“the truth is that transitions between the life stages are usually triggered by trauma”

One for the book: A reminder. Self-development is often portrayed as a rosy, flowery progression from dumbass to enlightenment that involves a lot of joy, prancing in fields of daisies, and high-fiving two thousand people at a seminar you paid way too much to be at. But the truth is that transitions between the lifeContinue reading ““the truth is that transitions between the life stages are usually triggered by trauma””

Hoping for a 2016 where we open the doors wider and take care of each another

I am hoping for 2016 to be a year where we open the doors wider and take care of each another Susan Sontag wrote in her “Illness as metaphor” (1978) essay , “Illness is the night-side of life, a more onerous citizenship. Everyone who is born holds dual citizenship, in the kingdom of the wellContinue reading “Hoping for a 2016 where we open the doors wider and take care of each another”

Smizz’s Top 10 movies of 2012

It’s that time again where I try and judge what’s the best movies that came out and why. However, I apologise in advance that there are some of my guilty pleasures in here which probably would never make an official top 20 list, never mind a whole top 10!  And there is no mention ofContinue reading “Smizz’s Top 10 movies of 2012”

This is a very good use of the internet.

http://emergencycompliment.com If you’re feeing a bit down, or had a rough day at the office, or even if you just need a little chuckle. This is golden! This is the internet done RIGHT! Great idea. A great reminder too, to practice kindness.

Richie

Richie is like my bestest friend at Uni, and one of my best friends in general. He’s also one of my housemates. He’s this tall guy who is 21 going on 22. Today he summed hisself up in a sentence: My life is just turning weird, it’s like I’m replacing food with Twilight [movie] andContinue reading “Richie”

Questions as artists (both art students and real practicing artists) should ask themselves

“a few Questions for artists (in relation to the academy) … How can a free artist accept this managed and managerlized condition? how can an artist exist without or outside the institution? why are so many mature artists so happy with competing for small prizes, purchases and praises?  why are there still artists who thinkContinue reading “Questions as artists (both art students and real practicing artists) should ask themselves”

Nothing more true – best quote ever #6

“ …The avant-garde is arrears. Artists are selling themselves like hot cakes. Art is a good thing. Art education is a holy-schmo business. Artists are jobbing. The lousy government is in this war. One doesn’t know what one can do about it. The art critics are all corrupt. The art critics are the curators andContinue reading “Nothing more true – best quote ever #6”

Life philosophy quote #4

However mean your life is, meet it and live it: do not shun it and call it hard names. Cultivate poverty like a garden herb, like sage. Do not trouble yourself much to get new things, whether clothes or friends. Things do not change, we change. Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts. God willContinue reading “Life philosophy quote #4”