Winter Wonderland

This year we decided to go to the Christmas lighting festival in Leavenworth Washington.  It always looks so magical, the Bavarian themed village deep in the snow capped mountains on the northwest. Thanks to mother nature, my skills in finding an enjoyable room, and the christmas spirit that leavenworth has, it was a true winter wonderland experience.  There were feet of snow on the ground, snowing while we we’re there, and lights lit up all around town and even right outside our window at the inn they decorated the trees and light post.  This trip made our holidays even more enjoyable, great memory.

winter wonderland drive

winter wonderland drive to Leavenworth

icicle village resort deep in the mountains

icicle village resort deep in the mountains

 

Leavenworth during day during lighting festival

Leavenworth during day during lighting festival

It's just something you ought to do while in a bravian village, esp in the winter , you eat a bratwurst.

It’s just something you ought to do while in a bravian village, esp in the winter , you eat a bratwurst.

Leavenworth @ night during lighting festival

Leavenworth @ night during lighting festival

two perfect pizza pies

two perfect pizza pies

wintery mountains

wintery mountain drive back home

Holiday cheer time of year

Yuletide is a time of year for appreciation, generosity, kindness, magic, love, and all those other warm feeling moods. There are many ways to take part, I just hope that you do. Regardless of your religious & political beliefs, this is a time of year in our American culture to embrace the diversity that makes America so special. Be kind to each other. Tolerate those that are different than yourself. Display affection and generosity, in whatever ways you are able to. Spread and share in the holiday spirit.

Spread holiday cheer this year, volunteer, donate, connect  

Spread holiday cheer this year, volunteer, donate, connect

It’s the holiday cheer time of year


 

Below are some links to local ( Seattle area ) organizations and communities that reach out and help spread cheer during the holiday season. The holidays are a great reminder that we are all part of this world, we all have joys and sorrows, success and failure stories…..we all share some type of common ground.

The giving tree at Pike Place Market
Northwest Harvest
Adopt a family or donate through United Way 
Solid Ground 
Real Change holiday Drive 
TreeHouse Spirit of Giving
Holiday Giving with HopeLink
Fund for the Needy by Seattle Times 

High comedy festival in Seattle for hempfest

Next weekend in Seattle will be pulsing with hemp advocates, consumers, and the curious…with Seattle Hempfest  happening, the Highlarious comedy festival and the Hempfest Business Trade show. Pick one or indulge in all 3, but if you;re in Seattle next weekend and know a lil about cannabis, why not learn a little more and have a unique fun time while do it!  I Love to laugh, so I’ll be checking out the comedy fest fo sho.  🙂

a high comedy festival in Seattle

a high comedy festival in Seattle

Marriage equality was declared for all 50 states today!

It’s pride month and pride weekend here in Seattle and several other cities across the nation and this ruling will make the celebrations endearing this year.  The glbt rights movement has been visibly ongoing since stonewall and now, 40 something years later we as a nation of diverse people are embracing our differences and allowing people to be who they are, without so much forced conformity to fit into an idea of who we should be and how we should act, especially when it comes to ones gender. We have assigned so many roles based on gender, those roles are finally being questioned and adapting to the current era of civilization, which has room & desire for love and kindness.

Today is a victory for humanity. 

Same-sex marriage is now a constitutional right in all fifty states! Sexual orientation isn’t a choice, but supporting equal rights is.

 

Happy Pride, #lovewins in  2015

Happy Pride, #lovewins in 2015

Marriage Equality

 

Painting done on canvas with acrylics, photo filtered with cartoon lens on gimp.

Painting done on canvas with acrylics, photo filtered with cartoon lens on gimp.

The supreme court is hearing arguments for and against  the idea of marriage equality, an idea  that  says same sex couples have the same rights granted by the constitution and straight couples do, hence the term marriage equality.  The definition of what is marriage is being examined and defined.  I always believed marriage was linked to love and commitment…..though I have been hearing some people say marriage was always about child rearing and nothing more.  Well we live in a different era than when we needed to procreate to contribute here.  The world is populated and i say let people be together for love, rather than only to bring children into the world. That is great if you want to do that, but we shouldn’t exclude people who chose not to, and if you are in love with someone and it is mutual, why shouldn’t you be allowed that joy of love.  Support marriage equality between consenting adults.

 

It’s 4/21, the day after 4/20 ;-)

420 art on 4/21, i'm about to paint this

420 art on 4/21, i’m about to paint this

As a hemp activist, 4/20 is an ideal day to gather to celebrate & educate others about the benefits of the hemp plant.  So wear your hemp shirts, skirts, and shoes … create art about hemp or even better using hemp products….change your social networking photos to a pro hemp image and/or write a post about industrial hemp, link to sites that promote hemp knowledge and industrial hemp products.

Help others Rediscover Hemp this year!