Make me


reflect on this year and manifest what’s next

Make. What was the last thing you made? What materials did you use? Is there something you want to make, but you need to clear some time for it?

Um, well, this is uncomfortable. […long silence…] Did you know the word, “um,”  a sound denoting hesitation, dates from at least the 1670s? (The Online Etymology Dictionary is a favorite resource lately.)

Ugh! The word make reminds me of the word creative, and I knew somebody once who stated that you were either A Creative or you weren’t adding anything positive to the world, and that’s always rubbed me the wrong way. But I’m sure her movie poster graphic art is saving the world today.

Well, here’s what I’ve got:

  • I made a vegan radio show for our community radio station (with my friend Judy). It’s made up of bare bones training, nervous laughter, trial and error, popping p’s, and awkward transitions, held together with compelling information, and topped with a light coat of audacity. Our first show (we’re still trying to come up with the perfect name) airs December 17.
  • I—like my fellow creatures; corvids, otters, elephants, great apes, dolphins, octopuses, Capuchin monkeys, etc.—made a new tool this summer. In order to paint the really high trim on my two-story house, that I couldn’t reach by hand even when on a super tall ladder, I tightly duck-taped a small paintbrush parallel to the last several inches of an empty paint roller arm.  The paint roller arm I then placed on an extension-pole (the ones that screw into the bottom of the paint roller). If gave me just the right angle to finish the trim in the most tricky spots—and it kept us from crawling up on the roof to try to paint the trim upside-down. I was pretty proud of myself for coming up with this solution, since I’m generally not very handy around the house.

That’s about it.

Two summers ago I took a mosaics class that I really enjoyed. I got all obsessive about it though, and would spend 8 or more hours at a time hunched over, cutting and shaping stained glass pieces, and then placing them following a curved pattern I’d copied onto a small rectangular table. Of course I couldn’t just start with something simple like a flower-pot or a picture frame. I never did completely finish the table. I placed all the pieces, so the design is there, but there were all these tiny little specks of glue that I was supposed to scrape off as I went, and in spite of many hours scraping after the fact, there was so much left that I lost interest and never sealed it either. It’s still a cool table, even if a little sharp around the edges, and you’d only notice the glue bits if you knew what to look for. I wouldn’t mind trying mosaics again, if I could learn to be mellow about it. I have the tools and supplies, so what’s stopping me?

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