odd time signatures

The mysterious qualities of real time

How is it possible that an entire week is gone between posts? I’ve been productive, believe it or not. I’m writing for a new political effort here, I’m learning the camera, I’m still working on building US Health Crisis, and I’m trying to keep the pug at bay while I think.

Real time moves at…well, real time. At any given time, I might be on Facebook, Twitter, Friendfeed, or all three at once, but I’m working on trying to limit myself to specific time frames in order to get stuff done without having my entire day swallowed by social networks. LOL…(good luck with that).

And…I’m actually reading real books that one holds in their hands and turns pages, as opposed to those electronic thangs that are uber-cool, but don’t smell as nice. Those are great, too, especially on my iPhone (yep, gave up the BlackBerry for the iPhone). But the real things are best. They just feel good, like they belong in front of my eyes.

For my poet friends, a must-read: Letters to Poets: Conversations About Poetics, Politics and Community. I cannot say enough about the inspiration this book gives, and not simply to poetry. It inspires the reader to look beyond the obvious, beyond the pundits and the politicians and our own internal editor into a deeper space, one where truth might be found. Along the way, there are references to other books that are also wonderful, including Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet, which is one of those books that we’ve probably all read at one point or another, but opens to a completely different set of eyes when read as an older, wiser poet.

For my writer friends, I recommend The Company They Kept: Writers on Unforgettable Friendships. I’m about halfway through this, but it’s a wonderfully revealing book about friendship, writing, and all sorts of other interesting topics. Also inspiring.

For my artist friends, I recommend Spirit of Drawing: A Sensory Meditation Guide to Creative Expression. For someone like me, who really did believe she had the anti-artist hidden in her frontal lobe, it is a freeing and cathartic, if sometimes incisive look at what it means to make art, see art, and think artfully.

Reading for the sake of reading or stretching unused brain cells has been incredibly eye-opening for me. I’m blessed to have friends who read great stuff and share their thoughts about what they’re reading. The last two books were recommendations from friends who thought they’d interest me, and so now I’m doing the same for you. No sponsored links assisted in the writing of this post.

For the first time in years, I have my pens and colored pencils in front of me again. While I haven’t really done anything I’m loving yet, the real victory is just doing it. With my camera, my pens, my pencils, my keyboard, my mind…and I’m loving it.

Oh, and of course…I’m also still doing NewsGang Live when there’s an opportunity. Today’s show was great, and highly recommended when it’s up for download. Next week I am trying to wend my way north to the Web 2.0 Expo…stay tuned, I may be posting from there.

In the meantime, a photo for the weekend:

then there were two

Thanks for keeping my silent blog in your RSS feeds…I’m sure I’ll get more interesting soon. In fact, I promise I will.

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