Author: xiomamusic


  • blue horses

    Franz Marc first painted his famous blue horses in 1911. In 1967, Eric Carle replicated the blue horses in his children’s book, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you see?” (and then again in 2011, with “The artist who painted a blue horse.”) Then in 2014, Mary Oliver wrote a poem about the blue horses, […]

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  • patagonia

    interesting how wealth often serves to amplify values. read this article about the founder of article and thinking about how wealth and how it effects us.

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  • autumn nostalgia

    something changes inside you as you watch your younger siblings become adults.  it’s one thing to come of age, but something different—maybe sweeter, maybe more difficult— to watch them come of age, too.  this song feels like October to me. it’s all about change. observing it. taking part in it. accepting it. i decided to actually […]

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  • left behind

    Yesterday, I harvested a handful of raspberries from my little brothers new home. The backyard had the remains of a large garden— mostly overgrown, but these bushes remained. I’m thinking today about what is left behind. We plant a life, nourish and grow it and then eventually, leave it. What once was a garden we […]

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  • studio diary #1: “my little brother”

    i feel like whenever I hear a Classical Music piece that is about death, the piece always ends with long, slow upwards scale. it kind of illustrates our ideas of death and afterlife. how does a body leave the earth? or where do we go when we die? up, right? towards the heaven? our “spirits” […]

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  • Paradoxes

    I don’t know why but I live by paradoxes. There’s a lot of relief in knowing that more than one thing can exist (or be true) in a moment. Life is both meaningless and meaningful. Days are both long and short. An idea can be both simple and complicated. We simplify for the sake of […]

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  • moods

    It is interesting because whenever my general mood attire is anxious, I begin to believe that that is what my general mood has always been and always will be. I do not do this for any other moods. If I’m content and peaceful, I try to savor it but also kind of keep a mental […]

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  • greed

    “If you spend enough time being afraid, thinking of only survival, it leads to hoarding.” Megan Giddings  ….which leads to greed. Thinking about this thought from Giddings’ book The Women Could Fly.

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  • nebulochaotic

    I spent 3 minutes looking up whether nebulochaotic was a real word. The verdict? I don’t know. I read it in a book, which makes me think it is real. But it is not in a dictionary. So not real? But other people have mentioned it. So, real? I guess words become real when we […]

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  • process

    The thing I wish I would have known as a high school student: success and failure often feel the same to me. They are big, complicated feelings that after processing usually leave me feeling just a tad empty. (failed at a thing? I have to do more to do it right. succeeded at thing? I […]

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