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New Valentine Cards!


Inside text: Be Mine

Travis Bone

Featured Artist: Travis Bone is the founder and creative force behind the poster and illustration studio Furturtle Show Prints. As Bone puts it, “the weird state of Utah” is home and a constant inspiration for his iconic imagery. Bold yet economical use of color and line work reminiscent of hand-carvings abound in his sometimes dark, often whimsical illustrations. Although Furturtle Show Prints is known worldwide for hand-printed posters that often feature bands that a few people have heard of, Bone is a prolific creator of logos, snowboard and ski graphics, labels for bottles, drawings for clothing, and all manner of illustrations for myriad purpose.


Inside text: Connected by heart strings.


Inside Text: You set my heart aflame.


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Denise Gallagher

Featured Artist: Denise Gallagher draws incessantly and loves to make beautiful things. She has been recognized for her talents by such esteemed organizations as Print magazine, Communication Arts magazine, and the Society of Illustrators. Gallagher’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the US. Her images provide glimpses of a mysterious tale that has yet to be written. Seemingly random objects become deeply meaningful and infused with magic. Gallagher’s work is meandering, mysterious, and never mundane. http://www.denisegallagher.com


Inside Text: I’d follow you anywhere.

Renée Locks

Feature Artist: Renée Locks is a painter, calligrapher and poet. She taught Western calligraphy for ten years before devoting herself to the sumi-e brush and shodo – the way of writing beautifully. Locks is inspired by ancient Asian calligraphy, especially by the Japanese Kansai style of writing, which is executed rapidly and without lines. She describes it as “like walking a tightrope between control and freedom, mind focused as a straight arrow, from top of head through the brush, no hesitation.” She paints on 300-year-old rice paper and grinds her own ink with an ink stick and water on a special stone. http://www.reneelocks.com

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World Record Tree Hugging – UPDATE!

It’s official; the Guinness Book of World Records emailed to confirm that Portland Parks & Recreation‘s Hoyt Arboretum and Treecology NOW OWN the new world record for tree hugging with 951 people simultaneously giving minute-long hugs to the arboretum’s trees last July! Congrats to the nearly 1000 folks who took part!

Amber Lotus staff help create history at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon.

It was a bright sunny day in July. Hoyt Arboretum and Treecology were hosting an attempt to break the Guiness World Record for the most people simultaneously hugging trees in one place at one time.This fun event, and others like it, are a way to raise awareness of the ancient souls that clean our air and feed our environment. Amber Lotus had donated a box of 2014 Tree Huggers calendars to help raise funds for the Arboretum. It seemed only right that we, as diehard tree huggers, help make history.

Tree Huggers 2014 Wall Calendar

Tree Huggers 2014 Wall Calendar

Although we intended to arrive by the 2 pm start time, we wound up distracted and delayed by live music and sand sculptures at Pioneer Square. Fortunately, the Arboretum is just a short train ride from downtown Portland. Thus, we casually strolled up to registration around 2:45, just 15 minutes before the grand tree hug. Being among the last arrivals, my companions and I found a large tree to share in the nearby stand of Douglas Fir reserved for the chronically late. We leaned back to wait.

With only five minutes to go, we heard the registration folks announce that we were just 35 people short of achieving the world record. Volunteers ran out in every direction to beg, bully and cajole passersby into joining the effort. We watched in bemusement as people trotted up the path, proving that Portlanders are always willing to help—especially when trees are involved. As each newcomer signed in, the registrars called out numbers: 30, 25, 20. We were down to just 5 people short as 3 pm rolled around.

A tree hugger at the edge of the copse noticed a wedding party being photographed down the hill and shouted to one of the volunteers, who sprinted down the hill towards the party. A few moments later a cheer rose up as the wedding party, official photographer in tow, crested the hill, rushed to registration and signed in to hug a tree.


Some of the Huggers that participated in the Guiness World Record Tree Hugging event at the Hoyt Arboretum in Portland, Oregon, summer 2013. Photograph by John Klicker. keefeklicker.com

Now we had enough people but not enough nearby trees. The rules stated that multiple people could share a tree, but that we could not touch each other. So we all squeezed in. Tall people hugged high, short people hugged low. As we rearranged ourselves, more people wandered in to join. Finally, at 6 minutes past the appointed time, the whistle sounded and we all grabbed our trees and hung on. Videographers ran through the forests filming the minute-long simultaneous hug. And then we were done.

Final count? 951 people, handily beating the previous world record of 702 in the UK and just squeaking by an earlier attempt (not yet certified) of 935 tree huggers in Minnesota.

— Aleta Florentin, Production Manager, Amber Lotus Publishing

Other Hugging products by Amber Lotus:

Holiday Tree Hugger Card

Tree Hugging Santa – Holiday Cards

In Honor of the 14th Dalai Lama’s Birthday — July 6th

“Without love, human society is in a very difficult state; without love, in the future we will face tremendous problems. Love is the center of human life.”

– from Kindness, Clarity & Insight by the Fourteenth Dalai Lama, His Holiness Tenzin Gyatso, published by Snow Lion Publications

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama is an inspiration and an example of how a person can live their life in such a way as to be a genuine benefit to others. In a world filled to overflowing with superficiality and surmise, His Holiness is a role model for countless people across the globe. It seems the world is desperately hungry for something – someone – who is authentic, and who genuinely embodies the highest human ideal. In the age of disbelief, the Dalai Lama has become a profound example of what is possible for human beings to accomplish. In simple terms, we need a hero, and the Dalai Lama is that person. I once heard him say, “One more Buddhist in the world makes no difference; but one more kind person makes all the difference.” When he says, “My religion is kindness,” he wipes away the barriers between nations, creeds, ideologies and individuals and offers a simple self-evident truth that is beyond belief and disbelief. The highest wisdom is love and human kindness and there is no future without it.

In the month before his April visit to Oregon this year, he had been to Italy, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, England, India and Maryland – all in a 30-day period. I think about that kind of tireless effort to raise the sum when I’m standing in line impatiently at the post office.

Tim Campbell

Tim Campbell – VP Sales and Marketing – Amber Lotus Publishing

Tim Campbell, Amber Lotus Publishing

 Lessons in Compassion

The crowd waiting to hear the Dalai Lama speak was fidgety. His Holiness was not scheduled to speak until 1:30 but ticket holders clustered before noon. Some brought sack lunches to eat while they waited. Some applied sunscreen as they tucked in for a lesson in patience. Some chatted with friends in the warm spring sunshine.

Since we had assigned seats, I didn’t feel compelled to wait in line before the doors opened. I had a handful of pamphlets that I wanted to distribute before my fellow Oregonians disappeared into the arena. As a healthcare advocate, I see every crowd as an opportunity to share my message. People graciously accepted my flyers and shared stories about friends and family that needed healthcare.

What I enjoyed most was the glint in the eyes of those in line. This was primarily a middle class crowd. They had the privilege to take the day off from work for a non-emergency situation. Normally, passing out flyers about a clinic that caters to the needs of the poor is met with lukewarm reception from those waiting in line to be entertained. This time, the crowd was smiling and receptive. We were all looking for wisdom, not distraction. We were all on the same page.

Inside the arena, the audience chatted warmly with each other. People stepped easily aside to help others to their seats. I have never seen so many hugs shared as greetings in a sports stadium before. This was a gathering of 11,000 truly content people.

When the Dalai Lama started speaking, the source for their bliss was clear. He stood humbly on the stage and gave a brief lesson in achieving world peace. It was direct and accessible. He spoke with humor and with patience. It was a lesson we were craving.

The message was fairly simple. In order to succeed as a species, we must nurture our children so that they can grow to be healthy decision makers. The Dalai Lama was adamant that this century belongs to the people who are currently under 30 years old. He reminded the crowd of the changes that occurred in the last century. He cautioned that the technology available today and in the next few decades can cause great joy or great sorrow. Our choices must be made with clear vision and active compassion.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama gives a different presentation every time he speaks. The main message is the same: be kind to all.

In two days, it would be Mother’s Day. His Holiness focused on the innate compassion in women and the importance of being a loving mother. I bit my lip and sat back in my chair.

I had the privilege of being raised by a loving mother. She was the personification of compassion in my life. She worked in a school for children whose behaviors made them an inappropriate fit for foster care. She donated to charity even when our family’s income made us eligible for charity ourselves. She gave wise counsel to the troubled. She cooked meals for the hungry. No one left her house empty handed or empty hearted. I miss her every day.

The things that I learned from my mother, I have tried to bring to Occupy Medical. Every time my mobile free clinic pulls up to the curb, I take a deep breath and steady myself just as I have seen my mother do before starting a challenging project. When our bus opens the doors, patients from all walks of life are already lined up, waiting for care. Occupy Medical is committed to bringing care back into healthcare. Not a week goes by that at least one person tells us that this was the first time they had been treated with respect by a healthcare professional. When I ask them if they also want a hug, the answer is, invariably, yes.

The Dalai Lama had hit a nerve for me. He told us that it was in our natures, our very souls, to spread compassion. We need it just as we need the food we eat and the air we breathe. The words of His Holiness brought focus to ideas that I knew in my heart to be true. My mother spent her lifetime living these ideals. I was still fumbling along, trying to catch up. My work as a health care advocate has served as a playing field to manifest these goals. The rewards are boundless. I just hope my little brain can keep lessons of Buddha and my mother in a safe and easy place for my heart to reach.

Sue Sierralupe

Guest blogger Sue Sierralupe is a freelance writer, certified herbalist and Occupy Medical clinic manager.

Guest blogger Sue Sierralupe is a freelance writer, certified herbalist and Occupy Medical clinic manager. She and a group of dedicated volunteers offer free holistic medical care out of a retired blood mobile every week for the people of Eugene, Oregon. To find out more about Sue and her current projects, check her blog and websites.




His Holiness the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama – Heart of Wisdom 2014 wall calendar – Amber Lotus Publishing