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Sixth Month Posting_mission101


April 1, 2009 - December 31, 2011


For September
     No new tasks completed

     One new task failed

Family
5. Make sure daughter does her volunteer hours monthly
     Right now, there is no additional time, between honors and AP, she is overwhelmed with homeowrk. Hopefully at a later date, we can get her volunteering going again.

Tasks in progress
(partial)
Art
1. 09_Study Abstract Expressionism
Read
James Breslin's 'Mark Rothko'
     I had always wondered why Rothko killed himself, I only wonder now how he made it as long as he did. It took Breslin ten years to research and write his book, including a very dangerous journey to 1970's Russia where Rothko was from, and, I believe, his time was very well spent.
     Great painter, seemingly manic depressive man.
2. 09_Study of JJohns & Rauschenberg

Read Michael Crichton’s ‘Jasper Johns
     Crichton was a big deal collector of Johns' work and his in-depth forward for the book for Johns' traveling exhibition produced by The Whitney Museum of American Art in 1978 speaks beautiful about the collector/ painter relationship.
     Very insightful.
3. 09_Complete three large collages/ drawings_(1/ 3)
Drawing 1 plus Detail 1 & Detail 2

Reading
5. Read one additional fic/ non-fic book per month_(5/ 34)
Read
Rick Whitaker’s The First time I Met Frank O’Hara: Reading Gay American Writers
     Whitaker's take on several writers including Hart Crane, James Baldwin, Gertrude Sten, Gore Vidal and others.
Nicely written, very personal  and absolutely his take on things.
6. Read poetry_(6/ 34)
Read
Guillaume Apollinaire Bestiary (or Parade of Orpheus) Translated by Pepe Karmelv
     Tiny, and often amsing, book of very short poems written mostly about animals.
Each poem is wonderfully illustrated with wood cuts by Raoul Dufy.
9. Read books about writing or poetry_(6/ 34)
Read
Wallace Fowlie’s Rimbaud and Jim Morrison; The Rebel as Poet
     More about Morrison than Rimbaud, and published in 1994 from lectures for the university audience, Fowlie is a translator of Rimbaud and a professor at Duke University.
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Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
fansee
Oct. 2nd, 2009 09:17 pm (UTC)
101 Goals in 1,001 Days
I am so impressed with your goals...so intellectual and - to me, at least - challenging. You are doing so well. FanSee
gaeln
Oct. 3rd, 2009 04:41 am (UTC)
Re: 101 Goals in 1,001 Days
Art is my first love, then reading, combine the two and I'm in my heaven. For me, mission101 has been amazing, I'm sooo able to waste vast amounts of time, this tool helps me focus, reminds me what I'm supposed to be doing. Oddly, completeing goals is far less important then establishing routines. IT WORKS.

And you?
fansee
Oct. 3rd, 2009 06:57 pm (UTC)
Re: 101 Goals in 1,001 Days
I'm not sure. I still feel unfocused - the number of hours per week I spend playing Spider Solitaire are truly shocking.

A lot of my goals were ones I wanted to achieve in my first year: mainly housekeeping goals. I am a terrible housekeeper. so this was not a Bad Thing, but once I got them done, I lost momentum.

The goals I've found most rewarding are those that are periodic: clean out the coat closet every fall, cut back the lithium (sp?) in early spring, update my picture albums three times a year, etc. Having this list and noting when I do them has kept them from falling off my radar...or has not allowed me to b.s. myself that, "it hasn't really been that long." There are several more like that, buried here and there, that impact my daily life positively.

Almost as helpful are a bunch of quickies that have really helped organize my life. For instance, I put all my addresses on a spreadsheet, then e-mailed the spreadsheet to myself. Now I can write postcards on vacation or call the plumber from my brother's house. I use that list daily, no lie!

On balance, I think it has been beneficial - I've accomplished a lot more than I would have without it - and I'll probably do it again. FanSee
gaeln
Oct. 5th, 2009 07:00 pm (UTC)
Re: 101 Goals in 1,001 Days
I remember thinking what a great idea when you posted about emailing the addresses to yourself, I could add that one on. I too suck at housework, I had such goals on my list and removed them pronto. Things like the closets I'm good at anyway, I've always lived in tiny places, so I didn't need them. It's the dusting, the vacuuming that makes me crazy. How dare shit get in the way of my reading time? I have discovered something interesting about myself, either I can write OR I can do art work (drawings) but I don't seem to be able to do both. I flip back and forth SO that's my new mental goal, consistency between both. I'll definitely be doing it again, for me it has been very worthwhile.

And I'll tell you, having divided the list into three parts (just figured this out a couple of weeks ago) Completed, In Progress & Not In Progress AND keeping all three word-docs open on my desktop at all times is turning out to be very beneficial. It's all a process. And we're both doing swell.

Also, I think talking with someone helps, most people don't or won't take the time so, thanks.
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