It was a toxic afternoon: a lunch date gone terribly wrong, a miscommunication with a friend, a big tech glitch, all this after a hectic end of spring, beginning of summer, heat waves coming and going, bad news, end of world atmosphere…
Didn’t even have the heart to photograph street scenes, no eye-popping beauty jumped out and grabbed me. Came across this recent pic on my phone and got an immediate physical lift. Never even tasted these works of art, merely immortalized their colors and shapes as I passed the shop window. Now fantasizing about shrinking like my namesake and strolling around inside this display like an edible city, breathing in the flavors, taking an occasional mind-boggling bite.
Haven’t solved any of the world’s problems yet, but approach the subject with a fresh attitude.
Can something so ephemeral save us?
“Hope is always accompanied by the imagination, the will to see what our physical environment seems to deem impossible. Only the creative mind can make use of hope. Only a creative people can wield it.” Poet Jericho Brown, interviewed in the Kenyon Review:
And for another way to feel good, plant some trees, please:
Looking for similar organizations in France and Europe, let me know if you have info….
Above the Baltic
Between Saint Petersburg and Paris
Where is the sky
Where is the sea
Imagined arms in first position
A ballet beginner
Embracing a ball of light:
I’m not a nationality
I’m not a passport
I’m not a language
A political party
A family member
A marital status
A skin color
A job title
A news cycle…
Maybe a visitor
A soul in a body
©Aliss Valerie Terrell 2019
(Glass walkway and trampoline under the dome at Galeries Lafayette, this week)
Horrendous world news… What to do? Vote, donate, vote with our spending, listen, support any way we can and keep looking up… From all the brain research I’ve read, literally directing your eyes upward stimulates the frontal cortex, center of creative imagination and projecting ourselves into the future. MRI tracking shows that when this area is activated, the brain functions as a whole, harmonizing the fight or flight and emotional areas, with the inventive part. So this is what we need to design a different world.
Reposted from March 2017*
Embedded in the cobblestones in front of Notre Dame Cathedral is this marker, the starting point of all main roads leading to French cities and the endpoint used for measuring their distances, the very heart of the country. The cathedral itself is a visual encyclopedia of French culture and history.
Beside the main altar stands a 14th century statue of the Mother. No matter what tradition you come from, she is the incarnation of compassion enfolding soul, reminding me of Kwan Yin, (Guanyin) the Buddhist bodhisatva, sometimes compared to Mary.
I’m grateful to have this sanctuary nearby, to sit in silence, in candlelight, sending and receiving love through this portal, always, but especially in times like the ones we are living.
To be continued xxxxx Aliss
*Photo: Jean-Jacques Breton, Paris à vos pieds, editions Parisgramme, Paris 2013, p. 106. (Scan and color-adjustments, Aliss Terrell)
Test shot for M@M https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLT2uGolYIA
Playing the YouTube video game! In one week the views for Margaritas at Midnight have gone from 5,000 to 8,000+ back down to 5,000 up to 6,500, back to 6,100 and now 7,600+!
What a roller coaster for a newbie like me… Here’s a screen shot from 5pm today:
To prove to myself that I didn’t hallucinate. Chills, thrills and spills!
Apparently this happens a lot? The YouTube algorithm thinks robots are watching and culls those views?
To be continued! xxxxxx Aliss
Some hand-painted café windows to usher in the new year while we think about our intentions 🙂
All the best and love xxxxxx Aliss