Independents Day 2013: D.I.Y. Zine Fair

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On Monday Oliver and I adventured through the city’s side streets in search of the Dublin Food Co-Op’s Zine Fair.  I spoke to artists from all over the city and looked through records and handmade jewelry and booklets.  There were people dressed in costumes and bands playing near the back.  In the end, I wound up collecting only four things: a free screen-printed map of a Feminist Walking Tour of Dublin, a book of collages featuring women’s body parts and ribcages expending flowers by Martha Daly, a shark hand-painted onto a miniature piece of plywood, and a zine called You Are Among Friends: Advice to the Little Sisters I Never Had by Lindsey Markel.

Markel writes in her zine, “Do more of what you love.  Once you identify what you want to do, do it relentlessly.”  As long as I can keep writing poetry and illustrating in Dublin or New York City, I will be happy.

NASA

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My mother’s cousin from New Castle, PA, Dr. Drew Morgan, was just selected to be one of the eight new astronauts for NASA.  This group, which includes four women, are headed to an asteroid and Mars.

I can’t believe that someone I know is going to space.  My dream as a child was to be the first astronaut concert pianist poet journalist — and this was something the adults in my life actively encouraged.  I imagined playing recitals on a floating piano, reading poetry inspired by zero-gravity, and reporting everything that happened to our crew to a webcam that was broadcast live to earth.

Though it seems a little too late to perfect the piano-playing skills and mathematical abilities that would render this dream attainable, I still can’t wait to interview Dr. Morgan and follow his experiences with NASA as part of the next generation of space explorers.

Ireland

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It struck me today that I should have been keeping some sort of travel journal this year.  I think I was so swept up in the chaos of leaving my hometown for the first time in my entire life and coming to Ireland that recording the experience was almost impossible. Now that a few months have passed (eleven, to be specific) and I am preparing to leave again, a lot of my experiences are becoming cohesive.

One thing I love about Ireland is how complicated the sky tends to be.  One moment it’s bright and serene and the next it’s black and tempestuous.  The wind will rip your umbrella right out of your hands.  I’ve seen many people slamming their umbrellas against walls and stuffing them into bins, and have also been a victim of several umbrella disasters.  It doesn’t really help to prepare for the weather in any way because it will do what it wants.

Anyway, these are photographs I took when the sky was being particularly dramatic.  I’ve never lived in a place where rainbows just randomly shoot out of the mountains, but it’s great.