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How I Spent My Summer Vacation Five/My Husband’s New Love

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Five/My Husband’s New Love

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web This is the fifth in a series of posts written after a summer spent chiefly at home during the time of COVID-19. Except for occasional grocery trips, visiting my mother, or […]

Summer Learning 8: Clay Is Fun/Clay Is Hard

Summer Learning 8: Clay Is Fun/Clay Is Hard

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison I spent most of my summer getting dirty and looking like this: And it was glorious! I would spend the early morning hours getting stuff done around the house, writing, or […]

Summer Learning 7: MA Art Museums

Summer Learning 7: MA Art Museums

Inside the museums, infinity goes up on trial Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while But Mona Lisa must’ve had the highway blues You can tell by the way she smiles – Bob Dylan, Visions of Johanna How fortunate I am to live in Massachusetts, where in anywhere between an hour and three […]

Summer Learning 6: New Horizon

Summer Learning 6: New Horizon

“My vision for New Horizon was really to create a sculpture that was living; something that could create a moment in time as opposed to something that was made of form and was solid. Artworks which one can seek out or explore. Artworks that are time-based, that can burn hot for temporary moments. Artworks that […]

Summer Learning 4: Street Art in Philadelphia

Summer Learning 4: Street Art in Philadelphia

“When you walk down the street and see something in a crazy spot, there’s something powerful about that. The street will always be an important part of getting art out there for me.” – Shepard Fairey We went to Philadelphia for a wedding during the last week of June. In the time around the wedding events, […]

Summer Learning 2: The Rodin Museum

Summer Learning 2: The Rodin Museum

“I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.” Auguste Rodin We went to Philadelphia for a wedding during the last week of June. In the time around the wedding events, my husband, Dick, and I explored the city on foot taking in artworks of all kinds. The first morning we […]

The Names Dress (With My Name!)

The Names Dress (With My Name!)

“There is no limit to beauty, no saturation point in design, no end to the material” – Salvatore Ferragamo Today I’m honored and excited to share the news that my name has been included in the Names Dress, which is on display at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy! The Names Dress is a wearable, compostable conceptual […]

Reflection: My Wicked SmART #NAEA19 Experience

Reflection: My Wicked SmART #NAEA19 Experience

Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building. – A. Bartlett Giamatti It has been two weeks since 6000 art educators descended on Boston for the 2019 National Art Education Association annual convention. […]

Happy New Year! Bonn Ane!

Happy New Year! Bonn Ane!

Good News To Start The New Year!/Bon Nouvèl Kòmanse Yon Ane Nouvo! Around this time last year, five members of the St. Gabriel Haiti Ministry visited our sister parish, St. Anne in Sucrerie Henri, Haiti.  As well as being a pastoral visit to maintain our twinning relationship, we went to see how our monetary support […]

The Haiti Posts: A Directory

The Haiti Posts: A Directory

Dlo pa janbe trou./Water does not cross over holes. It must first fill the hole, before it can move on. – Haitian Proverb Here is a directory of the six posts I’ve shared about the recent trip to Haiti by our small delegation of travelers from the St. Gabriel the Archangel parish: The first is […]

Pale Anglè? Not Yet!: St. Gabriel Trip to Haiti 2018 Five/Five

Pale Anglè? Not Yet!: St. Gabriel Trip to Haiti 2018 Five/Five

Pale Anglè? Not yet!/Speak English? Not yet! This is the fifth and final post from my recent trip to Haiti with a small delegation from St. Gabriel the Archangel. The first post was an introduction, which can be found here. This is my third trip to Haiti, having traveled there in 2007 and 2009. A […]

Let’s Enter In His Sacred House: St. Gabriel Trip To Haiti 2018 Four/Five

Let’s Enter In His Sacred House: St. Gabriel Trip To Haiti 2018 Four/Five

Vini rankontrew Granmèt la. An Antre nan kay sakre li a. Adore Bondye ki plen pouwa./Come and meet the Lord. Let’s enter in His sacred house. Adore the powerful Lord. Clap and rejoice in His presence. This is the fourth post from my recent trip to Haiti with a small delegation from St. Gabriel the […]

A Stone In The Sun: St. Gabriel Trip To Haiti 2018 Three/Five

A Stone In The Sun: St. Gabriel Trip To Haiti 2018 Three/Five

Wòch nan dlo pa konn doulè wòch nan soley./The stone in the water does not know the pain of the stone in the sun. – Haitian Proverb This is the third post from my recent trip to Haiti with a small delegation from St. Gabriel the Archangel. The first post was an introduction, which can […]

The Weight Of His Hand On My Shoulder: St. Gabriel Trip to Haiti 2018 Two/Five

The Weight Of His Hand On My Shoulder: St. Gabriel Trip to Haiti 2018 Two/Five

L’éducation est l’arme la plus puissante que vous pouvez utiliser pour changer le monde./Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world. – Nelson Mandela This is the second post from my recent trip to Haiti with a small delegation from St. Gabriel the Archangel. The first post was an introduction, […]

Rivers, Rides, & Roosters: St. Gabriel Trip To Haiti 2018 One/Five

Rivers, Rides, & Roosters: St. Gabriel Trip To Haiti 2018 One/Five

Chen gen kat pye, men li ka mache nan yon sèl chimen. / A dog has four legs, but it walks in only one path. – Haitian Proverb After an 18 hour travel day, I returned home last Monday night at 10pm. Our day started 4am with a 4.5 hour truck ride to the airport in Port-au-Prince. […]

I Don’t Always Wear My Heart On My Sleeve, But When I Do, It’s In Haiti

I Don’t Always Wear My Heart On My Sleeve, But When I Do, It’s In Haiti

 Sa ki rete nan kè-m dòmi lakay: What is still in my heart sleeps at my home. – Haitian Proverb This post is scheduled to publish as I leave for Haiti very early on Thursday morning. This will be my third trip to Haiti, the first since the 2010 earthquake. I’m writing this post because I’ve […]

A Gift Ten Years in the Making

A Gift Ten Years in the Making

“Life is full of sniffles, sobs and smiles. With sniffles predominating.” ― O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi But not on Christmas. Especially this Christmas. It is what you make of it, isn’t it? You do the things that fill you with Christmas spirit from listening to favorite holiday stories to preparing gifts for […]

ETTSummit 2017

ETTSummit 2017

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust I’m just back home from two days at the EdTechTeacher ETTSummit in Boston and want to write a few lines to keep the inspiration alive that I felt there. I go to a […]

Flat Stanley’s Adventures on the East Coast

Flat Stanley’s Adventures on the East Coast

My middle level art education friend, September, who lives in Michigan, asked over social media for volunteers to take a Flat Stanley for her daughter, Lennie, who is in first grade. Of course, ever since my son was in first grade and had a Flat Stanley returned by President Clinton along with a packet of […]

Feeding Time Ain’t Pretty With Great Egrets

Feeding Time Ain’t Pretty With Great Egrets

I usually use this blog to update my students’ parents, the school community, or my network of art educators about what is happening in the art room. I’m making an exception for this event my husband and I stumbled upon in the St. Andrews State Park in Panama City Beach, Florida, when we were in town for […]