Monday, November 28, 2016
Thanksgiving drifted by like a gigantic Peanuts inflatable. I was feeling fortunate - NYC was a much needed fun and stimulating respite, a great getaway from my everyday. There's nothing like hanging out with millions of humans to remember how small you are in the realm of things. I find comfort in being small and insignificant right now. I think a lot of us have felt like the fate of all humanity has rested on what we as individuals have done for at least a year now. It's exhausting.
The work of the rebellion has begun - I can see it hanging on the horizon. For now however, I choose to keep it there. I need to re-energize until my personal directive comes. But to those who have already begun, May The Force Be With You.
In the Peace I Fortify • 8" X 8" framed to 12" X 12" • $250
Monday, November 21, 2016
Thanksgiving - it's that time of year when families are brought together to break bread and hopefully this year, not each others necks. I'm lucky - I'll be in NYC with a bunch of good Libs. The conversation about the election outcome will be short. Everyone will have already talked out their shock with their own therapists, or on the newest free therapy program, Facebook.
This year, as I do every year, I will turn my thoughts to everything that has nothing to be grateful for. I'm not talking about people who think they have nothing to be grateful for, though they could probably be enlightened, or those who never learned how to be grateful, for whom I do feel compassion. My thoughts will rest on the planet, domestic turkeys, and all of those folks who actually don't have anything to be grateful for.
The times may require a little more attention. Other than not eating turkey, I'm not sure what my course of action will be other than what it has always been - to wake up grateful for waking up to a good life, and to confront injustice and abuse on all levels for all living things on the planet, including, sigh, sharks and grizzly bears.
In the meantime, I will probably give trump tower the finger, God forgive me, as I pass it by on my way to the Statue of Liberty where I intend to thank her, and all of those who have passed and continue to pass beneath her, for making America, growing pains and all, great.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
A lot of us have felt like deer frozen in headlights this past week, accompanied by a real physical, emotional and spiritual pain. My heart, head and shoulders were down around my knees, just plain aching for the people and the planet that will suffer the most.
It was the Supermoon that finally recharged this sorry soul. I got to thinking about how deer must feel with this thing hanging over their heads, especially during hunting season up here in Maine. They've witnessed the results of getting caught in headlights before.
Frozen in this big, inescapable and blinding light hovering above them, did they think it was THE Almighty Headlight come at last to harvest all of their souls, or maybe a Headlight Apocolypse, when all deer are suddenly, puff, gone? It freaked me out! I slammed sunglasses on my nose, rolled up my sleeves, put on my brain protector, and got to work.
Frozen in the Supermoon • 8" X 8" framed to 12" X 12" • $250
Thursday, November 10, 2016
I'm not afraid of the future - it doesn't exist. I'm not afraid of death, just a painful exit - like being halved by a Great White or mauled by a grisly bear. And though these are legitimate and primal fears, they are also fears I can remove from my life, to some extent. I simply don't go where there are sharks and grislies if I can help it.
Rape scares me too. It's a constant primal fear for me, and for most women I think. There's no getting away from the possibility of rape - rapists are everywhere and come in every shape and size imaginable. This fear of rape is the only way I can relate to those people in our country who are scared every day of their lives because they have different skin colors, religions, are physically or mentally challenged, or have different gender preferences.
I was looking at the sky the other night searching for some peace. It was beautiful and magical, and comforting to be in the presence of something harmless and way bigger than I. It's a safe place to put my mind for a while until I see and understand my next step.
I hope you all have a safe and comforting place to put your minds too. I think it will enable us all to find what this country really needs right now, and what our individual rolls will be.
Monday, November 7, 2016
So my drive south from upcountry this morning was just looking through my windshield. It was beautiful out there. I focused on my breath, inhaling slowly and softly, and equally slowly and softly out. It helped.
Breathe • 8" X 8" acrylic framed to 12" X 12" • $250
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Overcast on the Prom • 8" X 8" acrylic framed to 12" X 12" • $250