MUSINGS, 1.2.2017

 In Musings

“Celebration is an active state, an act of expressing reverence and appreciation.” – Andrew J. Heschel

 

“Christmas, the day after, in 2004, following the presidential re-election of George W. Bush. I am staring out of the window in an extremely dark mood, feeling helpless. Then a friend, a fellow artist, calls to wish me happy holidays. He asks, “How are you?” And instead of “Oh, fine — and you?”, I blurt out the truth: “Not well. Not only am I depressed, I can’t seem to work, to write; it’s as though I am paralyzed, unable to write anything more in the novel I’ve begun. I’ve never felt this way before, but the election….” I am about to explain with further detail when he interrupts, shouting: “No! No, no, no! This is precisely the time when artists go to work — not when everything is fine, but in times of dread. That’s our job!”

I felt foolish the rest of the morning, especially when I recalled the artists who had done their work in gulags, prison cells, hospital beds; who did their work while hounded, exiled, reviled, pilloried. And those who were executed.” – Toni Morrison

 

 

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  • Rose Petronella
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    Wonderful to be reminded of the greater purpose which we artists serve, beyond the gift and glory of our own self-expression. Thank you, Ann.

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      Ann Grasso
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      Yes Rose, I see art as a vehicle for discussion.

  • Lisa M. Keith
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    Exactly what I needed to be reminded of today. Thank you Ann, and happiest of New Year to you!

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      Ann Grasso
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      Happy New Year Lisa! Yes, I needed the reminder too.

  • Dianna Dunn
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    I was reminded of just these thoughts this November when, I too, had a morning of tears and hopelessness. Art, I reminded myself I can be thoughtful, rebellious action and so I must continue my work!

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      Ann Grasso
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      Dianna, yes. Art contributes in ways that words do not. And words, music, dance and theater contribute in ways that art does not. We are fortuanate to have so many methods of expression.

  • Deborah Sargent
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    Love this Toni Morrison quote. Thank you for posting it!

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      Ann Grasso
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      Yes, Deborah. It is a good way to start this year! Thank you for your endorsement.

  • Jean Rill-Alberto
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    yes, great reminder for us. I had the priviledge of knowing Ms. Morrison, before leaving NY, she is a lovely woman!

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      Ann Grasso
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      How fortunate for you Jean – I am glad you let us know!

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