Monday, July 31, 2006


The year I was dating M., I was seriously blessed with a sweetheart of a roommate, Becky. Could she have been more laid-back? More non-intrusive? Sweeter? I think not, and I am still so thankful for such a gracious roomie that year.

Since then, we've both married....and Becky and Andrew are leaving for Thailand in September with Mission to the World.....both have lived in Asia before and that part of the world is dear to each of them.

So--- check out Becky's blog to read about their experiences overseas.

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Over on Katy's blog, Macon, husband of Kellsey, recommended The Diamond Age by Neal Stephenson for sci-fi beginners. I used to enjoy sci-fi back in the day. Always meant to read it again but never did. I guess I've read fantasy--I've read lots of Stephen Lawhead, and I do love Lewis' space trilogy, which is sort of sci-fi-ish..... Probably more fantasy-ish.

Anyway, I love The Diamond Age. Set in a world where nanotechnology is fully developed and integrated into culture.....I'm not finished with it yet. I am still recovering from shock that as Nell finishes her training through the primer and Victorian education, she's left New Atlantis, crossed over into China, and is working in a......brothel???????!!! I thought she was going to save the world.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Hello from the Land Down Unda

Hello friends! I just wanted to say a quick hello from Cairns, Queensland. We're nearing the end of our trip, but we've had a blast and I'll be sad to put my shoes back on and go home.

I hadn't been out of the US in 10 years, so this trip has been good fun for me on lots of different levels. I have "loads" of photos to show you, but that will have to wait until I get back to the states. We're currently "hiring" a computer to check our email, but don't have daily access to the internet. I thought that would make me "mad", but it turns out I don't miss it much.

We've got one last day in Cairns and then a day in Sydney before we return home. The driving on the other side of the road is harder to get used to than I thought. We've come close to getting hit by a car several times because we look the wrong way before stepping out onto the street. If we survive the next couple of days I'll post some photos soon from home in Boston.


P.S. Your woodcut is BEAUTIFUL, Sweetpea and I love the themed art project idea!!

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Making Art with Sweetpea[s]

Sweetpea has inspired me to suggest an idea to all of you. As a stay-at-home mom homeschooling two kids and teaching art classes I rarely have the opportunity to do my own work. But I respond well to a challenge.

What if each month a theme was set such as trees, children, birds, foods, landscape, etc and everyone had one month to create a piece on the topic? The works could be lino cuts, drawings, photographs, moulded works in tofu, knitting, still life, popsicle sticks - anything! We could then post our works at the end of the month.

Art makes me very social. I miss sitting in the printshop at Baylor cutting woodcuts and chatting it up with Sweetpea and the others in the room!

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Working Backwards.

In reverse--the finished product down to its beginnings.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Fundy wasn't sure what he thought about his first rollercoaster ride in 10 years.

Click on "rollercoaster" for the rest of the story.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

Trying out some templates....What think ye, ladies? Or actually, what think ye, Lizard, since WG is on a plane to Australia....

Behind the Veil.

I'm currently reading Reading Lolita in Tehran.

Anybody read it?

I would love to hear your thoughts.

2nd Anniversary Weekend.

Wedding Toast

St. John tells how, at Cana's wedding feast,

The water-pots poured wine in such amount
That by his sober count
There were a hundred gallons at the least.

It made no earthly sense, unless to show
How whatsoever love elects to bless
Brims to a sweet excess
That can without depletion overflow.

Which is to say that what love sees is true;
That this world's fullness is not made but found.
Life hungers to abound
And pour its plenty out for such as you.

Now, if your loves will lend an ear to mine,
I toast you both, good son and dear new daughter.
May you not lack for water,
And may that water smack of Cana's wine.

Richard Wilbur

(read at our wedding.)

Monday, July 17, 2006

WG's Family in The Big Apple

My mom, my aunt and I went to New York City last week. It was a lot of fun. They had never been to NYC and my aunt had never been to the Northeast at all. We got a great view from the top of the Rockefeller.

The first photo is of my mom and Ann Curry. We got to see the Today show and after it was over Ann started shaking hands and signing autographs before she left. When she came over to my Mother, Mom said, "God bless you. I'm praying for you." And that's when Ann gave Mom the power grip and said, "God bless you, too." It's quite a humorous photo if you ask me...When my brother got the photo via email he called right away and said, "What is that woman doing to Mom?"

WG goes AWOL (or Why WG is Neglecting her Blogger Friends.)

I'm here!!! (So sorry to hear about your injury Lizard!!)

I don't know where my summer has gone, but I've basically been SUPER DUPER busy since the first of June and I've had more visitors this summer than ever before. (That's a good thing, but also keeps me super busy.)

I'll post some photos of me and my mom and aunt in New York before I leave for Australia on Sunday, but I'm guessing you won't hear from me much until late August. I'll be in California after we get back from Australia and after California we move to a new apartment! Eeek!

I'll rest in the winter.


Where are my partners in crime? In New York with their mothers, meeting Ann Curry? Out swimming in the California sun? Dreaming of a sweet little one sleeping in a Chinese crib? Packing for Australia?

I am setting some artistic goals for myself--to continue working on some images I have in my head and turn them into woodcuts. Rent a booth at the urban craft bazaar and try to sell some stuff. The hardest part will be managing my new free time well rather than piddling it away on trifling sorts of tasks.

The sun filters through the blinds onto our wooden floor. Glows like copper.

Sunday, July 16, 2006

New link.

Added Katy's blog to the sidebar. She recently got some fun news.

Saturday, July 15, 2006

A few more pictures from our trip.

As the temperature in our bedroom topped out at 89 degrees (at 10pm) a few nights ago, we decided it couldn't just be the old place/upstairs thing, and called maintenance. They worked for hours clearing lovely things like mouse droppings from around our unit and put in new insulation.

Ahhhhh. I love AC.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Slow Summer Days.

The move is done! Things are 3/4 put away. What a painful process for me. Ordering is my greatest weakness. We should have internet access pretty soon. Missing all my blog friends.

The Texas sun is bearing down. Our circa 1947 apt. /water chill AC is not quite doing the cooling job it should. Our afternoons find us moving slowly about, fans blowing full speed, the western sun beating down into our little place. I think of earlier Texans, living thru these summers without AC of any sort. Porches were a necessity. Mint juleps, anyone?

Thursday, July 06, 2006

All Your Tomorrows....

Over the past year I illustrated a children's book written by my cousin. She has self-published the book and on July 15th it will be available on I have decided to use my portion of the profits toward our adoption expenses. So this is where I shamelessly ask you to buy one, two, maybe even three!

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