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For the first time in five days, I sit by myself. Reflecting on all the cheers-ing, laughing, dancing, hugging, loving and sharing that took place on my trip to Maine and Boston last weekend. The word that comes to mind is heartful.

I know that life ebbs and flows, so I’m trying to give myself fully, but without attachment, to this current state, “still a child, still dancing toward the rhythm of life.”

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Flies Buzzing
BY MARK TURCOTTE

somewhere in america, in a certain state of grace . . .
Patti Smith

As a child I danced
to the heartful, savage
rhythm
of the Native, the
American Indian,
in the Turtle Mountains,
in the Round Hall,
in the greasy light of
kerosene lamps.

As a child I danced
among the long, jangle legs of
the men, down
beside the whispering moccasin women,
in close circles
around the Old Ones,
who sat at the drum,
their heads tossed, backs arched
in ancient prayer.

As a child I danced away from the fist,
I danced toward the rhythms of life,
I danced into dreams, into
the sound of flies buzzing.
A deer advancing but clinging to the forest wall,
the old red woman rocking in her tattered shawl,
the young women bent, breasts
drooping to the mouths of their young, the heat
hanging heavy on the tips of our tongues,
until the Sun
burned the sky black, the moon
made us silvery blue and
all of the night sounds, all of the night sounds

folded together with the buzzing
still in our heads,
becoming a chant of ghosts,
of Crazy Horse and Wovoka
and all the Endless Others,
snaking through the weaving through the trees
like beams of ribbons of light,
singing, we shall live again we shall live,

until the Sun and the Sun and the Sun and I
awaken,
still a child, still dancing
toward the rhythm of life.

Mark Turcotte, “Flies Buzzing” from The Feathered Heart, published by Michigan State University Press. Copyright © 1998 by Mark Turcotte. 

Source: The Feathered Heart (Michigan State University Press, 1998)

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EXCITED to head into the holiday season where I get to see all of my friends and family.

SIPPING tea and making pies during this sweet fall season.

SPENDING my downtime like it counts – doing restorative yoga, reading, meditating, cooking, sleeping.

 

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COMING down from an intoxicating weekend celebrating in Maine with an incredible group of people.

RECONNECTING for the day with one of my oldest & dearest friends in Boston before heading back to NYC.

FEELING grateful.  Really, really grateful.

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It has been a long time since I have identified myself as a creative person. When I was younger, I used to write poems and take them very seriously. I would spend all night writing in the dark and let the words fly out of me. As the years passed, I stopped feeling things so deeply. I am not sure what changed. It could be age, it could be maturity, it could be meditation (?!) or apathy. I don’t think it to be a negative thing. Though lately, I have been craving some sort of creative genius within me to come out. For so many years, I focused on more practical and earthly things like keeping my house clean or being organized. But, that all starts to get a little boring.

In the past month, I have gone to two painting classes and though I don’t necessarily fancy myself to be the next Monet, I had fun. I didn’t completely suck. Most of all, I lost myself in the hours of painting. These classes have only cracked the door open for me toward putting my focus in expressing myself in one way or another.

It’s pretty awesome.

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*Post inspired by Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

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FOCUSING on self care this week. I have been going and going and it is time for me to slow down.

STARTING to read Elizabeth Gilbert’s new book Big Magic. I have heard so much about it and am ready to embrace my creativity! Who’s with me?!

BOOKING my singing lessons that Lauren got for me for my birthday. I have put it off because I am so scared! Eeeek!

 

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READING Women Who Run With the Wolves.  I’m not too far into it but the introduction alone was so powerful.  I can’t wait to continue to make my way thru this read!

MARKING a year since I left my full time job.  I couldn’t have imagined the year I’ve had, the places I was able to travel and the time I’ve been able to spend developing personal projects and interests.

LOOKING forward to my first visit to Maine this coming weekend to celebrate the wedding of two wonderful friends!

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Hi folks!  It’s been a little while but we wanted to check in, say hello and let you know we haven’t thrown in the towel on blogging.  We’ve had a great summer filled with some quality family time and lots of friend’s wedding, birthday and bachelorette celebrations!  Farrell recently started a new job and I have been busy working on developing my vintage shop, The Disco Emporium (take a look at many of my new pieces here).  Tomorrow I leave for a three week trip to Bali and Java!  I’m super excited and hope to post lots of pictures while I’m away. We’re going to get back to a regular blogging schedule once I’m back but in the mean time we’ll be posting a bit here and there.

Hoping all is well in your world!

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Earlier this summer I was asked by Composure’s Kyle Studstill to share two modern role models / people who inspire me for a series he has developed called, For Those Who Craft.

“In July I asked creative people in the Composure world to reflect on and share the exemplars who have influenced their art,” Kyle writes. “Here you’ll find a small series of collections curated by these artists—within each collection you’ll find a pair of inspiring projects, the curator’s take on their significance, and a theme that ties them all together.

Inside are ideas to introduce to one another, connections to be made. And in this way we dance.”

You’ll find info on & links to my modern role models, my dear friend Meaghan Calcari Campbell and artist Jimmy Marble under “PERSPECTIVE for those who work with WORDS.”

Thank you to Kyle for including me in this project.  I can’t wait to explore those named by the other contributors!

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1.) August Horoscope (via Astrology Zone) Guess what?! Everyone’s best day of the year is August 26th. If you haven’t read your horoscope for this month yet, I suggest you do. –Farrell

2.) On the Road (via Spotify) I made a playlist based on my Shazams from my recent drive between Cleveland and NYC.  I really love Shazam! -Lauren

3.) 12 Tips for Living a Long Life (via New York Times) Some of these tips are awesome and some not so much. I can definately get down with #1.  –Farrell

4.) What Your Favorite Dog Breed Says About You (via PureWow) I still have puppies on the brain and am thinking hard about what kind would best suit me.  -Lauren

5.) 23 of the Pacific Northwests Best Destinations (via Trips to Discover) This article got me SO fired up about going to Vancouver and Seattle next week. –Farrell

6.) NYC Guide (via loveTaza) These short NYC neighborhood videos are so good for covering the best local eats and stops in a number of New York neighborhoods.

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