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Michèle

Thank you for sharing your work and such an intimate part of your life. 💜 I thought it was beautiful and I had to laugh a little bit about how you knew your body was going to assert its needs in the most inapproriate moment. Wonderful to read how you surrendered and how powerful this surrender made you. I need to remember this. It's important. 

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NicholasV

I used to work on biotechnology in a research position and I had to come up with a way of visualizing brain scan images. This was something I came up with after a while of developing computer algorithms and graphical processes: 

 

 

 

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AnnaD

@NicholasV did you create these images from CT/MRI/other? I am used to seeing CT and MRI brains. Fascinating thing to look at..

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Matt
22 hours ago, Michèle said:

Wonderful to read how you surrendered and how powerful this surrender made you. I need to remember this. It's important. 

Yes, its amazing how surrender empowers us. 

@Leela Corman you have some skills. Cool work. 

@NicholasV wow that is pretty technical. 

 

We have a talented bunch on here. I know, because ive seen some other peoples work on here too in addition to what is on this post. I dont have much ability to do art of any kind, and for the most part, i generally dont feel like i am super intelligent. I mean smart enough i guess, but no special ability there. 

Currently i am a firefighter and emergency medical technician. I respond to fires and medical emergencies, and have been doing this for 16 years now. I have seen a few things that are nightmarish on calls, that most people wouldnt want to witness, but for the most part, its not too bad. I enjoy being there in peoples time of extreme need, to help, and already look at myself as a protector of sorts, so this job field was a natural fit.

 

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Michèle
4 minutes ago, Matt said:

 

@Leela Corman

@NicholasV

 

...no special ability there. 

Currently i am a firefighter and emergency medical technician.

 

Well, you risk your life to safe other people's lives. Not many can say that of themselves, certainly not me. That takes a certain kind of skill and resilience too, to be able to handle emergencies, pressure, and all the horrible, sad, gruesome stuff you see.  I know I couldn't. It would break me. Don't underestimate your contribution to the world just because it will never be put up in a museum!

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NicholasV
23 minutes ago, AnnaD said:

@NicholasV did you create these images from CT/MRI/other? I am used to seeing CT and MRI brains. Fascinating thing to look at..

Yes this was from a partnership with a medical research hospital so we had access to series of images from mostly MRI scans and some DTI, MRA as well.

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Matt
2 minutes ago, Michèle said:

Well, you risk your life to safe other people's lives. Not many can say that of themselves, certainly not me. That takes a certain kind of skill and resilience too, to be able to handle emergencies, pressure, and all the horrible, sad, gruesome stuff you see.  I know I couldn't. It would break me. Don't underestimate your contribution to the world just because it will never be put up in a museum!

Thank you @Michèle

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Leela Corman

Oh my god @Matt, you're doing the real work here, I'm just fiddling around with pencils! My work saves no lives, all it does is give people something to look at for a few minutes. Very few people could do what you do, as someone said upthread. That takes special wiring.

 

@Michèle, thanks. Curiously, I'm not the only one who had that thought about their body, when entering a former lager. An entity mate of mine told me he had that same worry when he went to one. He isn't Jewish, and his reaction was different from mine; he wasn't defiantly alive. He felt ashamed and saddened, and unable to speak for a while afterwards. The experience one has as a descendant of one of the Untermenschen is certainly different, especially those of us who are Jews, though I imagine that gay people, Russians, etc. also have very strong reactions that feel like they come from deep in our DNA. A student of mine, who is Jewish, had a version of my thought upon visiting Auschwitz. Interesting aside about her: her family is from the same tiny village in Poland as mine! We just discovered that. We represent two of maybe ten surviving Jewish families of Grybow. I am sure she and I are cousins.

FYI the panel where I'm looking at the angled display case with the KAPO armband, and the subsequent panel with all the red lines, are both visual quotes of works by the Bauhaus artist Oskar Schlemmer, who I have a mild obsession with. The first is from his painting "Bauhaus Stairway", which he painted not long before the Nazis shut down the Bauhaus School in 1933. So there is great significance for me in using that image to depict the inside of the museum at Buchenwald, which in real life is nothing like a Bauhaus environment. The second is a quote of one of his many designs for theater, in this case case his iconic Triadic Ballet. Schlemmer was many things - a painter, a printmaker, a designer. But he is perhaps best known for his incredible work in theatrical and costume design, which is like a Modernist mythological archetype set or something. God what a fucking genius. I was so happy when I hit upon those as solutions for those panels. It felt like it came from him in some way. Same, sort of, with the Rowland S. Howard lyrics, but that's more expected, since I listen to his records nearly every day and have since 1993. He's just kind of always in me. I suspect him to be an entity mate, as well. I'm grateful for the presence of these two departed artistic guides in my work always.

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DianeHB

You guys, it's not a competition. Being an artist and being a fire fighter are both important in different ways. 

 

@Matt A coworker tripped and fell in the hallway earlier this week and torn his patellar tendon, and we had to call the paramedics. I (and most of the other women in the office) was so impressed that they had such a calming and nurturing presence. You don't see men exhibit that very often, and it was quite attractive. I just mention it because I thought of you and what you do for a living.

 

@Leela Corman  I have your book Unterzakhn, and every time I pick it up, I can't put it down again until I finish it. Your work has such emotional depth and rawness and taught me a lot about a history and people that was unfamiliar to me. 

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AnnaD

I am a registered nurse working in a radiology department, and I can't get too excited about it, but I do enjoy being at the front end of helping people out (trauma coming through ct, ie mva's, strokes, icu), I am a good vein cannulator ie putting IV lines in people's veins, and making patients feel safe and comfortable with slightly awkward and invasive scans. I like putting patients at ease when I can.

 

Outside of work I like creating. Specifically gardening (food and flowers and trees everything really) and making food and decorating my house. I am most proud of developing a landscape around my house. It went from a bare garden landscape to a lush edible garden. Here are some photos. Marimekko fabric store in Sydney (I have some of their laminated fabric prints but hey I told myself that i live once (as anna, lol), nailing the making of caramelised garlic vegan aioli, (a highlight as I didn't think it could be done), a dahlia from my Mum and Dad's garden/house which was damaged beyond repair in the Christchurch 2011 6.1 earthquake which killed 181 people (many of whom came through the Christchurch Public Hospital operating theatre department where I worked as a nurse, with crush injuries dead limbs which had to be amputated), potatoes which we grew this year summer (dec-jan-feb summer 2018), the kitchen/lab/experimenting area where lots of food goes right and wrong (its all fun and experimentation and creativity and this Scholar learns something),  a garden of dahlias which a kind gardener gifted to me growing at my place, and the veges we grew this summer 2018 :leeks, elephant garlic, soybeans, cukes, and mandarins. Where the dahlia garden is, is where the once rock garden was, 15cm deep river stones, which I hand removed (massive task), to get to the soil beneath, cultivate the soil, and plant with dahlias, roses, port wine magnolia, peach, fig, nectarine, sedums, and evergreens. Landscaping is my favourite. The photos are taken from the real estate pamphlet of my house when I bought it. The garden was pretty non eventful and empty, so I dug up a lot of lawn and created edible garden space. The garden is my sanctuary and creative space for sure.

 

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Michèle

I would love to visit you @AnnaD and see your house and taste your vegan caramelised aioli 💛

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Michèle
18 hours ago, AnnaD said:

I am a good vein cannulator ie putting IV lines in people's veins

When I gave birth to our boy I had to be induced - it went from a really easy pregnancy to a progressively more invasive birth until it ended with an emergency Cesarean (I nearly croked, Eric was fine) -  I don' t know why, but I have a thing about my body and invasive procedures and needles, syringes etc is one of the things that I really fear ( a Michael question, obviously - with the exception of my ears, I have no piercings or tattoos, because of this) - anyways, when it was time and the nurses/midwives came with the cannula to hook me up to the drip I started shaking all over my body - I couldn't control it - but as soon as I saw that needle, I was shaking, and it wasn't faint. A nurse in training tried to put the first one into my right hand, and of course missed, and then the experienced nurse put it into my left hand. I wasn't angry or didn't shout at the girl, I am not that kind of person, but it didn't help with the shaking and my irrational fear of invasive procedures, and in the end, I had that thing in my hand for about 5 days and I hated it. I was also shaking during surgery, and when they put in the the epidural - just thinking of the whole thing makes me cringe. Anyways - in my opinion, you are a hero. I would't like it, but I would trust you to put a cannula into my precious veins @AnnaD 💜

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AnnaD

@Michèle, It was a shame that the more experienced nurse didn't put the iv line in you first and got it over and done with, that makes it so much harder for the patient, and I know everyone has to learn to put an iv line in, but it is kinder to pick your patients, preferably those who give consent whole heartedly and who are not about to be induced.... I feel for you. 

 

It is just something I do, but I do enjoy it... I enjoy making it something that I can do in two attempts, preferably one, which i can normally achieve. My trick is I put the tourniquet on super tight, and then its easier (for me lol). But I work on the basis of do it once, do it right, keep the patient's confidence in you. I can say that now after 6 years of practice! 

 

The vegan caramelised garlic aioli is great. It is in Miyoko Schinners Vegan Pantry Basics book. I will get a before and after photo (s) of the garden around my house. 

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Luciana Flora

I work in two hospitals and do x-ray examination

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Luciana Flora
16 hours ago, AnnaD said:

@Luciana Flora, I didn't realise that you worked in radiology taking xray pictures! *Waves*  <img src=">

Yes, I have been working with this for about four years.

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Michèle

Thank you, @AnnaD 💜 in hindsight, I think I would have done a few things differently 🙂 you choose to learn and learn to choose, as our friend and beloved teacher would say 😄

 

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Jean Hamill

To Anna:  Love your garden, you ought tofeel very proud.   Hugs

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Jeroen

@AnnaD I love your garden too. I had a vegetable garden around two or three years ago and enjoyed working with the plants each year. I stopped primarily because of drought and very high winds which was causing some problems but maybe I will try again one day.

 

My dad and I have planted many different types of trees and shrubs on a piece of land which was once barren but now looks like a mini forest. I will see if I can find a picture of it and then update the post.

 

Updated with pictures of vegetable garden from 2014, trees, and some other plants and seedlings.

 

Image 1 is the landscape before which was mostly barren with dead shrubs. 2 is after and more recent with mini forest. 3 a mini Aspen grove which can be seen at a distance in 2. 4 flowers in containers. 5, 6, 7 are bean plants, corn, and squash consecutively. There were others kinds of vegetable plants but these are the ones I could find pictures of. 8 is a Dogwood close up. 9 are a variety of high elevation pines which I grew from seed. These guys are struggling a bit and I will likely plant them in the ground soon. 10 are aquarium plants. 11 are a mix of cactus and succulents.

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AnnaD

@Jeroen please if you can, post some photos of the garden that you have created.

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Michèle
13 hours ago, Jeroen said:

@AnnaD I love your garden too. I had a vegetable garden around two or three years ago and enjoyed working with the plants each year. I stopped primarily because of drought and very high winds which was causing some problems but maybe I will try again one day.

 

My dad and I have planted many different types of trees and shrubs on a piece of land which was once barren but now looks like a mini forest. I will see if I can find a picture of it and then update the post.

Yes please @Jeroen I would love to see the forest -  Trees are the silent guardians of live 💚

 

We used to live in a lovely big property - rented on the understanding of long-term with our landlords, and we were very keen on gardening, as was our landlord. We started to dig up patches for vegetables and salads, put up a green house for courgettes, peppers, tomatoes, aubergines etc,  and had an area for wild flowers, poppies, cornflowers and the like for insects. We put so much work and love into the garden.... and before one year was up, we got kicked out because our landlords split up and the wife moved into this property. Funny thing, in February, our landlord suggested plant bags for tomatoes.... and in May we got the letter that our tenancy was cancelled. Not before the bastards put up our rent though 🤣 In any case, this whole experienced somewhat dampened our enthusiasm for gardening, and also we travel around the UK quite a bit to see grandparents, and then I spend time in Switzerland with the other grandparents and family, and that doesn't go well with a garden. 

Having said that, my True Rest is working with earth, among other things, so gardening is a very restorative activity for me.

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Jeroen

@AnnaD @Michèle I updated my previous post with a variety of pictures of plants and trees. I like working with plants and trees of all kinds. Some are older pictures and not the best quality but these are what I could find. Thanks.

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