This week Here We Collide asked: we want to know what tools you use to express yourself—a pen? A computer? A camera? A guitar? Send us a photo of your artistic instrument of choice and tell us about your creative process.
I express myself through music of all kinds, but primarily through piano. When I sit down at a piano I can get out feelings and thoughts that I don’t have words for. As Victor Hugo said: “Music expresses that which cannot be said on that which is impossible to be silent.”
Stream of Consciousness
- The Wild are currently winning 4-1 over Phoenix. That makes me happy.
- Tomorrow is March 1 aka CHOPIN’S BIRTHDAY
- “Consciousness” looks really weird spelled out.
- I’m sad I’m missing the Vagina Monologues on campus this weekend.
- I really, REALLY want a puppy. And I will honestly probably adopt one before it’s financially/feasibly smart.
- I really want to go back to Africa. I’m afraid if I don’t go soon, I will never have the chance.
- I have no idea what this fall is going to bring me. Are you there God? It’s me, jobless.
- Can I steal Adele’s voice? Like Little Mermaid style?
- I’m seeing Esther perform tomorrow for the first time off-campus. Exciting!
- I’m doing Nadia Bolz-Weber’s Lent challenge with Ben and LOVING it. Can’t speak for Mr. Whalen.
- The fact that I get discounted jewelry (discounts proportionate to amount of hours volunteered) at Ten Thousand Villages is really, REALLY bad for me.
- I made Kraft Mac-n-Cheese for dinner tonight: NO REGRETS.
- I wish “casual Friday” meant pj’s and slippers.
- I’m so excited to house-sit for a week before Easter.
- I talked to Ben on the phone tonight and thought “wow, that was a way shorter conversation than usual!” It was an hour and fifteen minute call. (which IS shorter than usual)
- I need to buy shampoo and eye-liner next time I’m at CVS (which I have a 20% off coupon for hellllll yeah).
- I have a check for $4.72 in my wallet that I’ve had for almost two weeks and haven’t cashed.
- I miss Greeters something FIERCE.
- My feet are freezing.
- How the HECK is it already March?
- I need to go to bed.
This week’s Here We Collide: What is your favorite quote? You are welcome to send us the quote as is, or you could get creative—illustrate it, show us where you first read it, send us an image that reminds you of the quote. Whatever you do, we want to know the words that encourage you most.
This quote was found inscribed on a wall in Auschwitz, and it is pictured here on a photograph that I took in January 2010 when I visited Auschwitz. It was the saddest place I have ever been in my life, and memories of being there stick with me every day. But this quote was found carved into a wall in a holding cell—a cell where a prisoner was essentially waiting to die. To be in that place, to know with certainty what would happen next, and to see so much hurt and pain and evil, but to still carve this quote…that’s incredible and powerful to me.
This week’s Here We Collide post: Are there any apps that help you be more creative? Tell us more about the tools that get you thinking and creating, even on your phone, tablet, or computer. Maybe share a photo or file of something you have created entirely on your phone!
I use Instagram to get creative with photos. This is one of my favorites…all my puppies! <3
This week’s Here We Collide challenge: Who is your favorite artist? Painter, street artist, graphic designer—it doesn’t matter what kind of artist they are or were. Just send us an image of your favorite work by them and tell us why you like it.
I LOVE Van Gogh’s style, and Starry Night is one of my favorite paintings. I find it to be both haunting and beautiful, and I feel like it encompasses several layers of Van Gogh’s emotional turmoil during his life. Van Gogh is a reminder to me that even the deepest pain can create beauty.
This week’s Here We Collide challenge was to post a picture of one of our New Years Resolutions. “You may have several, but we’d like to see the one that is most important, exciting, or interesting to you. Write it down somewhere—anywhere—as a reminder for yourself, and then send us a photo of this key resolution for the coming year.”