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I am a Freelance writer, poet, editor, artist & catoonist. My work is used by several OnLine companies to attract readers. Some of my writings have been translated into Chinese on the internet. I am posted on FaithWriters & Ezine and I edit the Harford County Christian Jail Ministry, (HCCJM) Newsletter, in Harford Co. Maryland. A follower of Christ, I work for the humane treatment of prisoners, the homeless and the disenfranchised

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Saturday, August 25, 2007


by J.A. Stratemeyer
August 22, 2007
Art Journal:
This Abstract, "Energy" is my first attempt using chalk pastel only.
I just didn't feel secure enough to work without my pencils & charcoal until I did this piece. It started as a practice sheet and very early on something took over and I abandoned control and just went with it. If you click on the image the larger resolution will show, take a second and just let your eyes and mind get absorbed into the color, you will be surprized at some of the things you see, most of them I did not put in there, it is just the way it came out. At first I didn't think people would like it, but I was amazed at the positive feedback I got. "Energy" is the perfect name for it because as I started to draw & slash with the pastels, using both hands and grabbing different colors at random, I felt almost electrified!

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Progeny of Abraham

God, gave us our life,
and our path to choose.
By our choices each day,

we either live or lose.

Isaac and Ishmael,
of the same paternal line;
Emanations of different mothers,

yet both sons of the Divine.

It seems our present conflicts,
find their origins here.
For both men fathered nations,

founded in jealousy and fear.

We worship the same God,
at least that’s what we claim.
And our tribes trace their source,
to the iconoclast, Abraham.

From our faithful Father,
should we not take our lead,
And shatter our idols,

of mistrust and greed?

For the ancient war continues,
and we are all at fault.
Intolerance and hate have chained us,
to a final, fatal result

Our teachers tell us to,
“Love God and one another,
As we would do for ourselves,
Let us do for our brother”.

Let our kind not die,
bearing the Mark of Cain!
Let us forgive and bless and,
break this age-old chain!

The choices we make,
determine the lives we lead.
Let us forget the past,
and from its curse, be freed.

We are together on Earth,
for so short a time.
God made us all different,
His Will …….. Sublime!

J.A. Stratemeyer
( January, 2002: four months after 9/11)
Illustration top left of poem
by 19th century Master Illustrator, Gustav Dore',
depicting Rebecca & Jacob deceiving Isaac
in order to steal Esau's paternal blessing.
Genesis 27:1-41

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Friday, August 24, 2007

Maryland Blackeyed Susans in Perrier (vase?)

Drawn July 5th 2006
Copyright © 2007 by James A. Stratemeyer
Art Journal:
This is the very first piece of my own art posted on any of my blogs.
It is my first attempt at freehand drawing in over thirty years.

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