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:
Missing since March 2, 2016


Gems 4.19

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

4.19 under1000skies

Photo “La Luna” by Niki Flow

When I see the moon
I believe that somewhere you
are seeing it too.


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:

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


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


under1000skies – A History


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.



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

During 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



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, 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 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



Gems 2.9

Fort Dupont – Ben Archer


Gems 2.79

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


Photo by Niki Flow.  Edited with PicsArt




What Do You Find Joyful? Beautiful?

The theme for the month of December is “joy.”  If you have a favorite quote about “joy,”  please leave a comment!  As always, we would love to feature your creative visions.  When we show each other what we find beautiful, we get a glimpse into each others’ hearts.

May you find joy every day.

♡. under1000skies