Mindfulness

Being a creative often requires a fuller sense of awareness and acceptance of self. These posts feature the tactics creatives use in observing their feelings and thoughts through their art.

John Fugelsang on Pyragraph LIVE - Pyragraph

Pyragraph LIVE: John Fugelsang

John Fugelsang is in Albuquerque to perform “Unpresidented: The true story of a comedian trying to raise a toddler while his country was electing one” and we were lucky enough to get him into the Pyragraph LIVE studio (a.k.a. my office) to talk about comedy, politics, religion, and how he’s pulled all those elements and more into his unique creative career. 

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Torobako (Fish Box) Guitar Shop: A Primer

Stephen Faulk

All I wanted to do was make a cigar box-style guitar, and in this town there were no cigar boxes to be found. The next best box to find for free were the torobako, the crates used to ship sanma from northern Japan to southern ports.

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Dear Little Bobby: Waste Not, Guilt Not

Little Bobby Tucker

Far too often in this country we throw things away that would still be wanted by someone else. Everything from perfectly edible food which places like Whole Foods throw away because the bananas are “a little too yellow” to the unwanted pets that get thrown away by fools who get a dog without wanting the responsibility of its care.

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Mental Health Care Is a Human Right (and Artists Are Humans)

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Guest Blogger Katie Alice Greer: “OK Sadness means the machine in my head is working just fine and Not OK Sadness means, just like a runny nose, upset stomach, or a hacking cough, that I am currently sick. Plenty of factors both genetic and environmental mean I’ll always need to keep an eye on how things are going in my head.”

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Dear Little Bobby: My Head Is Going To Explode

Little Bobby Tucker

You have probably heard it said that we “can’t fix stupid,” but I do not agree. Quality education can fix stupid. But what we cannot fix is someone who chooses to be ignorant and to stay ignorant. You can only explain the difference between socialism and fascism so many times before you are just wasting your breath.

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Dear Little Bobby: Depressed About Politics

Little Bobby Tucker

I want to work on making things better, by voting, by talking about this stuff online and in person, by recognizing my white male privilege and not abusing it, by being a vegetarian, because “human privilege” exists too (and I know that the way we treat animals reflects how we treat each other).

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Watering the Seeds of Failure

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Keshet’s Carolyn Tobias asks: How do we water the seeds of failure to have that pain actually produce something valuable? Learning is a verb; an action; a continual process. Learning from failure is actively choosing to see each failure as the beginning, and not the end.

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The Art of Listening and Not Knowing

Danila Rumold

Instead of interpreting everything in order to feel like I have a grasp on what is going on, I am actively sitting back and looking and listening in the studio and playing with space. I’m learning, or unlearning—whichever way it goes. Isn’t this how we evolve as humans, artists and a nation?

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The Rise and Fall of the Liberal Arts Luddite

I was a bookish, literarily-devout writing major. The type who read prose poems and flash fiction anthologies in the corner at parties, that sort of thing. And though I wouldn’t have admitted it then, one of the reasons I didn’t own a smartphone was because I was afraid of it.

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