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Joan Visiting her Sister in Chicago

Dear Kim:

I am ahead of you maybe again tonight. Tonight being Saturday, Nov 26. I am writing for tomorrow, Sunday Nov 27.

This project has been bringing up a lot of stuff for me. I am ever more cognizant of time. As if my own cancer didn't knock some sense into me, my dear friend Sabina's aneurysm the past few weeks, Lisi's accidental death and of course, Laurel's unanticipated illness reminds me that our time and health and capacity to do some of the things we desire is very unpredictable.

And the project has reminded me that I want to write much, much more. Sometimes by myself, sometimes collaboratively, but just to spend more time in the habit of putting language to feelings, thoughts and experience.

You are a dean as well as an artist.

(Kim: Initially I did the dean job because I thought it was a good means to give and grow. I feel I've done the growing . . . some in the direction that I wanted, and sometimes in a direction that I did not want. As to the giving. Many don't want change. And that is disappointing.)

I am also an arts administrator as well as an artist.

I don't dislike being an arts administrator although I do not enjoy logistics, scheduling or raising money. I love the young women who work in my office and enjoy mentoring them, teaching them to be bold, strategic and to take chances. I love the projects that I set in motion and watching both performers and audiences grow and transform.

But I do not have time and energy for all of this. Especially if I factor in my love life and need to share more time with family and friends.

So I have to make choices and I imagine you, do too.

In the meantime, let's keep exchanging.

I had a new thought for the project today and that is that it might be interesting to place our personal written or visual narratives within the connect of global events. i.e. everyday, we should pull the headline from something that is happening somewhere and that should be its own text. Maybe the news story, too.

What do you think?

(Kim: Now it is 2/4/2006 and I remember that we tried this, but, for us, our own lives overwhelmed the rest of the world.)

Later,

Joan

Sunday, Nov 27, 2005

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