February 2018 RAW NEWS Update
I will attempt to mirror February’s status as the shortest month of the year by making this a shorter-than-usual post. Once again, highlights are organized using my RAW NEWS framework.
This month was a bit unusual in that of the thirteen books read, six were novels. I tend to read more nonfiction and, if the topic interests me, I usually enjoy the book. My response to fiction, on the other hand, is considerably more variable.
This month there was one novel that scored only 2 out 5, reminding me that there are some instances where the Hallmark Channel movie is far superior to the book. But I did read three novels that were solid 5s for me. If you enjoy clever and quirky, check out We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves and Wit’s End by Karen Joy Fowler, as well as Sophie’s House of Cards by Sharon Oard Warner.
Last month, I didn’t make much art. This month, I was a collage-creating machine! The Resistance collage I included in last week’s post on that topic is one of ten collages created in February.
The inspiration for collage comes to me from:
“She’s Gone” is based on a dream of a young girl’s death.
“Princess” was created after watching some particularly annoying brides on Say Yes to the Dress.
Who Knows Where
This is my favourite kind of collage, the one that emerges from somewhere deep within. It’s titled Gargoyle and the Quest.
When I focus on something, other things fall by the wayside. That happened this month with my writing. I didn’t write a word on my grandmother project. Instead, I wrote journal entries about the story that each collage was telling me.
It’s okay. I wrote, it was useful writing (to me), and I had fun with the art. I just have to accept the fact that I am not a good juggler. The biggest, shiniest ball will always have my undivided attention!
Intuitive Eating will probably turn out to be one of the most challenging and mind-bending things I’ve ever done. But I have made a little bit of progress this month. Intuitive Eating is our topic for next week’s post.
I’m changing the title of this RAW NEWS element from Exercise to Energy so that I can talk about all sorts of things that give me energy. Two highlights this month:
The 26th of February was a special day, one year to the day that Shylah came into my life. You can read about my Mexi-mutt in several places, such as this post about her first 48 hours and this one based on her first month with me. I am elated to report that Shylah has been eating out of a bowl for the last two weeks and drinking water during the day. Her progress gives me lots of energy. On good days, I’m so happy I feel like I’m flying.
Some experiences are also energy-producing. This month’s excursions included watching the movie The Big Sick with a friend at an wonderful independent theatre in my community where the owner serves tea and cookies. And a superb theatrical production of Sister Act, again in the community. I am so fortunate to live in a rural/small town area where the arts play such a big role.
Tarot is a topic of recent fascination and I’ve decided that I want to learn all about tarot cards. I’m nervous even mentioning my interest for fear you’ll think I make regular calls to 1-800-Fake-Psychics. I don’t! The ritualistic trappings don’t interest me. What does is Tarot as a means of self-exploration.
I’ve read a few books and bought a couple of decks of cards. (Some say that your first tarot deck needs to be a gift, but that’s one of the things I choose to ignore.) So far I’m having a ball. I’ll say more as I learn more.
So that was my February. How was yours?