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photo by Zalman Berkowitz

photo by Zalman Berkowitz

details like a scrap of paper

at a bus stop looking

closely a fortune cookie no cookie

“you are talented with your hands” thanks

the Gift and the Practice that

comes with it reminder:

talent alone won’t save us because Vigilance

and cookies are so delicious to my mind

sometimes Even talented

hands miss messages

like scraps of paper

through fingertips crunch

of sugar egg flour fortunes from

strangers we make marks always

before outcomes like

my heart now and the light

downtown sun rays golden filtered through silver clouds ground damp and cold cozy inside.

I wonder if the sun knows what

sunlight looks like to my eyes now

like gifts from strangers I am found reflecting

of course not, that’s impossible

like walking or breathing or life based on Carbon

smile thankful

there are muscles in the face that if you squeeze them right

they make you happy

how cool is that!

pure itness

All ITness, all the time.

Open Love Letter

Personal appeal, an Open Love Letter:

For all my Relations, those alive in the here and now,
those that have passed and shared their influence,
those that exist as twinkles in the eyes of Loves I have yet to meet,
Good Friends,
and the Ones I Struggle With
that help me to shape my preferences and understand my Identity:

Hi yawl.

Thank you for supporting me with your kind words, encouragement, and sometimes financial support (Thank you thank you thank you). This Art Life is a tough and beautiful one, often.

I feel very privileged to have and celebrate wonderfully dynamic amazing friends. I am encouraged by the way each of you meet your own struggles, and challenges. Your accomplishments continue to impress me! I am in love with the beauty and strength you see, find and create in this world.
I want you all to know and feel that it is possible to create this Heaven our hearts Imagine, right here and Now. Know this from inside, embody this truth of our own co-creation.
Share the Spark you carry, that Divine Fire, point of singularity, Agency or however you choose to define this in words and concepts…
I want you to know that I see you, and feel you and I am thankful for our interactions.

Yup, sometimes it is difficult and I am growing too. It is true, there are many of you that continue to stay friendly and Lard Nose I am a moody difficult person sometimes
(still working on this! probably for a Life Span.
Self Acceptance can be a tricky bitch, ya / no?).

SO thank you, for that. for staying open and helping me work out Karma and create That Which I Find Beautiful. Thank you for reminding me of Possibility and for all of those Life Lifting moments, shared smiles, and the arguments, the difficult places, the disagreements, and all manifestations of Authentic presence.
This world is full of expressions and sometimes folks (like This Guy) get lost and can be mean or rude or just self absorbed with their own heroic struggles.
Sometimes I put my Head Up My Art.
Often I have to work at connecting with the Love we all are also, and I am sure that you do too. I believe in Human-Nature, and I am sure that we mostly just want to be happy and grow, live our life with Purpose and share this experience of life with love, earn a Good Death.
Many of you that will reach this message I have not been in contact with for a while, as life moves us about. I wish for this to be a “zalMania Update”, and I hope that you will connect, reach on out if you feel like it. I’m right here, and look forward to hearing from you.
At this moment now, in my life I sense another crossroad. From Ancestors, through meditations, practice, stubbornness and spontaneous life-altering events I find myself in this curious space. I am aware that my value is inextricably connected with all of my relations. I know that I am an artist, and that I seek to create and explore Beauty as long as I have breath. That’s about it, really. All of the rest is transition, change, growth… I do not know how this will all pan out. I am inspired to write this Open Love Letter because I need your support to survive. Here are my current projects, how I spend my life energy, and some ideas about how I can receive your participation, contribution, your help. I am open to Better Ideas, and welcome all suggestions and constructive feedbacks/criticisms what have you. Please do not worry for me, I am happy to engage with all real, well intentioned thoughts. Bring ‘em!
Thank you so much for allowing me the time and space to bend your ear with my self-expression. And thank you as much or more for your influence, bringing your authentic self to Earth and sharing Life.
In Light with Love,
Forward this Great Adventure!

Call to Action:
1. own original artwork and prints (if you love it… mine or any of the Participating Artists at Gc)
2. contribute to a project (Artist Residency, zalGOODS and/or the Gallery [context]
3. click “Support” or make a $ contribution on (helps my art works get seen, and I could win stuff)
4. vote for “best of” Gallery [context] on King5 (free and super helpful)
5. visit / like the Gc FaceBook page (let us know if we are doin it right!)
6. like the zalMania page (if you do, do you?)
7. leave comments on zM or Gc (free, and let’s me know I’m not in a vacuum)
8. view videos on youTube, leave comments, likes, SHARE, let me know how I am doing and how I might improve.
9. visit my poetics on Soundcloud, views, likes, comments.
10. just get in touch, share your world in some way:


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