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Seriously, how could I not spotlight this story on a creative Wednesday like today. Although the story inspires me because I see hope, expression, and community through creativity, it also hits my heart rather hard.

Aidan, you’re a little trooper. Don’t you stop drawing, fighting, laughing, and playing! It’s a terrible disease but I know you can do it.

“Thank You” message from Aidan and Family’s blog

The response and support our family has received is simply amazing. Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin. The family had considered the sale of their home, and Aidan’s father began to look for a 2nd job to offset the impact of the additional medical expense.

However, due to the tremendous outpouring of support we have received; the family has been able to offset current medical and loss wage expense. Given the demand for Aidan’s art and the uncertainty that awaits us on the road to curing Aidan from leukemia, we have elected to continue to offer his art for sale. All of the proceeds generated from the sale will still go to Aidan and his family to prepare for future medical expense. Our family felt it morally important to share that your support has been more than we could have ever anticipated, and we wanted to thank you for everything.

While the donations and financial support have been an amazing blessing, we would like to especially thank everyone for all of the letters and support. Your words have been uplifting and inspiring to the entire family. Your words and support for Aidan have helped us in ways unimaginable. Aidan has been drawing more than ever, and we do our best to share all of your words with him. Your support has been keeping Aidan’s and our family’s spirits up. Again, we sincerely thank you for this.

Thank you,
Aidan and family

ARTICLE: HUFFINGTON POST

 

After being diagnosed with leukemia, 5-year-old Aidan Reed began selling his monster-themed artwork to help cover his mounting medical bills.

His family set up a blog to document the boy’s accomplishments and an account on the website Etsy to bring the boy’s drawings to a wider audience.

Yahoo’s Shine reports,

Response to his efforts has been exceptional. “Not only is Aidan feeling better, we cannot believe the outpouring of support we are receiving from people,” writes his aunt who manages Aidan’s blog and Etsy store. “The shop had a spectacular turn out and sold over 400 prints in less than 24 hours.”

 

According to a recent update on Aidan’s blog, “Through the donations and sale of Aidan’s art, the family has been able to avoid financial ruin.”

Supporters can purchase a piece of Aidan’s artwork for $12 on Etsy or make a donation to help him through PayPal.

5-Year-Old Boy With Leukemia Sells Art To Pay For Chemotherapy.

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I had to pick up Vampire! Their prints, so as much as I want it to be all mine, you can buy one too!

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Scott K Smith
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Hey there! The Department of Recreation and Parks is setting up a “Spring Egg Hunt” for those in the area! Friday April 3rd, 2009 from 3:30 to 5:00 pm.

All ages welcome, only kids get to participate, so bring your little ones and let’s hunt eggs, get our faces painted and win some prizes!

You can download these flyers and post them around (English & Spanish). Please do!

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Thank you for coming back. I’m always glad to know you’re here. 🙂

Spending a lazy Sunday at home, thinking about some indoor gardening and eyeing my painting in progress from the corner of my eye. Sipping tea and running some Lemongrass with Orange and Valor in my diffuser. Thinking, “am I going to motivate for this today?” while HBO throws out the movie Georgia Rule. B asks if I have seen it and, yes, I have. It has become a surprising favorite for the stories ability to summon a door and take me into heart, into center, into feel.

But because I’ve seen this great film a few times I can passively watch. Laughter escapes me then tears and I turn to see B grab a photo form our Ancestors Altar, at home in the North of our house, and return teary-eyed to his seat and open.

I drop from the chair and the island in our kitchen and walk over to his side by the couch.

Yes, today is the anniversary of his fathers passing. A single day of importance that I had never presumed to push, because, well as my friend likes to say, “Nothing remains occult forever” and I know that emotional truths have a way of rising to the surface eventually. There is no need to press for enlightenment, our friends, family and loved ones should not be pressed to tell. We each have the right to the privacy of our process.  What is needed will be said, all things in some invisible order, and our deeper memories and truths will be invoked into whatever ritual or passage we have found ourselves.

Going back for a second, Georgia Rule has this quality to the telling that I can only describe for myself as illumination of these initiations into emotional maturity. It represents the journey that brings us to truth but more importantly to forgiveness. For the “Truth” can be hard to swallow, harsh and sometimes shattering. Lives change with words, once spoken that cannot be taken away. Words that then become alive in the universe and take on new textures and dimensions once they have found the wings given by our sound and breath. They travel and we are changed, raw and open, or laughing and free.

“Georgia Rule: Forgiveness is moving forward”.

Together we, B and I, cried in an uncommon state of release drawing out the minds deep and occult things. I think of my mother and sister and compare, then, to the film and I find, yes those three women are the three of us. I see in this movie parts of self and life and the keys to opening. The drawing out of the pure self, blooming in the tears of empathy.

Pain has purpose. Memory invites us on a journey back to the present, to the here and now, the moment. Tears are release, they are the manifest joy, sorrow, suffering, sincerity, raw emotionality that ferry us to connect again with what is happening. Not what was, not what will, not even what could be.

Spirituality is living and breathing, in the present, with all facets of life. To be open to the experience as it happens, alive and powerful… Connected, joining hands, deeply.

Soul-2-soul.

Blaming others, finger pointing, expectations are all unfair. They are justifications for out inability to handle what we are involved with. They are scapegoats, illusions about who has the power to better our lives… you, me, us. When you have the ability to say, “Well here I am. This is what happened. It cannot be changed and so how do move forward and make this better for all, for the greater good,” I believe you have found emotional maturity. At the very least you have graduated from the greenness of youth and into the gold of adulthood rites.

I hope that when this moment comes to you, that next opening of tears or joy that the empowerment is with love, with centeredness and with a greater vision in your hearts and minds.

I hope this finds you well,

Scott K Smith

Hi there…

I don’t know about you but I had a tremendous weekend with many events. What started out to be a potluck (Thursday) and Sowain / Halloween (Friday) turned into such scare for me. My family had some big issues that I had to deal with immediately which turned into me calling an ambulance and having my mother rushed to the hospital.

Nothing like a bit of a shake up on my new years. :p

Mom is fine, family is still a bit in the red-zone with some issues regarding the whole event but it feels to me like everything is getting back on track.

*WHEW!*

The evening of Sowain was great, it seemed that everyone had a great time. My friend Jenny won the most original costume as Han Cholo (Spoof, Han Solo) and LADYLUXE won with his non-stop tour de force costume and debate performance as Sarah Palin.

I made harlequin masks of Raven’s, the beaks reminded me of an Ibis but I was fine with that, and swathed ourselves in various dark garments. “B” was the Recession Raven and I was more in the headspace of communicating with Ancestors bent on the harlequin look.

With everything going on with my family, Saturday was sedate and Sunday went south again.

I had to announce that I was taking a small break from my “work” on the spiritual / magickal side because I am not in the right place to be facilitating healing or guidance for anyone at this time.

So… I’m giving Lifencompass.org a break on the professional level. In the meantime, remember….

Keep your center. Life and events can become startlingly busy and we can be thrown into what appears to be “too much.” In my experience, it never is, these moments of intensity are to evoke our selves on every level and ask us how we can go above and beyond what we currently know. I believe that nothing happens that we cannot handle on a personal level, so breathe, meditate, get centered, go forth and heal.

Vote. This is something that is so important to me, so close to the very nature of my being and an essential expression of free choice. Make a difference, exercise your right to free choice and VOTE.

http://maps.google.com/vote

Lastly, always, give thanks for the life you have and those that are in it. It is a blessing.

Love,

Scott

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