Gems 4.72

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

4.72

 

820: nos corazon

you’re missing from me,
tu me manques, and I from you
equiponderant

ay, nos Corazon,
our beautiful Benjamin
rentrer à la maison

-nf

our heart / you're missing from me / (you're missing from me) and I from you /equiponderant / oh, our heart / our beautiful Benjamin / return home

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Themes:

don't share but do drawDies Mercurrii

I beg your indulgence.  Today’s poem is a rare self-insert, but I cannot silence my heart’s keening. Some nights are like this.  Then, I surface. Hope returns.

Instead of monthly themes, we’ll be doing recurring weekly ones for the days when we don’t have any new creations to share from our homeless artists.  Recurring daily themes are: Monday – (fun)day – humor;  Tuesday – muse day (our biggest inspirations); Wednesday – dies Mercurii – Day of Mercury, mercurial day, water day (Japanese/Korean) “Water Star;” anything goes; Thursday – Thor, the gods, those we worship (God, god or otherwise); Friday – Frigg / Venus day, so LOVE; -or- TGIF what it really means.  Or bag all that and insert your theme idea here: 

→ _______________________________________ ←

♥.

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Gems 4.70

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

The Stolen Child

W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939

Where dips the rocky highland
Of Sleuth Wood in the lake,
There lies a leafy island
Where flapping herons wake
The drowsy water rats;
There we’ve hid our faery vats,
Full of berrys
And of reddest stolen cherries.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wave of moonlight glosses
The dim gray sands with light,
Far off by furthest Rosses
We foot it all the night,
Weaving olden dances
Mingling hands and mingling glances
Till the moon has taken flight;
To and fro we leap
And chase the frothy bubbles,
While the world is full of troubles
And anxious in its sleep.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Where the wandering water gushes
From the hills above Glen-Car,
In pools among the rushes
That scarce could bathe a star,
We seek for slumbering trout
And whispering in their ears
Give them unquiet dreams;
Leaning softly out
From ferns that drop their tears
Over the young streams.
Come away, O human child!
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than you can understand.

Away with us he’s going,
The solemn-eyed:
He’ll hear no more the lowing
Of the calves on the warm hillside
Or the kettle on the hob
Sing peace into his breast,
Or see the brown mice bob
Round and round the oatmeal chest.
For he comes, the human child,
To the waters and the wild
With a faery, hand in hand,
For the world’s more full of weeping than he can understand.

_____________

Did you know that three days in the Celtic Otherworld is three years here on Earth? I learned that recently while watching Myths and Monsters narrated by Nicholas Day.  I find the thought very comforting.

There is a new page here on under1000skies called Missing Benjamin. All updates about Ben will be kept here from now on.  All links from past updates to will be here, as time allows, in chrono order.

Have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend.  See you Tuesday.

under1000skies
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We are photographers,
writers, artists & advocates
serving and connecting
homeless creatives.

News!

I hope you’re having a beautiful day. ♡

stronger together tree roots laddershipo

New content, new photos, new inspiration. will begin again on Monday May 21st. There’s also news about my Benjamin that gives me more hope than I have had in two years. Details as soon as I get confirmation.  Special thanks tonight to LBD for her love-driven detective work.

♡nf

UPDATE:

Turns out, the address Ben’s friends found through their dogged detective work was an old one. Still hopeful and grateful for their help. ♥

 

Gems 4.38

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

Gems 4.38 under1000skies

 
​Photo “Sunset, Ensenada New Mexico” Copyright © Ben Archer 2016. All rights reserved. Used with permission. Thank you! ♡

Happy 34th Birthday my beautiful Benjamin. We miss you so much. ♡

Ben’s Missing Person’s Case is here:
https://www.findthemissing.org/en/cases/33696/0/
Missing since March 2, 2016

We’ll Be Back

Construction Doggie

 

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 ¤

 

Edited with PicMonkey

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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We are photographers,
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under1000skies – A History

thurman-come-alive

Howard Thurman at Marsh Chapel March 6, 1959 Historical

October 1, 2013

I had no idea where we were headed when I published the first photo on my brand new site. I named it under1000skies because the sky is endlessly beautiful and different every single day. I’m grateful for the journey since then; perhaps not for every moment of it, but I’m definitely grateful for the lessons.

 

2013-2015

To make our new logo on our “About Us” page, 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.

 

Summer 2015

HORNFEATHER FOR BLOGDuring the summer of 2015, my oldest son Benjamin Archer 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 had been homeless by choice, living from his car, selling his hand-carved jewelry creations. 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. When he met Tessa in 2015, they traveled all over over the United States during the next few months. Ben taught Tessa how to carve the bison-horn jewelry, which he learned from Jimmy Hornfeather in Arizona.

 

Fall/Winter 2015

Most of Ben’s 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 when I had 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.

 

January 2016

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.

 

February 12, 2016

On February 12th I wrote this about Ben

 

Son-shine

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 co-op 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.

 

February 14, 2016

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).

 

February 24, 2016

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. 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 Ben’s being out of sorts was temporary, this wouldn’t help. We hoped he would be back when he was ready, so I unpublished everything.

 

February 28th or March 6th 2016 –and- “Maybe in April” 2016

In the meantime, Ben 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 Ben was allegedly 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.

 

Autumn 2016

After some family discussions, we removed all personal information about Ben from this site.  We felt it might be embarrassing to him, that he had perhaps left by choice despite the sketchy circumstances.   We restarted under1000skies and I kept any news about Ben on my personal blog.

 

c.Spring, 2016

In 2016 I met through one of our most generous contributing photographers, Nicole, our first homeless creative, John Olander (Johnny O).

 

January 2017

A retired homicide detective in DC helped us, through NAMus.gov, to get Ben’s Missing Person’s case re-opened. This was crucial in order for his name to appear in their database, but it took nearly a year before our Chief of Police, Chief David Baylor agreed. To this day I have no idea why. Very grateful for Pam at NAMus.gov and Jimmy at the Delaware State Medical Examiner’s office for all their help during this harrowing time.

 

Ben’s page and info is here: Ben Archer: Case #33696

 

c.July 2017

Then in 2017 I met through Simbi Cord X, another homeless creative in San Antonio. So we are growing.

 

This dream 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. 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

under1000skies

 

Gems 2.9

Fort Dupont – Ben Archer