Objective Representation

Have you ever felt that a certain inanimate object represents you? Maybe you dreamed it, or saw it and felt a connection?  For the past few years, I have had just that.

I was visiting an old fortress in Spain, and from a turret you could look down at the water and see a little red dinghy just floating there.  For some reason, I connected to this red dinghy, I knew how it felt.  I’ve made drawings where I semi-consciously inserted a red dinghy on some body of water, to represent myself in the scene.  I have a few photos of various little red boats from all over the world, some moored, some floating, some motorized, some beached or overturned.  Can I say why this represents me?  Not a clue. Perhaps it is a similar feeling of “being adrift”?  I’m open to any interpretations though.

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Do you have an object you feel represents you? Please share in the comments!

Literally

What if every time you used the word “literally” incorrectly or unnecessarily, someone died (literally rather than figuratively)? We’d be extinct by the end of the year!

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Not Yet Independence Day

In one of my many online classes, someone (who had lived all over Europe before going to college in the US) brought up a very good point about cultural differences.  In most places in Europe, as a kid/teenager she pointed out that you can independently take your bike, bus, or train to go places.  The older you get, the farther you can venture.  In most places in the US, however, this is not the case.  She came to the US and felt helpless and stuck.  In the US, we have carpools and soccer moms.  There is hardly any independence anywhere until you get a driver’s license (then possibly too much independence!).  From what I have seen in children lately, it gets worse and worse.  Kids nowadays don’t seem to know how to do anything on their own.  It is my recent experience that this critical lesson in independence (and common sense!) translates into adulthood as well… or maybe it’s just a generational thing…..

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