Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Current Obsessions in One Sentence

Hey folks,

Here’s what I’ve been obsessed with lately in the world of pop culture. As an experiment, I’ve decided to sum up these newly minted favorites in one sentence. Enjoy!


This fast-paced haunted house tale had me at “hello” – or, more accurately, “hello” to creepy dolls, fractured families, basement dwelling he-demons, rubber-dressed ghosts, blood, guts, Dylan McDermott’s through-the-roof hotness factor, and my crush (!) on Connie Britton.


Sometimes a writer comes along who spins delicious sentences together like cotton candy or giant salted pretzels of the soul: Erin Morgenstern does just that in this story of a young man and woman with magical powers who are raised as rivals in a mystical circus yet end up falling in love and changing the course of (supposed) fate.


Witchy, melancholic, empowering, and tribal, Florence + the Machine’s sophomore effort will make you want to: attend a masquerade ball as your spirit animal; climb trees and scratch through clouds for heaven; join a gypsy caravan and flee to shadowed lands; light candles in a Catholic church then confess your s(k)ins through dancing & echoes; and lie on freshly mown grass with your eyes closed as breezes and neighborhood sounds seduce you.

2010 Obsession that Lingers:

Each chapter of Mattia and Alice’s “love story” – spanning almost thirty epic-like years – ends with you biting your nails, muttering to yourself, “Please don’t do/say that!”, and then flipping eagerly to the next page to find out what achingly sad (yet beautifully written) event has transpired to fuel the regret, loneliness, hope, and unique connection of these Italian, modern-day Hansel & Gretel-esque protagonists.

Quote of the Day

From a Sarah Fimm interview re: her video for "Everything Becomes Whole" off of Near Infinite Possibility.

We spent days gathering authentic, creepy, broken dolls and other props from all over. I remember how hard it was to locate older dolls specifically made from porcelain...We wanted it to feel as real as possible. I will never forget watching them drag a bathtub into the river while I was trying to unfreeze a dead crow. You just don't forget these things.

And you can watch the amazing video here:


Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Blessing of the Day (in honor of All Saints Day)

Willing to experience aloneness,
I discover connection everywhere;

Turning to face my fear,
I meet the warrior who lives within me;

Opening to my loss and pain and ignorance,
I remember who I am and what I'm here for.

Surrendering into emptiness,
I find fullness without end.

Each condition I flee from pursues me,
Each condition I welcome transforms me

and becomes itself transformed
into the blessing it always was.

-- Jennifer Welwood