Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Ramp Up to Eclipse Madness


I live around 30 miles or so outside the path of the totality for the upcoming solar eclipse. We've had nothing but dire warnings about how crowded and terrible the roads are going to be, how cell phone service is going to go down because of people photographing and posting eclipse pictures (and I hope they realize they need a filter on their camera lenses, even on their cell phone lenses, otherwise the sun can burn out their equipment), how we may have dire gas shortages, etc etc. People have reserved hotels in tiny rural towns like Madras, Oregon years in advance.

I have to admit, all this makes me incredibly tired and irritated. Would I like to drive the 30 miles to see the total eclipse? Well, sure. But I'm not going to. I don't want to fight the traffic. I don't want to stand around with all of the rabid picture takers. A total solar eclipse used to be a very magical thing---and now, with all of the hype and people feeling like they absolutely have to have pictures (because in this society, if you didn't get a picture it didn't happen/you weren't there) it feels like it's reduced to some Facebook event. Even a recent Accuweather article aimed at people wanting to take pictures of the eclipse says that people should get their equipment ready in advance because it's an amazing event and "you should be spending at least half of your time just enjoying it".

Yes. I will have 99.99 percent sun coverage where I am and that is good enough for me. I may even make an old school pinhole viewer for the event. I'm not knocking people who need to take the pictures---after all, unless you are an eclipse chaser, as I understand it, there won't be another one across the US for 38 years. But remember, this isn't just some fancy picture to post to social media. This is the moon crossing in front of the sun out there in crazy outer space, blocking the rays of light we need to function on this planet. Magical, and a little bit terrifying.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Dark Mori Shelfie #1

Not being a big "selfie" person, I like the "shelfie" trend. Here is my first dark mori shelfie. I've had the crescent moon hair pins for over 15 years---just rediscovered them the other day.

I'll definitely wear these when observing the upcoming eclipse! Are any of you traveling to see it? Good luck out there!

I know most everyone is surging over to IG---I probably won't and will just plod along here on my Jurassic era blog :) I'm a pretty random poster as it is. 

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Taking Back Your Story

Let's face it. You are going to spend most of your life being "old", according to the rules of the dominant paradigm. Especially if you are a woman. We are still generally considered "washed up" around age 35 in this culture. If you live into your 70s or 80s, well, that leaves 40 or 50 years of life. Are you going to live it "washed up" because society says so?

In this era of grotesque website sidebars that scream "They were beautiful in their 20s---now look what they look like!" and seem ever obsessed with celebrity boobs and physicality, it is clear the mainstream is still profoundly sexist and ageist. What to do?

Take back your own story.

By a circuitous internet route, I found myself on Cindy Joseph's website.

picture found here

She became famous for starting a modeling career at age 49. I remember the first time I saw her, I believe in a Sundance catalog, and I thought "holy crap, a woman with grey hair in a fashion catalog!". Now in her late 60s, she has a makeup/skincare line and a blog.. I looked through it. I was really struck by the simple way she stated a key point about how we tell stories about ourselves:

2- Re-draw your graph of life.
"You know, that one that’s in the shape of a mountain. Supposedly, life goes uphill until we hit this imaginary peak called “the prime of life,” and then it’s all downhill from there.
But who drew that picture? It certainly doesn’t match my experience or that of the women I know.
We just keep expanding! My graph of life feels more like an uphill journey all the way. So I re-drew my own picture. You can too."

Simple, but profound. When you automatically picture your life in the frame that bulk society provides for you, it's generally going to be disappointing. So change the frame, the graph, the map. For my own part, I don't identify with graphs or the whole "uphill" thing at all. My personal story map looks more like this:

Some people may not identify with any kind of "map" at all. Maybe they picture floating in the ocean. Flying through space. Whatever. It's your life.

How do YOU picture it?