Put Your Conscience to Vote

A few weeks ago I unexpectedly caused quite the uproar on a facebook post.

Conversation heated up.

Blood pressures shot up.

Fingers frantically typed opinions.

Peers pushed for their way or the highway. I was removed from several friends facebook lists.

Still people didn’t get the point. It’s not about YOU voting exactly like I would.

GASP! Really. It isn’t. America is still free. Is it not? It IS about YOU VOTING. Period.

Yes, this vote is crucial. Every vote is. Every. single. one. I think we all know this is why we have smear campaigns and never an honest campaign. It’s extremely hard, and discouraging to say the least to figure out how to vote. Just when you think you have a candidate in your sites, BAM, he or she is knocked out of the race by scandal. Or typically, for me anyways, he’s bumped by a front runner.

Voting has been so ingrained into me that as much as I’d like to say, “Well, my candidate dropped out, so I did too.”, I can’t. I simply just can’t. Some of us would rather throw our vote away by voting the “lesser of two evils”, than study and learn about the ones still in the race and vote our conscience.

More than likely, we just won’t vote at all. And though we may vote in the primaries we definitely won’t vote in any mom and pop local elections…you know, the really important ones for judges, mayors and the like. After all, what difference can they make anyways?!

All the difference in the world! IF we let it.

I challenge my readers to actually sit back and SEE our countries major issues. Take the time to think through things logically and realize that if we have no country (ahem, we go bankrupt) those soapbox issues won’t matter anyways.

I have heard from people in all walks of life and on all sides of the fence. The constant complaint is this economy. It is, indeed. We would like to blame Obama, they want to blame Bush. We want blame Clinton, they want to blame Bush. We want to blame Carter, they want to blame Reagen. Do you see it?

Is voting for the man who will stand up and say, “Nana, nana, boo boo.” to the other side, with no other effect really to our benefit? I think not.

Furthermore, I won’t vote for the man who can’t use a business mind to breathe some fresh air into the deflating dollar. I also won’t vote for a man because he’s got a nice looking family. Or for the color of their skin. Or for the sex on their birth certificate.

Rather, I would like to vote for someone who fears God, in that, he actually acknowledges He IS. And has the same attitude as our creator – free will of the people to choose for themselves, and to govern themselves. Does this mean he has to sit in the same church pew as me? Nope.

Maybe this perfect candidate is right under our noses but we on the Right wing, or they on Left wing, refuse to see what we are flapping our wings over, because he’s…hmm, which superlatives should I use…too perfect or too marred. Or he is too young. Too old. Too jaded. Too happy. Too worldly. Too cloistered. Too immoral. Too moral. Too not who we want to vote for.

I can’t say for whom I’d vote. I have a favorite. He’s been a favorite all along. I admit it, I have a tendency to buck the status-quot and vote my conscience. I figure it’s been pretty reliable all along. Besides, I like being able to live with myself rather than kick myself for following the crowd.

It’s not a vote wasted. It’s a vote kept.

Debbie

(This blog is an entry into a scholarship for school.)

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Conceptual Self Portrait

In an effort to get to know his students and teach us aspects of being the subject of a photo, my photography instructor, Russ Widstrand, gave us the assignment of making a conceptual self portrait. My mind let loose with all sorts of ideas. I really wish I had a studio because I would have had a blast…someday I’ll have a friend who will let me play with their equipment. One can hope, right?!

I decided to make mine a reflective shot. I am definitely in a point in my life where I am pondering all about my future, and learning from my past.

I had the reflection shot off the screen of my Mac Book Pro. My computer is where I learn, communicate, dream, create and so much more. Probably the greatest inanimate object representative of Debbie Borrmann.

I also wanted to go beyond the implied imagery of who I am, and so I included the “me” in writing on my palm.

Let me know what you think. Is this who you see me as? If you were to do a photo-shoot of me where you place me, what would you use to represent me?

Conceptual Self Portrait

Spring 2012…Here We Go

On January 30th, online classes for Academy of Art University spring semester were opened and I was like a kid in a candy store. I really do love school. Sometimes it seems silly and somewhat childish. Maybe even a bit awkward…a middle age woman going to school with all the young people. HA.

It’s still awesome! And I’m still thankful for the opportunity to be learning about something I truly enjoy.

Admittedly, classes this first week of school were a bit overwhelming as my older back decided to rebel by going out of joint. Or something like that. Enough to keep me from being up and about. And more than enough to make me cry.

So, back to school, my classes are Principles of Graphic Design and Photography for Graphic Designers. My instructors are amazing. I love the way they teach. I’m learning to do a LOT of sketching. 10 minutes a day. No censoring my ideas. That aspect is the hardest, as you can imagine, after years of censoring every thought and idea. I have a hard time letting every idea flow as it comes to my mind. I have the tendency to nix ideas before they barely have time to form. The method of sketching thumbnails quickly without censor, and without concern of what others think is quite helpful for me.

Week One – DONE!

The assignment for the week was to create tight thumbnail sketches of pebbles (center). Then take one of those designs and enlarge by hand to a 6 inch square in black and white. Finally, we had to creatively recreate the design however we chose. I used Photoshop.

The other assignment was to communicate three themes using five circles and five squares, and only one line of published text.

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