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.
11 August 2019
Out of the rolling ocean the crowd came a drop gently to me/Whispering I love you…
Make art about the feeling that comes when seeing the ocean.
28 June 2019
“Star Child, list where you may. That heart’a yours will show the way.” -John Little Bear Eaton
Make art about a star child, about the emotional intelligence of star children.
29 May 2019
Make art about the innocent, about innocence.
23 April 2019
Make art inspired by this:
“A child’s wisdom is wisdom still.”-Jewish proverb
3 February 2018
Make art about visiting family.
4 February 2018
Make art about driving in the rain.
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.
23 December 2017
Make art about the joy of giving.
24 December 2017
Make art about watching a child grow, the day to day changes.
25 December 2017
Make art about interfaith conversation, about building interfaith peace.
26 December 2017
Make art about shady sales practices.
27 December 2017
Make art about something you consider sacred.
21 October 2017
Make art about feeling like you can’t speak, about not saying things you need to say, about self-silencing.
22 October 2017
Make art about being new to language, a child learning language.
23 October 2017
Make art about the first naming of things.
24 October 2017
Make art about a fever.
25 October 2017
Make art about long sleep.
26 October 2017
Make art about seeing the web.
27 October 2017
Make art about seeing the doctor.
10 June 2017
Accompanied my daughter and son-in-law today for that GrandPerson’s first trip to a fair.
Make art inspired by a fair, or carnival.
11 June 2017
Traveling on back roads today, my favorite way to get anywhere.
Make art about back roads, country lanes, two-lane blacktops cutting through nothing but countryside.
12 June 2017
Grading and gardening day.
Make art about pulling weeds, about weeding things out.
13 June 2017
Dreamt someone I love brought me a gift.
Make art about a fistful of stars.
8 April 2017
First Birthday party today for my grandson!
Make art about the miracles of family.
9 April 2017
Tilling in the summer garden today.
Make art about breaking ground.
10 April 2017
A friend of mine lost ten family members in the recent tragic events in Syria.
Make art about extreme loss, or extreme grief.