James T. Green is a conceptual artist, radio producer, writer, and educator from Chicago, Illinois, and now in Brooklyn, New York.

thoughts + feelings

44: Cultivating the Mind's Conversation

It was a rainy evening and I was biking on down to La Columbe Coffee Roasters in Chicago’s West Loop neighborhood. My mind was full, heart heavy, and my fingers felt like they weighed 20 pounds each. So many thoughts trailed through my mind knowing that I was going to hear two friends, Brent Knepper and Jana Kinsman, give some real talk about sustainability, living with less, and making things that matter in the world. Right up my alley. The conversation dug into many points, but what greatly stuck with me were three things: the importance of creating community, cultivating multiple skills, and being a nice person.

The main reason I started this weekly project was outlined in the first letter but the longer I kept reminiscing about those conversations with Brent and Jana, I realized my reasoning behind starting this letter flowed along the themes in their talk. I wanted to create a community of conversation–allowing people to freely comment on what was on their minds, what they thought about the week’s topic, or what was thumping in their hearts. I also wanted to build my skills as a writer, giving more flexibility and accountability in making something weekly. Lastly, I wanted to continue being social with all of you, thereby meeting new friends and growing deeper bonds with older ones..

It’s been great to share vulnerabilities and see what you’ve been making as well (in the more traditional sense of a studio visit. From Lauryssa Rieger finding her inner creativity and starting to sketch again, to Jayson Shenk’s deep commentary and brain twisting, it feels like everyone has been growing week by week through sharing feelings and cultivating the mind’s conversation. The only difference is we are doing this over email instead of the floor of a small, warehouse studio.

With that, I’m gonna take the next month to think greater about my mind’s musings and button up some other projects. As always, I love email and want to hear from you. You know where to find me, and if you’re in Chicago and we haven’t met yet, let’s get coffee/whiskey.

Thanks for reading, and see you on the 17th of November,

-James

James T. Green