Surprisingly hopeful (part 2)

PART 2 And not only is there hope in our individual life, in our own unknown, but YES, even hope for our world. Society has gone through tumult before, and we are in tumult again. As Rebecca Solnit says it “the changes we’ve undergone, both wonderful and terrible, are astonishing”. Can we not forget history,…

Surprisingly hopeful (part 1)

PART 1 Winter has swiftly arrived. We were enjoying eerily warm weather until the last few weeks, when it suddenly dropped into the 20s and 30s. Yesterday was warmer again, and gusty. I wanted to walk against the wind to see the autumn colors in the park. But all the leaves already shriveled up in…

Open the Curiosity Door!

The last few months have been a wondrous tumult. Anxieties, mortality, the pains of self-sufficient growth. World events. Museum trips to daring exhibits, a plethora of excellent films, documentaries, reading more poetry, perusing the delights of Merriam Webster’s website for hours. I’ve arrived here in one piece. Tomorrow is Halloween…I want to delight in red…

Dread, destruction and humanity

I know I know. I watch a lot of films and get excited about them all. First Wonder Woman, then Baby Driver, now Dunkirk. But, we have to talk about Dunkirk. I don’t have the words to describe this film, but I can try. I don’t like seeing a movie after it gets lots of renowned…

Ode to Baby Driver

God I’ve missed you. Back to it then. I want to talk about Baby Driver. I’ve been a fan of Edgar Wright since I first saw Shaun of the Dead, and even more so when I saw his excellent tv show Spaced and the wondrous Scott Pilgrim vs the World. I loved his show and…

NOSTALGIA

The hardest thing is to be present and alive in the moment. To not think and think and think, but to be here. To not think but to feel. To breathe air in and out, feel the tingle of your skin, to ground yourself on the sturdy earth below. To let the noise fade and…

Alternate reality

I have been thinking about creativity recently. Pretty much all my life, actually, but even more so lately. For me, the most compelling principles in life have always been: 1) creating stuff and 2) helping people. When I was 8 years old I wrote my first (and one of few completed) short stories. I kept it…

Being present in a time of resistance

Part 2 in a series on the intersection of art and the political/social turmoil of our time.   Is introspection and creativity frivolous in a time of such social and political turmoil? I have the freedom to contemplate life’s dimensions and not worry about surviving and fighting for my rights. How do we look into ourselves…

Icelandic Feminist Rap

Part 1 in a new series I made up just now about the intersection of art and the political/social turmoil of our time. Part 1 – “Icelandic Feminist Rap”  I’ve been obsessed with Icelandic hip hop and rap for a little while now. I’ve been listening to Ulfur Ulfur, Emmsje Gauti, and Aron Can on repeat….

The Humanity of the Other Woman

We are living in a momentous time in history. Maybe the present always feels like the most important time in human history. We all exist together, collectively breathing the same air on the same earth in this time, a moment out of infinite time. Each individual human experience and life reverberates and affects others. And…

The Things I loved in 2016

WOAH THERE. To say the past year has been a rollercoaster would be an understatement. It’s a running joke that 2016 has been a terrible year for us all, for the “world”. It has been frightening, tumultuous, uncertain, sad. I agree with the world moving in strange and scary directions #Trump. But for me personally, 2016…

A confession about psychiatry

I had a revelation the other night after watching an episode of SKAM. Haha, I know, the norwegian show that has taken over my life and that no one I know watches. The episode revealed a character had bipolar disorder and showed the emotional consequences of mental illness on this character and those who love him. It…