Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Angels in Nebraska revisited

I ran across this story in my files, and felt like sharing it. 

In 2005 I was driving across Nebraska from an east coast residency, and stopped in tiny Cozad to visit the Robert Henri Museum, and the 100th Meridian Museum, which I just couldn't resist.   The founder of the "Ash Can" school of American realism, Robert Henri was born there, and apparently never went back,  preferring New York City and Paris to Nebraska.  Cozad forgives him.

I remember, afterwards, sitting in a diner and fretting as usual about what to do with my life.  I know I was doing this, because I have it on paper in my journal.  I also remember looking up at a flashing sign on the bank across the street.

That got my attention.

 "I let my life be guided by a strange language that I call “signs”. I know that the world is talking to me, I need to listen to it, and if I do so I shall always be guided towards what is most intense, passionate and beautiful. Of course, it is not always easy.  If you trust life, life will trust you."

        Paolo Coelho


Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Wow! This one is pretty amazing, Lauren. Talk about a direct message!

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

OK, I'm haunted by this one. May we repost it??

Natalie said...

I love this Lauren! I follow signs too, and it is not always easy, but it is always worth it. :)

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ads to grow! No way! another sign!!!!!o

Lauren said...

Hey, thanks! MacGregors - Of course you may repost anything......I'm a great admirer of your work. Thanks Natalie - "signs" are kind of like touchstones along the path, the inner poetic. I don't know what I'd do without them......glad to meet a fellow traveller.

Trish and Rob MacGregor said...

Thanks,Lauren! OK if we use your pics, too? They tell the story. Now off to look @ your video.

d page said...

Wonderful! The timeing couldn't have been more perfect. A moment of living art.

Lauren said...

Thanks, glad to share the pictures. It was such a funny thing to encounter - I had fun, being an artist after all, putting them into black and white. The "green light" I just had to leave, along with the green tree.

trish said...

lauren - just to let u know our email and the blog were hacked and the blog was taken over by a skeptic named paul