Week #8: Late Nights and Beautiful Words

Here we are again, and I’m posting on the right day this time. Look at me?! Anyways, this week has been a pretty normal week. I got back from my mini Long Island road trip, felt sick one day and then worked. Nothing extraordinary happened but nothing disastrous did either. As usual, there were a few simple things this week that made me feel happy.

One was some late night boredom that led to some new wall decor. 11750612_1520616128079124_1652602350584964006_n

Nothing incredible but it was a fun little activity and something that made me happy.

The other thing that made/makes me happy is the playwright and author Adam Rapp. I read his play Red Light Winter this week and have read others of his before (Nocturne, Essential Self-Defense, etc…) and the more I read of his, the more I love his writing. He has this ability to create super intricate plots and intriguingly interesting characters. And I absolutely love the way he uses words. He also has this great ability to intertwine his writing for novels and plays together. Nocturne is one of my all time favorite plays of his and its written in novel form and only one of the five characters speaks. Which is incredibly interesting and unique. His writing in that play is stunning and ingenious. Like all his work I read.

To give you an example, here are a few quotes of his that give me chills.

“And then all of a sudden I realized how little time we have. Like on the earth, I mean. And when I say we, I mean everyone. It was a profound realization, and I suddenly had to share this fact with Mary. I know that sounds insane because of how it was already after midnight and all the other crazy things that had happened that day, but it was one of the most important feelings I’ve ever had – my chest was swelling and everything. It felt like there were only so many hours left on the earth – that’s the hardest part about being alive.” ~Under the Wolf, Under the Dog

“Back to his various modes of escape and survival. Because you have to escape to survive, as you must survive to escape.” ~Nocturne: A Play

“Grief does not expire like a candle or the beacon on a lighthouse. It simply changes temperature. It becomes a kind of personal weather system. Snow settles in the liver. The bowels grow thick with humidity. Ice congeals in the stomach. Frost spider webs in the lungs. The heart fills with warm rain that turns to mist and evaporates through a colder artery.” ~Nocturne: A Play

“My work is always more emotional than I am. My characters say things to each other that I get accused of not being able to say to my girlfriend.”

“Well it’s been hard for me to not write, and that’s the only process I can speak to I guess, it’s so compulsive and I need to do it all the time that sometimes I make myself not do it so I can actually tend to my life. And my life has been in shambles, like my personal relationships, my laundry, paying bills–now I have someone who pays my bills–and it’s always been a challenge because it overwhelms me. And just once I start I can go for hours and hours and hours, and sometimes I forget to eat, and the only thing I really break for is to play basketball and to walk around outside and just get some fresh air. A lot of times, days melt away; and when I’m in that zone, I love that it’s like going down a rabbit hole that I enjoy.”

~ADAM RAPP, Broadway Bullet interview, Mar. 26, 2007

So here are a few reasons why I personally love the work and words of Adam Rapp. This post was a little short and kinda just an emotional writing outburst. But reading beautiful works, like that of Adam Rapp, makes me very happy.

So here’s to beautiful words, simple pleasures, late night boredom activities, amazing authors, and their obsessive readers, (That’s probably just me, but oh well.) and here’s to each beautiful moment.

Fellow Adventurers,

Here’s to Happy

Week #7: Road Trips and Good Vibes

So this post is a day late, because I was in a car all day yesterday. But I am still staying on track. This is week #7 and this week what made me happy was that I got to road trip to Long Island with friends to surprise our friend Nick for his birthday. It worked out so well and also gave me time to chill with people I love and haven’t seen in a while.

But being the “punctual” person Nick is, we got to his house Saturday morning and of course he wasn’t there and didn’t come home for like four hours. All of us were over it and just napped. But we still did surprise him  even though he was starting to make us annoyed. But we love him and it all worked out and it was a great night.

It also reminded me of how to appreciate the simple things in life. A road trip with crazy awesome friends that involved endless Panic At The Disco and Twenty One Pilots jamming. Hysterical conversations and being even more crazy when we get there. It was just a good day. And it made me very happy. This post was short but full of a lot of happy. 

So here’s to good friends, birthday surprises, road trips, and all the good moments.

Fellow Adventurers,

Here’s to Happy!

Week #6: Simple Moments

So I’m six weeks into this project and I can honestly say that this has already made me have a more positive outlook on life. Now, bear in mind, I am not completely changed and its not like I never get sad anymore, but trying to find the happy has definitely helped me be more optimistic.

This week was not the most exciting week of my life, so this post may be a little simple compared to the others. I have a few moments I want to focus on. The first is the joy of reading new books.

Earlier this week I read, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon; it is easily in my top favorite novels now. The book was recently adapted for the stage and won the Tony award for Best Play as well as a few other awards. I have yet to read the play but am excited to see how it was translated from novel to stage. The novel itself was, in my opinion, ingeniously written. The writing was unique, as well as the story, and having read this book in less 24 hours (because I honestly couldn’t put it down) I can honestly say that the main impact it had on me was that it was refreshing. It was refreshing to read such a unique and eloquently written story; hence the fact tat it is now one of my favorite novels.

The other happy moment I experienced this week was music. I learned a few new songs on guitar and started to dabble with the ukelele. And I’m sure my family is sick of hearing the melody of Twenty One Pilot’s House of Gold by now. I even found some new music to listen to this week. Now I know this is a very simple thing, but it really does make me incredibly happy. There’s nothing like finding a new musician who can make such a simple melody flow perfectly.

Both these moments are very simple and normal, but as I pondered what to write this week, I remembered something said at church this morning. The pastor said that we need to try to see God in the little, hidden moments of life because that is where he chooses to speak to us at times. And it reminded me that the most beautiful and sometimes happiest moments of life, are the simple, small ones. One thing I loved in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime, was that the main character always said that it was a super good day when he saw five red cars in a row. And as simple as that was I found it beautiful, because it shows how people find happiness in the strangest and simplest things. And that is something I have learned to love by doing this personal project. And no matter what the moment is, if it makes you happy, then its worthy of being special and memorable. So yes, this was a pretty normal post but, it simply made me happy. And thats what I swore to do.

So here’s to the simply, special, small moments, the good books, haunting melodies, hidden nuggets of gold God allows us to experience and enjoy, and to seeking the beauty in life.

Fellow Adventurers,

Here’s to the Happy

Gallery: New art carved from old books

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To create new art, Brian Dettmer trashes old books. The painter-turned-sculptor (TED Talk: Old books reborn as art) takes outdated reference materials such as textbooks and encyclopedias, seals them with varnish, then carves away at their pages with an X-Acto knife. Dettmer knifes through books swiftly from cover to cover to reveal images that explore our relationship to information. He adds no color or text; it’s all what he calls “a subtractive sculptural process.” Take a look at some of the amazing results.

See a CBS News interview showing Dettmer’s process.

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