her + emotional connection

the movie “Her” + mapping emotional landscapes

19 January, 2014

I saw “Her” last weekend and I have big feelings about it. This is not a review. I was not sure what to say about how intensely it moved me, but in trying to figure out what and how I wanted to say it, I began tracing the edges of the parts of me that […]

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my year of heavy listening in 2013

1 January, 2014

This year was marked by music for me more than anything else. I’m not sure there has been a year of music since I was in college that will forever be so inexplicably bound to this time and place in my life. Usually there are a handful of songs and a couple full albums that […]

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list of April 27, 2013

27 April, 2013

- seeing Joss Whedon’s Much Ado About Nothing today (!!!) – Springlust. every day. all I want to do is be outside. – reading the Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind  manga series by Hiyao Miyazaki (currently on Book 2) – doing a lot of random drawings, preparing for some new paintings. oh! and I finally finished […]

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How to Saturday.

3 March, 2013

decide to go out to dinner earlyish. start getting ready around 4:30pm. take a long shower. take your time. take pictures of the dog. listen to music. don’t rush. there is a place you like to walk to, two blocks up the hill. you can just show up. that’s it. walk up the hill when […]

I love being an Aunt.

23 December, 2012

I consider it a great privilege and responsibility to teach Avery things like this: She has since figured out that turning suddenly and doing big eyes at each other is NEVER NOT FUNNY.  Being an aunt = I’m doing it right. I think we might need to wait a bit for her to understand why […]

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list of 12.1.12

1 December, 2012

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list of 11.18.12

18 November, 2012

practical hurricane tips

29 October, 2012

Having lost power and water for a few days last year during Irene, here are my best tips: (Note: these are more for a couple days of weathering an outage in relative comfort and safety, not hardcore survival tips for a week. Though, you’d be surprised how many of these things sound dramatic but really […]

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my somewhat daily drawing habit

10 October, 2012

With all of my projects, paintings and drawings are the most stubbornly spontaneous. They never seem to allow me to keep myself on some kind of schedule. In September I had made up my mind that I was going to do a daily drawing project and I did fantastically up until around the last week […]

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things that inspire me to move

16 September, 2012

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about movement. I’ve been attempting to retrain myself to think about my own body in terms of what is possible to learn or to become strong enough to do, instead of focusing on it’s limitations and problems. I’m working hard to move towards action, doing, feeling and away from […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation: Exploring Boston on Foot

2 September, 2012

I learned a long time ago that the best travel experiences come from exploring your new surroundings on foot. The plain truth is, if I just drive or get shuttled around, I don’t completely feel that I truly “get” a place.  Walking forces me to be in the moment better and notice many things I […]

What I Did on My Summer Vacation (So Far): Camping!

28 July, 2012

Last summer, I went on my very first camping trip for my birthday. This summer we planned another trip to the same park in Ithaca, NY and had a marvelous time.   This year was another really beautiful trip. We prepared a bit better and relaxed a lot more – spending a lot time just […]