The Stove God

The Inspiration Shots

Week 52/52

In Chinese folk religion, Chinese mythology and Taoism; The Kitchen God also known as the Stove God, named Zao Jun, Zao Shen, or Zhang Lang, is the most important of a plethora of Chinese domestic gods that protect the hearth and family. The Kitchen God is celebrated in Vietnamese culture as well. It is believed that on the twenty third day of the twelfth lunar month, just before Chinese New Year he returns to Heaven to report the activities of every household over the past year to the Jade Emperor (Yu Huang). The Jade Emperor, emperor of the heavens, either rewards or punishes a family based on Zao Jun’s yearly report. Though there are many stories on how Zao Jun became the Kitchen god, the most popular dates back to around the 2nd Century BC. Zao Jun was originally a mortal man living on earth whose name was…

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Lonely Author Stockings Stuffers

The Lonely Author

Ugh. Not another fiasco. Last year it was my failed Christmas venture – The Lonely Author Glow in the Dark Yo-Yo (No Strings Attached).

Now my special toy for this holiday season won’t make the Kmart shelves. Yes, I am sorry to announce you won’t be finding The Lonely Author Action figures in your stockings this year.

To make it up to you, I will make a few recommendations.

Everything I Never Told You – Many of you already know Tosha Michelle, in case you don’t you, have to read her work. Ever since Lonely Author was a little boy he rooted for the underdog. Here is a brave, poetic Little Engine That Could entitled The Poem That Wanted to be a Rock Anthem. http://laliterati.com/2015/12/13/the-poem-that-wanted-to-be-a-rock-anthem/

Christina Strigas – Chrissy has a unique writing style; delightful feminine tough girl. Her words jump off the page. Being the King of my castle…

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PHAROAH SANDERS || Live at Porgy & Bess

Jazz You Too

Pharoah Sanders is just one of those guys that can blow! A living legend!

“Pharoah is a man of large spiritual reservoir, always trying to reach out to truth. He’s trying to allow his spiritual self to be his guide. He’s dealing, among other things, in energy, in integrity, in essences.” (John Coltrane)

Pharoah Sanders: tenor saxophone William Henderson: piano Oli Hayhurst: bass Gene Calderazzo: drums

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I Just Wanna Fly!

Through Open Lens

Red-tailed Hawk

F/ 9.0, 1/320, ISO 500.

Red-tailed Hawk

Day 319 / 365

What birds spend all their time on their knees?

Birds of prey!

Interesting Fact: Birds are amazingly adapted for life in the air. The Red-tailed Hawk is one of the largest birds you’ll see in North America, yet even the biggest females weigh in at only about 3 pounds. A similar-sized small dog might weigh 10 times that. ( https://www.allaboutbirds.org/guide/Red-tailed_Hawk/lifehistory )

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