Posts Tagged ‘art’

this weekend, and this week, have been full.

i’ve been surrounded by people- good, great, people but nonetheless, a lot of them.

i’ve been reminded to connect with the artist in me.

i’ve been reminded to be courageous.

i’ve been reminded that who i am is enough.

it’s been good, it’s also been pretty tough.

being at the summit, and just not knowing if i’ll ever see some of these people ever again… that was really hard yesterday. even if i only see them for two days, once a year, some of those people are precious for all that. because we are a family, we’re a community. and so i don’t mind giving up things for this family, i don’t begrudge the extra time. sure, sometimes i moan and complain about it, but hard work and long hours are in my blood, and when it’s something that i believe in, and somewhere that i love, and filled with people who believe in and love the same things i do… well, that’s just the icing on the cake.

i wrote some poetry, i made some art, i felt some connections.


it was good.

(i wrote this poem during one of the sessions when i should have been paying attention… but Jessie, from Miami, had given me such a powerful image that it just had to get out. so. here.)

(i couldn’t figure out how to get rid of the extra lines that keep getting put in there, so it’s a lot more spacious that i intended. well. that’s ok. the real spacing/ formatting is here)

a tree (inspired by Jessie. and Psalm 1.3, Jeremiah 17.8)

She will be like a tree planted by the river

sending her roots deep into the water.

She will be like a tree –grown from a seed, planted firmly.

She will be like a tree, strong trunk, firmly planted, weathering the storm, unafraid of drought, or heat, with roots… rooted in the deep.

rooted in the deep, deep water. wading through the shallows, cutting through the dirt, settled in the deep waters.


She will be like a tree grown by a river, ringed by sorrows.

ringed by joys.

fed on the dirt, the dank, the underbelly of the earth.

fed, rooted, planted in the dirt, in the reality of life, of community,

rooted through the throw-away, the decomposing, the shit. reaching deep, bringing forth the newness of life.

She is a tree, planted deep in the water.

currents move, things flow, seasons change and She.



She is a tree planted by the river with roots planted deep in the water.

heat and drought come, but She will still produce fruit.

ringed: ringed with life. ringed with the holy & the present & the mud & the dirt & the grime & the fruit…?

the fruit                       is good.

She is a tree, a tall, sheltering, productive tree, lined and ringed with a life fully lived.

planted firmly in the mire by a river, flowing, living, changing, and her roots go deep. and her fruit is good.


are a tree replanted in eden. bearing fresh fruit every month. never dropping a leaf. always





anais nin

Posted: December 15, 2012 in life, love
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these are about to go in the post. Christmas gifts for some friends. and though i hate spoiling surprises, i feel like it’s something that i really want to share right now.


so there you have it.

couple of really really awesome things that are making my life delightful right now…

-just finished up a week long training with Yes! And… Collaborative Arts. i cannot say enough good things about these people. it’s been a couple of years since i graduated uni, and since i’ve been around people who have a belief in and articulated ideas of using the arts in education. even just using the arts with kids in an integrated way. i had a week off beforehand, which was good, but i finished it still a little tired and bleh… a week with YesAnd and i was physically and mentally and emotionally exhausted, but more rejuvenated that i’ve felt in a long time. SO GREAT! (and now comes the beautiful challenge of integrating some of the things i’ve been learning into what program currently looks like.)

-jordan turned 25 on friday so we took some of the kids out to eat at friendlys, in the middle of the most glorious thuderstorm ever.

-Stornaway’s self titled album. just great.

-this video and this one

-reading book #10 of 13 in a series called ‘the wheel of time’. it’s a serious commitment, folks.

-being challenged by the thoughts expressed in “Pursuing Christ, Creating Art”. emmsy did a great job talking about some of these themes. it’s a dialogue in’m really interested in, especially as i, personally, feel like i cover a number of different artistic arenas- both the creation of art for a worship experience, and the facilitation of art for the enjoyment, experience, empowerment of those around me. and within that there are more tie-ins and different paths. so being challenged within all of that to see what it is that God is saying.. well. more things to think about.

-dinner last night was delicious. Britani and i went out and picked up some ingredients, (and an outfit for a skit i’m taking part in next week) and then wen our separate ways for a couple of hours (ostensibly to do some work… huh.) before meeting up to grill some delicious kebabs, eat coleslaw, grilled corn, grilled pineapple and drink wine.  it took a long time. we ate in courses, coleslaw and kebabs (chicken marinated in honey, yoghurt, lemon, lime and habanero, with veggies lightly tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper.) then corn, then, later, grilled pineapple. lingering over the delicious different flavours (Kohlrabi, celeriac, carrot, spring onion and raisin coleslaw) and taking our time over conversation… it was so great.


londonium mk2

Posted: April 3, 2010 in life
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so i was in london last week. not to get the visa, yet. i visited my friend paul at cafe forever where he works with london city mission. and i wandered round some interesting places- southwark cathedral, camden market (yeah camden!), bethnal green, leicester square, covent gardens.. and while i didn’t take all that many photos, or stop long enough to make the ones i did take as good as they could be, meh. it’s a taste of london. :)

i’m not really sure what i want to be saying today… i stumbled across this essay the other day, and it got me thinking… a lot of the time, i can be that person… i see something and think, huh, i could do that, and can’t quite get around to just appreciating it for what it is… so.

also, here’s a sketch that always makes me laugh:

and the song that this title comes from. (i have posted this once before…)

sorry that this is just links, but i haven’t really got any words of my own today.

woodrow wilson

Posted: September 29, 2009 in life
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is a school.

hopefully, we’ll do a mural there come december…

eeeshk. i hate red tape.

just wanted to share

Posted: August 25, 2009 in life
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this song with you.

it’s well worth a listen.

made cleaning the flat today much more enjoyable.


(the video is pretty sweet too.)

(if you’re so inclined, spotify the antlers, hospice. this is from that album. it takes some listening, but it is for sure a grower. i would pay money for this album.)

spam spam spam…

Posted: June 16, 2009 in life
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i like spam.

well, actually i don’t like spam much. but i’ve been doing a fair bit of it recently, trying to raise money for various things,

so in that vein…

debbie and i are having a fundraiser, this friday at our flat in glasgow.

there’ll be food on the go, tea and cakes, a charity shop, crafty space, things to buy, a chocolate fountain and, most importantly, great banter!

so come along, book a meal, eat some cake and take some things home with you, and leave us a donation!

if you want more info, leave a comment.

here ends the spam.


Posted: April 13, 2009 in life, love
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I’ve been reading through John recently, and on the last three days of the last (working) week, i read each of the other three accounts of the path from the last supper to the resurrection. 


through all the pain and suffering and shame that Jesus endured. 

and then yesterday, on Easter Sunday, i was honoured and privileged to go to church with one of my best friends. one of the girls with whom i have been ‘doing life’ these past four years. and it really was an honour. especially since this is nearly the end of the road as far as uni goes, as far as us living together goes, probably.. at least for the meantime. 

so it was beautiful to be able to sit next to her as she listened to jamie talking about the cross and why having Jesus in your life was a good thing and to be able to have conversations with her about why we pray, and what words of knowledge are and that God really does want to speak to people. 

whatever happens, i’m glad we could share that moment, that she got to be part of something that is so important to me, and that she actually enjoyed the experience… 

it was a humbling experience being able to meditate, at least somewhat, on the journey Jesus took, the weakness of His disciples, the fact that He knew Judas was plotting to betray Him, yet allowed him to partake of the bread and wine. i know that so often i have betrayal in my heart before i go up for communion, and i thank God that i am allowed to confess it and still be considered a daughter of the King. it just blows my mind. 


so. a few things have been going on since the start of lent… i’m off to the US of A in september for ten months (after that.. well, God knows), i habd in dissertation a week today (so why am i on here? procrastinator!) i’ve discovered just how amazing youtube is… there are some genius videos on there. been enjoying some new music. made some more things. enjoyed the friendship of a lot of people.. lots of life stuff. 

i’m sure you’ll hear more as i return (slowly, i hope) to this space… in the mean time, enjoy this video..

gone gone

Posted: January 23, 2009 in life
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….make money off’ve pottery….


i like grey revell’s song ‘gone gone’ a lot. 

on the topic of gone gone, my leaves have disappeared. 

no idea where or when they went. 

not sure how i feel about that either. 

they survived for a month.. maybe a little longer, before someone took them all down. there are a few little bits of wool hanging on to a couple twigs, but pretty much all gone. 

but i guess i relinquished control over them a while ago. 

i just kinda feel like i’ve lost something. 

hmmmm.. interesting. 

well, your chance to see them in the flesh (wool) has just evaporated. 

instead, here’s one last photo: 

last photo