Hello, and Welcome to My Blog
I’m the IdealisticRebel (you can call me Barbara)
Those of you who have visited the site before will notice that things look a bit different. I’ve made some changes to make it easier for people to find the content they are looking for here — basically, the blogposts that I wrote and the blogposts that I repost, because the author has something to say that I find interesting or important.
If you’re new here, then again, Welcome! You can see on my header that I post about Women’s Issues, Creativity and Spirituality and Peace.
What does that mean? It means that I post to raise awareness on Domestic Violence, the War on Women, Women’s Rights and other issues that affect women in the United States, and around the world.
I post to promote Peace and Kindness and Beauty and the notion that we are All One People.
I post to encourage people to be Creative — to nurture the Creative Spark within themselves, even in the face of the opposition or misunderstanding of those closest to us. I share the methods I have found that have helped me to be more creative, and I try to highlight the difficulties that the Creative people in the world face when opening up their hearts and souls to allow their art to flow through whatever medium they work in, so that we can all share our experiences and know that we are, none of us, alone.
I post to remind people that, whatever path you are on, we are a children of the Divine. Whatever you call that Divine, whatever method you use to connect to it, Divinity is in all of us and all religions share a commonality of basic decency, humanity and Divinity. I also try to remind everyone that the extremists of any religion, do not speak for all the people of the religion and that we, as human beings, need to treat people as people, not as stereotypes.
I try to remind people that ALL people are equal, regardless of gender, race, religion or spiritual path (or lack thereof), sexual orientation or identity, nationality, creed, color, economic status or any of the other arbitrary and political attributes we use to stereotype other human beings. There are differences in all of us that make us individuals, but basically, we are all Stardust and deserving of love and consideration from and for each other.
Whether your are a new visitor, a repeat visitor, or one of my friends and followers, you are all welcome here.
You can find my posts by clicking on the “The IdealisticRebel Says..” button on the menu on the left. You can find posts I’ve reblogged by clicking on “Rebel Recommends”.
Previous posts, which include both my blogs and things I’ve reblogged, are under the heading “Archived”.
I am also a member of the wonderful group Artists4Peace. If you would like to see the articles which I have contributed to this site, click the Artists4Peace label in the menu. To go to the Artists4Peace site itself, click the Artists4Peace icon in the sidebar.
If you want to know more about me, generally, click “About the IdealisticRebel”
On any page, I encourage you to scroll down to see the Galleries which also highlight the various interests and ideas featured here. Most of these images are from the Internet.
Many of my own posts include photographs which I have taken, and photographs of my paintings and sketches. Please note that these are all Copyrighted by Barbara Mattio. (Where images are used from others within my own blogposts, I do try to make appropriate citations. If in doubt, please assume that all items are copyrighted.)
Thank you for visiting and I hope you will become a part of the growing, loving community of WordPress!