Jenny Holzer: Changing beliefs every day.
Jenny Holzer Truisms:
A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE CAN GO A LONG WAY
A LOT OF PROFESSIONALS ARE CRACKPOTS
A MAN CAN’T KNOW WHAT IT IS TO BE A MOTHER
A NAME MEANS A LOT JUST BY ITSELF Continue reading
I struggle these days – not with what to do but – with how to do things the right way.
I find myself sitting up at night, rolling through ideas, and questioning action.
I adore his way of looking at work:
“I prefer the vulnerability of trying to do something honest.” Continue reading
Back in the studio today after almost a month of working from home, the holidays, an amazing trip to Taste of the South and a few (beautiful) snow days. It was a great luxury to have some time to read over the holidays and I have savored many a volume (both trash and treasure).
Wild Card Quilt by Janisse Ray is such a beautiful, soulful story of coming home. It speaks to sustainability of community, of people, and of the plants, foods and stories that tie us together. I find the stories especially moving a decade after I made the leap to come home – a move that changed my life.
This year Taste of the South featured a fantastic talk by Gary Nabhan (Coming Home to Eat - another wonderful book). Gary spoke gushingly of Janisse Ray (and read a portion of the essay below) while my dear friend Angie leaned over and said, “I just LOVE Janisse Ray.”
I adore her too.
I love the line below from page 43 of Wild Card Quilt. Anyone with a rural Southern childhood will understand:
“I heard Mr. Henry Eason say one time, with the advent of paved roads and electric lights, there ain’t near as many ghosts as there used to be…”
The Alabama Chanin office we will be closed for business today.
Everyone is now very busy in preparation for important snowball fights, snow men and snow cream.
Enjoy the moment.
MAGGIE’S SNOW CREAM
Mix together, tasting often:
1 cup fresh whipped cream
1 cup fresh snow
Sugar and vanilla to taste
The article made me sit back in my chair and I have been thinking of it randomly for weeks. Perhaps because I am raising two children across two very different decades, or perhaps because I am a working, single mother who is responsible (most of the time) for daily life or perhaps just because there is a small feminist (Charlotte Perkins Gilman are you listening?) ember somewhere inside of me, I find relief in Jong’s words.
Although I made the conscious decision this last year to take more time for family life, I am still the breadwinner AND the bread baker. And I stand by my decision and will tell anyone who asks that it was the best decision I ever made.
When my son was young, 29 years ago, I didn’t have that option (which is a luxury). Yet, I have shed many a tear and endured many moments of guilt and self-loathing in thinking about decisions I made. The last line of Jong’s article feels like an absolution to me: “Do the best you can. There are no rules.”
Read the Wall Street Journal article and tell me what you think: Mother Madness
And don’t miss the additional piece by Molly Jong-Fast: Growing Up With Ma Jong
*Raphael. The Niccolini-Cowper Madonna. 1500. Oil on wood. National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC
Thank you to Jamie, David and Luke for coming to Alabama to shoot this short film featuring a story from Alabama Chanin.
And to everyone at Starbucks who felt that our story deserved to be shared…
Happy holidays from our family to yours,
Natalie and all of us @ Alabama Chanin
Outline and (most) first drafts for book number three submitted and approved – check.
(Thank you Melanie – celebrate tonight!)
Plan workshops for 2011 – check.
(Spots are filling up fast – reserve one today and join us.)
Holiday gifts made and wrapped – check.
(Order today using our code HAPPYHOLIDAYS20 for a 20% discount and we will ship it wrapped. Easy.)
Sign out early, pick Maggie up from school, make gumbo, read, build a fire, watch a movie, bake cookies, nap, cocktail with friends, write a letter, holiday video, family pictures, sit still, sigh…
*Photo from Lisa “Are You Kidding Me” Eisner of the E.B White Chair & Gumbo: