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"Well, I'm back," he said.

--Sam Gamgee, last words of J.R.R. Tolkien's 'Lord of The Rings'.



I'm glad to be back among the living!  Touch and go for a bit there.  I came down ill in October and in spite of my best efforts I couldn't recuperate on my own.  I spent six weeks writhing in bed, then spent a week in hospital in November, where there was talk of organ transplants and dialysis.  Scans showed possible cancer, then didn't.  I just needed time and TLC, though, which I got from the caring staff, my family, my friends who called to check on me regularly, and a beautiful view from my windows.  I missed Thanksgiving with the family, and was still unsure how I was doing the last time I posted in December, but was able to celebrate the solstice/Christmas holidays, and felt comparatively better by then.  There was one more minor surgery in January and I have been in the plus column since then.

I needed some time to get my thoughts together before I came back to social media, but I am looking forward to all your great works and maybe posting some new things. :)

I'm truly sorry if it felt I had deserted you.  It wasn't my intention. :(

I am so saddened to return and find out about the loss of my friend and good patron to many of us here on dA, Mr. Ron Ray, a.k.a. Bark, :iconbark:  I know he had been struggling to maintain a brave face and an unerring creativity for the last few years in the face of personal loss and hardship.  It seems as though he made as many amends and reconciliations as was possible near the end.  All the best, my friend, and safe journeys!  We are all part of the Universe(s), but some more than others...

Thanks to those, including Ron, who wished me well on my last journal!  I was able to stop back to see those, and every bit of your encouragement helped. :heart:


--vikingjon



(Title is from "Alive" by Pearl Jam)
  • Mood: Content
  • Listening to: KT Tunstall
  • Reading: bills
  • Watching: Glastonbury 2005/Mad Men
  • Playing: Try Not to Fill The DVR
  • Eating: homemade pizza (mushroom/onion)
  • Drinking: green tea

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vikingjon
Astral Traveller
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Born in Boston, Massachusetts. Moved to Delaware at 6 months. Graduated University of Delaware with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. Still a bachelor.
Favourite music is Rock, Folk, Jazz. Favourite literature is Fantasy/Science fiction. Movie buff. Shaman, friend of elves. Urban/rural/aquatic/wild.
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The Kids Are Alright

Highlighting hope and dismay in the modern world.

The Kids Are AlrightI'm going back to Rock and Roll.  
I've never been away really, but as I struggle with my own rebirth as a full-grown adult (I am 44 in 2013), and as I struggle with the way the world is changing, I am deciding to what extent my consciousness is maturing, and whether to "put away childish things", or at least which ones.  Rock and Roll is staying on the list of current events because it is as much a part of who I am as anything.  I can't disengage; it would be like removing my skeleton.  I don't have to fold it up and put it away in a drawer in order to be able to raise responsible kids or care for the elderly, but I do influence enough people that I have to come to terms with what Rock music IS, and whether it is a danger or a divinity.
It is both.
In a stellar example, I can't help seeing shades of The Who in what Nirvana was doing in the late eighties/early nineties.  Not to compare them directly or with intricacy, if you're a fan you've maybe already done t
The Kids Are Alright 2Where are those who speak out against blind faith and corruption?  Out of sight, and out of mind--hassled and detained on technicalities and infractions, led away to the pens to be reeducated about bullshit, or kicked out on the streets.  Those who don't want to play the game are not as well respected as those who use flashy domination and ladder climbing as an ideal, those who insinuate themselves into power and "society", by changing their stripes to match the herd's, but EVERYONE develops a skill that gives them an edge.  We are all cutting-edge in some way--all of us are.  We are all inherently skilled and creative.   It is part of human nature.  It is a basic aspect of life that we must compete in some way or join a religious retreat.  No one wants to identify as "poor" because we are still so rich in spirit and talents, but there is a flood of exodus from the upper-crust parties, even as wealth explodes for a tiny percentage of that thinning, in The Kids Are Alright 3Meanwhile, the secret machinations behind the scenes of "democracy" are at work as if The Cold War never ended.  We sell arms to tribesmen, then double-cross them and watch our towers fall.  "How dare they attack our Empire!", we wonder, idiotically.  Our obvious inattention to realistic outcomes is staggering, and now our countries stagger themselves, like punch-drunk prize-fighters, because we forgot basic maths, economics, human rights, and moral philosophy all at the same time!  No, terror is not credible, it is disgusting, but there IS a twisted logic behind it.  We reap what we sow.  And whereas our official policy used to be that "We will not treat with terrorists."  We always DID behind the scenes.  We do it openly now.  The CIA is now, according to senator John McCain, in Syria training rebels, some of whom have posted videos of beheadings and lining up those heads of their conquests on bookshelves as trophies.  This is the lev The Kids Are Alright 4Does ANY of that legal, or business, or political mumbo-jumbo REALLY represent us, The American People, and Peoples around the world?  Of course not.  It never has.  It represents the one percent of leaders who CANNOT dig their way to the surface of their own bullshit-spewing machine into the light of day again, plus whoever they can dupe into unwavering loyalty no matter what nonsense they pull.  That is NOT who we are!  In EVERY culture of the world, the power brokers are LUCKY, LUCKY, if they represent even a fraction of the general population.  One reason is because they promise us everything we ask for when running for office and then deliver a fraction of that, or some ill-gotten commodity to placate us, some of which is helpful, and some of which only delays the bite we feel when our systems break down because they were playing games, not leading us to our OWN goals.  We elect an idealised image, and they immediately begin to act counter to wha The Kids Are Alright 5In our search through the world's craziness and intelligence, in our journeys and pilgrimages, we each may come to COMBINE our wisdoms from around the world, and be a HUMAN tribe, not hold desperately onto our own methods in the face of global knowledge and reason.  It is ok to have an identity, a tribal history and love, but does it have to be exclusive?  Not in America, and look at all of the corporations and governments still trying to insert themselves and CONTROL the greatest sources of global knowledge ever to come along: world universities, the internet, religions.  Look at them SURVIELLING AND OPPRESSING and charging higher and higher FEES to their own people as a means of control, mimicking each other in a hypocritical bid to NOT be like the other guy, when they mostly end up being EXACTLY like each other.  We all end up exactly alike using nearly the same tactics, only to different degrees.   We CHOOSE to live by the law.  Our will CANNOT be cont The Kids Are Alright 6Art and education tells us the truth about the world.  THAT is what music does, and especially Rock and Roll: it helps us to push back the encroachment of flawed ideals long enough for us to study them and to reform our attitudes into something stronger, something better, something truthful, something priceless.  Are there casualties?  There are.  Any time we push through the doors of consciousness there are times when we push too far, or are ourselves pushed too far and over a cliff, or thugs are sent out to beat us down.  The outriders and scouts sometimes don't come back; the prophets are consumed in the repressions of their damning society and their era, always inherently geared towards backlash; the shamans go on their vision quests and one day don't return (maybe because no one listened anyway, or didn't comprehend), and we are left to close ranks and find more volunteers.  The people are caught between joining those wanting change and following lead

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:iconeowyn831:
Eowyn831 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks for your support Jon.      :glomp:
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:iconvikingjon:
vikingjon Featured By Owner 3 days ago  Professional General Artist
And thanks very much to you too! :D
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Trippy4U Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015
Thanks kindly, Jon :peace:
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2015  Professional General Artist
Very welcome!
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ruiManuelR Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Thank you so much, Jon.
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
you are so welcome , pal. :)
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SteMerrigan Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014   Traditional Artist
Thanks for the fave man :)
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
No prob.  great stuff
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Anj3lla Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2014   General Artist
Thank you kindly for the watch...greatly appreciated!!! :iconmyheartplz:
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
:)  Your work is very very good. :)
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Anj3lla Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014   General Artist
Thanks, again...I truly appreciate the support. :hug:
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
you deserve it. :)
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abyss1956 Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2014
I really appreciate for the watchHug Love 
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Sep 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
I really like your work! :)
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abyss1956 Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2014
I'm so glad to hear that^^ Thanks againHug 
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional General Artist
:) welcome
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abyss1956 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Thanks a lot for the llama as well :D (Big Grin) 
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abyss1956 Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014
Many thanks for the favs Hug Heart 
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vikingjon Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2014  Professional General Artist
:hug:
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Anj3lla Featured By Owner Aug 27, 2014   General Artist
Thank you kindly for the :+fav:!!! :iconmoonplz:
Moon Compromise by Anj3lla  
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