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Woman in the Wall

Screenshot from video.

Screenshot from video.

A little PowerPoint animation and poem from 2008. The face was drawn (not by me) on a wall at work.

Is there anything in her face
that reminds you of yourself?
She’s not real
But there’s something about her
You can’t quite put your finger on it
You can’t quite get the idea to hold steady in your mind.
It phases in and out and you wonder if the thought
(your idea of who she is) was really yours in the first place.
Was it something you heard someone else say?
Was it a line from an old movie?
Are any ideas really your own anyway?
She’s not really a she
Only lines drawn in graphite
Lines that look like eyes,
a nose,
a mood, a personality
But you can’t abandon her
Now that you’ve seen her
It’s strange that you see things that way
Somehow the two of you are connected.
So you take a picture


Better Than Before

Work this week is enjoyable because I’m doing something I’m good at. Imagine that! I won’t go into details, but I’m making an informational video using Adobe Captivate 6. I’m writing a script and putting graphics together (wishing I had a budget to buy stock graphics). Tomorrow I’ll record the narration and then put it all together. This is my thing! I need to do this all the time and get paid for it. I think I’m probably well suited for the instructional design field. Better get serious about it before I hit 50.

I’ve always been a late bloomer. I didn’t have my first boyfriend until college, I was well into my twenties the first time I got drunk, I didn’t get married until I was 39. I’m on a bit of a different schedule. I’ll probably make my Hollywood debut when I’m 80.

I’m always jealous of those young “whiz kids” like Mark Zukerberg, who make a name for themselves and millions of dollars before they turn 30. I will never be them. That’s got to be okay because that’s the way it is.

The thing about being a knowledge worker (I think that’s what I am), is it puts a lot of stress on your body to sit in front of a computer all day. I took two brief walks today but I need to do more. I’m trying to spend less time looking down at the iPad. It kills the neck!

Oh these 21st century problems. `

The bottom line is that the last couple of days have been good, and I’m grateful for any good that comes my way.

PS: I don’t like the number of times I used the word “I” or “I’m” in this post, so to add to the self indulgence here’s one of my many self-portraits. This was taken in one of the dance studios at the Univ. of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, where I went to grad school. I had a make-shift dark room in my bathroom and this one came out by mistake. I think it’s kind of cool though. I did so many creative things back then (sigh).