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November 1st > Mindful Writing Day 2012

In Blog Carnivals / Events on 11/01/2012 at 07:02

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Treatment Translation

In About Image Works, Blog Carnivals / Events on 03/10/2012 at 17:53

People who know me are aware that I’m a big fan of wellness treatments. Whatever’s on offer, I’m happy to receive. That’s one of the reasons I spend time in Hungary–a nation with the label: Spa Capital of the World. In Hévíz, a thermal lake spa town, I sign-up for a 21-day treatment program which includes an assortment of things. No question, the translations are helpful as I move through my days and weeks …
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Prepared for Edition #16 of the International BluePrint Blog Carnival >Language>Place.
Theme: Translation  Host: Florida-based author and artist Steve Wing

This image also appears in Spas Baths Hot Springs and VisuaLiving.

Another Hévíz translation collage: Translation Treat(ment)

 

reconnecting with my senses in hévíz

In Treks, MicroMoment Videos, Blog Carnivals / Events on 03/10/2012 at 06:11

My memory of Hévíz—a Hungarian spa town—is a memory of sensation. My time there is sacred. It’s not a particularly “exciting” time; it’s a rejuvenating contemplative retreat more than anything. For close to a month, my routine consists of eating, walking, resting, sleeping, soaking in mineral hot springs, and receiving wellness treatments (massages, mud packs, etc.). For me, it is bliss. It’s the closest to I get to God.

On more than one occasion I’ve gone there to disconnect from life-as-I-know-it where I live; to disconnect from computers; phones; responsibilities. Solitude is available in large quantities. I slow down. I stop thinking. And when I stop thinking, I begin to sense life in and around me in ways I tend to overlook during the rest of  the year. What I find through disconnection is a reconnection with the language of my senses—and nature.

For example …

From my window each morning
I hear and see:

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From the cobblestone streets
I watch and listen:

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From the lake—a thermal lake—
I feel my skin enveloped in heat and liquid nutrition:

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I smell
sweetness in the earth; air; trees:

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Well … there’s earth, air, and trees in that video, but you can’t really smell them.
Perhaps one year I’ll capture the scent and share it here …

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This post was prepared for:
Language > Place Blog Carnival #14:
Locating the Senses in Language / Place

>Language >Place blog carnival #11: Anniversary Edition

In Blog Carnivals / Events, Celebrations on 10/29/2011 at 06:14

Happy anniversary to Dorothee Lang’s BluePrint blog carnival >Language >Place!

>Language >Place is a regular gathering of Read the rest of this entry »

home sense memory

In About Word Works, Blog Carnivals / Events on 10/08/2011 at 17:51

a sunny august moment unfolded like this, if I recall it correctly …

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head, spinning fast spinning right up down left i’m
meandering home from the station, i
deas and fantasies
dreams and ambitions of elsewhere of there of

away far away, other lands other times other spaces
back then wonder when
but not now and not here and not present
old breath vision time and sensation

away, until 

2 blinks they open, my eyes so wide open i see that it’s me

in my fresh in my nation my city
so fragrant
 this moment

right here and today

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written for: > Language > Place Blog Carnival: Edition #11

featured in:  BluePrintReview Newspaper

 

Remembering August: >language>place carnival #8

In Blog Carnivals / Events on 07/22/2011 at 18:38

A MicroMoment video I posted last year, just resurfaced in
Poetry of Place: > language > place blog carnival #8.

To see the introduction and link to the piece click here, and scroll down about half way.
Better yet, before you get to it, check out the global cast of contributors’ respective musings on their own poetic spaces:

Lou Freshwater, Parmanu, Kristina Johnson, Steve Wing
Rose Hunter, Dorothee Lang, Jean Morris, Sherry O’Keefe, Jen Knox,
Marcus Speh, Julia Davies, 
Stella Pierides, Michael J. Solender, Darryl Price,
Laurie Kolp, Jillena Rose, Sandra Davies, Catherine McGuire
Brigita Orel, Linda Simoni-Wastila, Nicolette Wong,
Vivian Faith Prescott, Walter Bjorkman

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Here’s how Walter Bjorkman describes his experience as host of this edition:

When asked … I jumped on the chance. I have been part of previous editions, and found the reading fascinating – to see what talented writers were doing on their own blogs. This experience enhanced that feeling moreso. It was a joy to get each entry in the mailbox and explore these hidden treasures, and being part of Dorothee Lang’s great promotion of them was exciting. The explanatory blurbs sent in also enhanced my reading, and I put them into second person wherever practical. If anyone else has a chance to host future editions, I would advise to do so – they will be greatly rewarded, as I have been.
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> language > place is a BluePrint project–the brainchild of Dorothee Lang.

> language > place blog carnival #7: oenisplx igrnimeeg spnimirt

In About All Publications, About Image Works, Blog Carnivals / Events, Treks on 06/24/2011 at 16:10

oenisplx / igrnimeeg / spnimirt is an asemic project I put together with Dorothee Lang.

It’s included in the language/place blog carnival #7–assembled by Julia Davies:
“unwritten language / unnamed place”.

A larger version of the asemic images appear in life as a journey >  the direct link is here.

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The term ‘asemic’ is variously described as “post-literate”, “nonsensical”, “non-symbolic”. Like abstract art, asemic work promises viewers the opportunity to generate personal meanings from their own cultural and linguistic standpoints rather than having meanings imposed by writers and artists.

In keeping with the spirit of asemics, I won’t tell you the origin of the images. I certainly won’t reveal that the images began as photographs I took  inside the bathing complex that sits at atop the mineral-rich Hungarian Lake Hévíz–the largest thermal lake for swimming in Europe; the second largest in the world.

Something else I won’t reveal is the video below; that water in motion–a MicroMoment I captured on camera while standing inside the Hévíz Complex after a long afternoon of soaking:

Other things I promise to keep secret are the symbolic meanings in the title of the project. I won’t tell you the nonsensical three-part name carries the following interpretive content:

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oenisplx = the letters of the word ‘explosion’
[explosion of energy that leads to the elements]

igrnimeeg = the letters of the word ’emerging’
[life emerging, colors spilling into one another]

spnimirt = the letters of the word ‘imprints’
[dried out world, only imprints remaining]

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Other collaborations with Dorothee Lang include: Induction/Deduction,  The White Squares, POP UP Poptagon, and Dealing with Family and Friends.

> Language >Place: Blog Carnival #2

In Blog Carnivals / Events on 01/16/2011 at 18:49

Nicolette Wong–a journalist/writer based in Hong Hong–recently hosted the 2nd edition of BluePrintReview’s > Language > Place blog carnival.  I imagine it’s quite the task to host a blog carnival–gathering, assembling, designing the event.  I stumbled upon Nicolette’s retrospective musings on the process over at the BluePrint blog.

Here’s what she said:

“The second edition is a voyage into imaginary spaces and real places re-imagined, in voices from around the world. Writers decipher what they see and hear–in words, codes, images and hints between the lines that they write. And the places shift amid detours, tender moments of misunderstanding or confusion to arrive at the heart of the stories. What’s on the page/screen is often born out of one’s search along a circuitous path.

Some of the authors included were previous contributors to the blog carnival and/or BluePrintReview. Some came across the first edition and wanted to join. The creative pieces–flash stories and photography–I solicited. The process was a little similar to that of writing a group of flash fictions: collecting impressions, then finding the right words, moods and homes for them.”

Much to my delight, Nicolette solicited my contribution: ‘Translation Treatment’.
Here it is, sideways. For full-length vertical view, click the image:

Some familiar names at the carnival include:

Steve Wing, Matt Potter, Rose Hunter, Marcus Speh, Sherry O’KeefeDorothee Lang

[click names for direct links to their contributions]

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Submission details for upcoming blog carnivals >  Here

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A Blog Carnival: > Language > Place

In Blog Carnivals / Events on 11/13/2010 at 22:21

A new BluePrint project just went live–it’s a delight to be included:

It’s a blog carnival that explores connections between language and place. This carnival–the first in a series–is showcased on virtualnotes: the blog of BluePrintReview editor Dorothee Lang.

To enter the carnival, click the image:

In Lang’s words, the carnival works like this:

there’s a given theme, and to join, you put up a related blog post…send the link to the host of the carnival who then puts together a central page with links to all participating blogs…if you click through it, you get to visit the different blogs, with additional content in them…here’s a blog carnival definition.

She also describes the carnival theme:

anything that connects to language and place…a personal note, a poem, photography, a travelogue, a memory, a video, a flash story, a moment of (mis)understanding…

My blog post about Flight 493–a language-place publication–is included in this first edition, along with posts of over 20 contributors from various points around the globe–from Alaska to Finland to Greece and Switzerland; Hong Kong to London to India and Jerusalem.

Do you have something to say–or show–on the topic of language and place?

If so, a call for submissions for the upcoming carnival is here.

Tree Dwellers

In Blog Carnivals / Events, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 09/28/2010 at 17:32

Trees, the forest, the view from my room in the Hungarian spa town of Hévíz.

Every day, for 21 straight, these birds broke my sleep at 4 in the morning.

Wonder what they’re saying…

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Prepared for Festival of the Trees
a monthly blog carnival for all things arboreal.
Festival #52: Healthy Curiosity

Remembering August

In Blog Carnivals / Events, MicroMoment Videos, Treks on 09/14/2010 at 06:49

swimming sideways at harrison hot springs

a balmy august evening at 10 pm

 reverence / luminescence

waves of light

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Prepared for Language/Place Blog Carnival #8: The Poetry of Place.
A few words from host Walter Bjorkman > here.