Art is Life for this Artist
Ellis Echevarria is hard to categorize. He likes it that way. Art feeds his inner soul. One moment he is discussing sculpting with clay, then he is off sharing his thoughts about the impending metaverse takeover. His creative mind is perpetually in motion.
He works on his iPad and Magic trackpad, using Illustrator, Photoshop and Deep Dream Generator, an artificial intelligence program. He says, “Thousands of years ago, artists were regarded just like philosophers and lawyers.”
Substance Abuse Destroys Lives: But There is Hope with Treatment
Substance abuse and addiction destroy lives indiscriminately. For Wendell Price, it all started at the tender age of thirteen. His uncle offered him an opportunity to escape the house and go cruising in his canary yellow 1972 Datsun 240Z. He remembers taking his first sip of Budweiser beer, not realizing his life would never be the same.
“I was going on rides with my uncle and just cruising around the parks and going off to the beaches, and it all started sociably drinking with my uncle,” Wendell says. “I was so grateful to get out of the house.” For him, it was an escape from his six brothers and sisters at home. He was the oldest in a house filled with more laughter and drama than the Good Times television show.
The ‘Believer’ Rebuilds Lives Through Counseling
Kanye West’s song Come to Life begins with “My soul cries out Hallelujah, and I thank God for saving me.” Shantelle Jacobs relates to the lyrics as a believer, not just in her ability to lead her fledgling business, Pure Mind Counseling & Wellness, but in the power of God to show her his plan for her life.
Shantelle’s beliefs keep her on a path of service like a train on the tracks. She doesn’t want to be a perfectionist because the licensed counselor knows the illusion of perfection can be the enemy and make life heavy. With this knowledge, she is intent on saving us from ourselves.