“All events and experiences are local, somewhere. And all human enhancements of events and experiences — all the arts — are regional in the sense that they derive from immediate relation to felt life.
It is this immediacy that distinguishes art. And paradoxically the more local the feeling in art, the more all people can share it; for that vivid encounter with the stuff of the world is our common ground.
Artists, knowing this mutual enrichment that extends everywhere, can act, and praise, and criticize, as insiders — the means of art is the life of all people. And that life grows and improves by being shared. Hence, it is good to welcome any region you live in or come to, or think of, for that is where life happens to be, right where you are.”
~ William Stafford
Ben and I are still on vacation.
One of our happiest trip memories so far was made in the Port district of Nha Trang, Vietnam.
On a hot afternoon we stopped at a little roadside bar – just a collection of tables and chairs on the pavement under a few umbrellas – and drank beer with the locals.
None of us had more than a few words in each other’s languages, but still we talked and gestured and shared stories and photos and laughed the afternoon away.
The kind hostess brought us plate after plate of street food treats, and we ate memorably, although I can’t tell you what most of it was.
My wish for you is that you find beauty, connection and wonder wherever you are today.
All my love, Nicole xx