Arrival at the Precipice
experience and therefore be tended to, treated kindly and observed. Household pets became common, including birds.
As I read the descriptions of the Mozart family's likely relationship with the bird, including cage-free frolicking when no visitors were around, I realized exactly why this book was in my hands. The anniversary of my dad's passing is next week, and he, like Mozart, kept a bird. A bird who sat on the edge of his breakfast plate and ate scrambled eggs while leaving poops on the newspaper. A bird who slept cuddled under his neck, occasionally checking his mustache and nose for interesting artifacts. Dad was a big fan of Mozart, and Jujube and my dad likely listened to Mozart while drifting off together in the chair, dad draped with a huge beach towel (or poop catcher).
When someone we love passes, it is hard to mentally place them anywhere. Something about this book (fully researched, full of philosophy and classical music) seems so dad-like. The vision of him sitting in a salon with Mozart, each with their bird shadows busily exploring from the safety of their shoulders, clicks with me as where to visualize him now. There is peace and a wee bit of closure in this thought.
And now let's enjoy another human's pet starling, Stella, as she talks, whistles and blows kisses:
6/7/2018 08:34:38 am
Jen, SOOOO much to love in this post.
6/7/2018 08:48:15 am
Dotty!!! Thank you for the correction on "novel" vs non-fiction. I am so entertained and delighted by this book that it couldn't POSSIBLY be non-fiction, and yet it is!
6/7/2018 08:46:33 am
Lovely post. I always marvel at how sometimes we read books we are meant to read at just the time we are meant to read them and what dominos of thought they set into motion.
6/7/2018 08:59:00 am
Carl! "dominos of thought"...whoa. That's a juicy phrase. It is a comfort, though, when the right book appears at the right time. A little hug from the universe.
6/7/2018 10:37:05 am
This just makes me go, awwwwwww......
6/7/2018 11:51:43 am
oh gosh....I am teary over your moment with the cardinal! What a beautiful connection! Thank you for reading and sharing. xoxoxoxo
6/8/2018 11:35:06 am
What a lovely video! Thanks! You have succeeded in making a bold and simple statement! Not an easy task.Yes there is a bird hidden in your painting!
6/8/2018 11:44:06 am
Oooooh thank you, Carol!!!! Apparently there are both birds and penguins in this piece! It makes me so delighted when creatures appear in an abstract...:)
7/2/2019 03:37:28 am
I am not an artist that’s why I was having a hard time understanding this stuff. Since you talked about Mozart, I assume that it is all about the emotion artists always try to exert when they are doing art on their own. For them to come up with something great, it has to come form their heart. The painting that they should come up to should represent the emotion they are trying to convey. By the way, this painting that you posted above is amazing. Limited use of colors, yet it was stunning!
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