Yeah, some say I got the hood sanitized
They only scandalized, they ain’t never seen Hispanic guys
Without smackin’ their wives or packin’ knives,
Or havin’ real lives. I went online just to analyze

The rate of crime up in Washington Heights?
Yo the crime rate’s twice as high on the Upper East Side
[No!] Yeah! That shit was astoundin’ to me. I ain’t
Never seen no slangin’ or bangin’ in Woody Allen movies

Do me a favor, set the beef to the side
Is it alright for me to rep my people with pride?
Kids to see Latinos in a positive light?
For tourists to ride up to Washington Heights
Without lockin’ they car doors tight? Maybe buyin’

A piragua from the guy, you know, the man on the side of
Riverside Drive, and seein’ lights into his eyes, he’s just
Like you and I, he’s just tryin’ to get by, he’s just
Tryin’ to move up and out and get in here

I want you to hear the music that I hear

In one study, Yale researcher Zorana Ivcevic examined traits associated with “everyday creativity” – how we express ourselves in everyday situations, including our personal style and devising ways to cope with daily challenges. Those who ranked highly in having an overall “creative lifestyle” tended to be more conscientious, as well as more likely to seek out personal growth. Yet more new research has focused on how creativity, especially in the form of visual art, can improve physical health. In a study of 30 women with disabling chronic illness, those who had taken up art described the hobby as “cathartic,” distracting their thoughts away from their pain and promoting feelings of “flow and spontaneity.” Research also suggests that engaging patients with art can shorten the length of hospital stays by reducing stress and anxiety. 

Why incorporating creativity – yes, even coloring books – into your life is so important

i
refuse
to
simply
reuse and mentally recycle normalcy’s
collective fallacies that the poor lost sheeple
keep so neatly well-trapped
inside their
confining
skull bag
church
of conformity
–between their temples–
with their ego as their soaring steeple,
all of which is fortified
and secured
by
machined,
insecure,
predictable
triple-stitched
seams.

no,
if im going
have to live,
then reality is going to have to give up it’s
sure-grip-choke-hold
and allow me to imaginatively
slip away to refold
and reshape predictability
into extremes
so i can then
play with
the
cosmic
origami
creatures
of
mystery
i find,
love
and
let roam undefined
in my dreams.

–me ॐ

Week 29 - Arm Knitting

Due to some poor planning and an illness that just won’t seem to go away I decided to do another arm knitting project. This is an infinity scarf for my future roommate @dr-kara When I asked her what she wanted she said something along the lines of so ugly it’s beautiful hahaha so when I went looking for yarn I just grabbed the 3 that spoke to me the most. Hopefully she likes it :)