JANE ALLEN PETRICK’S NON-WHITE AMERICA IN NORMAN ROCKWELL’S PAINTINGS – Marilyn Armstrong

Jane Allen Petrick has written a wonderful book about Norman Rockwell, the artist, and his work. It focuses on the "invisible people" in his painting, the non-white children and adults who are his legacy. For many readers, this book will be an eye-opener -- although anyone who visits the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts or takes a serious look at … Continue reading JANE ALLEN PETRICK’S NON-WHITE AMERICA IN NORMAN ROCKWELL’S PAINTINGS – Marilyn Armstrong

WHY DID YOU TAKE THAT PICTURE? – Marilyn Armstrong

“Why did you take that picture?” I was startled. No one ever asked me before. Photographers usually know the answer and non-photographers don’t think to ask. It gave me pause to think about the arts and what they mean to us. I remember when I was teaching tech writing to graduate students and someone asked … Continue reading WHY DID YOU TAKE THAT PICTURE? – Marilyn Armstrong

SOAP MAKING 101 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

My future daughter-in-law, Katie, has started a fun new hobby. Soap making. She’s always been artistic and soap making is another creative outlet for her. Soap making is creative aromatically as well as visually, so it provides multiple levels of artistry. Katie makes beautiful soaps, whimsical soaps and some simple soaps that smell heavenly. She … Continue reading SOAP MAKING 101 – BY ELLIN CURLEY

KISMET OR KARMA? – BY ELLIN CURLEY

My husband, Tom and I are part of an audio theater group called “Voicescapes Audio Theater.” This is our main hobby and our passion. Tom and I write original short scripts (eight to twenty-five minutes) for our group, both comedies, and dramas. Tom also directs, edits, and handles all the technical aspects of our audio … Continue reading KISMET OR KARMA? – BY ELLIN CURLEY

GOOD NEWS STARTS WITH A BALL AND A BAT

Where have all "the positive" stories gone? Didn't there used to be "positive stories" on the news? Actually, the answer to that is "not really." Even in the better-than-now old days, when the world was a little bit less insane, and calamities weren't a daily (hourly?) event, news media focused their efforts on evil-doers. Drugs. … Continue reading GOOD NEWS STARTS WITH A BALL AND A BAT

NON-WHITE AMERICA IN NORMAN ROCKWELL’S PAINTINGS – JANE ALLEN PETRICK

Jane Allen Petrick has written a wonderful book about Norman Rockwell, the artist and his work. It focuses on the "invisible people" in his painting, the non-white children and adults who are his legacy. For many readers, this book will be an eye-opener -- although anyone who visits the Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, Massachusetts or takes a serious look at … Continue reading NON-WHITE AMERICA IN NORMAN ROCKWELL’S PAINTINGS – JANE ALLEN PETRICK