Storytelling Through Art.
My goal is to show experiences in a meaningful way through short stories and hand-drawn sketches.
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A knight on a white horse. An intense battle scene. The wondering thoughts behind a child's wide eyes. What do all of these have in common?...No, not the latest Netflix show. Books!
Mel laughs as Mariam, her partner at the Italian pizzeria they own, exits the kitchen to serve refills of tea. "Just think about it!" Mel yells after her. Mariam allows the swinging doors to close on her teasing voice.
This is a blog that I originally featured on another site in 2019, about the importance of asking for help and admitting that we might not have it all together…I say “we” because I am still learning how to do this every day! I recently watched the movie Glass and in one crucial scene someone tries to convince the main character that he is not a superhero; he is just a man with a delusion. It wasn’t long before he started to believe it. Often we take other's criticisms like this. I’m curious to see how relevant this post is, almost three years later. Plus, you get the chance to see some of my early art-blog work!
The abandoned barn sits in silence for almost forty years. A haven once cherished, now grown into ruins. The same owner. The same lofty perspectives. Only age has changed the barn and the man. A well-loved tire swing fell from the rafters some twenty-odd years ago, most likely ropes gnawed by hungry rats. Dust and debris gathers in the corners, over the gates, and floating in the air, seemingly never to lift. But there is still life within. Every year around the same time, early autumn, a group of teens gather to smoke, play around, and talk about the already-missed summer days before the school bell rings the following week. The owner, Joel Miller, allows this. He recalls days that he would have done the same. His best childhood friend would never return. And it was his fault.
When I arrived in China, I was in complete culture shock for nearly a month. One of the hardest tasks for me was reading the street signs and picking out certain foods from the restaurant menus. Most of the time if the plastic sheets had pictures, I would state, "I want-" in Mandarin Chinese and point to the item that I was interested in eating. As I got better at the language, I was able to go into a restaurant and cite off a list of memorized orders, hoping that I wasn't asking for something like spiced duck neck. That happened once on an adventurous point-to-the-menu moment, and it actually turned out to be really good! I found that when in doubt, vegetables were a safe bet.
Interview: Desert Bloom Bakery
The following is the transcript of an interview with Heather Dillard at Desert Bloom Bakery desertbloombakery.com. She runs a gluten-free, dairy-free bakery from her home in Plainview, Texas. Heather explains in the video how she started her business and what she has learned through creating delicious treats. A video of the interview is included.
Growing into Courage
“Once upon a time…” It seems like every child knows that a good story is bound to follow this phrase, usually regarding tales from a land far away and quite different from the known world. Beauty and the Beast (Grimm Brothers) was that ideal story for me. In my mind this was an amazing fairytale adventure, and even as a young child I contemplated running away to discover a castle in the woods. Let me put this in perspective: I lived in the middle of the Texas wilderness, and any tree that grew was planted deliberately in a front yard or was more commonly just the bush of a tumbleweed. As an adult, I still have the urge to break out of my box, struggling with the realization that the relationships and experiences that I have right now are still important. However awkward the process of growing up was, it has given me some good insight on what it means to live outside my comfort zone, to experience joy even when I have to stay right where I am. There is evidence that the themes of beauty, insight and courage resonate with many other people as well. This old story has so many reiterations through plays, books, movies, and tv shows. It teaches my inner child to stay alert for new adventures and to always fix my eyes on hope.
Chasing the Stars.
On this starry night, silence engulfs me. Even the shadows are something that won’t come near because there are no trees anymore. Just land, an occasional overturned vehicle, and darkness. The desert stretches for an eternity. Sometimes there are even some human articles of clothing left behind and, more often than I like to see, human bones. It has been this way since I was a pup. I learned very early on not to touch the human bones, no matter what. When I grew into my wolf-like self, I steered clear of all living humans as well, if I could help it.