Dismantled

Posted December 21, 2014 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Allusion, Body and Mind, Connection, Disconnection, Dreams and Transformations, Love, Pleasure and Pain, Poetry, Poets, Strength, Symbols and Imagery, Weakness, Writers, Writing

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Hesitating ever still, sharp scissors in her hand. Letters were gone and photos too, it was a sight she couldn’t stand. With frozen breath each knot was cut, dismantling the dreams. Tearfully enflamed…each ashen eye, a catcher with broken seams. It was the worst to feel each cut sink into swollen tide. She never wanted to sever these strings for from herself she can not hide.
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by Felicia Lujan
12.21.2014

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When It’s Real…It Hurts

Posted December 21, 2014 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Allusion, Authors, Body and Mind, Books, Connection, Disconnection, Entertainment, Fantasy, Love, Movies, Moving Images, No Love, Pleasure and Pain, Quotes, World War I, World War II, Writers, Writing

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A Stone to Remember

Yesterday I went to see The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies. Of course it was good. What’s not to like about the mystically twisted stories born from Tolkien’s mind? There were a few core themes in this movie, but I felt the most prevalent was loss. There were several losses in this story.

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DO NOT TAKE HIM FROM ME

The only moment which drew a tear from my eye were two moments between Tauriel and Kili. The elf and dwarf have had a star-crossed history throughout Tolkien’s writings. Lost love is always tragic. Loss is not a surprising theme which surfaces to anyone familiar with the author. Loss was experienced by Tolkien during World War I and he wrote these stories during World War II.

Legolas, Prince of the Woodland clearly loves Tauriel though she loves another. It is admirable that his character was written to support her unconditionally given this circumstance. Tauriel’s elven family doubts her love for Kili the dwarf archer, but when he dies in her arms at the end, all doubt disappears with her tears. I cried during his death.

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“If this is love…take it from me, please. I do not want it. Why does it hurt so bad?”
Tauriel, head of the Elven guard

“Because it was real.”
Thranduil, the Elven King

For the Kids I Will Never Meet

Posted December 21, 2014 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Children, Community, Giving, Holiday, Inner Beauty, Inspirational, Light, Love, New Mexico, Personal Glimpses, Positive Energies, Santa Fe, Worthy Reads, Writers, Writing

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This year we will not exchange gifts in my family. After being inspired to give more to others at the last ARMA meeting, I decide to buy some gifts for kids in need with my extra money. My friend Lynn was telling me that some children go to her place until 4:00pm after school and then wait to get into a shelter for the night? It is so sad to think about. If I was wealthy, I would help so much more.

All I really have to give is light, but George MacDonald once said “if instead of a gem, or even a flower, we should cast the gift of a loving thought into the heart of a friend, that would be giving as the angels give.” That is so true. I embedded links to two stories I  wrote during the holidays a while back. They are good ones to share again.

Compassionately Human by Felicia Lujan~ 11.14.2013

Giving a Sparkle by Felicia Lujan~ 11.28.2012

Creative Work for a New York Times Bestselling Author

Posted December 20, 2014 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Books, Writers, Digital Issues, Digital Photography, News, Authors, Professional Endeavors, New Mexico, Connections, Creativity, Mind, Writing, Journalists, Women, Photography, Awesomeness

Tonight I finished up some photo work for Anne Hillerman. I just emailed off the final shots. I was honored when the award-winning reporter and New York Times bestselling author asked me to take new author photos of her. I prepared the photos for release to HarperCollins Publishersone of the world’s largest publishing companies. HarperCollins is one of the “big five” leading book publishers. It is an honor to be asked to do creative work for the accomplished daughter of New York Times bestselling author, Tony Hillerman.

Anne Hillerman’s newest book is set for release through HarperCollins in May of 2015, and is titled Rock with Wings. I’m sure the new mystery will feature Shiprock, a natural formation on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico. In Navajo, Tsé Bitʼaʼí means “rock with wings” or “winged rock.”

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A Holiday Gathering

Posted December 19, 2014 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Archives, Archivist, Connection, Food Porn, Friends, Holiday, New Mexico, Santa Fe, Special Occasions, Work

Met the work gang at Zia Diner after work for a mini Christmas party and birthday celebration. I eyeballed French fries on the menu and I kept thinking about how the lusciously divine treat was missing from the table. I didn’t order any, drooled just thinking about it, and I’m laying here *craving* french fries so much right now that it hurts. But I never eat french fries you say??? I know. I know. Can someone hand feed me fries please? It was a fun night…other than a steady craving for some deliciousiosity and all.

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••Mmmmmmmm... Yeah. I really want some.••

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••Lady Vader's Birthday Balloons••

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••Andrew and Meghan- awwwe- I love these two.••

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••I joked and asked if this could be our division's annual report photo. Left to right- Sib, Meghan, Jerry, Melis, Linda, Fabian, Jonah, Margaret, Gail, Me, Rach, Em, and Brit (not pictured Steve, Elijah and Andrew)••

Giving: My ARMA Chapter Makes a Difference

Posted December 19, 2014 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Awesomeness, Community, Connection, Friends, Giving, Gym, Holiday, Inner Beauty, Inspirational, Light, New Mexico, News, Reflection, Santa Fe, Women, Worthy Reads

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••Left to Right- Lorraine, Kelly and Lynn accept a holiday donation from the Northern NM Chapter ARMA President, Cliff. The chapter also received a membership award.••

I am so proud of my Northern New Mexico Chapter of ARMA. They let me select a holiday charity recipient and I selected my friend Lynn Sanchez, the owner of Sojourner’s Advocacy Cafe in Santa Fe. My chapter gave them $500 to help those in need. For 7 years, my friend Lynn has worked to help women and children in need. She is the one person I know who is making a real difference in our community by providing a safe haven, resources, and her heart to others.

Before the presentation of the award, Lynn talked about being moved to help people in 2007. She had met a woman who was in an abusive situation and was actually living in a hole in Taos. She talked about children in need and the number of homeless people who died on the streets of Santa Fe last year. I give Lynn so much credit because she is also spearheading a movement to fight human trafficking. Lynn works actively with local law enforcement and the Attorney General’s Office in these efforts to provide further protection to women and children.

It felt good to know my chapter made a little difference…that my chapter did a good thing…that my chapter cares. During the chapter meeting, Lynn told an ARMA member that she has known me for at least 20 years. She and her husband also own Mandrill’s Gym (my home away from home) and that is where I met her long ago. Since day one, I took a liking to the sweet, knowledgeable, beautiful, woman with red hair. The same member Lynn mentioned that to told me, “it says something about you that you have been in the gym for 20 years.” Hahaaa…yeah…I guess so. That felt kinda good too.  :)

Joking Around

Posted December 18, 2014 by ~Felicia~
Categories: Addiction, Comics, Connection, Cosplay, DC Universe, Fantasy, Love, Pleasure and Pain, Super Villainess, Super Villains

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