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THE ELEMENTAL SUITE

January 2, 2015

ALLEN G'S MAGICAL RANDOM NOTES

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PRAYERS OF THE ELEMENTALS

 

 

by ELIPHAS LEVI

PRAYER OF THE SYLPHS (AIR)
Spirit of Life, Spirit of Wisdom whose breath giveth forth and withdraweth the form of all living things; Thou, before whom the Life of Beings is but a shadow which changeth, and a vapor which passeth; Thou who mountest upon the clouds, and who walketh upon the wings of the wind; Thou who breathest forth, and endless Space is peopled; Thou who drawest in Thy breath and all that cometh from Thee returneth unto Thee; ceaseless Movement in Eternal Stability, Be Thou eternally blessed! We praise Thee and we bless Thee in the changing Empire of created Light, of Shades, of reflections, and of Images and we aspire without cessation unto Thy immutable and imperishable brilliance. Let the Ray of Thine Intelligence and the warmth of Thy Love penetrate even unto us; then that which…

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TO BEGIN WITH, IT ALL STARTED WITH AN EXCHANGE ON FACEBOOK…

November 8, 2014

NATIONAL UFO CONFERENCE MEMORIES

Here’s what Wikipedia says about the NUFOC; albeit a bit dated:

National UFO Conference

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The National UFO Conference (NUFOC) is an annual conference held in Hollywood,California. The conference is based in San Diego, California. Its stated mission is “to present top researchers in the field of ufology who will share their ongoing and current research.” The National UFO Conference is the longest active conference in the United States presenting information on the UFO phenomenon. The conference was started in 1963.

History

In 2004 James W. Moseley retired as the NUFOC’s Permanent Chairman and Lisa Davis became the Executive Director.

In 2004 Ms. Davis decided to keep NUFOC in Hollywood. She believes that expanding contacts within the entertainment community will greatly assist in raising public awareness of the phenomena. “I…

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THE MARILYN AND BUTLER SHOE SITE – ADD YOUR MEMORIES!

May 10, 2014
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 Tue Apr 15 09:16 PM  by Joe LatinoI see mentions of Talmadge Deramus Bill Payne both lived in the Memphis area Bill Day was the DM. Jim Talent was the regional I managed Southland Mall store 78 later ran every N O store at one time or another except the Plaza store Dave Faircloth was the DM later Bill Day then Tom Stone who I think stills lives in N O area

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 Tue Sep 24 04:27 PM  by Ted ThomasonI worked for Butler Shoe Corporation in Phoenix, AZ from 1977 to 1987. It was originally Ansonia Shoes then switched to Butlers. I then went to work for Hot Feet and then a Malings in California. My District Manager was Armando Angulo. He was a great guy.

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 Mon Sep 9 02:51 PM  by Stan BushHEY.. thanks to Tim Isaac for sending me this link. I worked for George Croft and Tim. I eventually moved as a manager to Tallahassee, Florida. I spent most of my time in Past Time Billiards in Tallahassee. Nothing but good memories for me with Butler’s.

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 Tue Aug 20 07:27 PM  by Ray GlassStarted in 1973 with Butlers while in HIGH school in Valdosta Ga. I remember Jim Talent as DM I think. Then moved to Macon Ga worked under Tim Isaacs then Lynn Kilpatrick.Frank Hicks was DM and Ray Boroughs Regional. Later took a store in Johnson City TN DM was Harvey Clark. Later he moved me to Ashville NC then to Anderson SC. Changed DM to Kim Pittman. Few years later Juan Watts and Boroughs calls me at home to go to Hollywood FL. Tom Stone was DM. Eventually transferred back to Macon where Butler began to change. Evander Pender had become an auditor. Tim Watts my DM. Moved to Carolina again as DM. Met many great people–Dan Gourley Mark Thomas JR Freeman Aubrey Shatzman Don Lastinger Paul Barbarisi Ken Forman and many many others. Butler’s was a great company and knew how to give excellent customer service. Great training.

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 Mon Aug 12 10:39 AM  by Keith SchatzmanEveryone in my family worked for Butlers at one time or another. My sister Anita and my brother Robert. My father however was Aubrey Schatzman and he was at one point Vice-president under Joe Shapiro. When I was a young boy Mr. Shapiro and a few other I don’t remember used to come to our house for cocktails. My father passed away in 2011. He devoted much of hois life to Butlers.

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 Wed Aug 7 04:06 PM  by Mark ThomasMy first job was with Butlers starting in 1972 at 15 years old in Greenville SC. 1st mgr was Bill Payne, then one of the finest in the business, Warren “Red” Christian. He passed away just a few months ago. Continued in the business with Rack Room Shoes. A 30 plus year career in shoes. Dan Gourley, old buddy, I see your name on this site. Some other great friends I remember are, Harvey Clark, JR Freeman, Evander Pender, Ray Burroughs, Juan Watts, Charlie Hudson, joe Shapiro, many others. Great times and memories. Should have a Butlers reunion one day. I can be reached at mathomas504@cs.com

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 Sat Jul 13 10:26 AM  by Dan GourleyWould love to hear from old Butler friends and associates. dg530@comcast.net

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 Thu Jun 20 11:14 PM  by irvin levinei started to wk for butlers as a saturday extra/marty mittleman was mgr charlie hudson dist mgr i helped open store in later years charlestonsc-gastonia nc-jacksonville fla worked many seasons in miami beach-hollywood-ft laudrdale atlanta-ga clarence furer-perry smolen buddy chatham-max beach russ certo richard knuckles walter randolph-these men were some of the best shoe men i ever worked for.winsto salem nc charlote nc you cannot replace these men they new how to sell shoes evena 7/1/2 i hope all is well with x butlers employees grear memories

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 Wed Jun 5 02:14 AM  by Marybeth Upchurch CallisonIn the early 1970’s I worked for Murray Kalish in the display department for Butlers Shoes. It was an interesting place to work. I made some good friends that I still keep in contact with today. .

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 Fri Apr 26 02:46 AM  by The CoeusNice click. Perfect view of the store.

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 Fri Mar 29 04:59 PM  by Some pix of Florida stores

 

Close-up view of the building on Monroe Street at the corner of Jefferson Street in Tallahassee, Florida. 17482 Date 2009 Collection Florida Photographic Collection Image Number PR76097 The building used to house the Butler's Shoes store located next to McCrory's.

Close-up view of the building on Monroe Street at the corner of Jefferson Street in Tallahassee, Florida.
17482
Date
2009
Collection
Florida Photographic Collection
Image Number
PR76097
The building used to house the Butler’s Shoes store located next to McCrory’s.

Thanks to Donnie M. I post these pix of Butler’s Stores in Florida. Still wish we could start a “Butler Alum” site!

http://www.floridamemory.com/solr-search/results/?q=%28butler%27s%20shoes%20OR%20tt%3Abutler%27s%20shoes%5E10%29&query=butler%27s%20shoes%20

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 Mon Mar 25 05:46 PM  by Mike WeifordStarted with Butler Shoes in 1984 at Merritt Square Mall in Merritt Island, FL. Transferred to Hollywood Fashion Center in 1986, Broward Mall 1989, Pembroke Lakes Mall 1992, and finally Boynton Beach in ’96. Met some truly wonderful people along the way: Ray Burroughs, Jim Talent, Aubrey Shautzman, Tommy Stone, Dan Gourley, and Rick Anderson. Some of the greatest times of my life were spent at Butlers. The comical changes when they tried to divide the company into 4 separate divisions in the late 80’s (Dolcis, Tip Toe, Ansonia, etc.) have never dampened my love for this once great shoe giant! Hey guys! Keep that “findings” % up! I also wanted to say that Mr. David Bissland was one of the greatest shoe salespersons I ever saw!

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 Mon Jan 28 10:32 PM  by Rommie KelleyAs I previously stated, I was with Butler’s for 27 years and managed 5 stores across 3 states. My last store was in McCain Mall in North Little Rock Arkansas. I opened it and closed it. I never got to see the profit my store made, but, I was in competition with Memphis and Dallas and was always in the top 5 volume wise and always managed a bonus. Maybe not always a big bonus, but, a bonus. Mr ID Shapiro was president when I came with them in 1964. I also remember Al Greenfield even though I didn’t have the pleasure of meeting him. Mr Hudson called me into Atlanta numerous times to pick out merchandise and offered me a district on several occasions. I hated travel and being away from my family so I never accepted one. I really enjoyed the years I was with them. They always gave me whatever I needed to do the job, and, they listened to me. Outside of my family, they were my life and I still miss working for them

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 Sun Jan 27 03:26 PM  by TOWARDS THE LAST DAYS OF BUTLERS[Thanks to Steve Rowland for this. I recall fondly the happier days, pretty much all my early life till I was 24.] February 1988 articles Footwear News Sears PLC chief hedges on possible Butler sale. (Butler Shoe Corp.) Footwear News | February 22, 1988 | Fallon, James; Tahmincioglu, Eve | Copyright Sears PLC chief hedges on possible Butler sale Responding to a report that Sears PLC plans to sell its Atlanta-based Butler Shoe Corp. and that store closures are imminent, Geoffrey Maitland Smith, chairman of Sears PLC, said, “There are plans afoot to do certain things, which we are investigating. “Closures are one of the possibilities open to us. We also have toyed with the idea of a management buyout. What I’m saying is that there are all sorts of things that could be in play.” “There is no third party involved,” he added, in reference to a report that New York-based investment bank Shearson Lehman Hutton has been involved in the effort. “Something happens there from time to time. I always say I’m a good listener.” Lynn Kelly, president of Butler, confirmed that closures were definite, but in regard to the sale of Butler, he said, “That’s news to me. I’d be alarmed to find that out. There are a tremendous amount of rumors. “As far as closing stores (goes), there is no question of negotiations (to close) unprofitable (locations). Some of the stores are very unprofitable, and others are profitable. I don’t know of a retailer that isn’t looking to close unprofitable stores. Normally, we close 20 stores because of leases coming up. “We have targeted 30 unprofitable stores to close over a 24-month period and replace those with at least that many in shopping centers where we don’t have a good penetration.” When asked about reports from a source close to Butler that the company had suffered a 1987 loss of $20 million, Kelly said, “That’s not accurate,” though he added that the company went through a restructuring and that it “had a difficult year.” As for ’87 sales, Kelly said, “There was a downturn in total sales in the fourth quarter, but the end-of-the-year figures were marginally ahead of last year.” He added that business in January and February was “slightly ahead.” p.s. Someone want to start a “Bultlers Veteran Site”? Allen Greenfield

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 Wed Jan 23 03:55 PM  by MaryI worked with The Butler Group from 1982-90. I managed a store in Georgia, was an assistant manager for a few years, sold shoes at multiple stores around Atlanta. Times certainly have changed, you had to prove yourself then and things were very competitive.I worked with some amazing people and didn’t mind making the guys look bad, back when they could still take it and it was all good fun. You didn’t have to “perform” if you were female,although I heard of some (all rumor) who thought it would help them and did. There were some Al Bundy’s for sure. I left for Banker’s hours, but appreciate all I learned about business from Butler’s.

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 Thu Jan 10 12:44 AM  by Tim IsaacWhat a pleasure it is, reading everyone’s posts, and seeing that some of you worked for the same men I did, and had similar fond memories. I think the idea of a Butler’s and etc. vetran’s site is great.

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 Tue Jan 1 09:10 PM  by Rommie KelleyWorked for Butler’s from 1964-1991. Started in Pine Bluff Arkansas as Assistant Mgr and went on to manage 5 different stores across 3 states. Florence, al,Pine Bluff, Ar,Tuscaloosa, Al,St Joe, Mo,Little Rock, Ar. Was with them 27 years and must say that those were some very happy days. Worked for Charlie Hudson, Talmadge Tyler, Frank Hicks, Talmadge DeRamus, Everet Head, Jerry Etheridge, Romie Butler, Rick Croom, Bill Day are the ones that come to mind. I finished my career at McCain Mall in N little Rock in 1991 when the company was falling apart and they closed my store. They made me several offers but I saw the handwriting on the wall. I spent 12 years with Sam’s Club and retired in 2004.

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 Thu Dec 13 12:52 AM  by MarkAfter working with them for about 3 years they had a big change new president, they changed all the Mailing shoe names to Tip Toe, I left there in 89 I think about a year after that they started closing the stores

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 Thu Dec 13 12:49 AM  by markI worked for butler shoes in Tacoma, Washington I worked there from 1983 – 1989 I managed 5 different stores in 3 different states started in Washington, went to Oregon, back to Washington, then last in Los Angeles

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 Sat Dec 1 09:52 AM  by Steve RowlandI made a mistake on the ‘1500’ stores, that is the total they had when I left we did approx 950 stores in my time. Butler was sold by Zales to Sears Holdings of England. Butler had a hostile takeover and dissolution not too long after I left. There’s a long story behind that. In regards to a couple of comments below, I worked with Frank Hicks during my time, he was a class gentleman. Also. Murray Kalish, yes, he was VP, but was also in charge of the entire ‘display’ section of the business in how the shores were displayed to the customer, windows and interiors. That was truly an operation. I had 17 people under my supervision in Design/Construction and I reported to Howard Morgan, when I left. My previous superior, Mickey Bjork, went into the display design business and made a huge success of it.

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 Sat Dec 1 09:37 AM  by Steve RowlandI had an urge to Google: ‘Butler Shoe Corporation’, a moment ago, and this link came up on top. I worked in the Atlanta, GA, Butler corporate offices, starting at the Brookwood office, beginning as a designer/draftsman in 1976 and ended as the Manager of Store Planning and Construction in 1986, at the Terrell Mill office. I had some class bosses in Mickey Bjork, who I am still in contact with, and who is truly a class guy, and Howard Morgan, Bruce Feuer, and others, as well as Joe Shapiro. We designed, built, and remodeled the stores in conjunction with the Dallas, TX office of Zales. Upwards of 1500 stores were built or remodeled in that span of time. I left to go into my own Design/Construction business. Very pleasant memories or those people and times.

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 Fri Nov 30 04:13 PM  by Allen GreenfieldAmazing how many people show up here from all over the Butler’s-Marilyn-S&J Simowitz shoe universe. There really ought to be a “Butler’s Veterans” site. Anyone wanna go for it? I’ll certainly have some stuff to share.

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 Thu Nov 29 11:05 PM  by bill drummondworked for butlers shoes from 1960 till 1978 managed stores in savannah ga, bradenton fl, bham al , opelika al, and was auditor for about two years west coast , my first dm was joe shapiro, later worked for frank hicks ,toby storey. ray bourrougs ,t.tyler and a host of shoe dogs,,, now live in dallas,tx

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 Tue Oct 9 09:39 AM  by Ron BallI worked for them in 1984 to 1989 Moved From Jonesboro aR To Bryan College Station Tx then to houston Tx Ran One of the larger stores in houston I was only 19 when they made me mgr of the one in College station Bill Day Was my DM in Jonesboro or memphis area and Larry Byrd in bryan CS Ron Brown was my DM in Houston Mike Kennamer was in San Anotnio and New orleans I heard somone mention Talmadge D He was an auditor in the Mid 80’s with butlers I am very thankful for the training i Got with them. Loved most every minute of it.

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 Fri Jun 8 12:54 PM  by richard jumpi worked at butlers in 1973 at lauderhill mall in ft lauderdale fl. i remember everyone made it fun, one of my coworkers charles carter was great. his brother played football for the denver broncos, rubin carter. i was 17 years old and made pretty good money. i got married and bought the ring at zales in 74 awesome memories there.

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 Wed Apr 4 11:58 PM  by Allen GreenfieldWow, some familiar names here. My father, Albert S. Greenfield was Executive VP of Butlers and had a lot to do with the merger with the Zale Jewelry people in the early 1970s. He had come up with many of the people at Marilyn Shoes in Augusta GA, which belonged to my Uncles Sam and Joe Simowitz. https://allengreenfield.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/greenfield-greenfeld-simowitz-my-family-history/During the Great Depression he’d been looking for work, met Issie Shapiro (my Godfather) who recruited him to come South and work for S&J. Butlers eventually suffered the same fate as lots of regional businesses in America – bought out and shut down. I can be reached at bishop171@gmail.com

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 Thu Jan 19 06:39 PM  by Tim IsaacI just wanted add that I remembered the name of my last DM … Frank Hicks. He was one hell of a nice guy, a gentleman, and an inspiration.

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 Wed Jan 18 10:24 PM  by Tim IsaacI started part-time with Butler’s in Little Rock, Arkansas in late 1969, and became a manager about a year later, in Jackson, Tennessee. I subsequently got stores in Clarksville, TN, Macon, GA (#333), and Warner Robins, GA. I left Butler’s in 1976. Names that were important to me at that time: Tommy Stone, my first manager, about 2 years older than me; Talmadge DeRamus, my DM for most of my time as manager; Charlie Hudson,General Manager, I think. I can’t recall the last name of my last DM, and even though our parting was a bit strained, I admired and respected him from that day to this. I worked with some great people: Freddie Joseph, Billy Lile, Bobby Bell, Stan Bush, George Croft. Many more. I was just a kid when they made me a manager, and it was the best formative experience a young man could have. I am grateful for every moment.

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 Wed Jan 11 12:23 AM  by Don ThompsonI worked with many wonderful people for almost 25 years. I have a lot of great memories. I started in Daytona Beach in the 70’s and ended up in CA before the company changed it name Butler Group. They changed all the stores to either Sam & Libby or Jones New York. During the second liquidation I left the company. They sold the remaining stores to Bakers/Leeds around 2000

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 Sat Dec 3 05:38 AM  by Steve I worked for Butler’s in Florence, AL in 1973 when they closed the store. My first day of looking for work in Tuscaloosa I was hired at Butler’s in McFarland Mall (now gone) I loved it and made a fortune. At 8% comm I made about 8 bucks an hour. They did not drug test but my asst manager flunked his polygraph. A few days later my manager found a dead armadillo in his car. itsten

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 Sun Nov 6 08:55 PM  by Sharon I just found this newpaper article on the internet from 1936. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1964&dat=19361120&id=A_0sAAAAIBAJ&sjid=m7YFAAAAIBAJ&pg=1029,1672660

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 Sun Nov 6 08:44 PM  by My gradfather was Joseph Kalish. Did he have any other roles with Butlers in addition to being a Vice President in Atlanta?

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 Sat Nov 5 11:45 AM  by Leah Shapiro KleinMy father, Israel David Shapiro was president of Butler Shoe Corp. and then he was the Chairman of the Board when my brother, Joe Shapiro took over as President. Butler’s was the second largest Women and Children shoe chain in the country that did not manufacture their own shoes. They ended up with over 847 stores when my brother resigned to persue other interests.

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 Sun Aug 21 08:42 PM  by joe latinoworked for Butler for 16 years managed stores in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Memphis, Pompano Beach Florida. What a great experience that was.

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 Mon Jul 25 12:36 AM  by Don McGinnisI was Southeastern Regional District Mgr. for Butlers Shoes Discount Division. It was in the 60s and 70s.that Butlers began leasing the shoe depts. of the big discount stores that were opening. It was a new era of shopping and Butlers was in on the ground floor. K-Mart was one of Butlers large accts. I enjoyed working for Butlers and my managers were the best. Hope some of you guys read this, it would be great to hear from you. Don

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 Mon Jun 6 02:37 AM  by Jim PriceI was a store manager for Butler’s Shoes for over ten years.The home office was in Atlanta, GA. Marilyn Shoes was part of the same company. At one time we had over 300 stores, mainly in the south and along the East Coast.Greatest company I have ever worked for in over 55 years of working.

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 Tue Apr 27 02:28 PM  by shahqueenButlers was one store that was very affordable and you could always find shoes that were different (style) from all the rest and pay less.Thanks Butlers for all that you’ve done.Now is there any store any where today?

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 Mon Apr 12 03:36 PM  by danny toddworked at Butler Shoes at Southside Plaza from 1972 to 1980 what a great place to make money selling shoes worked Mr James Westbook

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 Wed Mar 17 03:46 PM  by Susan BHow many weekends before Easter did my mother drag my sister and me to Butler’s Shoes for Easter shoes? We’d start at Belks on the lower end of Main Street, walk all the way up to the Fox or Carolina Theater, have lunch at either Tanner’s Big Orange or Pete’s, and all the way back down and when we were through, we each had new shoes, socks, dresses, purses, gloves and hats. I’m 55 and my sister is 57. Those were gentler, happier times. We just didn’t know it. . .

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 Wed Jul 22 07:47 PM  by Don HattenButler Shoes was a company that had several stores throughout the US. They also were associated with Mailing Shoes in some northern states like Michigan and N. Ill. In it’s later days they were owned by parent company Zales

ART ASHRAM II

February 13, 2014

 

ART ASHRAM TWO – UNITY – FEBRUARY 8, 2014 L5P COMMUNITY CENTER

Feb 8 Unity – OVERVIEW
Remarks from Tau AHA –
Unity
February 11, 2014  •
This week was the week of our second Art Ashram show titled “Unity” and I have to tell you, this has indeed been an experience in unity. Our first show was a surprising success, I only say surprising, because people really got what we were trying to do. The love and support that they showed us was amazing. So going into this second show, I wasn’t sure what to expect. What we got was another great show full of love, support and of course artistic genius! Because of this I wanted to take a moment to share the experience the best I could with anyone that may have missed it.
The unity show kicked off with us of course running around like crazy people trying to set everything up. We had several last minute cancellations and so we were trying to figure out how to make the space look as full as possible missing several artists. This was when the unity of the energy started to show itself. Max Grimm, who was there to do a performance art piece said he had a massive painting that he brought with him just to show us! I was so excited and asked him to bring it in. That painting stretched the length of one of the walls and really brought the room together. That piece went on to teach us a lot about unity by its unwillingness to stay up!
It took several attempts and the efforts of several artists to keep it in place.  However we finely got it all worked out.
This is a good time to mention that we had an artists come just to paint with us. I mean, that is enough to really bring
about the spirit of unity. It really added to the Ashram feel of the room. He was not the only artist making art during the event, we had many junior artists playing with home made clay, drawing and such. Then of course Sashia Agape was also meditatively painting the course of the event.

The event really did begin to take on the Warhol like Ashram quality that we wanted.

This was such an amazing thing to witness, in one space we had very intense meditative artists creating along side our playful junior artists. Their silence made room for the laughter of children. What a beautiful thing!
This wasn’t the end of the many contrasts that became unified during the event. First showers an the same wall as veterans, digital and film photography, oil and watercolors, young and old. This gave way to some amazing conversations I must say. Add to this the interesting performances from the sublimely silent to the gracefully energized. I mean how many art shows include a healing circle as a performance piece!
I would say at this rate we are on to something that is unique and quite beautiful. It is an amazing mix of art and mysticism, community and family. A shining example of what we can do when we work together toward a unified vision. I am just so grateful to be a part of it. I cannot think of a better thing for a Photo-Monk to be doing.
So if you missed the show here is a run down of the awesome show that was the Art Ashram “unity” show:
In Photo-Monk picture form of course as already mentioned we had a healing circle led by Bishop Allen Greenfield, and both art and live painting by Sashia Agape.

One of our contributions was home made clay of many different colors by Michael Miller, this was a big hit with all ages, the table was its own art by the end of the night.
The amazing Poppy Henry, my co-conspirator, showed everyone how to make tape roses, which kicked off the junior artists craft area.  This area is always a big hit with the smaller folk.
LaMar George showed his photography for the first time.  It was an honor to have him with us, and his old school film photography was a great edition to our unity show.
Our dear friend Max Grimm put together a beautiful and thought provoking performance art piece in which he sat blind folded and held the hand of anyone that sat next to him in silence.  This was amazing to watch!

 

Total strangers of all ages sharing a moment in such a beautiful way! Way to go Max!

All the way from Athens Georgia we had artist Michele Chidester, with her beautiful aerial view painting. Her talk about this peace was equally as beautiful and we look forward to having her back again.
Also from Athens the amazing Scott Stripling came out with his son. He brought us two watercolors that he put together specifically for this show. Scott is one of the people that really jumped in and helped us when we needed it, sitting at the door taking money and stamping people, going that extra mile to be awesome.  Thanks Scott!
The lovely Meredith Greer did a dance piece that she put together specifically or the Unity show.  I absolutely love being able to have both visual and performance art going on in the same space.

Of course we had some poetry, in this case being read by Amanda Barker. She was nervous, but she did it and that is what the Ashram is all about.  It is all about the love kids!
Our friends Anton Channing and Lolita Perdurabo at Alchemical TV made a great video for us that we played in a loop during the entire night.  Here we see one of our youngest artists enjoying it. You can see it at http://alchemical.tv/2014/02/05/unity/
I of course had a couple of pieces in the show and did my own poetic rant about unity and made some chili since I think that chili is a food that brings people together.
It was a great show and the next one will be just as great I am sure.  look for it the second Saturday of March and it will be on Duality. Until then, thanks all for making is journey happen.
Caleb Storms
The Photo-Monk

Observations on the film made by  Anton Channing and Lolita Perdurabo at Alchemical TV in Scotland for this Art Ashram; they plan top make one film for each tmonthly theme:
“Lola and I hope the second Art Ashram went well. We made another video for the event.
For those that were unable to attend (and those that want to see it again or share it with
others) you can see our film ‘Unity’ here:
“Unity explores the mythical travel of the sun through day and night, the Oroborus (Hen to Pan), the Scarab, the Orphic egg, the third eye. Unity as a concept can be understood in terms of the point, the singularity but it also can be perceived as relation of the individual to the rest of the world.  We look at the mandala and solar disk, the all seeing eye of the ever present and ever watching consciousness. We evoke the world turtle, the world tree, thunder bird and black sun to explore the concept of transformation through which one becomes all and all becomes one.
“This is the second film in a series we are making for  the Art Ashram project.
“Camera and Editing by Anton Channing and Lolita Perdurabo
Music by Mark Subbotin.
Edited using Open Shot on Linux Mint XFCE
Visualisations produced using Project M and Clementine”

Tau Max -“My contribution to Febuary’s Art Ashram was an iInteractive performance piece called ‘Open Palms Healing Wounded Angels.’ Thank you Caleb Storms, Poppy A. Seed and everyone (I lost count how many) who sat and held hands with me.”

I (Allen Greenfield) read Tau Dositheos explanation of the Manta we use in our healing circle during each Arabia Mountain Working, and explained a bit about my own background learning the Mantra in Tucson circa 1979-80 and then receiving the Three Lights Meditation from a Lama circa 1995, with license to pass it along.  Here is what Tau Dositheos said; the bold is what I read just prioor to asking all present at Art Ashram “Unity” who wished to to join in a healing circle:

T ALLEN GREENFIELD EXPLAINS HEALING RITUAL AT ART ASHRAM 2

“This may be of interest to those who have participated in the Atlanta healing circles. One of the sources of the mantra that we often use is from a Medicine Buddha sadhana. Here is a quote from a teaching by Ven. Khenchen Thrangu Rinpoche regrading the Medicine Buddha. The full mantra is OM HUM TRAM HRI AH ABHIKENTZA HUM. the version we use is a shortened version, as follows: OM HUM TRAM HRI AH. Note the section below specifically mentioning this mantra. As an initiate of Vajrayana myself, I am familiar with some of what is being disused here. In essence, the mantra in the form that we are using it represents the Five Dhyani Buddhas pouring ambrosial nectar into the practitioner who has self-generated in the form of Medicine Buddha, the Buddha of Healing. See highlighted text below.
Peace,
Bill
ADDITIONAL INFO — “This morning we went over the visualization of oneself as the Medicine Buddha, the visualization of the Medicine Buddha in front, and finally the dissolving of the actual wisdom deity into both the self and front visualizations as a remedy for one’s habitual perception of things as impure or ordinary. Having just dissolved the wisdom beings into oneself and into the front visualization—as a remedy for one’s obscurations, one’s wrongdoing, and one’s conceptualization, we then receive empowerment. This phase of the practice is represented in the liturgy simply by the mantra: OM HUM TRAM HRI AH ABHIKENTZA HUM”
“The visualization which accompanies the mantra is as follows: Once again you visualize the three syllables—OM AH HUM—in the three places of oneself as the Medicine Buddha and of the deities of the front visualization, and once again rays of light radiate from them—especially from the HUM in your heart—inviting this time the five male buddhas of the five families with their retinues from their pure realms. The buddhas are holding in their hands precious vases* filled with the ambrosia of wisdom, which they pour into you as the self-visualized Medicine Buddha through the aperture at the very center of the top of your head. The first part of this mantra—OM HUM TRAM HRI AH—represents this empowerment being administered by the five buddhas simultaneously. OM represents Vairocana; HUM, Akshobya; TRAM, Ratnasambhava; HRI, Amitabha; and AH, Amogasiddhi.** Visualizing that this pure ambrosia fills your entire body, you think that it purifies all the wrongdoing, obscurations, and defilements of any kind whatsoever of your body, speech, and mind. The words Abhikentsa mean empowerment”

MAKING SUPERMAN (Written On the Occasion of the Falling of the Berlin Wall)
“There ain’t no such thing as a superman…”  Gil-Scott Heron
Mysticism of Democracy, Doddering tho some say       you may be
It enthralls my soul, rulers grow old
Kings and Tsars, Presidential pretenders appear on legal tender
– Eyes in Triangles; Let none dangle the ambrosia taste,
The silken lace, the born-free race before even the
Simple sons of the soil who toil and drink theitr pain,
Toast the sour acid rain, with a superhuman grab
Even they may grab, for celebrated, sweeping Democratic creeping from Moscow, Russia to Moscow Idaho;
From Lima, Ohio to Lima, Peru even the base must tastwe
Such Heady brew — Beware! I say — all you say you are and
All you thought you knew.
from “Savage Redneck Babylon”

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MASONIC DIGNITIES & EGREGORIC SUCCESSIONS UPDATED OCTOBER 9 2010

October 22, 2013

MASONIC DIGNITIES & EGREGORIC SUCCESSIONS UPDATED OCTOBER 9 2010

May 6, 2013

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On October 15, 2013 at Sacramento CA USA Blue Star Lodge, Allen Greenfield ritually was conferred 4º Degree in the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose+Croix, Knight Beneficent of the Holy City (CBCS), 8º Grand Master Elu Cohen, and
4º Free Initiator in the Martinist Order of Unknown Philosophers.”

THOUGHTS I LIVE BY

Gnostic and Apostolic Successions, Degrees  of Allen Greenfield

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On October 15, 2013 at Sacramento CA USA Blue Star Lodge, Allen Greenfield ritually was conferred 4º Degree in the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose+Croix, Knight Beneficent of the Holy City (CBCS), 8º Grand Master Elu Cohen, and
4º Free Initiator in the Martinist Order of Unknown Philosophers.”

This document has a long history of development, beginning in the 1980s in an effort to trace my own lineages, on my web site now called “ASSEMBLY OF THE KNOWLEDGE AND WISDOM OF SOLOMON-LODGE OF THE SONS & DAUGHTERS OF AARON” and revised in 2009, work done by Tau Apiryon in the early 1990s and additional work by Tau Dositheos, Tau Thomas, Tau Sunce, Tau Samlah, Tau Sir Leonis and myself, done in the first decade of the 21st Century C.E. Much standard source material has also been repeatedly consulted.

Egregore Rather Than Faith-Profession

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February 23, 2013

“Caprica” needed a season to set its premise….revealed only fully as a 5 minute ‘things to come’ segment at the end of the last episode after the show was dumped. “Blood & Chrome” has the deck stacked against it as well. Too bad. Good mature science fiction on TV is rare to non-existent in the best of times.

Hero Complex - movies, comics, pop culture - Los Angeles Times

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Actress Lili Bordán was living and working in Budapest, Hungary, when she got her first taste of “Battlestar Galactica,” taking note of “what an amazing opportunity it would be for an actor in this series.” With “Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome,” she found her opportunity, playing Dr. Beka Kelly, a Graystone Industries scientist who helped improve the Cylons.

Set between the events of “Caprica” and “Battlestar Galactica,” “Blood & Chrome,” which aired on Syfy Feb. 10 and was released earlier this week on DVD and Blu-ray, retells the first mission of rookie pilot William Adama (Luke Pasqualino) at the beginning of the Cylon War. Adama, his new co-pilot Coker (Ben Cotton) and the mysterious Kelly detour from a simple “milk run” into a full-fledged covert operation on a foreign world.

“This planet and this war are uncharted,” Bordán said. “It’s like the jungle. It’s like Vietnam or the beginning…

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2012 in review

December 30, 2012

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 2,400 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 4 years to get that many views.

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