Saturday, 27 September 2014

Sunday School

I saw a pick-up truck at the public market today with a bumper sticker of a stick figure family consisting of different sized guns.

I was struck suddenly by the knowledge that such defense systems used by the pro-gun lobby- angry, blindly hateful bumper stickers- are very similar to the defense systems used by some of the faux-menacing young urban black men I walk or ride by in my neighborhood.

In almost all cases the people behind the defenses  are nice people and any sincere effort to say 'hi' causes the defenses to fade out. And both sides have so much to talk about: guns, guns and more guns.

If only they knew how alike they are. I wish both sides knew how much public funding goes in to taking care of the victims of their understandable mistrust of publicly-funded authority.

Thursday, 18 September 2014

My dream a drink in Soho

Or to otherwise pause my perspective of time as though watching a movie or make things seem to go faster or slower so I could pull out ideas from each theme and image I see: something irreducibly great 

My dream a white tree.

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Find the silence and beauty in above the noise, pressure, ambition, chaos and hostility of a world class city. If you can do that you can do anything. That is why the High Line is like a church to me.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Almost every person I have gotten to know in 14 years in the U.S. has asked me so what are you doing here? Next time you speak with an immigrant please don't ask this. There is no quick or light way to answer such a question authentically and it is not our task. Instead, perhaps ask yourself that question.

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Outside the box

Where is that famous box of corporate folklore located exactly? I would like a nice quiet place inside which to think.

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Dreaming in Red

Every man
walking by the sea
liked bourbon and Bukowski.

When the dog bites.


My favorite thing is when people say the things in their head. Not so much the opinions in the front of their head- the stuff they watch for- but further back, the things that are right there with them keeping them company at their vantage point... Binoculars, trinkets, idioms, night skylines. All the best comedy is from there.

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson, "Circles"

Thursday, 14 August 2014

You

"Your father before you
and your sister too
your husband and blah blah blah blah
you"
- Perfumed Genius, Learning

In Summer 2009 I was in a miserable customer service position thinking I had wasted too much time and was "too old" to reach my potential. I had had false starts before but "life" was stronger then than my resources. I had no science background. But I took a leap of faith and signed up for one summer class with hopes of becoming a nurse. It has been anything but easy. But one semester, 8 credit hours and one state exam from now and that is exactly what I will be. If there is someone you need to become, start now. There is no better feeling than looking back down the slope at how far you have climbed.