Shedding Reality

Naive Art (Primitivism)

“Angel with a Sword” by Marc Chagall (1956)

Lost in words, she sheds reality.

Sprouting gossamer wings,

she soared towards realms that offered endless escapades

on a silver platter.

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What’s Your Tiny Story?

Fiddle Oak’s Big World: Self-Portrait

Actor, artist Joseph Gordon-Levitt, wondered what it would be like to collaborate creatively with artists from around the world. Gordon-Levitt’s seed of wondering grew into a collaborative production company called hitRECord that he and his brother, Dan, contribute to and manage. One result of hitRECord are the ‘tiny stories’ that are written, illustrated, and sometimes animated.

Nourished by the words,

“The universe is not made of atoms; it’s made of tiny stories.” ~Muriel Rukeyser & Wirrow

Gordon-Levitt encouraged thousands of collaborators to create tiny stories through words and art. The Tiny Book of tiny stories is a collection of these wonders. To date, there are three volumes published. You can see selections of tiny stories from Volume 3 on the Brain Pickings blog.

We all have ‘tiny stories’. What would be a tiny story about you?

Begin collecting your seeds of wonderings for your tiny story.

The World is Full of Magic

Poppy Field in Argenteuil, oil painting by Claude Monet

“The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.”  ~ W.B. Yeats

Wonder. A simple word, yet alluring. Wonder stows away in every nook and cranny of our mind, adorned in brilliance and beauty, yearning to captivate our curiosity and hold it prisoner with its magic.

Wonder offers endless possibilities. When investigating wonder, the Oxford dictionary teaches us…

When used as a noun, WONDER is:

  1. a feeling of amazement and admiration caused by something beautiful, remarkable or unfamiliar.
  2. a quality of something that causes curiosity.
  3. having remarkable properties or abilities.
  4. a surprising event or situation.

When used as a verb, WONDER is:

  1. a desire to know something or feel curious about.
  2. used to express a polite question or request.
  3. to feel admiration and amazement – to marvel!
  4. to feel surprise.
  5. to feel doubt.

Whether used as a noun or a verb, wonder opens doors with its intrigue and marvel.

As you begin to explore your world, I want you to apply patience. Observe the magic our world has to offer.  Notice the tiny details of our world, appreciate its beauty, hold your ear to its surface and listen to its heartbeat.

To help you get started, Keri Smith, author of How to Be an Explorer of the World, offers sage advice:

  1. Always be looking. (Notice the ground beneath your feet.)
  2. Consider everything alive and animate.
  3. EVERYTHING is interesting. Look closer. (An ant can be fascinated if you let your wonder out.)
  4. Observe for long periods of time and short ones.
  5. Notice the stories going on around you.
  6. Notice patterns and make connections.
  7. Document your findings and collections in a variety of ways. Carry a notebook with you.
  8. Observe movement. (How do leaves move in the wind? Do they tremble, dance, shiver?)
  9. Create a personal dialogue with your environment. Talk to it.
  10. Use ALL of your senses in your investigations.

Now, get out there, release your wonder and share it with the world!