The Obvious Child: New Rom-Com Talks About Abortion

The other night I finally had the chance to catch Obvious Child, the new film starring Jenny Slate. It's been a while since I've seen a movie in the theater, but I wanted to make sure I saw this one on the big screen—not for aesthetic reasons but for political ones. I want my money to register as part of its box office take....more
Great post. Scripts seem to find rape storylines easy to roll out, so there should be no reason ...more

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

An Interesting Story for My One Follower

I popped on to BlogHer yesterday and discovered that I actually have a follower.  In all the years of my blogging, I have never had a follower and honestly, amassing followers hasn't been one of my top priorities.  That being said, now that I have a follower, I have to write interesting stories to keep my follower interested....more

Afghan Girl Pursues Art Despite Death Threats From Taliban

For most children, making art is a hobby or part of playtime, but for a 6 year-old Afghan girl, it's become a path to freedom, even when faced with death threats.For Shah Bibi Tarakhail, art was not something she was exposed to until she lost her right eye and most of her right arm after mistakenly picking up a grenade in her village in Afghanistan. That horrific tragedy might have been enough to push any adult or child into depression, or prevent them from creating anything, but not Shah Bibi....more

When She Spoke

When She Spoke By Marisa Bernhard When she spoke, she didn't speak with gracefulness or with a smooth flow of words. Her speech was always choppy and broken up.She struggled with words, not because of an impediment of any kind but because it was so much easier for her to be silent....more
LilyLeung she is quiet but gets her point across :) thanks for readingmore

Tangled Tuesday No. 12

This has been a rather fun week of tangling, due in part to a last-minute pre-BlogHer '14 creative project that was sparked by a link (along with a not-so-subtle suggestion!) sent my way by a friend and taken on by yours truly. I can't share it with you just yet, as I'm not quite finished... ...more

The Obvious Child: New Rom-Com Talks About Abortion

The other night I finally had the chance to catch Obvious Child, the new film starring Jenny Slate. It's been a while since I've seen a movie in the theater, but I wanted to make sure I saw this one on the big screen—not for aesthetic reasons but for political ones. I want my money to register as part of its box office take....more
Great post. Scripts seem to find rape storylines easy to roll out, so there should be no reason ...more

Your Life As Art

Art is a HUGE factor in all I am and do.  I enjoy creating it.  I enjoy visiting galleries and admiring it!   For years I studied it, and consider getting a degree about collecting it. It inspires my coaching practice, as I nurture the inner artist in each of us....more

Children Delight in Pets

The Canadian scientist, David Suzuki , believes that all children need to bond with animals and if they haven’t the chance to connect with real animals then they will turn their attention to stuffed or cartoon animals to try to fulfil that inborn desire. He calls it a “grotesque” substitution. I think there is a lot of truth to Suzuki’s idea. Animals are part of creation and to live as we were intended to live, we need to touch the earth, plants and animals as well as other people to grow into well-adjusted adults....more

FIRST APPLES OF THE SEASON pink and green original oil painting Margaret Aycock

I took my new puppy over to the community garden and found some apples on the ground.  I wasn't quite sure whether the apples on the tree were quite ripe yet but the one's on the ground were fair game for using in a painting and then eating so here is a little study that I did of them.  I could have taken them a step further but I liked the lose feel of this little study so I think I will mark it finished and pop it on ebay. To visit my painting blog CLICK HERE...more

Harper Lee: You Don’t Know Me

More than 50 years ago Nelle Harper Lee wrote a book called “To Kill a Mockingbird”.   It was her one and only book and it is a masterpiece, but the story behind it has always been a tantalizing enigma. ...more