13 Feb 2011, 1:04pm
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Stylish Five: Favourite Things

Pauline gave me this Stylish Blogger Award. The meme says: “By accepting this award I’m to tell five of my favourite things and then pick five people to pass the award on to.”

  1. I love novel angles. Even more than an application or practicality of idea, I love a new conception of a way to frame perceptions and that satori moment of everything reshuffling to new rows and columns and out to zero gravity float. Maybe that’s filed generally under “love sensations” but it’s a specific one. Flatland is zipping straight into how I think of what I see. It’s world of pre-destiny and change among the geometric shapes hooks me better than velcro.
  2. Another favorite thing? Textures. Not the digital layers sense but varieties of surfaces…heavy denim, burlap, brocade, light linen, feathers, sequins, beads, tight cotton weave, velvet, embroidered, mesh, lace, satin. Touch can bring me to present, ground me and gives small little delights.
  3. Dreaming of people I miss. Dreams can be so vivid with sense of direction, temperature, smells, colors, particularness of people’s voice and walk. It is like a sweet visit with people out of touch or who have passed. It always feels like a gift.
  4. (Chocolate would go without saying so…yeah, too easy…um…) Heat. When people around me start to wilt in summer, I’m just getting comfortable. Desert heat or urban humidity and muggy as sloth, I’m happy. Even when its too warm to move or think, I’m content. I run baths hot enough that you may as well throw in the onions and carrots. Saunas are wonderful places. I once went in one for far to long with contact lenses in and for 3 days my eyeballs felt parched.
  5. Freedom of movement. Politically, yes, but I mean here, of the body. There are little bursts of being pleased when I reach for a cup and don’t get a complaint from the shoulder, when I realize I’ve been walking for an hour and still can freely swing my legs, when I turn my head and can look all the way right or left and not even be dizzy. No bind in back, no weight of ache, a sense of balance in my limbs so I don’t feel boxed in. I feel I may never get tired again. Of course I will but for a while, the body isn’t so much baggage as flight.

Who would I like to nominate as my 5 Stylish bloggers? These 7, (yes, 7, rebel that I am): Colleen who is forever seeing small and large beauties and presenting her life journey so beautifully and honestly, Gillian who, beyond her in person stylish flare, parses out her exploration of poetry week by week in comprehensible chunks, Zoom who balances life in the house and out about this city so well with engaging energies, Col for her pace and space of small but steady improvement to our world and her blog, rob because he sets a benchmark for style of curiosity and sharing learnings on poets and craft, Jennifer at It Ain’t Meat, Babe who makes each post a little polished beauty of mouth-watering ideas, and Brenda at Alone on a Boreal Stage because of her cool inimitable birdie-hop style.

Quote: “A problem clearly stated is a problem half solved.” ~ Dorothea Brande

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