Friday, April 19, 2013


Hallelujah for dinosaurs and those of us who are intrigued by them! Hallelujah for me, an artist, blogger, and educator, who is fortunate enough to live with Chiboogamoo, who knows an awful lot about dinosaurs (He has written this book and is currently writing one called, Dinosaurs without Bones)! For me, it is delightful to live with images and studies of these animals which roamed this beautiful Earth millions of years ago. 

How is it that these animals hold POWERFUL sway over our imaginations? I can't answer this question, but I can PLAY with Mr. Green and Miss Brown, two plastic dinosaurs that my Chiboogamoo was given on his birthday this past week. Let's get started!
ANCIENT ONES USE MODERN TECHNOLOGY.  Hallelujah for dinosaurs, who are cooperative when using computers. Mr. Green and Miss Brown were helpful assistants when I wrote this blog about teaching children environmental stewardship using the arts. They bicker frequently, but, in the end, have many useful suggestions. They like commas, for example, and frequent coffee breaks. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
EVOLUTIONARY TREE OF DINOSAURS.  If you look closely, you can see Mr. Green and Miss Brown dinosaurs lounging in this pencil cactus plant that dwells in my bright cheery home. This photo is to remind us that we can explain the development of many animals today from dinosaurs by following a logical chain of thought. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)

CAFFEINATED DINOSAURS.  I take joy in discovering something new every day about the brain and our ability to imagine (Jonah Lehrer). Additionally, I find great satisfaction in being in the good aggressive company of my dinosaurs, Mr. Green and Miss Brown, who refuse to limit themselves to one cup of coffee. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)

SEEING WITH THE EYES OF A THEROPOD.  Is a theropod really a beast? Or is it a creature that has been sorely misunderstood from the human perspective? Here Mr. Green is explaining how he thinks I should plant the zinnias in the garden this summer. Not enough sun for tomato plants, however, he announces sadly. (photo by Chiboogamoo)
WALKING WITH THE DINOSAURS.  Some times in the morning after our coffee, I take Mr. Green out for a walk. He insists I wear good walking shoes that support my arches but are also cool and appropriate for this southern spring here in Georgia. He rarely wants to return inside. I adore his curiosity(photo by Chiboogamoo)

SERIOUS ART APPRECIATOR.  Mr. Green surprised me by understanding this image I painted entitled "Mother Earth, Mother Dinosaur." He seemed to understand that dinosaurs might have had a need to "den" occasionally and get a snuggle other dinosaurs. This painting is one of my favorites because it is a true collaboration of my marriage to my Chiboogamoo. He, along with two other colleagues, discovered a new species of dinosaur,  Oryctodromeus. This image illustrates scientific findings that juvenile dinosaurs denned with an adult dinosaur--that is, they had a family structure--more than 90 million years ago. (photo and art by Hallelujah Truth)
NAP TIME FIGHTS.  All I can say is don't nap with Mr. Green and Miss Brown. Napping with these dinosaurs is chaotic and noisy. And they don't share the pillow! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)

SPEAKING OF EVOLUTION...Change seems to be one of the only constants in our lives. Here Mr. Green and Miss Brown (can you find them?) examine some of my books and audio books that I have been devouring in the past years. Unbelievable that our brains have plasticity and can keep changing. Thank you Norman Doidge! I believe in CHANGE and INVENTION, and LEAPING into the FUTURE (Thanks Clarissa Pinkola Estes)! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)


Today, I am participating in a class assignment for my class, BLOGGING FOR A WORLD AUDIENCE. The class chose 8 topics for photo and caption writing assignment through a "blogstorming" exercise. The goal is for everyone to take their own UNIQUE photos in keeping with their themed-blogs and post these photos in the same exact order so we could have a feeding frenzy when we posted them at the beginning of class today, April 19, 2013.  Most important objective? To succeed in expressing a VOICE specific to that blogger and blog!
BLOGGING FOR A WORLD AUDIENCE, SPRING 2, 2013,  at the Language Institute, Georgia Tech (photo by Ruth Schowalter, aka Hallelujah Truth)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Many thanks to the blogging class of Spring 2, 2013, at the Georgia Tech Language Institute! You have been bold and stepped into using your imaginations. You have had breakdowns and breakthroughs! I celebrate you and your blogging futures! 

Thanks to my Chiboogamoo, who kindly took the photos of my eye and shoes!

 This photo was taken by me, but the cake was made by our dear friend, Lesly Fredman! So thank you!


  1. You are so lucky to have Mr. Green and Ms. Brown as friends. They are adorable. I guess they have a huge appetite, too.

  2. Yes Cancion, they are naughty beasts that eat too much because they consume way too much coffee, but I love them and wouldn't live without them. Some times Tao and Sapelo, our two beloved felines, are jealous. I think you might understand that!

  3. Now that I see your dinosaurs are browsing amidst "Women Who Run With the Wolves," I'm going to have to take a look at that book again. Mr. Green and Miss Brown have character! But why is she still using the title "miss"? Oh, I guess she's from an earlier era.

  4. Dear Stell! Thank you for writing a comment on my blog entry with Mr. Green and Ms. Brown! Let's update her honorific! You will never be sorry for engaging with Clarissa Pinkola Estes--whatever you read or listen to hers!