Reclaiming “Snowflake”—An Extended Metaphor

Posted on Jan 29, 2017 in Blog, rants | No Comments
Reclaiming “Snowflake”—An Extended Metaphor

This country is entering into a new, dark phase of an already long moral winter. A time when too many bundle up only with their loved ones and leave the unfortunate out in the cold.  The emphasis on profit and enforcing privilege has led our hearts to be hardened by a thick permafrost.  But I for one see hope: […]

Rickman and Raison

Posted on Jan 25, 2016 in Blog, life, movies, rants | No Comments
Rickman and Raison

It was last Wednesday, and I woke up and read everything I could find on the internet about Alan Rickman’s life, because he was one of my boyfriends, and I became extremely depressed for the next 24-36 hours. When I was younger, I thought I loved Johnny Depp (who didn’t?) And there was a time […]

I’m Very Nearly Awesome: The Knight Who Nearly

Posted on Jan 16, 2016 in Blog, life, offspring, rants, teaching | No Comments
I’m Very Nearly Awesome: The Knight Who Nearly

So much has changed in the last few years! I was looking through old Blog Post Drafts, and I found this gem about how I very nearly was awesome in 2013. Three years later, I’m in my second year of teaching printmaking fulltime and have a wonderful little boy. I feel like now Blake has […]

A Honky’s musings on contemporary race relations

Posted on Mar 29, 2014 in Blog, life, rants | No Comments

I’ve had to keep off the net for the most part over the last few days, because of the unfortunate #CancelColbert trend on Twitter. It has struck a nerve that continues to nag me. I should say from the outset that you would be hard pressed to find a fella who feels more guilty about […]

Exploring the Unknown: Two Lovely Articles on Art Learning and Practice

Posted on Jan 27, 2014 in art, life, rants | No Comments
Exploring the Unknown: Two Lovely Articles on Art Learning and Practice

I came upon links to two art articles on Facebook over the past week or so, posted upon the pages of Tim Dooley and Brian Hitselberger (scroll to the end for the links to the articles.) I kept them open in tabs all last week, awaiting a free moment of concentration to sit down and […]

A Thanksgiving message

Posted on Nov 23, 2013 in rants | 2 Comments

A few friends, including my cousin Jaime, reposted a link on Facebook to a blog post by Linda Tirado. The article “This Is Why Poor People’s Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense“, has been featured on Huffington Post and other outlets around the web. It’s completely worth reading. Jaime asked her Facebook friends for responses, below […]

Delayed Departure and a Tardy Part XII of 939 Drawings: My Facebook Friends’ Profile Pictures in Watercolor & Ink

Posted on Aug 28, 2013 in art, life, online, rants | 2 Comments

I’ve been busily working on our Etsy shop these past couple of weeks. Blake has started back to school (as of Monday.) And I’m still waiting on clearance from the immigration department so that I can pick a departure date, purchase my plane tickets, and finish packing my bags for the United Arab Emirates. I […]

2,000 Words on Why You Shouldn’t Go to Grad School for Art

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 in art, life, rants | 8 Comments

Okay, so the title of my post is a bit misleading. I’m not necessarily going to advise you, prospective graduate students in art, NOT to go to graduate school. Nor do I necessarily mean to impress upon any other post-grads (“post-ops” seems almost appropriate) a feeling of remorse for having dedicated so much time and […]

Defending my homeland

Posted on Dec 24, 2011 in rants | No Comments

Before you read my post please read Prof. Stephen G. Bloom’s article about Iowa and the caucuses in the Atlantic: Observations From 20 Years of Iowa Life The remainder of the post is my reaction to Bloom’s article: Perhaps it is because I was born and raised in Cedar Falls, a booming metropolis by Iowa […]