About Niki Flow

Niki Flow (a palindrome of "wolf, I, kin") is my new pen name. I used to write under the name "Sara Michele O'Sullivan." O'Sullivan is an ancestral name. Daniel O'Sullivan came to the United States in the late 1800's. He was the father of my maternal grandmother. | My real name is Sara Michele O'Toole. I was named for my grandmother (Sara) and my cousin (Michael). I was supposed to be a boy, my mother explained. My name would have been Michael Mark O'Toole. My mother and family called me Micky. In business I was known as Michele. | In 1996 I discovered a text-based RPG and invented by accident the name Tizzrah. (I was going for Tirzah, Ben Hur's sister but got it backwards). The name Tizz stuck for internet and gamer friends. So, because I love jazz (first) among all genres of music, I am "jazztizz." | I worked for most of my life as a legal and/or executive secretary is high stress jobs. Currently, I co-create as a staff blogger and scribe at ServiceSpace.org. I feel like, at last, I am part of something truly beautiful and world changing. Service Space is founded by Nipun Mehta on the idea of "Giftism." (See his TedX Talk: "Designing for Generosity.") | I'm a mom/birthmom to six children (3 kids, 2 birth kids and one little angel). I am happily married for the past dozen or more years to my best friend. I'm a musician, artist, writer and world citizen. I believe that life is in two parts -- finding your passion, then giving it back to the world. The operative word here is "Give." | "I am planting seeds, nothing more."

Happy Mandela Day

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
¤ Happy 100th Birthday Nelson Mandela! ¤

 

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Of Obama’s Summer Reading list and The Obama Leaders Africa

How will you celebrate Mandela Day?

July 18th is the 100th anniversary of the great man’s birth. Thank you Beaton for sharing this blog. We’ll share Mandela quotes on Mandela day.

What is your favorite?

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Becoming The Muse

Former US President Barack Obama is in Africa for the first time since he left office; he draws great inspiration from Africa’s literary traditions and shared with me his recommended summer reading list (technically he didn’t share with me but the Obama Foundation passed it along to me as an interested party in the  Obama Foundation Leaders: Africa program.)

Obama summer reading listThings Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
A true classic of world literature, this novel paints a picture of traditional society wrestling with the arrival of foreign influence, from Christian missionaries to British colonialism. A masterpiece that has inspired generations of writers in Nigeria, across Africa, and around the world.

A Grain of Wheat by Ngugi wa Thiong’o
A chronicle of the events leading up to Kenya’s independence, and a compelling story of how the transformative events of history weigh on individual lives and relationships.

Long Walk to Freedom by Nelson…

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July 2018 Gallery Show

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Welcome to our July, 2018 ¤ Gallery Show ¤

JOHNNY O

Nicole Huguenin, one of our contributing artists and volunteers, and a dear friend, introduced us to our first homeless artist John Olander in 2017.  Nicole was featured on our first Spotlight Saturday:  Dream Together (fka Wild Dream Walks).

John has not only been generous with his poetry contributions, but has been very vocal and supportive about getting the word out about under1000skies to other homeless creatives and supporters in Denver.

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CORD X

Through Simbi, I met Cord in July of 2017.  Cord, a very kind and wonderfully creative soul, not only shared some of his vivid photos from San Antonio but his absolutely beautiful poetry as well.

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Thank you so much to Johnny O. and Cord X.   I’m so grateful for our connection to you, for your generosity, compassion, strength, tenacity and, most especially for your blazing creativity which inspires me every day.


With love and gratitude,

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I hope you’re having a beautiful Friday. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

Read by Thich Nath Hanh, chanted by brother Phap Niem. The creators of this audio track were Gary Malkin, the composer/arranger, producer, and collaborator Michael Stillwater. The work came from a CD/book called Graceful Passages: A Companion for Living and Dying, and it could be purchased by going to wisdomoftheworld.com. The creator of this video is R Smittenaar. This video can be downloaded at: https://vimeo.com/6518109 Visuals taken from: HOME, Earth and Baraka

Please forgive the lateness of this Gem.  The time/stamina I had today went to something that is deeply touching my heart:   Updates from Texas.  The chant came from a friend on KindSpring who is grieving the loss of a sister. I needed a way to let go of the anxiety that was building since I began writing this morning.  It really helped. It’s a beautiful chant.

Some news…

July

Next Monday we’ll feature our homeless artists, JohnnyO and Cord X’s beautiful creations in a Gallery Slide Show.  We’ll be taking the rest of July off except for any Spotlight Saturday interviews we might be able to line up.

August

August and ongoing, our theme will always be about the homeless and the struggle of homelessness.   We’ll use quotes, share news and feature those serving the homeless (more Spotlight Saturdays).

The exception to that is:

September

The 2nd Annual KindSpring Eowyn Challenge

Beginning on Hobbit Day (September 22nd) we’ll begin a new KindSpring Eowyn Challenge:  Walking through Earth and Middle EarthAll are welcome! All photos used will be original artwork, photos or those gifted for the limited use of the challenge.  I’ll supply the link to the challenge once it’s set up and ready.  I’ll also be continuing The Journal of Samwise Gamgee.  Since we didn’t finish that here due  to some technical problems in 2015, we’ll do the same walk as the first one:  Bag End to Rivendell with Frodo and Company.

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I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s another light-filled ¤ Gem ¤

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Happy Independence Day, America .

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