Just your average walk to work.
Just your average walk to work.
“Finding more efficient ways to kill things will not guarantee our nation’s safety, it will only make us more efficient at killing things. And this has always been our legacy.” -Jacqui Germain, “Drones” (Rustbelt 2014)
Last one for now. ❄️🤙🏼
Umbrellas as snow accessories. Thoughts?
I just don’t understand what’s not to like about snow. I was up late last night and early this morning just because I was excited about our little storm.
I get to go with this one and a few other kind souls to Montréal in mid-April and I’m super excited. Where should we go? More importantly, what should we EAT? ❤️😘
This lady’s website is up and looking sharp! Scoot over to www.claraconstancemusic.com to give it a look. Congratulations!
Waiting patiently for @portlandintowncontradance tonight like. Looking for something to lift your spirits or a weird and wonderful, queer-friendly community of new people to be a part of? Come down to State Street Church at 7 for a lesson or 7:30 to dance. $10 admission, but mints, exercise, live music, and laughter are free. ❤️
Alternative Valentine’s Day plans.
It’s no great mystery to anyone close to me that I am not a fan of Valentine’s Day. About the time that kids in school started playing favorites with their Backstreet Boys valentines, I was out. Even third graders know what it means when you get an A.J card and your name’s not even written in it. As an adult, my feelings about it are a lot less materialistic in their skepticism. I can appreciate a day wherein some people receive extra affection that might need it, or might be missing out on it for a lot of the rest of the year, but mostly it makes me kind of sad for the later group, for people who need holidays and calendar reminders and birthdays and capitalism to force their hand to care for others. I am very fortunate to know a great many human beings that care for one another like needy plants. They sing to one another and water each other and help each other snip away dead leaves with a great attentiveness, but I have also experienced quite a lot of examples of complacency and constant thirst. Here’s to hoping you all know at least one very good gardener (and that someone buys you chocolate more than once a year). Take care of one another.
“The place to improve the world is first in one's own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.” -Robert M. Pirsig, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance: An Inquiry Into Values
I got to spend some time with @wanderingflowertroll yesterday and I can’t remember ever experiencing such a laughter-filled, rain-soaked afternoon. She’s hard at work crafting a new website for her work as a music teacher and can you honestly look at these photos and tell me you’d rather learn from ANYONE else? Clara, you are so full of laughter and lightness (and I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone speak so nonchalantly about cleaning up rodent carcasses); thank you so much for the small, personal concerts and giggles yesterday! DM me if you’re shopping around for lessons and I’ll put you in touch with the sweetest lady in the biz!
I’ve been thinking a lot lately about a piece of advice I read last week that suggested that people would be more happy and successful if they only saw positive change as a slow addition of good things to their lives and not as a subtraction of negative things from them. That really resonated with me because it is so often that we frame growth from a negative angle. We seek to be better out of feelings of guilt, incompetence, or incompletion. We try failingly to cut “bad” habits and quit “bad” people. A friend of mine, @realhaliriley, in a post about her own journey, said today “if weight loss is your goal, get a new goal. It’s never about the weight,” which stick with me this morning as a profound and simplistic way to put the same idea. I realized that at some point in the last year, I stopped thinking of loss as a goal. I started pursuing small, positive additions, and without realizing it, many sources of negativity have fallen away on their own. I’m feeling especially light and introspective after some quality shoot time this afternoon with @wanderingflowertroll and I’m looking forward to sharing at least a tiny bit of that soon. Have a restful Sunday. ✨
“Don’t waste the rest of your time here worrying about other people—unless it affects the common good. It will keep you from doing anything useful. You’ll be too preoccupied with what so-and-so is doing, and why, and what they’re saying, and what they’re thinking, and what they’re up to, and all the other things that throw you off and keep you from focusing on your own mind.” -Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
And now we dance.
“I love making, I love doing. I love being to the full, I love everything which is not sitting and watching and copying and dead at heart.” -John Fowles, The Collector Here’s to being full. ❤️