Tunes for a Monday Morning
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Telling our stories

Briar Rose (collage) by T Windling

“I believe in all human societies there is a desire to love and be loved, to experience the full fierceness of human emotion, and to make a measure of the sacred part of one's life. Wherever I've traveled -- Kenya, Chile, Australia, Japan -- I've found the most dependable way to preserve these possibilities is to be reminded of them in stories. Stories do not give instruction, they do not explain how to love a companion or how to find God. They offer, instead, patterns of sound and association, of event and image. Suspended as listeners and readers in these patterns, we might reimagine our lives."   - Barry López (About This Life)

"I come from a long line of tellers: mesemondok, old Hungarian women who tell while sitting on wooden chairs with their plastic pocketbooks on their laps, their knees apart, their skirts touching the ground...and cuentistas, old Latina women who stand, robust of breast, hips wide, and cry out the story ranchera style. Both clans storytell in the plain voice of women who have lived blood and babies, bread and bones. For them, story is a medicine which strengthens and arights the individual and the community."   - Clarissa Pinkola Estés (Women Who Run With the Wolves)

Donkeyskin (collage) by T Windling

"Make up a story.

"Narrative is radical, creating us at the very moment it is being created. We will not blame you if your reach exceeds your grasp; if love so ignites your words they go down in flames and nothing is left but their scald. Or if, with the reticence of a surgeon's hands, your words suture only the places where blood might flow. We know you can never do it properly -- once and for all. Passion is never enough; neither is skill. But try. For our sake and yours forget your name in the street; tell us what the world has been to you in the dark places and in the light. Don't tell us what to believe, what to fear. Show us belief's wide skirt and the stitch that unravels fear's caul."

- Toni Morrison (Nobel Prize lecture, 1993)

In the Meadow (collage) by T WindlingThe poems tucked into the picture captions are "Caraboose" © 1999 by Delia Sherman (read the full poem here), "Donkeyskin" © by Midori Snyder © 2001, and "Once Upon a Time,' She Said" by Jane Yolen, all rights reserved. My collages above are: "Briar Rose," "Donkeyskin," and "In the Meadow."   Recommended reading: "Susan Sontag on Storytelling" by Maria Popova. (Brain Pickings)


Beautiful collages! You have stirred my imaginative, creative juices, Terri. Thank you for sharing your wonderful art . As ever, inspirational words too. I look forward each day to the delights of Myth and Moor.

That Toni Morrison quote does me in.

Amazing poems today. Thank you.

Try. Of course, try to spill it all, to share, to eject it's power outward that it will no longer clog your arteries, muddle your thoughts or haunt your dreams. Never mind the absolute truth, truth is relative to the slant of your view, the angle of your resistance, the desire of your spirit. Once you let go, truth will out. It's inevitable. So, try.

Reading the Toni Morrison quote, I was surprised to suddenly catch a sob in my throat while reading. As selfish a point of view as it is, I feel like that was put there for me to see today. Thank you. I need to put that somewhere I can see it every day.
And you drew me in with your beautiful collages and the words they led to: the gift of freedom to live your life (when it's 'qualities' that people ask you for), the fact that you can stay hidden inside your skin and remain you, and that the spoken word is uttered magic. Thank you for all of this today.

Your thoughts are beautiful Gypsy Thornton. And the post Terri touching and playing me like watery clay.

Lorraine, Jessica, Sara, Michelle, Gypsy, and Mokihana: Thank you for your supportive words. I'm very glad the quotes, poems, and art resonated with you today.

Such a beautiful series of collages, poetry, and quotes! The Toni Morrison passage struck me too. Thank you!

This is possibly a selfish request, but I'm wondering if there is any way to make Myth & Moor's "easter egg" passages linger more than 10 seconds on my screen? I'm a slow reader and I often want to sink into the passages you hide inside images. I frequently have to mouse around to make something reappear and by then I've lost the "flow" of the words. If this is not possible, no worries! Perhaps it's a setting on my own device. Hmmm...

I take my hand off the mouse completely while I read the quote, and it stays in view.

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