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I want to start a conversation....

I want to start a conversaion, but there is no one here to talk to.


Blame it on the pandemic. Blame it on moving 2,000 miles from home, blame it on a lot of things I simply didn’t see coming. Regardless here I am talking to myself again. I'm think of myself as lucky. Lucky enough to be creative. Lucky enough to be able to entertain myself. Lucky enough to enjoy my own company. I think I'm funny. That’s a lucky break in and of itself. I do however miss the company of friends. The exchange of ideas, thoughts, and perspectives that different from my own. Bottom line is I miss feeling connected. So here I am talking to myself again, this time out loud or at least here in the blog I’ve been meaning to get back to for far too long.

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As an artist and creative soul, I find comfort and better understanding when I'm able to engage in conversations. Hearing myself talk helps me to process all the information we are bombarded with daily. Talking to myself and creating works of art are ways I process during times of isolation. My artwork becomes a conversation with myself.

My intentions with this new blog version are to share with you not only my artwork, but the conversation I have with myself along the way. To share my process or as an old roommate once coined, my own brand of "Porter Logic". I invite you to jump into the conversation, ask a question, leave a comment, or simply start a conversation of your own. I'm interested in what you see, what resonates with you, what makes you tick. In a nutshell I'm looking for connection in a world where that no longer comes easy.

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I read The Yellow Leaf, incredibly courageous revelation by the way. I was struck by connecting / understanding being so difficult. A close sibling, yet no "understanding" of the inner turmoil his sister is experiencing. You hit the nail on the head with me when you mention vulnerability and authenticity. I have spent a lifetime putting myself in the strongest possible position in business and personal relationships, which often requires not revealing ones true self. Who said the truth will set you free?

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Melissa Porter
Melissa Porter
Aug 11, 2023

I can’t speak for others that express their desire to connect, but for me it goes beyond conversations about the weather or sports. I want to have conversations that are respectful and deep. I wanna know what people are feeling as well as what they are thinking. It takes vulnerability and authenticity to show up and speak from the heart. I think you stated it best, “understanding each others point of view”

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I hear that frequently, I want to connect with people. What does that mean? Be friends, email pals, briefly share insights about art or other common interests? I interact with dozens of people every day, is that connecting? I wonder if the true meaning of connecting with another person is simultaniously understanding the others point of view. Good or bad, agreement or not that seems to be connecting. Nikola Tesla felt that we were all connected via an eltromagnetic field, which surrounds the earth and we only sense it on a cursory level.

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