It’s quite romantic, really. Red shoes. Their utter contrast to the world. It entices my spirit. Whether it be against the grey sidewalk, the green grass, or even most people’s reflection; they’re different. And on January the First, in my Nineteenth year of life, I decided to only wear red shoes.

My name is Cassidy Joy,  and I am committed to living a neoclassical life, to preserving the finest from the past and exploring what can be made new through innovation.  I believe that this is the voice of our calling.

Society has not recovered from the carnage of the 20th century and the world has become even more fractured. We are the rat’s feet over broken glass. We scuffle across the shards, as they have made us numb to the actuality of our world; that numbness has become our reality. However, new forms of community continually come into being.  The arts flourish around the world and we have access to more poetry than ever. Somehow, we are collecting and shoring these fragments against our ruin. I have seen it, I have experienced it, and I will contribute to it for the rest of my life.

I believe that a great, new era of eclecticism is upon us and this is the approach I have taken. As a college student, working full time, as well as participating in the arts through ballet, theatre, painting, and poetry, I live in a world constantly shifting.  I strive to find the still point in life, and amidst my ever turning world, I have seen it. We have reached the still point, and the world of art is preparing to turn in a new direction. An eclectic approach to art and poetry will allow us use those fragments so graciously left behind and write a history.

As for me, my history is red. My life was washed clean by the blood of Jesus Christ and it’s by His grace that I can stand. It says in Romans 10:15, “And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!'” The poetry of my life manifested in a simple, insignificant, material item: red shoes.

This is merely a place to share my stories of it.


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