Tuesday, September 30, 2008

the world. . . .

Well the news has been getting me down a bit. The Election. The Economy. The focus is just so foul. Last night, I got out one of my old journals and read the whole thing. It was from 2003, and in it, I was spouting off a lot about the ridiculous reasons for going to war in Iraq. Here we are, 6 years later, same stuff.
Here in New Jersey, lots of our friends and neighbors have connections to Wall Street and yesterday was bad news for them.
and us, I guess.
But I just can't spend my time dwelling in that place. The place of the naysayers and analysts.
I NEVER watch the news. and on some level, I feel guilty like I am ignoring important "realities."
but here's the thing -- I would rather let those others deal with that reality, I will be busy creating my own.
I worked in the studio yesterday on 7 new collages (images will show up in my journal, I am sure) and listened to lots of good music.
I walked in a glorious rainy woods.
I just have to focus on the beauty I can make, not the damaged world that needs it so much.
We each have our own voice, and mine is to work in my journal, make art in my studio, try to love my family and friends as best as I can.
I can't do more than that right now, and even just doing that sometimes feels like an epic task.
I will imagine the reality I want, and work toward that.
I don't need this reality that the news and it's interpretation of current events tell me is upon us.
I will march on in my beautiful alternate reality - come join me.

"Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure . . . than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat."
--Theodore Roosevelt


  1. Our news media focuses on doom and gloom. We have to nourish our own reality. Like one of my friends said, if anything really important or deep happens, you'll hear about it.

  2. you said it, Shell -- you will certainly hear of the badness, so many naysayers out there are more than ready to share it. My in-box lately has been flooded with Palin e-mails. YUCK. I would rather just make my art and add to the beauty -- thanks for visiting!