Is it an omen that their latest exhibit was called "I'm okay"?

Acoustic Neuroma? What the heck…?

(The image above is “Patient Girl,” by LA artists, the Clayton Brothers. Experience more of their work at Print Magazine or their website. Used with permission.) This is AN Awareness Week, part of Brain Tumor Awareness Month, so I wanted to share a few facts about that little stowaway inside my head. First, an acoustic neuroma (AN) is a tumor of the ear/brain/balance/facial nerves. Here’s what a small … Continue reading Acoustic Neuroma? What the heck…?

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The World Needs Your Truth

The arts connect us with feelings and experiences. They amplify the power of our wisdom, but only when we open ourselves up to connecting. It’s a two way street. To pave it, you have to lay out your raw vulnerable truth and let other people drive all over it. On Saturday, May 7, I’ll be speaking at the Menilfest/Gulf Coast Indie Book Fair on “Sharing Our … Continue reading The World Needs Your Truth

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Going Full Circle

(Photo above is in the cafe at Full Circle Books.) Scissortail was just great.  It’s this quiet, but crowded literary fest filled with a bunch of professors and literary editors sharing their own words.  And they are AWESOME. Each poet or author reads their own work for 15-20 minutes. A couple of my faves were Brent Newsome, Mary Anna Evans and Elizabeth Raby. (Okay, that was … Continue reading Going Full Circle

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Art Crawl: Resurrection

This morning as the world is celebrating Resurrection, my thoughts are spiraling on the women of Nigeria, the heroes of Ireland’s Easter Rising and the role of art in elevating our world, our everyday existance.  Art’s transformative power has never been more needed. Ephemeral images endure in our hearts’ memory:   No matter how subtle:   Sometimes we rise by stepping back:   By defying expectations: … Continue reading Art Crawl: Resurrection