On Living and Dying Day 25 by Marlena McGuigan

Thanks to the wonderful mind of Sreejit Poole, I added my contribution to his “On Living + Dying” series. Check out my post, but please check out everyone else’s too! There is some great mind matter in there.

The Seeker's Dungeon

The Ives

by Marlena McGuigan of Marsnplato

None of us survives this place.

That isn’t meant to be a grim reminder of our finite nature, being in a body and all; rather, it is a meant to be a reminder that we can choose how to live with the time we have. We can go through life with the perspective that we are barely surviving – and yes, so many of are “just getting by.” We can also go through life with the perspective that we are thriving – and yes, many of us are “successful” and “happy.” I know I’ve lived both – often simultaneously somehow.

When I think of what living + dying are all about, my mind goes in all sorts of different directions. First stop: my spiritual perspective. I tend to live with an all-loving, forgiving, and nonjudgmental or objective “God.” This God of mine isn’t separate…

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Tiny Art Show


There’s a tiny art show going on in June in Denver. I am joining it. I don’t think it’s going to be “tiny” as in only the owners and myself will be in attendance. I don’t think it will be “tiny” as in only little ideas will be shared. It’s called a tiny art show because pieces of art can be no larger than 5X5 inches.

So, I did these tiny pieces. They are 4.5×4.5 inches. I am going to get tiny frames this evening. The middle piece is actually a replica of a much larger canvas I’ve done. I have 4 requests for t-shirts. I am going to fulfill those requests and wait for a company like Urban Outfitters, Inc. to contact me because they want to buy the image(s). It’s all copyrighted, U.O., Inc. Even if you tweak it a little – there is no loophole here. Don’t test me.

I wanted to share about this tiny art show for a few reasons:

1.) If you’re interested, and you can get something out to 299 Detroit Street in Denver, Colorado 80206 by 12pm this Saturday (June 18th), hang-ready…then see more details on the event here.

2.) If you’re still interested, then also check out the Observashunal blog challenge on the quest for fire. What does this have to do with the tiny art show? Well, when I completed my tiny art series last night, the word “fire” landed itself above the word “water” in the piece on the right. You’ll put two and two together on that. Or maybe five and five. I have faith regardless.

3.) If you’re on life support with interest at this point, I’ll try to offer you a few last breaths of fresh air. I am adding Featured Artists to my business website soon. If you want to contribute somehow, I will be rotating artists and posting to a business blog beginning in July. My first post will be on the tiny art show.

4.) If you’re not interested in anything here, then I don’t know why you’re still reading.

5.) If for some reason your interest cannot let go at this point, I apologize. Because this sentence is the last sentence available to read here.

Face Off: Round Two

OK. So, I wrote a post on this generally ridiculous topic a bit ago (see: Face Off: Maggie vs. Marlena). Now it is time for my friend to get the Face Off Treatment. The FOT. The Brutal Truth in all its jest. The BT…iaij. Here. We. Go.

I have always likened my friend to Charlie Day. Yes, the same friend I hung out with during the end of the world (see: 12.21.12, enough said). You know what? Still true. Except now he has morphed into the spawn of Charlie Day and Russell Brand:

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Now, you probably can’t tell how much these people have in common just by their looks alone. Maybe you can. It probably would’ve been easier if my so-called friend would’ve taken a picture like Charlie Day and/or Russell Brand. He wouldn’t allow it. I can’t even mention his name (which is absurd because who wouldn’t want to be the spawn of Charlie Day and Russell Brand?!).

Anyhow, let’s go through the motions. Let’s see just how similar my friend-who-is-the-spawn-of-Charlie-Day-and-Russell-Brand is to his awesomely fictitious dads:

1.) Beards. Check.

2.) Manly hairiness in general. Check.

2.) Hilariousness and seriousness in all. Check.

3.) Wear nice suit jackets and/or collared shirts. Check.

4.) Use hands and/or eyes in and extreme fashion to express Self appropriately. Clearly. Check.

5.) Have strong opinions and witty minds. Check.

6.) Spawn has Charlie Day’s height and eyes, but Russell Brand’s performance aura. Check.

7.) Word. Masterminds. Who. Do. Not. Give. A. Fuck. Check, check, check it. Word.

8.) Rappers in a previous life. Check with God.

9.) Questionable belief and/or skeptical of said God. Check out what that phrase just affected in each.

10.) A liking for triangles. Who doesn’t like triangles? One of them, maybe.

11.) Of European descent. Probably all partially German. Definitely at least one of them. Check.

12.) Pretty effing cool. Check. For sure.

See, Black Mountain friend-who-is-the-spawn-of-cool-dudes? This blog post about you being you wasn’t so bad. I feel like you ought to embrace the truth. The BT…iaij. You be the judge (echem, with an opinion that is wrong). 🙂 BLOGGERS WHO READ THIS: I WANT TO SEE YOUR FACE OFFS. I want to see your FACES and how they are just SLIGHTLY OFF FROM ANOTHER(S). You just got served. (This phrase JUST got overplayed). Link back to me in the comments section if you so desire…and, as always, thanks for reading!

This prompt is loosely associated…but truly I just wanted to send another happy piece out there! Check it out: http://theseekersdungeon.com/2015/08/06/dungeon-prompts-using-our-words-for-spreading-joy/

Quotes Challenge – Day Three

Miss Ginni Deville nominated me for this challenge a few days ago… here is my final day, day three!! Check out her blog! It’s good. 🙂 Ok, here we go:

*Reminder* Rules for the challenge are…
1. Post 3 of your favourite quotes each per day for 3 recurrent days. The quotes can be of any other people or it may come straight from your own heart.
2. Nominate 3 or more bloggers with each post to challenge them.
3. Don’t forget to utter a thankful word to the person who nominated you.

My 3 Quotes…

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1. “For life is like a flame
And the ashes for wasting
So honey don’t be afraid
To dance while we’re waiting”

-Lykke Li, Love Out of Lust (partial lyrics)

Image courtesy of The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Symbols, Signs & Dream Interpretation, by Richard Craze


 2. “And like all things given by destiny, all that is inevitable, designed in heaven, it comes without hesitation, spontaneously, so beautiful it terrifies me.” -Anaïs Nin, The Diary of Anaïs Nin Volume 1, 1931-1934.
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3.”What, I’m supposed to make a Universe and then another whole amazing place for afterwards?! You guys are greedy dicks down there.” -Louis CK [Jokes On God and Heaven], Saturday Night Life, Season 39, 2014, http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/louis-ck-monologue/2768583.

Image found at http://spinoff.comicbookresources.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/05/louis-ck.jpg.

My Three Blogger Nominations:




Thank you again, Ginni for your nomination!! ❤

Quotes Challenge – Day Two

Miss Ginni Deville nominated me for this challenge; here is day two! Check out her great blog! Ok, here we go:

*Reminder* Rules for the challenge are…
1. Post 3 of your favourite quotes each per day for 3 recurrent days. The quotes can be of any other people or it may come straight from your own heart.
2. Nominate 3 or more bloggers with each post to challenge them.
3. Don’t forget to utter a thankful word to the person who nominated you.

My 3 Quotes…

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1. “To become wise you must learn to listen to the wild dogs barking in your cellar.” -Irvin D. Yalom, Staring at the Sun: Overcoming the Terror of Death, p. 211.

Image courtesy of saphatthachat/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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2. “If we could realize that the work is to keep doing the work, we would be much more fierce and much more peaceful.” –Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype, p. 274.

Image courtesy of anankkml/FreeDigitalPhotos.net

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3. “It’s hard to choose a filter when I don’t know your brightness setting.” –Nick Thune, comedian (tweeted May 16th, 2015 – Nick Thune @nickthune).

My Three Blogger Nominations:




And thank you, again, Ginni for your nomination!! ❤

Quotes Challenge – Day One

I don’t know where this began, but I am with smiles to be apart of this challenge! Miss Ginni Deville nominated me; please check out her site here. And check out more than that – great blog, for sure. Ok. Here we go:

Rules for the challenge are…
1. Post 3 of your favourite quotes each per day for 3 recurrent days. The quotes can be of any other people or it may come straight from your own heart.
2. Nominate 3 or more bloggers with each post to challenge them.
3. Don’t forget to utter a thankful word to the person who nominated you.

My 3 Quotes…

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1. “Knock on the sky and listen to the sound.” –Unknown, wish I could give credit where it is due


2. “Be a fucking wolf. Be a fucking lion. Take no shit. Set goals, smash them. Eat people’s faces off. Be a better person. Show people who the fuck you are. Never apologize for being awesome. Stay the motherfucking course.” – Unknown, wish I could give credit where it is due


3. “Once a month, I go through at least one kind of ending. Thankfully, the floods I’ve experienced don’t kill villages like I’ve seen; in fact, surprisingly, they act as a reminder for what community is made of.” –Anonymous, “On Grief”

My Three Blogger Nominations:




And thank you, again, Ginni for your nomination!! ❤

Blog Posts Are Like Missing Persons Cases

Listen up, children. If we don’t find you within 72 hours, according to crime statistics, our chances of finding you drop to nearly 0%. Are you a blogger? Keep posting. Keep sharing. Keep calling out in anger, pain, sadness, humor, honesty, and delight. If you’re NOT like me, lots of people will find you. Because you can confidently call yourself a blogger; you probably post at least once every 72 hours. We find you. The ten of you reading these words may find me. I am a missing person in the blogosphere – but, don’t worry. I don’t need a milk carton image. People will probably mistake my picture for Maggie Gyllenhaal anyhow (see: https://marsnplato.wordpress.com/2015/02/08/face-off-maggie-vs-marlena/ ).

It seems like Facebook and other constant community connection hold domain over lots of other sharing. Like blogging. That’s cool. Something in me will not allow me to get on Facebook, however. And I have to listen to that internal screaming of ‘NOOOOOoooooOoooOooOOO!’ Otherwise, regret and kicking-self-in-the-ass ensues. I don’t want to kick myself in the ass. I don’t do enough yoga for that shit.

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Anyhow, when I tried to do a search for “milk carton kids images” on Google – as in, images of children on missing children on milk cartons – a band popped up. I forgot about them. Or maybe I had never heard of them? They sounded familiar. But they took me by surprise when all I wanted was to find an image of a milk carton to alter on Google. I found them. Maybe they need a blog? Doubt it. Seems like they have a lot of fans already- 68,474 listeners, in fact. AND 690, 164 scrobbles…what are scrobbles?! Shit. I’m behind. Mind you, this is all according to http://www.last.fm/music/The+Milk+Carton+Kids at 9:51 pm MST on 2/9/2015. That will probably change soon.

They’re probably on Facebook. Because they are more popular than actual milk carton images/kids. Now I will proceed to give them even more free advertising to the ten of you reading here. Mostly because I am too lazy to draw a milk carton and post a funny photo. The end.

PS – if you’re just as confused about this blog post as its very own writer, just look up “milk carton kids images” on Google. If Google leads you back here again, all I can say is everything is connected somehow. Good luck. See you on the flip side.

Image courtesy of: http://quitmumbling.com/2012/01/the-milk-carton-kids-live-the-largo-11212/

Face Off: Maggie vs. Marlena

Well, I don’t really mean to say “versus” – I love Maggie Gyllenhaal, and I totally take it as a compliment when people liken me to her. I admire her. I just had this absurd idea for a blog post pop into my mind after a very, very attractive Latino man said to me, “hey, you look like that actress – the one from The Dark Knight” today. I knew he was talking about Maggie Gyllenhaal, but I flirtatiously asked him, “which one?” After years of being mistaken for her, I decided it was time for a Face Off. (I wonder – does anyone say to Maggie, “hey, you look like that girl who lives in Colorado and is not famous at all”?).

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(As if you cannot tell: Maggie Gyllenhaal, left; Marlena McGuigan, right)

OK. Let’s face off here. Do we really look alike? Let’s see what similarities we have…

1.) Both photos from roughly 2008 – 2010. Check.

2.) Both photos set to Sepia tone to mask unlikeness. Check.

3.) Hair semi-curly in both, parted opposite directions. One less photo-prepped and voluminous than the other. Check. This feels like an “After” and a “Before” montage. In that order.

4.) Poses are different. Sense of “yep, here I am” the same. Check. (Note: one tone of ad libbed dialogue = sexy; other tone = tired and/or bored).

5.) Both kind of accidentally 1930s-flappers-esque in photos. Check.

6.) Similar eyebrows, although it is hard to tell because expressions are not the same. Check again later.

7.) Hands near face and/or holding head up. Check.

8.) One person in a photo shoot; the other in her apartment on 13th Avenue. Check.

9.) Jewelry in both. Different places. Check.

10.) Noses different. Check.

11.) Lips different. Check.

12.) Eyes a different color, but perhaps the same depth. Regardless, Sepia tone blurs the truth there – check.

13.) One is Half-rican American; the other is…not? Check with Maggie.

14.) One photo posted on http://amominredhighheels.com/maggie-gyllenhaal/ and taken by a photographer I wish I could find to give credit to; the other taken by me and posted here. Oh, and only here.

Anything missing? Yes. So much. Regardless, I am not Maggie Gyllenhaal, bottom line. I would love to trade places with her for a week though. She would get a VACA!! Except for this week – I am going on actual vacation, and I don’t want to trade places right now. She would still get a VACA(tion) after this week because I mostly teach art and music and kindergarten (yes, it is now a subject), work with some therapy clients and sleep. Who is she married to…? Just kidding. Sort of. No, really, I would rather be an adopted daughter or something. She is awesome, and if we ever pretend like we are the other person just to mess with people for a week, I think only people expecting me to act would be shocked and disappointed. I am not her. But, again, she’s awesome.

thanks for reading 🙂