Stories

March 4, 2020 - Good Difference

 

stormie

 

What if being different meant you’d never be alone again ?

Imagine…if those of us who felt different could be strengthened in our difference through the sharing of stories….which wouldn’t mean we’d all become the same ….but we might feel less alone in our difference….

(Art by Stormie Mills‘Clunk & Jam’ book –  a collection of art and stories championing diversity and difference.)

 

(Ash Browne).

January 13, 2020 - The Crossing

 

 

The Crossing .

One day I will swim out to the seaweed.    And I swam for the longest time to know the place where I now rest.     But let me not forget to look far back into the distance.    Cast the mind before the deep unknown.    Feel the fear in every stroke as I made that crossing.     As I make it still each day.

(Clunk & Jam book, 2019.  Pictured, Hansel & Gretel).

 

January 9, 2020 - Clunk & Jam

 

 

Clunk & Jam .

Through the clunks and jams and carriage returns of the dusty old beast that rides my desk, I slap silence with letters on waving arms, clunking out truth on a black rubber roll, as jams slow the rush and errors have a say.

 Footnote:   ‘Clunk & Jam’ is the title of the book.   The book was typed on an old manual typewriter – Clunk & Jam being the sound of the typing and also the above poem about the process.

 

(Making Clunk & Jam second edition, 2019)

December 23, 2019 - Army of Ink Only One Left

 

 

Death final 2

 

Occasionally she lost sight of hope. 

(Clunk & Jam, 2019 book).

 

hope

 

Art by George Frederic Watts (1886).  Original in colour.

Martin Luther King Jr based his 1959 sermon, ‘Shattered Dreams’, on the theme of a 1886 painting called, ‘Hope’.

Excerpt:

‘We must determine how we live in a world where our highest hopes are not fulfilled.  What does one do under such circumstances?

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December 6, 2019 - Toothache and a dream

 

 

The Artist Crime of The Century .

Imagine … sitting in the waiting room of a dentist surgery, flipping through a newspaper.  You spot a sketch of the proposed Twin Tower buildings in New York.  In that moment you decide, upon completion of the buildings, you will (illegally) string a tightrope wire between the towers (450 metres high) and attempt the impossible.  And you do it.  Not once, but you dance (and kneel and lay) along the wire, crossing back and forth 8 times.   Philippe Petite devoted years to making his dream a reality -along with loyal supporters.   A friend told me this story and recommended the movie ‘Man on Wire’.  I return to it time and time again for inspiration and strength – and the message that we must prepare our steps well but also be prepared to step back from the wire when those steps don’t feel right to take.

 

Find in Clunk & Jam book.  See ‘Man on Wire’ documentary film, 2008).

October 31, 2019 - The New B.r.a.v.e.

 

 

The New Brave .

If it is brave to be tough – is it not also brave to show sensitivity?  

If it is brave to fight in anger – is it not also  brave to not fight the sadness?  

If it is brave to get on with it – is it not also brave to sit still in it?    

If it is brave to confront something – is it not also brave to choose to retreat?  

If it is brave to hold emotion back and in – is it not also brave to feel it?   If it is brave to be in the spotlight – is it not also brave to be alone?    

 

Pictured book page from Clunk & Jam.  Pic from The Concise Oxford Dictionary and ‘Mary Poppins’ book.