Monday, February 5, 2018

what is your little thing??? here's Wangari Maathai's little thing ...


It's the little things citizens do.
That's what will make the difference. 
My little thing is planting trees. 
Wangari Maathai


Remembering Wangari Maathai, First African Woman to Win Nobel Prize



Wangari Maathai was an amazing woman who did amazing things just following her heart, doing what she knew in her heart was the right thing to do.  She empowered women and fought for the environment.  I highly recommend that you learn more about her and her work, the Green Belt Movement!
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Sunday, February 4, 2018

no doubt ... this is my religion!!


Desiderata


Go placidly amid the noise and haste,
and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible without surrender
be on good terms with all persons.
Speak your truth quietly and clearly;
and listen to others,
even the dull and the ignorant;
they too have their story.
Avoid loud and aggressive persons,
they are vexations to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others,
you may become vain and bitter;
for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself.
Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans.
Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs;
for the world is full of trickery.
But let this not blind you to what virtue there is;
many persons strive for high ideals;
and everywhere life is full of heroism.
Be yourself.
Especially, do not feign affection.
Neither be cynical about love;
for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment
it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years,
gracefully surrendering the things of youth.
Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune.
But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings.
Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline,
be gentle with yourself.
You are a child of the universe,
no less than the trees and the stars;
you have a right to be here.
And whether or not it is clear to you,
no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God,
whatever you conceive Him to be,
and whatever your labors and aspirations,
in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams,
it is still a beautiful world.
Be cheerful.
Strive to be happy.

Max Ehrmann, Desiderata
Copyright 1952.

no doubt, my dears, no doubt!!
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Saturday, February 3, 2018

may this dress bring us all courage to face what we need to face!


Courage is nothing less than the power
To overcome danger, misfortune, fear, injustice,
While continuing to affirm inwardly
That life with all its sorrows is good;
That everything is meaningful even if in a sense
Beyond our understanding;
And there is always tomorrow. 

Dorothy Thompson 
(9 July 1893 – 30 January 1961)
was an American journalist and radio broadcaster, who in 1939 was recognized by Time magazine as the second most influential woman in America next to Eleanor Roosevelt.[1] She is notable as the first American journalist to be expelled from Nazi Germany in 1934 and as one of the few women news commentators on radio during the 1930s.[2] She is regarded by some as the "First Lady of American Journalism."[3]https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dorothy_Thompson
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Friday, February 2, 2018

February, the month of LOVE!!!


There is only one happiness in this life, 
to love and be loved. 
George Sand

love, mom

p.s. Feel free to download and print out this calendar 
for your personal use this month.
 if you are having problems downloading or printing the calendar, 
just leave a comment & email and I will send you a PDF. 

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

inhale, exhale, savor ...



“Savor life: don’t just breathe it in; 
exhale the moment to intake the next.” 
KC Rhoads

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Monday, January 29, 2018

what are your dreams today??

'take to the sky ...' (2003) @virginiafitzgerald
"Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, 
we lose the excitement of possibilities. 
Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning."
Gloria Steinem

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

'this comes from within ...' (2009) 




Poem for the Woman Who Doesn't Want a Daughter

I want you to look at yourself in the mirror & say
“& God created Woman & she is good”

I want you to look at yourself in the mirror
& say “God is a Woman”

I want you to look at yourself in the mirror
& say “I am God’s Daughter”

I want you to look at yourself
with a lover’s eye
& write a poem about yourself that way

I want you to taste yourself & feel yourself & smell yourself
& study how to please yourself
the way you study
the way you were trained to study
to please men

I want you to study women walkin’ down the street
the way you study men
How their hips swing & their breasts sway
& their hair goes freeing the wind
& I want you to exult & sing
“I am one of them”

I want you to bathe yourself like a baby
with scented oil till you gleam

I want you to watch the muscles of women ripple
& say to yourself
how beautiful it is when women are strong

I want you to go to your hairdresser
& say “I want it natural
I like the way I am”

I want you to go through a hundred women’s magazines
& tear out every page on cosmetics & beauty care
& how to reduce yourself to a shadow
& make a fire & let them burn

I want you to boycott perfumed toilet paper
& use an outhouse for a week
in the heat of the summer
& sit there with the door hangin’ open
& look out at the trees

I want you to study proud woman
& character lines
in the faces of old women
& think on every women in your life
who did you good

I want you to find a portrait
of a great woman
& paste it over your television screen

I want you to ask for help from other women
& help them in return

& every time you feel turned on
I want you to close your eyes & say
“This is me
This comes from within”

By Karen Ethelsdattar
from at our core women writing about power
by sandra haldeman martz


this poem inspired the title of my installation, 'this comes from within ...' (2009) at Medicine Wheel Productions in South Boston.  It was a monumental experience for me on many levels, one being the rediscovery of this great book, 'at our core', and this poem!! love, mom

P.S. I would put a picture of Gertrude Stein on my television screen!!! who would you put there??

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Saturday, January 27, 2018

Today be fearless!! Stand up for yourself!!


Be brave and be fearless, 
and for God's sake, 
stand up for yourself. 
Gretchen Carlson

simply this!!
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Friday, January 26, 2018

RIP Ursula Le Guin and thank you!!!

'dress of bread ...' (2010) Portland, OR

“Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, 
it has to be made, like bread; 
remade all the time, made new.” 

October 21, 1929 - January 22, 2018





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Thursday, January 25, 2018

Happy Birthday Virginia Woolf!




“A self that goes on changing is a self that goes on living.”

I love this quote so much because I used to believe that at a certain point in one's life you are done 'growing'?!?! I had this idea that you worked off a check list of achievements and then you were set, an adult?!? I can't believe that is what I thought but I remember being in my twenties when a fellow artist challenged that idea and suddenly I saw everything anew!!

One never stops growing and changing!! That is one of the amazing things about living, every day is a new adventure, offering new lessons, new joys, new tastes, smells and sights.  
So remember that my dears, embrace change!! 
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