September 5, 2002
A new season begins (as I sit here in a sweater warming my hands over a cup of tea!)  It seems like only a few days ago we were in the midst of a heat wave.  I send out the newest article knowing it is something we all have to deal with at some point in our creative and personal lives...

The Art of Rejection (or the rejection of art whichever comes first)


New Stuff...
A recipe from Bea, perfect for this time of year...

...I will be performing in a production of Oklahoma in November, yes it's true I am in the chorus.  This is in part a way of accomplishing another thing on my list.  (Actually when I wrote that I wanted to perform in Oklahoma I really had no idea that my local theatre group would be putting it on in the near future.)  So I am feeling a little overwhelmed at the MANY rehearsals I will have to attend in the next month and a half.  But I'm really enjoying the dancing!

Working... on putting some visual bits of my journal online...getting ready for the studio tour (Oct 4, 5 & 6)... the odd editorial piece...fixing bugs.

Reading... Some Buddhist literature that I enjoy, reading great zen stuff I find I breathe deeper throughout my day.
"Zen and the Art of Anything" by Hal French presents ideas in a way that confuses me and calms me all at the same time.  At the beginning of each chapter there are beautiful little ink drawings that are so simple and clever (they kick my butt in a good way.)
"Writing Down the Bones"  a classic by Natalie Goldberg, she is a Zen practitioner with a creative bent.  If I just pick it up for a moment, I end up reading for a good hour at least.
"Peace is Every Step" by activist Thich Nhat Han, I always have it next to my bed for those trying days.

Grateful for... water (in the midst of a drought our water is VERY low, showers are being rationed, conservation is an understatement)...

Enjoying... This great article about one of my faves Tibor Kalman.
Another sketchbook addict.  This is an impressive list.
A papermaker friend of my opened an wonderfully eclectic little store in my town called "Cat in the Bathtub".

Researching... The Bloomsbury Group.. specifically Vanessa Bell...and her home Charleston.  I am truly inspired by this place.

I wish for you a sitting moment, where you have the courage to "just be" for a least a few minutes knowing all is OK.
creatively yours,

*The Wish Jar Tales are ©2002 Keri Smith
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