Making a New Groove

The holidays can be a treacherous time for those who are actively creating a life that matches who they are becoming.  These days are full of traditions and expectations, triggers and old behaviors, past acts and regrets, and people.  There are people we want to see because we love them, but we wince thinking about their behaviors and that we’re going to have to “deal” with them.… Details

Be Your Own Expert

When a pattern repeats in your life, it’s a good idea to examine that pattern.  There’s something there for you to learn.   But once the learning is done does the pattern automatically stop?  No.  That’s the conventional wisdom on the matter. … Details

How Do I See It

There are a lot of reasons why people make art.  One of them is to have a deep conversation with themselves about whatever they are feeling at that moment in time or what is going on deep inside them.  Another is to find out what they think/feel/mean about something. … Details

Day Of The Dead

The Day of the Dead is one of my most favorite holidays.  It’s a celebration acknowledging the seasonal nature of human life, how nobody is getting out of embodiment alive, so to speak.  🙂  Instead of seeing this as a tragedy, as something to mourn and be afraid of or fight against which steals what time remains and taints the quality of life, this holiday celebrates life in the face of death. … Details

Take Your Costume Off

Happy Halloween everyone!  A great many people see today’s holiday as the day when they can dress up as someone or something else.  It’s the day for costumes and makeup and creativity and fun.  It’s a time of masks. What people don’t think about is that the lives they’ve constructed for themselves is actually the costume.… Details


There is so much symbolism in vampires it has to be grouped into categories:  sexual, destruction/consumption, transformation/assimilation, and parasite.  At this point there is an entire genre of vampires as thinly veiled male sexuality out there and the leading example of them sparkle.… Details


Plenty of people have confronted Frankenstein’s Monster in their lives.  Anyone that has taken that pause and thought “How did that happen?” or “How did I end up here like this?” has stood in those shoes.  Many of us think, like Dr.… Details


For me some of the scariest bad things out there are zombies.  Not that I have a problem with zombie movies or TV.  Waking Dead, it’s all good.  World War Z, I love the book.  The movie was horrible but that wasn’t the fault of the zombies. … Details


Are there werewolves among us?  Yep.  Do they change into a wolf form at the full moon and rampage around killing people?  Not that I’m aware of. tomwoodfantasyart.comWerewolves are people who are habituated to drama.  They don’t seem like it.  They can seem like anybody else and that’s part of how they disarm and harm others. … Details


Besides being a fun topic for Halloween costumes, classic horror movies, and summer schlock busters Mummies are people we have to deal with in life.  Mummies are people who cut themselves off from the world around them.  Not necessarily literally although there are some that becomes hermits entombing themselves in their safe environments, many times living in the past as much as possible.… Details