Last night, as my spouse talked on the phone, I tried to sort through some shelves. We moved into this house 4 years ago, and I haven't touched many of the things I put onto the shelves since then. I wanted to make sure that we still needed those things.
What did I find? Lots of detritus of technology past. In one packet of stuff that came with a computer that I no longer remember, I found a CD that I can load onto my computer which will let me have a free trial of AOL for 30 days--how many generations of computer software ago was that?
On a shelf of even older technology, I looked through what I assumed would be blank paper journals. Lo and behold, some of them had writing. From 2007, I found a log I kept when I was first Assistant Chair of General Education--just in case anyone ever asked me to justify myself. I decided not to look through that one too closely.
I found a journal that I forgot I ever kept. Long ago, before my current pastor was my pastor, he asked me to be part of a group he formed to help him with his dissertation, which looked at how we might encounter God in the outdoors. Our group went to various locations, experienced the location, wrote in our journals, and then discussed. We walked around the lake at the community college, the Hollywood Beach Broadwalk, and a labyrinth at an Episcopal school. Once our pastor was done with our journals for his dissertation writing, he gave them back to us. Fascinating!
I found a lot of materials that we kept in anticipation of doing more collaging. I decided to throw away old calendars. But I kept the envelopes of images and words that I cut out and saved--and I've developed a mid-summer art project plan. I will collage with these materials that I collected at least 5 years ago. I'll also go through the pile of magazines that I have in the living room.
So, this will be a different kind of collaging. I've always collaged with images that spoke to me from magazines--I've never used images that I collected years ago. Will it be an experience of time looping back on itself? Or just a different curating of images from which to choose?
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