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UNUSUAL JOB#3 – AN ARTIST WHO IS A PUZZLE SOLVER

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Toledo, Ohio’s Kathleen Gill-Slee is not your ordinary artist. She is also something of a puzzle-solver and a marathon runner.

An honors student in math, English and science in high school, Kathleen knew she could draw from the A’s she received in art class. But she didn’t spend every moment drawing like many would-be artists.

In fact, when she had elective classes to choose during the school year, she chose English courses! By the time Kathleen graduated from high school, she had accumulated five years of extra English courses. “I was a nerd,” she said.

Nerd or not, those classes taught Kathleen to use her mind in ways that helped make her the dedicated, unique artist she is. And she is currently a graphic designer for Hickory Farms in Maumee, Ohio–her day job. “Who else has a job where they can draw all day and get paid for it?” she said.

At the time of this interview, Kathleen had been drawing fruit. Her drawings were clearly visible in the fruit wrapping paper she created for Hickory Farms. But when Kathleen creates wrapping paper, she actually only draws a small section of what will become rolls of it. She has to discover a way to do that one section so it can be repeated without showing any seams. Sound like a puzzle to be solved? It is.

Many sketches later, after discovering a segment that will work, Kathleen sends the segment to the printer. The printer follows Kathleen’s directions to produce a high resolution scan, which is like a very good color photograph. From Kathleen’s one small piece, the printer creates one finished puzzle or huge roll of wrapping paper.

Kathleen has also used her fruit drawings for two of the eight catalogues Hickory Farms owns: Mission Orchards and Pinnacle Orchards. But if you look at the catalogues, you will not see drawings at all. Where is Kathleen’s work? It’s another kind of puzzle.

“I brainstorm with the catalogue manager,” Kathleen explained. From the ideas, Kathleen draws exact sketches to serve as master plans for all the pages and photographs that will be used in the catalogue.

From Kathleen’s drawings, displays are set up for a photo shoot. A local or agency photographer shoots the photographs. Then Kathleen goes to the printer for what is called a “press check,” to make sure the colors come out correctly. After that, the photographs are put into the catalogue, taking the place of Kathleen’s drawings.

“Sometimes, a catalogue has to be designed right at the photo shoot,” Kathleen said. “I play around with props.” Props is short for properties, or pieces that might be used in the photographic puzzles that make up each page of a catalogue: candies, flowers, nuts, bowls, etc.

“There is always something different to work on,” Kathleen admitted. “I once did a scale model of a kiosk (a little booth or stand) and the boxes that went on it. I created 400 boxes in miniature.”

Kathleen makes signs, mailers, packaging, labels, and store display pieces. For the displays and packaging, her work is mostly three-dimensional; that is, work that takes up space in several directions. If Kathleen creates a box, she must imagine how it will look assembled. She must also be able to imagine it and draw it flat, before it is assembled, along with the slots and tabs that will hold the box together.

Kathleen often uses math skills she enjoyed in school to help her figure out how something will look. “I use a lot of math in my work,” she said. “Mostly for packaging. It’s mainly geometry–like the circumference of a circle, the legs of a triangle, or formulas to figure out the square inch area of something.”

Besides doing graphic design, Kathleen also creates pottery. “After graduating from Bowling Green State University in 1994, my first jobs at Office Max and Cherry Dale Farms in Cleveland were very stressful,” Kathleen said. “My brother suggested I take a community pottery class to relax.”

When Kathleen made the move to Hickory Farms, she discovered The 577 Foundation’s Pottery Barn in Perrysburg. She has been making pottery there ever since, and she never stops sleuthing for her next project.

“I was trying to figure out something to do with all the bottle shapes I had been throwing, and I came up with a pig. It just came out of my head. I don’t even know if my pigs have pig ears. They may have cat ears.” She admits that her mood at the time plays a big factor in determining the pigs’ expressions.

Since the first pig was thrown on the potter’s wheel, it has been pig heaven for Kathleen’s new nieces and nephews. They all receive ceramic piggy banks. That is, until she made a purple warthog for her brother-in-law. “The warthog has a Mohawk and several piercings,” Kathleen said.

Hickory Farms once asked Kathleen to use her pottery skills on the job. She developed pieces for miniature ceramic farms that could serve as gifts. Want to ask Kathleen some questions about being a graphic designer, potter and puzzle solver? Leave your questions as a comment and we’ll see what happens!

UNUSUAL JOBS #2

Gia Combs-Ramirez is an energy practitioner and soul intuitive. Here is a brief interview with her.

Q: You have an unusual job and live on a ranch. Could you tell us a little about yourself and what you do?

>>>>>I grew up in Montana where it was very fun in the summer and very boring and cold in the winter. When I was 15 my parents bought a second home in Mexico and I started living part of the year in Mexico (guess which part of the year!) and the rest of the time in Montana. When I was 30, I went through a big crisis (a.k.a Saturn Return) and I felt the need to get more schooling in something, although I didn’t know what.

Much to my surprise, and everyone else’s, I decided to go to massage school. From the beginning I loved the classes that were about energy. After graduating from massage school I continued to study energy through a variety of classes. Eventually I quit doing massage (but I still get them!) and kept working with energy. Energy is like the air you breathe…. you can’t see it (usually) but it is there all around us.

About 7 years ago I discovered I could do my energy healing by phone, which was fun because I began working with people all over the world. I could be sitting on a beach, working with someone on the other side of the world OR sitting in my pajamas while working. I really love my job!

Q: What do you do as an energy healer?

>>>> In a sense we are all healers because our bodies have built in
healing mechanisms. I remind the body about its healing abilities.
Kind of like a mom reminding you to pick up your socks… except it’s a
lot more fun and loving.

Q: What is it like to live on a ranch?

>>>I live on the same ranch that I grew up on. It’s not a ranch with cows and fields of hay or crops. It’s a guest ranch where people come to stay in the summer and ride horses. When I was young I loved the summers which were filled with new friends every week. We liked to play in the creeks, go racing across the meadows on horseback, and lie on our backs on piles of hay and stare at the stars. In the winter my brothers and I had to go to school and that wasn’t much fun.

Then I started going to Mexico in the winters and that was fun for a long time. About 6 years ago I got really tired of moving twice a year (and I had a son who needed to stay in one school), and my husband and I decided to stay on the guest ranch all year. Life is funny. Now I love the winters for being quiet and still and I don’t like the summers with too many people around. As a kid I would have never guessed that would have been possible.

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Q: You write about the science of energy and a relatively new field called energy medicine. How can kids become aware of energy?

>>>>Just like kids are natural artists until school educates them out of it, kids are naturally aware of energy. Energy shows up for children in stories of magic. I don’t believe, however that kids below the age of 14 should be taught about energy.* Children need a lot of psychic protection and deliberately showing them energy can be too much for them before they are ready.

Teenagers do great learning meditation and entering naturally created altered states. For several years I taught meditation to teenagers and they were easily able to enter naturally created altered states of consciousness. I think it’s because their hearts are very open still.

*NOTE: This is gia’s point of view about teaching energy to those under the age of 14 due to her concern about psychic protection. There are those who teach Reiki to children in different parts of the world. There are also books on it for those called to do so. Reiki is actually a form of meditation and can help children who suffer from anxiety or have trouble in school.

Q: I felt sad today because something I wanted that depended on another person’s cooperation no longer seemed possible despite everything I did to find a way to achieve it. I went through a range of emotions from feeling angry to hopeful as I tried to deal with it. I became sad when nothing worked. If I were a young person, what would you suggest that might help someone like me?

>>>>For starters, if you were a child, you wouldn’t be able to explain yourself that way! I remember as a child getting really frustrated with adults who misused their power just because they got to order us around. They would change the rules to suit them, or that’s the way it seemed. That used to make me so mad I would do “battle” with them. Of course, they always won. What I wish someone had taught me was how to call on angels for protection and for help.

Q: Speaking of angels, many people today are talking about angels, guides, fairies, and changes taking place inside us and all around the earth. Is there a way for young people today to understand all of this?

>>>>Children who are exposed to nature at an early age, naturally know about fairies and nature spirits. Santa Claus is one of the best known nature spirits out there. If there is a strong foundation of connection to the earth, established at an early age through play and joy, this will carry them through a lifetime of being a “grownup” who mostly focuses on work.

The job of children is to BE children. Part of being a child is innocence. Whatever is going on in the world needs to be explained in ways that are appropriate for the developmental stage the child is in. The best way to “teach” children is to show them. You don’t have to talk about recycling to a child… just do it.

Q: What is a soul intuitive?

>>>I am able to see the soul or spirit of a person. That is the part
that existed BEFORE you were born and will continue on for more
adventures AFTER this life. The soul shows me all kinds of amazing
things like what it did before this lifetime and what lessons it wants
to learn during this lifetime. I can then give this information to the
person I’m talking to who for reasons that are a bit complicated to
explain can’t always remember these things herself.

Comment: You sound incredibly imaginative!

Q: If a young person or parents of a young person with unusual abilities are interested in learning more about some of what you talk about here, what would you recommend they do?

>>>Young people with “unusual abilities” don’t recognize themselves as having “unusual abilities.” They either think everyone can do what they do OR they think there’s something wrong with them and that they are weird and don’t fit in.

Reading the great classic stories about children with magic and secret lives such as the Chronicle of Narnia books or Harry Potter can show them how in the muggle world you might be weird but in the magic world you might be a Harry Potter! Parents need to be aware of the challenges of being gifted psychically and show their children simple techniques for shielding themselves such as using a bubble of color.

Often times the unusual abilities show up as “disorders,” such as a child empath or healer who has sensory touch disorder. Understanding both the upside and the downside of unusual abilities can help a parent guide the child into the positive expression of his or her abilities… at the right time.

If you are a young adult of 14 or 15, I would suggest finding a good mentor to help you learn about energy to avoid some of the pitfalls. The best way to find a good mentor is to ask your guides or angels to bring you one and then wait and see who shows up.

Q: There’s a great deal of talk today about the children who are Indigos, Rainbows and Crystals. Is it important for a child to know that they are one of these? What should a parent do if they think they have one of these children?

>>>>Indigos, Rainbows and Crystals are names that adults have used to describe the children that have been born in the last 18 years. These children often remember who they were before they became a human, have special gifts and talents musically or artistically, and also have talents in the intuitive fields such as being telepathic, telekinetic, intuitive and so on.

Parents need to become educated about these children and their special needs because these young people do not fit into our typical education and social structures. Be open to creatively raising these children, following your own intuition about what’s best for them.

Nontraditional schools such as Waldorf, Montessori and home schooling are best options for them. These children have very sensitive energies and having them around a lot of technology (i.e. computers) at an early age is not healthy for them.

Drugging them on ritalin or other “fit in” drugs will cut them off from their essential knowing and will create “lost” adults. On the other hand if parents understand simple energy techniques such as Reiki or Crystalline Consciousness Technique they can use these techniques to help their children, not so much “fit in,” but bridge the gap between their unique gifts and the existing systems that are currently being offered in education and other social structures.
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To learn more about energy healing and modalities such as Reiki and Crystalline Consciousness Technique, you can look on this site, or visit sites that offer energy work and other forms of spiritual and personal growth work.

If you have questions for gia or the POFFF, please leave comments below, and we will try to address them.

UNUSUAL JOBS: A SERIES

THE FIRST IN THE SERIES: CHOREOGRAPHER… DANCE MAKER…

Because choreographers are dancemakers, the POFFF decided to give you a snippet of what they produce and do on the job. It’s all about dancing and an art form. Want more information on how to become a choreographer? Click here.

Check back often as this series of unusual jobs continues. The POFFF will feature some interviews with people who have what some might find as unique and very special employment.

Click on the links below the slideshow to see more examples of choreography.

Ballet classical, story and contemporary

A choreographer at work

Another choreographer at work with the composer of the music for his ballet

Before its seen on stage choreography can look like this

Theatrical dance… interviews

More ballet fun

Musical theater – Jerome Robbins – An American master of choreography for the stage and film.

Giselle as the Danes do it

Enchanted Shoes

I found a pair of shoes that I would love to own and I think many elfin folk would enjoy wearing them. I have green fairy shoes, but I can’t walk far in them.

Check out these enchanted shoes. Can you make your own?
Check out these enchanted shoes. Can you make your own?

Thank you to artist Lexi Sundell for sharing these with the world on line. If you’d like to read the story behind them, click here.

Do you have enchanted wear? Can you make some?

Scared, Worried? Use Your Energy Potential & Tap Your Fears Away!

Are you worried about lots of stuff?

Do you find it hard to take tests because you get so scared that you forget everything you know?

Do you feel afraid sometimes about the same things, but don’t know what to do about how you feel?

There are many ways to help you with what are called anxiety, phobias, and fears and the ones I mention here are from energy healing, or energy psychology, but the great thing is, you don’t have to be a psychologist to use them.

One way is Hawaiian and is called DMT or the Dynamind Technique. There are instructions on the linked page and they are free. There is a booklet you can send for and if you send a donation, Aloha International will mail you booklets to serve a group you belong to.

Another way was developed by a man named Gary Craig and is called EFT or Emotional Freedom Technique. The POFFF Master learned about it from a father who uses it and has worked with young people. A school psychologist also uses it at Maumee Valley Country Day School in Ohio with young people, and it is part of a research project being conducted there. If you click on the link, you can send for a free EFT manual that will arrive by e-mail. There are videos and other information on the site.

Both systems use tapping that you can do on yourself. The points you tap on are actually acupuncture points, the ancient Chinese method that has a lot of research behind its effectiveness. You can tap your way to self-confidence, and you can prepare for and pass tests feeling calm and safe as many other students and adults have done using these techniques.

You can also overcome shyness and embarrassment that may stop you from being all you dream of being.

Besides these techniques, you can also visit the page called, Chamber of Energy (above) and breathe in the energy there that is called Reiki. The POFFF Master personally uses Reiki and Crystalline Consciousness Technique (CCT) to help her in daily life in situations where she feels uncomfortable or unsure of herself. She recommends both systems, and feels that they are very spiritual, though in no way affiliated with a specific religion.

If you discover something that works for you, please let the POFFF Master know about it by leaving a comment below. What helps you may help someone else, especially someone who right now is saying or feeling that these ideas are ridiculous, stupid, or faulty in some way, or has tried many things and feels that nothing works. Don’t give up!

Please note that even though EFT may be called energy psychology and that some of these techniques are used by therapists and counselors, some problems are best directed to a licensed professional like a school psychologist or a medical doctor, especially if they interrupt your ability to live your life. At the very least, mention reoccuring symptoms or problems when you visit doctors, school counselors, or other helping professionals. If you use any of the practices in this blog, you may be able to cut down on medications or avoid expensive or invasive medical treatments.

One last idea you might try is to take a little time alone. Sit quietly. Breathe in deeply three times. Go deep inside yourself. Pretend you have a magic map that shows you things inside yourself that only you can see. With your eyes closed, look at this map inside you. It may look something like the map Harry Potter uses to locate people inside Hogwarts.

Your map may give you pictures, images, feelings, or shapes and colors of energy inside you. You may know or feel guided how to best use or change that energy so that you feel better. Allow your imagination to bring relief by working with the energy or picture. Change a color, shape, or size of what you find there and then notice what happens to how you feel or what you find in your life.

When I locate energy that doesn’t feel good inside, I use a magic vacuum cleaner to suck it up. It’s a nifty model because it sucks up the energy and changes the energy it picks up. It shoots the changed energy like fairy magic dust or star dust out its back side away from me.

I hope one or more of these techniques helps you today. Energy fields also help you. If you haven’t read the blog on setting these, you might do that now and try it out several times before you have a big test or event. Let me know how you do.

-The POFFF Master

P.S. If you enjoyed this page and found it helpful, and want to learn more about energy helping you, check out this link

Check out my Slide Show!

The Power of Team – “Rafts”

Fairy penguin saved from predators The flightless fairy penguin of Australia

Clumsy on land, a fairy penguin can’t survive for long. Not with the introduced fox as its natural enemy. But look what they do! After each day in the water, they gather where the surf meets the shore until each penguin has joined them. Then they march up the beach to their burrows together. They support each other and rely on each other. Each one is an important part of the whole. And because they know this – instinctively – everyone of these penguins wins.

More pics here