Thursday, December 31, 2009
I just posted my final poem of 2009.
I am completely satisfied.
I can't remember feeling quite
this at peace.
Blessed. Blessed. Blessed.
The photo at right is me, in the act of writing the poem.
To see the poem, go to the Poetry from Julie Jordan Scott blog - it is below these words.
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
What roles have I played in 2009? That photo to the right here shows me in costume to play the last role I played in 2009. Sister Veronica. to be precise. On stage - but I don't think this question is concerning herself with fiction, so I will try a different approach.
Well, overnight – from midnightish… 12:44 am to be exact until about 3:35 I played the role of the trusted, service oriented friend. Did I want to be there? Was my dream coming true in being there? No. And Yes.
How long has it been since I have been comfortable calling a friend up and out of bed in the middle of the night to take on a three hour long chore to take care of me? Never. I have never done that, made that request on someone’s behalf.
Well, unless you count Cornell rescuing us from Chamberlain this Summer, which wasn't in the middle of the night and was, sort of, pre-planned.
So I have played rescuer and a rescuee.
I have been a creator and a model.
An artist and a subject.
“You are such a hippie!” said Parker and Emma in a giggling duet.
“No, I am not a Hippie, I am just me.” I quietly explained, Hippie-Buddha like.
Roles are the things other people put on me and say, “Wow, that role looks great on you.” To which I choose to say “Thank you!” and keep humming my song.
I play roles on stage: characters, time periods, archetypes, sometimes comedic relief.
The rest of the time, I am just tangibly, whole-hearted and whole-souledly…. Me.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
I participate in the festivities in Flickr Group Roulette - and I have posted the selections on my Julie Unplugged Blog (the blog where I normally do my creative play.)
Check it out and please, please, please vote... let me know there or here which makes you smile or giggle or think or feel the most....
Monday, December 28, 2009
2009 has been an extraordinary year... on so many levels... perhaps even more than I am aware of as I type on this chilly end-of-December grey morning.
Yesterday I created a watercolor art journal cover for January, 2010. I imagine this particular journal will be more goal-sy with some art thrown in, more a mish-mash of work around the goals I set forth for this month, many of which include physical awareness of my body, which fits the Creative Every Day Theme.
Interesting, I was thinking this morning as I prepared to write this - how the Body and the Home - are so often interconnected. Maybe it is subconscious, but I definitely feel them, connected. Like my home is my body, my body is my home, and finding the core of my body is the same as finding my home and being in my home.
(A little existentialism as 2009 comes to its conclusion, eh?)
In case the words on the art aren't clear enough, they say:
Top left corner:
"Whoever you are, some evening take a step out of your house which you know so well."
~ Rainer Rilke
Bottom right, around the burned corner:
"Your eyes find it hard to tear themselves from the sloping threshold"
~ Rainer Rilke
Next to the tree:
"This is the year I am choosing to step, live, question and love differently."
~ Julie Jordan Scott (and)
above the second story windows on the house:
"Love the Question <3 Live the Question <3 Love the Question"
~ Julie Jordan Scott interpretation of Rilke
and the stepping stones to the front door of my childlike, ever present in my little girl art, complete with the smoke from the chimney....
They all bare the years of this decade... leading to the house marked 2010...
Oh, and along the outside of the house are the house numbers I have lived in...
2912 (Alta Vista Dr) 56 (Hawthorne Ave.) 33062 (De Soto Way) 1716-B (Argyle Ave) 229 (S. Kenmore)....
Sunday, December 27, 2009
One of my goals at 43things.com includes 10 successes and I took it out, exponentially.
I created an art journal cover to keep track of all my successes, which I am including here - both the "in process" and the "calling it finished version" and... finally... my list of 10.
1. 10 Walks of at least 10 Minutes in length
2. 10 Intentional Conversations with 10 Different people I love
3. 10 Days of Food Diary entries
4. 10 Sessions of Mindful Decluttering
5. 10 Days of the 5 Tibetans
6. 10 Days of 10 Minute Stretching
7. 10 Poems selected for publications
8. 10 Chapters edited
9. 10 New Works of Art
10. 10 Handwritten notes
December 27: From Gwen Bell's Best09 Blog Challenge: Social web moment. Did you meet someone you used to only know from her blog? Did you discover Twitter?
The photos are: Jodi and I (in the belfry at John Muir's home! laughter!), Ti and I and Jan and I.
This Summer I met two women I had only known via the teleclasses I lead and the Yahoogroups we have been in as a result of those teleclasses. I have known these women for several years and yet meeting them, face-to-face, was so ultra cool.
I also met a friend from the social networking website 43things.com.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Friday, December 25, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
I continue to SLOG away at Gwen Bells Best09 Blog Challenge.
I enjoyed yesterday's blogging (which just got done today) because... well, it had been challenging to me until I finally decided to turn to my favorite people for help and guidance:
Help me out, please...
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
It has been a rockin' roller coaster week of creativity.
I write a "this week in creativity" post over at Julie Unplugged.
I have posted my favorite photo of the week here, too.
Now I get to create all over again... woo hoo....
After a week of quasi-resting... yes yes yes....