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AUTUMN

Autumn is one of my favorite seasons. Actually I appreciate each season, but autumn for the changing leaves. Maples are my favorite this time of year with their wide array of the orange/red spectrum: some moving toward pink, others almost … Continue reading

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Lillian E. Smith Center

Last month, I enjoyed a visit to the Blue Ridge Mountains and a residency at the Lillian E. Smith Center for Creative Arts. Nancy and Robert Fichter are the gracious hosts of the Center. They have a way of making you feel … Continue reading

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Paul Klein on Fine Art vs. Craft

Paul Klein spoke on Fine Art vs. Craft at ARC Gallery in Chicago during the opening for Encaustic U.S.A. He was a co-juror for this exhibition along with Shelley Gilchrist. Paul also talked about guidelines for success for artists. The event was well attended. He … Continue reading

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Fairyland (A Book Review)

Fairyland: A Memoir of My Father is a new book by Alysia Abbot. It recounts the story of a young girl growing up in San Francisco with an openly gay father. I had the pleasure of meeting Alysia while at residence … Continue reading

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Don’t Forget to Breathe…

It seems that the breath is the first place we become disconnected from the body—in daily life, in stressful situations, in over-concentration. The breath is also a wonderful tool to bring you back to the moment, to bring you back … Continue reading

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Spring is coming!

Daylight sayings time is one of my favorite times of the year. I think of it as a holiday. During the dark nights of the winter months, I tend to hibernate. The longer nights seem to signal to my psyche … Continue reading

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TRUTH VS FACTS

“…[T]he act of imagination is bound up with memory. You know, they straightened out the Mississippi River in places, to make room for houses and livable acreage. Occasionally the river floods these places. ‘Floods’ is the word they use, but … Continue reading

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Toni Morrison

In my last post I spoke about deciding between three amazing women/artists to focus my next semester of work in The History of Interdisciplinary Arts at Columbia. In this post I will tell you why I chose Toni Morrison. Or rather, as I … Continue reading

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Nina, Toni, Ntozake

In my History of Interdisciplinary Arts course at Columbia College, we will be focusing on a time and place in history, and each student will choose an artist on which to focus their inquiry. We were asked to pick a decade and … Continue reading

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Partner Thai Bodywork Workshop

On Saturday, February 16, from 5-7pm, I will be leading a Partner Thai Bodywork Workshop at Tula Yoga in Logan Square. What is Thai Bodywork? It is an ancient energy-based healing system which, like yoga, helps to bring the mind/body/spirit complex back into … Continue reading

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