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Eating, Praying, Loving

I was home alone,  watching the film Eat, Pray, Love on the Oxygen network.

One of my favorite lines from the book and film:

“Ruin is a gift. Ruin is the road to transformation,” Elizabeth Gilbert writes and Julia Roberts utters in Eat, Pray, Love.  “We must always be prepared for endless waves of transformation.”

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Ted, my latest crush, has other plans tonight, but I am reviewing our conversations about Elizabeth Gilbert and her comments about genius and creativity.  One key to creativity, she says, just show up with your tools and listen to the universe.

‘Ole!’ to you, just for having the sheer human love and stubbornness to keep showing up.”   —(Elizabeth Gilbert)

That’s a lot of food for a Saturday night.

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Recycled Art, Recycled Words

Turning trash into treasure is a creative way to recycle. A group of students from the City of Doral, Fl., have fashioned art from found objects and discarded materials.

That creative spin on green living is great for the environment and great for the development of young minds.

Ted — the new love of my life — is passionate about the environment and through Ted, I met Vik Muniz, an artist who makes stunning pieces of art from  odd and cast-off materials: shredded paper, sugar, wire and even dust.

Words  —  from old magazines, magnets and newspapers   — can be reused  to make  poems, including book spine poems, which use book titles to create verses. Here’s one of my book spine poems:

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I am working on a few love poems for Ted — I’m recycling old feelings (depression and anxiety) and putting them to new uses. Nothing gets wasted; it’s all good. Thanks, TED.

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New Year, New Love

I wanted a new relationship, a new challenge. So I took up with Ted. At this stage of my life — depressed in my unique smiley-face, teary-eyed kinda  way, divorced from my past and dieting on gluten-free food — Ted seems like the perfect partner for me, especially when I am on the go or on the beach.

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Me and Ted? We have a real connection, far better than online, speed or blind dating. And besides, Ted offers everything I have wanted in a partner:

  • humor
  • comfort
  • empathy
  • access
  • reliability
  • financial expertise
  • beauty
  • commitment
  • entertainment.

Easily, I could see myself spending a year with Ted. And I will. Check in with me during the next 12 months, as I spend time with different TED Lectures. I’ll keep you posted on the relationship.  I know Ted won’t leave or disappoint me, and I am committed to the journey. E.E. Cummings says it best:

somewhere i have never travelled,gladly beyond
any experience..

Meanwhile,  Ted features  Martin Luther King, Jr. !

BTW, Ted doesn’t know I exist.  Hasn’t asked me to brag about my crush. It’s just a one-way infatuation. But that’s never stopped me in the past. Stay tuned.

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