A Vessel

A special thank you to my mother-in-law, Lynn Burke for sharing Louise Pentz’s art and inspiring journey.   This short film tells the story of Louise Pentz’s evolution as an artist. Thirty years ago, she began making functional pottery, such as teacups and dishes, but eventually lost her passion for it. ¬†Then, one day, she decided to look up the […]

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The Things We Don’t Say

Originally posted on The Off Key Of Life:
Nothing haunts us like the things we don’t say. Mitch Albom This is not an elephant in the room kind of thing where the problem we all acknowledge keeps getting pushed under the carpet. This is more about an unspoken hug. It’s about the things we don’t say because we don’t know if the person we care about wants to hear them or if the words are just inadequate. It’s about love, and pain. It’s about hurt, and loss. It’s about moments that stay with us forever but never get acknowledged once we’ve moved past them. It’s about remembering, and forgetting. It’s about understanding, and learning. It’s about wanting to put your arms around someone you care about and tell them you can’t begin to understand their hurt or loss but you think about them everyday. It’s about wanting to let them know that you see past the smile. This is about learning to live with the kind of loss that is not openly discussed. It’s about what if, and never was. It’s about what you can’t get back, and what you can’t let go. It’s about remembering. It’s always about remembering. So when I walked over and hugged you the other day for no apparent reason , it was my way of letting you know that I remember, too. That I wish things were different for you. For all of us.…

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The Other

*This is simply an account of a personal experience. ¬†I shall not debate any aspect of politics, religion, or cultural issues on this blog. ¬†Disrespectful comments will be deleted. ¬†Thank you.   Not too long ago, I visited a quaint town north of the Rappahannock River in Virginia—a place with lovely architecture, scenic views, upscale shops, galleries, and restaurants. ¬†One day, as I was exploring the town, I decided to go into one of the art galleries. ¬†I entered and exchanged a few niceties with the salesperson. Accustomed to tourists, she asked where I was from. “Virginia,” I answered. “What part of Virginia?” she probed. “I live between Roanoke and Lynchburg,” I said. To which she responded, “Oh, you’re from the other Virginia.” Let me just say…..I knew what she meant. ¬†Her tone and facial expression conveyed arrogance and superiority. ¬†It was a comment that carried a negative connotation regarding a particular view of the political, religious, and cultural identities of people living south of the Rappahannock River–what some historians call the “grits line.” I glanced in her direction and smiled. ¬†Because, y’all know in the other Virginia, many of us are taught the old adage: ¬†“If you can’t say something nice, then don’t say anything at all.” ¬†So, I continued to walk around, viewing the artwork silently. ¬†As I made my way through the gallery, these questions crossed my mind. “Is she trying to be offensive? Or, bless her […]

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The Harmony and Peace Award

Thank you to Coach Muller, the author of the inspirational blog called Good Time Stories,¬†for¬†awarding me with the¬†Harmony and Peace Award! ¬†I am honored to be in such good company.¬† ¬† This award was created by the ¬†Idealistic Rebel ~IN HER OWN WORDS~ ‚ÄúI created this new award to celebrate all those who promote Harmony & Peace, and who add […]

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