the next service is in Los Angeles on June 11

From our Grand Poobah | PATTERNS

PATTERNS! They’re everywhere – on pineapples and seashells, pine cones and waves, they show up in our clothes, our habits, our lives and our relationships. Patterns is the theme for our next service – Sunday, January 25th in NYC. It’s a new theme for us and seems fitting for the new year, when we think about how we do things and the things we’d like to be doing, but aren’t. After a nice, long holiday break, where I stopped some of my patterns, revisited some of my older patterns and just ept on with a few of my regular patterns – well, we’re back in the groove, which means a return to familiar, even as we embrace the new. Funny, as I’m thinking about patterns, I’m falling into that sort of Op-Art feeling – falling, vertigo…visual patterns can do that, too, as you stare at something for a long time it can change, and it can change you, too.

I had vertigo a few years go – what a strange experience. I woke one morning feeling as if my head had slipped off the backside of the pillow and was sliding backwards off the bed. When I finally stood I nearly fell. I grabbed the wall and had to hold onto something the whole way into the living room. I went to the doctor – not much to do, I guess. Maybe it was inner ear – all I know is that my balance was off for about two weeks. We take so much for granted, don’t we? Balance, walking without the help of a wall or chair to guide us, standing up straight – we take the patterns of our lives for granted, even as they are often the things that give our lives meaning.

A pattern is like a ritual – repeated, ingrained, creating a groove in the world, in our lives. They’re powerful, patterns, to make and break.

Come celebrate with us on the 25th, if you’re near New York. Let’s kick off the new year together.

This is a pattern designed by Alexander Wyly, our visual artist for this month. I love these colors and the dynamic, starburst effect.



About the Author

Chris Wells

CHRIS WELLS is an Obie award-winning writer, actor, singer, cabaret performer, lyricist, teacher and arts activist who has made original theatre, music and performance for many years.