Sunday, February 24, 2008


I went to see the film Persepolis last night and if you haven't seen it, I recommend that you do. It is smart, artistic, and political all at once. The animation is wonderful. I loved the spare color beyond blacks, greys, and white. It is an autobiographical memoir of Marjane Satrapi who is just around my age, and so some of the musical references were right out of my childhood. The "Eye of the Tiger" scene is the best. Also, having grown up in war myself, I could empathize with her. I couldn't help but think of what my friends in Lebanon have had to endure. Some had and have the option of leaving, should they? Is it better to be where you were born and live in a situation of political unrest and war or travel to the West and be away from your family and your sense of community?

Friday, February 15, 2008


I made this big heart for E. and put small fun stuff inside. I couldn't post a picture of it until I gave it to her, could I? On her radio show, she encouraged everyone, whether in relationships or not, to spread love. I second that. And be positively crazy about it as the quote below suggests.

Here's to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The trouble-makers.
The round heads in the square holes. The ones who see things differently.
They're not fond of rules, and they have no respect for the status-quo.
You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify, or vilify them.
But the only thing you can't do is ignore them.
Because they change things. They push the human race forward.
And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius.
Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world,
are the ones who do.

Jack Kerouac

Monday, February 11, 2008

Become the Sky

Your way begins on the other side.
Become the sky.
Take an ax to the prison wall.
Walk out like someone suddenly born into color.
Do it now...
Die, and be quiet...
Your old life was frantic running
from silence.
The speechless moon
comes out now.

Saturday, February 09, 2008


I have had a few inspirations these last couple of days. Today, I sat back and gave myself a little time to read through Works of Heart: Building Community Through the Arts. How joyful it is to see people using their creative gifts in and for their communities. It helped reiterate something I have always known: Art can change the world.
A poetry teacher summarizes the power of art this way:
Why do I teach poetry? Because I want poets running my neighborhood council, my city, my country. I want poets tuned into the changes in light and season, who know the names of all birds and will notice if fewer of them return in spring. I teach poetry because I want a richer world for all of us- where the truths of the eye and the heart are valued more than those of the pocket book. Where students who experience the balance of a mind at rest in nature will turn away from war as a solution to anything. I want my world governed by writers/thinkers/feelers like Madeline who can feel as sharply as those ancient masters, Li Po and Du Fu, the pangs of loss when the geese depart, and who know that the experience of loss resonates in every human soul. I teach poetry because I know it teaches us to enlarge our compassion for all peoples and creatures, for all of nature in its renewing beauty.
-Alicia Hokanson

Some of the art projects that I found particularly inspirational are:
and especially The Beehive Collective, which is the most political of the bunch.
As often happens with me, I feel like a tornado hit and my mind is racing with thoughts and ideas. It is always a good idea to remind myself to slow down and breathe.
But before I slow down (I am breathing), I would like to share a few images that I found on dear ada the other day. I cannot get enough of the colors and textures of this hanging mobile by Helene Manche.

I also keep on returning sophie cuvelier's website to see her guirlandes/garlands. I hope that you enjoy them as much as I do!

May we create a better world through sharing the beauty that we see around us.

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Snow Moments

Some moments when the snow is bearable, and others when it is not.