Remember, inside each humbling error
Monday, December 30, 2013
Remember, inside each humbling error
Saturday, November 30, 2013
Time for mindful “then”…despite all the pain, up the mountain again.
While most creativity dabbles in eccentricity
Nothing drives curiosity like "elegant simplicity."
The greatest challenge of all science and art…
That mind-blowing KISS - Keep It Simple and Smart!
- Make sense of experience
- Justify one’s existence
- Plow through resistance
- Express vehemence
- Rework adolescence
- Demonstrate coherence
- Explore divergence
- Model persistence
- Cultivate a new fragrance
- Share your quintessence and of utmost importance
- Reaffirm common essence!
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Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Even big Uncle Sam cannot safely “hold em”
Playing NSA Poker with one Mr. Snowden!
2. Sharing and Soliciting. For me, a key part of the generative process is letting go of the draft, coming out of that creative cocoon, and allowing my ideas and images to fly in public space. Timing is vital; solicit input when the work is in a “semi-solid state”: strong enough that you believe in its basic substance and style; fluid enough to move pieces around, to incorporate useful, even challenging, input, to explore novel forms and functions. If the work is already set in stone, there’s likely to be a wall between message sent and the receiver. It’s difficult planting a new tree in concrete. (Or when living in N’Awlins, for good and bad, trends that were flourishing on the east and west coasts had difficulty making local traction when surrounded by an Iron Swamp!
Evolving a Generational-Digital Diatribe
Asking for and being open to feedback definitely enabled “A Generational-Digital Diatribe” to grow. A friend shared how in the ‘60s she wrote a poem about daily calls home becoming a lifeline and symbiotic cord for an anxious roommate. This story helped update the concept and spurred these two psychological and paradoxical lines:
With all things wireless, you're always on board
Alas, still tied to that e-umbilical cord?
I also showed my work to a late-20 something at the local coffeehouse. He agreed with a number of issues often articulated by those on the other side of the digital divide. This Millennial specifically mentioned recently expressing concern to and for a friend who is always online or on a gadget. He also said one word – “privacy” – and, immediately sensing a glaring gap, I quickly worked out the opening of this stanza, completed by the above-cited “NSA Poker” metaphor:
And now identity theft from the neighborhood hack.
Why can't I simply hold on to the past?
Facebook, tweeting, smart apps...oh what's next?
It’s no longer “Safe Stress” ™…now it’s “Practice Safe Text”!!
I am the turtle; the Gens are the hare
Those short cut acronyms…geez, what a crock
Of course, do not go cold turkey with a cyber-addiction…
Well, let me reach closure, before I “break bad”