Sending you solstice cheer. I've been pumping air conditioning for a month now, but many are just starting to fall into summer sensations (or winter ;-p) Either way, rotations continue and cycles keep cycling. What are you expecting next? I know many of us West Coasters are already growing tense with thoughts of fire...My friend Mattie sent me this podcast on reconsidering and reconnecting to Indigenous fire keeping methods: Good Fire. A lot there to think about and keep track of if we don't want to see our homes and lives burn to the ground every year! I'm trying to stay focused on the now for now though...Now...News!
Today IFIAAR is releasing two new artist edition bookmarks! I'm so incredibly psyched to share these works from incredible artists whom I admire so much. Thank you to Chioma Ebinama and Jen Shear. These are now available on the website~
Also, I'd like to introduce a worksheet project by Bénédicte Thoraval who graciously worked on developing this the last couple months. Presenting Let's Talk About Cats: Willow & Bayou. Thoraval creates a set of activities for kids of all ages to think about and explore aspects of cat companionship. Print out the free PDF or download and respond to on a touchpad device.
Bénédicte Thoraval is an artist and French tutor based in Brooklyn who explores resilience from nonhuman perspectives.
It’s been SIX MONTHS since I last wrote... schooling has continued for me and kept me jumping all over topics and mediums. I'm still here though and trying to delve back into IFIAAR matters when I get free moments to do so.
While it reached 110 F in the high desert this week, I’ve been preparing for some summer time up north and thinking about my childhood on the Puget Sound/Salish Sea. I remember summers being mostly outdoors before I was old enough to work. There were always berries to pick, or the beach to play on and dig for clams, or the marina to walk to. It felt like everything everyone had been waiting for and it was stunningly beautiful. Not so for the desert of course, it's like our version of winter. This makes me even more excited to relive a little of the old magic I grew up with and share with my little baby angel dog Tulip.
One thing I very much associate with summer is library reading challenges. This was back when the Olympia Public Library famously refused to charge fees but just left gentle reminders on your answering machine when a book became past due. Back then I was probably reading Hugh Lofting's Dr Doolittle books or Dinotopia novellas. Summer is a nice time to read though whether your schedule is impacted by the season or not. Hopefully, wherever you are you can sit outside, in the grass, a chair, a bench, a blanket, and read.
Reading outdoors is also an invitation to take note of little things- movements and interactions of the buzzing worlds all around. For many this year that might be BROOD X of the cicadas! How fun! For me its mostly been a very large western fence lizard that occupies my outdoor couch.
Despite my own reading schedule lagging, I thought I might share some reading lists compiled by others. There’s a lot in my library, but there’s even more out in the inter web.
And how better to track your progress than one of IFIAAR’s new artist bookmark releases!