(dispatches from social isolation)
Dear Friends and ASNYC Family,
It has been nearly a year – a whole year! – since the reality of our situation with the COVID-19 pandemic began sinking in, and the first lockdowns and calls for social isolation began. A year is a long time – time enough to grow hopeful, then weary, to adapt, to pivot, to despair, to be surprised, to be encouraged. To grieve. It is time enough to have experienced things we never thought we would; to have changed our minds about a few things, or about many, or even about none at all. It is certainly time enough to allow a look back to the path we’ve navigated so far, and perhaps to have shaped new ideas and expectations about how we might go forward, pandemic or no pandemic.
We began “Keep Talking” as a way for us to connect while physically separate. Over the year, you have shared many heartfelt pieces of writing, artworks, and links to performances that we otherwise might not have seen. Recently, contributions have died down, as have our own efforts to encourage you and to remind you that we do in fact need to “Keep Talking.” Have we perhaps sunk into a state of numbness waiting for whatever comes next? Have we grown accustomed to the strangeness of our world?
Whatever the reason, we would like to encourage everyone to keep posting on “Keep Talking.” Perhaps you’d like to share a look back at the past year? Something you worked on and completed because suddenly you had the time? How about a funny story, or a philosophical journal entry? What about photographs that reflect the everyday during extraordinary times, or something exceptional that surprised you within the day-to-day? There is no limit to your imaginations, nor to our appreciation of your offerings.
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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“And I Saw. The Lamb opens one of the seven seals and I hear
one of the four animals with a thunderous voice cry…”
A series of four short videos with a hand-puppet made by David Anderson this summer. Enjoy!
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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