4 June 2020

Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama

Had a day of work training, all virtual, today. It’s been a long week and yesterday I allowed as I had hit the Wednesday wall. I was sure that others had too although I had no way of knowing what proportion their mix of work-anxiety to world-anxiety was. I couldn’t really tell what mine was.

Today was better work-wise, for me anyway. I found some hooks to use that gave me some grip of what is to come. Others sounded frantic and I thought – look at you MB, you’ve gotten over that Wednesday wall and found Thursday.

At the end of the day we had just an open talk session, unexpected but going on all over my company. People shared, offered support, cried. We talked about self-care and being aware of our needs and the needs of others but that idea that in order to help others we need to put our own oxygen mask on first. Be strong for ourselves so we can be strong and make things happen in the world.

I thought back over my long years at Apple and of times when my co-workers gave me unexpected but appreciated support and times when I stepped in to help someone else. Because, that’s what you do, right? You care about people and how they’re treated by the world and you try to do the right thing for them. I’ve told customers to leave. I’ve told customers – you’re sick, too sick to be worried about buying a new computer right this minute. Go home and feel better and come back. I’ve told kids – stop whacking your little sibling, because that’s not nice. Like I mean STOP it. Or, those are inappropriate comments and I’ll ask you to stop. OK, you don’t want to stop, I’m saying we’re done and you can leave.

So I pondered these things while listening. And I realized here I am, about to start in a new area of work, feeling very anxious and the world’s not helping me out. In 2001, my hire date for my new job was September 4 and my training was pushed back because our store wasn’t quite on schedule. The training started September 17.

I remember walking in and being so unenthusiastic about the whole thing. I remember thinking – just don’t quit. You need a job. You’ve been unemployed for a long time and you need this job. Don’t walk out. Everyone was so cheery and excited and I couldn’t make it happen. I remember how anxious I was because I really had no idea what the moment to moment reality of this new job would be. We all got through it, and it turns out that’s pretty much a daily thing, more often than not.

There’s been a lot of cheeriness this week but nothing over the top. I think most people have been worn down by the months of covid-19 and being home and moving from one crisis to another. We’ve spent a week together trying to learn virtual things in this new virtual world.

I’m sure it won’t be the last time of overlapping anxieties but let’s work to make the world good, as best we can, where ever we can going forward. Be kind folks, be kind.

All of my unedited cloud photos from today:

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4 June 2020

Also seen in my travels

Nature’s first green is gold…

No – you take the Corona!

Funky tiny house that mirrors the old shed behind it. Looks very cool.

Also seen in my travels

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Came out of work and it was darn hot. More than darn hot.

After grabbing a little dinner, I went to check out where the Amazon warehouse might be located (about a mile south of the 9&20 split. You can’t miss it – huge piles of dirt being excavated and moved around.

The clouds were more interesting than the piles of dirt. So without further ado, here are tonight’s cloud photos

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World Watercolor Month Day #7, Out and Around

SO BRIGHT and shiny this morning! Stopped to see this in New Lebanon, NY. Perhaps they fixed it up for the recent anniversary year – the water is running and the sign looks new.

Sat and drew this (and not the George Rickey kinetic sculpture in the yard!) while sipping coffee.

Then over to do value sketches the Church of Our Savior, Episcopal. (Note to self: leave ample room between two small areas just in case you have to go outside the lines. Yes, I did a little digital doctoring on the last view.)

Too hot now to be outside – will go for an evening paint hopefully.

Inspiration is a byproduct of discipline… simply getting up everyday and planning, plotting, sketching, setting up or actually applying paint to a painting.— Beverly Claridge

World Watercolor Month Day #7, Out and Around

Also seen today

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Day Two (and probably the end)

Came home, enjoyed some leftovers (thanks mom!) and sat down to see if I could float in another transparent wash or so on the painting started last night. That seemed to go well (indigo for the win!) and then I took a big deep breath and did the poles, and after another breath the wires. Then it was all bets off so I used some conte crayon and some white chalk and stuff and called it done.

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Sunday, With Snow

There was a little snow and sleet this morning but since we are all in the day-one-of-daylight-savings-time fugue, it didn’t seem so bad.

Tuesday Cold and Clear and Cold

It was 6F when I left the house and all the water in the car was frozen like a rock. That’s ok. I made a big loop, looking here and there and then I came home and did geeky stuff.

Painting and Looking

Sunday I drove home the long way, scouting for places to paint.

It was quite cold, but lots of fog and low hanging clouds making it interesting. Took some photos and made some mental notes on future painting spots. Anyway, having just finished a class about simplifying and focusing on shapes and values, out came this:

Still trying to come to grips with hot press paper which just acts different from the cold press I’ve been using all along but it has some redeeming qualities after I get past the “why is it doing that?” feelings. My other two local teachers had each noted that when I worked in a smaller sketchbook with smoother paper that it seemed to suit my style so I’m giving it a college try.

Pleasure is a shadow, wealth is vanity, and power a pageant; but knowledge is ecstatic in enjoyment, perennial in frame, unlimited in space and indefinite in duration. — De Witt Clinton

Sunday out and around here and there

I went and procured tomatoes. Real ripe tomatoes. I needed a tomato sandwich and I needed it bad. I had a peach for dessert.

Diddled around at home for awhile and then went out late to the nearby pond and enjoyed the late day sun changing into evening. Painted a little just trying to capture something of the color and light. Took photos. Came home.

All in all a successful day. See the Flickr album for all the sights!

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Now I just need to write out the two postcards for the weekend – how fast August has gone! August Postcard Poetry Fest has been very good both in the writing and in the cards received. Yesterday I got four cards – WOOT – and one of them had been “commented” on by someone in transit, presumably a postal worker. We often imagine people reading them as they move from poet to poet but someone sure read that one!