Week 18

Chapter 9: The Importance of Being Imperfect Importance of Breaking Kintsugi, from Japanese philosophy, repairs broken pottery with gold “this process symbolising a reconciliation with the flaws and accidents of time”(1). Imperfectness can make our lives complex and meaningful and to reconcile with and to fully live into our imperfections we must find kindness for…

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Week 13

Chapter 7: The Importance of Monsters Listen to the Dragons 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…

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Week 11

Chapter 6: Physical/Unseen Perceptions and Moments Before Sleep Sleepless Noticing 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…

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Week 9

Chapter 5: On Re-Examining, Bare Feet, Pomegranate Seeds, and Paintings New Year and Myth 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…

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Week 7

Chapter 4: Winter Solstice and How to Be in the Dark Contentment Within Darkness 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…

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