I’ve been thinking much about how we frame our existence, the structures we adapt to negotiate our lives and how they shift across time and place. What do we need and desire? How do we negotiate dreams across the rocky terrain of practicalities and global capital, the zoom of economics and expression, the gestures of those people and organizations who covertly and overtly control the machinations of movement? Since we live with the ominous reality of our earth crying for relief, it is crucial to seek ways to make sense of our individual lives and everyday gestures. Most importantly, positive changes require a good outlook. So in that spirit, in no particular order, here are my Five Reasons for a Great Week and I challenge you to do this on your own.
2. Renee Simms’ collection of short fiction Meet Behind Mars (Wayne State University, 2018) is coming out this spring! We met during the Los Angeles PEN West Emerging Voices program. A fantastic writer and a great friend.
3. I saw Dr. Linda Pierce Allen for the first time in nine years! I last saw her in Memphis before heading out to Hong Kong. We had a lot of fun catching up! This is mostly what I remember when I think about Linda and Tucson: Bentley’s for coffee, her enormous brown sofa and red Mustang convertible, eating halo-halo, and lots of laughing.
4. My child is glued to a library book.
5. I live in Hawaii. I breathe clean air and frequently see rainbows.
Have a great week. Write down your five reasons or simply say them to yourself. It’s a personal reboot. You’ll find yourself feeling a bit more up and forward thinking if and/or when you do so. Life is short. Take stock and enjoy it.