- Chief Seattle
Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.
This being human is a guest house Every morning a new arrival. A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor. Welcome and entertain them all! Even if they are a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of its furniture, still treat each guest honorably. He may be clearing you out for some new delight. The dark thought, the shame, the malice, meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in. Be grateful for whoever comes, because each has been sent as a guide from beyond.
When I stand before God at the end of my life, I would hope that I would not have a single bit of talent left and I could say, "I used everything that you gave me."
- Erma Bombeck
butoh ~ improv ~ choreography ~ consciousness ~ form ~ dance
"Conscious Technique provides a fusion of organic movement and choreographed moments. Participants will hone in on the use of imagination to foster presence in their movement practice while sharpening performance skills. Each session is an exploration of the internal power potential we possess as mover and artists. Through sustained concentration we will engage our external surroundings while connecting it to our internal process and vice versa."I did not let the fear of the unknown stand in my way and I dared to dance outside my comfort zone. Still suffering with headaches I pushed through it. If I am in pain I can still do something that fills my soul. I tried to dance through the pain. I am so glad I did. I carried the intent and awareness of "inside body" "outside body" and "social or collective body" with me as I left the class. I am excited to see how this all plays out in my "real world life?" I look forward to the next three sessions.
Life is what we make it. Always has been, always will be.
- Grandma Moses
We survived The Big Easy! The trip to New Orleans was a blast!
A desire to kneel down sometimes pulses through my body, or rather it is as if my body has been meant and made for the act of kneeling. Sometimes, in moments of deep gratitude, kneeling down becomes an overwhelming urge, head deeply bowed, hands before my face.
Etty Hillesum An Interrupted Life
"Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books written in a foreign language. Do not now look for the answers. They cannot now be given to you because you could not live them. It is a question of experiencing everything. At present you need to live the question. Perhaps you will gradually, without even noticing it, find yourself experiencing the answer, some distant day. "
Rainer Maria Rilke~~Letters to a Young Poet
You're probably sick of mural stories. After all, there are a million murals in our painted city, with plenty of new ones on the way now that Portland leaders have seen the cultural light and loosened restrictions on what business owners can paint on their property.
More is better, as this tale illustrates.
At Dr. Michael Hartnett's funeral nine years ago, friends and former colleagues approached his wife to ask an important, if untimely, question: How are we going to honor Mike's memory?
Hartnett was a nephrologist at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital & Medical Center and the Northwest Renal Clinic. He died of lymphoma at 58 after spending his career working to promote healthy lifestyles in the Pacific Northwest.
After some time grieving, his wife, Dr. Cheryl Neal, planned to create a "living memorial" to her husband: a nonprofit that would work to guard against chronic kidney disease, particularly in African American and Latino children from poor and broken homes.
Volunteers for the MIKE Program -- named after Hartnett but also short for Multicultural Integrated Kidney Education Program -- talk to school health classes about nutrition and exercise, take students on field trips to hospitals and dialysis clinics, and provide mentors and career guidance.
"You ask kids what their biggest health need is, and it's relationships," Neal said. "They don't have good health role models."
The DSI NE Portland Dialysis Clinic, at Northeast Seventh Avenue and Hancock Street, works with MIKE. Last year, clinic administrators approached the nonprofit with their own problem: Graffiti artists were repeatedly taking advantage of the clinic's big western wall, an expanse of white that was a magnet for gang-related tagging.
The Regional Arts and Culture Council, a nonprofit that shepherds public investment in the arts, hooked MIKE up with Robin Corbo, a muralist whose work includes the painting outside the Community Cycling Center on Alberta Street and one honoring women on Interstate Avenue.
She met with students at the Portland Occupational Industrialization Center, an alternative high school in North Portland, to brainstorm. Worksystems Inc. helped recruit interns and paid them minimum-wage salaries to do the painting alongside Corbo and volunteers.
The total cost: about $20,000 in public and private grants. The finished product: a 2,000-square-foot sunrise-to-sunset tour of all the ways young people can help protect their kidneys.
The characters bike, walk, sing, dance, snowboard on Mount Hood, practice karate and enjoy a picnic of healthy food. There's definite attitude: The sun, for example, sports sunglasses, a handlebar mustache, a goatee and the look of a guy in on the joke. The artists modeled many of the faces after students in the MIKE Program.
Everyone involved gets something: For the student interns, summer jobs and real-world experience. For the clinic and neighborhood, a splash of color and graffiti deterrent. For Neal, a memorial to her husband. For the rest of us, the mural, which will be dedicated at 4 p.m. Sunday, is a rainbow-hued reminder to take better care of our bodies.
"Mike would have loved it," Neal said.
-- Anna Griffin; firstname.lastname@example.org
"For the time being the highest peak, for the time being the deepest ocean; for the time being a crazy mind, for the time being a Buddha body; for the time being a Zen Master, for the time being an ordinary person; for the time being earth and sky... Since there is nothing but this moment, 'for the time being' is all the time there is." -- Zen Master Dogen
THE 2009 CHAIR AFFAIR RAISED $90,000 FOR THE COMMUNITY WAREHOUSE.
THE EVENT SOLD OUT!
THANKS TO OUR GENEROUS SPONSORS, TICKET PURCHASERS, BIDDERS. COMMITTEE MEMBERS, AND DONORS.
THE FUNDS RAISED THROUGH THIS EVENT WILL ALLOW US TO PROVIDE DONATED ITEMS TO OVER 700 LOCAL FAMILIES IN NEED DURING THE COMING MONTHS.
THE 2009 CHAIR AFFAIR SOLD OUT! Thank you to all those who purchased tickets and chairs!
I don't have a final count on how much money was raised this year at the Chair Affair but will keep you updated when I know. Despite difficult economic times, I was elated to see all the Portlanders that come out to support the Community Warehouse.
I am already planning my chairs for next year in my head! It was a great event to lend my "hand" and I do mean "one" hand to! Overall I think my chairs helped to raise close to $700. In addition, I of course supported The Community Warehouse and Portland's economy by bidding and winning a fabulous hand crafted silver chair pin created by Gayla Faustman-Buyukas
A Fun-Filled Benefit for the Community Warehouse
When: Thursday April 23, 2009 - 6:00-8:30 pm Where: Staver Locomotive - 2537 NW 29th, Portland, Oregon
The Chair Affair has expanded to over 80 local artists featuring chair-related art that includes jewelry, paintings, pottery, fabric, and of course, dozens of fabulous chairs!
NEW FOR 2009: "Take a Seat" auction items: Blazer tickets, dinner & theatre seats, a weekend at the beach, and MORE!
Have a seat & enjoy dessert during the live auction!
Tickets $50 each or, buy a dessert table for eight for the price of six tickets!
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I just finished delivering my two chairs to the Community Warehouse for the Chair Affair. The second chair is Let The Good Times Roll Again! or as it is they referred to in The Big Easy, AKA New