In Greek mythology (and later Roman mythology), Arachne (/əˈrækniː/; from Greek: ἀράχνη "spider") was a talented mortal weaver who challenged Athena, goddess of wisdom and crafts, to a weaving contest; this hubris resulted in her being transformed into a spider.

Arachne was a blessed weaver of Greece. People asked her if she had been taught weaving by Athena herself, the goddess of wisdom. Although this was meant as a compliment, Arachne became angry. She thought that her skill was greater than the goddess's.

Hearing of her attitude, Athena appeared on her doorway disguised as an old woman in a dark cloak. She asked her to respect the gods and goddesses, but Arachne just laughed, and said that even if Athena herself challenged her, it would be an easy win. Athena then revealed herself and challenged Arachne to a competition. The loser would promise never to weave again.

Athena wove a tapestry of the people of Greece, with Poseidon and Athena over them, deciding w…

Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash is a hero and a guide.
To travel a life as hard as his, to create and share so much music and rawness. To not give a fuck what anyone thinks of you or your creative output.
To feel so much shame for the death of another (his brother) from a young age, to live with the feeling that it was his fault. Even though there is no way a child can be responsible for that. It changes a person. And to love June Carter as deeply as he did, to come through all that and find success and redemption. He lived as an icon and died to become a legend.
Always for me, in my heart. Eternally my man in black. Mr Cash, your legacy, your creative genius, you continue to take my breath away.

Song of life

There is a space you can find. Sometimes.
After you have gone through more than you thought you could bare.
After you have lost and longed, waited and hoped. Only to lose it all again and again.
In that place, sometimes, a little bird sings.
It sings a song of love and life.
It is the only true song there is.
If I free myself from the illusion of legacy.
And realize the truth. That everything I achieve, that I create, will one day, ultimately, be dust.
Then I am able to play openly and whole heartedly in the sands of creativity.
Knowing the tides of time will clear my mistakes as well as my victories. Leaving behind only the faintest trace of my existence.
In that knowledge I am unafraid, emboldened. To take leaps of faith and action far greater than the self conscious longings for immortality can ever truly realize.

A good life

How do you know you are making a good life for yourself?
Imagine how your story will be told at your funeral and who would speak about their love of you.
If you are happy with what you just imagined, then you are on the right track. If not? Get cracking. ♡◇

Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence is an essential aspect of leading a full life. Our society excels at technological intelligence but emotional intelligence still lags behind. The world would be a different place if we all learned a little emotional intelligence.
I try to teach and model aspects of emotional intelligence to my students in every lesson.