Saturday evening, January 1, 2011
This is a bowl I received as a holiday gift from the outstanding Tony! And in Richard S. Wheeler’s book, Rendezvous, I found this quote. “The past is a broken bowl and cannot hold broth again. The dream that sustained you was a good dream because it gave you life and hope each day… But it is gone and a new destiny is yours.”
In my studio the past few days I’ve completed a new batch of cards, part of the long list of cards and journals I want to make. Meantime there’s a juried event coming up… On this day; 1/1/11, I want to remind you of the saying on the card here; Always remember to be happy because you never know who’s falling in love with your smile.” [I love this quote by an unknown author]
A December 20th opinion article in the New York Times called, A Plan to Make Homelessness History, mentions the 100,000 Homes Campaign; “It’s the human welfare equivalent of NASA’s race to put a man on the moon.” According to article, when folks in cities make a dedicated effort, they usually can eliminate some homelessness. That’s good news. And last, making its way around the web from Yahoo news and Huffington Post; Father Invents VerbalVictor App to Help Disabled Son ‘Speak’ Thru iPad Now truly; how cool is that?!! All this tells me amazing solutions are possible when we are faced with problems we wish to – need to – have to – resolve and use “outside the box” thinking to do so. Way to go!!!
I just have to add this- from my hometown; enjoy!

An amazing talk on Ted.com by Jessica Jackley. Now if you don’t know who she is; I didn’t, and if you don’t know what she’s done in the last 5 years; I didn’t – then go and listen if you’re inclined and I believe you’ll hear an incredible story by a young woman who comes across shy, self-effacing, deeply caring about people. Most surprising with those attributes is how she willingly jumped out of her life into an unknown and created incredible good for so very many people around the globe. I do though take exception to her continuous use of the phrase; the poor. But I hope she’ll find some enlightenment as to why it is offensive.
There is another woman I read about today and then researched, who in her own way has opened minds and eyes with her photo montages with themes from the times in which they were created by her. Here’s an example from Martha Rosler’s series; Bringing the war home (1967–1972). This work is called Red Stripe Kitchen.
And of gosh, who could ignore numerous news articles about Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas’ wife calling up Anita Hill and asking or demanding an apology for her accusations against Mr. Thomas 10 years ago. I was very moved by a characterization in one article by Lillian McEwen, a Senate committee lawyer who also dated Mr. Thomas and concurred with the general drift of Anita Hill’s testimony. Here’s what she said;
“In his autobiography, Clarence described himself as a person incapable of doing what Anita Hill said he did,” McEwen said in an interview. “He is married to a woman who is loyal to him and religious in a way he would like to be. This combination of religiosity and loyalty and belief that he is really the kind of person who he describes in his book would just about compel her to do something like that.”
How many women are taken in by men who believe one thing about themselves and in actuality are something different – because the women believe, oh heaven help us – they can change that particular man
If you have time, watch Jessica’s talk. Leaves a better taste in the mouth than the bit above.