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Saturday, November 7, 2015

NEW INTRO FOR ST FRANCIS HOUSE, NEW LONDON CONN





     


                                         
        NEW INTRO FOR ST FRANCIS HOUSE , NEW LONDON CONN           
        

IT IS WITH HEARTFELT JOY THAT I VISIT YOUR ST FRANCIS HOUSE OF HOSPITALITY AND I WISH TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR CARE AND FOR MENTORING THE CORPORAL AND SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY. I WAS PLANNING ON COMING HERE LAST YEAR AND WROTE THEN ABOUT MY CONCERN WHICH WAS AGING AND I QUOTE,
"As we age, we gather more and more information and it takes us longer to retrieve facts and longer to cross reference neurocortexed details from physical memories, psychological memories, moral memories, factual memories and spiritual memories. As a result of this multi level firing of information packets stored in our past experiences, we slow down to retrieve and let our wiring do it's job. This is not a bad thing but is often seen as a misdemeanor and sign of wrong, wrong, and more wrong. And the worst case scenario is that fear and trembling set in, the adrenal glands do the fight-flight dance and memory stalls to a halt. Permission to be slow, to walk slow, to think slow, to eat slow, to talk slow is a great cure for that. Slow life, I salute you."

AT THAT TIME I WAS FINDING A WAY TO TALK ABOUT AGING IN MY WORK BY SHARING MY CHRONIC DYSTONIA, A NEUROLOGICAL CONDITION WHICH WAS SLOWING ME DOWN. ONE DAY, WHILE BENT OVER WITH SPASMS FROM DYSTONIA I HEARD INTERNALLY, "LINDA, YOU LOOK JUST LIKE MOTHER TERESA, ALL BENT OVER AND CRIPPLED AND SLOW." I KNEW I HAD A SOLUTION TO THAT PROBLEM, WHICH IS TO MAKE ART ABOUT THE PROBLEM, SO I BEGAN PERFORMING AS MOTHER. SO I HAD THE COSTUME AND WAS ALL READY SO THAT WHEN THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING REFUSED TO TURN THEIR LIGHTS TO BLUE AND WHITE FOR HER 100TH BIRTHDAY ALTHOUGHT THEY DID MAKE THE LIGHTS YELLOW FOR SPONGE BOB, I HEARD ANOTHER INNER PROMPT THAT SAID, "LINDA, GO TO NY AS MOTHER TERESA AND PROTEST THEIR DECISION." IT WAS AN ACT OF SOMETHING: RISISTANCE? REGRET? ALL I KNOW IS THAT IT FELT REAL AND CORRECT.

MY WORK IN GENERAL HAS BEEN ABOUT MY AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL NEED TO HEAL MYSELF AND OVER TIME, HOPEFULLY THIS WAY HAS PREPARED ME FOR BEING ABLE TO ASSIST OTHERS AND NOT JUST MYSELF. WHAT I FIND IS THAT I HAVE TO PERFORM THE WORKS OF MERCY ON ME SO AS TO HEAL MYSELF OF PTSD AND TRAUMA AND IN DOING SO, MY WORK HAS BECOME SOMEWHAT OF AN INSPIRATION FOR ARTISTS AND LIFEISTS IN MY FIELD WHICH IS PERFORMANCE ART. WHAT I DO IS TO TAKE MY LIFE ISSUES AND USE THESE ISSUES AS MATERIAL TO CREATE AN AESTHETIC STATEMENT.
I WILL SHARE A FEW SLIDES THAT I HAVE THEMATICALLY GATHERED TOGETHER TO ADDRESS TIME, ENDURACE AND PATIENCE IN MY ART. WHAT I SEE NOW HAVING RESEARCHED THE TEACHING OF DOROTHY DAY IS THAT MY ART-PENANCES WERE RADICALLY CLEARING AND PURIFYING ME. ARE THEY PREPARING ME? FOR WHAT?

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