Also in June

June 29, 2012 § 4 Comments

This month’s photo theme was a combination of “yes and” and “also.” Also was a word given to me by my friend Jason, and I was immediately intrigued. At the same time, my friend Anna’s exploration of improv got me thinking about one of its cardinal rules – to always affirm your partner’s contribution to the scene and add to it, to say, “yes and.”

My photos varied a bit, ranging from “also” (as in plural, more of) and “yes and” (as in a moment, something that hints at what’s next, that says there is a “next” at all). It’s been fun to reflect on these words. In an interview with author Margaret Atwood, she says “and” is her favorite word. “It’s so hopeful,” she says. Whether in a turned head or hand at rest, there’s always more to the story.

Here are a few highlights from the month:

 

See the rest of the photos here.

I’m halfway through this year-long one-a-day project! To celebrate, take a photo of one of the words in the project (solitude, orange, partial, imperfect, higher, or yes and) and send it to me at abigail dot lzc at gmail dot com. I’ll post your interpretation of these words.

The Midwest Girl Goes West

June 27, 2012 § 4 Comments

I have never been West until this past week, the beautiful city of Seattle being my destination. Before Seattle, I fell in love with the mountains and the land Roosevelt fell in love with too.

North Dakota Badlands in Theodore Roosevelt National Park

My first view of snow peak mountains.

My home base was Whidbey Island, where I felt love surrounding me. Every morning I had a half lox, onion, and cream cheese bagel with coffee and woke up to this view.

I stayed in the music room.

On a rainy day I strolled down a misty Pacific coast and enjoyed my first visit to Whidbey Island Winery.

We had the Lemberger for dinner.

My first time seeing the Pacific Ocean.

Of course, I couldn’t leave Seattle without visiting Pike Place Market.

One of my favorites meals on this trip was having brunch at Sitka & Spruce on Melrose Avenue.

Instead of taking more photos of the beautiful space and delicious food I kept enjoying the meal.

The lush northwest has inspired me and the creations will be shared with you, dear Readers, in the future. Oh, traveling is so good for my soul. However, my love for the Midwest grows and I’m happy to be home.

What has been one of your favorite or inspirational places to visit?

Good Lines

June 25, 2012 § 7 Comments

Most of my weekend was spent reading on my back porch, enjoying the green around me. Many times I stumbled across a line so good I had to jump up to write it down in my folder of “little darlings” or add it to the collection on my bathroom mirror – where all the good lines go down. Here are a few:

From Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai, who’s novel in verse chronicles a young Vietnamese girl’s immigrant experience.

Breathe in, peaceful mind.
Breath out, peaceful smile.

She strokes my back.

Chant, my daughter;
your whispers will bloom
and shelter you
from words
you need not hear.

 

From Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s novel The Shadow of the Wind:

A book is a mirror that offers us only what we already carry inside us, that when we read, we do it with all our heart and mind, and great readers are becoming more scarce by the day.

And from “Where Wings Could Be” by Susanna Childress:

                                                    What I need

from life: a few loves brilliant with return.

A nod to these writers.

JoAnn Belson moves me

June 22, 2012 § Leave a comment

JoAnn Belson’s art moves me. There are pieces where my right hand comes to my chest and I sigh because I just do.

Her figure drawings are amazing.

JoAnn Belson

I love the neck and jaw line on this one.

JoAnn Belson

The paint strokes on this piece seem so free, but yet it falls in the right place. It’s beautiful.

JoAnn Belson

I would love to have one of her pieces in my home. A nod to JoAnn Belson.

From Typewriter to Twitter and Back

June 20, 2012 § 5 Comments

I love this piece on East London’s fashion in the last 100 years. It’s so fun to hear the music and see the fashions of the last century fly by. It’s even more fun to see the styles that have stayed, returned, or never came back.

Lately I’ve felt a similar frenzied and nostalgic rush toward technology.

On one hand, I bought a new phone which prompted me to dive into the land of apps and Instagram. I even started a twitter account (another dangerous whim). Here’s my first tweet. (If you follow @abigaillzc, you can bet there will be offthefrontporch links.)

And my first instagram photo (follow @zimmeralc for more).

But as much as I’m diggin things like Voxer and AroundMe, I’m aware of how much past technology continues to influence our new habits. For example, our computer keyboards click because when they were first made with muted sound, the quiet office unnerved typists. So engineers made them click again. And the layout of the keys (the QWERTY pattern) was meant to slow down the typists so the machine could keep up with them – now our computers are more than capable, yet we continue to use the slower QWERTY layout.

So in the midst of playing around with my new toys, I also got a fresh ribbon for my typewriter, which I’ve been using to write Sylvia-Plath-style.

(Look what serious poets we both are. It’s all because of the typewriter.)

And I’m listening to classics like Otis Spain and Al Green on my record player.

Soon I will be using a lot more public transportation to get around, which – as these 100-year-old promotional infographics imply – is certainly not a new fad.

Readers, revel in the old and indulge in the new.

Urban art in community

June 18, 2012 § 1 Comment

Urban. Community. Contemplation. Art.

I love these words. Candy Chang does too. She combines street art with urban planning to create visual space for discussion to happen among community members.

Photo by Randal Ford

One of her most recent work was the I Wish This Was project, which individuals shared what they want where they want with a sticker. Vacant buildings and broken doors soon turned into conversation pieces of what could be, what is needed, or what change has yet to happen among community members. View more of her inspirational work below.

Photo via Civic Center

Photo via CIvic Center

Photo via Civic Center

This woman has inspired me. She has given me hope and creativity for the urban community that I am a part of. A nod to Candy Chang.

Weekend Do: Film edition

June 15, 2012 § 1 Comment

It may be so stormy this weekend that you are stuck inside with nothing to do. Or it may be so hot this weekend that you seek the air conditioning feel of a theater. Whatever the reason, forget the summer blockbusters and do check out these three films.

1. I love this brief story by my friend and videographer Matt Kirk, who’s been playing around with new ways of conveying a narrative. In his blog post here, he talks about not asking his subject straight up about being homeless. Instead he implies the heartache of homelessness by asking Mr. Eddie to talk about hunger.

2. The Other F Word is maybe one of the best documentaries I’ve seen. It’s so good! The film takes a look at several punk rockers of the late 80s and 90s who are now fathers and middle aged, the authority figures they rebelled against.

Some of these men pursue both the punk and family lifestyle, others let go of one. The film is funny, insightful, and very moving. Everyone’s story looks so different, and that’s a beautiful thing.

3. I’m pretty excited that one of my favorite youtube videos, Music for One Apartment and Six Drummers, has been made into a full-length movie, Sound of Noise. I haven’t yet had the chance to watch it, but it combines my love of percussion with using everyday objects creatively. Also, it looks delightfully absurd as they’ve turned the plot into a comedy-crime film where a bunch of drummers illegally play in city institutions.

Plus, this group was only able to turn this into a movie through the support of crowd-funding. Community art. Love it.

What are you watching lately or hope to watch?

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