I have a plethora of things I want to say in this blog and trying to find the words to say it all is where the true quandary begins. (Let us hope, dear reader, you are not intimidated by long paragraphs.) But I am eager to accept the challenge—the challenge to become both a better writer and human being. Mayhap you’ll find something worth taking away with you as well. Like a little secret, you found in the woods, precious and sacred, cradled in your hands waiting to find a place on your shelf to be glanced at in certain moments when needed and to be reminded of the reason you held it close to your heart to begin with.
Maybe this is asking too much of both myself and you, but I don’t think so, in the end. Often, our greatest reminders of things that helped us grow, helped us form a new language to speak with, to see with, come in the little things. Or come in the things forgotten for a time, until your mind reminds you in a conversation, or with a glance at our knick-knacks. It is not wrong to forget those moments for a time, but the truly great ones, both in word and deed, seem to nestle a bit of itself in your mind, waiting to be used again and again. Something that informs the way we live, even if unconsciously.
So it is with this thought in mind for myself, that I wish to tap some of that found wisdom that I can now trace to books, dialogues, lectures, articles, or simply—words—that have come to define who I am. Who has provided me with a language worth remembering. May this become the little shelf near my desk that harbors many loved things. Old things from others that I have kept to remind myself of their important memories, and found-things that I have come to bring into my home, as a way to welcome those little secrets I brought with me from the special places I have journeyed. (Let us not lose that child-like wonder, my friends: it is a powerful tool.) And here, maybe, I can find some shared space for those new words that currently journey with me, that have left me pondering, and to those that may come after—may they find a haven here, in this space.
Some important things to note are that I will be trying to release this segment on a bi-weekly basis. I also hope to release my other segment about art books that have shaped me and are worth checking out, on the opposite week of this segment entitled The Inspiritors. Because of this, I will be creating a newsletter in which people can see and be reminded of what is going on, as well as new art that I might have created, interesting songs, poetry, or other snippets I have been enjoying, and other random things worth mentioning (in my mind). Once I get my newsletter up and working I will be letting everyone know! Until then, feel free to subscribe to my mailing list so you will be on the up and up when everything is finalized!
THE INSPIRITOR SEGMENT
As I mentioned above, I will also be doing a segment created for the art books that have also come to impact my life, both the living and the now dead. In bringing to attention the great artists who have shaped me, I hope to give a remembrance to those voices that I have let speak deeply into me, and those new voices that have been giving me great insight and inspiration.