17 January 2012

Peanut Butter Drop!

A few weeks ago, my friend Marc decided to collect peanut butter. The food bank didn't fare so well on donations this past holiday. And, their number 1 request for food: peanut butter. Peanut butter is a great source of protein. Sadly, far too many people go without food these days. Actually 1 in 6 Tennesseans struggle with hunger. So Marc rallied everyone together and we each bought 1 or 2 jars. Check out Marc's message below.

"115.5 lbs of peanut butter collected so far! 78 jars! Wow. That's about 3600 sandwiches and change. And who says a small group of people can't make a difference?

Not to scare you guys (don't worry, I won't ask any more of you this year), but I can see this as an annual thing, and I can see it getting pretty big. If you're interested in hearing ideas for next year, and bringing up some of your own, I really think this could be something great for the food bank and for all of us to be a part of. Send me a personal message so we don't have to bother everyone with these group emails, and I'll organize something. I'll make a private group on Facebook and we can keep in touch.

Once again, you have all been wonderful... over 85% participation. And I guarantee that the people at the Food Bank will be very appreciative of everything you've done, so let me pass along their thanks in advance. I know it's just a couple of jars of peanut butter, but it will mean way more to someone who's hungry. Thanks again. Thanks thanks thanks I can't say it enough."

So check out your local food bank . . . Maybe there is an item you and your friends can rally around? Once or twice a year? It can make all the difference. Cultivate change.

06 January 2012

Valentine's Prep!

In the wake of the December holidays, we prepare for Valentine's! Hope everyone is having a wonderful winter season! Ours has been unusually Spring-like! Cheers, 2012!

01 January 2012

2012: Best Wishes!

This year I happened to be in Savannah, GA for New Year's Eve. And, it was such a great little visit! I had a wonderful time with family and friends, and getting to know the town a bit.

We visited the brand new museum owned by SCAD. It is a beautiful building with a great must-see inaugural show! And, I got to see Brighter Day, owned by Peter and Janie Brodhead (Dede's brother). What was most fun was going to the beach! Tybee Island is about 40 minutes from Savannah and totally worth the drive. (See above: giant beaches!)

On the eve of 2012, we all decided to add some dress-up to our night. I had a plastic star sticking out of my hair, donned a mustache for the pic above, and dad wore his Mark Twain-inspired eyebrows all night long. Dede ran around in a tiara and pink boa! The day started out at Six Pence Pub, moved to Lamy and Paul Buck's house--complete with a giant bonfire, and ended up at a house-christening: friends of Janie and Peter, Steve and his wife bought and renovated the oldest Queen Anne Victorian house in Savannah, right alongside Forsyth Park. A Hoot of a night!

While away, I quickly scribbled down some New Year's resolutions. Here they are, in no particular order.

1. FINANCIAL STABILITY: Being a freelance artist comes with certain drawbacks. The pay is not steady, but can be great at times. My hope for 2012 is that I am able to secure a position that will enable me to worry less about my daily needs. (This is probably my biggest resolution--an umbrella resolution if you will, one that will affect other goals: a visit to the dentist (teeth don't fail me now), taking weekly Hot Yoga classes (oh my back), supporting education and arts-based Kickstarter projects, updating my wardrobe, and finally running that half marathon.)

2. MAKE MORE ART: 2011 was an extremely busy year for me. And, I hope it continues. For 2012, I would like to participate in as many art shows as I can, provided that the quantity of shows does not outweigh the quality of the work. (See that yarn below: images like this are things of my dreams!)

3. BEGIN TO COOK AGAIN: I used to cook all the time. Sadly, I have not even been to the grocery store once--for groceries--since moving back to Nashville (a whole year!). For 2012, I will start cooking again, using fresh ingredients and exciting new recipes. I want to be able to entertain friends and focus on healthy foods.

4. SEE [PEOPLE] MORE: I am a bit of a workaholic. And, I have a tendency to hole up in my studio for days. I need to get out more. In 2012, I hope to see my nephews, sister Kerry, and my mother more. I hope to travel to various parts of the United States and possibly see another country (my wish list includes France and Spain).

5. READ/WRITE/READ. Not online. Real, live books. I want to surround myself with words. I want to read more, write more, and get back to the poetry I was writing in Baltimore.

To a happy and gracious 2012! Let's get this party started!