December 16th, 2005
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non-linear journal entries

I’ve just returned from a quick tour of several schools on the east coast, (Jeff is applying to grad schools and I am looking into potential teaching opportunities.) It seems the academic world is not as intimidating as I once thought, and I become excited at the possiblities. How wonderful it was to wander into classrooms filled with experimentation and ideas again. To sit in on critiques and participate in thoughtful discussions on art and it’s relationship with daily life. I feel fueled. ignited.
More importantly it is amazing to go back into this world after being away from it for many years and feel your ideas solidified somehow. I know so much more about how I respond to things, what moves me, how to articulate my ideas and formulate thoughts about what I am viewing. All this just from doing some living, lots of reading, experimenting, and exploring my surroundings in detail. I am much more equipped at ‘telling my own story’. I will add that this is in large part to the journal. The daily work. my research.
“Our strategy should be not only to confront the empire but to lay seige to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness–our abilities to tell our own stories.” ~Arundhati Roy

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