Category Archives: home

carry it.

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like a turtle with its shell

 carrying it wherever they go

a sure sign

it’s move-in weekend at the uni.

 

“the sweetest part of leaving home is knowing,

beyond the shadow of a doubt,

that you’ll always carry it with you.”

-homestratosphere

 

partings.

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Born in 1960 to a Sicilian family living in Morocco and raised in France, Catalano became a sailor in his twenties. This nomadic lifestyle was a major inspiration for his work as an artist. The sculptures of Bruno Catalano, especially, Les Voyageurs show this influence. They delve into themes of travel, migration and journeying. Themes extend into exploring the ideas of home, belonging, loss and the experiences of a “world citizen”. Each statue carries a single suitcase, weighing them down, but also serving as their only means of support. Fascinating technically, artistically, and in its symbolism, the large omissions in the statues leave much to the imagination. Some figures appear to be fading away, while others materialize before our eyes. Contrary to the opinion that travel broadens and enriches, Catalano lamented that all his travels left him feeling that a part of [him] was gone and will never come back. ‘Fragments’ makes full use of this ethereal effect with three sculptures broken down to create one unit. The man looks fragile and delicately held together, losing more and more of himself till only his feet and bag remain.

“life is made of so many partings welded together.
-charles dickens

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credits: Daily Art Magazine

rose.

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rescued while trying to join a colony of cats in detroit

cared for by a foster family

 looking for a place to call home

i feel lucky she landed in mine

 shy and sweet and young

not quite sure what life will be like here

she came out from her hiding place

long enough for us to each check on the other

i see her natural fancy costume

of black ears and tail

snow white body

she’s now olive’s new sister

 and will be called rose

which makes her *rose kennedy

*(the cat, not to be confused with the political dynasty’s family matriarch who shared the same moniker)

“a kitten is, in the animal world, what a rosebud is in the garden.”

-robert southey

looking for my cat.

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no, she has not gone missing

but keeping santa’s promise

to sweet kitty, olive –

 find her a sweet companion.

with virus, time home, holidays

sweet little kitties are hard to find

but i’m on the case

ready for the rescue

i see her on the horizon

 have one very close

to coming home. 

“there are no ordinary cats.”

-colette

 

 

 

 

 

photo credit: reed.edu

art houses.

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the wizard house

the purple house with the sun

 

so many stories here

 

“every spirit makes its house,

and we can give a shrewd guess from the house to the inhabitant.”

-ralph waldo emerson

 

 

 

 

images: Ann Arbor, Michigan – Traverse City, Michigan

speed decorating.

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olive the cat not the oil

startled for no reason

(as often happens with both of us)

jumped off the ledge 

 right onto my favorite lamp

 startling both of us

(now for a reason)

I see it as her way

of not so subtly suggesting

a redecorating idea.  

“my personal decorating style is cozy,

romantic and a little rustic, with a sense of whimsy.”

 – k. schlapman

already home.

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when giving a friend my new address

she was surprised 

to discover

that she already was familiar with that address

and she could let herself in

as she already possessed a key. 

she used to care for a little black cat who lived there,

bonnie.

her client happened to be

the woman who sold me my condo

and now 

there is a new little black cat living there,

my olive. 

there must be something about the house 

that needs a little black cat living there

to feel like home

I think they would have liked each other. 

 

“I believe that life is chaotic, a jumble of accidents, ambitions, misconceptions, bold intentions, lazy happenstances, and unintended consequences, yet I also believe that there are connections that illuminate our world, revealing its endless mystery and wonder.”

-david maraniss

 

 

image credit: getdrawings.com

new signs?

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now that I’ve moved from the west side to the north side

do I have to learn new signs?

 

 

“search for beauty without features, something deeper than any signs.”

-francesca da rimini

 

 

 

image credit: babycommunity.com