Marina Abramovic and Ulay started an intense love story in the 70s, performing art out of the van they lived in. When they felt the relationship had run its course, they decided to walk the Great Wall of China, each from one end, meeting for one last big hug in the middle and never seeing each other again.
At her 2010 MoMa retrospective Marina performed ‘The Artist Is Present’ as part of the show, where she shared a minute of silence with each stranger who sat in front of her. Ulay arrived without her knowing and this is what happened.
Warmth, a little story I couldn’t make up if I tried, on Cowbird
Oxytocin is known to function as a bio-behavioral feedback loop,” the researchers note, adding that “research in mammals showed that more touch and contact increased oxytocin receptor density.” This suggests loving couples may get into a positive routine in which “higher levels of reciprocity and touch” allow them to maintain elevated oxytocin levels, sustaining their feeling of emotional connection.
The camaraderie between special girlfriends can be as thrilling as the first flush of new love and as stabilizing as a long lived romance.
A man reserves his true and deepest love not for the species of woman in whose company he finds himself electrified and enkindled, but for that one in whose company he may feel tenderly drowsy.
– George Jean Nathan
Let’s hope so.
Some things I do in life are very loud. The things I do loudly are the happy things. Things like laughing, and loving, and playing outside. Those sounds … those happy things … are for sharing.
I like to be quiet about the other things. My negative or hurtful feelings are nearly silent. They are the small rustle of a mouse moving across the floor without even a squeak. Angry noises of voices raised… the earthquakes of heavy bull feet stomping angrily through the china shop… the eggshells those things place my own feet on… these things are not good for me.
My feelings may make less noise than yours. My footsteps may not make the ground shake with anger, and may not place other peoples’ feet on eggshells.
And my wounds need tending too, and I have been quietly tending them for awhile.
Found in one of my journals from a few years ago.