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A few more (better) shots…

Thank you Breena.

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It is over? Over over? No, that can’t be right. Every time I look at it I see more to be done. Plus, I had vowed yesterday to walk away for a few days, to come back to it with fresh eyes. I failed. So here it is as one terrible picture. When the tinkering is done, I will have my sister take some worthy shots. Then after that, perhaps a party at my place to have my collaborators sign? To see it, to touch it, to hear it (yes, the sound file doesn’t photograph well), to see if you feel any part of yourself in the piece.

I am also going to take the time this week to put in writing some of my thoughts about the project, the process, what the vision spells out for me personally. And plan my next project…


Melinda Mae

“Have you heard of tiny Melinda Mae,
Who ate a monstrous whale?
She thought she could,
She said she would,
So she started in right at the tail.
And everyone said,”You’re much too small,”
But that didn’t bother Melinda at all,
She took little bites and she chewed very slow,
Just like a little girl should…
…and eighty-nine years later she ate that whale
Because she said she would!!”

– Shel Silverstein

It is late. I have worked many hours. Is it finished finished? Ha! Kinda sorta.

What the – bleep?

I just rolled over and 2011 is in my bed. He said we met last night. That I was tipsy and on a raging crème brulée high. Anyhow, He seems nice enough. Full of expectation and potential. But a serious stage-four clinger. I can tell he is going to stick around a while. I just sent him to make me coffee. So…

Dear 2010,

A toast to you, 2010, and your bounty. A good year, a splendid year. One filled for me with personal revelation, revolution. You have left your mark and I am forever changed. I honour you in part with this crazy project that is nearing its completion. Your energy, as we bid your farewell, has made its contribution. Salud!

But it is over. Seriously. Don’t call.


Ok people, this is it. I said I would finish this bitch today. I am going deep. I may even turn off my Blackberry. (…does this thing even have an off switch?) So unless you are coming by with a pack of cigarettes (seriously, I am out) then kindly leave me be. I will be back. By morning. Noon at the latest.



From here on in…


A fire is lit under my feet.

I have been supplied with ample fuel. (Six boxes!!! Thank you Libby!)

Now the only thing missing, as I review the list of input,…gravity.

I am excited to usher in the new year with the completion of this project. What a ride it has been.

Stay tuned, we are almost finished.

heARTbeat gal

Merry happy everything

The remote-controlled race track has been assembled. The Christmas kazoo has been hidden. Ham bones are making pea soup while turkey carcasses make stock. Everything is covered in wrapping paper sparkle. And this Christmas vagabond is avoiding going home in an effort to extend the season a few minutes longer. It has been a good one for me.

It has also been a good break. BUT, there is no more time to waste. With days left and much vision left to create I have to get to work. I am energized. Here we go!

Wishing my collaborators a very merry happy everything.

Merry happy everything


I think the pull of the lunar eclipse is awaking my inner pagan. As each day will now grow longer ,we all celebrate in some manner, the birth of the true light of the world. Pick your Light as you so chose.

I am forever drawn this time of year by the ritual of building fire and burning candles. So, as I work alongside my fir tree altar, perhaps this winter solstice has had a hand in influencing the light and the power of this piece, its anchor in celestial things.

I also find it interesting that on this day in 1968 Apollo 8 was the first human spaceflight to leave Earth’s orbit and return to planet Earth from another celestial body, the moon. Perhaps Breena’s latest contribution would make a perfect Apollo 8.

28. Breena: a pepper shaker sketch. Yes, that is what that is!

29. Mike & Suzanne: Eiffel Tower. That is marital collaboration!

30. Peter: some of his cartoons! (one below) So great!

Peter Gould cartoon

By far, the most productive accomplishment of the day was the pirate castle I built with Leo and Eva. If anyone is wondering where the glue sticks went…this is where.

My best creation



So I was recently, gently, challenged on whether this piece is a “real” collaboration. I am not surprised by the critique. However, I wholeheartedly disagree. Here are my principal arguments:

1. The obvious, receiving of input on specific elements to be included, either literally or from inspiration

2. I am feeding off the energy of my collaborators.

3. My effort to remain connected to those interested brings about an unexpected element of collaboration. Let me explain, in the discipline of providing updates I am forced to step back and view the progress more objectively. Not entirely, of course, but for example, with each photo that I post, I see the next steps. The photo below reveals much to me. I was simply raising it to take a photo when the sunlight caught it from behind. I may not have noticed certain things had I not felt compelled to report back to my collaborators.

I invite a debate. A gentle debate.



Thirteen days to go

First of all, math was never a strong suit of mine. At some point along the way I lost two days. If one were to calculate according to my posts then one (including myself until a minute ago!) would think there were fifteen days left. That isn’t right at all. I won’t waste any more time trying to figure out the error…but there is in fact only thirteen more days.

Speaking of lost time, there was some advantage to the recent injury to my back. Advantage in being forced to do little but think, in having limit on the action I could take. I have given much thought to the personal meaning behind each contribution, the process behind each step, while attempting to weave together a coherent single vision.

However, too much time spent inside Olivia’s head is…wacky-making (as I am sure those closest to me can confirm). So after days of frustrating drug induced inaction, Today I binged on creating. The result is that many of the foundational elements have started to take shape. With thirteen days to go, this has relieved some of the panic I was feeling. Still so much to do…and I am competing against that energy sucking beast of a holy birthday.



…a very quick update

Just a quick update as I am now off the narcotics for my back. Not surprisingly, some progress has been achieved as a result. A busy morning, with the help of my best gal Eva. We have to go make gingerbread houses now, but expect a further update later tonight.