Dinner Party

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hand-painted silk jersey from men’s/women’s collection, 1987
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Occasionally, I give myself the gift of crafting an imaginary dinner party.

There are no rules so I can invite any 8 people I choose, living or not.

Who’s on my list tells me a lot about what is important to me in the moment and so interesting how the tone of this list changes over time.

For this years’ soiree I am inviting:

1. Maya Angelou (wise, wise, shining soul)
2. Tippi (French girl brought up amidst wild animals in Africa)
3. Lewis and Clark (explorers)
4. my Dad
5. Mooji (self-realized being whose wisdom is a constant go-to for me)
6. Matisse (admired artist)
7. Nora Ephron (biting honesty that makes me laugh out loud)

We all retire to a circular table set with silvery things, good linens, comfy chairs and intimate lighting, good wine….

What do I wish/think they would say to me?

Maya: “You are a star and there is only one of you. Give your gift! Give it again.. and again.. and again. And see what happens.”

Tippi: “If you get real quiet and let go into that pure and empty/full/perfect place, any sentient being will be available to commune with.”

Lewis and Clark: “DON’T GIVE UP BEFORE THE MIRACLE!”

My Dad: I loved you and I am sorry I brought confusion and pain into your precious life. Don’t forget I love you.”

Mooji: “Don’t be scared to let go of everything you think you know. You are never alone.”

Matisse: “No one can ever, ever take away your creativity. This is your safe place and will save you over and over again.”

Nora Ephron: “Shake it up, girlfriend! Be bad, and good and depressed and fun and snotty and fierce and silly and intense…REALLY INTENSE so no one misses the fact of you.

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3 Responses to “Dinner Party”

  1. Carole Zoom on June 20th, 2014

    oh what a kick it would be to be there with you and them!

  2. Jenny on June 21st, 2014

    What beautiful exquisite people modelling the art. I like to think “back in the day” but actually there never was a day . They are moving in response to the silk jersey and the lighting and the watchers. And it is tactile and fluid all in a still photo. And about the dinner, I am with Carole

  3. Irene on June 24th, 2014

    My list:

    Hannelore Baron, artist: Creating is the light that guides you through the darkness
    Kurt Schwitters, artist: Use everything you find!
    Jack Kerouac, writer: [Have] no fear or shame in the dignity of your experience, language and knowledge
    Eva Hesse, artist: Be brave…experiment
    Hattie and Ida, grandmother’s neighbors: Don’t pay attention to those nasty girls…they’re just jealous

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