I began my second locs journey a week ago. When I first loc’d my hair 13+ years ago, I was five months pregnant, dealing with the losses of Post-Katrina New Orleans, and adjusting to a new normal. Although I had “gone natural” four years before, the time never felt right for loc’ing. Until then. I … Continue reading Loc’d: Second Journey
Art is the only way to run away without leaving home. –Twyla Tharp I’ve mentioned–on numerous occasions–I’m not an artist, but I’ve been playing around with my few art supplies lately, enjoying the feel of ink and colored pencils on the pages of a hardly used sketch journal tossed out by a friend. This summer … Continue reading Doodle Flowers: Show Me Your Art
I always want to talk about important subjects, but with hope. Music is supposed to heal people. — Fatoumata Diawara At the beginning of the year, I thought I’d focus on developing my monochrome photography skills, but life got in the way. Before I pressed pause on that venture, though, I was able to coordinate … Continue reading Good Vibes | Music, Hope, and Monochrome Mayhem
My home office is a complete, utter mess. The books and papers are literally closing in on me. There is a narrow path from the door to the desk and my favorite thinking place–the window. Other than that, every space is covered with stacks of books and piles of paper. At some point, I’ll spend … Continue reading Be the Light!
As my artist’s statement explains, my work is utterly incomprehensible and is therefore full of deep significance. –Calvin, Calvin and Hobbes, Bill Watterson I spent most of today sitting at my window in silence, untangling thoughts, and fighting icky feelings that were trying to take root. I needed to press pause on my ruminations, so–inspired by … Continue reading An Art Statement: Making a Mess, Restoring Order
“The secret of change is to focus all your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.” –Socrates, character in Way of the Peaceful Warrior, Dan Millman, 1980– About the Image: My Love Notes pal and literary twin, Bianca, sent the postcard above for International Women’s Day. I admired the postcard on … Continue reading The Wind of Change
During my month [plus] of speaking in flowers, I encountered a lot of purple. I read somewhere that purple is rare in nature. My reality speaks otherwise. Here’s a slideshow of some of the purple I captured over the last couple of months.
I participated in the latest round of Love Notes and made a new penfriend! Peggy L, my partner for Love Notes 27, is a retired nurse who’s finding her way to other “identities” and embracing the artist within. Her messages were sweet and cheerful and I looked forward to retrieving each from my post office … Continue reading Sunflowers and Connection
I submitted final grades today [yay!], but I cannot let the semester go until I fulfill my promise to my students to share links to their blogs here on Pics and Posts. Yes–I taught a blogging class this semester! Since this was my first time teaching the course and learning new technology can be difficult … Continue reading Meet My Student Bloggers | If You Build It, Will They Come?
As I was avoiding taking a break from grading and perusing Instagram a few moments ago, I ran across a beautiful list of reminders to carry into the week written by S.C. Lourie, Butterflies and Pebbles on Instagram. Things to know this week: You will grow from whatever the world throws at you. Your precious … Continue reading Butterflies and Pebbles | Things to Know This Week