22 February 2013 4 Comments
30 November 2012 Leave a comment
I haven’t forgotten about The Aesthetic Elevator, but I’ve been too busy to post anything here the past few months and have had my mind on other long-term goals lately.
Anyway, dealing with some dried hot peppers of an unknown variety (they were given to us), I ended up with a picturesque pile of pepper tops this morning.
13 May 2012 1 Comment
“Having a child can help you slow down, which is one of the first steps toward paying attention” – love this, though, I will admit a certain level of agony in the slowing down. Makes you feel mental, like you are forced to crawl through life stopping to look at every last rock, leaf, ladybug. Perhaps [Anne Lamott] is saying, yeah, that’s the point.
“Wasting paper; staring off into space” – Efficiency is not the way ahead. The way ahead is printing out drafts of our work so we can see it on paper and mark it up, not worrying about how much paper we’re using. The way ahead is staring off into space and letting our subconscious kick in even if we’ve been told that such behavior is a waste of time. Efficiency cannot be the #1 priority of the artist. So true.
26 January 2012 4 Comments
10 December 2011 3 Comments
One of the things that makes the prairie the prairie are the grasses, perhaps especially here in Nebraska, in the Sandhills. Earlier this week I traveled to Florida, somewhat unexpectedly, and had some time in between activities to comb the beach.
While so combing, I wondered to myself why it is people are more likely to intentionally observe — to move slowly and pay attention — on the beach than other places. Are most beach combers retired (and other young kids, so to speak, who are on the beach jogging or surfing)? Is it that people associate the beach with relaxation? Is there something about the sound of the waves and the expanse of the water (if so, why do people find the expanse of grass on the prairies so lifeless in comparison)?