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The Sunday List {25}

TheSundayList

Here are some lovely things that I’ve enjoyed recently:

Elizabeth Gilbert’s posts on her Facebook page. Her new book Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear comes out on 22nd September and here’s the story of the cover.

This article: S is for Space: A-Z of Simple Living.

Damien’s From poem ~ his homework for Geography of Now.

How to become a better person from The School of Life. {This video is 4 minutes and 10 seconds in length.}

PicMonkey: Free Online Photo Editing

Dr. Elaine Aron defines the highly sensitive person (HSP) as someone with a sensitive nervous system who is aware of subtleties in his/her surroundings and is more easily overwhelmed when in a highly stimulating environment. Here’s a test to help you determine whether you are an HSP. If you are, you will LOVE The Highly Sensitive Person Podcast.

What has been catching your attention lately?
 

Keeping it for Good: The Film

A month ago
I wrote a piece
about not saving
things up

not stashing them away
for special occasions

not dishes
or dresses
or words.

Something about those particular words
{words about spending your joy}
resonated.
Especially with women.

Then some dishes,
some very good dishes,
arrived from Paris
and planted
a delicious idea.

I recorded the sound
and Damien Pitter filmed
and edited.

This is our Christmas gift
to you.

You can read the poem here.

 

Love, Yokohama: Damien Pitter

Love, Yokohama is my photographic love letter to the city we have called home for the past three years. The concept is a simple one. Each week I’ll ask a student, colleague or friend to meet me at their favourite place in Yokohama… and I’ll take their photograph. These visual love letters will be posted each Friday.

DAMIEN PITTER
Photographed on Friday, 12 September 2014
at his apartment in Yokohama

Living room

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dee view{Photograph by Damien Pitter}

Home
by Damien Pitter

It took me some time
to know the importance of
a real home overseas.
I moved to my first job
in three suitcases
and
from it in two.
Dorm living in a nicer apartment.
Living I thought of
as just-for-now.

I was never very attached to things.

It was Mexico’s folk art
milagros and calavera catrinas
that enchanted me to keeping
collecting
to creating a space more than temporary
a home worth
visiting like a gallery.

Our home now is present
with art
rugs
ceramics
with colour and texture
and the warmth of imagination.
Each is a mood
a story a
longing
question
song.
Our home is filled with
the places we have been, the
selves we were then
and then.

It is no longer a life that fits in two suitcases.

And yet a thing is still just a thing.

I don’t need these things
but I like them.
They are anchors that make stillness worthwhile,
that carve out small borders
a land of our own
and make it easier
to stay a while longer.

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Damien Pitter

lambs-wool hair,
brown corduroys
and tevas.

jamaican jerk chicken
meets poutine and guy lafleur
in ottawa
then owen sound.

georgian bay,
the blue,
the big of it,
that’s still his water.

a casual guy
not that interested
in persuading others.

imagine him
in a yellow raincoat
on a wooden deck
on a lake somewhere in ontario
watching stars.
star-filled.

he points at the dock.
“join me.”

i wonder
at the wonder of him
and
sometimes i wonder
“why?”
when people don’t get
the wicked smartness of him
+ all he can do.
that’s a weakness in them.
a sad failure
of observation.

{everyone should feel
this way
about their partner.}

his photographs
amble by
blurry, punch-drunk
on the world.

his writing
revels in gorgeous specificity.
pointillism with words.
a garden party of secrets whispered by a woman with a red parasol.

he is
calm.
kind.
divergent.

already an old wise man
at 20.
now growing backwards.
perhaps
at 80
he’ll ride a motorcycle
punctuate his sentences
with swear words
and lead a revolution.

it’s possible.

 

You can see more photographs of Damien and his home on my Instagram feed here.

Check out Damien’s photography and writing at The Puddlewonder Press.

A Walk with Instagram + Love

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It was six o’clock
in the evening.
I was in Shimoda
and DP was in Yokohama.

Just me and my iPhone
photo-walking
as the day’s light
waltzed
also barefoot through
the celestial spectrum.
Yellow. Golden. Blue.

At Ohama Beach
I chased the light
and the surfers
that ran for the water.

The first processed shot
hit my feed
like a stone.
A photo
from DP emerged
from Instagam ripples.
He too was photo-walking,
collecting Minato-Mirai
moments like butterflies
for his two best friends
from high school
who happen to share a birthday.
Every year,
on their day,
he takes photos
wherever we are
to celebrate them.
His Geography of Birthdays.

For forty Instagram minutes
our twin walks unfolded.
Me: A woman in a purple sweater walks her sand-coloured dog.
Him: A couple walks into a burst of sunset at Sakuragicho Station.
When DPs red heart
popped up below my blurry shot,
it was the truest like of all.

Then,
because all things change,
the light
faded
in his
shots,
in mine.

The end of the day
tugged at me
and said,
“It’s time to head back.”

Wait.
I want to hold onto the light
a little longer
and the feeling of walking
on the beach
with my love.

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** Damien Pitter curated this collection of photos from my Shimoda photography walk.

*** Registration is now open for the Geography of Now eCourse. 🙂

The Puddlewonder(ful) Press

Three quick notes on a rainy Friday afternoon.

  1. I cannot take credit for this gorgeous photograph. (How I wish I had taken it!) This is the work of my partner, Damien Pitter.

  2. Recently, Damien has redesigned his photography blog, The Puddlewonder Press. You can check it out here.

  3. In the new year, Damien plans to open an Etsy store to sell some of his photographs as prints. He would appreciate some feedback regarding which prints people might like to own. If that sounds like fun to you, here’s the game:

  • Click on this page
  • Please look over the photographs below
  • Use the form at the bottom of the page to indicate your top 10 choices

His photographs make me happy + I am happy to share them with you!