Welcome to February Pt. 1

Monday, February 13, 2017

I know I'm long overdue for a post but this isn't it. This month in celebration of Black History Month (it's also Women in Horror Month) I've been changing my Facebook profile picture to a new piece of work by black female artists (writers, singers, painters, poets- all arts) and since we're halfway through the month I thought I would post all of the people I've shared so far. The idea came to me a few days into the month so there are a couple days not represented.

How I pick artists has been an interesting journey for me. They can't simply be black and female. The art has to speak to me in some way. Whether I like the arrangement, the colors, the subject. All of the art I picked was not random. This has been such a fun project for me. I'm finding artists I've never heard of whose work evokes a reaction in me. So here are the pieces from the first half of the month.

This is the picture that started the idea. I wanted to change my profile picture to a black Rosie the Riveter in solidarity with women of color, our current political environment and Black History Month. The next day I decided to seek artists of color.

Artist: Benjamin Biayenda https://benbiayenda.myportfolio.com/projects

Next was a quote from this song by the wonderful Nina Simone

This painting reminds me of a tiger painting that graced our family room wall when I was a kid.

Artist: Loïs Mailou Jones http://www.loismailoujones.com/

I just couldn't resist the colors in the next piece...

Artist: Shinique Smith http://shiniquesmith.com/

 This sculpture spoke to how I'm feeling politically right now. (I couldn't find a direct website link for Chakaia)

Artist: Chakaia Booker http://www.artnet.com/artists/chakaia-booker/

Who doesn't love A Clockwork Orange? This one made me smile.
Artist Amy Sherald http://www.amysherald.com/

Reminds me of a nymph or sprite you'd find deep in an mystical wood. 

Artist: Wangechi Mutu http://wangechimutu.com/

Love the colors and the uniqueness of this installation.

Artist: Ebony G. Patterson. http://ebonygpatterson.com/
Wise words from a poet...

Nikki Giovanni - poet http://www.nikki-giovanni.com/
Really, it's the handsome kitty that drew me to this one although it looks like he's not a nice kitty judging from the woman's position.

Artist: Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze http://rubyamanze.com/

More fabulous use of colors and fabrics!
Artist: Brianna McCarthy http://www.briannamccarthy.com/

That sums up the first half of the month. Stay tuned for part 2 when February closes.

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The Election Is Over And I Still Feel Icky

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

I'm waking up this morning in a country I feel like I barely know or understand. Donald Trump has apparently won enough electoral votes to become the next president of the United States.


As a Bernie Sanders supporter this scrapes the bottom of the worst-possible-outcome barrel. We are now a country moving backward in the tide of forward thinking change. We are now a country in distress.

I just ordered a handful (because the loss of one or two is inevitable) of American Flag lapel pins. I plan to wear one, upside down, every day for the next 4 years to show just how distressed I believe this country is as well as how distressed I am as an American with a person like Trump at the wheel. My pins should arrive on Tuesday.

I thought I felt icky when I had to register as a Democrat to vote for Bernie, I have never been ashamed of this country - today I am.

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Goodbye Anchovy

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

My old guy passed away on September 12. Sadly, I wasn't home with him. I was on my way home from a trip to Colorado, riding in a car somewhere in Kansas when I got the call from my bestie (and pet sitter) that Anchovy wasn't looking very well. I trust my girl, Jen. We worked together at an animal hospital for a lot of years; if she says it's time then it's time. I'm exceptionally saddened that I wasn't here to be with him. We were together almost 17 years, why couldn't he wait three more days?

I'll miss his little alien looking self. I always jokingly said if Anchovy were a person he would be a gay French dude. He's going to be terribly missed.

Pike on the left, Anchovy on the right. Both have now passed.
Oddly, he left in the same time frame that he came in. Pike was my first kitty and when he turned 6 Anchovy came to live with us. Pike passed 6 years ago and now Anchovy has followed him.

My little family is shrinking alarmingly. We've gone from 7 bodies in the van to 4 in a little over a year.  Dandy. Dot and Tadpole are all close to the same age 6/7 so hopefully we won't be suffering any more losses any time soon.
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Views from the Trip to Montana

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

The most terrifying horse statue I've ever seen. The head swayed with the wind - it's seriously creepy as fuck.

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Paisley Park in Pictures

Saturday, July 09, 2016

I recently traveled through Minneapolis and being a child of the 80's I had to stop at Prince's place. Paisley Park is now a shrine to a wonderfully talented man who left us far too soon.

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Always remember - Pike - Passed away 2010 surrounded by love and light.

Always Remember - Gobie - passed away 4/25/15 surrounded by love and light.

Always Remember - Cuda- passed away 5/19/15 surrounded by love and light.

Always Remember - Anchovy - passed away 9/12/16 surrounded by love and light.

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