What is Quartz Inversion?
No, it’s not a quart of milk standing on its head. It’s the point at which silica crystals in clay change their molecular structure during the rise and fall of temperatures in the kiln. Heat serves as a catalyst for permanent change. Very cool idea. I think of it as a metaphor for most things in life. The transformational power of art can change us at the very core. Our actions change the earth every day, for better or worse. The choices we make, the thoughts we have, and the words we say change us in every way at every moment--from the inside out. I like to think that I go through a quartz inversion on a regular basis....and once quartz inversion occurs, there is no going back.
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Friday, April 6, 2007

Start talking....

The inanity and insanity of blogging…
“Blogs”--a public forum through which one can proclaim ones personal opinions, likes and dislikes. An opportunity to declare ones points of view. A venue where one can shamelessly promote ones personal, business, or artistic endeavors, or someone else’s personal, business, or artistic endeavors. Blogs may be utilized in conjunction with a web site and a myspace account -- the ‘trifecta’ of virtual narcissism. To me, having a web site, blog and myspace is akin to having an engagement party, a bachelorette party and a wedding party. (I mean, how much Waterford crystal does a girl need anyway?)

Blogs are personal diaries made public. If you wish to expose your most private and innermost thoughts to total strangers, to friends who thought they knew you and, quite possibly to employers and business associates, blogs are the place to do so. They are a place for mental vomiting, if you will. A ‘virtual’ vomitorium where personal boundaries do not exist. Convenient for those of us who get tired of the sound of our own voices, but still feel we have so much more to say.

I’ve always felt that blogs are narcissistic and self-indulgent. I’ve read blogs that are so inane no one in their right mind would listen to what's being said in them for more than 5 minutes had they been expressed during “normal” verbal discourse with other humans. But, if it’s in a blog for some reason, people read it, listen to it, believe it, and yearn for more.

The techno-society we live in tells us that this narcissistic activity is completely within the realm of appropriate adult behavior. Although I am still not 100% sold on the idea, I have finally relinquished all sense of personal boundaries, privacy and pride and joined the ranks of the thought regurgitators. Up until now I have not had the fondest opinion of blogs, but now I have one of my own and can say whatever the hell I want to. I guess it's another place for me to talk my fool head of every chance it get……