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03/27/2006: "Better off Undead"
I woke up to the news this morning of the murders that took place in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Seattle after a "Zombie Rave". It may sound strange since I live in Alaska, but this hits close to home for me...everyone here flies through Seattle on their way to anywhere else, it's where everyone goes to go shopping and the Seattle Seahawks, and Mariners are Alaskan's adopted teams. I've visited there too many times to count; the whole thing is so sad and pointless.
Anyway, Jackie...I'm thinking of you and the rest of Seattle and Washington State.
Ironically, today was my morning to start thinking more positively. I'm looking into something called Positive Psychology, it teaches people how to be happier. I was all set to try and not let things get me down so much but maybe today wasn't the best day to start. Maybe there never will be. My cat Lemoni is sick again, I didn't get anywhere near 10 paintings done over the weekend...I found it impossible to "let go" and realized that I can't just sit down to a blank canvas and start painting.
I was so upset about it last night but then I woke up to this news. I've become sort of numb to many of the large-scale horrors in the world, these smaller and closer to home still get to me. Seems there will always be horrible things everywhere. I guess what matters is how we choose to respond to them. I can't help thinking that we artists should have some higher responsibility... Suggestions anyone?