December 2020 Happenings

December Happenings

Music 

The Lofi Sofias

This month, truly we are a garage band!

This is from out last backyard practice. 

White Rabbit from the last backyard rehearsal so far this year.

We’ve rehearsing in my back yard, and now that it’s getting really cold, in the garage. With the doors open. And space heaters!

We have a gig! Yes, that’s right. While bars are closed, we are playing from a garage during the Luminaria Stroll.

luminariaSunday – December 13th – 5pm to 8pm in Coconino Estates on Aztec Street during the Luminaria Stroll

Come on out and see the lights and hear some rock-n-roll! I will also be debuting my new Telecaster!

Holly and Pauly – Songs from the Hearth / Isolation Songs

Hopefully these will be a little less sporadic than in recent months.

The entire collection of songs.

Tarot 

Readings – Check out my calendar for availability!

Or contact me directly.

Readings are discounted as we go through these times.

Some reasons and occasions for a tarot reading:

  • It’s the New Year
  • It’s your birthday
  • The seasons are changing
  • You are planning a 90-day sprint with your goals
  • You are at a crossroads
  • You need some perspective
  • You would like confirmation
  • Your life has taken an unexpected turn
  • You have plans to make a change in your life

April Fool’s Journey – the trip through the major arcana continues!

Visual Art

I’m continuing to paint! There are currently four pieces in the works. These are the latest in progress – the large one is close to done, the other two are at the beginning stages. I don’ have a shot of the fourth piece.

Many of the pieces from Sky Pixel have sold, and I am looking to have limited edition archival prints made as well.

Classes

Yoga in the Yard

Written by Jessica Barnes: Come practice community yoga with your neighbors right here in West Flagstaff! Let’s gather for an hour to engage with yoga, movement, healing and each other in a beautiful outdoor setting – the park! Many people in our neighborhood have a personal yoga practice (or are interested in starting one) and we are blessed to have many folks who have also trained as teachers. Let’s create a space and time for those interested to come together and create a community of practice and see what evolves! This week’s session will be led by the fabulous Holly Troy!

Let’s meet for yoga practice:
Saturday December 5
10:30 – 11:30 am MST
Tree Park / James Cullen Park

Please bring a mat, any props you need, and drinking water.
Participation is free.
Donations to teachers are appreciated.
For more information please contact: Holly (cosmichollytroy@gmail.com) or Jessica (jessica.r.barnes@gmail.com).

Workshops will resume in 2021

Astro Luna Alchemy (Co-Creating with the Cosmos)

Picking up in January with the Capricorn New Moon!

Live Guided Chakra Meditations

January!

Writing the Energetic Body

7-Week Embodied Creative Chakra Journey to be released in the Spring!

December Dates Listed

Sunday, December 13th, 5pm to 8pm AZ time – The Lofi Sofias, Coconino Estates on Aztec Street during the Luminaria Stroll

All Month – Tarot readings $45.00!

Throughout the Month – Music

December 24th – my birthday! 

Quick Update (personal stuff, eek)

Since I last posted a “Happenings” post in August, I talked a bit about going through a rough time. I am feeling much better! Still making the map as I go, and it is turning out that besides the brutal year it has been, there is a physical reason for my fatigue and depression. Send any good juju you have to my thyroid! I have felt it slowing down over the last several years, and now it’s officially clinically hypothyroid. Next week will be the decision with my doc on how to treat it. (This is getting pricey, but I value my health over everything).

My Aunt Penny who lives with and takes care of my mom had a heart attack in September. She’s OK, but she can’t take care of my mom as easily. My sisters have been helping to take care of mom. I almost went out to help, but there is a mandatory 2-week quarantine in New York, and the last thing I wanted to do was travel and bring Covid to my 79 year-old mom and 75 year-old aunt. And, my sisters told me to stay put.

It turns out, one of my sisters, while helping take care of mom, got Covid. Mom, Aunt, and other sister all tested negative! Phew. My sister who caught Covid is doing better.

Paul is still pretty down, this year has been unrelenting for him. Completely losing his way of making a living and losing his buddy, Duke has been devastating. And I don’t seem to be very helpful. I’m doing my best to be caring and patient, while figuring out my own stuff (especially energy issues). And I haven’t been very good at making him laugh – not even with my silly dances. The Paul McCartney documentary we’ve been watching seems to be inspiring, which is hopeful. Good vibes, good juju and good cheer his way, please. Hopefully the darkness will pass soon. 

Finally, it’s my birthday! A big one! I’m turning 50 on Christmas Eve. Normally, I don’t talk about my age, or my birthday for that matter, but screw it! Everything is changing and I’ve made it this far. (Believe me – it was a miracle I made it to 18, and back then I thought, “gosh, if I can make it to 21 I’ll most certainly make it to 35, and if I live to be 35, I’ll make it to 85.” At this point, if I remain healthy, and I expect to, I’ll live to be 100. That’s probably good enough. And if I don’t, I just want to live as healthily as possible). 

I wanted to celebrate this birthday year by riding my bike across Ireland. The universe had other plans for me (and for all of us). I don’t think travel is going to be happening, at least overseas, for about two years. Just a feeling. So maybe in two years I expand my trip to include time in Barcelona, maybe some time on the Comino de Santiago. I suppose it’s time to start figuring out the dough for that trip. And yay! Something to look forward to!

Perhaps a bike trip/hike/some outdoor journey along the Pacific Coast will suffice this year. Time to dream up some possibilities! 

Much love, happy holidays, and happy New Year to you!!!

Peace,

Holly

December 3, 2020
Flagstaff, AZ

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I'm a rock-n-roller poet who left the Big Apple for the Big Sky Desert where I've been letting it be and grooving with universal love, singing to the gods, dancing with the muses and bicycling with dreamtime messengers. I like altering my reality through imagination, movement, breath, and makin' stuff.

23 thoughts on “December 2020 Happenings

  1. They are having a Luminaria Stroll? I bet they cancel the luminaria strolls in Albuquerque this year. Excellent your art has sold. When you are 100, you will be able to say, “50 years ago…”

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    1. There are two strolls. One downtown on the 12th, and one at Coconino Estates on the 13th. It’s going to be outdoors – so – should be safe? I’m getting a little bit nervous about how cold it’s going to be for playing outdoors. The wind picked up yesterday and brought in frigid weather.

      Yes, some of my paintings have sold – feels good! I’m waiting for a delivery of white paint so I can continue working on the current paintings.

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      1. Cold air blew in while I was in line to get into Walmart on Tuesday, we had a 1/2 inch of snow yesterday morning, and it was 12ºF when I left the house this morning. I just looked on-line and Albuquerque cancelled the luminaria tours, twinkle lights parade, and river of lights.

        You might be able to see the Geminids meteor show which peaks on the 13th and 14th. Playing in the cold sucks. Will there be some space heaters to help keep you all from sticking to your strings and mics?

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        1. We’ll be playing from a garage with space heaters – so hopefully it won’t be too bad!

          Too bad they canceled the Luminaria – but ABQ is a bigger city than Flagstaff – so perhaps more crowded,

          It snowed last evening, a dusting. The mountain disappeared, but it’s cold blue skies today.

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  2. Looking at your paintings again, I am reminded of Michael D. Coe’s “Breaking the Maya Code.” There’s such an intuitive glyph-ish feel to them that would, like him, stomp Champollion and Harvard down. Not to play in battles, though there’s an intuitive feel of truth is it simply is inside that he moved with. Your paintings do that. Simply a gesture to what they evoke. They have a balance with intensity that has a Placemaker vibe.

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      1. 🙂 It’s so fitting. I’ve been rolling the paintings around in my mouth like poetry editing… knowing I liked them, resonated with them… and then it finally hit me… Glyphs. Personal Glyphs… that might even be actual Maya or sim GLYPHS you archetypal, internally groc’d and painted.

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        1. Jordan – sometimes I just don’t know what to say. You really do have amazing insight and a way with words that is very moving and deep. It’s such a relief, too, a balm against the awful surface bullshit bombardment – it used to overwhelm me when I lived in Manhattan – the constant harassment of the senses via commercial. Now, I don’t even have to walk out the door, all I have to do is open instagram.

          Currently, apparently, the news is out that I need to whiten my teeth.

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          1. Lol. From Instagram? Teeth are bones, and bones are bone color. I see the only naturally occurring white bones to be those from dead things bleached by the sun. I brush them, and like them on the whiter side, though have never placed that my chompers are the first foot forward kinda thing. Nothing wrong with white teeth, though I much more prefer the light and dark on the inside to be clean. 🙂

            I put reviewing your paintings in the back of my mind to gestate. I’d love to write a review for you. I don’t think the artist should have to write anything. Intention is over-rated, and it is far more important (to me) the way things come across… and that’s for others to express/say. I don’t know if it’s true or not, though rumor has it that Picasso kept a revolver filled with blanks in his studio. Any time someone asked him what his paintings mean, he would pick it up, point it at them, and fire. Guess he felt even more intensely what I tried to express above. Lol

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            1. LOL!

              I couldn’t imagine pointing a revolver at anyone – I would constantly be asking myself, what if somehow there is a bullet in there? Too scary! It’s just easier to change the subject, or say, “Listen to this – it is one of my favorite overlooked songs by David Bowie.”

              The instagram is relentless. None of it really matters. Someday, it will all fall away – but for now – I try to look at posting as a little tiny pieces of art.

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          2. And, THANK YOU, Holly, for your accolade on my way with words. I thoroughly appreciate that with !!!s

            Instagram. Yup, I’m starting to get the “Are you trying to ignore chatting with me?!” After I have messaged back “I don’t know you well enough to chat, and if I did, it wouldn’t be chat but a conversation” to multiple women whose bikini is barely on, have one follower and no posts. Two have all of a sudden out of the blue video called me. DECLINE. DECLINE. Get this. The last response after asking me to send a pic of myself… and I replied that there is a pic of me as my profile picture… get this… “Your just angry and fake.” Then, she video called again. DECLINE. Before I could hit BLOCK, her account disappeared. Guess someone else reported “her.” 🙂 IG is a bit like YouTube comments… volatile gas pockets here and there.

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            1. icky!

              The hey there, wanna be my friend thing has passed for me.

              PS – ultra white teeth have always disgusted me – they look like they have a muclear glow. Just looks like someone who spends way too much time looking in the mirror painting poison on their face/mouth.

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              1. ExACTLY! It’s a mystery to me that most people who spend THAT much time in the mirror don’t actually know or like themselves very much. I remember having to duck one year when a friend of mine was all up on his high horse took a swing at me when I said, “Why do you torture and self-sabotage yourself so much?” WHAAAATTTT?, he said. “I mean, you obviously have low self-esteem and don’t like yourself much at all, though you look in every mirror you encounter. That seems to me to be torture. Why look at something so much that you don’t like?” SWISH, DUCK. “It also seems to throw off your aim.” SWISH. DUCK. He stopped when his wife started laughing and “Honey. Tag, you’re it. Own that stuff… or, I will”. 🙂 Oh boy.

                “Painting on Poison.” Now THAT’s a blog/book title for sure.

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                1. That frank Sagittarius energy getting you in trouble?? Ha ha! The wife confirming – even better and a little more dangerous.

                  Painting on Poison – seriously!

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                2. 🙂 I used to be just blunt Sag, which translated to heavy-handed. Then I read Oscar Wilde’s, “If your going to tell someone the truth, make it funny. Otherwise they will kill you.” 🙂 Yes, I gather I kinda went in knowing his wife would ref the fight that wasn’t going to happen. I was fully prepared to frustrate and tire him out just making him continue to miss. The angrier someone gets, the sloppier they are in a fight. That’s often why fighters try to taunt each other in the ring. If you can ripple that water, you’re in like flint. SPARK. FIRE. DONE. K.O. I laugh, as she was a force to be reckoned with in her own rite, and yes, a little more dangerous… and, she could take the problem home with them if he persisted too far.

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                3. this – “If your going to tell someone the truth, make it funny. Otherwise they will kill you.” Oscar Wilde was very wise. (I guess in the end they did kill him, though). I think the other thing is to choose your friends wisely.

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