Norman Mailer, interviewed 16 years ago on Fresh Air, perfectly distills the transformative/therapeutic/beauty of writing "If you can absolutely capture a state of mind in a given moment you are very often freed of that state of mind" It's why I scribble in my journal. It's why I breathe in books.
In other things that have captured my emotions: This oil spill has the Bay Area absolutely flailing--reports of a lack of clean-up efforts coupled with volunteers getting arrested for trying to pick up oil globs on the beach. The 58,000 gallons of bunker fuel is extremely toxic (chew some gum around it and the toxins will get in your gum, crazy), and people are picking it up with kitty litter scoopers and dumping it in garbage bags on the sidewalk. Then complaining about headaches from the fumes....Others are inspired by a speaker at the Green Festival this weekend, that proposes floating huge mats of human hair in the ocean to absorb the oil spill, then plant oil eating mushrooms to completely absorb the oil. For real: www.matteroftrust.org. I'm all about innovation, but this website is straight out of crazyland, encouraging rouge volunteers to expose themselves to toxins.