I’m on page 73 of My Altered Book and I’m starting to write on the first 4 pages of the book. I want to make my happiness journal a “no-pressure” journal which means I am not stressing out to work from finished layout to finished layout.
For example, one spread is on WORDS OF WISDOM on HAPPINESS where I am compiling quotes on the subject of happiness. the other layout is one I’m working on with Angelo as the subject matter, because who else has brought such happiness into my life? (Even just that thought brings a smile to my face.) I am working on these layouts simultaneously and will be starting a third. So each page is a work in progress, just as the book is one.
The outer cover of my book now looks grubby, and I suspect that I will end up doing a temporary cover over the masking tape. I am constantly handling the book and it’s always in my purse.
I started an Art Journal Every Day layout yesterday on the subject of 9/11 which I just feel I had to because of the significance of the day to me personally. It is a loss that will forever be felt in New York, even if one didn’t suffer a personal loss. The experience of that tragic day is enough to stir feelings of grief, one I will always carry and feel strongest on this day.
Everyone speaks of healing but there is really no set formula on dealing with grief or with pain. We each cope our own way. Just like the events of that day affected us in different ways.
It is perhaps a relief that after 11 years, the way we reemember is now more solemn and personal than ever. Politicians were not allowed to speak at this year’s ceremony which is befitting. This day of remembrance should be about the people who lost their lives and those whose lives were forever changed by that loss. I didn’t watch. It felt heavy on the heart as it is. Today I will scan the newspapers for my usual collage postcard. But these postcards will be different because not only do they chronicle the events of yesterday, tbut more importantly, they will bring me back to the memories of Sept. 11, 2001.