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in which i turn my frown upside down

September 19, 2008

I have a nice little bump sprouting on my head, right where I’ve been banging it against the wall.

You see, I am feeling profound regret for not attending an event, which would have surely rocked the very core of my being and cracked my creative self wide open.  For the past couple days, I’ve read the most inspiring stories about Squam, a creative retreat that took place last week, in the mountains of New Hampshire.  The visionary who manifested such a magical workshop?  None other than the beautiful Elizabeth aka Blue Poppy.  The talented artists who taught and attended Squam?  Women who have inspired me for years. So tell me, why didn’t I go to a retreat where they were all gathered in the heart of the forest, forming a hub of inspiration and beauty?  Why Lord, whyyyyyyyyy?

I’d like to act my age and not use the word jealous or envious… but please allow my adult self to step off stage for a bit while I stand here stomping my feet like a 2 year old, whining about how I wanted to be at Squam too, I wanted to live those magical moments, I wanted to go on a photo walk with Andrea Scher and create a travel journal with Penelope Dullaghan, I wanted to meet those phenomenal women… boooohooooo.

I have been captive to this feeling of regret for the past week but I’ve decided to let it go because it goes against the whole spirit of Squam.  The point was to inspire.  So until I make it to next year’s workshop (and mark my words, I will), I am upgrading my REgret to a new set of REs.  REjoice, REvel, RElish.  And in the spirit of all that is lovely and amazing and delicious, here are a few things that I have been drawn to these days.

apples… I’ve been craving them lately; I find myself eating one or two a day.  McIntosh always delivers the perfect combination of crunchy and tart with a soupçon of sweet. It’s like taking a bite out of Fall.  Whereas the blushing Gala, with its golden skin and pink overlay is a fine work of art, which I enjoy leaving on my desk just for the pleasure of looking at it.

scarves, scarves and more scarves.  The queen of all accessories.  It’s comfort with a je ne sais quoi.  You can never have enough scarves.   And that’s all I have to say about that.

autumn lighting… is the best.  And with lighting comes flare and I don’t care how many photography books and magazines tell me that I shouldn’t shoot in the light… I refuse to comply.  So you can imagine my excitement when I found this group on Flickr, launched by MaineMomma.  Can I hear an amen for flare please.  It’s liquid light like honey, it’s the colors you see when you close your eyes in a moving car and watch the sun dance against your eyelids, it’s a citrusy breeze, it is the lighting cast by Buddha’s aura, the very definition of zen, the only light that comes close to capturing the lazy summer days of my childhood, the perfect blend of yellow and orange suggesting joy.

listening… to Jango at work.  I think you all know my love addiction to music.  I am very fortunate to work in an environment, which allows me to plug into music when I see fit; a great way to escape encourage productivity.  I recently discovered Jango, a little slice of heaven for the old eustachian tubes, and it rocks my work week.

Jango is a custom radio that plays what you want.  Just type in an artist – and your first station starts playing right away. You’ll get the music you want, along with similar favorites of Jango users who share your taste.”

I usually select my own artists but sometimes I let it play randomly.  I enjoy the surprise of jumping from Blackstreet’s No Diggity to Harry Belafonte’s Banana Boat Song to Jacques Brel’s Ne me quite pas to Blondie’s Call Me to Death Cab’s version of All is full of love then taking it up a notch and seriously grooving to Daft Punk’s Technologic in one not-so-seamless swoop.  What a musical ride!

since we are on the subject of music… another radio discovery for us Canadians is CBC Radio 2 Drive, hosted by the one, the only, Rich Terfry alias Buck 65.   Rich has killer taste in music and he takes us on an auditory journey that is well worth tuning in for: “a mix of current singer-songwriters, roots and urban music for you to discover”. Listen live here.

and while I’m on a roll, I give you one more musical gem, then I promise to stop.  Grey Reverend.  He opened for The Cinematic Orchestra concert that I recently attended.  Instant love.  Go listen.

So it seems that, these days, I am inspired by light, music and apples.  And coloring my fonts (I had an urge and I went with it).

What inspires you?

8 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2008 5:57 pm

    You and me both, Sista (about the head banging thing). I’m working on my Etsy shoppe and hope to save enough to go next year. See you there?

  2. September 19, 2008 7:45 pm

    I love love love shooting into the sun. The second picture is positively inspired.

  3. September 19, 2008 8:05 pm

    Lovely stuff :o)

    Hey, if you go to my blog, you will see I have something for you.

  4. September 19, 2008 9:12 pm

    baby– you bring that bumped head to me and I will give you a soft pillow to lie on– this WAS your scene– you do need to be here, but everything in its time and place– you had a hella year, my friend– be gentle with yourself, you are exactly where you need to be and you will be here with us in a blink.

    bisous – bp

  5. September 19, 2008 10:24 pm

    i am so going to go next year too … i had so many people who went email me and tell me that it is so for me and that i need to find a way there next year so i am going to try and find a way : )

    inspiring me ~ so much these days, the list goes on and on but if i had to sum it up in one word, it would be life.


  6. September 22, 2008 2:05 am

    oh yes..
    come eat apples with us at squam next year…
    jen gray

  7. treehugger permalink
    September 22, 2008 10:04 pm

    Hey Beautiful ~ your wisdom and warmth, through your words and photos are a blessing. Shine on!
    Miss you.


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