Mindless Magic

There’s this exercise John asks Escapists to do during the program that consists of making twelve small paintings within an hour. It’s a very freeing exercise as when you paint that fast you can’t think and John says that thinking kills the magic. It’s also a powerful way of getting unstuck and just a goodContinue reading “Mindless Magic”

Beast of Burden

Today John texted me a picture of two women on either side of a beautiful bovine beast pulling a large cart full of something agrarian. Corn husks? He asked if I’m the one on the left or the one on the right. I said I’m obviously the one in the middle – the cow orContinue reading “Beast of Burden”

Skeleton on a Swing

Good things about today: A great new review for The Adventures of Miss Vulpe, a Goodreads webinar where I picked up some cool new tricks, two nice phone conversations with my friend, coffee, a long walk, a long drive, a gas pump with a giraffe sticker on it, Halloween decorations in Tanglewood, geese flying inContinue reading “Skeleton on a Swing”

Feast for the Dead

Today my aunts had a special feast to mark six weeks since grandma’s passing. Consisting of many elaborate rituals mainly aimed at giving food and a list of very specific items to the poor, this six-week celebration is a huge production. I helped my old lizard organize some of the elements of this tradition sixContinue reading “Feast for the Dead”