Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in face of certain defeat.
— Invisible Man, Ralph Ellison
Lone Goof, 2014
Forest Guardian, 2014
Living in the woods for half the week for the past 4-5 months has made me come to sort of love and appreciate Poison Oak. I’m sure a lot of this has to do with the fact that I still have not had a reaction to it. While I nervously await the day I explode into a red itchy mess, I have the pleasure of watching the changes in shape and color as the plants mature and go through the subtle seasons. And in a weird way, I do feel protected by these oily urushiol time-bombs as I pick through blackberries.
Stuart Wilde (via titat44)
“That wish to enter into an elusive element which had urged Cosimo into the trees, was still working now inside him unsatisfied, making him long for a more intimate link, a relationship which would bind him to each leaf and twig and feather and flutter.”
― Italo Calvino, The Baron in the Trees
A friendly reminder to myself and others that it’s good to be good to yourself even if there’s plenty of reasons not to.
Missing someone who’s now living across the country from you (again) is no reason not to be in the moment enjoying the sun on your face while picking raspberries after a morning of milking the most spoiled cow in the world. It’s also a good motivation to make something lovely as a tribute to that person even if they won’t get to eat the raspberry and peach pie you made with your first ever real! lattice! top! which, it turns out, is not as hard as it seems to make.
And even though you’re broke and quite literally live like a bum (but somehow are also rich in other ways) it’s no reason to not treat yourself to a lithography class you’ve wanted to take from a friend and support them too.
Another reminder to myself and others that it’s also good to be good to others and to share that pie you made with whoever is in your vicinity and to make your first ever lithograph a goofy and sweet drawing for someone you love, and you know will make them smile.