Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Itching To Go

I am craving international travel BAD these days!! To be more precise, I want to hop on the next plane to Europe and walk, eat and sleep amidst old world beauty...

Hiking hut to hut in the Dolomites? Skiing the Haute Route? Biking along the coast of Ireland? A high traverse along a pilgrimage route in the Pyrenees? The GR20 in Corsica? Yes, please.
A room down a narrow street in Lisbon? A morning spent at the Alhambra? A farm fresh meal in the Hebrides? A candlelit concert in Budapest? Don't mind if I do!
My imagination knows no bounds when it comes to this flight of fancy...

Monday, June 11, 2012

Chiquita Banana


Larissa Bates uses gold leaf to rim her paintings and is inspired in part by Persian miniatures.

She explores her family's history in Costa Rica working for United Fruit in the series Chiquita Banana.


Sunday, June 10, 2012

Mysteries Of Gender


What does it mean to be feminine? And what, if anything, does that tell us about being a woman?

What answers do we glean from the stories we hear, witness, tell, and live?


Saturday, June 9, 2012

What Do You Act Like When You're Stressed?

That's what Evan asked me on the phone while I feasted alone on asparagus soup at the Middle Fork. I laughed and said he'd know better than anyone. Then I turned the question on him to buy some time...

When stressed on a fundamental level, Evan felt he acts like a snow leopard-- seldom seen, but at times a blur of teeth, fur and muscle going in for the kill. 

When stressed on a superficial level, Evan described himself as a herd dog-- running in a million directions, nipping at heels, working hard to do a good job, feeling responsible for the safety and movement of the flock.

I still hadn't come up with an answer for myself, so Evan prompted me...

A beaver?

Yeah, I could see that.

Initially, I'll be task focused-- gnawing on everything in sight, downing trees, tunnel visioned and industrious. 

If that frenzy of activity doesn't alleviate the stress, I end up having a meltdown and with a slap of my tail I'll dive into the water, retreating for the safety of my lodge.

Evan followed up with...

What do you need when you're stressed?

At its most basic, my answer was, "You."