Well-Hatched in ’12

January 1, 2012

Here is to a fresh start and well-hatched plans.

Happy New Year!

Joy to the World

December 25, 2011

L'Oratoire Saint-Joseph, Montréal

Wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

I’ve Had A Few (too many?)

December 18, 2011

Two months have gone by since my last post. What?!! I just haven’t been present in that way where coherent, semi-coherent, or even, coherent-to-me sentences form and expect to be released from my overflowing mind onto the”page”. My photographs have been few and far between, as well, trapped behind a creative mind-block the size of a giant, locked, freeze-frame shutter. I’ve been floating around in a tank full of fuzz. I wish I could say (actually, I will never wish such a thing) that the wands of inspiration haven’t zapped me more than once, for then I’ve have something to blame. But, this simply isn’t true. There are the books I’ve read and some films I’ve watched (more on those later). There were my recent strolls through the AGO (to see the Chagall exhibit) and the MOCCA ( which never disappoints), pretty much all of the shows at Mois de la Photo à Montréal this past September (how is it possible I didn’t write about that?!) not to mention Bill’s constant, compositional music-vibe humming through the house each and every day.
Can you hear that… ? That’s my regret loop playing over and over again. Can someone change the reel-to-reel, please? But whose gonna change that sucker if I I don’t? Nobody, that’s who, because nobody but I have the power to do so.

There is so much I wanted to accomplish this year and look(!) the year is almost over. I wanted to change the look of corkscrewcurls. I wanted to get more focused, write more (in general) and take more photos. In 2011 I wanted to drum up some new career options, swim, learn to sew and knit up a wooly storm. I planned to eat less, drink less and exercise more and… and…  and (insert sound of me screaming here). I tend to think too much about what I want to do instead of taking that incredible waste source of energy and investing it into getting whatever is on my long list done. But it’s all about perspective, isn’t it? One gal’s regret is someone else’s kick in the butt, or, pat on the back (there, there), or, gentle nudge to get busy (or at least busier). That odd and nagging feeling of ugh can also serve as a wake-up call. Why not use that gut twisting tug as an opportunity to let yourself of that sharp and dangling hook. To stand up on your tippy-toes in order to rise up and unfasten yourself from the sore spot that’s got you harnessed and swaying over that place that isn’t working anymore. Maybe it’s time to let go. Walk away and find yourself a new perspective to look at your situation. You might discover that whateveritis you’ve been hovering over all these years doesn’t suit you anymore, or, that the new angle your viewing it from has brought it all into focus.

I stumbled on this inspiring TedTalk by Kathry Schulz the other day and thought I’d pass it on.

Happy swaying.

 

A Card Carrying Member

August 25, 2011

Spotted at Toronto's City Hall during Doors Open in May.

I was going through a few shots from my archives, trying to expunge as many as possible before my hard drive sinks under the weight of it all, when I came upon this photograph I took during Doors Open back in May. I thought it was pretty funny and quite appropriate since this model, of the city of Toronto one is being asked to throw items at, is on display in the foyer of… (wait for it) Toronto City Hall. Seems as if city council has been lobbing a few our way, lately,  and I’m afraid to see what my town is going to look like if some people have their way. Imagine wanting to close some of the libraries in this city. Mind boggling. I am a proud, card-carrying member of the Toronto Public Library and one of my not-so-guilty pleasures in life (I have a lot of guilty ones but that’s another post) is hanging out, dropping in or perusing around its stacked shelves or working at an available table. This is a system that has so much to offer (go ahead and check out their site) that Toronto should be extremely proud to have it and continue to nourish it the way it deserves by making it even better.

I just signed up on Twitter to follow the Toronto Public Library campaign, here.  You can read more about the campaign and even sign their petition (I already have) if you like, here. At the website, make sure to go to Media to click on a few stories in the Campaign In The News sidebar on the right. Especially entertaining are some of the nonsensical ramblings from Toronto city councillor, Doug Ford. If that doesn’t make you want to wrap your arms around the Toronto library system, placing it in protective custody, I don’t know what will. Except perhaps this great campaign to help preserve this fine institution.

Gone Gardening…

August 17, 2011

One thing I absolutely adore (besides sarcasm) is to sit down to write a post when I need to leave the house in ten minutes. What adds to the challenge having about thirty minutes worth of errands to accomplish around the house yard before I go.

I’ve been spending a lot of time in my garden over the last few days, trying to reel in the backyard mud-pile transformation, an endeavour which has spanned a couple of months, eliciting all sorts of emotions. Due to time constraints, I won’t get into it at the moment. I do hope, however, to post a shot or two in the next few days as well as share some of  the many metaphors I’ve dug up in relation to life and gardening.

I know you can’t wait. Stay tuned.

Testing… Testing…

August 11, 2011

I’ve been dealing with a few technical problems on site over the last week which have been a little distracting. It can be tricky for me to post at all never mind trying to maneuver through issues other than those that involve my own neurosis. I thought one of the problems had been solved (was working yesterday) but notice today it’s still not functioning the way it should be. Sigh… I did manage to figure out how to work around this glitch but this adds a bit to the effort involved.  Still, in the big scheme of things, this is rather a minor deal, however annoying, which may have to do more with the age of my computer (I hope not) than WordPress who I will say have been very present in helping me troubleshoot.

But on to the next problem.

I seem to be unable to insert video clips so I’m going to do a test to see if it works. And if it works, I will than test to see if I can actually post this. If I’m unable to do one or the other (or both) you will notice – or won’t since it wont have worked and will not have posted and the emptiness here will just seem as if I’ve been slacking again.

Fingers crossed…

Energizing Podcast

Okay. That didn’t work. The podcast did though. It was swell and necessary and you can click on the link to check it out.

But this one (the one that took more effort involved) did. Yay!!!/Sigh… Great song. Enjoy. Back to the drawing board.

The Seeds We Sow

August 10, 2011

Grow... Grow... Grow!!!

I woke up way too early this morning. I slept well until about 5 a.m. Tossed, then turned for an hour or so then thought… I’m outta here. I made my way downstairs for my morning macchiato and pondered the day ahead. But it’s difficult to ponder when I’m so tired making getting up that early outside of the the point. Laying in bed, I couldn’t help thinking about the various mounds in my life I need to wrangle into some form of accomplishment. My backyard is in shambles, my office is still waiting for a desk suitable to work at, not to mention the work at it I hope to get done. I feels as if I’m at some awesome buffet having piled my plate sky high, only to fork my food around not knowing where to dig in. And anyway, when you try cramming it all in at once you just end up with a gut-ache. The interesting part of the pondering this morning is I saw a pattern. All of these piles of chaos around me in varying shapes and sizes seem to go against everything I desire: to be organized, calm, on top of my game, successful. The real task at hand, I’m thinking, is to go against the grain of what my belief systems keep telling me (shouting at times or whispering in my ear at 5 o’clock in the morning) that I have no idea what I’m doing so why do I bother to try? Because I have to, I say. It’s why I wake up in the morning.

A very good friend of mine sent me this quote by Og Mandino the other day.

I will waste not even a precious second today in anger or hate or jealousy or selfishness. I know that the seeds I sow I will harvest, because every action, good or bad, is always followed by an equal reaction. I will plant only good seeds this day.

I think I will repeat that from I know the seeeds I sow... over and over as my mantra, for a girl needs a good mantra to get her through a sleep-deprived day. And speaking of growing, here’s another one I just found by Mogdino which absolutely fits the bill:

Never again clutter your days or nights with so many menial and unimportant things that you have no time to accept a real challenge when it comes along. This applies to play as well as work. A day merely survived is no cause for celebration. You are not here to fritter away your precious hours when you have the ability to accomplish so much by making a slight change in your routine. No more busy work. No more hiding from success. Leave time, leave space, to grow. Now. Now! Not tomorrow!

Amen to that.

Words of Wisdom

August 9, 2011

You've gotta love stumbling onto an inspiring exhibit.

One (more) reason why I haven’t posted much lately, although I’m hoping the dry spell has passed, is because I’ve been feeling a little defeated. This recent acquisition of my 45th year kind of threw me for a loop. I knew it was coming, yes, but in keeping with my character (up until now that is – wink) I forgot to prepare myself. I expected to be at a certain place by this point but forgot to mention as much out loud. There’s something to be said, I think, about saying it and letting the air take hold of things so that its soft, gentle, feathery arms can lead you in the right direction. Saying it sort of plucks it out of the jumbled mass of thought in ones mind and makes it more real. Or course, nothing makes it more real than actually getting down to business – but that’s another story.

The other day I was feeling a bit hopeless and blue when I stumbled onto the exhibit, Wisdom by Andrew Zukerman. It was at the beautifully lit Albert Lambert Galleria in Brookfield Place and consisted of a collection of portraits of some very familiar faces, along with quotes on the topic of wisdom and what that word signified to each of them.  You can check out the Wisdom website – here – to take a deeper peek.

Here is a mini-sampler of a few quotes I found inspiring:

Risk it. Go for it. Life always give you another chance, another go at it. It’s very important to take enormous risks.Mary Quant

Cities are the most complex and socially-critical form of organization that mankind has created. One might say that although we build the cities, it’s the cities that shape us.Richard Rodgers ( I think some of the members of Toronto’s city council ought to read this one each morning and at night before they go to bed.)

Don’t be too ambitious. Do the most important thing you can think of each year and then your career will take care of itself.Henry Kissinger

Life is not perfect, it never will be. You just have to make the best of it and you have to open your heart to what the world can show you. Sometimes it’s terrifying and sometimes it’s beautiful. And I’ll take both thanks.Graham Nash (me too, please.)

Wisdom is the constant questioning of where you are. Billy Connolly (Too bad he did say “who” you are for in that case I’d be the wisest person on the planet)

Believe in yourself and believe in love. Love something. We’ve got to learn to love something deeply. I think it’s love. It sounds sentimental as hell, but I really think it is. To paint a leaf, or a twig, or a piece of dung from a horse, it doesn’t matter; the shadow it casts can be wonderful. – Andrew Wyeth.

A human being has a need for dignity just like water, like air. People will say food, some people will say air, and my attitude is the most fundamental human need is dignity. The sense of being in control of one’s existence. Ultimately, without food or water, you know, one dies, and then, okay, one can have a dignified death. Therefore, ultimately, you cannot control people by fear, because their ultimate essence is constantly craving for that property, that acquisition called dignity. – Wole Soyinka

You can’t get to wonderful without passing through “all right”. And when you get to “all right” you should look around and familiarize yourself with things, because that might be what you are capable of. And that’s all right. – Bill Whithers (Amen to that.)

But the epitome of wisdom would have been me sharing this with you before the exhibit actually ended since it closed yesterday August 5th.

Another few words to wise… Live and Learn.

 

One of the many things I’ve been trying to do lately is to get realigned with myself. This is what happens when too many ideas and feelings and ways I’d like to change or untangle myself get jammed into my body. Where else can it go but inside of me? All of that jumbledness (yes, that’s what it feels like even if it isn’t a word) throws me off of my axis. And since one of the key places of entanglement for me is in my gut, it can make listening to it very difficult indeed (speak up will yah?). To get my balance back (as if I was ever balanced. Wait, I think I was for a day or two back in ’05!) I’ve been trying to do a bit a yoga a few times a week. I completed two great sequences this morning yesterday via the Yoga Journal website podcast with Jason Crandell and thought I’d share them with you.

***Argh!!! I’m trying to “insert” the video clip but it’s not working. So, until I can figure out why(?!!) here are the links:

I started with this.

Then ended with that.

Which would have changed my Argh to Ahhhhhhh… if I had done these sequences after trying to do this post.

By the way, thanks Jason. I’d love to take one of your classes sometime.

 

 

August 4, 2011

I’ve been trying to post a couple of links to a great yoga workout I did this morning but for some reason it isn’t working. Now, my shoulders are up to my ears. Hopefully, I’ll be back on track this evening or tomorrow morning but at this very instant (actually, about three instants ago) I have to dash to work.

Breeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaathe, Kim. Breathe.

Namaste.