Well, well, well! Hello! I’ve returned to New York after being away for six weeks. The gratitude towards being back here, home, healthy and happy, is overwhelming. Which way could I run?! I could run yonder and hither! There is so much beyond the door! Notwithstanding the bliss of our lovely country home. I have missed you Big Long Open Gash and Gash readers! I’m dancing to Robyn and Rihanna and saturated by images of laughing babies. This is exactly how I feel about life.
Australia was a ride. I learnt (and apparently asked for) three levels of non-attachment. I won’t go into details, but let’s say I lost my most treasured possession in a non-descript bathroom at JFK. I then lost something belonging to Isaac that I’d loved, in the airport carpark at Perth. Lastly, I lost something full of life which I had worked light and lovingly to create. It was one of those experiences that women everywhere experience, sometimes more than others. I emerged stronger, wiser, braver and humbler. All I can say is I am very excited about the future.
The Sunday Times in Australia are excited about the cookbook I’ve just started co-creating with my mama. I’m excited about the local & intimate ‘gathering’ design company I’m building as a sister to Paper Castle Press. I’m thrilled to be editing and preparing these very blog posts into two fat books, while discussing spots for them on Mott Street at Australian store, B-Rad Space. These developments are an evolution of me, of my life, of my dreams.
“Difficult as it is to remember, it is our work which creates the market, not the market that creates our work. Art is an act of faith, and we practice practicing it.” – Julia Cameron
The only thing that matters today is creating the life of your dreams. This will be very different from anyone else’s dream. I realize when I read other writers, when I watch the television shows of my generation, when I see what is being created, I realize that I am unique – that as Brenda Uleland once said perfectly, “since you are unlike any being ever created since the beginning of time, you are incomparable.” I’m inspired by things I’ve never been inspired by, interested in things I haven’t been before and uninterested in that which I used to be besotted by. This is testament, I believe, to the evolution of the natural human.
“YOU ARE A FORCE OF NATURE,” said my brother Henry. Yes, yes indeed I am.
AREN’T YOU TOO?
“An important lesson about creativity: It’s not something you will find in a place.”
(Quote from Robert F. Coleman’s article ‘In Berlin, You Never Have to Stop’ featured in The New York Times Magazine, Nov 25, 2012)