Just to bring you up to date on my latest news. First of all, I am very excited to have been selected as one of the visiting writers for the Kroger ‘Writers in the Stores Program’. This is a fantastic opportunity to share my book with more people. I am having a blast and since I am just starting out in stores near me, I am running into people that I know in a whole new different environment. A great way to say hello and to get to tell more people about my book.

I have to make special acknowledgement and thank Kroger for their initiative to help promote the arts and literacy, as well as local talent. The managers and staff have been great to work with. Kudos for your awesome customer service. I get to see it in action.

Along the same lines, I finally launched the Facebook Page for my book: The Lady of The Turquoise Pendant where you can read about my book adventure. I hope you LIKE it.

That’s all for now.


Forests and Us

When environmentalists were defending the spotted owl in the old growth forest, some people questioned what was more important, people or an owl. I suggest we consider the ecosystem instead.

GB Heron

Lilibeth Andre, GB Heron, colored pencil, 9×12

An ecosystem is an orchestrated community of organisms that function together to generate and sustain life. When one element is altered, the chain reaction affects all other members of this community.

Humans have protected themselves from these reactions in some ways by living in conditioned environments. This conditioning buffers alterations and their effects although in some cases, we fail to see the connection to existing impact.

If drastic changes occur then the imbalance creates bigger and more drastic adjustments. Some of the impact may not be observed in our area but the effects can be irreversible, at least in our lifetime.

As consumers we need to look at this pattern and see how much of this conditioning of our environment is truly necessary and how much is mostly summed up as waste to the immediate peril of some important creatures. In the case of the rainforest and deforestation, some groups felt it was important enough to defend the environment and began to help others put things into perspective through a campaign that invited Barbie and Ken to consider the impact.

Logging and consequential deforestation in itself are not the only effects. The loss of an important carbon capture sink is probably the more important aspect of the forest that goes unnoticed and can affect the rest of the world, not just the loss of wild animal habitat in that forest.

So let’s begin to look at things wholistically, not just in a singular way. Nature operates in an encompassing manner and as human beings we are a part of the ecosystem we live in. Let’s work to maintain the balance in what we give and take, for we forget we are a part of nature.

V&A museum appoints first ever ‘game designer in residence’ to add virtual dimension to its collection

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Fans of the Victoria and Albert Museum may soon be able to experience its collection in a totally different way: by playing a computer game.

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Virtual art gains notoriety as fine art?

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Lebbeus Woods, 1940 – 2012: The visionary architect, artist, and educator – who envisaged a world at war

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Lebbeus Woods envisaged a world at war. The visionary architect, artist, and educator – who would have turned 73 today – drew cities under duress, buildings in the face of destruction, and landscapes confronting catastrophe. He imagined an underground city connecting divided Berlin, buildings designed for seismic hot zones that could move during earthquakes, and a utopian city that looked like an insect. He didn’t depict the world as it was, he depicted what it might be.

 His drawings were not proposals. They were experiments: architecture for architecture’s sake, answering questions clients would not ask, disobeying laws, of nature and government. They explored the politics of architecture, imagining the ruptures (of all types) created by war, natural disaster, violence, governments, etc. Beautifully rendered with uncanny realism, the drawings border on science-fantasy. Yet they are eerily believable.

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What can we learn from art?

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The Lady of the Turquoise Pendant, by Lilibeth André  –  The Book An art book with a story… The story of Izta, the Aztec princess who must fight for her father’s kingdom doomed to fall into the h…

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A literacy project to share cultural awareness.

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