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11/9/16

 

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I’ve been saying Fuck fear! to everyone today, especially myself. The surrealistic results of last night’s election were shocking and fostered images of increased violence, economic disparity, disenfranchisement, senseless cruelty and suffering in our country and beyond our imaginary borders…yet while out with our dog, I marveled at the stars sparkling as they have and will for eons.

So many compassionate people with social and historical understanding are scared, yet fear is how slave owners and terrorists, bullies and rapists, gangs and militias have gained and maintained entirely too much privilege for too long. Fear paralyzes. Fear wraps us in numbing behavior, PTSD and isolation. I’ve spent too much of my life focused on moving out of fear to embrace it now because our young nation is struggling with issues of entitlement and humanism; the ideals of capitalism and democracy; the definitions of freedom and propaganda. Fear locks the brain in a simplified fight or flight state rather than perceiving others through the complex lens of empathy and layered perspectives.

Fear, like anxiety, is a mighty imaginative force. If I let it root I’ll be paralyzed in ways I’ll be too blinded to even see, so fuck fear. We rise above bad circumstances and heal through love and connection so let’s make our way to 2020 as intact as we can as a nation, as connected as we can with our entire world and with as much deep listening, caring and intelligence as we can offer one another.

May all be happy, safe, healthy and at peace.

 

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Broken & Beautiful

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I never know what I’m going to do in art, whether literary or visual. Yet I’ve recently been inspired by the concept Broken & Beautiful since we all are, one way or another.

One of the TedTalk speakers points out that the chance of you or I existing is 1 in 400,000,000,000, which makes each of us inherently beautiful.

Yet most of us are also broken one way or another and we’ll all experience death and possibly illness and old age. Yet we’re also brand new within seven years, all of our cells replaced, some replicating 10 to the 22nd power every second.

While these numbers are unfathomable to me, I fully grasp how vulnerable and resilient we are.

Though I thought Broken & Beautiful was an original idea, an internet search demonstrated that others are working with this concept. Still, I love the theme and will continue using eggs to explore it.

Why eggs? They’re  gorgeous: their shape, texture and range of interior and exterior colors. They’re also the beginning of life for many species and must be broken for that life to live independently. So I’ve broken and eaten the eggs (yum) and also knit the heart-scarf.

To our beauty and resilience as well as the power of our vulnerability and ways that we’re broken.

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