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tiny tweak, expansive meaning

I made a miniscule change to my blog yesterday. Nothing really newsworthy, but it had been something niggling at the back of my mind for a while which finally, today, demanded attention.

The tagline used to be “playing conceptual dress-up.”  All well and good for someone who, as I wrote in one of my first posts, likes ideas. I said, “I like to try on new ones and old ones and mix and match and play with them, to juxtapose them, to find comfortable ones and really sparkly strange ones too.  Maybe they sometimes even match.”

And then I went for a walk in the woods – something I recommend for helping sort out niggling details, and I tried my darndest to open up my perceptions, to really pay attention, to breathe deeply and notice where smells changed, where the sound of cricket song started (in the sun-warmed, flowering, pathside at the top of the rise) and where the woods were hushed. My skin thrilled at the brush and catch of spider silk and, my eyes softened to the spaces between trees and their shadows.

And I thought, “Ideas? Concepts? What was I thinking?” That’s only part of the picture. What I really want to include is all the ways it’s possible to pay attention, play with perspective, shift perceptions and that’s not just mental conceptualizing. So I changed the tagline to “playing perceptual dress-up.”

I am energized by the edges of territory, with using concepts as lenses and perceptions as doorways. doorways of percieving

The universe is vast and there are many ways to experience it.

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image source: Trey Ratcliff‘s flickr (via Compfight) where he kindly licenses his work through creative commons. Quality photos – really interesting person. Apparently I like his Angkor Wat photos because he was the source for this image, here, as well.

Welcome to Wander-Bird

I’m glad you’re here.

Though of course in truth, as I’m writing this, you’re not here.

So this is a time-capsule message written in the assumption that “the future” will arrive and you’ll unstopper the bottle or unscrew the lid of the metal cylinder and find the map of these overland, exploratory flights to be of interest.  Cool.  Welcome!

This blog has gone through a few variations and changes – everything from its title to its tagline has changed, the content wiped away and reinstated. This, it turns out, is part of the process for me – using a blog as a canvas on which I draft, paint, wipe away and start over with ideas in writing.  I like ideas. I like to try on new ones and old ones and mix and match and play with them, to juxtapose them, to find comfortable ones and really sparkly strange ones too.  Maybe they sometimes even match.

I’m not particularly interested in promoting myself as an expert of anything and doubt that I have anything to teach, though I do like to share.  I have nothing to sell.  Someday down the line, that may change but it won’t be an impersonal pitch, it’ll be a celebration.  I might actually become good at something, good enough to let the work earn its way in the world.  But for now, this is just a place to hold ideas up to the light and see how they shine and drape and find the ones that help me, and maybe you, become better at whatever it is we’re doing and have fun while we’re doing it.

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Image source: found on flickr (credited to Kraftwerck), though this photographer might be the actual source…