Week 13

The Importance of Monsters Inside each story, fictional or true, is a world. And spending my childhood, adolescence, and now young adulthood within stories, I’ve learned that the more I get to know a story, the more I grow aware of the world in which stories are born: our own. The stories that pulled me…

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Week 11

Physical/Unseen Perceptions and Moments Before Sleep As a child I would keep myself up at night, marveling that every single human has such utterly different experiences. Now, years later, in the moments before sleep, I imagine a world in which our internal perceptions —those illusive and constant companions— become physical. But perhaps our internal perceptions…

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Week 9

On Re-Examining: Bare Feet, Pomegranate Seeds, and Paintings Another year is done. A new decade begun and, in the work of a second, one year hands its heft and weight to the next. At the stroke of midnight my family strip off our socks, put on our most outrageous coats, and together we run around…

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Week 7

Winter Solstice: How to Be in the Dark The days are being swallowed by night. In this dark everything is quiet and I can feel a shifting, squirming anticipation like a theater full of people before the curtain goes up, before the projector is turned on. William Shakespeare quipped that “a great cause of the…

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Week 5

Chapter 3: Shadow Examining   Perhaps everyone has two shadows. One shadow follows us, the other lies within us and disregards the presence of light. This second shadow can never really be seen, because it’s created by our histories, the places we’ve come from, our thoughts and feelings and memories. This second shadow can only…

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