Monday, February 28, 2011

Getting the story(ies) out

Something I started doing this past month was writing for the local newspaper - specifically for their weekend supplement that carries feature articles more than current news.  (Aptly called the Weekender)  It's been fun as it is a reason for me to get out and meet farm families and rural personalities that I have wanted to get to know better, regardless of writing the articles or not.  And it is interesting to hear comments from people who have read the stories and have been made to think or ponder different topics in new ways.  I've only had two published so far but I have more ideas in my head than I do have time (right now) for writing.    They are below in the form of images (click on image to get a larger version) as there is not an online versions of this paper.

Story about Fern Thornton Cook - a local woman who wrote her first book in her early 80's

Sharing the story of Darcy and Candace Goodrich

Goodriches - part two

Friday, February 4, 2011

77 million paintings... and as many new wholes

While up in Calgary before my flight out - V. and I stopped by the Glenbow Museum to take in Brian Eno's show, 77 Million Painting.  We walked into a darkened room and sat down facing a wall that looked like it had a kalidescope-type image installed and music created a long, pausing, soundscape.  As I sat and was pulled into the colours - I let go of seeing the changes and was immersed in the colour and sound and the whole 'scape.'  It would only be when I shook my head and looked, that I would see the drastic shift in colours and images that had happened.  Meditating on the experience, I journalled:

"Still points and process... When you pull self out of to a point in time you see the changes but when the flow is subtle and steady, changes of parts are not distinct until the whole is transformed.
Snapshot in time are distinctly different yet the process and flow make them a natural transformation.
The snapshots or pauses give us opportunity for sense making of the change taking place but it it is in the process they are taking place... In the living and not the planning.
I didn't plan to be doing anything I am involved in right now, I live my way into them.  Yet I do take pause to defragment, organise and fit it all in - to recognize the wew whole that has evolved to this point as I release into the process and open to coevolving further."