My words can be wiser than I am.
Sometimes I'll re-read an instructable, a recommendation letter or an explanation of a project that I wrote- and I am struck dumb. What would happen if I applied this information to other areas of my life? What would it be like to actually take my own advice?
The last 2 weeks have been rough. There's been a lot of grieving and family relationship stuff that is hard, very real, and incredibly boring. My work has been on display in new ways, both the mobility art and the e-book I've been working on. It's good and awful and exciting and nerve-wracking all at once. The stress level jumped up several notches, and it's been hard to concentrate. It took me way too long to write up my last Instructable, but I finally got it out. And then, a few days later, I re-read one of the steps.
"If you're in doubt, start with a simple first step. Ideas will come to you as you work so you can move on to the next step, and the next, and the next. Working on the project will give you ideas and inspiration that you can't imagine while in the planning process."
Surprise, surprise. That information is useful for so much more than sculpting faces. Maybe it's time to pay a little more attention to what I'm writing.
This week was full of memorials, obituaries, and funeral plans.
Not everything had to do with death, of course. Thank you to Leonard Greco for a wonderful lunch and talk of art, to Kate Conklin for a lovely lesson exchange and to Lois Lambert of the Functional Art Gallery for an honest and generous assessment of my artwork. Thanks also to Lauren Love and L. M. Attea in Baraboo, WI for hosting a dinner to honor Dave's mom and her legacy in that town. Thank you to McKerrin Kelly, Gia Mora, Kate Barlow, Pam Noles, my brother and sister, mutual friends of Steve Nelson, and all of the folks from the Summerset Festival of the Arts for their support and reminiscences.
I will come up with my own once I've processed. It may take me a very long time.
So instead, here are the obituaries for Rochelle Robkin and Steven Nelson. I'm also including a link for help in funding Corinne Ferguson's funeral and a memorial event for Michael Sheppard.
Rest well, my friends. I miss you all.
This past week had major struggles, and I'm having trouble processing them.
Of course, there were good things, including a completely ridiculous superhero ensemble, some solid work on Instructables, a successful vocal recital and great help from great friends. The big ugly 2 out shadowed almost everything else, though. Dave's mom is dying quickly, and one of my very best friends was killed in a hate crime. I will be able to tell stories of Steve Nelson and why he was such a formative person in my life, but not right now. It's too fresh.
Steve, you are my hero. You are wonderful, fabulous, flamboyant and could piss off a saint. You taught me how to embrace people's flaws, even my own.
I miss you terribly.
A. Laura Brody
I re*make mobility devices and materials and give them new lives. Sometimes I staple drape.