Rock Sphere, ceramic work by Matthew Blakely and the Malvern Hills - together, undergoing a second metamorphism. The spark of experience that creates someone new - though solid still - though solid.

"Pots represent our relationship with and dependency on the planet, making things for human use from the dug earth beneath our feet. My aim is to create another way of looking at the land on which we live by making ceramic pieces that are entirely created from rocks and minerals that I have collected from individual locations. Each piece will therefore be an illustration of the ceramic and geological character of that place."

Rock Sphere, ceramic work by Matthew Blakely and the Malvern Hills - together, undergoing a second metamorphism. The spark of experience that creates someone new - though solid still - though solid.

"Pots represent our relationship with and dependency on the planet, making things for human use from the dug earth beneath our feet. My aim is to create another way of looking at the land on which we live by making ceramic pieces that are entirely created from rocks and minerals that I have collected from individual locations. Each piece will therefore be an illustration of the ceramic and geological character of that place."

What is it that you are seeking? I am seeking You; reality. What does it take to seek You? Intense attention, responsibility in action & in spirit, empathy. Empathy is an everyday practice - it means being highly active, highly imaginative, highly emotional, highly engaged. It means You… & me… & what can be.

Si me dejas, significa que mis esfuerzos no fueron suficiente. Si renuncio mi dedicación a ti, me despedazo a mi misma.

Eres tú lo que mas quiero en la vida

And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper? And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground. And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand; When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth. And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear. Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.

Genesis 4:9-14

A stone, when it is examined, will be found a mountain in miniature.

The GSA annual meeting is creepin’ up, and I’m still not rich.

Crystal habits of minerals: 1. Acicular (rutilated quartz), 2. bladed (tanzanite, kyanite),  3. columnar (quartz, smoky quartz, basalt), 4. dendritic (agate, opal, agate), 5. dodecahedral (garnet, diamond), 6.  drusy (quartz), 7. enantiomorphic (quartz, amethyst), 8. equant (zircon), 9. euhedral (spinel), 10. granular (peridot, peridotite),11.  mamillary (malachite, calcedony), 12. octahedral (spinel, diamond), 13. pincoid (aquamarine, emerald), 14. striated (tourmaline, sapphire),15.  tabular (calcite, ruby) [c].

The most common crystal habits are acicular, prismatic, octahedral, tabular, and bladed… This list missed the cubic, fibrous, radiating, and massive crystal habit, but mentioned my favorite one (dendrtic). I don’t know why they listed striated as a crystal habit, it’s more of a secondary characteristic as a result of crystal growth, related to crystal habit.

PS (drusy is so sweet).

Judy Chicago (1988).
By lesion or by triangle, pathologized
I am sprouting red bumps one by one
with the sun
we were wilting gone with the sun
half in pain, half mustered disgust
dissolution, shunning thoughts
the ulcers of our blood

Judy Chicago (1988).

By lesion or by triangle, pathologized

I am sprouting red bumps one by one

with the sun

we were wilting gone with the sun

half in pain, half mustered disgust

dissolution, shunning thoughts

the ulcers of our blood

Louise Glück, from The Triumph of Achilles (1985).
a man alive, blessed 
by the depths that loved, 
the courage that continues

Louise Glück, from The Triumph of Achilles (1985).

a man alive, blessed

by the depths that loved,

the courage that continues

I am very comfortable with the fact that I am at once completely isolated and messily, inseparably connected without bounds. That is a characteristic of systems within systems. A set of components can exhibit closed-system behavior, while the larger overreaching system is open. I am alone&myself; I am onlyMebecauseofEverything(historically/presently/socially/culturally/emotionally/physically):IamWe.

I am often overwhelmed with trying to understand our larger systems. Dealing with only my system (my thoughts, history, emotions, body) is the easiest - most comfortable. But it is also a lie. The components of me are only possible through interaction. I am always interacting, no matter how many invitations I turn down or books I shut in exasperation. In the choice to not-do, I am still doing.