Foray into the contents of a Moleskine

Four A’s
Four as
For as

Red&BlackAtheist AScarlet Lettersupport Art moleskine

The Four Red As? A collage that never made it onto my teandoranges blog.

Anarchy: in a perfect world I am an anarchist… and an anti-christ(ine).
Atheist: a descriptor that is useful and accurate yet too loaded to use flippantly. I use it nevertheless.
Adulterer: I’m not sure what Adultery means.  I’ll let you know once I figure that out.  Hester Pyrnne is All Women.  The Scarlet Letter can be a badge of honor and survival.
Art: a sticker I threw on the dull Moleskine black to spruce it up. I do Support Art… and so should you:

The contents of a Moleskine. Not the pocket notebook I wanted back in April of 2008, but the notebook I ended up with. I saw “no lines.” I saw “pocket-size”… a size I always have in addition to larger notebooks.  I saw what I wanted to see and I bought it.  Once I removed the cellophane I discovered that the pages were THICK… heavy artist’s stock… like cardboard.

I took for granted the softness and pliability of paper … writing paper … until I found myself forcing a ballpoint pen across reluctant artist’s paper.

Such is life.  I have stacks of these small notebooks.  Most of them are not Moleskines.  Maybe none of them.  Buying small notebooks is as mundane as buying toilet paper… can’t live without them.  The purchase is also like starting a new relationship as I read words on the page that aren’t there.  I get giddy when I buy new notebooks. Twitterpated.

contents of a moleskine

The back pocket holds two sheets of OM stickers and an old 2008 horoscope message by Rob Brezsny.  I like to take horoscopes out of context… not necessarily the wrong sign… but at the wrong time: a week late; a day late; a decade late.  Since I’m an evolved post-theist, I get to choose whether or not portions of the message are still relevant.  If not relevant for me, read this as relevant for you.  It is yours… yes, your horoscope for Today.

  • Don’t just set aside a few stolen moments to sniff the snapdragons, taste the rain, chase the wind, watch the hummingbirds and listen to a friend. Use your imagination to actually BE the snapdragons and rain and wind and hummingbirds and friend. It’s time to not just behold the Other, but to become the Other.Rob Brezsny

I kept this horoscope because it reminded me of something by J. Krishnamurti I read while writing lyrics for a song I collaborated on and recorded back in the day. More on that later.

The OM stickers? I was in the throws of a yoga teacher-training program.  I’m in the process of sticking them around Minneapolis, knowing someone will see them and think, “OM… namaste” and someone else will see them and think, “fucking hippie hipsters.”

The remainder of the contents need more time to decipher.  I’m looking for a catalyst for a new piece.


  1. Oh damn I love Brezny. I think that horoscope is just spot on for me 😉

    I didn’t know about the yoga teacher training. Did you end up completing it? If no, why? If yes, why?

    • One of the few things i read when I pick up the CityPages. Always worth a “hmmmmm”

      I have 5 hours left in the year long 230hr program… so yes and no… Took a loan out for it and everything. Totally worth it! I dropped off the wagon when the economy tanked and I went back to school. But the program did open me up to the clear vision of working in a library… a vision I’m glad I followed through on. There is another vision I have regarding yoga that I hope to follow through, once i win the lottery.

      Have you considered taking one of these programs? I can definitely recommend one for you if you’re at all interested!

  2. I have certainly considered it. How long had you been doing yoga regularly when you started? That part intimidates me. I’m really more into it from a meditation aspect, and I do it every day but more of a basic sun salutation variation. But yeah. I’m moving in 4 months, but I had decided that if we weren’t moving I was going to take a teacher training. haha! Where’d you go?

    • ha! I’ve never done yoga “regularly” as in… religiously. I first started yoga in 2000 and started the study in 2007. There were students at all levels and of all kinds and all bodies and all strengths in the class… YogaStudy 9 (they are now in the 30s for class names) at the Yoga Center of Minneapolis… downtown, around the corner from DejaVu, the mcdonalds of strip joints. Wherever you go, there will be yoga, and whenever you’re ready, whatever your skill… it will be there. I promise. We studied all aspects of yoga, including meditation styles, techniques, schools of thought. I highly recommend the YCM program, but there are others out there that are more inclusive than exclusive. Look for that.

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