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Posts tagged ‘extended family’

Quarantine Prompt a Day <3 Elders

26 March 2020 

My grandmothers. Two women from completely different worlds, cultures, backgrounds, across a vast socioeconomic divide, brought together at the end of their lives, because my parents loved each other, and loved them.

From Miz Pearl I learned about survival, food preservation, foraging, mending, how to find and create beauty even on the darkest days, and the power of prayer, especially when it’s sung. From Miz Ann I learned about the joy to be found in making things with your hands, the value of being a smartass, the pervasive connection of laughter, which fork to use 🙂 and how even the brashest and most self-regarding among us can learn the power of gratitude and humility. 

Fierce women, strong women, wise women, loving women, despite the brokenness life dealt both of them. When they lived together, sharing the same room in my parents’ house, in the twilight of their lives, they became unlikely friends and sisters. ‘Cause that’s what Love does.

Make art about what you’ve learned from elders, about the gifts they bring to our lives. 

Daily Prompt Love <3 Give It a Try

15 August 2019 

That GrandPerson tried mussels for the first time this year. He loved them!

Make art about trying something for the first time. 

Max scallops - cropped

Daily Prompt Love <3 Uncles

13 August 2019 

My brother Bill was the best uncle, always there, always loving. My kids were so blessed to have him, and we all miss him so much, but that Love he showed them continues, especially when it comes to our GrandPerson. 

Make art about uncles, about why uncles matter. 

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Daily Prompt Love <3 Grandfather

16 June 2019 

My dad was one of the funniest, gentlest souls to ever walk the planet. I wish my youngest son had had more time with him. 

Make art about grandfathers.

Daily Prompt Love <3 The Procession

12 May 2019 

Make art about the procession of women, about women ancestors, about the shoulders we stand on. 

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Image by Richard Mcall from Pixabay

Daily Prompt Catch-Up! 3 New Prompts!

3 February 2018

Make art about visiting family.

Lia, Matt, and Max - Copy

 

4 February 2018

Make art about driving in the rain.

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5 February 2018

Sometimes, limitations can inspire and surprise.

Write a poem limited to six lines, or a story of no more than six sentences.

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Daily Prompt <3 Those Four-Legged Angels

24 January 2018

“Dogs are minor angels.” – Jonathan Carroll

Mine sure watch over me, and I’m so grateful. 

Make art about a four-legged angel. 

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