11/17/16 Notes to Myself: Today, I was quietly reminded of "the protective spirit of place" or Genius Loci. This is an interesting term to me. The first time I came across it was in a paper my daughter had written for one of literature classes in college. It was in reference to the landscape during war and physical changes that remained years after. Since then the term has given me cause to pause. Artists I think tend to be vessels that record the spirit of place. Maybe the process of creating on it's own accord is protective in nature. As coincidence would have it, I came across the term this morning at a local university art museum. It was also used in reference to a landscape. As time went on I began to think about the spirit of place within a museum. The history museums serve to protect. The physical quiet of the space. The often mind blowing work that you get to stand so close to and experience. I felt the "protective spirit of place". Maybe that's why I like to go to museums and why I like art in general. It all seems connected to spirit of some form.