The Cheap Seats

I just finished reading Brene Browns "Rising Strong" How the ability to reset transforms the way we live, love, parent, and lead. I love her writing. It is from experience rather than theory. She had a chapter that discussed how she would receive nasty emails from the cheap seats. I was amazed that anyone could find fault with what she had to say. I have been writing this blog for 15 years and I have had my fair share of letters from the cheap seats. Brene describes the dwellers of the cheap seats as people that are hurting. They are insecure about their work, they are unhappy in their lives and whacking you makes them feel better. Before reading this book my inclination would be to draw blood. I would want to make them hurt more than they hurt me. What they need is a good hug. This is a very big reversal in approach. I was raised in a lower class neighbourhood where the boots and the knuckles were the equalizer. At age 70 this is probably not a good strategy. My brothers James (Jesse) as in Jesse James and Chris (Crunch) as in Crispy Crunch were legends in our hood. My brother James died in December age 74. It took me days to find the tear he deserved. He was a guy that needed that big hug. He never married and never really had a long term relationship. I don't think he ever loved himself so never could find it in himself to love someone. Living a brave life is not always easy. Making Art is often a sanct
uary for Quasimodo and me.


Anonymous said…
There is only one way to avoid criticism: do nothing, say nothing, and be nothing.

Anonymous said…
Coade stone or Lithodipyra or Lithodipra was stoneware that was often described as an artificial stone.

Its colours varied from light grey to light yellow (or even beige) and its surface is best described as having a matte finish.

The ease with which the product could be moulded into complex shapes made it ideal for large statues, sculptures and sculptural fa├žades.

The formula used was:

10% grog
5–10% crushed flint
5–10% fine quartz
10% crushed soda lime glass
60–70% ball clay from Dorset and Devon
This mixture was also referred to as "fortified clay", which was kneaded before insertion into a 1,100 °C kiln for firing over four days, a production technique very similar to brick manufacture.
Anonymous said…
Let's hear some applause for the internet trolls, they are your most avid readers and rabid followers, plus they make such interesting reading regarding your comments section.

What would you do without your entourage of internet trolls?
Anonymous said…
What if ....

The mute button on the television remote worked on people?
Anonymous said…
Suppression of opinion rising during COVID-19 pandemic?
Anonymous said…
"It's not easy being green."

Kermit the Frog
Anonymous said…
"Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds."

Albert Einstein
Anonymous said…
Oh how I get this! And making art - definitely a sanctuary for me too!
Anonymous said…
Crab mentality

The metaphor is derived from a pattern of behavior noted in crabs when they are trapped in a bucket. While any one crab could easily escape, its efforts will be undermined by others, ensuring the group's collective demise. As such, the crab mentality shares some features in common with a similar phenomenon of human behaviour called tall poppy syndrome.

The analogy in human behavior is claimed to be that members of a group will attempt to reduce the self-confidence of any member who achieves success beyond the others, out of envy, resentment, spite, conspiracy, or competitive feelings, to halt their progress.

Don't let the assholes get you down!

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