15 March 2019
Today, children in some 100 countries are walking out of school to push for global action on climate change. Over the last four months, hundreds of thousands of young people from many countries participated in demonstrations against climate change.
Make art about children leading the way. Or about climate change.
Read more details on the Global Youth Climate Strike here.
17 February 2019
A recurring dream returned last night, one where an old wolf, his amber eyes glowing, appears in my bedroom. He circles the room a few times, then climbs up on the end of my bed, curls up and goes to sleep.
Make art about a recurring dream, or wolves.
12 February 2019
Once when I was a little girl, with my mama, we encountered a particularly grumpy, difficult person. As we moved away from the angry man, under her breath, Mama murmured in her lilting Southern accent, “Mmm, somebody kicked that dog.”
Being the mouthy kid I was, and an animal lover 🙂 I immediately asked, “Dog? What dog, Mama?”
She smiled, saying, “Not a real dog, Mary. That man.”
“The mean one?” I asked.
She nodded, and explained, “When we meet a dog that seems mean, or aggressive, growling at us, we never assume the dog was born vicious, right? We assume that something has happened, that the dog has been mistreated or hurt in some way that made it mean. But we don’t give difficult people the same benefit of the doubt, do we?” She smiled. “Maybe we should.”
Make art about compassion, about a moment you learned compassion, or recognized that you needed to respond with compassion.
4 January 2018
The dogs and I footprinted our two inches of snowfall, and left some breakfast out for the others with whom we share this little patch of woods.
Make art about someone with whom you feel blessed to share space.
7 December 2017
Make art about chickens coming home to roost.
“As a proverbial expression it’s half a millennium old.
The older fuller form was curses are like chickens; they always come home to roost, meaning that your offensive words or actions are likely at some point to rebound on you. The idea goes back to Chaucer, though he expressed it rather differently in The Parson’s Tale, around 1390, writing that curses are like “a bird that returns again to his own nest”….
Read more about this idiom here.
8 December 2017
Make art about pushing to finish something in order to meet a deadline.