North and South and East and West

Up until November 8th, I was preparing a historical piece on Sarah Josepha Hale -- my latest historical figure crush, the woman who canvassed for years to secure the Thanksgiving holiday in our national pantheon. To my (albeit limited) knowledge, she was not an advocate of the Henry Wordsworth Longfellow rubbish about Pilgrims and "Indians" [...]

Private battles

The other day I was at Lauralhurst park on my lunch hour, sketching for this picture -- one of two for my friend-who-died's daughter, so she'll be able to see what his fatherhood was like. These have been very satisfying pictures to work on, though of course they are intense to work on as well. Two [...]

The courage of our hearts

On March 9th my husband's friend/boss was killed by a tree. About three weeks later, a woman I know -- a cleaning client -- died after a long, arduous battle with Parkinson's. I have written a LOT about that one, but haven't yet had the heart to post anything about it. So I was [...]

Emotions and politics

"There are two answers to things they will teach you about your land: the real answer and the answer you give in school to pass" I've been holding off on talking about our recent move -- because how interesting is that to anyone but me, really -- but also to do so seems so petty [...]