The Intertidal Zone: In Flow with Community Arts

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Monday greetings! I’m back to Kalamazoo after four days road-tripping a swath of Michigan: the Bay area, Greater Lansing, and near the borderlands of “Michiana“. I’m feeling especially grateful for the variety of persons — past and present — who … Continue reading

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¡Vámonos! / Let’s Go!

Coming soon in Lansing! A one-of-a-kind event with talented people and a variety of arts. Here’s the Facebook event listing. ¡Vámonos! / Let’s Go! is my send-off for a two-month residency at Sachaqa Centro De Arte in Peru, an eco-art … Continue reading

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“Types and Shadows” Feature

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I’m glad to share a peak at the Fall 2014 Types and Shadows, Journal for the Fellowship of Quakers in the Arts! My artist book Puzzling the Moon is featured, and pictured on the front is one of the work’s … Continue reading

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Standing in the Light

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Your strength is to stand still, after you see yourself. Stand still in the Light that discovers, then strength comes, and mercy. ~ George Fox On this rainy morning here in Kalamazoo, somewhat inland from the Big Water of Lake … Continue reading

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The Deep-Deep Down: Where Book Art Meets Spiritual Community

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Fall greetings, Dey of the Phoenix readers! I’ve been Stateside a few weeks after a month’s sojourn to Europe. This phase is one of integration, because the summer provided multiple profound encounters. For new readers — or anyone who may … Continue reading

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The Horizontal Plane

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While hiking out of the Porcupine Mountains, I set down my backpack for a rest. Here a mighty Eastern hemlock had fallen. (Not in this photo, though!) The former treetop had been cut apart and set aside, presumably by a … Continue reading

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Summer-ing Spiritual Community, Part 2

Here’s a first on Dey of the Phoenix — a slideshow presented by Slide.ly! This book art was created during the annual Gathering (Friends General Conference), which I blogged about last month, “Summer-ing Spiritual Community, Part 1.” My inspirations stemmed from the week’s theme “Let Love Be the First Motion” and a powerful healing experience among Quaker artists in my workshop “Honoring Our Stories.”

The accompanying musical selection for the slideshow is from an album that has accompanied me much this summer. The very moving work of Breathe Owl Breathe has been good company during round-trips to Lake Michigan at Saugatuck. The songs are vibrational poetry, and “Vision Quest” is a wonderful riddle for experiences embodied by this book art created in the spiritual community of Friends.

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Summer-ing Spiritual Community, Part 1

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Summer greetings! I last posted on Dey of The Phoenix in late spring, after an eventful performance season. The following period has been a time of recharging and, most recently, extended fellowship among spiritual community. These encounters are precious, tender, … Continue reading

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shining light up/on “The Basement”

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Note: This post includes some experiences as a survivor of sexual violence, in case a reader may wish to know this in advance. The Chicago weekend-scape was a choice to breathe lightly after an August whirlwind.  I felt unsettled by … Continue reading

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Culminations Abound!

At the Michigan State Capitol with organizers of the Greater-Lansing event series "Healing with Community, Thriving in Unity", plus State Senator Gretchen Whitmer. Left to right: Rachel Berzak (TBTN), Sen. Whitmer, Tashmica Torok of the Firecracker Foundation, myself, and Katie Sochacki (TBTN). Photo credit: Laura Swanson.

At the Michigan State Capitol with organizers of the Greater-Lansing event series “Healing with Community, Thriving in Unity”, plus State Senator Gretchen Whitmer. Left to right: Rachel Berzak of Take Back the Night, Sen. Whitmer, Tashmica Torok of the Firecracker Foundation, myself, and Katie Sochacki of TBTN. Photo credit: Laura Swanson.

Greetings on this sunny morning! The early light glows over the greening grass. It’s a sight that warms my heart here in Kalamazoo after a week in Lansing. During my visit, I performed as the featured artist of Take Back the Night of Greater Lansing with percussionist Nicholas Brabhan. The experience was uplifting from inside a room at the MSU Museum that generated the intimacy of our collaboration Emergence. Thanks to those who supported these Lansing appearances in person and spirit! Video from TBTN will be forthcoming.

balancescaledIn Kalamazoo this week, I am in a group performance titled Balance. The multimodal program incorporates visual art, poetry/ spoken word, and movement. My co-performers are Denise Miller, co-founder of Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Collaborative and current board member; and Laura Sprague of Kalamazoo. We are presenting this artistic exploration of healing to the public as adult survivors of childhood sexual violence. The two showings at 8:00pm on Friday April 18 and Saturday April 19 at Fire — for just $5 at the door — are a culmination of our meetings since August 2012. It is unlikely that this performance will be recorded, so join us for the live event and also to take in the accompanying exhibition at Fire with our art work.

Opening of the exhibition at Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Center on April 4, 2014. From left to right, my co-exhibitors Laura Sprague and Denise Miller. Our group show is on exhibit through April and may be seen at Fire events, including our performance Balance on April 18 and 19.

Opening of the exhibition at Fire Historical and Cultural Arts Center on April 4, 2014. From left to right, my co-exhibitors Laura Sprague and Denise Miller. Our group show is on exhibit through April and may be seen at Fire events, including our performance Balance on April 18 and 19.

It’s a very intense week, as you might imagine, between the debut of Emergence to the eight-month-delivery of Balance. I am extremely grateful for the encouragement of loved ones and hearing how persons from these programs are inspired. My deepest respect to each of you who extend care and a part of yourself as I endeavor forward in the creative-healing arts. Whether it is that pep-talk over dinner or your smiling eyes meeting mine when I am on stage, I experience that connection as a thread of the great web of life. It is such a gift to share this web with you. Let’s “spider” on together!

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