The vast majority of words bounce off of us, leaving no impression, having no effect.
Every once in a great while however, we are impacted by that voice. The one that reverberates through us, burrowing past our armor to shake our bones.
If you're in the Portland area or have access to a private jet, the "Puddletown" show is still ongoing. At least for a couple more days, until the 24th of December. (UPDATE 9/2015: the following links are dead) They've got a very cool Quicktime tour of the gallery that makes it feel like you're there. I only wish you could pan in on the individual artwork to get a better view. For that, you need to check out the opening night photos.
I dug up this awesome green-and-gold-frame that matches the shiny in the work beautifully. I only wish I had thought ahead to get a snapshot of it. Oh well.