Honk, Honk America!


The bus designed by American artist Barbara Kruger parked outside the

Hyde Park Art Center! (whoop! whoop!)

Discover More:  http://culture.wnyc.org/articles/features/2011/apr/27/art-truck-new-york-city/

Barbara Kruger:  http://americanowandhere.org/artists/25


cowArt, jeremy.

One of my favorite photographers, Jeremy Cowart, will be here in Chicago this December.  I already have a class that Wednesday evening so I won’t be able to make his (one that costs (and means) a wee bit more than the $200 fee … ;))  but will be envious of all those who have a chance to attend.


Incidentally, his organization, Help-Portrait, has an event coming up on December 10th that I am volunteering with…

Find out more (and the Chicago Community page) at http://help-portrait.com/

Pinching Pennies.

Find a penny, pick it up…

I’ve been thinking a lot about that phrase lately, as I recently found a penny on the sidewalk near my house.  I love to find “lucky” pennies.  I remember as a kid being delighted to stick a found penny in my shoe.  Feeling more assured throughout the day with its presence.  As a teacher, it made me laugh to find a penny while walking with my class and to offer it to the 4-year-old holding my hand.  The joy that lit up their face.

Now, as I have transitioned into graduate school, just starting a business, and am trying my hardest to stick to a “creative” life, I find my brain scrambling for safety nets…”in case it doesn’t work out.”  Without the guaranteed 2-week paychecks,  I find myself working and re-working my budget…where will I find those extra pennies?

I read this posting today.  Thankful for the unexpected gifts found in following your dreams.

Manna on the Stoop.  http://www.arthouseamerica.com/blog/manna-on-the-stoop.html

For more…visit Art House America.  http://www.arthouseamerica.com/  Be sure to catch the welcome video by Charlie Peacock.

Prickly on the Outside.

The Hedgehog.

(After the movie...In the elevator.)

Theater Patron:  “Did you just see a movie?”

Me: “I did”

Theater Patron: “Was it The Hedgehog?”

Me: “Yes. It was better than I expected.”

Theater Patron:  “Charming movie.  A truth we don’t often get to see.”

Me: “Yes, I suppose so.”

My list of favorite movies of all time has now been updated.


tortilla soup.

I am on a quest to see the best “food” movies.  I started with Tortilla Soup (2001).  Review coming shortly but let’s just say half way through I needed to go make one of my favorite meals…eggs, spinach, onion, red peppers, black beans, & cheddar cheese in a tortilla.  Yummmmmmmmm….