Let It Out!

One of my favorite foods to eat is popcorn.  Popcorn from the microwave, popcorn from a stovetop, one of these days I’ll have popcorn from the movie theater again. 

Have you ever made popcorn on the stove before? Have you noticed how in the process of making popcorn – the steam needs a place to go?  My stovetop popper has a few holes in the top of it’s lid that direct the steam out so the popcorn can keep popping and the pressure doesn’t build up.  

Those holes are often called vents and they can be oh so useful.  Not just for popcorn.  A few weeks back I was introduced to Vent Diagrams. It’s a collective art project started by educator E.M./Elana Eisen-Markowitz and Rachel Schragis.  You can find out more about it on www.ventdiagrams.com

Here’s the kernel that I’d like to share with you: What would your Vent Diagram(s) look like?

A “Vent Diagram” has two overlapping circles with two statements that appear to be true and appear to be contradictory. The middle is purposefully un-labeled.  This is a practice that can keep us imagining and acting from the overlaps of those two circles.  What right now needs to be vented? 

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