Job’s Tears from the Na Pali Coast of Kauai


Into a chasm of twisted trees the trail went,
young flowers floating on green stems beside it.

Awoke from the dark of shadow cast flight,
Into the open, sea stretched to the depths of sight.

In the distance a beach so many times passed,
While I thirst for dreams of bluff covered in grass

Barefoot of mine kept moving, eyes lingered for a while,
Caught in webs of wonder like an awestruck child.

Gaze returned to feet set in motion,
In the distance, pulsating crash of ocean

Soon again revealed to whales if they looked,
To find me thinking that I was wrapped up in a book.

Drank in the view for a moment or two,
then dipped to the river where the Job’s Tears grew.



NaPali4This is a poem written just now and some photos from the sacred expanses of the Na Pali Coast of Kauai. I have now visited this coast on several different occasions, and have often on these journeys gathered the seed-beads of the Job’s Tear plants that grow near some of the creeks and rivers.

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I have been threading these beads on waxed linen to make Buddhist malas and Sufi tasbeehs as well as on stretchy synthetic line to make bracelets. Some of these are currently available thru the 1st of March, 2014 on my crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the Sustainable Cup Challenge Do School Fellowship which I was accepted to and just began here in Brooklyn.


– Joseph Stodgel, 2-24-14

The Crowdfunding Campaign for Jo’s NYC Fellowship is Alive!

The many hours of writing, painting, singing, bead-work, metal bending, web design, talking and editing, the crowdfunding campaign for my NYC Do School Fellowship has been released from my humming computer to the vast world of the wide web!

I am excited to post regularly during this month of crowdfunding with photos of the new paintings and artworks that I have made, samples of notes from past educational programs, a random video or song thrown into the mix, and some explanations for why I have chosen to focus on these certain offerings and styles.

Below and here you will find a link to the Indiegogo campaign, the links to the pages I have set up here onsite with a sampling of the artworks that I have made to exchange for your generous contributions, as well as some of the text from the campaign. Thank you kindly and please share it on your social networks and such!

Support and share the campaign at

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Greetings! My name is Jo and I am from Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Two years ago I initiated work in South Africa to “upcycle” an old dumping site into the home of the Trash to Treasure Festivals. It is my passion to show people how they can use “trash” beneficially for the upliftment of their communities. I am also a passionate artist and am gladdened by the opportunity to make more art.

I recently was accepted to the Sustainable Cup Challenge Fellowship in New York City with The DO School. The main goal of the fellowship is to prepare and guide young entrepreneurs through the challenges of starting and sustaining a successful project in response to a pressing issue in their communities. I want to build upon the work that I have accomplished in South Africa and establish an eco-brick program in Santa Fe that addresses local plastic pollution.

Your contributions to this campaign will provide me with the support I need to participate in the NYC fellowship, to take my upcycling projects to the next level, and to produce a new series of artworks as well.