Winding down and firing up

Personal Narrative
Wrote Zora Neale Hurston, "There are years that ask questions and years that answer." There are also years that break your heart and years that fill them. And some years are simply a rollercoaster of questions, answers, exclamations, proclamations, numbness, anger, heartache and love. [caption id="attachment_3203" align="alignleft" width="225"] The kiddos, Blue and me. #blendedfamily[/caption] 2014 was one of those years. It bore witness the passing of beloved icons, the reclamation of beauty, horrific brutality and engaging art. Just everything. In the midst of the collective tragedies and celebrations, I enjoyed my own milestones and joy-filled events. This year flew by. They say the older you get, the more quickly time seems to pass. I'm not sure when or if the trend reverses, but I do know I'm finding it difficult to grasp…
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Have you made art today?

Love
I've been asking myself this question daily as of late. In part, because it reminds me that I am an artist – something I've only recently embraced. And in part, because it spurs me to action if the answer is no. There's a lot going on these days. It seems some of us have become caught in a cycle of  seeking and finding the worst in each other. Of creating solutions that perpetuate vengeance and violence rather than compassion or healing. When reality is ugly, brutal, far from utopia and idealism, art shows us beauty and possibility. It encourages. Resonates. Reminds. It gives us new questions and new ideas. It pushes. Heals. Helps us to expand. Art is activism. Whether you paint or dance or cook or sew or write or act…
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