South Dakota—my interior geography

Last week I was in South Dakota for a funeral and a wedding.  In between those emotional events I found some time to drive back roads with my husband, see the stunning late August countryside and find some much needed quiet.  I’m always reminded of how much the prairie landscape resides in my cells, bones and heart.

This landscape gives me clarity, helps me understand my choices and guides me back to my personal True North when I get off course a bit.

South Dakota is my interior geography, no matter where I am in the world. 

Recently, I had to draw a compass at Courage Camp in Bristol, Rhode Island.  I laughed at myself because the way I still figure out directions is to imagine I’m standing on the front porch of my childhood home.  It’s there that I’m most confident in knowing my directions.  (photo below)

IMG_2852Standing on the porch I know which direction the sun sets and how to get to Nebraska. With that knowledge, I can find my way most places.

I often think of my intrepid ancestral homesteaders who ventured West, uncertain of what they would find in the Dakota Territories.  However, and more importantly, perhaps they knew they could handle whatever the prairie offered them. 

I understand that now, at the tender age of 50, in a way I didn’t when I was younger.  I don’t know what’s next, but I know I can count on my interior geography to help guide my way.

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Lili Hinrichsen “Open Heart”

Lili Hinrichsen open heart

A number of artists (including Lili Hinrichsen) will be presenting their view on the subject of “Connections” in a group show at the WalkOver Gallery in Bristol. Photographer Tom Pollak notes how important the idea of connections is to community, “especially now, at a time when the planet seems to be shrinking, with transportation networks, the internet and social media, it is important to give attention to local geography, neighbors and family.” The topic is intended to be expansive and meaningful to each participating artist.

There will be an Opening and Reception for the artists on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 5:00 – 7:30 p.m. at the WalkOver Gallery at 15 Main Street in Bristol, Vermont.

Lily Hinrichsen/Vermont Artist

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Lily Henrichsen

Read about Lily Hinrichsen’s work on her site. Her style is playful and imaginative. You can’t help but feel happy when you look at her work. Lily’s use of color I find very inspiring and her style just looks like Spring to me. ENJOY!

http://www.lilyhinrichsen.com/index.html