I Need Your Help

1 Nov

For too many reasons to go into yet (there are no answers so far) I will be in and out of doctor’s offices and test labs for the next couple of months. I need your help to keep my head above the water and still get work done. Please spread the word about my published works, and consider buying some in the next month, to help me publish and stock copies of the work I am completing now. I will not offer up pre-orders of the new music works and books, because I don’t know what my healthcare schedule will be yet. I don’t want to set up a task I may not be able to fulfill in a timely manner.

I’ve been part of the bottom 1% income bracket for a very long time now. The work I do is considered unnecessary to the corporate machine we have become. That doesn’t mean I’ve ever stopped working. But it also means I couldn’t get the healthcare I needed until I turned 65 last year. The expense of a supplemental insurance to cover what Medicare doesn’t, lowered me to the 1% of the 1%. All I have to give are the gifts I was given. And I finally have ways to do that, that I can afford. I no longer have to wait for someone to say “Yes you can do this we will publish you.” I can get it done. I am publishing all the work I can from what I have written, photographed, painted, created and sung, for the past half century.

I also have an immediate need for funds that royalties can’t address. If you have loved my work over the past decades, please consider sending a gift of support through Paypal to sandrasparks@gmail.com. Or contact me through that email address. I will be sharing my work here, every day. To see the titles now available, visit the links at the top of this page, Amazon and Blurb.

I have spent my life paying attention to the world, and sharing images, words, and music with others. Now I am bringing out what hasn’t been shared before. Wish me luck, find the gifts in what I do, and pass them on. Help something wonderful happen. Thank you.stoplooklistenbio

The Crack Between The Worlds

29 Oct

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Things are changing here now. In fact, things will always be changing.

But in this season of Samhain, for me, there are some critical changes. Endings and new beginnings, all happening at the time of “the crack between the worlds.”

My work is now focused through two outlets: Amazon, and Blurb. I am releasing new titles through both, sending out a good deal of writings, photography. music and memories. New at Blurb are the chapbooks Regret No Grief and Cereus. These slender volumes are art pieces that can be framed, or scattered, most definitely read, because there is poetry and more images inside of them. They are high quality publications, made on demand. The next chapbook coming out is Guardians, in early November. Guardians is a book about my work in sculpting guardian figures. At this time, my painting and fiber work are also turning to creating new images of guardians, the unknown angels that guide and support us.

The most exciting news are the changes through Amazon. Both music and new books will be released through the website. Most of my new books will be e-books. Some will have paperback versions. The first to be released will be Transforming Suicide: Changing What We Choose to End.  The paperback version of this book will be an interactive journal, giving space for readers to write their own ideas about suicide and its effects and solutions. We have seen and lost too much by suicide this past year. It’s time to take a clearer look at what we can do to change our reactions to suicidal impulses, to things that do not stop our lives, or do harm in any way. We do have choices we may have never realized. I have changed my suicides into better things. I’m alive, and glad of it.

There will also be a series of e-diaries that follow my new journey: more on that by Christmas. In the meantime: there’s much to do about the music and this first new book. Samhain is, for me, the end of one year, and the beginning of a space between this year and another. For two months I celebrate life before a new year sends us all in new directions. May we all have good ones.

The Dangerous Silly

9 Oct

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This is for you. I told you it would be here. You had the silly idea you could ridicule people you have made no effort to know.

If you read today’s other post you’ll see I’ve been busy. Yes. When the world is falling apart around me, I get very busy finding what’s right with it, while many others seem determined to make it very, very wrong. In these times of political hatred and ugliness, when people who have no clue about what has really happened to them – let alone anyone else – want to spew off, we need something better to be taken care of.

I am tired of those who sound off about things and people they don’t even want to understand. There are better things to do as we help in the struggle to bring the world back to a centered place. No matter how angry the dangerous silliness of these times can make us, there is always a center.

But that doesn’t mean we will not get angry about being abused in any way. Anger is the right of a human to stand up for one’s self. It just helps to be honest about what we’re really angry about, instead of letting other people tell us what we’re supposed to think and do. I have no interest in repeating the lies and manipulations of people who want to control me, as many people have discovered over the years. While finding my center, I have not lost my roar. Or my independence. I don’t know what happened to yours.

If you don’t want to hear me or anyone else roar, don’t tell me the lies you’ve clung to. I don’t care how much you believe them. That’s your problem. I’m here to tell you they are not acceptable if you don’t have the courage to check out the truth behind what you’ve been told. And have the respect for this nation to not insist on turning it into a silly thing.

A Polish woman I met 40 years ago told me of her trials as someone who lived under the Stalinist regime. When she told our class about her father’s arrest and death for doing nothing at all, we were horrified. We said it was terrible. She turned to me and said, “It’s not terrible, it’s silly. There’s nothing more dangerous than silly.” I was reminded of that last year, when I head the memories of a woman who lived in Nazi Germany. Her family had voted for Hitler because he promised such huge things. They believed him. By the end of the war, their farm had been destroyed, their town, the homes of their relatives – and their relatives. Their jobs. Their security. Their lives as they knew them. All she has left from before the war was a family crest that they took great pride in. Most of that family is now gone. I told her about the Polish woman. She nodded. “Oh, yes. That sounds true.” That’s all she could say. In the end, it’s all anyone has left.

I’m not interested in taking part in, or hearing any more, of our dangerous silly things. If you ask the people around you, you’ll find most of us do not share your gullibility. Be responsible people and take a good look at what you’ve been doing. For what? Really? What have you got left?

 

Stop.Look.Listen.

9 Oct

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Visit Blurb.com to preview my newest photoart chapbooks, Regret No Grief  and Cereus  They are the first and second offerings in a series called Stop.Look.Listen, chapbooks that share poetry, prose, and images in volumes so slender, their art ready covers can be framed! The words and photos speak of life, within and around us. While you’re at it, check out my profile for the work that has come before. I think you will enjoy what you find. I’m fortunate to live in a beautiful place, that inspires good things…

Upcoming news? Transforming Suicide and Redefining Joy will be released through Kindle Publications within the next month, if all goes well! They are among the first releases of another series, The Mindwood Journals, which will explore life, thought, belief, and creativity, all the things that help make us human, full of genius as well as faults. Then, soon after that – the music returns. The freesong collection Reborn will be coming out for the holiday season, through Amazon music. Listen to a sample of freesong, below.

 

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The Silent Hum

10 Feb
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What a Small Bird am I

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How Anger Boils

1 Feb

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The Funding of REBORN

15 Dec

 

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I am in the midst of a project very important to my life and work. The recording of Reborn is three months into its 1 year gestation, and it needs your help. Quoting from the update linked here:

As a difficult year comes to an end, we have some hope and magic returning to all of us, even as the world continues to be a scary place. We had snow here last weekend, the most beautiful snow, lie gently on the trees and ground of The Meadow. Even though I’ve been ill with bronchitis, the work and plans for Reborn have continued. The work will have to shift to the night time for the next few weeks, done in secret places as if readying Christmas gifts. Some of the work will be Christmas gifts, bedecked with images like the one included here.  

I need your help more than ever. The debt is steadily increasing, at a time when uncovered medical expenses also have to be paid. I realized I had no choice but to sign up for the most expensive supplemental Medicare insurance, to make sure emergency room visits would be covered (always a concern with my health problems at this time). Half of my very limited  monthly income has disappeared back into Medicare expense. This is why it is crucial for me to return to my work, in the best way possible. Medical help is clearing up some of the problems that curtailed my ability to get work done, including the physical ability to sing well, and the mental ability to focus and work for more extended periods of time. Subscribing to the Adobe Creative Cloud, which is another monthly cost, is helping me get around my inability to consistently play instruments. I may no longer be able to perform with them, but I can record segments and layer them together with the Audition program to create an astonishing range of instrumental music made up of bright, brief bursts of control over hands that never stop shaking anymore. The essential tremor that has always affected my ability to play, no longer stops me.

But the cost limits everything I do. I must find a way to survive on very little money, and complete the recording and video projects, within nine more months. That is, for what I’m doing, a very short period of time.

So please – if you want to give a gift that can spread from one place far and wide this holiday season, consider this. I want to give back to you something as wonderful as you give to me. And I want us all to share it with our loved ones, friends, and strangers, everywhere. Thank you.

Please visit my Indiegogo fundraiser page for more information.

For Your Holiday Shopping!

27 Nov

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Here’s where you can find special gifts of sights and memories, beauty and inspiration, this holiday season, all made with Creativity and Sensitivity!

 The Thorn Tree Christmas is a tale based on a true story from my life, about a Christmas so terrible, my father said we wouldn’t have one… but I disagreed! See beautiful images of a Georgia mountain Christmas while you read our story…

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BEING Home is part memoir, part created dream – about how I learned to create dreams, and found that the dreams would affect my reality. I’ve been a dreamworker for many decades, and am as comfortable in dreamery as in reality. This is the first book I wrote about making dreams come true. A how-to workbook is in the works…

draft_lens7286952_1254273630synaesthesia_sq Psychic Sensibility is a book originally created for the fans of Paranormal State and Psychic Kids, when I was the moderator for Chip Coffey’s bulletin board. There were so many questions being answered with information that was wrong, or remedies that wouldn’t work. I knew this because I am a sensitive – a psychic medium who has never been interested in doing readings or appearances, but in researching what actually works, in psychic energy and communication. I realized that everyone uses the sixth sense: it’s the way we perceive what is happening in our minds, our thoughts, our dreams, our cognitive perceptions. It’s just that, sometimes, conscious information comes from places outside our own minds, and we should know how to recognize and perceive it. Energy carries information – we know that by physics. What do we know psychically? How can we understand it? This book can help.

img_5223 In The Bleak Midwinter tells of the joys of the holiday season to be found ever if, like me, you or someone you know suffers from holiday depression. I decided a long time ago not to expect the most magical times and things to arrive on the holiday or by any schedule at all: I wait for the gifts of the season to come when I feel them. This lovely photographic diary shows how I make the holidays special even in the bleakest times.

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In Wintermas the season of Winter itself takes center stage. It’s a photojournal that can be enjoyed no matter what holiday – or no holiday – you celebrate!

 

 

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However you celebrate the holidays. whatever gifts you give or receive, have a marvelous time!

Singer, Reborn

19 Nov

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My voice has come back, full strength. It’s been years. To celebrate its rebirth, I am recording new tracks and creating videos of my photography. music, and poems. But I need help to do it! Please visit this page to find out how to help the music be reborn: The Singer Returns

Seasonal Changes

18 Sep

As my work expands,  it’s time to change many things. This site’s menu now includes links to all websites which carry my work, from publications to prints to youtube. Blurb  carries my personal magazine series, Scatterings, with new issues coming out on a regular basis. It also carries the special collections of my photographic work. Poster and stationery prints are now available at Cafepress, with new selections being added each week. Amazon carries my books, Psychic Sensibility, and BEING Home. More books, including a revised issue of A Small Tale of Shakespeare, are coming out in 2018. I have also reopened my Lulu store, which carries some of my early photo collections.

The youtube video channel Simple Gifts is also linked in the menu. I am preparing new videos of photographic work, recitations, and music.

It’s also time to spend more time writing here, and sharing some of the work that is included in Scatterings, on facebook, and other locations. I hope you’ll enjoy what you find here in the days to come.