U N W R A P P I N G

“Even when you’d lost everything you thought there was to lose, somebody came along and gave you something for free.”
~ Jenny Valentine

C O M P A S S I O N

“When you give yourself permission to communicate what matters to you in every situation you will have peace despite rejection or disapproval. Putting a voice to your soul helps you to let go of the negative energy of fear and regret.”
~ Shannon L. Alder

P A L M S

“As he lifted the leather-bound cover, the musty smell of paper rose up. He turned the first mottled leaf and looked down at an elaborately drawn image. A brimming goblet was decorated with curling vines and bunches of grapes. But instead of wine or water, the cup was filled with words.
John stared at the alien symbols. He could not read. Around the goblet a strange garden grew. Honeycombs dripped and flowers like crocuses sprouted among thick-trunked trees. Vines draped themselves about their branches which bristled with leaves and bent under heavy bunches of fruit. In the far background John spied a roof with a tall chimney. His mother settled beside him.
‘Palm trees…’ she said. ‘These are dates. Honey came from the hives and saffron came from these flowers. Grapes swelled on the vine…”
~Lawrence Norfolk

P R O T E C T E D

I didn’t tell them where I was going, only said I’d be gone all day. I drove through fog and twisted mountains for three hours to enter iron gates, park, and visit her grave.

L I B E R A L I T A S

“If I had nothing to give, how much effort would you expend to continue pouring love into me?” she asked.

A F L O A T

Carrying children on our backs is not only visual art but reality…

E U P H O N Y

In 2017 a group of teachers from an elementary school in California distributed one envelope to each of their students at the school’s weekly assembly where the principal took the stage to challenge them to a game of “Friday Flambé” in conclusion of Speak Kindness Week.

N A R C I S S U S

My hope is that there is a hidden Nadine in everyone just dying to come out at the right moment cause mine comes out whenever the hell she feels like it and isn’t audience specific.