On this morning’s walk, I photographed some “alien alphabets” –marks on the street left by the utility company. The name needs to change. In Arizona, “alien” is not a little green humanoid from outer space, it’s a slur for people not born here. On the same walk, I added other alphabet figures based on shapes–gates, grates, tree limbs. No new name yet, but a lot of exploration ahead.
You probably have a file of quotes someplace on your computer. Me, too. I got a gift of a bunch of quotes from Traci Paxton Johnson, and added to it. Today, I noticed I had 27 pages of quotes. Printing them out (back and front of the pag, of course) and storing them in the studio for future use (I have that alphabet to try out) made sense. So did sharing some of the quotes that slid by on the screen on the way to the printer:
“Vision without action is a daydream. Action without vision is a nightmare.” –Japanese proverb
“Fear is the natural reaction to moving closer to the truth.” –Pema Chodron
“If you think you are too small to have an impact, try going to sleep with a mosquito in the room.” –14th Dalai Lama
“In the end, we remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” –Martin Luther King
“Patience is not about how long you can wait, but how well you behav while you’re waiting.” –Buddhist Bootcamp
Tip: If you live in a hot climate and have sliding doors, don’t grease them with oil. The heat degrades it and makes it stickier. And it collects cat hair. Instead, rub the runners with plain candle wax. Works wonders.
Tip: Tired of drinking water all day long? Gather up some stray tea bags, brew them and make a blended ice tea. Choose a mix of fruit flavors and green tea–rose hips, hibiscus, mango, blackberry, and green tea. A great refreshing drink. No calories, lots of flavor, lots of antioxidants.
Tip: Have blank pages at the end of your journal? Fill them with an index–using page numbers or dated pages, so you can flip to the back and know what’s in each journal. Or use the back pages to test colors of new inks, paints, or pencils.
–Quinn McDonald is switching to summer hours, not because she likes getting up at 4:30 a.m., but because the sun rises early and so do the cats.