So as it's already mid-February and supposed to be 50 degrees today here in NYC, and the amount of snow that we've had in New York has been roughly, about zero, I think all the signs point to winter being over. Yes, I know we technically have a few weeks left, but any snow we get will just go away immediately anyway. Bummer.
I love snow especially when I'm inside with my honey and we're watching the world get snowed under from our south facing bedroom windows so this winter has been kind of a bust for me but I suppose it's nice for us city dwellers not to have to deal with subway closures and slush... still, I miss it.
I made this graphic up a few years ago and it came up in my 'memories' on the Facebook. I also wrote that the so-called snowpocalypse had turned out to be a kind of a bust. But I thought I would post the graphic anyway because I'm pretty proud of it and besides, who doesn't love a little Godzilla first thing in the morning?
Nothing more to say at this time.. have a great day!
Back in graduate school as part of a dance studies class. It was a strange class on top of a strange experience, that I will eventually write about... but anyway, I had to watch a video of Merce Cunningham performing and then describe it. I had originally gone to grad school thinking that I would work as a dramaturge but had switched interests to writing theater for young audiences, and after this particular exercise, I realized that I had little interest in knowing how to write about a performer who repeatedly sweeps his toe on the stage.
When I was graced with a couple of tickets to see the new documentary about Cunningham, I flashed back to that video I had watched in 1992 and flinched. I almost said 'no', but then the Mister was excited to go and so I smiled through what I thought would be a painful evening. I couldn't have been more wrong.
"Dance" as an art form sort of confuses me - I find it a little tedious but filmmaker, Alla Kovgan, not only gives us some background (although this is not a comprehensive biography by any means) of Cunningham, but traces his artistic evolution, plus provides the audiences modern interpretations of his work - the effect is a gorgeously filmed movie that makes one want to search out live performances of the work. And having seen the work through her eyes as well as though the Mister's, I think I have a much better appreciation for its beauty and how innovative it was (and still is, really).
I really encourage you to seek this film out; you can find where and when it's showing by going to the film's website by clicking here.
My pal Rolando Teco wrote a post on his Extra Criticum blog site about finding the will to continue to live a creative life even when life has sucked that will out of us - but...
"..From that most scary place, waiting just around the bend will be something wonderful and unexpected and astonishing. Something powerful enough to inspire even the most cynical among us to do it all again."
And I have to give him an Amen.
As the Mister and I are going on a real, actual, vacation to Fort Lauderdale tomorrow, I have spent today 'putting away' 2019. For me, that means cleaning up email boxes, moving things off of my laptop and over to my external hard drive, and generally ticking a lot of things off of a list.
But sadly, another year without Splot movement and kind of worse, my total output for MEMOs was 7 in this whole year. I kind of stopped when I realized that, and got depressed for a bit.
It's not really for a lack of ideas, just for a lack of time and energy from a new demanding job (which I love, of course) after two other jobs in 2019 (long story, don't ask, it's not as bad as it sounds but it has been a whirlwind).
Thankfully, one of Santa's presents this year was a little ipad on which I can use to draw on the train, plane, etc. The added mobility in the drawing arena will help, I think (I HOPE).
My wish for you in 2020 is simply that you find the way to do the thing you love in a way that makes the most sense, is affordable, and allows your creative juices to overflow.... because we need your voice.
Hope everyone had a great holiday, now, get back to work! lol ;)