The Death Penalty

Since 1976, we have executed over 1,300 individuals in this country. As of today, 150 individuals have been exonerated from death row — that is, there has been one person exonerated for every 10 people who have been executed in the last 36 years.  Seventy-eight of these innocent people were African American.

CAMERON TODD WILLINGHAM. Executed 2004 – found Innocent 2009. In 1992, Willingham was convicted of arson murder in Texas. He was believed to have intentionally set a fire that killed his three kids. In 2004, he was put to death. Unfortunately, the Texas Forensic Science Commission later found that the evidence was misinterpreted, and they concluded that none of the evidence used against Willingham was valid. As it turns out, the fire really was accidental.

CARLOS DELUNA. Executed 1989 – found innocent 2006. In 1989, DeLuna was executed for the stabbing of a Texas convenience store clerk. Almost 20 years later, Chicago Tribune uncovered evidence that shows DeLuna was likely innocent. The evidence showed that Carlos Hernandez, a man who even confessed to the murder many times, actually did the crime.

LARRY GRIFFIN. Executed 1995 – found innocent 2005. Griffin was put to death in 1995 for the 1981 murder of Quintin Moss, a Missouri drug dealer. Griffin always maintained his innocence, and now, evidence seems to indicate he was telling the truth. The first police officer on the scene now says the eyewitness account was false, even though the officer supported the claims during the trial. Another eyewitness who was wounded during the attack was never contacted during the trial, and he says Griffin wasn’t present at the crime scene that night.

RUBEN CANTU. Executed 1993 – found innocent 2005. Cantu was 17 at the time the crime he was alleged of committing took place. Cantu was convicted of capital murder, and in 1993, the Texas teen was executed. About 12 years after his death, investigations show that Cantu likely didn’t commit the murder. The lone eyewitness recanted his testimony, and Cantu’s co-defendant later admitted he allowed his friend to be falsely accused. He says Cantu wasn’t even there the night of the murder.

Shunya Mudra

Shunya, or Shoonya Mudra. Helps bring you openness and spaciousness. Both of which are particularly beneficial when meditating. Also thought to help with motion sickness and vertigo. So far it hasn’t worked for me but maybe it will for you! •
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Pran Mudra

Another mudra for you: Pran Mudra. This is one of my favorites. The word “Pran” means life.  Pran Mudra increases vitality while reducing fatigue, it improves our assertiveness, self confidence, courage and ability to see things through. When combined with slow, conscious deep breaths, Pran Mudra is calming and can help overcome anxiety.

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Gyan Mudra

Gyan Mudra, stimulates the root chakra and eases tension and depression. Helps with peace, calm and spiritual progress. Maybe the most common mudra – Buddha, Christ and Mahavir are all depected doing it. •
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Gun control in America

Prayers and condolences do nothing, but there is something we can do. Most people who own guns obey the law. We need these folks to come forward and start demanding common sense gun control laws that keep them out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.
#gunpolicy #gunpolicyreform #policychangeforamerica #guncontrol #gunowners #gunowner #gunownersofamerica

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I asked folks to tell me lies they tell themselves – either to get through the day, protect themselves, or whatever other reasons we have to need them. My grandpa sent me this one. His wife died a few years ago and he’s been living alone for the first time in decades. I personally think it’s ok to be alone but maybe I’m lying to myself about that, too. •




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I don’t actually own a coat. It’s a blanket I tie around myself with a shoelace.





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One of my favorite authors, Zadie Smith. From her book On Beauty: “Right. I look fine. Except I don’t,’ said Zora, tugging sadly at her man’s nightshirt. This was why Kiki had dreaded having girls: she knew she wouldn’t be able to protect them from self-disgust. To that end she had tried banning television in the early years, and never had a lipstick or a woman’s magazine crossed the threshold of the Belsey home to Kiki’s knowledge, but these and other precautionary measures had made no difference. It was in the air, or so it seemed to Kiki, this hatred of women and their bodies– it seeped in with every draught in the house; people brought it home on their shoes, they breathed it in off their newspapers. There was no way to control it.”





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Samhain is here, cold is the earth,
as we celebrate the cycle of death and rebirth.
Tonight we speak to those through the veil,
the lines between worlds are thin and frail.

Ghosts and spirits in the night,
magical beings rising in flight,
owls hooting up in a moonlit tree,
I don’t fear you and you don’t fear me.

As the sun goes down, far to the west,
my ancestors watch over me as I rest.
They keep me safe and without fear,
on the night of Samhain, the Witches’ New Year. #illustration #animation #handdrawn #samhain #pagan #witch #occult #esoteric #witchesnewyear #halloween #drawing #painting #harvest #magick

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I just found a video of The Hamster Dance website circa 1997. I liked it so much when I was a kid, I had my stepdad help me create an homage – the Lava Lamp dance. It never took off like the Hamster Dance.. I decided to sketch an homage to my homage 20 years later. #veryhighendwebdesign #illustrate #illustration #illustrator #lavalamps #lavalamps #doodle #sketch #sketchbook #sketchaday #doodlesofinstagram #drawing #ink #pen #hamsterdance #webdesign

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Created this illustration for a story at WHYY, Philadelphia’s NPR affiliate, about the psychological impact of music in horror movies. Lots of fun, and very excited to work with WHYY, NPR, @paigepfleger and Max Green! #illustration #watercolor #ink #horror #bach #johannsebastianbach #psycho #digitalpainting #whyy #npr #drawing #painting

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I loved adapting one of my favorite recent sketches into an illustration for @vinylpost_co – an amazing subscription from @birpfm that mails you a postcard every month you can play on a turntable as if it is a record! This image was created for Tao of Con’s single Yr Memory. #illustration #drawing #painting #watercolor #ink #vinylpost #birpfm #taoofcon #draw #paint #magick #dreams #memory #deer

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#inktober day 3: underwater. Some of America’s most protected corals have been blighted by bleaching, with scientists warning that US reefs are on course to largely disappear within just a few decades because of global warming. I’m selling prints of this illustration and donating the proceeds to coral reef conservation efforts. The link to purchase is in my profile. #illustration #art #drawing #sketchaday #drawing #sketchbook #sketch #doodle #inktober2017 #ink #artist #artistsoninstagram #illustrator #drawsomething #artjournal #instaart #alcoholink #conservation #globalwarming #fundraiser # coral #coralreefs

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#inktober day 3: #poison ….
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#inktober day 2: #divided. It’s actually inktober day 3 today, but I didn’t have enough service to post this yesterday. Passing through so many rural communities lately, I’ve found the culture difference shocking at times. Especially down here in the south. This was drawn in rural Louisiana, inspired by the many god-related billboards I’ve driven past. No idea what it originally said.. “you die god?” ?

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My first #inktober is a lie… the theme today is #swift. I #drew this #mosquito several weeks ago when we were chased out of three different camp sites by the ruthless mozs in rural #drawing Unfortunately, I’ve spent the day packing and cleaning as we’re leaving New Orleans tomorrow. What an amazing summer – highlighted by an endless supply of mosquitos. When do they start dying?

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I’m selling prints of this illustration of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Yabucoa, Puerto Rico and donating 100% of the proceeds to efforts to rebuild in areas devastated by the natural disaster. They are $30 on my Etsy – there is a link in my profile where you can purchase and find more info on the organizations your money will be going to.

Justice too long delayed is justice denied.

We should all be proud of these guys speaking up for what they believe is right. Peacefully protesting is fundamentally American, to its core.

“I must confess that over the past few years I have been gravely disappointed with the white moderate. I have almost reached the regrettable conclusion that the Negro’s great stumbling block in his stride toward freedom is not the White Citizen’s Counciler or the Ku Klux Klanner, but the white moderate, who is more devoted to “order” than to justice; who prefers a negative peace which is the absence of tension to a positive peace which is the presence of justice; who constantly says: “I agree with you in the goal you seek, but I cannot agree with your methods of direct action”; who paternalistically believes he can set the timetable for another man’s freedom; who lives by a mythical concept of time and who constantly advises the Negro to wait for a “more convenient season.” Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection.” -MLK, Letter from a Birmingham Jail. #takeaknee

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We drove past this scene in rural Louisiana and I fell in love. All these little white birds were staring lovingly at this beautiful cow. Was it a holy cow? Patrick said they were probably looking for flies to eat… I researched a bit later and that turns out to be the case. Cattle egrets hang around cows to eat the flies that land on them. So maybe they’re not staring out of adoration… but it’s more fun to think that they are ✨???✨ #magic #sketchaday #sketchbook #illustrator #illustration #watercolor #ink #holycow #cattleegret #egret #louisiana #scenesfromtheroad

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In New Orleans dreaming of magic. I haven’t posted in awhile — I’ve taken on a big but very rewarding animation project for my friend @joeyhowell’s documentary. Trying to fit in doodles when I can. #neworleans #illustration #ink #watercolor #sketchbook #sketch #doodle #doodlesofinstagram #sketchaday #magic

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Abstract composer, social worker, political activist and cat lover Joel Nauman had a stroke in October 2016 that paralyzed half his body. His speech was sacrificed as well; even months afterwards, Joel’s brain couldn’t differentiate between past, present and future tenses. “We will go to the store,” became, “we go the store.” His partner Wendy took care of him while he recovered. They were told it was important to practice gratitude and that Joel should write down five things he was grateful for everyday. Everyday he wrote the same thing, “Wendy, Wendy, Wendy, Wendy, Wendy.” She asked him at one point, “what will you do if you’re in the afterlife before me?” His response was, “I wait.” Joel was my uncle and passed away a few weeks ago. In his own words, “a quiet and gentle man, Joel tried to do the best he could throughout his life.”

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God is a billboard outside of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.
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One year ago – Fishtown, Philadelphia. I miss the best of Philly – what a weird place it was. Last summer people had to be told not to rent dumpsters to use as swimming pools. The mayor’s office actually had to release a statement. I never got a chance to dumpster swim!
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Made my dude pose in this sunflower field we found. Doodles to come soon, you betcha! .
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I didn’t know how I’d do in a small town in rural Wisconsin but the solitude, humility and tranquility have won me over. It has felt like a true retreat and I feel my center returning to me. I’ll miss it here when we leave. #artdaily2017 #sketchaday #painteveryday #art #artist #painting #illustration #drawing #draw #sketch #sketchbook #artoftheday #instaart #instaartist #wip #artistsoninstagram #sketchbook #watercolors #illustration #yayeveryday2017 #watercolor #ink #penandink #paint #adrawingaday #dailydrawing #sketchdaily #illustrator

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Tyke’s Ghost | Tyke was a circus elephant that was brutally killed in 1994 after killing her abusive trainer. She was shot nearly 100 times until she died from her wounds. RIP Tyke. #illustration #tyketheelephant #animalcrueltyawareness #rip #watercolor #ink

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You are young.  So you know everything.  You leap
into the boat and begin rowing.  But listen to me.
Without fanfare, without embarrassment, without
any doubt, I talk directly to your soul.  Listen to me.
Lift the oars from the water, let your arms rest, and
your heart, and heart’s little intelligence, and listen to
me.  There is life without love.  It is not worth a bent
penny, or a scuffed shoe.  It is not worth the body of a
dead dog nine days unburied.  When you hear, a mile
away and still out of sight, the churn of the water
as it begins to swirl and roil, fretting around the
sharp rocks – when you hear that unmistakable
pounding – when you feel the mist on your mouth
and sense ahead the embattlement, the long falls
plunging and steaming – then row, row for your life
toward it. ~ Mary Oliver ~ #poem #maryoliver #illustration #sketchbook #portrait #painting #watercolor #ink #sketch #doodle

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Always & Forever @alyssaedwards_1 #sketch #ink #illustration #ihatehashtagging #dragrace #drawing #fanart #rupaulsdragrace #alyssaedwards #alyssassecret #tonguepop #watercolor #painting #portrait

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Nina Bo’Nina Banana Fofana Osama Bin Laden Shoulda Been Blac Chyna Somebody Has To Be The Messy One Didn’t Rent It From Netflix Did You Steal My Clown White Can I Just Wallow In My Depression Brown #handlettering #illustration #fanart #dragfanart #dragrace #rupaulsdragrace #art #artist #artwork #sketch #sketchbook

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I’m Jasmine Masters and I have something to say! #jush #thatpart #jasminemasters #rupaulsdragrace #dragfanart #illustration #fanart #drawing #painting #ink #digitalart #lettering #handlettering #art #artist #toomanyhashtags

something a little different ::: The Menominee of Northern Wisconsin tell of a great mountain that floats in the western sky on which dwell the thunderbirds. They control the rain and hail and delight in fighting and deeds of greatness. They are the enemies of the great horned snakes – the Misikinubik – and have prevented these from overrunning the earth and devouring mankind. They are messengers of the Great Sun himself.
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at great pond

AT GREAT POND | MARY OLIVER
the sun, rising,
scrapes his orange breast
on the thick pines,
and down tumble
a few orange feathers into
the dark water.
On the far shore
a white bird is standing
like a white candle —
or a man, in the distance,
in the clasp of some meditation — while all around me the lilies
are breaking open again
from the black cave
of the night.
Later, I will consider
what I have seen —
what it could signify —
what words of adoration I might
make of it, and to do this
I will go indoors to my desk —
I will sit in my chair —
I will look back
into the lost morning
in which I am moving, now,
like a swimmer,
so smoothly,
so peacefully,
I am almost the lily —
almost the bird vanishing over the water
on its sleeves of night. (at Stevens Point, Wisconsin)

morning poem

Every morning
the world
is created.

Under the orange
sticks of the sun
the heaped
ashes of the night
turn into leaves again

and fasten themselves to the high branches —
and the ponds appear
like black cloth
on which are painted islands

of summer lilies.
If it is your nature
to be happy
you will swim away along the soft trails

for hours, your imagination
alighting everywhere.
And if your spirit
carries within it

the thorn
that is heavier than lead —
if it’s all you can do
to keep on trudging —

there is still
somewhere deep within you
a beast shouting that the earth
is exactly what it wanted —

each pond with its blazing lilies
is a prayer heard and answered
lavishly,
every morning,

whether or not
you have ever dared to be happy,
whether or not
you have ever dared to pray.

Morning Poem by Mary Oliver (at Lake Joanis)