to also deal with concepts not tangible, like freedom, or justice. What is the value of being able to walk, for example? Churches try to give faithful spiritual answers that provide guidance. What a magnificent labor this is, considering the complexity of the task! It should be a puzzle to give concrete answers in an open world: a modern world with too many opinions and preferences. Catholic Church has flaws, who doesn’t, but it have done much contributions to development, like the written music monks invented, we should give it a chance…

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Pandemic again, oh no 😱

I got a DejaVu time ago, when I wrote:

Some countries, like the United States or England, rush to vaccinate most of its population 💉. This an intelligent measure, when possible. However, if a new variant spreads around the globe, everybody will have to vaccinate again, including these developed countries 👨🏻‍⚕️.

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I even went further:

In those improbable scenarios, people will do duties with an imposed mask 🙊. And again we will be concealed in obligated isolation… We will definitely learn to see blessings in strange panoramas 🙉.

Me, in this blog

These paintings were made in my desktop. Covid19 is our new situation, lets keep our shirt on, lets be okay with it.

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“Mommy, bad news, immigration caught me” 👮🏻‍♀️

“‘Mommy, I have bad news for you,’” one of the girls at the shelter, Elizabeth, 13 🧒🏻, from Honduras, recalled telling her mother on the phone. “‘Don’t cry, but Mexican immigration caught me.’”.

Caught

For children migrants, the journey north is not an easy one, and the ones who brave it have to grow up fast. There is a big flow of migrants, and it will not stop until people’s lives in these countries improve,” said José Alfredo Villa, the director of the Nohemí Álvarez Quillay shelter for unaccompanied minors in Ciudad Juárez, Mexico.


And if Elizabeth had made it across the river into Texas, her life would be different now. Even if apprehended by United States officers, she would have been released to her mother (who works in the US) and given a court date to present her asylum case. These situations worry parents who work and rise minors 👨‍👧‍👦. They must be careful not to give their suns to suspicious marabouts. They try to be intelligent knowing how to play their cards 🃏.

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Yemen’s hunger 🌭


Nearly half of Yemen’s population, 13.5 million people, are struggling to get enough food, according to the United Nations.

hungry

Six years into a war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, Yemen faces rising rates of hunger, leaving kids vulnerable to disease and starvation.


Asked if her family had enough to eat, Iman Murshid replied, “Sometimes we have enough, sometimes we don’t.”. I personally think it shouldn’t be that way. I compare her situation to the issues in more developed countries (like the white rule at Wimbledon) with a critic eye. Kids should be embraced mostly with rejoice and pleasant fantasies. Landscapes of real unicorns and mermaids are the place I dream of. However, in this world there is room for everything: the good, the bad, the middle point, and even the joke. And there is a chance to take the best side of the cake. 👍🏻

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CoVid = Relax 🏝

Because there are less working days (or not at all 🛌🏻), life can be easier in this pandemic.

Transportation also got reduced. Instead of moving oneself throughout the city, we can simplify it with a phone call, videoconference or email. Look at the case of Ireland, whose politicians will take advantage of Coronavirus by helping small towns and villages to narrow their ever-widening gap with urban centers.

This image is an example of how Coronavirus altered my tradition of keeping-stuff. I drew it in those ordered and predictable days were I only stored what was useful. I now keep non-purpose things, just for the pleasure of “storing things”. That is the case with these “Guajes” (look at the drawing to see what is a “guaje”). It is okay to do non-sense actions if they affect no-one. It is okay to adjust and adapt to circumstances, specially in this pandemic. I recommend to master how to play one’s cards, like in poker♠, in order to get the best slice of the cake.

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Guatemala immigrant’s dream 🏃🏻‍♂️

They left behind homes and families toward an uncertain future crossing the border. Unfortunately, their 13 bodies (of migrants from Comitancillo, Guatemala) were found dead in the back of a pickup truck in Tamaulipas, Mexico 😔 . “It was the worst case so far”, Ms. Aguilón said 👮🏻‍♀️ and hopefully won’t repeat.

Conditions are not always the better. For many migrants who leave Central America, like those from the municipality of Comitancillo, the goal is to reach the United States, find work, save some money and send some back home.

Today I am enjoying coffee in a palm-tree cup I made myself. It turn out a nice invention. This is a new different activity –to enter the sales world– with no other purpose than designing and hopefully finding a buyer:

Like in the case of migrants, not everyday the best situations happen, not to mention the difficulties of crossing the border. Life is not perfect. There are good moments, and bad ones. As an artist. I tried to express the hard-times-feeling in this artwork:

Most of this matters are minor issues compared to the important responsibilities of embracing Catholic faith. We are limited, with a limited time on earth. So let us consider a correct scope. As Carl Sagan said, we are just pale blue dots in the universe1.

In every journey in this world–in or outside the frontier– risks abound. Like those marabouts that teach in Senegal👨🏻‍🏫, not everything is pink and purple as in infant unicorn tales 🦄.

LINKS

1 The pale blue dot, Carl Sagan (youTube video)

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Pope Francis’ Encyclical 🖊

Coincidences happen, sometimes. Pope Francis said in his prosperous encyclical Fratelli Tutti: “the sense of belonging to a single human family is fading”. During Pope’s stance in Iraq, what a coincidence, we were also traveling! Ourselves visiting Riviera Mayan’s gorgeous beaches, home of sailors and fishers. He is right: nowadays there is this trending notion of “every man for himself”, and this pandemic make us realize “we are all sailors of the same boat”.

Kiwi Blessings painting…

We should care of others a little bit more, and not just care about work, work, and more work (which is painting, for an artist like me).

For example, I am two brushstrokes away of finishing my “Kiwi blessings” painting (see img above), a scene composed with a kiwi. I won’t name it in this way, instead I’ll go for something like “horizontal bars”. Also, I already exhibit my sailfish painting, being a total success:

But as I was saying, from the religious point of view, there are more important things than showing personal canvases. Being happy is one of these things, and is mandatory in our pandemic days. It is just a matter of making room for positive thinking: love, family, fraternity and so on 😍.

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Gargantuan wedged ship 🛳

The “Ever Given”, a gargantuan container ship 🚢 that had been wedged in the Suez Canal (march 2021) is afloat again. The ship was stranded diagonally across the canal, with its bow stuck deep in the canal’s eastern bank, blocking the traffic. Those titanic proportions made us think we have too much sea-transactions today, too much industrialization and globalization. However, after days of arduous labor, the ship was freed and navigated triumphant. The Egyptian water pass was finally unblocked, and the world’s commerce resumed its course back to normal.

Life followed the same path for me. It retained me in a pacific flow for years, and after my brain surgeries I started thinking differently. I changed. I became a convinced Catholic, and later we got the pandemic. Instead of painting canvases, I now created some youTube videos, Skillshare classes and RedBubble products. I also jumped into the cryptoworld with unique NFTs like this one:

Returning to the ship issue. This painting, using acrylics and then digital, is about the Suez Canal. This unfortunate episode remembered me of our Julian tale we use to imagine as teenagers. Or the “Unbeatable Worm” from our preferred computer videogame. Other jokes abide, like this one a local said for the ocasion: “Why don’t they pull out one of those stocked containers? There could be something good in there. Maybe it could feed the whole town.” 🤟🏻

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Fresh Ideas like salads 🥗

Ideas should be like salads: fresh and ever-new. I like to keep them handy, and ready to use, so when inspiration comes by surprise I am able to quickly react.

The painting, before

I come up with fresh ideas for every painting. In this one, for example, a kiwi emerged from a waterfall cascade (before the remake). In this other one, an eagle is trying to grab some juicy grapes (the link will be available soon).

Both projects are about giant fruits. And both were repainted on top 🎨.

Surprisingly, I was grabbed by an spiritual eagle, as I call it, taken out of Guadalajara and transported far away. Later dropped into were I didn’t understand the culture, neither the language. And then discovered the treasure of the religion I born with, -and abandoned by misunderstanding… I have to eat breakfast now, have a nice day🍳

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America vs China, quick politics 🖋

Recent meetings between the Americans and Chinese seemed like when Khrushchev (URSS Premier from the past) banged his shoe on a desk of the United Nations (this happened around 60 years ago).

Nothing good can be obtained from United States and China meetings, if we were politicians, other than a forced hand shake, an unintended smile, a pair of brilliant shoes,

  • a couple of free headphones for life translations
  • 1 or 2 new Chinese words that we learned…
  • a reporter’s picture for the press
  • a queen size bed in a many-stars hotel
  • the security eyes of a bunch of bodyguards
  • a new tie that we bought for the occasion (or even a whole suit)


Actually plenty of blessings can be seen with the right focus 😎. This apparently dark scenario resembles me as our Julian creature that we invented as teenagers . We ended up laughing too 😁

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Covid vaccines not leveraged 🩺

It came this post about American and European officials who gave up leverage that could have guaranteed access for billions of people, in the New York Times. This risks prolonging the pandemic. In short, a new special patent will finally be issued (a five-year-old invention), controlled by the United States.
The question is whether the government will try to spread it to other infected countries. The question is whether does anyone (as institutions and as individuals 🧔🏻) will do anything at all.
Nobody is obligued to do so, nobody argues that. The United States is completely free in this matter, like the freedom we have in Pocker. Isn’t it the stars and bars’ liberty country 🗽?

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Hello “Kiwis and Bars” Painting 🎨

This remake started with an inspiration poem, I wrote myself:

heading blessings
in an open page future
Aquastars get into motion
behind an orange kiwi
that behaves okay…
a TV channel or a series
of an isolated alphabet
bring me a free future:
unpredictable
and in equilibrium

Poem by JAM


Isn’t it a good start for a painting? 😊
As I said in the previous post, starting was the first step🙊, it followed the second, the third, and so on. I started by saying something like: “Come on, lets do it…”. Because yellow and blue resembles me aquastars, look how cool was looking:

This painting is very different to the Hawk-Borrow-painting I am also remaking. This one is more about food and talking, because for me, conversations and food usually happen at the same time, in the same place. This is why an alphabet is show at the bottom. Just the table was left… this is how I resolved it, almost finished:

Some of the making:

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Goodbye fruit-waterfall painting🖐🏻


“A waterfall may be a good scenario for a fruits painting”, I thought first. But after 10 months of getting bored,
I decided right away hahaha: “Let us start a whole remake”…
I don’t mind despising hours of painting to start over. “Let us preserve the best side of the cake (read this post not about cakes)” – I said to myself. Look the “before and after”:


I will post here also the poem that inspired this painting. That will be maybe tomorrow😴 have a nice day .

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Israel and Palestinian 2021 elections 👍

Israelis and Palestinians will have almost simultaneous elections. Even with similar timing, their moods are very different. Palestinians haven’t had elections in decades, while Israelis had one, months ago. Isn’t it ironic? (Alanis Morissette would say),
Elections are about freedom, freedom to chose who governs (this is an unrelated post about Poker and freedom). Every person, –like this father who chased sports-,can decide what to do with their own liberty😎.

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The 3 COVID vaccines 💉

In the United States, there are 3 vacines now (march 2021):

  • Pfizer
  • Moderna
  • Johnson & Johnson

People are saying that Johnson & Johnsons’, having an effectivenes of 72% (compared to 94%-95% of the other two)
may not be as effective as the others. However the most important measure, whether the vaccine prevents serious illness, shows the 3 vaccines work for nearly 100% of the cases.
“The number we should care is what are the chances that I am going to die. There is essentially no chance that I am going to die with any vaccine, all of them are 100%”, said David Leonhardt from New York Times. This is breathtaking🤞.
My opinion is to analyze facts more than chances (unrelated post about unpredictability). Let us trust what medicals are saying, ultimately, they are the ones in white uniforms (unrelated article about wearing white in Wimbledon).
“If your turn comes and you are offered the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, accept what is it a right for you”, said Leonhardt.

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Pandemic Isolation 🦠

Isolation can be a dangerous couch to sit, specially in these closed pandemics. There’s a phrase the military call ‘going inside,’ it means getting inside your own head. “Sometimes, when you’re in isolation, you go inside and you kind of get lost in your own thoughts, without the forced interaction.”, this could happen to normal people, and also to bloggers or internet users who keep in touch with cybernetics.
Being concealed turned out to be the punishment criminals get in jail. Their landscapes are reduced to three walls, and their friends to the same repeated company, day after day. They cannot go out, anytime, anywhere, unlike free birds🐤
I prefer the blue shade of liberty. There are many other benefits, in my HO (read my unrelated post “the best side of the cake”). However not everybody agrees on this. To my surprise, some prefer free food and not working, than the usual citizen obligations. Have a nice day and a glass of water.

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The best slice of the cake 🥧

I like to see my life as a celebration. Birthday parties are not the same all around the globe. Here in Mexico, the “cumpleañero” (celebrated) is free to go on his way, all day long. He or she gets to chose where to start cutting the cake. Being a circled one, this decision doesn’t really matter. Also deciding on serving sizes. Of course, if someone is on a diet, he will prefer specific amounts, or no serving at all.
But most importantly, the “cumpleañero” decides weather to have a bite and let people scramble his face deep into the pudding. Because if he or she permits to have a bite, guests will stamp his or her face badly, while laughing and taking pictures for sharing.
We have also a saying about “choosing the best slice of the cake” which are birthdate presents. And like in the poker game, nobody knows the cards you will get.
Decisions, always decisions… Have a nice day.

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Poker and freedom 🃏

Pocker is a common card game casinos have. The fun of it, even when money is not involved, is not knowing the incoming cards. In the game called “closed pocker”, players sit without revealing each other’s cards, and betting surprising amounts. Cards show up in this acrylic painting by JAM (me):

Freedom is what I like most of this game. On a nice run, you can do forecasts and insights, with the freedom of raising a bet or letting it pass (this kind of freedom you get in your birthday parties, like the one in which we invented the Julian tale)

Freedom is what the creator made as a gift, to humans. Using freedom, we can do great things, and also fall into insanity. Sometimes it is even fun to make mistakes. Most of the times we have the chance of turning around and fix what we broke. A simple change of attitude could be enough, we don’t need to go to church to compensate, depends on the case.

This painting I showed above, turned out to be coasters for drinks, in my online store. It took me time to create, but it was worth:

At the end of the poker game, you will see reality: whether you have played correctly; if you betted properly, and how lucky were you 👍🏻.

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Unbeatable worm 🐍

I remember this computer videogame where a worm came from underground eating your stuff. There was no defense, it was not fair. The only thing one could do is to runaway. For a 7 year old like me👦, it was devastating to be devoured by this titanic stomach. As a child, one cannot handle it. I remember being upset and worry, not to live something similar in real life.

Some years (too many) had passed. I got a bachelor degree, and later started painting. Suddenly the unbeatable worm appeared in the canvas. “Oh no, its him, again 😱”, I was frightened at first. “He is back” (like our repeated Julian pattern). Look, this is what I am talking about:

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A Repeated Julian Pattern 🧛🏻‍♂️

A recurring scene was going on in our teenagers psiques. Whenever a repeating pattern was heard, one of us would go: “do you hear that noise? Julian is coming…”. Then we freekened “run, carry the kids”. HAHAHA active minds we had back then, and we will continue having… who knows what’s going to happen next.

Julian was an imaginary monster we invented.

And “protecting sons” was an exotic scenario for us, being teenagers👦. Now we have real dangers as adults. (Like this eagle, in this YouTube clip, that tried to carry a baby as food). Previously I made a painting, about a bird that grab grapes, and later decided to remake most of it, (a link to this painting is under construction)…. Have a nice day today, because who knows what it is going to happen tomorrow.

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An imposed mask 👸🏻

Sometimes a mask is placed on ones face. Like in this painting, it is okay if this happens. A comprehensive constraint of these modern days, as in Darth Vader’s case, is the issue of wearing a face mask.


In cosmopolitan cities like Gothic City, it is so common to see strange clothing, strange attitudes, incomprehensible languages, diverse morphologies (like those in star wars’ unexpected characters). Masks are a common security parapets, almost as widespread as helmets or safety glasses… there is even a movie titled The Mask (with Jim Carrey and Cameron Diaz).
And being in an uncomfortable environment, it is mandatory to wear a mask (I am not talking about the widespread medical masks). Great news! Besides of these helments and security masks, a plant is flourishing in his safe interior. Have a nice day.

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What is a “guaje” 🧠

In the Spanish dictionary, a “guaje” is one of those mediocre words that means nothing special. It is just a thing, a sphere-liked shape with strategical bumps. (Okay, this bumps may have a purpose which I ignore).

Two “guajes” are shown in this drawing. Even though I have never used one, I find it fantastic to have a name for these neutral “things”. So I have, in my repertory of customized Spanish (not in the Official Spanish dictionary), words that I only know, and use. I have a personal word to describe those “guajes”, mazacotes, bagasses, molasses, foams, sponges and so on.

I call it a “coso” (the masculine of “thing”), and use this word to denominate undefined stuff that I ignore its real name. Eventhough this world doesn’t exist, I use it. For example, I might say “please pass me the coso”. Surprisingly, people have a common sense and pass it to me.

These unexpected responses from people surprise me in a good sense. There is a post about the unpredictable bounces of footballs you may also like. Remember to not complain about weird stuff, because it can bring you benefits.

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Followers in Mexican soccer league ⚽

Do you know a team that hasn’t been champion for decades? That is the case of Atlas, in Mexican soccer league,
whose logo appears, and who has one of the best followings known.

Little papers are falling from the sky (in this digital painting), because being a champion doesn’t happen every day. He is becoming one at this exact moment, when he will break the goal bar. I took a second to think that those ribbons should be easy to break. If not, they could lead to sport injuries.

He said he was thinking in his sons at that precise moment. The middle one is a boy, the other two are girls. Because “there are vices around childs”, he then recommends to do exercise or to practice sports.

Thinking in this achievement, I imagine it is a challenge to train while raising 3 sons. Child care can be exhausting, and at the same time, rewarding. Kids usually bring new stuff to families, many times good stuff, and others with unpredictable results. Related to this, I talked about unpredictability and the weird bounces of oval footballs. For now, lets continue with a stable-predictable routine. Have a nice day ☺.

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Dangerous marabouts? 👩🏻‍🎓

Not all marabouts are dangerous. They use to be individuals who teach religious themes. We are talking about Quran here (at homeschools called daara’s). Kids should feel thankful for those marabouts that provide food, ceiling and teachings. Many of them do decent jobs, but some preasure kids to contribute to house’s income. Wikipedia call them child beggars, and there are around 50,000-10,000 in Senegal (a 16 million populated country).

They carry rice and sugar in small containers without a lid. Could they earn enough by selling?

I saw a room where they use to sleep. Lacking of beds and mattress, seemed austere to my western customs. The kids asked him if he had a pair of shoes to give away and he gave some food, so as to not give money (wich will end at marabouts hands).

It should be hot to be laboring under the African Sun. I remember this sun-phenomena we witnessed years ago… “Look at the sun” people start yelling while pointing there. The sun appeared “jumping” from one spot to the other, as in a diffuse vision. I painted a character inspired by this experience (“The Sundance”, as it is called in Bosnia Herzegovina). These experiences –and some thinking– resulted in my conversion to Catholicism:

Even when the sun bumps, sometimes fantasies are preferred than realities (like in this unicorn fantasy). This may be the optional escenario, to either live a different dream, or to not live at all. I hope situations like this change in the future: writing about it is just a first step.

Links:
Friendly video about Marabots (in Spanish).

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Interior life 😇

Every person has internal business going on. No one sees, but this inner life need to be feed. In this case, he has a plant in his interior, and he carries it along the city.

Life is so delicate, it must be treated with care to flourish one day. But not because its fragility, it will become a thin bush. If the seed inside grows continuously, it will go higher and higher, reach the character’s head, pass throw the eyes and beyond (see the image). Eventually it will grow far away to the stars. But in order to grow, the owner need to take care of it. Three conditions are needed:

  1. Water
  2. Substrate (earth)
  3. Light, preferably by the sun (I have heard of weird cases that go with other kinds)

Who knows what is the interior activity this person. He maybe thinking on his kids, or something weirs like the craters in the third moon?. In this painting, done in acrylic in 2018, stars represent its goal, maybe something dreamed or desired. Maybe the goal of this plant is to become a tree. However, life is not so pink. Isn’t it?

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3 moons? 🌙🌙🌙

It will be strange to find three moons in the sky: for example, to talk about todays full moon, an receive a weird response: “which one?”. If I were living in a bizarre world like this, I would prefer its moons to be of different sizes: a small, medium and big one. But in this painting, moon sizes are the same. The same exact diameters, with different craters in the interior.


I have always liked those intergalactic holes in this cheddar. Maybe a Roquefort cheese or an European kind of cheese. ¿Do you know how holes of delicious cheeses are formed? It was told that because of bacteria, but there is another belief. When cheese is made in barns using buckets, there is a likelihood of hay particulates making it into the buckets of collected milk, which then cause holes to form.


Okay, thinking on the Roquefort holes, or moon craters, may be a good way to entertain oneself in this pandemic times. I am sure we can grab a bunch of more inspiring info, and at the same time grow an interior life of candid gratitude. As most things, they become minor issues when compared to important faith stuff. We are limited creatures, with a limited time in earth. Let us adopt the correct scope. As Carl Sagan said, we are just a pale blue dot in a cosmic universe.

Anyone can spend their time as desired. Have a nice day 😑.

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An oval football 🏈

They asked me to stamp my fingertips for a VISA. Many times. I was remembering this when I painted this image (you can see in te picture, fingertips in orange and blue).

Why is the scene raining? I don’t really know: (and if the painter doesn’t know, who does?). Why are plus-signs happening in the upper and lower edges? I don’t know either hahaha.

It have always been strange, for my foreign brown eyes, to see this bouncing oval in the field. The football, the center of the game, is not a perfect circle, why? I Didn’t figured out when I googled it. Instead, I founded that early footballs were made out of animal bladders; and other related info.

Sometimes these circumstances happen to me. Artists can find unexpected results in searches, like the unexpected bounce of these new footballs. This uncertainty, this weird bounce, is what I love about the game of life. For me, being an artist and painter, whenever a vibrant emerald green appears, it talks about unpredictability. You can see it in my painting, in the green football (and also in the right horizontal bars).

I am a routine-predictable-guy. I know routines get interesting with this salt behavior. Because they could transport you to other more fantastic worlds.

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Pleasant Fantasy 🦄

I took this star and place it somewhere else. One of the reasons I paint is for customizing imaginary worlds, and strategically adjust them. This is the best I can do with my dreamy personality… Stand in my shoes, being a thin character is difficult (specially in high school) and results in a creative challenge. That is why I started to escape this world, thinking in fantasies.

Forget about dreams for a second, and look at this image. Its rainbow is supported on an unconcluded cloud, how strange. The same is at the end, over another cloud. Then his fantasy starts, on top of 4 horse shoes. Okay they are not shoes, but a hole body stands on top of them. The presence of a plain horn means a significant change in its silhouette. Not anymore a horse: this is an unicorn on a starful sky.

Unicorns are unique animals. They protrude gemstones names such as Amber, Ruby, Jade and Crystal. We could also name them as flowers or stars. It will be nice to use England’s provinces as names, like Wimbledon, and ride them with their populated hair…

When I was a kid, I loved tales about fairies and mermaids. Instead, I now play tennis, being an adult in a modern world. I see fiction as an example to improve this environment.

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A white tradition (stormtrooper’s color) 🎾

Designing a court surface is a complex task. Sport master systems are designed to provide consistent speed of play, texture, and vibrant color to any facility. 

Among the exceeding professionals, I like S. Williams. She was #1 for years and I was first drawn to her because of her focus on the game. Avoiding the many distractions, I admire her capacity to stay focused on the game. Seems that she concentrates in the moving ball, leaving everything free as it is. I try to copy her attitude in my blue-green days…

Now she scored once and received 15 points, what a bless! Another 15 for the next play. The third time is different, how strange., only 10 points were gained, so she got 15, 30 and then 40. As you know, a tennis match is won point by point, accumulating games and sets. There is no tie, or in case one is approaching, they will break it.

A rule is in Wimbledon to always wear white. English rich people used to play like this. Middle class owners will wear the same color, pretending to look richer in grass courts. But Wimbledon standards are strict (according to R. Federer, who showed up with long hair in 2001). Shoes must be almost entirely white. Large manufacturers’ logos are not encouraged. Also, any visible undergarments should have this stormtrooper color.

Remember the surfaces, preferred differently by each player: US Open is in laykold (not so similar to concrete), Roland Garros is in clay, Wimbledon is played in grass and there is one more championship to win, the far Australia Open. Not all use the white elegant tradition, but still they are fun to watch. Btw, in tennis 0 equals to love, this is how they say. But in real life, does 0 equals love?

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