Philippe Halsman, Eva Marie Saint, 1954, from The Jump Book

Philippe Halsman, Eva Marie Saint, 1954, from The Jump Book

I love the expansive feeling of possibility the New Year brings, though generally I resist making resolutions because I’m very bad at keeping them. But recently I had an inspiration I couldn’t deny, and so I have yet another new project I’ll conduct on line– with no internet service.
Sadly, my little bio-hazard office was shut down. The doctor is denying the townspeople access to the signal because she’s afraid the kids are watching porn and will hack into the medical records. Somehow I don’t see the Facebook obsessed kids of La Tigra as porn addicts and hackers; maybe I’m naive.
Regardless, I’m offering a new entertainment via You Tube. This year I will memorize 52 poems, record myself reciting them and post the videos. The project is called: Where I live: a devotion to poetry. The weekly link will be available here at VSVEVG, on twitter and my Facebook art page. Why there, you may ask? Because for me, the processes of art and poetry are intertwined.
I’ll also add a monthly series, a return to the roots of vsvevg —Very Simple, Very Easy, Very Authentic, about how to make good, simple, authentic Mexican food.
Thus, this year we’ll have lots of options to engage about art, food, poetry and Mexico. Please keep in mind if it takes me a few days to get back to you it’s due to my lack of internet, not a lack of interest.
Happiest of New Years to you my Friends!
Anyone else taking on a challenge for the New Year? I’d love to hear about them and support you in your endeavors.
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Today is my birthday, I‘m 46 years old. I think. Wait– I have to count 1966, 76… yep 46. I do this every year because on my 33rd birthday I thought I was 34 and on my 34th birthday I told a friend I was 35 and she said, No you’re not, you’re 34, and she was right! That was the best birthday present ever; she gave me a whole year.

Something I appreciate about my birthday is that it falls right in the middle of the year, so I feel I have my very own New Year, and if there are things that I wanted to accomplish that year, and as is often the case, not yet begun, I have my own New Year and 6 months left to get them done. This is the kind of reasoning that emerges from a Cancer- Gemini cusp mind. You may not be followers of astrology (nor am I in an organized manner), so I will explain that the Gemini symbol are the twins, and they are renowned for vacillating characters. The Cancer symbol is a crab, and they are well known for their moodiness, so I like to think of myself as the triplets, which is why the Walt Whitman quote,

“Contradict myself?  Yes then, I contradict myself, I contain multitudes,” is my motto. Continue reading