Life and death, coming and going. It's all been in my universe as of lately. To sit down and write a sensible entry is not going to happen at this juncture. Instead, here are a few things that I embrace in the now:
- Alien space structure found (what!what! what did YOU do at work today???)....The Atlantic The Most Mysterious Star in Our Galaxy (This is the kind of story that orbits my dinner table, filled with future scientists and lovers of all things space related.)
- Lynda Barry's "The Unthinkable Mind" course at The University of Wisconsin at Madison. She's a cartoonist and thinker I follow with child-like delight.
- I'm studying the "philosophy" of storytelling and story structure in cartooning and comics. Ivan Brunetti helps with such ponderous questions.... Jonathan Franzen just doesn't "do it" for me anymore. I've entered and now owning (no looking back!) my full-fledged wacky inner space of scribbles, doodles, and long-form storytelling in graphic style. I have too many years of goodies hidden in journals and random sketchbooks. The inner child has gone wild! (I STILL get weak in the knees at new box of Crayons...what a smell! What a sight!)
- Conscious living, conscious dying. Heavy stuff to contemplate but very necessary. A friend has turned me onto Stephen Levine, Buddhist meditation practitioner/instructor/poet. Levine has a an impressive lot of thought/philosophy in book form. Here's one I am delving into....Who Dies? An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying.
SUCH aesthetics keep my headspace a busy place while outside my studio. My family and I have lively discussions in almost any space (cars, kitchens, cafes, runs, etc), which I think attributes to our solid tight bond as a tribe...we talk about big life questions, what it means to be human, how we can be good to the world (even in the smallest of ways). How can we lift our vibrations and energies to affect change? I showed them this alone with an encounter with our dog....it was almost on cue of an explicit change of energies. Or as my huz likes to say, "You changed your state." Think about how your energy influences those around you....?
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