100 Things I Know #15 – Negative Energy Does Me No Good

Granted, some people argue that negative thought can smoke out the problems, prevent illusionary thinking, and generally give a more realistic view of the world. However, negative energy and negative thinking do me no good. Faith, belief, inspiration, and hope all lead to better outcomes than thinking a thing can’t be done.   My mental playlist …

Disappearing Lines

"Since sensationalism, power, and wealth dominate our cultural imaginations, we may not be willing to journey to the ephemeral, as the Japanese poets of old have, to see beauty in the disappearing lines or to see poetry in a drying puddle of water." - Mako Fujimura, Refractions.

100 Things I Know #7 – Music Heals

Music moves us, those sounds of hammers striking strings, voices singing words or scatting, mallets pounding taut skins.   We are attuned to shapes of time and space sculpted by musicians, the moment-to-moment shimmerings of sound that make our hips, knees, and arms want to undulate.   Music is everywhere, is personal, is communal, is magic.   Maybe …

Tetrameter Fragments

So I've been experimenting with various ideas about what to do with the tetrameter that I've been writing each morning for over two years.    For the moment, I've decided to pull fragments out and create panels experimenting with text and texture.  I've got lots to learn visually, but it feels like there's potential here. …

The Seriousness of Delight

I posted a question on my Facebook page this morning:  “When you hear the word delight, what’s the first thing that comes to mind?”  Not unexpectedly, the winners were things related to children, laughter, music, and culinary treats.  And “Turkish.” I experienced something this week that has me thinking more seriously about this seemingly airy …

It’s Already Been Done: A Particular Lie

At any given moment, there are millions of artists and craftspeople working around the world, making things that may or may not have any pragmatic use (depending on how you define pragmatics), and for most of human history, those artists worked in small corners, unnoticed except by the few. Not so today, thankfully.   An explosion …

Faith and Art: What is the Heart of the Matter?

What is at the heart of the conversation between art (in all its form and expression) and the faith of the Christian (in its multiple and varied flavors)? Here we go again…for more than a decade I’ve been leading an annual discussion with undergraduates at Abilene Christian University concerning the intersection between the real world …