(Waking up.) Thank you. I feel better already.
Hi, Guys. What does it mean to be crazy? Does it mean you stare into a skull? Into the eyes of a giant sugar skull? Take a little nap with him in your arms?
Is it more crazy to spend 20 minutes looking at Maestro’s eyes or twenty minutes on your tiny phone?
God, I feel so much better. Naps matter. Sleep needs are real. That was really good for me.
This guy [Maestro] reminds me to slow down. “Hey. Easy.” He goes, “tranquila, tranquila.” It’s good advice.
Thanks, Baboos. Got it? You good there?
The following is a transcript of Story Hour with Evelyn Wallace recorded on 5 March, 2018 in rural Eastern Oregon.
Hello! Evelyn Wallace signing in for Story Hour. I would like to talk today about VILLAGE. It’s a new approach for me to have a topic! (Laughs.) So thanks, for those of you who have tolerated my tangents. Today I’d like to talk about VILLAGE, because the way I feel like I have been living lately embodies this concept. And it really did start when Marshall lay dying and showed me that the golden light that animates him is the same golden light that animates me. And you. And everything in between. So really we are all just drops of golden liquid floating in a golden pool, so who’s to say I you and in between. But I also understand how that feels very esoteric and abstract, so sometimes it’s easier to see that connection and that oneness by acknowledging that all people are part of my heart. Or our hearts. That’s VILLAGE. VILLAGE means you treat people the way you hope they will treat you when you’re in… or when they're in your city. Village does mean the golden rule, but we’ve heard it in that way so many times that it’s hard to hear it. It’s hard to know it. Or, sorry. I don’t mean to say to you what’s hard and what’s not hard. I choose to express the golden rule in different ways so that it stays alive and fresh. Like a yoga pose. Keep it fresh. Keep it alive. Keep it in motion, as all alive things are.
TRANSCRIPT from Story Hour: Are We Making Art? Recorded uncut on February 23, 2018:
Hello! Evelyn Wallace signing in for story hour. I apologize, sort of, about the lighting, which I am now aware of because I met a person [in LA] who does lighting. So you know how things enter your field of awareness and then you realize how many things you’ve been filtering out of your field of perception? For example, lighting. (Chuckles.) In any case, I can’t really change the sun. I can’t really change… I mean I COULD change the direction I was going if that were important enough to me. If the lighting were more important than the direction I was headed… THAT’S value pyramid. That’s what I mean when I say value pyramid.
So I’m on the road. I’m headed home [to Oregon from LA], dealing with, as you may have in your life, dealing with pangs [of doubt], of wondering, “am I on the right path? Am I doing the right thing?” Maestro is so good at reminding me, “yes, of course baby girl. Of course you are. And when you aren’t, you’ll know.” And plenty of other people have told me that [we are on the right path], directly and indirectly, as well. Strangers, friends, lovers. And yet when one tears open the fabric of one’s experience, or continues to rip that hole wider and wider apart, you know, there’s no map. Even the institutions we have in place in our normal lives to survive, I’m not following that map anymore. I’m not following that map in regards to earning a living, in regards to making money. I’m not following that map in terms of romantic relationships. I just started listening to The Ethical Slut, book on tape, and HALLELUJAH. I feel like they are speaking all the things I’ve been feeling, but with more data to support their claims.