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After awhile it comes down to a question
of life choices not a choice between you/or her
this sea town/or that bruising city
but about putting one foot in front of the other
and ending up somewhere
that looks like home.
-Cherrie Moraga

This is one of my favorite quotes. It helps me understand why, after all of my wandering, I’ve finally begun creating some roots.

Why do I live in such a cold climate? Obviously, I feel much more connected to extremely warm ones. A trip to Vashon Island and kayaking around seals was part of the decision; amongst others, including the knowledge that a friend that I care deeply for only lives five hours away, not to mention the fact that I have finally found a place where people wear the same shoes as me.

I found my balance. I live in the progressive state of Washington, in a small poor district that votes for Democrats, in a part of the state that predominately votes Republican. After my time in places like Texas, go figure!

Enough with politics. This is the real reason. Who could not bow down to the omnipresence of such sights as this?

I never saw such peaks until my late thirties. The ones in these photos are not even that impressive. I don’t have any high quality hiking gear and cannot withstand long hikes. And so, these are not REI catalog quality photos. And yet, look. This is what is within a drive if not closer. For me, who has grown up around sunshine, beaches, heat, and large expanses of water, I am impressed.

May nature always guide us,

mm

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I’m a bit behind in returning mail. Big surprise. Life often supersedes postcard making. Well, postcard sending at least. I still make as often as I can. It centers me after a day of crisis calls at work.

Right now, I am taking an online class with Jane Davies on text and image in collage. It’s been fun to have the structure of the exercises to follow and to get me out of my comfort zone. I’ve also been trying to play with paint more; as paint is something that I have never been comfortable with.

Here are some of my experiments:

Obviously, I’m still thinking about my trip back to New Orleans that I referenced in the harmony and inspiration from one of my favorite cities in the world posts. I really love that place.

Here are some that I made before the class began, but that I really love. I just sent them off to two of my cousins. I hope they like them!

And in case you are wondering, those hanging things are banana blossoms. They bring back so many memories from New Orleans, Guatemala, South Texas,… I used to make paper out of banana tree bark. Ah nostalgia, now that I am in the cold yet geologically and ecologically awe inspiring Inland and Pacific Northwest!

Peace,

mm

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harmony

Here are a few inspired by my short trip to New Orleans:

 

 

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spring?

I made these a few weeks ago and forgot to post them:

Can you wish so hard for spring that it will never appear?

Will spring arrive soon? Up until now it has been a hope, yet nothing that I believed would happen anytime soon. I saw a few small buds today on the barren trees.

Today I saw the first flowers of spring slowly bursting to the surface. I am afraid to be hopeful, but the signs are definitely there.

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waiting

No one would ever say that I was a patient person. I find waiting excruciating. Because of this, I find myself often in the very situation that I abhor.

Right now, I have two main concerns that are requiring me to wait. One is whether or not I will be teaching ESL next year. I just e-mailed the person in charge of this decision and I have a bit more time to wait. The other is the arrival of spring. I want it now. While I had hoped that my trips to Southern California and New Orleans would help me get through the winter, they have made me impatient for spring instead. Today was a grey dreary day, so much more so after beautifully sunny, lush, and not too hot and humid weather in New Orleans.

Boo hoo.

Anyway, here are some of my “waiting for spring” cards. Enjoy!

Protect

Prune

Disbud

When Cutting

Has spring arrived where you are? Has it departed and you are moving into fall? I’d love to hear about your sagas of waiting . . .

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Inspired by the journal pages that Wendy Brightbill makes with cardboard, I made and mailed out the following cards:

I made them pretty quickly and wasn’t as methodical with my paper and paint chaos as I usually am. I really like using cardboard even though I am not quite sure how I am feeling about these.

I was beating myself up about whether these pieces were good or not, when I found a quote on Keri Smith’s blog. I am copy and pasting the whole thing I like it so much:

Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out, struggling, grasping,…Stop it and just DO!…

Don’t worry about cool, make your own uncool. Make your own, your own world. If you fear, make it work for you – draw & paint your fear and anxiety…

You must practice being stupid, dumb, unthinking, empty. Then you will be able to DO!…

Try to do some BAD work – the worst you can think of and see what happens but mainly relax and let everything go to hell – you are not responsible for the world – you are only responsible for your work – so DO IT. And don’t think that your work has to conform to any preconceived form, idea or flavor. It can be anything you want it to be…

I know that you (or anyone) can only work so much and the rest of the time you are left with your thoughts. But when you work or before your work you have to empty you [sic] mind and concentrate on what you are doing. After you do something it is done and that’s that. After a while you can see some are better than others but also you can see what direction you are going. I’m sure you know all that. You also must know that you don’t have to justify your work – not even to yourself.

excerpted from a letter from Sol Lewitt to Eva Hesse (via Keri Smith)

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