April 30, 2013 § Leave a comment
One day I woke up
and looked out my window
And there were roses all around,
Pink ones and red ones,
I went out and feeled them and feeled them,
And they were nice and soft
Like my sister’s velvet dress,
And they smelled like a birthday cake
And like I would be in the woods
When I am walking
-A child’s Poem (anonymous), from Peter Elbow’s “Writing with Power” wouldn’t it be great to be able to write this well!
April 23, 2013 § Leave a comment
April 4, 2013 § 3 Comments
Every morning I wake, dress in the dark, go downstairs.
April 3, 2013 § Leave a comment
“Researchers stress that whole areas of our lives have become open to commercial intervention…
March 9, 2013 § Leave a comment
“Dogmatism of all kinds–scientific, economic, moral, as well as political–are threatened by the creative freedom of the artist. This is necessarily and inevitably so. We cannot escape our anxiety over the fact that the artists together with creative persons of all sorts, are the possible destroyers of our nicely ordered systems.” – Rollo May
February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
“Blockage can occur if you decide, at a conscious or unconscious level, that the world is too sick, difficult, unresponsive, alienating, stupid, or bourgeois a place in which to do art. In a manner of speaking, you judge the world a fraud or a failure. This judgement is often tied to your feeling unrecognized, unrewarded, rejected, and embattled. But the judgement may arise independent of your personal frustrations, independent of the cattle-call auditions you endure or the embarrassing smallness of the roles you win. It may come upon you simply because you chanced to watch the news.
It is easy to grow cynical or misanthropic, but it is harder to realisze that such cynicism can become a source of blockage. The artist, angered or saddened by the world, may not understand that his blockage is more accurately his refusal to bring art products into a world that he does not love.”
– Eric Maisel
February 27, 2013 § Leave a comment
“We do not have to spend money and go hungry and struggle and study to become sensual; we always were. We need not believe we must somehow earn good erotic care; we always deserved it.
Femaleness and its sexuality are beautiful. Women have long secretly suspected as much. In that sexuality, women are physically beautiful already; superb; breathtaking.
Many, many men see this way too. A man who wants to define himself as a real lover of women admires what shows of her past on a woman’s face, before she ever saw him, and the adventures and stresses that her body has undergone, the scars of trauma, the changes of childbirth, her distinguishing characteristics, the light is her expression. The number of men who already see in this way is far greater than the arbiters of mass culture would lead us to believe, since the story they need to tell ends with the opposite moral.”
― Naomi Wolf, The Beauty Myth: How Images of Beauty are Used Against Women
February 24, 2013 § Leave a comment
November 6, 2012 § Leave a comment
Sometimes at that moment a wave of light breaks into our darkness, and it is as though a voice were saying: “You are accepted. You are accepted, accepted by that which is greater than you, and the name of which you do not know. Do not ask for the name now; perhaps you will find it later. Do not try to do anything now; perhaps later you will do much. Do not seek for anything; do not perform anything; do not intend anything. Simply accept the fact that you are accepted!” If that happens to us, we experience grace.
October 21, 2012 § Leave a comment
“When the anima or animus projections [onto others] are withdrawn, the complex of energy that was bound up in the projection is also withdrawn. What this means practically is that a woman stops blaming her ‘lack of opportunity’ on the construction of her genitalia, or on the prejudices of society. No longer identifying herself as a victim, she begins to consider her own self-image as a possible basis for the inadequacy she feels. Instead of trying to be what she thinks will ‘succeed’ in the world, or ‘what the world wants’, she resolves to turn her attention to becoming more fully what her authentic nature longs to express.”
– Boundaries of the Soul, by June Singer