Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 9: Saving Lives: A Mad Love for Theatre with C. J. Washington

Soundbite: Yes to Creativity Says Yes to Your Life.
Design by Carmen Davila Graphic Designer, Seguin, TX

The mantra of yes, straight away or with variations, guides this leading lady of life with a mad love for the theatre on a creative journey that has saved and improved her life, those closest to her, and those of the people along her path.  At one time in her life, C. J. Washington was a goat rancher by day, a student by afternoon, an actress by evening, and a mother full time.  C. J. believes that, “Yes to your creativity says yes to your life.”

Saving Lives: A Mad Love for Theatre with C. J. Washington

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Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

Touchstones of the Inspired Life- Episode 8: Cross-Fertilization of Passions with Clint Taylor

Soundbite: 30 Seconds

A love of discovery and an “I am ready” enthusiasm fuel Clint’s creative journey.  His background and education in the sciences in combination with his artistic endeavors in the visual and performing arts flow into his work at the Doseum, San Antonio’s museum for kids.  Clint discusses his “camps” for children and how his experiences in the arts impact his teaching.  In the first camp, the children spent five days developing a “civilization” and in the second, the participants (ages 5 to 7) will produce a film.    

Cross-Fertilization of Passions

Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

Design by Carmen Davila Graphic Designer, Seguin, TX

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Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 7: The Long Road from Howling Monkeys to “Bottom of the Deck” with Bill Salt

The Wilson County Band
from left to right
Bruce Hartwig, Bill Salt, Jeff Ray, Brady Renner

Growing up in the Big Apple on Staten Island, Bill kept “borrowing” his sister’s Christmas present, a ukulele.  Soon he moved to a guitar, then another, and another, until…, he put his music aside for a very long time.  As fortune would have it, a day arrived a short time ago, and he set off on a new musical journey with family and friends to reach new horizons. 

The Long Road from Howling Monkeys to “Bottom of the Deck”
Cover of the Second CD from Wilson County

Wilson County Band Home Page: https://wilson-county.com

Love Story in Paris: http://www.thetamarindtree.fr/gallery/brady-blair-2/

Design by Carmen Davila Graphic Designer, Seguin, TX

Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

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Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 5: A View from the Tree House: The Renaissance in Children’s Books with Hannah Farmer

I was so wrong.  An hour of storytelling at the library was so much more than listening to someone reading from a book.  There was singing, lessons in the alphabet, bending and stretching exercises, and coloring a rainbow.  Join us in listening to Hannah’s journey from her job of shelving children’s books to enriching the lives of toddlers to teenagers.  

A View from the Tree House: The Renaissance in Children’s Books with Hannah Farmer

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For more information about the Seguin Public Library and its many programs and activities visit: Seguin Public Library

Design by Carmen Davila Graphic Designer, Seguin, TX

Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

Touchstones of the Inspired Life – Episode 4: It’s About Developing a Team with Gerald Thiele

Gerald tells us about his leaving a life on the corporate ladder, jumping into entrepreneurship, and making critical changes to his lifestyle to become healthier and happier.  His discipline, with occasional lapses, and hard work reward him with clarity of thought, a new direction, and a purpose-driven life.  Listen in and hear Gerald’s thoughtful and inspiring story of taking control of life and reaching a sense of fulfillment.

Developing a Team with Gerald Thiele

For more information about Gerald’s company: Phoenix Heat Technologies, Inc.

For more information about the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Wellness Center: Wellness Center

Gerald mentions:

Tony Robbins and How to Start the Day

Grant Cardone and Living the 10X Life

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Design by Carmen Davila Graphic Designer, Seguin, TX

Thomas R. Engler plays Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier for the podcast’s intro and outro.

God Among Us

In the beginning:

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When asked me to write an artist statement for the sculpture, I said yes without blinking an eye.  My understanding was, I would go through the genesis of the sculpture in explaining the experience of my journey while carving the flesh of the wood.  

The reality we foresee this day is difficult to explain because the work is based on a strong feeling of faith.  From the conception to the finished artwork, I tried to capture a moment in its eternity.  The  artist in me created something that she does not fully comprehend.  The sculpture is the fruit of the changing seasons of my roots from soils of many cultures.  It is also a strong belief in the divine rather than a proof in itself.  I am just an instrument in His hands.  This being said, I consider it is more important for the artwork to speak for itself without intervention or explanation. 

Ideally, a two-way avenue of communication flows between the Creator and the viewer allowing his mind to wander in prayer.  The visible is something different for everyone.  While my explanation can be useful to the viewer for exploration and consideration, it can also limit or constrict the possible responses.   

Progress:

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Completion:

God Among Us

Photo courtesy of Matt Chase Photography

Unveiling:

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A Sculptural Prayer

Do not gaze at it

But sink into it through your eyes, and

Feel its intensity under your skin.

Do not just think about it, instead,

Meditate on it 

Let it carry you to the unknown

Fast, Far and Forever

To a whole universe …

To embrace the glory of creation and

The Creator

The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center: The Artist Wall

The Guadalupe Regional Medical Center: The Artist Wall

Sculptures by Marika and photographs by Dennis Martin are on display at the Guadalupe Regional Medical Center Artist Wall through December 2013. This is your opportunity to see sculptures that are on public view for the first and possibly the last time; they are on loan from private collections.  Also, The Contortionist is on view for the first time.  In addition to the Artist Wall,  the medical center has two of Marika’s sculptures in their permanent collection.  Maternitree is at the entrance to the Birthing Center and the Cross of St. Bridget is in the chapel.  We hope you enjoy the exhibit.

The GRMC Artist Wall

The GRMC Artist Wall