Clockwise from top left: Amaka with a bird’s eye view, Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, Tianna shines at the rodeo.
Letter from the Editor – Summer 2018
We all have expectations of ourselves and each other, of the people we love and who love us back, of the leaders we elect and those they govern. And those expectations are realized in the stories we tell about them. This issue of Alice is themed “Shake it Up.” It’s very personal to me because I recently shook up my life in a big way that will hopefully strengthen myself, my immediate family, and my extended family. Time will tell… but so far, so good.
A big reason for the urgency of my sudden move was because one if my brothers is very ill. Over the years I’ve created a story about who he is to me: big brother, maker of bad choices, funny wise guy. Visiting him, however, I now realize that my expectations of him are all wrong. He has never been and will never be the guy others expect him to be. He’s his own person; a wonderfully kind and generous soul with sparkling blue eyes, his signature bushy moustache and mischievous grin. He laughs easily and loves unconditionally. This is the story of him that I now cherish. I only had to take another look to see who he’s been all along.
Shaking it up, or otherwise clearing your head of carried perceptions, is a good thing to do every now and again. As much as it can help you see the good, it can also help you see the bad. Viewing the world through rose colored glasses makes it all look pretty but can also shade the truth. Maybe the person you think you love is really an abuser and you’re living in denial. Maybe that boss who flatters and “accidentally” touches you is a harasser and it’s time for a confrontation. Maybe the person you elected into office is a liar and a thief and you need to use your vote to put a better person in place. Shaking up the status quo takes courage, as does allowing yourself to see things differently. Taking a long, hard look at your beliefs and then turning them upside down is liberating.
Alice is a judgement-free, safe platform for telling and sharing our stories. It’s about turning over our expectations like a snow globe and seeing them in a new light. We’re about joining in sisterhood to celebrate and support the beautiful ways in which we are all shaking it up.
XO, Maura Alice
At least I know who I was when I got up this morning, but I think I must have been changed several times since then. -Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
Summer photo issue Be Dazzled; as naked as you want to be – out Aug. 31st
Autumn issue Forgiveness – out Nov. 1st; editorial due Oct. 15th