I'm collage hunting today. Browsing for ideas and inspiration. I've been making collages for about twenty years, I think. I just love making them. I usually make them on sheets of plastic so you can collage from the back, and get a kind of winking Jesus 3D effect.
I just bought a bunch of these tags/discs to make mini collages with. I was going to use them as labels for all of the baskets in my office, and then I stumbled across this image. Someone beat me to the idea. And this was exactly what I was thinking of doing. Coincidence or divine motivation?
I'm naked as usual. I have the shades up on the windows that face the street, because it's hot, but I'm worried about flashing my conservative uptight neighbors. This reminds me of when I was little and the woman who lived across the street from my childhood best friend, Lorraine, used to water her plants and hose down her driveway in her bra and panties. Her name was Manuela, and while I thought she was a little crazy at the time, I also secretly admired her for breaking the rules and doing something so outrageous.
Last night on a show on MTV, I don't remember what it was called, the subject was, My Embarrassing Parents, and there was this boy on the show who Beau used to play with when he was little, Alex. Alex lives with his naturist parents, (people who like to be naked outdoors and in community), who own and operate one of the largest naturist resorts in the country. It's in Palm Springs, and Scott, Beau, and I have gone there many times. I loooove going there because it's one of the few places where I feel truly comfortable about my body.
It's funny because I have this theory that in finding yourself, or beginning to define who you are as separate from your parents, you need to rebel against them a bit and adopt the opposite point of view. In my case I was raised by very conservative Catholics and you all know how I turned out. So it's funny to me that Alex is so anti-nudity. It makes perfect sense though. He gets the dream parents, liberal, creative, spiritual, in a loving, inclusive sense, basically parents I would have loved to have been raised by, and he hates it. I can understand how that might be hard for a poor teenager. I mean how do you invite anyone over to do homework with? Everywhere he goes people are going to be naked. Ummm, Jane, this is my naked Mom and Dad, and these are all of our naked friends.
Well, I'm hoping I can summon up the energy for a little exercise today. I haven't been able to do much lately. I try to get out and do one thing a day and that's about all I can handle before I get sweaty and weak. I'm so sick of this. I'm going to go see the doctor tomorrow and see what she thinks, but she'll just do and say the usual. I've got to find a better doctor. Please will you send me some wellness-energy vibes to take my dogs for a walk at the dog park?