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.
27 January 2018
When I was a child, my parents, who very much lived lives of service, took us little kids with them when they volunteered, at migrant farm camps, at the soup kitchen, while working with refugee families or others, wherever their volunteerism took them. Today, I was blessed to work with amazing parents who are teaching their children by setting the same examples, modeling for them lives of service. The children worked with us, learning what I learned as a kid—that we are, in fact, our brothers’ keepers, and that, yes, a single act of kindness, of service, can make the world a better place.
Make art about what we teach children by our actions.
28 January 2018
Make art about feeling unsafe, about steps you take to make yourself feel safe again, about taking down your own dragons.
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.