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this one comes from my friend sarah when she worked at kiehl’s. i was reminded of it in a recent e-mail:

“oh, don’t forget correctify … that’s the one that J used to always say … frank thought maybe she was actually a genius—cuz it’s a pretty good word … too bad she didn’t realize she had made it up.”

tricky. derived from error and ignorance it brilliantly blends two synonyms into a superlative: tweek, fix, correctify. to be reserved for the most extreme fuck-ups: financial, legal, cosmetic surgery, teen parties, etc. when used to its full potential.

contextual use:

“…Warren Buffet correctified Bear Stearns’ collapse by purchasing remaining stock for $15 billion and absorbing it immediately into Berkshire Hathaway.”

“…Sarah, not to correctify you, but tangerine-banana candles don’t go with pine-pond moss ones.”

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With gas prices heading towards four dollars a gallon, this is exactly what we need.

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Recently I’ve been thinking about the power of positive thinking and positive energy.

I believe in law of attraction – the idea that a person’s individual thoughts and emotions both conscious and unconscious, can cause a change in the physical world that attracts positive or negative experiences that correspond to that person’s thoughts. In other words, like attracts like. If you put out positive energy and think positive thoughts then you will most likely attract that same type of positive energy from the world around you. Your thoughts determine your experience. Your mind has power to shape your physical existence.

The Laws of Attraction state that thoughts have an energy that attracts like energy, and that in order to control this energy you must practice these four principles.
1. Know what one desires and ask the universe for it.
2. Focus one’s thought upon the thing desired with great feeling such as enthusiasm or gratitude.
3. Feel and behave as if the objet of one’s desire is already acquired.
4. Be open to receiving it.

If you are always depressed and bitter and you think the world hates you and you’ll always be alone and downtrodden then you will most likely stay that way. If you focus on what you lack in life then you will do nothing but perpetuate your negative circumstances.

I’m not saying that if you think really hard about a cheeseburger that it will fall out of the sky and land on your plate. But I do believe that if you are optimistic in spirit and you remain dedicated and focused on your goals then it is very likely that you will eventually achieve your goals and positive things will happen for you. But if you allow darkness and depression to grab hold of you then you’ll become unproductive and insecure and the negativity will swallow you. You must have faith in times of adversity. When things get tough you need to get tougher and face your battles knowing you will walk away the victor.

It isn’t easy to always be optimistic. Sometimes you have a bad day. Sometimes the darkness creeps in. Sometimes life tests our strength. But no matter what happens we have to try our best to remain positive.

Today I realized that I put out way too much negative energy. I’m always thinking that a disaster is looming ahead. I’m always looking for a car crash or a cancer lump. I’m always expecting the worst. When I have nothing but good things happening in my life.

And then I started to think about how dark and depressing some of my artwork can be. My art has always been my way of exorcising the demons. I always tried to harness that negative energy to create something creative and positive and productive. Painting is my therapy and it allows me to battle with those negative thoughts and feelings that I might have. So on a personal level creating art has been extremely positive and rewarding for me. But I wonder if all of that dark energy has a negative affect on the world around me. Does my art make the world a better place? Does it inspire people in a positive way? I don’t know.

I think my work has always been about the battle between opposite forces – light and dark, good and evil, structure and chaos, love and hate, yin and yang.

but anyway….

I’m trying to be a little more positive.

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Yesterday I went to bed around 8:30 p.m. because I had a killer migraine headache. I’ve found that a good power nap and a couple of Excedrin migraine tablets kill the pain. But when I woke up at 1:30 a.m. I couldn’t get back to sleep. I ended up staying up all night working on various projects that I’ve been neglecting. At least I’m productive with my insomnia. I could have easily watched infomercials for 7 hours while eating large portions of potato chips.

I ended up making some updates to http://www.dustinparker.com, my FINE ART portfolio site. I added some new stuff. Deleted some old stuff.

Be sure to check it out.


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BELLEVUE, Ohio — Police said an Ohio man has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a picnic table.
Police arrested Arthur Price Jr. after an anonymous tipster dropped off three DVDs that reportedly showed Price in the act.

According to NBC Toledo, Ohio, affiliate WNWO-TV, the videos show Price tilting the metal round picnic table on its side and then laying up against it to have sexual intercourse with the table. Afterward, he can then be seen cleaning the table and the deck.

During questioning, he reportedly admitted to having sex with the table. Police said he also admitted to bringing the table inside his home for sex.

Price faces four counts of public indecency. He was freed after posting $20,000 bond, authorities said.

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