So...what do YOU do?
One time I was at a party and a group of us were standing around as the hostess introduced everyone to each other. She got to me and looked at me blankly for a minute before saying, "...and this is Netta. She does Netta-things." I've always loved that introduction.
I commit residential property management that specializes in Upcountry Maui properties. It puts food on the table. I've been doing it since 1991. I like it. It's the only grown-up job I've found that allows me to act like a Stage Manager -- building worlds where other people can live their life-stories. It's the funnest thing I've found. If you're looking for a place to rent or have a property that needs one, call me. I'm at Classic Maui Properties in Pukalani. My phone number's (808) 269-3939. You'll probably have to talk to a machine. (I run around a lot.)
My writing and making Life-Built Poems continue apace and I'm making room again in my life for the paper-making and book-making from which I've had to take a hiatus while I build my property management thing and explore this world of Internet connections and such. (For several years now I've been meeting with other Maui poets at the Live Poets thing at the Makawao Library on the third Wednesday of each month. We're there from 6:30 p.m. to closing time. Come join us if you like. It's a heck of a lot of fun.) I'm working on making more room for my artwork which seems to be trending towards assemblage for some reason.... I've been doing art in one form or another for many years. Now I'm trying to pick up where I left off. Eh! I figure after 15 years of doing that, I've only gotta do another five to actually get good....
I play and I help other people play. The goals I've developed are few and simple: (1) fostering Creativity and Beauty, (2) finding the meaning and mana in my walk through this World of Dust, (3) sharing what I find, and (4) dancing in the flow of the Tao. I used to call the dancing part "Tao-dancing," but I tried searching it on Google once and found out that there are all kinds of people who do a bunch of Tai Ch'i-type exercises and such that they call Tao-dancing. Their Tao-Dancing isn't my sort. Mine are head-games that honor the Creative.
Just so the fans know, you can see the property management-related stuff in "Netta Rents Upcountry Maui." I also stuck in the stories I have written about Maui places, people and "local-ness" in the "Lifestyles of the Poor and Insignificant" section. Facebook fans can scroll through the collection of IPS (Inner Peace Symptoms) that I've put in their own section. "Be-bopping from Pillar to Post" is a collection of my poetry. Under "More...." I have "Honoring the Creative," which is mostly a compilation of my Linked-In weekly updates plus notes and musings about creativity and the artful life. The other stuff's in process, as usual.
Please consider this a work in progress. Still, you might find something worthwhile in all of this, and I will try to stay human through it all. Feel free to comment. I may not answer, but I sure will look at the commentary.
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