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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 <><
If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you, it will be enough.
I believe that we must give thanks.
Every day, all the time.
I wake up and I say thank you. Really, I did not use to.
When I woke up and never had a problem with my health,
it never occurred to me to say: Thank you.
Now with each new day I am given - I say, thank you.
Yesterday was a very bad day. I have to learn to listen to my own body and do what it says like rest, relax and sleep... when it tells me to stop - I have to learn to stop, take a break.
My pain had me in tears and in bed on and off though out the day. My twitch never stopped, I caved and curled up under a blanket for most part of the day. Both my guys aware, left me pretty much alone. I was not in a very good mood by the end of the day...
not miserable - simply exhausted. I did draw the above cartoon.
I force myself to draw everyday.
I am thankful to be able to sit and draw. I will use it to thank people.
The little worms are: Hear no, See no and Speak no...
something else I try to practice daily.
If you are here and still breathing, heart beating - that is reason alone to
Say it now! Out loud! I am thankful to be here!
I saw Brave Mykayla mom's has a new tattoo...
"With every heart beat there is hope." ♥
* Rant warning! Read no further if you think I don't get angry. As much as I try to stay positive - IT gets the better of me- I have to get & let it out.
From time to time I am compelled to draw the same cartoon with a twist. WHY?
Because it is the same bullshit - different day. I have drawn this one far too many times.
I thank GOD when people say "Storm looks great! "
Yes he does!! ***BEAMING***
He eats healthy - and he is the one that has his dad and I also eating better.
He drinks very little alcohol - perhaps a beer from time to time.
He works out at he gym. He is determined NOT to let his bone disease get the better of him. This however does not mean he is not in pain. He is never really out
With his medicine
- he able to control it where it is NOT controlling him.
I don't know if you get that. I don't care.
He works hard to look good and keep his body as healthy as he can.
It does not mean his bone disease in not progressing. It is. We know it. He knows it.
and we don't give a f*ck if you know it or not.. (oops control)
LOOK around you.
If you were able to match all the numbers with the people in the cartoon above, then I am afraid one of us has failed. Me as the cartoonist or you as a person?
I'll leave that for you to judge...
When I drew the above cartoon I thought of each person with love. I did not have in my mind that anyone of them did/was anything. Just people.
Because, quite frankly - I have no f*cking clue who does what, and neither do you!
Hello!? A murderer? If we knew what they looked like...
I'm pretty sure there would be fewer murderers!!!
So please stop.
Think - AM I Judging this person with out really understanding??
I AM far from perfect... I tell this ^ to my own mind all the time and I believe it is working. I will not give up.
AT the end of the day I have to judge myself.
You do not know what someone is dealing with by looking at them, think about it.
Then again - with the expection of some seriously ill. They look like they are dying. So thank you GOD my son looks great! I want to shout it to the world! And you know why! Plant and prayer;-) IMO.
On top of everything else do you think people who are sick, living with a serious condition, NEED you to say - "Well you don't look sick!?" `WTF?
YES there are fakers. They will be judged soon enough. We can't stop them or prevent them. Then there are people like my son, who wishes every single day, more than anything they were not in the situtation that they are but they try to rise above it -every day!
We have always told Storm you will grow up to be what ever you want!
You have to believe!
So... every time some thoughtless F%$! says- "you dont' look sick" with a 'snarky smirk' on their face - I want to smack them. *Sigh*
I apologize. Please forgive my momentary loss of control.
I AM a MOTHER - I LOVE my SON.
We know what he has lived with and continues to deal with daily. Be thankful you do not. You or your children.
WHO are you to make the ASSumtion my son is fine because 'he doesn't look sick'?
Or anyone for that matter? Have you walked in their shoes? Have you experienced what they experience?
WHO are you to tell us, as a family what we can or can not use to heal his pain and make our all lives happier?
WHO ARE YOU?!
“You're going to come across people in your life who will say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it's always their actions you should judge them by. It's actions, not words, that matter.”
― Nicholas Sparks
, The Rescue
“When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left, and could say, 'I used everything you gave me.”
― Erma Bombeck
I AGREE !
☮☯☝✞☭☬☫☩☪☨☧☦☤ = ONE LOVE
I want to celebrate an 'EVERYDAY HERO!'
If you ask "who is a hero?"- For example in the Cannabis movement - you might hear the same names over and over again. I have come to the realization through this AMAZING - gift the internet that: Cannabis is not a Canadian/American problem, it is WORLD wide problem! There are far too many heroes that we do not see and hear about. People who suffer daily from debilitating disease and pain and use Cannabis to help make life liveable. Or worse - there are too many, soon forgotten after losing the war and paying the ultimate price - their lives.
It is these heroes that I hope to bring attention to, pay tribute to and thank!
I am blessed and thankful for FB, that has introduced me to people from all over the world these past couple of years. I have even found that my former limited knowledge has gone through a rude awakening. We are punishing, hurting, jailing, torturing and even murdering our fellow humans - over a plant. Shame on us.
We need to speak up! We who have the power – through access of the internet- the power to write, speak, draw and share as parents, educators, motivators, reporters- everyday people... need to set an example and end this insanity over a PLANT. A PLANT that HELPS the sick and suffering and soothes the mind and soul of millions more.
This awakening came with a recent post(s) I saw. It made me simply - sad. Two posts that appeared right after each other on my FB news feed that left me feeling a moment of shame, as a fellow Canadian cannabis activist.
The first post was a photo of Cashy Hyde
, his tiny coffin being put into the ground - we truly lost a huge little hero. My heart aches and I pray that the family is healing and surrounded by all the love possibly mustered. The second post was by Jodie Emery. It said, if you’d like to send Marc money you can find the instructions at…
I do not believe Marc should be in jail. It was a sad day as a Canadian when they sent him to a US prison. And WE let it happen.
We see Marc Emery in jail - who appears to be a rock star, preforming shows, learning songs, reading magazines and asking for money to be sent to them. I cannot help but think to myself; the average person who goes to jail for simple possession will not become a rock star, will not be out in a few years, will not be able to have family visit even just once, for crimes regarding Cannabis - less serious crimes like simple possession... those people I read about all the time and many hardly get any attention -other than from families or friends. For whatever reason the two posts haunted me and it got me thinking. There are many heroes in this battle. I only wish the ones that are truly suffering would get as much attention, if not more than the “Rock Stars."
People lose their jobs, homes, families and go to JAIL for enjoying what others BRAG about. THAT IS THE REALITY OF CANNABIS prohibition.
Get busted for cannabis and you won't
be in jail learning how to play in a rock band -chances are you will be in jail and become a new 'bum buddy' for someone. When and IF you get out of jail you will have to start all over again. Sadly, THOSE are the facts for our every day heroes. That is closer to reality than coming out a celebrity.
Keep in mind this punishment is all for something millions do and admit to daily! Just like PRESIDENT OBAMA - self admitted Cannabis consumer. Clearly it did not ruin his future. Hmmm? THINK ABOUT IT! It is not fair and I for one will not 'celebrate' it any longer knowing how many are truly suffering. The law needs to change. Celebrate ALL those who help
- the famous together with the every day person who is posting and sharing - every bit helps. Post the truth of what happens to every day people. If not, it will never change.
There are criminals in the cannabis industry - just like every other industry and many are forced to be criminals. Patients should NEVER be made to feel like a criminal for something that provides a quality of life.
Do not forget the everyday hero - who is not getting fame or fortune but still puts it out there every chance they get in order to make a difference. To those of you out there - I salute you and thank you.
Starting tomorrow, (every Monday) I will compile a GUEST blog from someone that I have either contacted- because they inspired me or who has contacted me with something to share. Some do not care if I mention their name while others choose to remain anonymous - mostly because their story is often too painful and they do not want people to know what they have endured. ;-(
Please support and think carefully the next time you salute YOUR hero.
Some are from around the world! It is nice to see how and what they think and feel.
Beautiful songs and yes I agree... Police and firemen & Women ♡♡♡ True Heroes :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pm3eHZnfjPIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vWfAIDVltuQ
I hope this toon is shared as much if not more than my others. I have been reading how kids are having such a difficult time with cyber bullies, kids and adults. Not being able to escape now being harassed at home on their own PC.
I have always loved the See no, Hear no, Speak no - sadly we have to add the Send no... I have these monkeys in my studio, painted over 4 years ago as my own reminder to try to only speak positive.
Hard to do when confronted with 'challenges' that we are faced with daily - in the form of someone who pisses you off- LOL . But I am trying very hard and getting better. More than anything I am
truly starting to despise gossip. I had someone start to tell me something about someone we both know -had said about me- I astonished myself when before she could continue I put up my hand and said "before you tell me what she has to gossip about me - stop and ask yourself what she is saying to someone about you."
That is the truth - look where it comes from! Chances are that person who always has something nasty to say about someone - will say it about you too when your back is turned. That sort of person knows no other way to get attention. It is sad really - often jealousy is the reason or just anger. Angry with their own miserable lives that they see nothing wrong with constantly talking badly about others. I have to say - my friend looked at me and said "your right!" The topic of conversation quickly changed to wonderful! I felt - TERRIFIC! I did not have to hear the vile spew and by not engaging in gossip I had an instant sense of relief! It does, it gets easier - just keep practicng like everything else.
BY refusing to listen we are helping stop it in it's tracks. Good for us and the person speaking poorly of others- help them with KARMA - lol. I will not give into gossip any longer it only robs my mind of focusing my energy on positive! My mind needs all the help it can get with focusing! ;-)
On that Note! I have a date! I have a date for my surgery and I thought once I had the date I would be terrified but yesterday I felt pangs of JOY!! HOPE! Nov.13th. To think that I will wake up from surgery and this twitch will be gone! The pain gone! The controlling of my life gone! My face back! My smile back! I will be comfortable going out in public again! I am so excited! I found myself dancing with daisy in the kitchen yesterday a few times!
Wow! HOPE is so powerful.
I have to go draw!!! ;-D xox
Today our son is 20! 20!!! Even typing it brings tears to my eyes. He is up and had his birthday breakfast and off to work! 20.
It sit here and I breath deeply and I thank God with every beat of my heart that our son is here and celebrating his 20th! I feel like a milestone has been reached! A 'magic number' if only in my mind. My son- no longer a toddler, boy, teen- he is a man.
When you are a parent of a child with a serious illness you take nothing for granted. When you are told your child might not be with you as long as you imagine as a parent - FOREVER- It can mess with you mind to say the least. So....
Today I feel like yelling a big "FUCK YOU!!!"
Fuck you Dr.s you were wrong! A fuck you filled with LOVE because I am so happy they were wrong!!!
My boy - now man is everything parent can hope for and more. He is a gentleman, handsome, polite, hard working, smart and determined to make something of his life! It has not been easy, Storm does live with chronic pain every day - always has and always will - he is an example to me and my husband, we would not change a single thing if we could. This lesson has been one of love that we are blessed to be a part of. So today I am beside myself! Everyday is special but today is a day to celebrate!
The day would not be right if I also did not say Thank You God. I have prayed for years and will continue to do so- not for a miracle but for the continued strength we all need to face each new day. Thank God for my sons medicine - YES, I thank GOD! For the plant he put here! A medicine that helps our son function, work, hope and dream and LAUGH! Some may still 'not get it' I honestly HOPE you never do. I look at the baby photos and now the young man before me and I could care less what anyone thinks. I KNOW why we do what we do. FOR LOVE. Happy 20th Birthday Storm! MANY MANY MORE!!
xox LOVE MOM & DAD ... Tequila, Scruffy, Daisy, Darkie, Jaws, Fluffy & Larry
Please plant the seed of Cannabis education. I can honestly tell you I do not think my son would be with us today if not for his medicine. Please share - You might be helping other parents- other children. xox <>< http://www.georgiatoons.com/uploads/4/1/0/5/4105506/stormsstory.pdf
For everyone that embraces this plant - has educated themselves on this plant and all it's GOODness - medicinal, Hemp, Oil, Food, building material and MORE- That continue to fight for this plant and our rights as humans - It's time for a group hug! I know how frustrating it can be, feeling like your banging your head against a brick wall, wondering is anyone listening???
So today I thought, let's take time for a group hug! Support each other, encourage and just celebrate the Plant! Thank each other! I feel it in the air change is around the corner!!
But for just today- Enjoy Cannabis and all it does and for all of us, millions around the world.
NOW that is a GROUP HUG!!
Fishing is so much more for me than the fish. LOL - I already giggle at that thinking Storm would say - Its all about the fish. My boy loves to fish! We went out yesterday - a BEAUTIFUL day on lake Simcoe! We were out from about 3 to sundown. We laugh, talk, have snacks.. Storm fishes and I draw and take photos ;-) I have had quite a bit on my mind the past couple of weeks. Stress higher than normal yet- to sit there on that boat. Forced to just sit and see and listen - it overtakes you and al I could see after only a short while was all the beauty God provides us to see all the time - we just have to remember to look.
When he first said he was getting a boat - I was a typical mom -- sigh.. oh, oh.. after yesterday watching him get it in and out of the water and taking me on a tour of lake Simcoe, I now think- Thank you! Thank you! I loved every second of yesterday - including the water splashing us - cause I think he was driving a little too fast! (lol) The photos are in order and our day ended perfectly! With a gorgeous sunset and a Bass to boot! Let go after the photo of course. I'm looking forward to our next boat adventure! xox <><
I am spending some time - organizing, sorting and have found so many cartoons - not yet inked! Yippie - it's like a holiday for me - I don't have to THINK of new material just ink, color and I'm done. It always amuses me when the guys see a toon they have not seen before- Storm just saw this one for the first time and loved it. Poor Scruffy. I also found some really nice 'not cartoons' - but more art.
How often do we get caught up - and forget to have fun. I do! When I start to feel overwhelmed I draw other stuff, life, dogs and Laughing Buddha. Variety. Then I feel better and stronger about drawing with a purpose.
I also found many drawings that I will part with - Gifts. Which is exciting - I will have some draws and contests or just send some out. Occasionally I get e mail from fellow cartoonists - newly starting and I think it is wonderful if I can share and encourage.
We should share our talent.
Oh exciting news! I was contacted from someone is Germany and they will be making one of my toons into a banner for the big parade in August! > Big Hanf Parade in Berlin on the 11th of August < HOW cool is that!! My work getting the message across in Germany. I AM proud of that. If you'rethere send me photos! ;-)
*IF anyone wants an image to use for a banner or print to hand out educate they can contact me and I will send them a better quality image to use for such events. ;-) Back to work! All new stuff coming up the next few weeks.
* Note - thank you to my good pal Marie (a.k.a IBelieve ) on FB who posts my work for me when I try to do other stuff... gives me time to draw, heal & rest ;-) yet still share! I get by with a little help from my friends ;-)
Have fun - take a break from the cause and just HAVE fun.
I need time out. Time to stop stressing and focus on what I love to do. Draw. Spend time with my family, read, & relax. DRAW.
It is at the point where my twitch has taken over. Even with botox it never stops. As the botox wears off it gets more painful and stronger. It can stop me from doing what ever I am doing and holding my breath until it passes. It is mentally and socially distracting and uncomfortable, for me and who ever is watching. I have become somewhat of a recluse. It gets stronger I get quieter. Drawing is the only thing I seem to be able to do sometimes, because I have different stages of drawing depending on how I'm feeling.
We are talking about surgery. That will be my next decision. One I am not taking lightly.
Not being a fan of hospitals or surgery anywhere in the vicinity of my brain is frightening.
Time to take drastic measures. - I have decided to seriously try to DE-STRESS. I will focus on the positive, drawing, planting the seed and being thankful that I am still alive - it's been a difficult 3 years and I have to say am a better person because of it. Yesterday after making the decision to stay off FB, I instantly felt a sense of relief. I went and drew, watched an amazing Doc. that affirmed my decision! Who knew! Great documentary
*I AM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpVEH-Bpdes&feature=player_embedded
I told Norm I am on withdraw-lllll meaning I must draw. As much fun as all of this technology can be- it is truly a weapon of mass distraction. I think - 'I'll just go on for a few moments' and hours fly by, hours that I could be enjoying nature, family, pets and spending time truly enjoying my passion. That is how I will heal. I will of course continue to educate myself on topics that are important to me and try to share as best as I know how...
I Am most inspired by nature. Mother nature... as I see her :