Wednesday, March 12, 2014

#C4ward March Blogathon (Day 12): Book of whine abandoned for joy and courage in Chicago

TA DAH! THE FIELD MUSEUM. Here is my Chiboogamoo waiting with anticipation to enter The Field, the third largest natural history museum in the United States. We walked 2.5 miles from our hotel in Greek Town to approach this magnificent institution from along the shores of Lake Michigan with the skyline of Chicago towering over us. Paleontologist Barbie awaited to be released from a warm backpack to explore the fossils that were summoning us! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
Hallelujah for RANTING! Hallelujah for knowing what is gnawing at your SOUL and sapping that amazing energy from your every day BEING! 

Today's Atlanta's C4ward March Blogathon prompt has given us the permission to rant about our position as an entrepreneurial creative with really great questions (see the complete prompt at the end of this blog entry). I would like to address my rant briefly. 

THE BOOK OF WHINE (a quick look)
In my Book of Whine, I have some of the following chapters: Fear of Everything Business Related; The Ickiness of Details; Planning Sucks; Creativity is Undervalued; Everyone Pays More for Framing (this chapter includes being asked repeatedly for donated work); and Creatives are Expected to Volunteer.

But today because I am an Atlanta visitor in Chicago, I am abandoning the Book of Whine with courageous joy to celebrate my beloved Chiboogamoo, a.k.a. Tony Martin, and our trip yesterday to The Field Museum in Chicago to explore the ancient mysteries of life as expressed in fossils.
COLLECTIONS IN THE FIELD MUSEUM. How awesome is it to get the opportunity to go into the "secret" places in museums. Scott Lidgard, the Field Museum Curator for invertebrate fossils, took us to this curious place which houses all kinds of fossils from different periods in time with names like Silurian, Ordovician, and Mississippian. Here he is showing Tony how to manage the drawers with heavy fossils! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
ICHNOLOGIST IN PRAYER AT THE FIELD MUSEUM. Ha ha! Fooled you! But Tony Martin takes his interest in ichnology seriously and with love. Here he is adding his "opinion" to what these trace fossils in the drawer might be. Imagine future scholars even 100 years from now looking at his hand writing and seeing what his interpretations were. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
PALEONTOLOGIST BARBIE CELEBRATES TRILOBITE TRAILS. Tony Martin's colleague in all things ichnological was excited about this clearly defined trilobite trail with a trilobite resting trace at the end of it. She climbed in the collections drawer and posed for this photo. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
ANCIENT BEAUTY. Although this looks like a plant, it isn't. It is a crinoid from millions of years ago. It was on a slab about 4 feet by 4 feet. I should have used Paleontologist Barbie for scale! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
SPRING VACATION FOR TONY MARTIN? How beautiful a collections room in the Field Museum is. The glow of the light, fossils abound, and an intellect reads the trace fossils in the rocks. As I witness, I learn and have fun! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
EVOLVING PLANET EXHIBIT. This exhibit is one of the best I've seen in explaining the evolution of the Earth. It was a feast for our eyes! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
CHARLES KNIGHT MURALS ADMIRER. Tony was overwhelmed by the numerous canvases of Charles Knight's depictions of ancient life. Many of the artist's images influenced the way people thought about dinosaurs in the mid-Twentieth Century. Tony stands looking at this painting of a Triceratops and T. rex ready for battle. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
TIME ENCAPSULATED IN STONE. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
ART MADE BY NATURE.(photo by Hallelujah Truth)
HOLDING MYSTERY. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)

WHY IS TONY STANDING THERE?. Upon seeing a replica of a Brachiosaurus skeleton outside of the museum, he recalled an illustration he drew for his new book (Dinosaurs Without Bones) that showed the forces generated by a vomiting Brachiosaurus. So here he very bravely stands under it, waiting to see what might happen. (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
LEAVING THE FIELD MUSEUM. How happy we were to leave the Field Museum and venture forth on the Chicago streets, on the eve of a snow storm! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)
That's Coffee With Hallelujah! SOUL BLOG with me. Do you have a rant you want to share with me? What is your Book of Whine?
GOOD NIGHT WORLD. Tomorrow is another day! Time to consider missions, visions, goals, risks, and rants. Love you all! (photo by Hallelujah Truth)


C4ward March Blogathon: Day 12 Prompt

As an artist or creative entrepreneur, explore your relationship to money in a rant.
What do you want to proclaim about your art and its financial role in your life?

Aspects of money to consider:

  • Pricing and selling your art
  • Purchasing tools, supplies, and space for your art making
  • Paying for promoting your art
  • Negotiating financial matters involving your work
  • Supporting yourself from your art

What is a rant?
In case you didn’t already know, a rant is some or all of the following:

  • An impassioned form of expression
  • Statements of strong (primarily negative) feelings
  • Complaints
  • A litany of disparaging remarks
  • A list of short direct sentences
  • Exaggerations often creating humorous or comic results
  • energized stirred up exuberance

Have fun! Get stirred up! Find energy inside what may be the ambiguous feelings you have about the relationship between your art and money! Get it all the ick out!


  1. Oh my gosh Ruth...what a wonderful time you are having in Chicago...even with the cold weather...and Paleontologist Barbie is so fortunate to have the opportunity to climb in the drawer for a photo shoot...The photos were wonderful to look at and brought back many fond memories of living in the midwest and traveling to Chicago at least a few times each year...Thank you...

  2. I second Darlene's comment and want to say Thank you (and Tony) for taking us on such a fun and delightful adventure with you! I loved the pictures and I'm still smiling about your "book of Whine." See you soon my friend - safe journey!

  3. Thank you for the tour around the secret ichnology rooms of the glorious Field Museum. In spite of the fact that you have been following Tony around for years your enthusiasm for the fossil world has not diminished. It is a vicarious thrill to hear you talk about these magical images from the ancient past. Bless you and Tony for this love interest!

  4. I ditto your rants and double celebrate your Joy. Love being on the trip to Chicago with u.2. Are you going to be snowed in or make home to the Sunny, not so warm south, tomorrow.30 degrees. Later gator. dinosaurs too.

  5. thank you for sharing the adventure - fabulous photos and text