Wednesday Inspirations: The Creative Life

For today’s Wednesday Inspiration I’m looking to people who know what’s up about what, for me, this year is all about: getting my creative groove back. Need some inspiration about the art of creating? I always do!

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” -George Bernard Shaw

“Imagination imitates. It is the critical spirit that creates.” -Oscar Wilde

“The chief enemy of creativity is good sense” – Pablo Picasso

“Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.” – Scott Adams

“Have no fear of perfection, you’ll never reach it” – Salvador Dali

“You need chaos in your soul to give birth to a dancing star” – Nietzsche

“There is only one of you in all time, this expression is unique. And if you block it, it will never exist through any other medium and it will be lost.”  — Martha Graham

“By believing passionately in something that still does not exist, we create it. The non-existent is whatever we have not sufficiently desired.” Nikos Kazantzakis

“I can’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas. I’m frightened of the old ones.” John Cage

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” – Kurt Vonnegut

“Life beats down and crushes the soul and art reminds you that you have one.” -Stella Adler

“In the world of the dreamer there was solitude: all the exaltations and joys came in the moment of preparation for living. They took place in solitude. But with action came anxiety, and the sense of insuperable effort made to match the dream, and with it came weariness, discouragement, and the flight into solitude again. And then in solitude, in the opium den of remembrance, the possibility of pleasure again.” -Anaïs Nin

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Tuesday Prompt Project

photo(20)Today I took another prompt from the book 642 Things To Write About. I opened the book this morning and took one from the first page I turned to: “Write Facebook Status Updates for the year 2017.” At first I thought it’d be easy but it really wasn’t. While River napped I thought about it a little, it’s one thing to think about a general idea of where you want your life to be in 4-5 years, but totally another thing to think about it on a day to day basis. How old will I be? River? Karen? What grade will River be in? etc…I found it pretty difficult to think about specifics, besides the obvious (Hillary Clinton is President. Duh.) So, I stopped thinking and sat down and just banged it out in about 3 minutes. How about you all? What would your Facebook status’ look like in 2017? Try it, it was both fun and terrifying. And really isn’t that the best kind of thing?

1/10 Celebrating the New Year by closing on our Upper West Side brownstone. Onwards and upwards!
2/6 Moving sucks.
3/20 I love President Clinton. First man, Bill is pretty rad too.
4/1 We’re pregnant!
4/1 April Fools, fools!
5/3 Happy 6th Birthday to my favorite guy! It feels like just 5 minutes ago that you were only a year and a half old
5/13 Officially halfway done with my dirty thirties. Oy.
5/28 Last day of First Grade!
6/1 One year anniversary celebration for Three Sparrows Arts Complex tonight! Food, Music and tons of alcohol to celebrate our first year of contributing to the NYC landscape! Be there or totally suck.
7/1 We’re off for the month everyone! Gay Paris, here we come!
8/1 We’re settled back in at home, we miss Paris!
8/20 Great day at the zoo, just like always!
9/15 Happy 10th Anniversary, babe! Can’t wait to leave tomorrow for Belize!
9/17 Belize is awesome. We miss River.
10/31 Halloween on the Upper West is much less creepy than Halloween in Astoria where children Trick-or-Treat to bodegas, stores and restaurants. Can’t wait for real Trick-or-Treaters!
11/20 Prepping for my first full family Thanksgiving in New York, so excited to host!
12/20 Happy 45th to the raddest, baddest and cutest chick in NYC!
12/25 Merry Christmas! grateful that of all the things that change, Christmas never does!

Wednesday Inspirations

Happy Wednesday, friends! Confession time: I’ve nothing of import or interest to say at all. So, on this rainy (at least in NY) hump day, let’s take an opportunity to recharge a little bit together, shall we? Here are some thoughts from the minds that inspire me most, because like Claire Danes (Angela) said on My So-Called Life, (don’t judge me, that was a good show) “Someone always says it better than me.”

“(Come in under the shadow of this red rock), And I will show you something different from either your shadow at morning striding behind you or your shadow at evening rising to meet you.” -T.S. Eliot

“Bigger questions, questions with more than one answer, questions without an answer are harder to cope with than silence. Once asked they do not evaporate and leave the mind to its serener musings. Once asked the gain dimention and texture, trip you on the stairs, wake you at night-time. A black hole sucks up its surroundings and even light never escapes. Better then to ask no questions? Better then to be a contented pig than an unhappy Socrates? Since factory farming is tougher on pigs than it is on philosophers I’ll take a chance.” -Jeanette Winterson

“When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy. When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.” -Kahlil Gibran

“I crave white on white on black but my thoughts race in glorious technicolor, prodding me awake, whipping away the warm blanket of invisibility every time it swears to smother my mind in nothing.” -Sarah Kane

“It is rare indeed that people give. Most people guard and keep; they suppose that it is they themselves and what they identify with themselves that they are guarding and keeping, whereas what they are actually guarding and keeping is their system of reality and what they assume themselves to be.” -James Baldwin

“But only someone who is ready for everything, who excludes nothing, not even the most enigmatical, will live the relation to another as something alive and will himself draw exhaustively from his own existence.” -Rilke

Don’t we all feel a little bit more inspired? Well, I do. A little. Happy hump day, ya’ll.

This Time Last Year

Yesterday my absolutely stellar human being of a wife took a personal day from work so she could stay home and spend the say with River, thusly giving me a day off from Mommy-ing!  I don’t want to sound like I was so excited to get away from my kid for the day because that’s terrible, but between you and me, internet…I was pretty excited. I had a lovely lunch with a friend, picked up a kitchen blow torch at Bed Bath and Beyond (creme brûlée, here I come) and stopped by a few of my favorite libraries and bookstores. On my travels in the wilds of the Upper West Side of Manhattan I picked up a book called 642 Things to Write About. It’s full of a bunch of (642, to be exact) prompts to write about, some silly, some serious, some requiring many pages, some just three to four sentence snippets. I would normally pick up something like this, leaf through it and put it back thinking, “Who am I kidding, I’ll never actually have time to do anything like that!” But friends, 2013 is not the year for that. 2013 is a year of doing something creative everyday, of reminding myself that I am a creative person and I can and WILL make time for at least one small thing a day. So I bought it and rushed home to start writing didn’t look at it for the rest of the day.

Anyway, today I opened it up thinking it might make a good start for a blog post and the first prompt was “What were you doing this time last year?” Sunday, January 15, 2012…River was 8 months old and had just started to crawl proficiently and pull himself up on pieces of furniture and I remember being so frazzled that he was a mobile creature (sidebar: if I would have known how much more difficult to keep up with and generally death-defying this mobile baby thing would get when he was running like a maniac as he is now, one year from then, I would have slapped my own face and told myself to get over it.) Not remembering any specifics I went to Facebook and iPhoto to check it out and was pleased to find we had spent the weekend with River’s Grandma and Nina here at our house. After a weekend of playing with him, cooking, eating and laughing, they took off heading back to Pennsylvania a year ago today and we headed off to brunch with our Astoria family at our favorite brunch spot in the neighborhood. It’s a pretty awesome thing to think about a time that feels like so long ago to me and know that we were doing the same things that we love to fill a Sunday now.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

What about you guys, can you remember (or locate) what you were doing at this time last year?

Getting to know you…

In the interest of getting to know one another and to get a deeper understanding (for myself) of what I want to do with this blog, I thought I’d explore with you some of the stuff I love and hate. It’s important stuff.

Love It:

  • Traveling
  • Driving
  • Mass Transit (True story, you run across some very interesting folks on the subway.)
  • Cooking experiments in my kitchen
  • Online shopping (Truly, Amazon Prime is one of the best things to ever happen to me.)
  • Organizing stuff (I MAY have a slight case of OCD. Maybe.)
  • Baked Goods
  • Playing with my kid
  • Pinterest (This can actually not appear on this list enough times to accurately convey to you how  much I really, really, REALLY love it.)
  • Talking walks
  • New York City
  • Downton Abbey (Mary, Cora, Robert, especially Violet, Countess of Grantham. I love you, Maggie Smith.)
  • Being in rehearsal
  • Red Wine
  • Hotels
  • Games (Especially Catch Phrase.)
  • Cleaning the bathroom (Weird, but true. It’s visibly dirty then visibly clean, immediate satisfaction. I love it.)

Hate it:

  • Unpacking
  • Traffic
  • Waking up early (Unfortunate when you have a toddler.)
  • Rudeness
  • Trying clothes on (I get hot, annoyed and sometimes slightly suicidal. It is what it is.)
  • When our house is messy (It makes me absolutely crazy. This comes from my mother and so it is not my fault.)
  • Baking (Too scientific, if I can’t add as much of stuff as I want I’m not really interested.)
  • Cleaning up after my child, the tornado person.
  • The news (I don’t care how this makes me sound, it’s true. I read the news but truly, both watching it and reading it makes me sad and crazy in my head.)
  • Running (I tried to train myself to like this a while back, but all that accomplished was convincing me that my first instinct was correct, it really is the worst thing ever.)
  • Real Housewives of anywhere.
  • Tequila
  • Parallel Parking (Gives me so much anxiety, which is a real bummer in NYC.)
  • Airports
  • Technology (Not all technology, just when I don’t know how to do something, which is often. Technology is just outside of my natural skill set and I’m woman enough to admit it.)
  • Doing Laundry

There it is. Awesomeness and not so awesomeness. I’m sure there are a bunch more things that I should share to give you an accurate look at just what you’re dealing with here, but I need to keep some mystery, yes? Also, I can’t think of anymore.

In very slightly related news, I just took a quiz to see what character in Downton Abbey I am and it turns out I am Anna. I’m happy with this. Now you take it (here) and tell me who you are!

Off we go…

Moi.

Moi.

Hello Interwebs!

It’s 2013 and I am going to give this blogging thing a try one more time. I started blogging back in 2005 and did it for an impressive 5 to 6 months. Then I tried in 2010, wrote one entry and never published the blog. In 2011 I tried again thinking this time surely I would stick with it as I had so much to muse about as a new mom. Nope. Never published. 2012 would be my year, right? Wrong. I got frustrated trying to create a layout I liked and never did anything with it. 2013…this is the year folks, I can feel it! After having gone on a mass deleting spree, clearing the internet of all my previous failed blog attempts I am starting fresh.

Wandering. It’s pretty much what I do in my life and I love it. I love being a wanderer. Having a good idea of where I want to go but no clear path to get there. The J.R.R. Tolkien quote, “Not all who wander are lost” has been my mantra for several years now and I feel like it’s working out pretty well for me. It’s led me here, to this blog (fingers crossed) in 2013 in New York with an awesome wife, an amazing little boy, some pretty rad friends and family, a career that’s chugging along and some beautiful moments to call my own.

I hope I’ll be able to use this blog to reflect on the great (and not so great) things that come to our little tribe of three, document cooking adventures large and small, create art and explore the work of others and examine this wide wandering world.

Come wander with me, and feel free to drop me a line if you are interested in going anywhere special. I’m just in it for the sights.