Archives For Self

Jim Allman, co-founder of Memphis arts community Continuum, joins us again this week for part II of How I’m Damned & What I’m Doing About It.

If you missed part I, it’s right here.

Let me lie down in peace and let me rise up again in peace. – Krias Shema

A Second Look

There are many who experience an identity that doesn’t easily reconcile and often appears at odds with itself. Take for instance the protagonist in Chaim Potok’s “My Name is Asher Lev”. An artist in an orthodox Jewish home overseen by a zealous, over bearing and un-approving father, Asher is also the pupil of an atheist painter. A damned identity, if I’ve ever seen one. Continue Reading…

This week we’re joined by Continuum co-founder Jim Allman. I’ve had many mind-bending conversations with the man and I’m excited he agreed to share something on our pokey blog.

Now, pay attention to Jim or I’ll block your IP address so you can’t complain about my low opinion of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

…my identity, which I am damned with. – Nick Hornby, sculptor

The Trouble with Identity

“My name is Asher Lev, the Asher Lev, about whom you have read…” So begins the book by Chaim Potok, a book of self-identity, credulity and personal and communal tragedy in the face of family and tradition. Asher is a boy damned by his identity, a Jew from an aristocratic Hasid family, but also an artist. Asher represents two traditions embroiled in conflict—each rejecting the other. Continue Reading…

My favorite color changes. My favorite song, my favorite pass time, my favorite flower– well, I don’t even know that I have one, actually. Someone asked me that the other day and I didn’t know. Don’t most women know what flower they like? I suddenly felt this opportunity to lay claim to some special flower as being “my favorite flower.” Continue Reading…

Ever worked a job where the only joy you get out of it is knowing that the day has to end at some point? I’m there now. Do you have any idea how miserable it is being 30 years old and stuck at a job you hate?

I’m sure there are worse things and that I should be grateful to even have a job in this economy, but from 7:15am to 4:00pm I am in my own personal hell. At what point do we say enough is enough? Continue Reading…

Learning to entertain yourself is important. If you are, what I refer to myself as, a “feeler,” it is important to be aware of your surroundings and how you can be the infector of positive atmosphere, as opposed to being the one to bring things down. Continue Reading…

I am guilty of placing too much importance on the big things. After all, I am a dreamer. I dream all the time, whether sleeping or not. In fact, I actually live from my dream reality more often than not. This can be confusing at times. I like to call it faith-and maybe it is, at least a great portion of it.

When what I see in the present world is too small, it’s great to see a far larger one-one in which magical, mystical things are always happening. The propelling factor in all this imagination is the concept of seed. Continue Reading…