What Maya Angelou Knew

It is a gray and misty day, hovering somewhere between lovely and lonely. I am sitting on my train, riding into the city, as to my right the Hudson river looms, placid and colorless, doing its best imitation of a lake. ...more
With that wide smile, she helped us all accept our beauty and our gifts.  She expanded the ...more

World Book Night 2014: Giving Away the Book That Shaped Me Most

I was in high school when I fell in love with my favorite book, Catch-22. People often give me the side-eye when I tell them that's my favorite, followed closely by Flowers for Algernon, but that's probably because they read books with plots that don't pull up rock of life and show you the dead leaves underneath. I like to study the rotting leaves and then remind myself to look up and see the magnolia blossoms before it's too late....more

Unconscious Baiting: Gwyneth Paltrow Tells Us Movie Star Parenting Is Harder

In my mind, Gwyneth Paltrow is one of my besties. I hate it when she proves me wrong....more
@JennaHatfield Bravo and absolutely agreed!more

Baby's First Day at the Beach, Mother Child O/C painting Margaret Aycock NR

Some of my fondest memories are those spent at the ocean on the Carolina coast.  I often revisit those times with paint and canvas.  Going to the beach usually involved extended family, always a new baby or two, and lots of grown-ups to watch the joy of first experiences with sand and sea....more

Egypt's Newest Music Style: Mahragan

 There is a new underground music style quickly gaining popularity in Egypt, especially around the suburbs of Cairo....more

Your List of "Things You Should Never Say" is Not Helpful

     A few weeks back, a friend posted this article on Facebook titled, "Ten Things You Should Never Say To Someone With Chronic Pain".  These things float around on every topic.  "Nine Things You Should Never Say to Breastfeeding Mothers", "Top Eight Things You Don't Mention to Foster Parents", "Five Things You Should Never Say to Someone With Bi-Racial Children" etc.  I could go on forever.  Except this time, I just felt super irritated when I finished it.  I couldn't figure out why for a long time.  Then, a light bulb went off....more

Finding the Name of the REAL Artist

This stunning painting has garnered many inquiries on my blog.  I stumbled on it on Pinterest  where it was entitled ” What Jesus Did for Me” by  Yongkim Kim.  Many people, churches and websites asked how to contact the artist but I couldn’t discover anything  further. However a diligent reader, Amanda, discovered the artist's true identity, Yongsung Kim. To contact the artist directly, email taimen@naver.com ....more

Chitrashala: A Museum In The Clouds

Chitrashala: A Museum In The CloudsPosted on July 4, 2014 by aborrowedbackpack ...more

Faces of Children Around the Globe

Artists  delight in painting the faces of children, capturing their innocence, wonder and even bewilderment.by Zhang Li (1958, Chinese)Portrait de jeune filleby Francois-Emile Barraud (1899-1934, Swiss) ...more