Left Brain/Right Brain: Gorgeously Illustrated Mercedes Benz Ads

by JEANNIE on Feb 25, 2011 • 9:00 am 7 Comments
This series of Mercedes Benz ads have left me speechless: what a wonderful way to illustrate the experience of owning a luxury car, which appeals to both your left brain and your right brain. The ad is split neatly down the middle, separating the brain into its clean, analytical left side and colorful, explosive right side. The text on the ad reads:

Left brain: I am the left brain. I am a scientist. A mathematician. I love the familiar. I categorize. I am accurate. Linear. Analytical. Strategic. I am practical. Always in control. A master of words and language. Realistic. I calculate equations and play with numbers. I am order. I am logic. I know exactly who I am.

Right brain: I am the right brain. I am creativity. A free spirit. I am passion. Yearning. Sensuality. I am the sound of roaring laughter. I am taste. The feeling of sand beneath bare feat. I am movement. Vivid colors. I am the urge to paint on an empty canvas. I am boundless imagination. Art. Poetry. I sense. I feel. I am everything I wanted to be.

I like the ad’s subtle branding of the logo tucked into the corner– the illustrations draws you in, and then makes you curious as to who produced it. [Images via Scary Ideas.]


see the images here: http://www.jeanniejeannie.com/2011/02/left-brainright-brain-gorgeously-illustrated-mercedes-benz-ads/



Barriers to Land Connection

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I’ve had the discussion around Land Connection. When writing my business plan this summer, with three sons in my care 24-7. How I did that one: required the skills of a Marathon runner or swimmer. Up for air. Back down.

I’ve been asked, what is Land Connection. How do you explain Land Connection? What do you mean, Land Connection. Well first things first, Land Connection while living in the city can be difficult to do. Given our daily schedules, the time it takes to get from a to b.  Is it about how important it is to be outside that I am promoting, in a way yes. It is also about that feeling you have in the place you are. Research is showing that youth are spending way too much time in front of screens, as are adults. No one is interacting anymore? Or are they.  Families who move into…

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GPS: What is yours? What brings you Joy?


Supersoul message: your dream comes because you have the talent and the capacity. You have the capacity to do anything you can dream of.



“Joy is a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.”





Joy Harjo’s tribute to John Trudell

He was the original thinker who said:

“Think more. Believe less.” (Believe has the word “lie” in it.)

“We don’t need more leaders. What we need are thinkers.”

“We need to make peace with the earth.”

John roused an army of young native spoken word artists, and made it okay for a warrior

To write poetry. Poetry is the love a man and woman make when they create

A planet together. Poetry is a cleansing rain bringing water to a thirsty land.

John said of his poems, “They’re called poems, but in reality they’re lines

Given to me to hang on to.” And hang onto them we did,

from Tribal Voice to Heart Jump Bouquet, to AKA Graffiti Man to Blue Indian, Bone Days, DNA: Descendants Now Ancestors, Madness and the Moremes, Crazier than HeIl, and Wazi’s Dream, and many others.

And hang on to his words we will, for they remind us that:

“No matter what they ever do to us, we must always act for the love of our people and the earth. We must not react out of hatred for those who have no sense.”

These are good words for making a trail through this beloved earth

Into the next world, a road we are all traveling together.

A very human prophet carried these words, to share, for us to continue to share.

Thank you/Mvto for honoring us with your gifts, your smile, your laughter.

John Trudell and his family ask that people pray and celebrate in their own way.

“… I appreciate all of your expressions of love. It has been like a fire to my heart. Thank you all for that fire. But please don’t worry about me, I know what I’m doing…”

We won’t worry. We will look forward to hearing that next concert with you and Jesse Ed Davis in the sky. Don’t look back. Keep going. We will see you on the other side.

Joy Harjo is a member of the Muscogee/Creek Nation, Hickory Ground Ceremonial Ground, and lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Her newest collection is a book of poetry, “Conflict Resolution for Holy Beings,” from W.W. Norton. You can find her at JoyHarjo.com.
Read more at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/2015/12/10/joy-harjo-tribute-john-trudell-162718

The hearts of our Women

The Hearts of our Women, will never mend & still we are Strong 

For all those who have spoken up to the #MMIW, its a collective voice both political and grassroots leadership & the movements from within initiated by our own women, on their own. I include my own story here, initiated during the call out for a nation wide vigil for our Sisters in Spirit.  The feeling that springs forth strength in better ways, and Respect for the dignity of all, especially our strongest and most important, our Lifegivers, Mothers, Women, Aunties, Sisters. I too have lost family to #MMIW & these stories have made me very afraid. I too have had an experience which knocked me down & this is something I have had to work very carefully through. You never do get over these things.

Truths untold, no place to tell

For too long our families have existed in the shadows.  The stories  have left us chilled. Today as I drove around our city, i thought to myself of the women who have been taken from us, in places I drive by each day.  Our recognition in the history of this country is what this country needs, in my heart, to heal from the collective trauma, to a collective recognition of the truth. Today I thought about gathering red dresses and hanging them at all the sites I know of where our women have become Stolen.  There are definitely three sites I can think of. That itself is terrifying. At times I have thought to myself, am I on Ground zero. Plus where is the collective rage. When I held a vigil for Loretta, three people asked “is she your sister?” I was taken back. And at the same time, I feel, of course she is my sister and she is your sister too. She is all of our sisters. As are all of the Sisters. We are all related.

When I asked my Chief, Duncan Michano to stand and put together a vigil, well say some words, by Lake Superior,  including Dr. Paul Berger of Lakehead University, Sharon Johnson who has fearlessly leads up the Full Moon Memory Walk in honour of her sister, and a student in Law at Lakehead’s Indigenous Law Society,  I couldn’t help but to feel afraid myself to put this on but their help mattered a lot.  Did I need help? What kind of help did I need. I had contemplated a small vigil. Something just with my family on the top of Hillcrest. But a feeling came over me that I needed to do something near the water, and offer it for everyone. Scott Mainprize immediately contacted me after I placed the event on Facebook. I was so relieved to have help.  And that is where it happened.   In the midst of this, the Ontario Native Women’s Association helped with refreshments and covered the sound system, & the City of Thunder Bay leant a venue site.  But at the bottom of my heart, I knew we needed to do more.  

I’ve joined in Walks, and with our children. They’ve heard me talk about #MMIW. I realize that children are welcomed everywhere, but after one of my child was nearly hit by a car pulling in who decided to park much to close to my car door, and then my five year old, well decided to yell obscenities, I knew, well this was not the place for children. I apologized quickly. I’ve had my fair share of encounters with crappy drivers and their inconsideration in the past few years. I decided then, if there are cars, or walks, we have to participate in ways that are safe for us.  I’ve decided my energies need to go towards learning and the Land. I know what this means, and I’m considering ways to make this happen. I feel this is my contribution.

But just for today I will start my addition  to the Walking With Our Sisters Collection and I’ll get my children to bead too.

I’m considering what will be on my vamps. I have no clue how to bead. Today I will learn. I will work in the old ways in understanding the value of art, and in knowing that it is art, that always saves. The creative process, as I know, has proved itself to give me strength.  No one can ever tell you art is wrong. It is about your voice.

I too, always include the #WWOS in my work.  I too remember the Grandmothers from the Lifelong Care program  brought to the Thunder Bay WWOS event, and how they told us, in their language, “We don’t know what to do, but we know we MUST do something.”  Their words are a truth. These are the Elders who spoke. We have to listen.

This today: December 8, 2015 #MMIW