Brave on the Rocks: If You Don't Go, You Don't See

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"In the continuum of life and trying to discover my true self, Sabrina reminds me, through her brave, insightful, and heartfelt honesty, that we are all connected in this journey. We are connected through an intertwining sameness called the struggles and joys of finding and becoming our authentic selves. When I read her words, I felt acknowledged for my journey and for being a woman in these complex times... Thank you, Sabrina, for sharing your gift with us. May we all continue to share our journeys together so ...
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"In the continuum of life and trying to discover my true self, Sabrina reminds me, through her brave, insightful, and heartfelt honesty, that we are all connected in this journey. We are connected through an intertwining sameness called the struggles and joys of finding and becoming our authentic selves. When I read her words, I felt acknowledged for my journey and for being a woman in these complex times... Thank you, Sabrina, for sharing your gift with us. May we all continue to share our journeys together so we know we are not alone."
--from the Foreword by Hilary Swank, actor

From the acclaimed twenty-five-year-old authorartist of the stunning visual memoir Spilling Open comes the all-new multimedia installment of her intimate journey Brave on the Rocks: If You Don't Go, You Don't See.

Picking up where Spilling Open left off, Sabrina Ward Harrison tells us about the surprising reaction to her first book. Via her readers' letters and e-mails, she realized that through her journal she had become an identifying voice for women around the world. However, along with recognition came a certain pressure to uphold her new image. Overwhelmed by her attempt to live up to what she thought she had to become, Sabrina decided to head out on her own. She chose as her destination Italy, a place she had always dreamed and written about, a place she felt she could go to "recolor" herself. In her journey she discovered a universal identity with other travelers and a particular kinship with the women she met. But back home she struggled to keep her newfound confidence intact as she navigated her life.

Harrison writes and illustrateswith a powerful and creative voice. Her thoughts are real and brave. She explores with sensitivity questions of love, faith, growing pains, being true to oneself, and what it means to be unique. With unfaltering honesty, she allows us to witness and share in her reconnection with herself, her growing and reaching, and, ultimately, her voyage home again.
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With the success of her previous book, Spilling Open, Sabrina Ward Harrison found herself overwhelmed by her own expectations and ventured to Italy to delve further into herself. In the multimedia Brave on the Rocks, she continues her journey.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375756634
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 8/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST
  • Pages: 160
  • Product dimensions: 8.95 (w) x 8.92 (h) x 0.52 (d)

Meet the Author

Sabrina Ward Harrison lives in New York City, where she spends her time making art, exploring with her camera, writing, and designing signature skirts. She is the author of Spilling Open: The Art of Becoming Yourself.
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I don't have to "Rush to keep moving" to avoid the loneliness. I went to check my email and the network wasn't connecting. (God works in funny ways). I shouldn't be in an Internet cafe trying to "connect". I should be in the streets of this magnificent city. I have met great women traveling alone for similar reasons--escape, strength, to find something lost.

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Sometimes I feel all of this rushing and swirling spinning in my body and nothing can seep in. It just swirls by my eyes--feel this--being this age feels insane at times. So much "becoming" and vast open changing. I want to stop all of this preparing for, stop and just feel this morning. I feel thick too and I don't like judging my body. I want to use it for exploring and dancing and living. I don't want to stare silently at its issues--but if I do, it's human. Cover--show--cover--show--cover. It is amazing--all that I do to myself to try to bring peace to the body I have.

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It is the night of the big art opening. (I am wearing my Italian long skirt to remind me of that strength.) I can get so nervous about the art scene around here--What is it?--The flashy clothes and coolness level? I want to connect to the women at these openings, not get myself all spun out with comparing myself and feeling so retarded and nervous.

But tonight I feel better. I felt all of us making our way in this big and tiny world.

The swirling of compliments felt good--but left me with thoughts of wanting to know more of what the other women I was meeting do. What their stories are.

I tried to just close my eyes and feel this experience. (Dadalways reminds me to do this...) "lose your eyes and listen to the words."

Tonight was completely the epitome of what I feared and craved in the art world. I like the good real folks I met tonight. Sincere. Good women. Kind guys. Lots of talking and real connection. I am reminded of that line--if you don't go you won't see. I feel I faced my intimidation tonight of this scene. just showed up for it--AND MADE IT.

Copyright 2001 by Sabrina Ward Harrison
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2002

    Bravery that inspires.

    I had heard Sabrina's name a few times from the delightful author, Sark. I passed by BRAVE ON THE ROCKS yesterday. Its cover facing the aisles. I gasped as it grabbed me. Spending a few minutes in its covers, at the bookstore, I felt too exposed to remain. At home, I walked into my raw spaces and naked vulnerabilities with Sabrina's. She has pushed wide the boundaries of vision, honesty with art and I thank her and her publishers for their courage. It is a book to have, to visit, to be reminded of the honoring of our deeper selves.

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