Monday, August 24, 2009

They're comin' to America!



Great news!My wonderful friends Frederick (above) and Zach are coming to America next month! They are the directors of the Umbumwe Community Center in Rwanda where I spent much of my time volunteering. Everyone there treated me like family and gave me the warmest welcome every time I visited and I have missed them dearly. I have been keeping in touch with them and found out that two of them are coming to Ohio and California for a whole month! Since Ohio is only a few hours away, I plan on visiting them, as well as one my best friends Mallory whom I have not seen in FAR too long! I can't wait!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Boom-de-a-da

Today I looked up pictures of good ol' Ogden Utah and I realized how much I took those beautiful mountains for granted and how much I miss them. I wish so badly that I could take only a 10 minute drive and be completely surrounded by the sweet smell of pine, feel the rough, rocky cliffs on my hands and lay amongst the wildflowers. Instead, I am in a busy city, with everything else to offer except nature. For now,a few walks in the park will do, but I can't wait to be greeted by these when I visit in November...





I miss the mountains
I miss the rolling hills,
I miss the fountains,
I miss the daffodils,
I miss the fireside,
When all the lights are low.
Boom-de-a-da
Boom-de-a-da :)

For those of you who are in Utah, give the mountains a kiss for me and be sure to take advantage of the incredible land mother nature created that's only minutes away.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Perspective

“I would like to make something that is real in itself,that does not remind anyone of any other thing, and that does not have to be explained like the letter A, for instance."

“I no longer observed in the old way, and not only began to think subjectively but also to remember certain sensations purely through their form and color..." -Dove






This weekend I visited the Hirshhorn Gallery of Art for the first time and found myself connecting a painting called "City Moon" By Arthur Dove. It showed the the intense, hard lines of the city being overtaken by the light, soft colors and crooked half-smile of a full moon. So many times in my life have I seen that similar image in cities across the globe and every time it stops me in my tracks.

I researched Arthur Dove's other works and I love many of them. They give such a beautiful and intense perspective of the sun, water, moon and earth. No matter which angle you look at them, the subject of the painting overtakes you. I need to take that into my own life where no matter what angle I happen to be standing in, I can see the beauty of that moment.

So thank you Arthur Dove for creating such thought provoking and beautiful works of art.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Positive Reinforcement

Today I received some positive feedback on a project I have been working on and I can’t describe to you how good it feels. Finally I feel like I am starting to understand what in the world is going on and I feel comfortable enough to “talk shop” with a few of my co-workers. ( Though I must admit that I’m not ready to talk to some people cause I know I would not be able to keep up with them) It’s amazing what a few words can do to boost your confidence.

Also, yesterday I was given a HUGE project that will take me until January to complete and the first deadline is in two weeks. I’m a bit nervous because basically I am going to be the go-to girl for the entire legislative campaign for 2010... well, as far as data is concerned. So lets hear it for my right-brained mind which is programmed for Humanities, English and Art type stuff to be crunchin’ numbers for the next 6 months. I really am excited for the finished product. I know it will be TONS of work but I know it will be fulfilling and very much a learning experience. If nothing else, it will look good on my resume. :)

So with as much as my dark little cubicle drives me crazy, as hard as it is for my brain to function after 8 hours on a computer and how ridiculously short my attention span is, I am starting to realize that what I am doing will have great rewards someday and pay off in the end.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Displacement

Internal displacement is a topic that has moved me in many ways. Stories of pain, frustration and being caged like a wild animal echo around the world. There a few short films that have come to my attention recently and I would love for you to watch them to learn more about the reality and faces behind such a tragedy.

IRIN Film & TV | Asia West Africa | Cambodia Liberia Nigeria Nepal | GLOBAL: Forced to Flee - New series of short films on displacement | Human Rights Refugees/IDPs Urban Risk | Film