Thursday, November 30, 2006
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The Universal Labyrinth of Life
She also got a little booklet explaining the symbolism of each pane, an envelope with some information explaining labyrinths (made to look like a tree - a portion can be seen in this link) and a ten minute DVD of a video story giving some background to the 'Forest' and explaining the 'mystery' of something I had asked her to do while I was making the lamp (it was interactive even before it came into full being). I'm glad she trusted me. Some people find it strange to do things that they don't understand.
It felt significant that that lamp was the last thing to go. The entire interactive process of the lamp takes the individual through a journey into him or herself and out again, just like a labyrinth. Each one of us is an Enchanted Forest with undiscovered flowers waiting deep within to bloom.
The experience of yesterday (the lamp and the departure) just had too many layers of meaning to go into right here, but suffice it to say, it was the right day to leave. In retrospect, it feels as though my time in the studio (whether I was in it or not) was a time of going deep into a labyrinth ... and yesterday was the day I came back out. More than being a physical experience the studio was also on a spirit level.
One of the girls in the office asked me how I felt to be leaving: "Sad? Bitter sweet?" she asked. I said "No. Happy. Movement."
Not that I hadn't liked my studio (in fact it had felt like a little home in its own way), but it just felt right to be leaving. Handing back the keys felt freeing and my keychain suprises me with its lightness every time I hold it now.
To top it all off, that afternoon the post lady brought me a registered letter telling me to collect a package at TTPost in Tunapuna. It was a speechless-ifying birthday gift from my friend J. A wonderful bright red round and soft-like-a-cloud labyrinth pillow with an eleven circuit finger labyrinth on it!
Labels: window lamps
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Why don't you suggest a woman?
I haven't really had time to go back and read it over, so I don't know how it flows, but I imagine it flows fine for the simple reason that it's made up of different (independent) segments connected by the main concept that each one is a link on a chain.
So far there has been no definite geographical place mentioned. Each segment is set in an undefined location that could be anywhere. Except for ... in one segment there's the distinct feeling that it takes place in England. Another segment makes reference to the particular woman studying magic in France ... but those geographical links don't really affect what's happening.
I think I need about six more women, maybe at roughly 1,000 words each. Could be less, but to say six at 1,000 will safely take me over the 50,000 mark. I haven't counted how many women I have already throughout the whole novel. The lengths of their segments range from one page to four.
If you're inclined to suggest a woman for Daisy Chain, please do ... and I'll work her in to my ending - once I see your potential suggestion(s) in time. (I'll be working on it today and perhaps tomorrow). It would be interesting to have external input of some kind. Might give me that last spurt of inspiration needed to cross the finish line.
What is her name?
What does she do?
Is there anything specific about her that we should know?
(And anything else you might think of to say about her).
Monday, November 27, 2006
Kiki, here are photos of two lamps I made this year. One is named Diva (seen her at her launch one evening earlier this year). If you have time or inclination to look in the archives for May/June/July you'll see the evolution of Diva through videos, photos and blog posts.
The other lamp I did this year is Serendipity. The evolution of Serendipity is also documented in the archives, but not in quite the step-by-step way that Diva was. I do have other photos of window lamps over the years, but I'll have to dig up to find them. They may be somewhere in these blog archives. Anyway, the photographs featured in thos two links will give you an idea of what window lamps look like. Each one is different and is made for the energy of the person or persons receiving it.
Chookooloonks and Webgrl, it's not that I don't feel like doing any lamps right now, but in a way I can't. A lot of energy goes into them and I personally need to recharge. I had said some years ago that I wouldn't do any more ... and started back this year upon request from Diva's owner. I had thought Diva would be the last, then at her launch when Karen commissioned a lamp, I said "Okay" and did Enchanted Forest.
So ... who knows. But for now, I'm just recharging & plugging in my own light.
Labels: window lamps
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Only three things are left in #2: one window lamp (The Enchanted Forest), waiting to go to its owner and two lovely windows waiting to become lamps. Even though several people have told me in the past few days that they want to order window lamps, I don't know if I will make more. The Enchanted Forest might be my last.
One evening a high school art student had come to my studio with her teacher and the teacher asked me to show her (the student) around. At the time I had been working on Serendipity and had halfway started Enchanted Forest. I explained them to the student, who seemed interested in the process and the symbolism. I'm thinking of calling the art teacher and asking her if I can give the windows to that student. Maybe she would enjoy making her own lamps.
Moving in to the studio had felt good. But moving out also feels right, as though I have come to the end of 'a time' for something ... something that perhaps isn't even studio-related. Symbolically, it feels like a massive clearing out and a big move to be made on other levels.
Thank you, #2 for what you gave to me.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
Friday, November 24, 2006
Comments: Synchronicity, Forgiveness
Kiki, I agree with your comment about synchronicity ... not only with blogs but with everything around. Sometimes those things that jump out at us as being 'synchronous' (is that a word?) are doing so to confirm what has already resonated within us. I think the synchronicity of life is like music. If you wake up today and your body is vibrating in the key of D, then whatever else is vibrating in that key will resonate with you and be in synch. Likewise, everything and everyone that is in musical harmony with your key vibration or rhythm will be in synch(ronicity). Alternatively, dischordant things and people may feel jarring.
To 11 and your comment from yesterday: I'm certainly no "Dear Abby", but this is my two cents. I think that 'Forgiveness' is a word that defies logical and mental definition. Like 'Love'. That's why I used the example of the stone in the sea. Prior to forgiving, a person's (whether forgiver or forgivee) emotional edges can be rough and hard, poking and painful. Taking this rough stone and putting it into the sea involves the act of letting it all go, giving it up to the elements and allowing time to do what it must without human intervention. I'm not just saying this as a metaphor. If you find it hard to forgive in a particular situation, why not go to the beach, walk along it and pick up the stone that you are drawn to. Perhaps, as with the explanation above, that stone is in synch with your desire to forgive or be forgiven. Maybe you can even look at the stone and its marking and you may see your situation in it - as if Nature has etched the issue into the surface of that little rock. Put it into the sea ... however you feel to put it. You may want to pelt it, place it gently where the waves break, swim out into the deep and drop it ... or whatever other way you can think of. Then just let go, forget about it, leave it and, as the sea goes about its natural duty of smoothing the rough edges, all will be taken care of in ways that you will never be able to think of or accomplish on your own. Don't worry about Time. You may think: "Oh, but that stone will take years or decades to become smooth." Physically, yes. But Spirit time and the smoothing of 'the issue' will be different.
(If one doesn't live by the sea, just put the stone in any body of water - large or small - and leave it with the intention of doing so for it to be smoothed).
In other news, the judges still have not received the HHHA2006 nominees. I will send them this information as soon as I get back my computer. The prize Clay Quenk (made by last year's recipient, Detta Buch) has been completed and is ready to be with his (her?) new owner.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
The beginning of today
It was drizzling
Went for long walk
Ate oats, raisins and cinammon
Monday, November 20, 2006
Sunday, November 19, 2006
I think my nanowrimo (the novel) may have to take a back seat for a while. Even when I had the computer, over the past few days, I was not working on it as I would have wished to ... But, why be defeated by lack of a computer now? Before computers came along, I wrote by hand. Maybe the last 22,000 words (or thereabouts) are meant to be written by hand. Writing by hand gives a totally different feel.
Today I feel especially thankful for being a creative soul. I know without doubt that this is a gift. I recognize its value and transforming power and I will honour it with even more awareness from now on.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
Friday, November 17, 2006
Take me. Show me.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
Hero (and deadline)
Some people have given me one of the following reasons as to why they haven't nominated anyone:
1. Gosh! I really have to write 200 words?!
2. I can't think of anyone to nominate.
3. I don't have time to fill out the form.
For a long time there was only one nomination (received on the very first day) from a woman in Texas who nominated herself. At first I thought it was a joke ... but she supplied her website address and it led me to what appeared to be a web community of hippies. I feel she saw 'Happy Hippy Hero's Award' and thought it applied to her. On her web page, her desires for the world were listed as things like peace, love, truth, etc. and she had some very positive and uplifting quotes at the bottom of her e-mail. Maybe she sincerely nominated herself because of how she thinks and what she believes in! If you ever read this, thanks for your nomination, Dixie J, but sorry. While I didn't say that you couldn't nominate yourself (which I must remember to add to the rules next year) the criteria state that you must nominate a Trinbagonian national or citizen.
The second nomination came a few days after. That one is valid.
The third nomination came about two days ago, ironically early on the morning of my miserable day. A friend of mine sent in a nomination with the most beautifully written and heartwarming reasons as to why her nominee should win. (I was her nominee). As she told me later, she had thought of a few different people, but I was the 'Hero' she really wanted to win. Well, it counts as a valid sentiment, but unfortunately it's not a valid nomination.
The fourth nomination was sent but never arrived. Quite by chance I found out it had been sent when the person, in passing, asked if it had been received. I said "no" and asked her to resubmit, which she did. It is valid.
So ... there are two valid nominations in the box so far (... and maybe more tomorrow before the deadline?) A little disappointing in terms of numbers, but at the end of the day, when it comes to the Award, it's not quantity, but quality that counts.
Poem for a perfect day
Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Renewing the promise
What does it mean to be brave? It must be a relative thing, as is fear. I think if you see someone as 'brave' it means that they are doing or being something that you are afraid of doing or being yourself. But to them, that thing may be 'nothing'.
Once I made a promise to myself that even if I felt 'fear' I would 'go ahead anyway'. (Like that saying: Feel the fear and do it anyway). There were times when I have kept that promise to myself and times when I unwittingly did not. I will consciously renew it as of today, for what lies ahead. I don't want to ever look back and regret not doing or being something because of 'fear'. But at the same time I don't want to feel 'fear' and then blindly charge into something just because I'm "feeling fear and doing it anyway." So, in addition to renewal of that promise to myself, I ask for Wisdom and Discernment to accompany my feelings.
Now and then when I am strongly moved by something and feel it to be true, I write an original quote to myself (and, by extension, others). One such quote is written somewhere in the (early) archives of this blog: What you seek is just a little beyond the point that scares you.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
One year late is right on time.
Monday, November 13, 2006
Transparency, Fairness and Justice for all. Inviting you to suggest a fifth judge.
Yesterday, I wrote about who the judges were and included photos of the clay quenk trophy. Concerned Citizen left a comment suggesting that it would be a conflict of interest if the judges are my friends.
Wouldn’t it be a conflict of interest if the judges are your friends?I am not sure about all the criteria that goes into having a competition but I know that the judges are not suppose to be buddies or close friends of the person hosting the competition. Make the competition fair at least…
Like C.C., I am also not fully aware of the criteria that go into having a competition, but in the case of this nomination process, I selected people whom I know, based on their professional capacity and my personal experience and knowledge of their fairness. They just happen to be friends and associates of mine. But we live as we learn/learn as we live. I was considering inviting an independent international judge, someone who knows not even one of the nominees, but did not do that (yet).
Allay any fears that the HHHA2006 awards process is rigged. Even if I wanted to 'rig' it, I wouldn't know where to begin. I am not personally submitting a nomination, so there is no chance of 'my friends' choosing 'my nomination' and us splitting the prizes, etc. (E.g. Of what use is a clay quenk piggy bank cut in half?)
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Introducing the Quenk and the Judges
Now meet the judges. On a professional level, they are all involved in some way in social or humanitarian work. They are excellent when it comes to fairness and evaluation of character and cause. On a personal level, they are fun loving, caring individuals who are doing their part to make the world a better place.
Glenford Bhagat is a dedicated Brahma Kumari and manager of Afford Office Line (Manufacturers, Suppliers, Designers, Custom Builders and Refurbishers of Office Furniture). He conducts ongoing motivational sessions at a drug rehabilitation centre and is one of the founding members of The Greenlight Network
Shivonne DuBarry is an environmental activist and longtime worker in the field of sexual and reproductive health and the rights of women and children.
Nicola Cross is an Environment and Development Practitioner. She has had extensive experience working with Community Based Organisations and Non-Governmental Organisations in the development of projects that consider environmental, economic and social issues.
O'Leo Lokai is a writer, activist and founder of Red Intitiative (an HIV, AIDs and STI awareness/prevention NGO). Through Red Initiative he also assists other NGOs with programme and project development.
Deadline for submission of nominees: 17 November, 2006
"I don't want to be a passenger in my own life."
Saturday, November 11, 2006
20,893 and counting
29,107 words and 19 days to go to reach 50,000. That means roughly 1, 531 words a day (if I write every day). But considering that I've written 9,203 between yesterday and this morning, I can do it sooner. If I keep going, I can pass the 25,000 halfway mark by some time today. Maybe I can even finish most of it this weekend if I stick to it, seeing that this weekend is fairly 'free'. I should take advantage of my break from video editing (and return to the editing next week). We'll see. Either way, I have enough space and time to make the deadline.
Friday, November 10, 2006
What is an idea?
My Nanowrimo: Daisy Chain
attempt. 38,310 to go. By the first day I had written 2,477 words, by the second day I had written about 2,000 more, then I left it for a while due to (a) other things to do and (b) not really feeling to do it. Then yesterday I decided I would commit myself and not give up on it, so I went back to it and feverishly wrote some more. So looking at the maths, I wrote over 7,000 nanowrimo words yesterday.
My 'novel' is called "Daisy Chain". It's not really a novel per se, but a series of segments, each of which could become a longer story of its own. Each segment is titled with the name of a woman. The first one is Clara, who is late for work and is lying in a field of daisies (etc etc etc etc). At one point she sees something glinting in the sun. It is a silver chain. She looks around but sees no-one to whom it might belong so ends up keeping it. Toward the end of her segment, mention is made of her boss, Mrs. Martin. The second segment is entitled "Mrs. Martin" and is told in a different voice as it gives us a peep into some aspect of Mrs. M's life. And so on. In each woman's segment there is the mention of another woman's name, who then becomes the woman the next segment focuses on. The novel will end up going full circle like a necklace, with each woman being a link in the chain. We get random glimpses into the lives of these women who have no idea that they are all a part of a greater whole.
It will no doubt evolve as I go along. It's not set in any particular place.
P.S. Those who feel like writing 200 words as opposed to 50,000 can click on the HAPPY HIPPY HERO's logo in this page's side bar and get submission forms and criteria for nomination of a 2006 HAPPY HIPPY HERO!
Thursday, November 09, 2006
"Filling me softly ..."
Wednesday, November 08, 2006
Never understimate the power of a snail
Tuesday, November 07, 2006
More Dona Nobis Pacem
Monday, November 06, 2006
Sunday, November 05, 2006
Clay quenk looking for loving home
The fact that last year's trophy was a large, pink, plastic pig geared towards children didn't make the HHHA2005 any less of an award. In fact, it made it more of an award. To begin with, it made us laugh during the simple outdoor awards ceremony and it has subsequently made other people laugh and feel relaxed enough to feed it willingly. Who says a trophy has to be a stiff metallic thing that sits on a shelf doing nothing but gathering dust? The pink piggy bank has been actively collecting money for W.O.R.C. since being awarded. Remember: don't judge a piggy bank by its cover. It's what's inside that counts.
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Music of birds
Opens my eyes.
Noting their presence,
(for Sunday Scribblings).
Friday, November 03, 2006
I myself feel like I'm on ultra fast forward (unless I'm stuck in traffic) ... and I'm thinking about what I need to do to slow down. What do I need to give up or structure differently?
When life is moving so quickly and we're trying to keep up with it, there are some things that get left by the wayside ... like a few quiet moments to stop and consider the person you'd like to nominate for the Happy Hippy Hero's Award 2006 (see below). This award embraces everyday people who are doing work and/or making committed contributions towards making our world a better place.
Thursday, November 02, 2006
Blog of the Day (1 Nov 2006)
Such a simple but effective gesture. It made me say "Wow!" Who doesn't like to be recognized in some way for what they're doing, no matter how small? Which brings us back to this ...
People in T & T and/or the diaspora: Someone you know, somewhere in T & T (who fits the criteria) will no doubt feel very surprised, moved, honoured and appreciated if you were to nominate them for the HHHA2006 Award. And who knows what can happen after that ...
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
The Happy Hippy Hero's Award (2006)
1. Nominee must be born in T & T (or must be a citizen) and must be living in T & T
N.B. Due to technical difficulties with another host site, the actual form cannot presently be uploaded to the blog for your easy access. I apologise for this inconvenience but will let you know as soon as everything has been rectified. In the mean time, I will copy and paste the submission form and further details below for those who wish to submit nominations now.
Deadline for submissions: Friday November 17th, 2006
The esteemed judges will be announced shortly.
Only one nomination per person
Copy and paste the submission part of this form and send it in the body of an e-mail to: email@example.com
WHO MAY ENTER:
Anyone, local or foreign, may submit a nomination online, once their nominee is valid and fits the below basic criteria.
1. Nominee must be born in T & T (or must be a citizen) and must be living in
T & T
2. Someone who loves what they do/puts great love into it
THE JUDGING PROCESS
(i) Nomination submissions will be assessed by Happy Hippy Productions to ensure that all entry forms have been filled out correctly. Incorrectly filled or incomplete forms will not be acknowledged
(ii) All forms will be e-mailed to the four judges. They will each select a SHORTLIST ... X amount of favourable entries ... with X to be determined based on number of submissions received.
(iii) The judges will meet in person and vote on the chosen forms together. If they all agree on one, that person will be the Happy Hippy Hero. In the event that the judges’ opinions are divided, HHP will make the final decision.
The judges have the right to deem which submissions are ‘serious’ and which are not. So please do not waste their time or yours by submitting false nominations.
N.B. Upon selection, shortlisted nominees will be interviewed for confirmation of their status, eligibility, etc.
Updates of the process will be given from time to time via http://nowiswow.blogspot.com/
As this is only the second year of the HHHA, there are still certain aspects to be refined. For example, provisions will be made for offline users to take part (if not this year, then certainly by next year).
Any questions and suggestions for improvement are welcome.
Thank you for taking part.
Founder and Creative Director,
Happy Hippy Productions