Introducing Running with Buddha.
Many of you might not be aware of my Hempy Stalkers.... probably because every year I am lucky if I can produce 10. This year only 8. Each Hempy stalker is made with THC & TLC & every year they get better and better. It’s only been 3 and like any other work you get better and fine tune it as you go along. The problem is - NOT a problem for me - I have a few collectors that come back every year, so in essence they are sold before I even display them.
NOT this year!’
I did 2 things. I told all, they have to wait until the EXPO is officially one before they can purchase anything and Running with Buddha is NOT for sale. I decided that with my ‘show special’ (More on that Wed.) 100 bags- every bag purchased is the only way you also get a chance to WIN Running with Buddha. 1 in 100, those are pretty good odds!
If you do not win you still get an awesome limited edition bag full of Happy Hippie stuff.
This way someone that might not be able to afford a Hempy Stalker can possibly own one.
My hubby is right now in the garage building me an awesome display! Just for my Stalkers ;-) Each made with THC & TLC! Here are a couple of photo of Running with Buddha but like everything else ‘she’ is much more beautiful in real life.
Of course there will be several available to purchase they are priced from $65.00 Up to $400. for “the Twins” if you are interested you better decide early...
Each takes a long time to make, almost a full year, proper drying and prep then painting, bringing to life - most of them guide me as to what they become ;-) I add little details, charms, beads, glass and what ever else seems to want to be part of Hempy Stalker ART.
I have had Running with Buddha on display in my own living room and it is going to be hard to part with. Not one person walks by and does not make a comment! What a wonderful way to start a conversation about Cannabis. Ideal for a Compassion CLUB, HOME. OFFICE anywhere! I have a friend with one on order after the EXPO to display in her store front window! EXCITING!
To me they are sculpture, art... that is what they are, NOT for Children. They are not toys. They are a little delicate but made to be handled, touched and appreciated for all they are, and all they represent!
LIFE - GROWTH and LOVE.
Want to see more!? See you at the EXPO and I will have a blog with all the Stalkers after the EXPO - sorry no point even showing them now, I don’t like to tell people “No.”
Music for your blog reading enjoyment:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dzs1K3caXJk
Wow, this cartoon smacked me right in the head ;-) Awesome.
It started with a joke from my best bud Cathy.♥
I was stressed wondering what to draw for 4/20?!
The universal day of
Celebration for Cannabis!!!
Grown from a seed.
Made by *GOD.
(*original patent holder)
Medical, Recreational, Hemp, Food, Fuel..
It's the day and I want to say THANK YOU!
I have said it so many times, I thank God daily for this Plant!
Give us this Day our daily Bud... <3 Wow. YES, I read recently how powerful that prayer is; Give us this dayour daily bread, -not thanks for yesterday, or make sure I have it tomorrow. Give us THIS day. Focus on today.
.. and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us,
and that ^ ^ ^ That simply put means ^ ^ ^ : PEACE, PEOPLE!
Religion aside... who can argue with those lines? How else are we going to get ahead, clearly WAR is not the answer! Thank you Marvin, now in my head for the rest of the day.
People all around the world who suffer over a plant. A plant less toxic than many others, proven helpful to ease pain, yet illegal and lives destroyed because of it.
WTF? O.M.God. How disappointing.
A PLANT. While others rape, kill, abuse, terrorize, suffer & starve needlessly...
enough with the bullshit distraction.
FOCUS on the REAL problems at hand.
Rise Up people! Speak up! <3 Celebrate this Plant! Let it be a symbol of change.
It all starts with a SEED!!! Life.
So.. Yes! Give us this Day our daily bud, and thank you Lord for it!
I do! Everyday! Keeping the Love of my life happy - How could I not give thanks?
Celebrate 4/20, Spread Peace and Love !!! - there are already enough assholes doing the opposite;-)xox <><
Yesterday I logged on, had my coffee and saw to the side (sneaky Fb advertising working) Deva Premal would be in Toronto!
A couple of years ago Sr.Jane introduced me to a Deva Premal CD and the rest is history. Om mani padme hum has never been the same. But there is more to it. It is the one of the very few musicians I can listen to or rather - my brain will allow as background music. When I am drawing, at peace - chances are it is Deva in the background that helps me achieve my moments of cartooning bliss ;-) . Her music allows me to create and be enhanced and not distracted.
What ever works for you - the thing is I LOVE her music and have an ipod player/speakers in most rooms so my guys are also Deva fans, like it or not! LOL So when I saw the post -
I posted: Going !
BUT it was wishful thinking -I had not yet purchased tickets...
I made a mental note to self - bucket list! It was a few moments later and Storm came up stairs (he lives in his own basement apt.) and said "MOM book the tickets! My treat!"
I could not believe it! Really!!? He said yes, and we booked 2 right then and there!
ROW G for GRAND-o-riffic! and Georgia.
Then it registered to him, that he is going to see Deva Premal in Toronto.
LOL! With me! I was so happy I was in tears!
I am so excited, I cannot even remember a concert I have wanted to see lately and there it was;-) September is a while off but I have the poster printed in my office and every time I hear one of her songs - I will think
I'M GOING!! I find her music healing.
We don't 'Do' Christmas, holidays hype, buy a gift day... we do: I love you.
I have such a wonderful son, I am reminded constantly by his actions and comments - not just regarding us, but others as well. I know my son loves me but that was just a really amazing level of awesome ;-) What a wonderful way to start my day yesterday.
The rest proved pretty awesome too. I bakes fresh Irish Soda bread and it turned out PERFECT! Bet it would please any Leprechaun ! Then drew and painted...
It was a beautiful day
Now have a look at the Best Irish Soda Bread ever:
I really enjoyed the following article, I hope they do not mind I share.
What would Jesus do! He would not be letting his people suffer over a plant - that is for sure.Christians say “No” to cannabis?
01 March 2013, 14:01
Not all Christians are the same. This I understand and appreciate as it would be wrong to generalize based on religion. Christian scripture (aka The Bible) contains a lot of conflicting and sometimes scary information, much of which simply cannot be applied in today’s world. Yet I respect that one be allowed the freedom to practice their religion privately and not harm others in the application of their religion, even if there are aspects of it which I may not personally agree with.
The crunch comes through when political parties perch upon their religion as if makes them morally superior to others and then feel that their personal beliefs entitle them to make unfounded, ignorant and otherwise deliberately misleading statements to the public
. Statements that are severely at odds with their religion which they have based their political tenants on. Sure, you cannot be expected to kill your neighbor because he or she worked on a Sunday or be entitled to sell your daughter. But what about a defining aspect of your religion, an aspect on which your very religion is named?
The sweet and short on the origination of the word “Christian” is that it means followers of the anointed one (aka The Messiah or Jesus). But as we all know, the devil is in the details. What do you think was a key ingredient of this holy anointment oil? I’ll give you three guesses. You probably only need one though.
Did you guess that the magic ingredient
was cannabis? Then you are correct. So here we have a religion which is based on cannabis being a part of the many pivotal aspects of their Messiah’s good deeds. Throw in the aforementioned origination of the word Christian and we see how relevant cannabis was to the foundations of Christianity. Do I think that this means Christians should therefore by default support and promote the use of cannabis? No I do not. Just because Jesus also made booze out of water, does not mean that I would expect them to support the consumption and promotion of the stuff. .. even though they do by teaching kids about the holy relevance of wine.
A recent article
of mine highlighted how absurd it was for the some groups to continue supporting the prohibition of cannabis, as it is becoming increasingly clear
that cannabis prohibition does not work and creates more problems than it attempts to resolve. Unlike their views on the matter, I have long provided supporting objective studies regarding the need for an end to this failed and expensive social burden. But what help is it playing study poker with an organisation that prides itself on putting its personal beliefs before facts and ignores the very foundations of these personal beliefs on its mission to have its bible buttered on both sides.
I only hope that this political party does not continue to reflect so negatively on its fellow Christians. Besides, judging by the longstanding religious violence that continues to plague our planet it would appear that smoking some grass is not as bad for your health as it is to be Christian, Muslim, Jewish, etc.
Yet people are afforded the freedom to subscribe to a religion without being considered criminals, even if it costs them their lives. A fundamental mistake in thinking that the cannabis legalization movement is about promoting cannabis use when it is in fact a movement that is against the persecution of responsible adult cannabis users and intends on ending the damage done by a law that’s harm far exceeds its intentions.
The discussion is being had one way or another, will others continue to make themselves completely irrelevant by spouting cherry picked and outdated news stories or will they face the facts and help in the discussion towards a legal, regulated and constructive South African cannabis industry? What would Jesus do?For more info on the cannabis culture or the fight to free the weed, please visitwww.belowthelion.co.za
Thank you! ^^^
Wow! I found it really interesting to check out that website just now, after the post I made earlier on FB- I'd say it's a sign ;-)
Oh, and then I found that image of Jesus and yes, It made me giggle... still giggling.
Ah, God is Good.
It is REALLY a WORLD WIDE problem and it has to end.
Hangs in my office. Above my desk. NFS
Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around. Leo Buscaglia
I had the pleasure recently of meeting Theresa ♥. Theresa owns and operated Practice Healing
in town. Theresa has been inviting me for a massage for years!! Our son's are friends, we had never met but knew of each other. I decided to finally take her up on it and - I AM so happy I did!!! I had by far the best massage I have ever had- if you know me you know I won't say that if it is not true. But, it was more... first our visit started with the infared sauna! OH - that was so nice- I'm not a fan of hot tubs or traditional sauna's - I find I' can't breath in Saunas but this was completely different! The next thing we were peeling off the layers, laughing, planning and more!
I really liked Theresa, her good vibes and desire to heal are evident in all she does, from her neat recycling tips and tricks - Healing the planet too- that right there shows me the level of passion Theresa is putting into this new adventure. It is not a business to her, it is a state of mind. I am thinking about signing up for Yoga - I have not in the past because of my arthritis but Theresa assures me I can come, try and just go at my own pace.
I was only going to be about an hour I told Storm .... 4 hours later - a visit to Practice Healing
and a new adventure born!!! So much so - I am going to be working with Theresa on a few projects. I believe we have the same ideas and hopes and dreams! I came away from that visit more than relaxed, I was revived!
I asked Theresa to write a short Bio - on what Practice Healing
means to her:
I am a healer, as I believe we all are. The body is in a constant state of healing itself. I want to teach others to enhance their abilities in this direction. I want to help people realize we are responsable for the care of our body, mind, and spirit.
I have always loved people, of all ages. I have six children of my own, and eight grandchildren. I have always loved helping people too and so an opportunity arrived that I could go back to school and I decided on massage therapy.
I'm in my eighth year of practicing massage therpay and I feel I was created for this job. I have a passion to help others and have discovered that God has answered my request to have the gift of healing. I feel entirely privileged to have the education I have and the opportunity to share my gifts with others to help them.
Since graduating as a massage therapist I have also been certified as a reflexologist and yoga teacher, and completed a "thai massage for the table'"course.
I have practiced yoga since I was 15 and knew I would be a yoga teacher one day. So in 2010, when I was on my raw food yoga retreat in the jungles of Honduras, I decided I wanted my own raw food yoga retreat in the jungle, and I would go home to become a yoga teacher. So I did and I graduated last year. I greatly enjoyed my course with Paola Di Paola at Four Directions Yoga in Keswick. While taking the course I have to admit I coveted this yoga studio. It seemed perfect. As my teacher training was coming to an end my teacher and owner of Four Directions announced she was moving her studio to Woodville where her husband had built her a studio in their barn. The studio was mine to pursue! Interestingly enough, I did not jump at the chance to secure the studio.
I, in fact, panicked at the idea. So when another student took it over, I was relieved.
I have practiced assisted yoga in my home since then, but have not pursued teaching anywhere else. The idea of a studio was percolating but it wasn't until August of 2012, when I was on my back deck practicing yoga, practicing healing a shoulder injury I have had since I was in my early 30's, I realized that I was not a yoga teacher. I was a healer who just used yoga, massage, reflexology, and music to bring healing to my clients and anyone that came my way to help. I have a personal trainer and as I learned many things about nutrition and weight training, I shared this with interested clients and anyone who would listen. I do believe in God and I believe it was God that gave me the idea that I'm not to open a "yoga" studio, but I am to open a "healing" studio and it is to be called "Practice Healing". I didn't have fear, but excitement and joy at the idea. I could help so many more people and as I thought more about it, floods of ideas came. I realized that we all practice healing every time we eat good food, every time we breathe, and every time we go to sleep. I want practice healing more in my life and teach and encourage others to do the same. My favourtie part about "Practice Healing" is this. Every time we extend kindness to someone or smile at someone or even hold the dood for someone we are bringing healing to them and we, in turn, are healed. I want to start a movement to help people realize that we are healers and to leave my studio knowing this, and to practice healing, themselves, others, and our world, and then I don't have to do it all!
You will be hearing more about Practice Healing - You can find them on Face Book :https://www.facebook.com/PracticeHealing
It is a new business, Theresa will be adding classes and more as people express the desire- her desire to heal is also willing to bend over backwards (no pun intended yoga fans) this only shows me the business is going to GROW! I've included some photos below.
Want to be let in on a secret? We have already stared our first project...
Make plans: April 6th weekend.. The Healing Hearts ART show.
*** I want to add something... a life lesson - learned. YEARS ago, a friend was talking to me about Theresa. She said she was 'weird' and I probably would not like her. The friend and I were close and I took her word for it.. upon meeting Theresa - all I could think after is - that friend, clearly did not know me.
I loved Theresa the moment I met her - I felt a connection. Perhaps I was not ready 'back then' either - but now - It is people exactly like Theresa that I want to surround myself with.
Good Hearts trying to make this place (this great big place) better.
Luckily for me, we were meant to meet - it just took a little longer ♥.
Please visit: http://www.practicehealing.ca
Today features two hero's really IMO, Peter and Julia.
Honestly, the first time I met Julia was the last day of the EXPO, literally sitting on boxes waiting for Norm to get the truck to pack up and head home! EXHAUSTED. It really does exhaust me; every time a few days later it hits me and I get sick. I guess with all else that is going on it is just physical and mental overload. Well, she too was waiting at the top of the stairs and introduced herself. She said she hopes one day I'll draw a toon for Peter- I told her I make no promises ;-). She was very sweet, had a huge smile on her face, - she did in fact every time I saw her walking around the EXPO, she stands out as I remember as she also wears hats!
I love a HAT! I think people who can pull off a hat are lucky, not everyone can - she can pull off a hat beautifully I might add! ;-) First impressions - I liked her. It was not until very recently that I had heard from her again. All I can say is Julia is lovely.
I asked her for a blog and she happily replied -would I promote Peter's page!? Of course. Peter no longer with us - Julia continues to promote Peter, his life, poems, books and fight! The fight to Legalize Cannabis. So 'Two' Hero's.
We should all be so lucky to have someone light Julia who continues our fight long after we are gone . ♥
Julia of petermcwilliams.org
The layers I have put around your going are thin.
~ I walk softly through life, adding thickness each day.
~ a thought or a feeling
~ of you cracks the surface.
~ a call to you ~ shatters it all.
~ I spend that night in death
~ and spin the first layer of life
~ with the sunrise"
~ Peter McWilliams
When a dashing, tossel-haired poet came along in the '70s, many a young woman swooned. They gobbled up Peter's books like hotcakes, they hungered for some understanding voice to help guide them through the tumult of adolescence and young adulthood and Peter McWilliams was their answer.
Peter McWilliams wore many hats, he was a true Renaissance man. If you wanted to learn about computers, you could pick up one of Peter's manuals and laugh and learn at the same time. Peter sprinkled his sense of humour in all of his books. Even when he was hurting.
In the 70's, meditation was the in thing to do, and Peter enjoyed exploring this peaceful new existence. He wanted to help others find that shining inner peace as well and co-authored "The TM Book: How to Enjoy the Rest of Your Life" with Denise Denniston. Along the way he met Harold Bloomfield, M.D. Peter and Hari formed a friendship and wrote a few things together. Peter combined the poetry he had published in the book "Surviving" along with Melba Colgrove, Ph.D. and Harold Bloomfield's soothing advice, and voila, "How to Survive the Loss of a Love.
" So many have felt touched by this book, including Kristin Flor, who had just lost her dad, Cannabis warrior, Richard Flor, this past August. The book was published in 1971 and is still around to this day, a true testament to its value. This brilliant book is written so simply, it speaks to you like a comforting friend.
Peter drifted away from the computer world into the "personal growth" world. He disliked the phrase "self-help." But Peter's Life 101 series surely helped many who struggle with self-esteem. Such titles as "Life 101," "You Can't Afford the Luxury of a Negative Thought," "Do It! Let's Get off Our Buts" and "Love 101" inspired many and to this day, are still touching lives and hearts.
In the early 90's Peter wrote "Ain't Nobody's Business if You Do," considered the "Libertarian Bible" by many libertarians, even today. This book explains why the war on drugs is doing more harm than good . Peter wrote, "Drugs, gambling, and prostitution are the Big Three underground 'moneymakers' in consensual crime. There would be, however, significant boosts to the economy if the stigma attached to the other consensual crimes were eliminated through legalization."
In March 1996, Peter learned the devastating news that he had AIDS and non-Hodgkins lymphoma. He tried every drug his doctor could come up with, but nothing seemed to relieve his nausea. It was becoming normal for Peter to spend many hours a day throwing up. He was getting hardly any work done, and he was robbed of energy. After doing much research he discovered marijuana was the one thing that helped keep his medicines down.
Proposition 215 had been passed allowing Californians access to medical marijuana. Around that time, Peter had published Todd McCormick's book, "How to Grow Medical Marijuana" and Peter was soon labeled a "drug kingpin" because the feds felt he was growing plants for profit when Peter said they were for the patients. Peter's house was raided and the DEA descended upon him in a huge thundercloud. They took his computer, and it came back totally clean, along with a surprise, a virus. People still to this day wonder why there was a mysterious house fire just a few days before Peter's death. It destroyed everything.
Peter had been jailed for 30 days, and he was told if he ever smoked cannabis again his mother and brother would lose their house. Some collateral, eh? Peter was facing 10 years of jail. So he took the plea, and he ended up dying at the young age of fifty. After he died, the Libertarians honoured Peter with the "Champion of Liberty" award. Peter's speech
had touched many. He called for an end to the war on drugs and felt that marijuana should be available to anyone who needed it. "I feel that I am entitled to take medicinal marijuana. In general, I believe that everyone who has a doctor's prescription is entitled to take marijuana. I, however, do not believe that my day in court should be taken from me, and that's essentially what's happening," Peter said.
On Flag Day, June 14, 2000, Peter died.
At the Treating Yourself Expo in Toronto this year, Mr. Marco Renda, the founder, walked around in a PeterMcWilliams.org t shirt. Many patients there were moved by the words on the back of Marco's shirt:
"Nausea is an unsolved problem of medicine and marijuana is the finest anti-nausea medication known to science."
Twelve years later, people still consider him one of the Cannabis Movement's biggest heroes. But many still don't know his name. PeterMcWilliams.org
strives to educate everyone about this brave, beautiful man, the same man who once penned,
"This poem is a kiss for your mind."
Peter McWilliams still lives on, in poetry and in politics, in the cannabis movement and in the meditation movement. In liberty and in love.
Peter still lives. And we're thankful for that. After all, he's got many more lives to touch.
I'm excited! My new craft feature should be out in magazines soon! I LOVE to craft and with sites on the internet now - I have a hard time keeping up with all the things I want to make! I am trying to focus on FUN, fresh and affordable!
This one was pretty much - FREE!
What to do with all those T-shirts- some a little too manly for me - there are all sorts of things you can do and below is just one idea! Easy and fast I can't wait to see all the home made bags at the next expo!
I might even have a craft demo!!! ;-)
May 24 weekend*2013 at the Metro TO convention centre! I'm already excited.
Thank you to the compassion club http://section56.ca/
*for the T-shirt donation - even after I told him I was going to cut it up! LOL
Want to see More !? Pick up a magazine - or e your editor at your favorite magazine and ask them to pick up Georgia Toons craft feature! It is a step into mainstream- like all the other magazines and it is about time! Cannabis does not belong in the closet- in more ways than one!! Get it in magazines, crafts on television and radio. It is a PLANT.
A GLORIOUS! HEALING HERB to be celebrated not condemned and to be seen in main stream magazines evey where! Magazines that will feature the crafts...
One Love. I have seen images like this and love them, more so the idea that they stand for. If we could put it all aside and see each other for WHO we are. Not race, religion or class that we belong - yeah, yeah, I know broken record... Oh well, If it has to be said a MILLION times every day - I will say it again- in HOPES that it will come true. ONE LOVE!
I read this somewhere and it made me giggle. Some drawings are just too easy to visualize. I love cows! I first would like to offer great thanks and appreciation to this genius!
Gary Larson http://www.thefarside.com/
who has inspired me and made me laugh so many times over the years - but most important he first showed me cows standing and talking! FREEDOM!!! Of the mind...A cartoonist can make anything happen! Any artist can believe what they can paint.You just have to believe, & have LOTS of fun! ;-) Made me giggle! FEEL free to insert your politician of choice in the podium sign.. sadly, I bet there are a few candidates - who make us feel this way! I know one for sure!! ;-) xox <><
What I am about to say might be harsh to some.. It is my opinion and I am entitled to it. It also comes from 4 years of meeting and watching and listening. There are burners and burn outs. The burn outs are the same as drunks
. I have met many people now who smoke Cannabis, some are very hard working individuals who smoke and continue to work are inspired, inspire and keep busy. Steve Jobs was a perfect example of someone who burned one often, and look at what he accomplished. Then there are those who smoke and sit on the sofa watching the tube, munching and getting high all day. They wonder why they struggle and don't make it anywhere. IT is the PERSON not the pot!
My own son is one who burns one - but always keeps busy, I guess I am also. If smoking cannabis turns you into a slug - DON'T smoke Cannabis. If drinking alcohol turns you into a drunk - don't drink. Who are you hurting ? Yourself. If you cannot function - accomplish tasks - well then you have no one to blame but yourself. You chose to be a slug with every puff. Life is all about control - SELF control. Our bodies, our minds. We are responsible for what we do to them. If you fail and don't accomplish much - how driven are you in the first place? Don't get me wrong - yes there are times - not often, when I medicate and just need to go and sit and veg. relax. Especially to tame the twitch. Life is short, precious and for the LIVING! So decide will you burn one or be a burn out?
*I'd like to note that I am sent e mails from time to time with cartoon ideas. I usually like most of them but some - I just dont 'click' or understand the point the other person is trying to get across... but recently I have had contact form a gentleman who has some great ideas- I usually have to simplify - in my own mind, but he gets me thinking and I like his ideas so from time to time you will see : Cultivating Compassion by Georgia & ______
in this case - it's J.D of : http://www.hempology.org/
check out his site - he's a smart guy, he is definitely NOT a 'burn out'.