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Reed and Robeson Podcast

Reed and Robeson Podcast

Spent some time today listening to a really interesting Guardian podcast on Black History.

Paul Robeson was one of my father’s greatest heroes. He represented my dad’s ideal of well-rounded excellence – athlete, scholar, and activist. Australian writer Jeff Sparrow has a new biography out on Robeson’s life.

Ishmael Reed is an author who’s been on my radar for awhile, but I have not yet read any of his writing. Penguin Classics has just released his 1973 release Mumbo Jumbo.

Listen to the podcast here.

Site Update

Site Update

Greetings all! As one of my goals going forward, I want to more fully inhabit this blogspace I’ve created. So, I’ve re-committed to regular posting and taking more risks in putting my words and images out there in the world.

Out of this desire came the name change for this space – an identity in keeping with a more lyrical and hermetic focus, devoted to walking toward the revelation that humans are more creative than they imagine.

The world is made of stories. This space will be one way of putting forth a contribution to that weaving.

 

 

Writing Progress

Beginning in April, I started writing each day. First, I started with about a five minute span of time, just writing whatever came. I was having such a good time with this process of creating, so in June, I extended the daily amount of writing to 10 minutes.

At this point, I’m participating in a daily writing/creativity challenge, and have made the first hurdle of participating for 20 of the 31 days in July. I’ve been creating photographs, as well as writing, so there is about an even mix of images and poetry/prose. One of my pieces submitted will be included in the anthology.

I’m finding that the more you call on the Muse, the more she gives inspiration. A good feeling…

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Now that Saturn is in Sagittarius…

So, I was going through my journal, and I came across this wonderful prose I had copied from Deborah Castellano’s blog post of October 14, 2012 on Charmed Finishing School. There were good things about Saturn’s travel through Libra that I remember, but were put on a back burner/buried under a pile of feelings that were churned up while mourning the death of family members. The last two years, I have been undergoing a ruthless personal confrontation with the ideal of family and the abject reality of my own family of origin while he made his trip through Scorpio.

If you’re a desperate wanting thing full of dreams and aspirations, you have to stop caring about what others want you to care about.     If you’re full of art.  If you’re full of love.   If you’re full of desire.  If you’re full of faith.  If you’re full of magic.   You have to be willing to lose everything, to be stripped bare.  To pit yourself against Zeus for your daughter, letting the world burn around you.  You have to be charming, brave and fierce against demons.  Now is the time, now is the hour.  Ours is the magic, ours is the power.

Isn’t that beautiful? I love that, especially the invocation at the end…

I’m trying to get back to making real the inspiration of that time, when I did so much photography, and began really looking at how to do some art, to leave a body of work behind.

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Do everything.

Fall backwards.

Let your Muse light your soul on fire.

Be true to your art.

Thanks Deborah. This is so powerful. Wish me luck.