I have never met Helen Bosch. I only know her through the email messages we’ve exchanged over the past week. However, even though we’ve never seen each other and we live half a country away, she wants to tell me her story for the Heritage Project.
I needed a reconstructive experience and I thought that roaming to another country to tell the stories of the people there would be the perfect next step. Literary criticism uses a term called “defamiliarization.” It comes from the idea that one of literature’s purposes is to reveal a life truth by presenting it from a different angle.
Sometimes the most annoying interruptions are actually answers to prayers.
In the art world, a curator carefully selects pieces to put on display for the public to view. In the same way, we have control over a variety of platforms to exhibit chosen words and images to our audience. These displays eventually become extensions of ourselves, a collage that reflects who we are or, perhaps more accurately in some cases, how we would like to be perceived.
The natural rhythm of life pushes us through different seasons. For me, pulling back was difficult at first. It seemed as though I was wasting opportunities.