I learned some of my favorite words from Poe

I’ve recently started my MEd, and I feel like a child wading through a foreign language – but a foreign language almost-learned, concealing ideas that promise to illuminate and inspire.  I finally started a makeshift glossary, full of words once known but forgotten, half-known, and brand new.  Some of the best so far – Black BoxZone of Proximal DevelopmentAutopoeisis… each word holds a delicious idea.

I remember a similarly profound experience when I was a teenager, consumed by Poe’s The Raven.  I felt my heart and mind swept up in the perfect music of the language, and I devoured it, greedily looking up each new word and the world it held.  Surcease, obeisance, nepenthe – beautiful words that have almost never come up outside of this poem, have become a part of me.  I learned panacea while looking up nepenthe.

And still, over 20 years later, this poem thrills me, fills me with fantastic wonders never felt before.

Deep into that darkness peering, long I stood there wondering, fearing,
Doubting, dreaming dreams no mortal ever dared to dream before;

I swoon.

This.  I must chase this feeling.



I want more, I want it all

When I am the most stimulated, I am simultaneously satisfied and not-satisfied.  I’m studying fascinating learning theory, and I suddenly realize it’s all design!  And I want to run to my studio and play, make messes, turn the world inside out and upside down, and then run back to my home office and do the same thing all over again but in ideas.

Balance is a lie.

The more I do, the more I want to do, the more I do.


This piece by Graziano Locatelli is haunting me.  It landed in my instagram feed while I was away camping for the last week.  I keep going back to it, sending it to another friend, going back to it…  art-graziano-locatelli-03b-664x1000

But perhaps more haunting is the mystery of his personal website.  Why did he let it expire?  Who is this Japanese beef-loving party planner who’s taken over?  How does such an unattractive WordPress theme exist?  The mistranslation from party planner to social worker is so satisfying!

I recommend poking around on his facebook page for “i Pop”.


Today I scoured the city for inspiration.  Art left me empty, trains of thought hit dead ends.  And then my daycare provider sent me this song, saying my kid really liked it.