This means that my new flat now smells of herb bread baking, and that is another reason for me to love it here. I am living back in County Leitrim and I am LOVING IT! The flat is spacious, colorful, and with lots of natural light in the main living space. There are tennis courts for residents out the back - which I have yet to make very good use of… anyone like to play tennis?
In the mornings since I moved here I like to get up and out first thing and walk along the river Shannon, taking in the glorious country air and green, yellow, orange and brown countryside views. Now that it is getting colder, and that my mom totally got it absolutely right this recent birthday of mine, I hit the gym and swim after my refreshing walk along the river.
I get my fruit n veg at the local organic farmers market on a Thursday where there is a nice social buzz a few of us sit outside the coffee shop that is in the market yard where you may overhear us chattering about politics, activism, art, music, creative process, pets, crafts, how to get officially excommunicated from the Catholic Church, gardening, or local news. There are a number of shops in the Market Yard including a health food store with an always smiling, cheerful and helpful woman behind the counter, 'Naughty Bits' shop sells bits and bobs and nautical things, and a new charity shop -boutique /upmarket style- just opened on market day this week, where I got a gorgeous new handbag with butterflies on it.
Just around the corner from all of this is The Dock Arts Centre, which is the old court house converted into a theatre space, crafts shop, a bar, gallery spaces and a private studio space at the very top. There are alway beautiful things to behold there, and recently I was very inspired by an exhibition of paintings by a woman called Ann Quinn. Check out http://irishartnow.com/ANN-QUINN
In the theatre space there over the years I have done contemporary dance masterclasses, salsa classes, seen stand up comedy and most recently I saw Eleanor McEvoy there, who is an incredible guitarist and songwriter who's concerts are a masterclass in song composition. The craft shop is wonderful just to wander into as if it is a gallery, and they do not mind folks enjoying it that way.
In terms of work I've been having meetings and discussions with a Play Therapist friend of mine and we are starting to reach out to some local support groups in the area to see how they may be interested in availing of the skills and experience with have to offer as a duo. We are also developing a Resiliance Training package for working with teenagers, and we are going to a seminar on suicide prevention and mental health awareness later this week. In the new year we are planning to begin sessional and occasional work. In the new year I am planning to run some one day/taster trainings in Forum Theatre, and introduction to Dramatherapy sessions too. I have a million and one more ideas of projects and groups I want to work with, but I am pacing myself. I have framed and put up the important certificates up in what I call my office: my Bachelor of Arts in Drama (Performance), my Master of Arts in Dramatherapy and my Certificate of Registration with IACAT (Irish Association of Creative Arts Therapists). I've also stuck one of my new business cards up there, and a small board with a hoop and net and a soft ball so that I remember to play as well as work.
I have been more focussed on home, health, work and spending time with nearby friends of late, and though I've been doing some music, it has not been as highly in focus this past while. Having said that I have been painting the last couple of weeks, and Im out of canvas and paper - Ive started to paint on bits of cardboard and squeezing to the ends of some tubes of paint. YAY paint on the office table! :D
So that is probably enough information for now. I haven't figured out how to shorten the post and put a link to read a longer version, so this is how it's getting posted...
I hope Thanksgiving has been a joyous occasion for those who celebrate it.
Big Love to one and All.
It is really late here and Im still awake! ive been asleep nearly five hours by this time the last week or so.... Is it music Monday yet? ... This is one I've listened to a few times tonight already ... http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=P51LunEV3Sk&feature=relmfu
Not sure if that's even gonna work.. Howandever it's Madonna's True Blue.
At least I'm having a cheerful sleepless night!
No word of a lie; I only just discovered Jeff Buckley this week!
I have a good track record for feeling the fear and doing it anyway, but fear my friends is a sneaky beast and he been creepin up on me but Jah be good ta me and remin' me today to feel the joy of life and let the worry go free on the breeze...
Love and music save us all from the beast of fear.
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The translation I give you is not the most accurate but it is my favorite (sourced: http://www.anglo-saxons.net/hwaet/?do=get&type=text&id=wdr ). A more scholarly translation can be found: http://web.utk.edu/~rliuzza/401/Elegies.pdf .
I do recommend taking five minutes to bathe in it.
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The echoes of these words resound the works of Tolkien and Martin, do you hear them in your heart as I do?
I feel it below me and just beyond this world
A cavern full of sound, a storm trapped beneath a mountain howls at the edge of my throat.
I burn to let it sing through me!
Rise up, music, in me and devour me-
Angela Galik 2009