My new blog is here! Yay! Nate and I have been working together on this new blog design for a couple months now (and by “working together,” I mean he does all the actual work and I tell him if I like it or not. Wink!), and while it’s still a work in progress, we’re both really excited about how it has come together. I nixed the ‘Articulation Ad Infinitum’ title in favor of a more simple one, ‘GOOD,’ and Nate incorporated the Space Needle and one of my favorite Steinbeck quotes into the header brilliantly. I love the clean simplicity of my new blog design but I the thing that I absolutely love about it is that it allows me to post larger photos than the old blog…. I love seeing the large-scale detail of some of my film photos in the new design! I’m totally stoked to have a shiny new profesh-looking blog to share with the world. Check it here:
NOTE: this will be last new post that will appear on my kendallgoodwin.wordpress.com blog; all new posts from this point forward will be posted on kendallgoodwin.com. Come away with me to a brave new world!
“After two years we felt that we could approach your sixteen verses of the fourth chapter of Genesis. My old gentlemen felt that these words were very important too—‘Thou shalt’ and ‘Do thou.’ And this was the gold from our mining: ‘Thou mayest.’ ‘Thou mayest rule over sin.’ The old gentlemen smiled and nodded and felt the years were well spent. It brought them out of their Chinese shells too, and right now they are studying Greek.”
Samuel said, “It’s a fantastic story. And I’ve tried to follow and maybe I’ve missed somewhere. Why is this word so important?”
Lee’s hand shook as he filled the delicate cups. He drank his down in one gulp. “Don’t you see?” he cried. “The American Standard translation orders men to triumph over sin, and you can call sin ignorance. The King James translation makes a promise in ‘Thou shalt,’ meaning that men will surely triumph over sin. But the Hebrew word, the word timshel—‘Thou mayest’— that gives a choice. It might be the most important word in the world. That says the way is open. That throws it right back on a man. For if ‘Thou mayest’—it is also true that ‘Thou mayest not.’”
– John Steinbeck, East of Eden
East of Eden is my favorite book of all time, and I knew the moment I first read these three paragraphs that I had encountered something profound. I think the words “thou mayest” are emblematic of the balance of free will, equal parts all-encompassing possibility and personal morality, and that’s an emblem I don’t mind having on my body forever. 2012 was the year of no regrets, and getting my first tattoo hasn’t upset the year’s theme: I love my tattoo, and I’m glad I did it. Now, on to the next.
My tattoo was done by Chris at Liberty Tattoo in Seattle, Washington.
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Last weekend, my brother Judson came up to Seattle to visit me and climb Mt. Si with me (cross it off the list), and boy, was it a time. We woke up at 6:00am on Sunday morning and trekked an hour out to North Bend (after consuming a couple McDonalds breakfast sandwiches, of course), where we found ourselves at the foot of a mountain of imposing height. It was cold and misty so we started out the hike with our coats on, but as we slowly ascended the crazy-steep grade, we began shedding layers really quickly until both of us had our sweaters tied around our waists like goons and Judson had the pantlegs of his jeans rolled up (who wears jeans on a serious hike? Come on!).
It was a really arduous and intense hike, but when we reached the top, my brain was yelling “Worth it!”: there was a thick mist hovering over the rock ledges and even though I couldn’t see much through it, the altitude, and the feeling of power and disbelief at knowing how high you are above everything, was palpable, and we climbed over jagged rocks and crevices to stand up against what, from the outside, looked like the abyss, and it wasn’t scary. It was incredible. I’d definitely like to hike Mt. Si again in the summer, when it’s clear and you can see green for eons, but I’m glad that my first climb was through the mist. It was more timely and applicable to my present existence that way.
It took us about four hours roundtrip, and after waking up early, saying hi to every hiker and their dog on the trail (no complaints there!), feeling dizzy from the elevation change and getting our muscles wrecked by a mountain, we were exhausted and famished. So we returned to Seattle and ate some monster Elliott Bay subs, and all was right with the world.
I’ve officially completed my first item on my 24 Before 25 list! I now possess the knowledge to French braid my own hair and I’m so pleased about it that I’ve been rocking a braid a la Francais for four straight days. I may never wear my hair un-French braided again. A special shout-out goes to YouTube, whose abundance of video tutorials on just about every skill under the sun was integral to my learning… I won’t say that I couldn’t have done it without you, but it would’ve been a lot more difficult without you, for certain. Love ya.
Cross it off the list!
This post is a day late, but that’s because I spent yesterday having the most delightful birthday ever. I was a little concerned that being in Amsterdam on my birthday this year would be strange and lonely and maybe slightly sad, but it was quite the opposite. Not only did I get to spend it with someone I love, I was also surprised with a special delivery of birthday cards from some of my friends from home (so thoughtful!), watched Elf (my second favorite Christmas movie), ate a divine dinner at an Argentinian steakhouse (nom) and walked around the city arm in arm with my man. This is the first birthday in recent memory that, instead of waking up depressed at that thought of being another year older and of the inevitably of the passing of time, I felt true contentment about my new age and the experiences that have led up to it and molded who I am at this very moment. It was a transcendent moment. And now, I feel sufficiently emboldened and am chomping at the bit to get started on my new list. Here’s to another Year of Yes!
1. Take the GRE
2. Read every Harry Potter book
3. Rendezvous with my parents in Scotland
4. Write a good short story
5. Go to the ballet
6. Blog re-design
7. Go to the Guinness Factory in Dublin
8. Start running again
9. Get published on Thought Catalog
10. Learn French
11. Take a train journey
12. Swim in the Blue Lagoon in Reykjavik
13. Get a tattoo
14. Hike Mt. Si
15. Buy a piece of clothing in Italy
16. Classic movie marathon
17. See a concert somewhere in Europe
18. Croatian vacation
19. Write one poem a day for one month
20. Sew a dress
21. Drive a car in the U.K.
22. Visit Stockholm while it’s snowing
23. Learn how to French braid
24. Make music