Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Cthulhu HP Lovecraft and Traveling

The atmosphere of Lovecraft's stories always managed to scare me as much as the monsters themselves. When I was looking for information on the areas of New England he was writing about I found this site Cthulhu Files the most information on the stories, the characters and the areas in the stories.

There's a site that shows you a map of a walking tour of College Hill with all pertinent Lovecraftian places of interest.

Donovan Loucks travelogue is very interesting.

Joseph Morales travelogue is my fave.

When I started this series of figures, I found this site to be a very valuable source of information. In fact if you search through the different articles, you could even plan a nice tour of Innsmouth or many of the other towns mentioned in the stories.
I definitely need to design a new monster....I'm thinking Shub-Niggurath or a Shantak Bird and maybe a vacation back East.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

Life 101 from the Dali Lama

I always feel so happy and serene looking at the beautiful art depicting Buddha.

I did create a thanka depicting the Green Tara, but I really need to create a sculpture or a thanka depicting Buddha.

The Dali Lama never fails to inspire me.

Instructions for Life from the Dali Lama.

1.Take into account that great love and great achievements involve great risk.

2.When you lose, don’t lose the lesson.

3.Follow the three R’s:
- Respect for self,
- Respect for others and
- Responsibility for all your actions.

4.Remember that not getting what you want is sometimes a wonderful stroke of luck.

5.Learn the rules so you know how to break them properly.

6.Don’t let a little dispute injure a great relationship.

7.When you realize you’ve made a mistake, take immediate steps to correct it.

8.Spend some time alone every day.

9.Open your arms to change, but don’t let go of your values.

10.Remember that silence is sometimes the best answer.

11.Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll be able to enjoy it a second time.

12.A loving atmosphere in your home is the foundation for your life.

13.In disagreements with loved ones, deal only with the current situation. Don’t bring up the past.

14.Share your knowledge. It is a way to achieve immortality.

15.Be gentle with the earth.

16.Once a year, go someplace you’ve never been before.

17.Remember that the best relationship is one in which your love for each other exceeds your need for each other.

18.Judge your success by what you had to give up in order to get it.

19.If you want others to be happy, practice compassion.

20.If you want to be happy, practice compassion.