Sparkly

Posted April 16, 2014 by F Lujan
Categories: Allusion, Body and Mind, Connection, Dreams and Transformations, Energy, Fantasy, Free Verse, Light, Poetry, Poets, Writers, Writing

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Touch the sparkle.
Reach out.
Lick electricity.
Burning sparks.
Feel the sparkle.
Fingers search.
Taste energy.
Singed by sparks.
…..
by Felicia Lujan
4.16.2014
~★~

Heart of Glass: A Digital Composite by Felicia Lujan ~★~

Posted April 16, 2014 by F Lujan
Categories: Art, Artists, Body and Mind, Connection, Creativity, Digital Art, Digital Composites, Graphic Design, Pleasure and Pain, Reflection, Symbols and Imagery, Weakness

~Heart of Glass~ Digital Composite by Felicia Lujan

~Heart of Glass~
Digital Composite by Felicia Lujan

The Fittest in Albuquerque?

Posted April 15, 2014 by F Lujan
Categories: Albuquerque, Articles, Authors, Body and Mind, Dedication, Fitness, Fitness Rants, Health and Fitness, Magazines, Men, Mind Melt, New Mexico, On the Right Track, Reflection, Santa Fe, Sports, Strength, Women, Workout, Worthy Reads, Writers, Writing

Last week I picked up a copy of the March 2014 issue of Albuquerque: The Magazine. How could I not buy it? There was an article titled ABQ’S Fittest People: How to Steal Their Workouts by Adam R. Baca. After reading the article, I decided my workouts are good. I got absolutely nothing from there that I wanted to “steal.” I was also rather disappointed in the whole piece.

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Before I talk about what I didn’t like about the article Baca wrote, I’ll talk about what I did like. You know…open with some positivity ~n~ such. I loved the two women on the cover. It was a cool pic. Sadly, they were not officially included on the top fittest list. I liked that the author is a Hispanic man who worked a great idea for a feature piece. I couldn’t help but wonder if his legs were bigger than those he featured?

I like that Baca said we can trust “Albuquerqueans” who are fit. Maybe you can? If you make gainz after stealing these workouts right?! It was also cool that he featured two Albuquerque based fighters (boxing and UFC). I do have pride for my beautiful state. Which leads me to my next positive comment. The two page photo of a lat spread rocked with a couple of fake tats of the article’s title. That I liked!

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I bought this heavy ass magazine because of this one article. Usually a full gloss mag of this size costs ten dollars! Luckily I was only set back $3.95, which makes me feel better about all the reasons I didn’t like the article. Ok…so feature one…was a woman from Belen. I started to second guess my speculation about the size of the author’s quads on that first page. I mean, I have never competed, but I have been in the gym for close to two decades. I do know fit.

So what did I hate you ask? Well I hated that Baca only choose 8 people to feature. Of those 8, I was most impressed with the Emily, the female firefighter. That was strictly based on her career choice. She was questionably the last person featured. While I read on, I was thinking… “these are the fittest people in Albuquerque? Really?” I know I’ve seen fitter. Even years ago when working out in Abq on the weekend was something I looked forward to. Shoot…I see fitter people who should have been featured in that article everyday. Hummm?

There were a handful of impressive resumes, but fitness isn’t just on paper right? It’s more than titles. I was disappointed with Becky, the fitness trainer from Belen. NPC qualifier Ken Harleyken looked a’ight. He was rather vascular. The Granzow sisters? Really? What the? Ommm. No! Benavidez-Marks? No! Where are the real competitors? I was not impressed in the least bit with most of Albuquerque’s fittest. In my opinion, the fit people got gypped on that one!

I was sad to see both Carlos Condit and Holly Holm looking rather soft and out of shape in their portraits. Condit needs to hit that chest! I do love Holly Holm, but Baca….if you’re doing a feature piece on the fittest in Albuquerque, maybe the close up portraits should have been action shots? You know?? Showing muscle or strength or something? Like Holly slamming a tire with that golden sledge hammer eh? Holly has an awesome training video on YouTube. I do know that! Fitness is more than paper and titles or being muscular. I know, but you have to show me something Baca!

If these are Albuquerque’s fittest people, Santa is surely rocking the metro right out the gate! I’m just saying.
………..
Maybe
#santafe
has
#thebest
#muscle
in New Mexico?

Enslaved

Posted April 14, 2014 by F Lujan
Categories: Allusion, Body and Mind, Connection, Digital Composites, Free Verse, Inner Beauty, Moon Signs, Pleasure and Pain, Poetry, Poets, Sun Signs, Writers, Writing

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Gratefully he strode across her chest to enslave her heart with metal links of the highest grade.

Her fire could melt chains forged by Hephaestus, yet she was content to wear his chains still.

In his honor she had moved mountains. Captivated by magic in the sky they touched.

Gratefully he strode across her chest. Enslaving her heart and chaining moon to sun.

by Felicia Lujan
4.14.2014
~★~

The Real 47 Ronin and Star Crossed Love

Posted April 13, 2014 by F Lujan
Categories: Awesomeness, Bad Ass, Culture, Digital Issues, Digital Media, Edification, Entertainment, Fantasy, History, Movie Review, Movies, Moving Images, Multimedia, Worthy Reads, Writers, Writing

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~~★The witch in her dragon form.★~~
……………………………..
Just finished watching 47 Ronin. It was an awesome flick for sure. I started looking into the true story behind these samurai warriors tonight. It’s fascinating and I will surely write about this sometime soon. I learned tonight that fictionalized accounts of the 47 are called Chūshingura, though I assume this story is technically historical fiction. I need to do research to confirm that. These men were brave souls. I saw photos of their real graves online.

I love me some movies which feature culture, weapons, bravery, demons, spirits, witches, spells, and tragic/star crossed lovers. The movie was a tribute to the actual Ronin, but I also continue to wonder what truth is behind the love story which permeated the film. Was there really a half breed and a beautiful princess in this story? Is it true that Kai sacrificed his own life to save her life and restore honor to his people? People who gave him no respect until the very end?

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~~★The supernatural spider infused with witch breath and Lord Kira’s blood.★~~
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There were three scenes I really liked. The first was when the witch uses a spider to poison Lord Asano. The evil witch seamlessly floats into the Lord’s room to drive him mad. She weaves around magically then hovers upside down above his bed while he sleeps. With crazy hair curling about looking like spider legs, she releases a supernatural spider infused with her breath and Lord Kira’s blood. The spider crawls across Lord Asano’s lips leaving a trail of glowing poison which seeps into his mouth.

Another scene I liked featured the witch becoming a dragon with no extremities. I adore dragons. The graphics in this scene were amazing! Critics who say otherwise know nothing about the artists and processing power needed to drive such a scene. The digital fight scene was choreographed well. When the witch was killed by Kai, the tail of the dragon shrunk back into her flowing gown. She laid dying on the ground. I also loved that her eyes were two different colors. Of course! I would have liked to see more spells in this movie for sure.

Maybe I am a hopeless romantic, but what can I say? I like to see the rise, fall and resurrection of an empire hinge on the power of love. It seems that Kai and his Princess, Mika were star crossed since their youth. Even though they couldn’t be together, they cared deeply for one another and vowed to find one another in another life. Before his death, Mika told Kai “my father told me, this world was only a preparation for the next. That all we can ask is that we leave it having loved and being loved.” He told her “I will search for you through a thousand worlds and 10,000 lifetimes until I find you.” With tears she replied “I will wait for you in all of them.” Lovely!

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~~★Kai and Mika★~~
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If you haven’t seen 47 Ronin, I would say it’s worth a watch. It is a story about honor, bravery, magic and love. It would also be great to honor the real samurai warriors by taking some time to learn about their real story and sacrifice. I know as a lover of history and records, I will take time to learn more about these brave samurai warriors. This page on the 47 Ronin is a great place to learn about the real story.
~★~

Breathtaking White Cliffs

Posted April 12, 2014 by F Lujan
Categories: Addiction, Awesomeness, Body and Mind, Dedication, Health and Fitness, Historic Sites, National Monuments, Nature, New Mexico, Obsessions, On the Right Track, Positive Energies

Today marked the official start of hiking season…sun’s out, guns out. Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument offers an easier hike than needed, but you can’t beat the beauty of these chalky cliffs. The geology of the park is breathtaking.

There were at least 20 geologists hiking, sitting and taking scientific notes together. How fun! They were noting and sketching striations, faults and distinct deposits in the ancient volcanic rock and ash. The Tent Rocks were created by the erosion and weathering of volcanic, pyroclastic flow deposits in the Jemez Volcanic Field.

The volcanic explosion is said to have happened between six and seven million years ago. Kasha-Katuwe is very close to Santa Fe via Cochiti Pueblo and sits on land managed by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM). It is a great place to warm up your hiking muscles, as the climb to the very top is steady and not very technical.

Watch an old video on my YouTube channel: “View From the Top” (2012)

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Shadow Play

Posted April 11, 2014 by F Lujan
Categories: Addiction, Allusion, Awesomeness, Bad Ass, Body and Mind, Dedication, Diet, Digital Composites, Fitness, Fitness Rants, Health and Fitness, Illusions, Inner Beauty, Obsessions, On the Right Track, Outer Beauty, Pleasure and Pain, Poetry, Poets, Positive Energies, Reflection, Strength, Women, Workout, Writers, Writing

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★My Friday night jump rope shadow**** Hittin’ it like a boss.★
………………………..
Shadow me. I’ll show you the “ropes.” With my hardest set you couldn’t cope.

Some women love to stretch the truth. They work their “ab” then swig Grey Goose.

They act like they can break a sweat, but really they ain’t seen nothing yet.

Some woman think they’re fitness queens, yet off 5 lbs they’re yet to wean.

They have no strength or heart to match. The beast mode bug, they’ll never catch.

Some women can convince the best that in the gym they’ll pass the test.

They act like they can swim the seven seas just by posting healthy recipes.

Some women really have no clue on how to lift or what to do.

They think that they can work the chains, but have never even brought the pain.

Some women drink, some women smoke, but in the gym they’re just a joke.

Shadow me. I’ll show you the “ropes.” With my hardest set you couldn’t cope.

by Felicia Lujan
4.11.2014


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