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The Light of the Moon

§ December 30th, 2012 § Filed under In the neighborhood, overhead, weather and other phenomenom § Add a comment

Moon Rise

Imagination

§ December 30th, 2012 § Filed under Art in the world, Do the Work, fellow bloggers, poems & lyrics, the creative process § Add a comment

I was propelled by Keri Smith’s blog post to find out if the Jefferson Lecture was available to watch or listen to and it is! Keri wrote:

I am reminded of the words of my magician friend Ferdinando Buscema in his Three Secrets of Magic, (which you, dear reader, should always remember):

1. Reality is not always what it seems to be.
2. Imagination creates reality.
3. Reality is made up of words.

This line of thinking is continued for me by Wendell Berry in his 2012 Jefferson Lecture, (which I am still thinking about every day, I confess that I have a bit of a Wendell Berry obsession of late),

The term “imagination” in what I take to be its truest sense refers to a mental faculty that some people have used and thought about with the utmost seriousness. The sense of the verb “to imagine” contains the full richness of the verb “to see”. To imagine is to see most clearly, familiarly and understandingly with the eyes. But also, to see inwardly with the minds eye. It is to see not passively, but with a force of vision, and even with a visionary force.

This really struck me as what happens when I start a new project: to see it, hopefully fully and then to work towards making it outside of my head and watching to see what happens.

I have to go out and shovel snow for a bit so I hit the pause button just after what is quoted above. I was thinking it would be lovely to have listened to in person, but wouldn’t it be fun to gather up a group of people and watch screenings of this stuff together, and see what happens?

It’s about 77 minutes total, but your tax dollars at work here – so go enjoy and chew on it!

go with the happy

§ December 30th, 2012 § Filed under Art in the world, fellow bloggers, What I'm listening to § Add a comment

If you can’t find a feel-good video here, I don’t know where you might!

the little things you notice

§ December 29th, 2012 § Filed under Art in the world, fae and elvish, family & friends, Reads § 1 Comment

Watching The Hobbit last night with my pal Naomi, I couldn’t help notice the beautiful map hanging on Bilbo Baggins’ wall near his dining room table. And on another part of the wall was a small framed painting that reminded me strongly of this:

Hobbit Cover by JRR Tolkien

Near the end of the year #haiku

§ December 29th, 2012 § Filed under deadlines, Do the Work, haiku, the creative process § 2 Comments

generations pass
the young begin to marry,
old remember love.

just the young know love?
but in old veins runs the heat
ignoring the years.

Making two lists up:
remembrances of things past
and next year’s to-do.

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