Lightning: it is wise not to make a target of yourself. Enlightenment: what you feel as you walk away, unharmed, if you successfully apply this to any dangerous situation. My Manifesto, then, as informed by the following list of encounters, ideas and experiences, as far as I can name them in the moment: J.F. Martel, … More Hamilton Residency 10: Manifesto.
What happens when we don’t take responsibility for healing our own lives, and instead project our buried trauma out onto other people – our children, our families, our friends, our colleagues? What happens when we use all our energy in criticism and complaint, when we use charity and judgement as a way of maintaining privilege … More Shock and shift
Do we all have a natural buoyancy? I wonder. Some call themselves ‘sinkers’, and describe the great effort required to stay afloat. This is subjective, of course. Effort, to some, is a thing to be minimized if not avoided altogether. To others effort is a joy, a ‘coming to meet’, a solid, positive investment in something … More #Water: These Changing Seas
Only slowly have I become aware of the enormous reservoir that floats above me like a helium ship vast, volatile impossible I am Astonished I’d have noticed it years ago, but I’ve only recently developed the habit of looking up Like the water towers in every small town there’s a name writ in large letters … More Fuel
4:30am in the studio is like hanging out with a special old friend I’ve not seen for a long time. We both like gentle light, strong hot coffee. We share a deep enjoyment of the act of listening to the day as it begins. I feel my face wake up, muscle by muscle, and take … More #Selfie 18: Spiral in; Spiral out
acres of open acres and acres of open grassland like water in the wind but grass sings differently than water, if you listen Grass sings air On the treadmill today I close my eyes and listen to Africa my shoulders stop fighting gravity and every muscle is fluid easy, open, walking steady and forever like … More #Selfie 14: trust
Mama said there’d be days like this. It’s been weeks of days like this. When you need to change your mind about something that’s buried deep in your blind spot, getting a good, swift sucker punch or two from someone close will do the trick. It’s best if the motivation behind the attack is baffling … More #Selfie 9: Hounds of Hell