Liminality

Liminal: On the edge of things or between things. Marshy landscapes that are neither land or sea. A term referring to in-betweens: Liminal spaces are passageways; they help us connect one phase in our lives to another. Not quite here or there or anywhere Trudging on through a prolonged period of lassitude, down liminal passageways Passageway … More Liminality

Shokunin

The Japanese word shokunin is defined by both Japanese and Japanese-English dictionaries as ‘craftsman’ or ‘artisan,’ but such a literal description does not fully express the deeper meaning. The Japanese apprentice is taught that shokunin means not only having technical skills, but also implies an attitude and social consciousness. … The shokunin has a social obligation … More Shokunin

Ineffable

For the first time in a long while I feel the weight of silence. The suffocating, liberating weight. Everything is just bleak, but you still see in vibrant colors. All you can see are vibrant bleak colors. There is a rawness. A rawness with each breath. Inhaling stones, exhaling butterflies. Story

Serene

My heart is locked away behind a barrier so thick, the words refuse to come out. The art of self expression has never been one of my strong points, but now basics feel out of reach. The weight, suffocating, pressing down on my chest as I open my mouth to silence. Silence. Sometimes I can’t … More Serene

Graceful

This week’s photo challenge is Graceful. The first thing that came to mind is this woman. I met her on a trip in Aswan, Egypt. She invited us in her home and spoke to us about the old customs and traditions of her people (Nubians). She spoke of their strong attachment to their home and their … More Graceful