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Teaching my international students about the value of creativity gives me the perfect excuse to work on my own - and pushes me to practice what I preach. 
  • Listening to: the hum of my fishtank and the fluorescent lights
  • Reading: Makoto Fujimura's Refractions
  • Drinking: not enough water these days
First-class people

Reach the milestone, fair or not.

He can do everything -

Doesn’t break as much

He gets it - phenomenal

He has that magic,

A pride thing.


Sofa covered with guns

Adds another dimension -

A tough road taken lightly,

A great energy.

Cinderella story -

Had the dream, pushed hard

Crumbled.


Speaks out -

Vulgar comments, out of a shotgun

Jangled nerves.

Thousands squawking, laughing


I thought he was ready,

Great passion for the game -

I just need to hear some island music.
First Class Man (A Newspaper Poem)

This poem was created as part of a writing exercise inspired by Austin Kleon's Newspaper Blackout poems and TEDxKC Talk: "Steal Like an Artist" - accessible at www.youtube.com/watch?v=oww7oB…;

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Teaching my international students about the value of creativity gives me the perfect excuse to work on my own - and pushes me to practice what I preach. 
  • Listening to: the hum of my fishtank and the fluorescent lights
  • Reading: Makoto Fujimura's Refractions
  • Drinking: not enough water these days

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Ethel Swartley
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United States
Favourite genre of music: celtic rock, folk rock, Algerian rai, Korean trot - and eclectic other stuff
Favourite style of art: can't decide!
Personal Quote: "You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." Inigo Montoya
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Ghost-Apple Featured By Owner Nov 3, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you kindly for the fav on my Katarbiri plushie dear! :hug:

Also your quilts are simply beautiful! c:
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bumble-boo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artist
Thanks for the watch!
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ethelinexile Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010
No problem. I love your colors, and your owls are cool too. They have a special meaning for me these last few years.
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bumble-boo Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2010  Student Artist
Aww, thank you very much!
May I ask why they are special to you? If it's too personal, it's okay!
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ethelinexile Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2010
Well, it may sound bizarre, but a few years ago a friend of mine was always talking about the "feminine aspects of God" and I was really puzzling over what she meant. We were studying the Bible together and one night read a section that talked about Wisdom, using the pronoun she. It talked about Wisdom having been present at creation, and the creation story at the beginning of the Bible talks about the Spirit of God moving over the water. Somehow the story clicked and I thought perhaps that "She" (wisdom) was God's Spirit - that the Wise Spirit is God's way of mothering us. That evening as I was walking my dog, we heard and saw a horned owl, and of course many people associate owls with wisdom. Somehow the owl has become a reminder of how God's Spirit mothers me - having had a tough relationship with my mom growing up. Long story, but that's why owls are special to me. Thanks for asking.
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emo-black-cat Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2008  Hobbyist Writer
:glomp: Pass it on.
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megpie252 Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2008  Student General Artist
Kaa-san... :P
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eternal-song Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2008
your mother. is stalking me.
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ethelinexile Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
Not stalking. Just curious. Kudos.
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eternal-song Featured By Owner Oct 25, 2008
:XD: you know i meant stalking in the kindest way. i admire you for braving the terrors of deviantart and NDK.
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