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I've only posted this Elina Brotherus photo once before on this blog, but for years now it has been my go-to mental image whenever I feel stressed or creatively stagnant (conditions which not only come hand in hand, they're usually makin love in the green grass behind the stadium). I don't blog about work, but I will say that there's overwhelmed and then there's out of my mind. I would be the latter.

I consider myself a creative person, so it's particularly frustrating when I am busy to the point of a survival-mode existence. I've finished two amazing books recently (Angelina Jolie's "Notes From My Travels" about her work with UN refugees, and Jannette Walls charmingly messed up memoir "Glass Castle") but haven't had time to compose ISBN posts (which I really enjoy doing). I'm scattered at best with my First Friday Film posts, even though I've recently seen movies worth talking about. I also want to post about my work with Tabesha and have only done so a couple times. It's not that I feel any superficial obligation to keep this blog current - the lack of posts is merely symptomatic of the fact that I'm not indulging my creative side. Ultimately, that's what's bothering me lately.

Lights at the end of my creatively-stagnant tunnel? Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman. If I can't road trip around the world right now, I can at least enjoy watching them do it. The Family Diversity Project that I've been wanting to see for a long time is now on display in Salt Lake. The Present Tense exhibit about the work of local artists on the 337 Project is open at Salt Lake Art Center. And if nothing else, for the first time in a long time, I have substantial vacation plans on the horizon.

I know myself well enough to know that these events will pull me out of my stress-induced stupor...so hopefully the posting will resume soon.

Happy Anniversary, baby.

20 January 2009!