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A Picture is Worth A Thousand Words

15 Sep

Acorn sculpture

Meet ACORN.  He began as a tiny acorn but grew into a giant defender of people who need a living wage, paid sick days and affordable housing.  ACORN wants all people to have access to health care and a good education, not just people who can afford special interest groups and lobbyists to represent them. ACORN is just nuts about neighborhoods. The mighty oak really does sleep inside this ACORN.

I created this clay sculpture for ACORN because I was inspired by and believe in the work they do to help families who can’t afford health care or are losing their homes to foreclosure.   This is the true face of ACORN, not the one portrayed by Fox News and the right wing. 

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I Hate My Purse

25 Aug

I created a clay sculpture entitled “I Hate My Purse” for a Power of the Purse silent auction event to benefit women and children’s issues. The piece was inspired by a chapter (titled “I hate My Purse”) in Nora Ephron’s “I Feel Bad about my Neck and other Thoughts on Being a Woman.”

I was reading this chapter aloud to my husband, while we were on an airplane. I was laughing so hard tears were rolling down my face. I could barely speak the words. Every woman I know could relate to these words: (the following is an excerpt)

“Here is what happens with your purse. You start small. You start pledging yourself to neatness. You start with the things you absolutely need…but within seconds your purse has accumulated the debris of a lifetime. The cosmetics have fallen out of the shiny cosmetics bag (okay, you forgot to zip it up), the coins have fallen out of your wallet (okay you have forgotten to fasten the coin compartment), the credit cards are somewhere in the abyss (okay you forgot to put your VISA back in your wallet after you bought the sunblock that is now oozing into the lining..”

I created my “I Hate My Purse” piece to illustrate the kind of “purse chaos” described by Nora Ephron in her hysterically funny essay. Here is an outside and inside photo of it.Outside of "I hate my purse" pieceInterior of "I hate My Purse"

The Jeremiah Project

21 Aug

 Each Friday I like to post tips/suggestions for ideal ways to live your weekend. This week it’s about doing good works.

I founded a program called The Jeremiah Project which is an after school and summer pottery, drama, and digital arts program for at-risk middle school aged kids. Last Friday was the culmination of a summer of artistic and theatrical activities. A musical performance and art exhibit was held at the Walt Disney World Boys and Girls Club in a predominantly lower income community near Orlando, Florida. Kids lip synced and moon-walked to Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Beat It; they tumbled and stilt walked under the direction of Cirque du Soleil instruction, and exhibited the ceramics and photographs they created in our summer Jeremiah program.
 
The pride these kids experienced as a standing room only crowed cheered and whistled at their accomplishments, was palpable. One little girl, who has been in five different foster homes this summer, cried when she beheld the beautiful ceramic tray she had painstakingly glazed, saying “I can’t believe I made something this beautiful”. Another eighth grade girl said, “You know when you compliment me it helps my self esteem”.
Not all of these kids are going to pursue art as they grow older, but the experience has expanded them in ways they did not know were possible. They never knew they could throw a bowl on a pottery wheel or walk upright on stilts. One boy commented as he manipulated a digital image on his computer, “You know, I’m thinking I might become a doctor when I grow up.”
Yeah, I think helping kids think bigger, is a great way to spend a weekend.B&G Club pottery

 

 

 

 

I’m an official Baby-Boomerian at Boomer Cafe!

18 Aug

 I’m really excited. I just found out Boomer Café, an online magazine designed for Baby Boomers, has published an article I wrote entitled, “Life after Boomerang Kids”. I hope you will read the article.

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