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Geography of Now: The Scholarship

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The Geography of Now begins on Monday January 19th and I thought it would be cool to offer a free scholarship for the course.

If you know someone who would benefit from this scholarship, email me at monnamcd@gmail. Please write me a paragraph explaining the reasons why your friend or family member would appreciate this creative opportunity. Please include their name and email address. Please note that you must nominate someone else and, in order for your nominee to really participate in the course, she/he needs to be a Facebook user.

Deadline
Nominations are due by midnight EST (Ottawa and New York City time) on Monday 12 January. I’ll announce the name of the scholarship winner on my site on Wednesday 14 January.

Here is the trailer and here are all the lovely details of the course.
 
 

Your one wild and precious life

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With deep gratitude to the participants of Geography of Now.

There’s a voice
in our heads,
a nasty piece of work,
that says:
“Don’t you dare”
“You’ll fail”
“You’ll look foolish”
and
“People will think
you’re too big
for your britches.”

If you let that voice tell you how to live
you condemn yourself
to a life of
smallness
and
regret.

An existence
rather than
a life.

{People will judge you
no matter what you do
but that is none of your business.}

So what have you
been dreaming of?

What’s the first step
to creating it?

And how would it feel
to silence that voice
with extravagant happiness?

*The phrase “your one wild and precious life” comes from Mary Oliver’s poem The Summer Day.

 

play like you live

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“Play like you live” ~ Performance advice from judge Harry Connick Jr to a contestant on American Idol.

I love to watch children play.

There is a graceful madness
in the creation
of new worlds.

Prairies of freedom.
Explosions of imagination.
Thrones of power.

What part of growing up
makes us forget
how to play?

Rain-walking home

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There are words that go with this walk,
words about the reflection on the playground,
the fierce hollers of basketball boys,
the lush greenness of the cemetery,
the girls in white socks and navy plaid skirts,
yellow leaves whose falling signals autumn,
a small girl in pink who clings to her mother,
the women with their shopping on Motomachi Street.

The words from this walk
beat inside me,
echoes of six hundred
walks
home.

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Portals + Possibilities

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Everywhere we’ve lived is beautiful in its own way.

Yokohama is farther north than people think. I often walk home from work in the twilight or darkness along a small road that runs parallel to a cemetery.

Just past the cemetery there is a triangle formed by trees. A triangle of beauty. A portal.

When I pass through this place, I believe that anything is possible.

That’s how I feel about the Geography of Now.

We begin our six-week journey of noticing + gratitude through photography + writing on Monday 15 September.

Join us here.