Cool Breeze

The Age of Reconfiguration

Athena Blew Her Aulos

No more candles for my birthday cake. The image of me blowing them out makes me think of the goddess Athena. One day Athena was playing her flute when a group of rowdy gods showed up and started laughing at her because blowing on the flute puffed up her cheeks just like a chipmunk’s. Humiliated, Athena threw the flute on the ground and never played it again.

Age transforms us and it’s not always easy to adapt to this change. To adapt to this change, I am slowly putting together my own self-help manual and about the need for personal reconfiguration.

…some years later…

On my birthday two years ago, I posted about The Age of Reconfiguration, the age when we have to face up to the fact that we are aging and we need to update our mindset accordingly. For the rest of the year, I drafted my Reconfiguration Project, finished it during the fall while still in Greece, and, back in Rome, renamed it “Cool Breeze”.

In Hinduism, Kundalini is a form of divine feminine energy believed to be located at the base of the spine. Once this energy is awakened, you can feel your own vibrations that, if balanced, emit vibrations that feel like a Cool Breeze.

But then Covid-19 bullied its way into our lives and dominated our minds. Thus Regular Life and the completion of my Reconfiguration Project were put on stand-by. A few days ago I rediscovered the manuscript stored in a cabinet and, after dusting it off a bit, decided to resuscitate it.

COOL BREEZE OUTLINE

Intro

Reconfiguration Revival

Transitions and Change (Mary Shelly)

Know Thyself (Pythia)

The Power of Intention (Pythagoras)

Insomnia (Tallulah Bankhead)

Decluttering (Edith Wharton and Ida Mayfield)

Breathing (Beatrice Wood and Krishnamurti)

The Face (Darwin)

Body

Let’s Get Physical (Sissi of Baveria)

Let’s Get Physical …the body as home

Walk It Out (Grandma Gatewood)

Dance (Ann Pennington)

Mind

Mental Health and Aging (Eleanor Roosevelt)

Prevention

Daily Aesthetics

The Senses and a Photogenic Lifestyle

Sound…Chavela Vargas

Taste…Julia Child

Touch…Camille Claudel

Sight…Diana Vreeland

Smell…Coco Channel

In Praise of Hands

Why not make something?

Harriet Powers and Quilts

Elisabeth Gaskell and Spills

Mudras and Power Balls

Ecofeminism

Barbara Mor

Marija Gimbutas

DIY cosmetics

Lessons Learned

The need for role models

Fleur Cowles, editor, The Need for Flair

Irine Brin, critic, Elegance and Etiquette are powerful

Hope Hale Davis, feminist & writer, give your ideals a direction

Lillian Rogers Parks, White House Seamstress, you don’t have to be president to live in the White House

Dodie Smith, writer, the importance of the first line

Grace Zaing Stone, writer, discerning the differences

Dorothy B: Hughes, crime writer, suspense hold your attention

Muriel Spark, writer, on living in a foreign country

Daphne Du Maurier, writer, things aren’t always as they seem to be

Agnes Varda , director, Keep on Truck’n

Self-Narration

Flannery O’Conner

Schererazade

Diary as transformation tool

Jim Morrison’s advice to women

Conclusion

Cool Breeze

Reconfiguration Stories

Squatters and Spotters

Erotic Stories for the Elderly

Chair Dancing

Storytellers in Disguise

Art as Therapy

Playing with Children

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  10. Dear whatever You are called by name -I am not sure, so I’ll leave that out. I beg for apology.
    I’m also unsure where I am invited to make a general comment as this one will be, so I’ll leave it here. I couldn’t find any other mail-contact until now.
    My message: This website looks so beautiful!!! And so rich in inspiration for anyone. I’ll turn back to it for more. Lovely. Encouraging. Love the irony too -or is simply honesty? Yes, I think that sometimes You are just being sincere in an overwhelming way. And the title “art for housewives” Thanks. As a housewife or not, as a streetwife, as an officewife, as a womanwife, womanwolf, as a nobody (back to greek mythology of which I have only had a small taste) or as an everybody. Thank YOU for this summer breeze.
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  11. Forgot to write (see my previous comment) that I like Your drawings/paintings very much! Touching!! Moving. Funny. Heartwarming.

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