JOY … in the natural gifts of Northern California

“Soon it got dusk, a grapy dusk, a purple dusk over tangerine groves and long melon fields; the sun the color of pressed grapes, slashed with burgundy red, the fields the color of love and Spanish mysteries.” Jack Kerouac, On the Road California ~A tapestrystitched from turquoise seasand flaxen hillsthreaded withthe twists and turnsof fault linesand mad rivers,redwood forests andcitrus grovesshot with yellow and orangeThe skies are woven withfuchsia at sunriseAt dusk ripe apricottumbles across raw umber earthIn Napa Valleythe geometry of vineyardsis neatly plotted © 2017 (rewritten 2019), Jamie Dedes  (The Poet by Day and The BeZine)
Tuesday’s Thoughts: J Mase III’s Artful Response to Life

Tuesday’s Thoughts: J Mase III’s Artful Response to Life

Art, book review, spirit, spiritual growth, spiritual practice, spiritual practices, Spirituality
Responding artfully is a trauma informed care practice as it takes you out of your wordy brain and into other parts of your knowledge or knowing process. Often we privilege language over other ways of knowing. J Mase III, in his latest book, And Then I Got Fired: One Transqueer’s Reflections on Grief, Unemployment & Inappropriate Jokes About Death, through the use of language, weaves together other responses such as emotion, imagination, and your felt senses. I know, it's hard to imagine how a book which is necessarily immersed in language can do that, but it does! And here is how: Mase shares his life authentically through prose and poetry. Poetry connects to imagination, one of the ways of knowing.Mase invites the reader to explore their own emotions. Emotion is a way of knowing