(dispatches from social isolation)
After months of mandated quarantine, we finally are able to think about re-opening our 15th Street branch, albeit at a much reduced capacity. The exact picture of how to accomplish this has not yet been finalized, but as with all the other areas of our lives, the changes wrought by the coronavirus are unlikely to disappear any time soon. As the coronavirus remains with and among us, cautious management is our only option for going forward. We keep our physical distance. We act with courtesy and forethought. We try our best to keep one another safe.
The mood of inner reflection and the longing to reach out to others—the twin impulses that led us to launch the Keep Talking blog during deepest quarantine—have not changed, we think. For many of us, online communication has become a comfortable and reliable option for staying connected with others. Your contributions to this blog have been beautiful, heartfelt, and important. We are all enriched by them. Entries continue to arrive, and we will continue to offer Keep Talking as a warm, curated space for sharing thoughts, experiences, and other creations. So please do continue to offer your thoughts, ideas, and work with our community. As you have seen, the form your contribution takes is limited only by your imagination and our technical capacity to share it on this blog.
So, as a reminder: what qualifies as a Keep Talking item? Lots of things. Something you write (keep it to a page or three at most), for example, about an encounter with a neighbor or nature, an insight, an inspiration, a revelation, a terrific quote, a snippet of life flashing in conversation you overheard or took part in, a page from a great book or lecture (with your comment)—you name it. Also, a portrait or photo or poem (written or recited), a short video you make, a reminiscence—and don’t forget the spirit of humor (cosmic or homespun). Send gifts from what wells up out of this singular period in our life as a community and culture.
We know well that for many of us, one of the consequences of these last few difficult months (compounded by the prospect of more equally difficult ones lying ahead) has been an overwhelming sense of weariness, weighing down even our frothiest creative impulses. To help with inspiration, we will periodically offer a creative prompt, which you may feel free to take up as a challenge (or ignore entirely.)
Please remember also that it is possible to post comments to entries on the blog. Sharing is great; conversation is even better. Let’s Keep Talking.
With warm regards,
Dorothy Moore and Walter Alexander
(Keep Talking Curators)
P.S. How to submit a contribution to Keep Talking? Send it via email to asnyc (at) asnyc.org with “Keep Talking Contribution” in the subject line. Word, audio or video files or photos can be sent as attachments. Remember, please, that we will not edit your submission.
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Larry Young’s treasure of a quartet of portraits…
Anthroposophy NYC Blog KEEP TALKING(dispatches from social isolation)Portrait of the Week: Larry Young “And yet my spirit-vision only wakesWhen thoughts of action wholly fill my soul,And it is flooded with a living hopeThat for the spirit it may build a...
Portraits by Doug Safranek express the mother/child relationship as part of the World Mother Storytelling Project by Murray Nossel.
This portrait of Hilma af Klint by Helena Zay was part of the Hilma af Klint exhibit at the Lightforms Art Center in Hudson, NY (Spring-Summer 2020).
Anthroposophy NYC Blog KEEP TALKING(dispatches from social isolation)Portraits of the Week: Larry YoungLarry Young captures a solemn summer moment on the canvas..."I never knew a more presumptuous person than myself. The fact that I say that shows that what I...
Anthroposophy NYC Blog KEEP TALKING(dispatches from social isolation)An Offering by Linda Larson: Sunset over Hudson and Steiner's VerseSunset over the Hudson, On the eve of Summer Solstice 2020, Leading us into the future In radiating Light (Photo:...
Rita Costanzi, a fellow NYC anthroposophist, entered a worldwide competition with a short video, which she wrote, acted, and played harp in… And she won the Hershey Felder Arts Prize!
‘”Corona, or Coronata, is what the Italians call this sign (⊍), which, if it occurs in certain parts of all the notes at the same time, means a general silence or a general pause.”’ ~ Johann Gottfried Walther
A lovely radio play about a cat who speaks, reads, and goes to therapy…
A true love goes beyond the outward appearances… Listen to Richard Thomas speak Shakespeare’s Sonnet 130 with an honest, yet loving portrayal of his mistress.
Anthroposophy NYC Blog KEEP TALKING(dispatches from social isolation)Offerings: Contemplating Paul and Novalis by Don Bartlett, and Sunlit Flowers by Katherine VodeThroughout my life, I’ve tried to use inspirational works during my trials… so the first I use as...
“In the fall of 2019, I felt I want to work on a piece that will grip me, and this piece did. The purest music… waiting for the purest gestures of eurythmy. Please listen, or watch or do both.” ~ Brigida Baldszun
Listen to a recitation of “Kubla Khan,” a poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge (completed in 1797 and published in 1816)
“Take a breath before you begin. Take another. Reach back to the time when your hands did this without effort, When the craft lived in your fingertips… Above all, finish. Make sure that you finish.”
“I met a traveller from an antique land,” begins Shelley. Listen to a recording of his poem “Ozymandias” by an actor and long-standing ASNYC member.
“Speak to us all, Flame Rose, to the looters in high places and to the looters in places mean and low…” ~ Walter Alexander
KEEP TALKING | Offerings: A Mélange of Love (bad and good), Urgent Paris Call, Fallen Silence, Forces of Nature
Fallen Silent by John Beck, Urgent Call by Penny Carter, Love Your Solitude by Larry Young, Bad in Love by Daniel Mackenzie, Forces of Nature by Kelly Beekman
Anthroposophy NYC Blog KEEP TALKING(dispatches from social isolation)First Offerings: Richard Thomas, Dorothy Moore, Katherine VodeSONNET 29 by William Shakespeare Recited by actor Richard ThomasThe 21st Century Warrior Dorothy Moore I don't remember...
Anthroposophy NYC Blog KEEP TALKING(dispatches from social isolation)First Offerings: Gisela WielkiI am definitely a zoom friendly person. One of my favorite features on the camera is zooming in and zooming out. (See the May Queen photo below.) I will continue...
A standing wave, a metaphor for a healthy society, one where transformation and new forms and beginnings can come about because dialogue is open, good-willed and strives toward our highest ideals for humanity as a whole.
Anthroposophy NYC Blog KEEP TALKING(dispatches from social isolation)First Offerings: Gail LangstrothDear Friends, I started my lockdown during the second week of March. I tried to take one long walk a day. My only rule was to always discover new paths and...
Anthroposophy NYC Blog KEEP TALKING(dispatches from social isolation)First Offerings: Joyce ReillyMoses and We Are Reborn Joyce Reilly It’s a rainy Thursday morning in May, and still quiet at 8 am in the supermarket. I just missed the Senior Hour at 7,...
Inspired by the theme “The Beloved Community,” which came from a Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech. Let’s then, “even in small ways contribute to building a warmer, more empathetic Community.”
Check out the first offerings in the Keep Talking blog series: a Shakespeare sonnet, personal stories, a painting, a poem, a video, a science pondering, photos from NYC, and a verse.
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