(dispatches from social isolation)
As the likelihood of a swift return to onsite gatherings at Anthroposophy NYC, our ASA branch at 138 West 15th Street, fades, the need to be together in soul and spirit grows. Keep Talking is born out of this need, a need to bridge physical limitations through many and various means.
“In confinement” has long been a euphemism for “with child,” and the mandated COVID-19 confinement, while sometimes painful, has been accompanied for many by welcome and unexpected arrivals: unprecedented opportunities to catch up on reading, painting and drawing, poem-writing, gardening, crafts, revisiting abandoned projects, and taking or sorting photos. Also, voyaging in memory, reconnecting with family and old friends, deepened meditations and study, blessed moments of unhurried reflection and stocktaking—and with all this, unique chances for letting go—for releasing into the departing stream things that, in the usual welter of life, resist dying despite their woefully past expiration dates.
While much of this may remain justifiably private and inward, some items long for the soul light of sharing and conversation. And who better to share with than our compatriots, branch members, and friends (known and unknown). For this, we are launching Keep Talking as a warm, curated space for sharing thoughts, experiences, and other creations.
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). So please, send gifts from what wells up out of this singular moment in our life as a community and culture.
(Image: Humor from Representative of Man by Rudolf Steiner and Edith Maryon)
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.
With warm regards,
Dorothy Moore and Walter Alexander
(Keep Talking Curators)
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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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