Everyday Is A Work of Art

Filed Under (Art, Inspiration, Joy) by Estee on 07-02-2012

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I have a favorite non-autism blog right now. It’s by friend/artist Carla Lipkin called A Water Colour A Day. I love Carla’s work (and she’s a lovely person too).The blog is a work of art — you must check it out.

It got me thinking of how another friend of mine, years ago when Poloroids were the rage, took pictures of herself every day the year before she turned fifty. On her fiftieth birthday, she put them all up and they made an exceptional piece. Blogging and journaling can be art too. The watercolour above is something I did a couple of months ago really quickly. I used to paint all the time while I was taking art studio and art history. Now it seems my duties as mother have taken precendence over the projects I really love doing. I have to ask myself why this has happened?

Looking at Carla’s blog made me think about the importance of the everyday. For some of us, we like to document it. We really do take the small stuff for granted. Adam also has artistic ability. Wouldn’t it be fun to make a little time every day to document something of our lives, no matter how seemingly trivial or small. At the end of the year these little things add up. Besides, isn’t every life a work of art?

Welcome To The New Joy

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Estee on 16-12-2008

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It’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging this blog since 2005. If you want the PDF of my older version (2005-2008) you can find it on the sidebar for download. Unfortunately, it lost some of the attachments and videos, but that’s what happens if not by PDF-ing, but by time itself. The web changes, videos come and they go. The Internet is an endless stream of information always reinventing itself.

And so, I have too. It is a necessary act in life, and particularly of my generation. In light of some major changes in both my life and attitude, I have redesigned the blog to hold more essays, articles, videos, as well…the continuing blog. This site is not quite finished, and like all interesting things, will continue to evolve. I hope you like it. I would love to hear your comments about it.

The Autism Acceptance Project is also on Facebook. Make sure to check us out there. If you haven’t already, sign up for our TAAProject newsletter at www.taaproject.com.

In the meantime, I wish you all a safe and happy holiday season. Perhaps I can leave us all with a few words not of my own making, but from “The Essence of Wisdom” by The Dalai Lama:

“We humans are social beings. We come into the world as the result of others’ actions. We survive here in dependence on others. Whether we like it or not, there is hardly a moment of our lives when we do not benefit from others’ activities. So it is hardly surprising that most of our happiness arises in the context of relationships with others. Nor is it so remarkable that our greatest joy should come when we are motivated by concern for others. But that is not all. We find that not only do altruistic actions bring about happiness, but they also lessen our experience of suffering. Becuase every action has a universal dimension, a potential impact on others’ happiness, ethics are necessary as a means to ensure we do not harm others.”

I want to take this opportunity to thank all of my fellow Autism Hub bloggers, writers, friends and an online community that threads us all together. As Amanda Baggs and other autistic friends note so many times, none of us are independent. We really do need each other.

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About Me


ESTÉE KLAR

I’m a PhD candidate at York University, Critical Disability Studies, with a multi-disciplinary background in the arts as a curator and writer. I am the Founder of The Autism Acceptance Project (www.taaproject.com), and an enamoured mother of my only son who lives with the autism label. I like to write about our journey, critical issues regarding autism in the area of human rights, law, and social justice, as well as reflexive practices in (auto)ethnographic writing about autism.