My Scribbled Secret Notebooks

Some pages from the not so secret online journal of Lynna Goldhar Smith artist and writer.

Writers are like stargazers searching an imaginary sky for distant galaxies of meaning and metaphor– trusting that somewhere beyond  the dark matter– of our own memory and imagination there is a something waiting to be seen. We must cultivate  unshakeable faith– so that we  can be like the astronomers who  trust that beyond the glimmer of a …

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“There are only three kinds of business in the universe: mine, yours, and God’s.” ~ Byron Katie Today, I had the urge to write about something that I was outraged about. I was annoyed  about a particular internet  art star. I wanted to be the kid in the crowd who cries out that the emperor has no clothes. But …

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I have built a little cage on the edge of a cliff, where I pretend– to live contentedly, rather than learn to swim across the turbulent waters below. Cushioned by the delusion of safety, I hang there trapped– above murky waters- as if sitting alone in a cage– is  preferable to the risk of drowning. I watch with …

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I reblogged this post from a few years ago I think I have come a long way from this but some of them still apply.   Reasons I get stuck. 1. It is hard to keep going when the destination seems so distant and unknown. 2. It is hard to keep believing in yourself– when …

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  “Have patience with everything that remains unsolved in your heart. Live in the question.”    Rainer Maria Rilke I love these words. I try to call them up when I face uncertainty   I am in the middle of developing an idea that is slowly forming in my mind. I don’t know if it is …

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I am in bed recovering from surgery and bored out of my mind. The wasteland of daytime television stretches out before me endlessly it seems. “I could be working on my play.” I say to myself hopefully. As I open the lap top I listen for an engaged response from deep within– some murmurings of …

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