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Tulip Tarda
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These last few days have been madness. My stomach is doing constant flip flops, my body is tense, and my mind is racing. This morning's dream was crazier than yesterday's. My former boss from a distant past (who is now a real estate agent and most likely still a big asshole) was hooking me up with paint and I was looking through a book of chips deciding on colour. This one is going to take some thinking to figure out.

Well, happily I'm finally allowed to say publically that I'm writing, photographing and designing a book on gardening to be out next spring. Someone fabulous is illustrating but I don't know if I'm allowed to make that part public yet. It was driving me mad holding this in as a big secret. During the weeks of negotiations my emotions were ranging from giddy excitment to freakout but I couldn't talk about it much. That was a big drag.

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And on another happy note, Bob surprised us with an insanely generous gift of cameras yesterday. How exciting is that?! There was an Olympus XA, a Seagull 203 (a medium format rangefinder!), and a Yashica rangefinder. It's sunny out. I'm going to have to schedule lunch at the Beaver as an excuse to get outside for pictures.

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Okay now I'm just procrastinating... Ran into Jenny Holzer's Truisms via Mint Tea. I love the truisms and used to have a poster from the show I saw at the Albright-Knox Gallery in Buffalo back in like 1991/92.

Some of my faves:

RAISE BOYS AND GIRLS THE SAME WAY
CHILDREN ARE THE MOST CRUEL OF ALL
REVOLUTION BEGINS WITH CHANGES IN THE INDIVIDUAL
EVEN YOUR FAMILY CAN BETRAY YOU
WHEN SOMETHING TERRIBLE HAPPENS PEOPLE WAKE UP
EVERYONE'S WORK IS EQUALLY IMPORTANT
ALIENATION PRODUCES ECCENTRICS OR REVOLUTIONARIES
ALL THINGS ARE DELICATELY INTERCONNECTED
ABUSE OF POWER COMES AS NO SURPRISE
A LOT OF PROFESSIONALS ARE CRACKPOTS
A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE CAN GO A LONG WAY
SYMBOLS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN THINGS THEMSELVES
PLAYING IT SAFE CAN CAUSE A LOT OF HARM IN THE LONG RUN
DON'T PLACE TOO MUCH TRUST IN EXPERTS
IT'S JUST AN ACCIDENT THAT YOUR PARENTS ARE YOUR PARENTS
PAIN CAN BE A POSITIVE THING
CLASS STRUCTURE IS AS ARTIFICIAL AS PLASTIC
SOLITUDE IS ENRICHING
A SOLID HOME BASE BUILDS A SENSE OF SELF
EXPRESSING ANGER IS NECESSARY
A STRONG SENSE OF DUTY IMPRISONS YOU
YOU CAN'T FOOL OTHERS IF YOU'RE FOOLING YOURSELF



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