We’ll Be Back

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From August 1st until further notice, this site will be under construction.   We’re taking under1000skies on the road.   You can find current images and quotes on our Instagram page here:

Instagram under1000skies – tizzlovesrowdy

In the meantime, check our Instagram account to see when we’ll be in your city.  If you’d like to be a liaison, host or guide, let us know.

City Liason, Host &/or Local Guide

25 simbi (or trade) for fulfilling my request – Posted Jul 08

Host, city liaison and/or local guides needed. Requesting 10-100 Simbis or skill trade, depending. Flexible. Just send me a message if interested.

I’ll be following in the footsteps of my son Ben who has been missing since March 2, 2016 (over a year and four months).

His national Missing Person case is here:
https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/33696/0/

On this trip I’ll also be raising awareness for our homeless outreach under1000skies and meeting our homeless creatives and volunteers around the country.

The route includes these cities and towns:

NEW JERSEY: Ashland, Batesville, Vineland, Moorestown, Barnegat Light, Beach Haven, LBI, Cape May, Cape May State Park, Cape May Zoo, Neptune, Seaside Park.

PENNSYLVANIA: Media, Philadephia

OHIO: Hanover

ILLINOIS: Apple River Canyon State Park, Mississippi Palisades State Park, Lock & Dam No. 13, Chicago, Evanston

WISCONSIN: Kenosha

COLORADO: Durango, Silverton, Ouray, Gunnison, Saguache, Monte Vista

UTAH: Natural Bridges, Glen Canyon, and Bryce Canyon, Great Salt Lake Desert (Salt Flats)

WYOMING: Fort Bridger, Big Horn National Forest, Ten Sleep (Leigh Creek Monument), Fort Phil Kearny, Sheridan

IOWA: Black Hills National Forest, Bear Butte, Custer, Mount Rushmore, Badlands

SOUTH DAKOTA; Yellow River State Forest, Effigy Mounds National Monument

ARIZONA: Grand Canyon, Sedona, Devils Bridge and Oatman

NEW MEXICO: Farmington, Taos, Santa Fe

CALIFORNIA: Death Valley, Yosemite Falls, Mariposa Grove San Fransisco Muir Beach, Stinson Beach, Tomales Bay State Park, Sonoma Coast State Beach, Bodega Bay, Point Arena, Mendocino Headlands State Park, Russian Gulch State Park, Jug Handle State Reserve, Redding, Shasta Lake, Mount Shasta, Lincoln, Devil’s Punchbowl, Lassen Volcanic National Park

OREGON: Portland, Lees Camp, Tillamook, Cape Lookout State Park, Yaquina Bay State Park, Newport, Lava River Caves State Park, Crater Lake National Park

WASHINGTON: Vancouver, Mount St. Helen’s, Pullman

and points beyond

Niki Flow – Simbi

JULY 2017 GALLERY SHOW

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

 

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Created using a PicMonkey template.  Artist unknown.

Thank you so much to all the contributing artists and creatives who have helped under1000skies every day since we began in 2015.

  1. BEN ARCHER
  2. DR. RALPH BELL
  3. CONTESSA BROWN
  4. CREATIVE THEMES
  5. DAVID COLEMAN
  6. MIKE DOWNS
  7. NIKI FLOW
  8. FREE IMAGES.COM
  9. J.J. GARCIA
  10. JOHN HACK
  11. CHIP HALDANE
  12. AL HANDA & IVY
  13. NICOLE HUGUENIN
  14. JONATHAN KENDRICK
  15. STEPHANI PUI-MUN LAW
  16. M.J.
  17. STEVE MANN
  18. MARVEL COMICS
  19. CARLOS MENDEZ
  20. MELISSA M. MORRIS
  21. NOTHINGTOSEE MOVEALONGNOW
  22. CHRISTIAN NITU
  23. JOHN “JOHNNY O” OLANDER
  24. PHOTOS-PUBLIC-DOMAIN.COM
  25. PIXABAY PHOTOGRAPHY VOLUNTEERS
  26. JOE RALEY
  27. ALISA REAGAN
  28. THE REAGAN FAMILY
  29. PAUL ANTHONY SCHMITZ
  30. SHELTERING GRACE
  31. SHOWER-UP NASHVILLE
  32. SOLIVAN C. SZUPKA
  33. STOCKPHOTOS.COM
  34. WILD DREAM WALKS

 

2013

In 2013, under1000skies was just a site Niki Flow created for random poems, photos and sketches.

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2014

She didn’t do much with it in 2014.  Then on November 14, 2014, Niki’s whole life changed.  She wrote a story about it here:  It Begins with Me.

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2015

Year 1:  Gems 1.1 to 1.81.  It took almost a year to solidify a plan to keep the promise made in the November 14, 2014 blog.  On September 2, 2015, the first “light-filled gem” was published:  Gems 1.1

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2016

Year 2:  Gems 2.1 to 2.82  On March 2, 2016, Niki’s oldest son Ben Archer, disappeared.  Ben was one of the main contributing photographers and one of Niki’s staunchest supporters.   As of this writing (1 year, 3 months later) none of his family nor any of his friends have seen or heard from him since.  Many of the posts on under1000skies were about Ben that year, but the family decided to take most of those posts down.  They thought Ben might be embarrassed at all the fuss and would come home when it died down.  So we took down all the blogs, waited and never gave up hope.  We never will. Ben’s case is also now on the Federal Database here:   Ben Archer:  NamUs MP # 33696   All updates about Ben are being kept here:  Niki Flow.   In October of 2016 we started an Instgram Account for under1000skies and in November of 2016 we started a Twitter Account. We’re also on Tumbler, G+, Pinterest and Facebook.

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2017

Year 3:  Gems 3.1 to 3.65 (so far).  In 2017 we began a brand new year with new photographers, artists and, for the first time, our first contribution from one of our homeless creatives, “Johnny O.”  We also began our first Spotlight Saturday and hope to continue these at least every other week in the years go come.  We also finally designed a signature logo and a website logo.

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JULY – DECEMBER, 2017

There’s a lot more coming in the next six months of 2017.

Website and Stationary Story

We’ll be getting under1000.org up and running as well as our stationary store under1000skies.com.

On the Road under1000skies

On or about August 1, 2017 Niki Flow will be begin a USA tour which has three objectives:  (1) to meet volunteers and supporters of under1000skies around the United States; (2) to get the word out about under1000skies with road shows, poetry slams, music shows, and on-the-road gallery shows.  We’ll have a table set up with information about us as well as boxes of stationary, volunteer packets, and artist packs; and (3) to follow in the footsteps of Niki’s son, Ben Archer who was a traveling artist.  He visited 25 states in 2015 from one coast to the other and went to dozens of artist shows.  This is where Niki will set up her under1000skies table with the Gallery Show and Ben’s photo prominently displayed.  If anyone has seen Ben, it would be these creative folks he loved to spend so much time with.  If you would like Niki to stop in your city; if you’d like to support this road trip with materials, a bed for a night, supplies, a meal or even a few hours of company, please write to us at Gems@gmail.com.

 

thank you

To all our artists, photographers, writers and advocates, quote suppliers, cheerleaders and especially to our homeless creatives and those who love and support them too, with all our hearts, thank you.

With deep thanks and lots of love,

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☼ A “Giftivism” Initiative ☼
We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

under1000skies – A History

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I had no idea where this was going over three years ago, but I'm grateful for the journey.  Maybe not for every moment of it, but I'm definitely grateful for the lessons.

To make our new logo, I used the first photo I ever published on this blog.   It was just a photo with the caption, “Before the Storm, Delaware City.”  Over the next two years I published maybe six photos and poems, if that.  Then I got the idea for Gems.  The first two Gems were published on September 2, 2015, nearly two years after the first photo.  Even at that point I hadn’t yet thought about the idea for getting cameras to homeless creatives.  At first the photos were created to replace Rx-for-Healing, twice daily reminders to do mirror affirmations.  I wanted photos to encourage me to get out and actually take them instead of sitting at my computer making graphics.  Two photos a day got to be a lot, and I was running out of photos.  I changed it to one a day on September 7th.

During that summer (2015), my son Ben and his girlfriend Tessa visited us.  They both offered to contribute their beautiful photos and while they stayed with us we talked about the direction of under1000skies a little.  Ben was homeless by choice, living from his car, selling his hand-carved jewelry creations, but he had some tough times when he lost his ID and all his money.  He lived in the woods and built a shelter and got to know some of the homeless people in Durango CO.  He was able to finally find his ID and then he met Tessa.  They traveled all over over the next few months and he taught her how to carve the bison-horn jewelry, which he learned from Jimmy Hornfeather in Arizona. Most of his friends were, technically, “homeless,” but they didn’t see themselves that way.  Ben preferred the term “nomadic.”  I liked “currently between homes” when I was homeless.  No matter how you say it though, for some the hardships are not temporary, and the pain is often unrelenting.  Isolation is one of the worst pains of all.  I felt that keenly even with a roof over my head.  I wanted to find a way to create connection, to hear and see the stories that creative people tell.  So some time during 2015 or so is when the idea for artist packs came to be.

On September 22, 2015 we began the Middle Earth and Planet Earth challenge on KindSpring.org with Nicole Hugenin (Wild Dream Walks).  Every day we featured photos to illustrate the Fellowship’s walk from Bag End to Rivendell.   Two of the photos, Gems 1.25 and Gems 1.27 contributed by Chip Haldane, are from the actual site of the movie and the famous “Road to Hobbiton.”    We published every day for 16 days to align with our challenge on KindSpring.  The way it worked was, Nicole set us a walking challenge on Planet Earth, and I created a graphic to illustrate approximately where the Fellowship were at that moment (from the notes of The Atlas of Middle Earth by Karen Fonstad). I also wrote a small snippet of “The Journal of Samwise Gamgee” (which I made up of course — Sam never showed me his actual journal). =)
We got to Day 16 of 28 and I had to stop due to “technical difficulties”  which were basically:  I ran  out of contributed photos and I wasn’t able (at the time) to go out to take any more.  The irony of an agoraphobic having a passion for helping homeless creatives is not lost on me.  But “agoraphobic” is not a title or label I use any more.  (See #the100dayproject – @tizzlovesrowdy on Instagram for more about the miracle of the “jailbreak.” 🙂

We restarted on November 2nd, M-F, one photo a day.  I put a  call out for more photos and my friends graciously contributed even more.  We featured some beautiful photos from Tessa, Nicole, Jo and Ben.  Then Ben came to stay with us in January, 2016 after wrecking his car.  He got me out walking a lot more and helped us with some great information about health and supplements.  He was tireless, always moving and rarely home.  On February 12th I wrote this about Ben:

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 My oldest son is staying with us now and has been such an encouragement and good example.  He is learning musical healing techniques, Ayurvedic yoga, herbal healing and meditation.  I’m learning with him!  It’s been a joy to talk to him every day about everything he’s learned.   I’m stronger and healthier than I’ve been in a long time using his suggestions and especially getting rid of all the toxins in our home.  We eat really clean now, and almost everything is from one-ingredient organic sources.  We rarely eat meat and most of protein comes from fish and plants.  We recently joined our local, organic whole-foods co-op in Newark which also has a huge selection of fresh-cut herbs.  This summer we’ll be growing our own herbs and vegetables.  Our entire backyard will be rototillered as soon as the ground thaws.  There will be lots of room for herbs and veggies. =)
On February 14th I e-published my first book Elanthian Love Songs and announced that 50 percent the profits would be contributed to under1000skies for buying artist packs.  Once I paid off my artist and editor, it would be 100 percent. (We were able to do that by the end of 2016 so it’s now 100 percent).

 

On February 24th, I went for another walk with Ben and took this photo. I didn’t know at the time it would be our last together for a long time.  On March 2nd Ben disappeared.  I posted a lot about it every day on under1000skies but then we as a family decided this kind of in-depth information about him might be really embarrassing for him.  If his being out of sorts was temporary, this wouldn’t help.  We hoped he would be back when he was ready, so I unpublished everything.  Also, he was reportedly spotted by two witnesses from our town.  The first siting was at the library on the 6th of March (or not — the librarian wasn’t sure if she saw him before or after he disappeared but, based on her testimony, the police chose to close the missing person case).  Then he was seen again at our  local market by our neighbor in early April.  Unfortunately, our neighbor didn’t tell us about seeing Ben until nearly a month later in early May and by then details were fuzzy.

Meanwhile we restarted under1000skies. I used public domain sites for photos rather than continuously bothering my friends. I wasn’t going out.  After an extended illness and disappearing myself for months, I finally pulled myself up again.  I got our artist packs purchased and mailed to our volunteer in Denver.  I hope to feature photos from homeless creatives from all over the country this year.

 

This has grown organically, and very slowly.  The journey of under1000skies is closely interwoven with my own.  I had no idea when I took that first photo what would happen in the years to come, just like I have no idea what will happen in this brand-new year.  None of us knows, of course.   I think that’s what is so magnificent and challenging about our lives.  This moment truly is enough.

Thank you for sharing this moment with me.  May you find joy every day of your journey in this new year and throughout your life.

♡.  Niki Flow, 

Creatives Connections
& Volunteer Coordinator 

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OUR 2nd BIANNUAL GALLERY SHOW

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s some exciting news about our light-filled ¤ Gems! ¤

Thank you to everyone who has supported, followed, liked and commented our blog since our first Gems last fall.  It is with great pleasure that we announce our Second Biannual Gallery Show in support of The Gems Project!

Before the storm

Before the Storm in Delaware City by Niki Flow

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS

Below, you can view our Gems by specific contributing artist.  Special thanks and a big shout-out to these talented artists who have so generously shared their inspirations with us:

Ben Archer

Chip Haldane

Contessa Brown

Michael Downs

Nicole Huguenin

Niki Flow

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If you would donate photos, art or to volunteer, please see our About “The Gems Project” Page. We need photographers, artists, volunteers, art and photography lovers to spread the word and, of course, donations for the Artist Packs.  If you have any thoughts or questions please leave a comment below. 

Thanks so much again for visiting!

 

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Gems 1st Biannual Gallery Show

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡
Here’s some exciting news about our light-filled ¤ Gems! ¤

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OUR FIRST BIANNUAL GALLERY SHOW

You can view the Gems (and all artists) in reverse order in our new

Gallery Carousel

Thank you to everyone who has supported, followed, liked and commented our blog since our first Gems last fall.  It is with great pleasure that we announce our first Gallery Show in support of The Gems Project.

OUR PHOTOGRAPHERS AND ARTISTS

You can also view our Gems by specific contributing artist.  Special thanks and a big shout-out to these talented artists who have so generously shared their inspirations with us:

Ben Archer

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Chip Haldane

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Contessa Brown

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Michael Downs

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Nicole Huguenin

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Niki Flow

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Nothingtosee Movealongnow

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If you would donate photos, art, time or currency to The Gems Project, please see our About “The Gems Project” Page. We need photographers, artists, volunteers, art and photography lovers to spread the word and, of course, donations for the Artist Packs.