My professor's definition of ritual: "a means of paying attention. physical acts that direct our attention to an idea, value, or concern. most need to be public to be meaningful."

I like it. And rituals. I like the small ones. E.g. putting on makeup (best of all: stage makeup), even though I don't generally wear any. Or braiding hair, or mixing ingredients for a recipe, or the way I clean my room, or preparing a letter to mail. To paraphrase my friend, if I didn't know that smoking is terrible for you (and if I could afford it, and tolerate the smell...), I'd be a smoker just out of enjoyment of the ritual of it.


What I kept thinking when I sat on the dock in Wisconsin in the stillness, watching across the lake:

and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters


"You think you live for a long time, cats can live until they are twenty-five. My cat died when she was eighteen. I miss her. She was all black; name was Merlin."
– a stranger, inexplicably addressing me


A few things before I forget:

• I put up the wrong version of Sui's portrait in this post...fixed now.
• I added a shuffle button at the top of the sidebar a while ago, if you haven't seen it yet. I'm not really sure what the point is, but I like it.
• Heather too wrote some thoughts about happiness in response to my post (about happiness not being the point).
• Odessa and I had a cupcake afternoon documented with her new Lomo camera.
• And Olivia did a sketch off one of my photos from the lake.


Q 7/08/2011 4:00 PM  

I LOVE putting on stage makeup. I don't like taking it off, though, it's a pain.

The Snarky Narwhal 7/08/2011 8:43 PM  

I had an older woman come into the store and say "take care of yourself, always take care of yourself" and then walk out.

Holly 7/08/2011 9:23 PM  

Q - Especially if you have dressing room mirrors. But yes, the after-feeling of scrubbed-and-remover en't particularly transformative.

Narwhal - Indeed? How strange and story-like. Darn good advice, of course...

odessa 7/12/2011 9:23 AM  

thanksies for the link! that was such a lovely day.

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