Thursday, May 3, 2018




I acted recklessly in my youth, and still enjoy the memories.
I grew up poor, and pulled myself out of poverty through education.
I had a daughter, who grew to be a good person.
I traveled the world and found myself.
I found love and peace.



I know the only thing you need to do is keep going...
I had two amazing children when told I couldn't
I survived a cancer diagnosis when told I wouldn't
I attend college in my fifties when told I shouldn't
I am living proof odds are meaningless - forget them.

Karen, age 54

Wednesday, May 2, 2018


Shoveled snow, cleaned out garages and barns, mowed lawns, raked leaves, delivered newspapers, had a vegetable garden and worked at the local grocery store through graduation from high school.
Failed out of college at 19 and explored careers in metalworking tool and die making, auto repair, computer programing, bagel bakery management, organic farming, blown plastic film, plastic injection molding and created and ran a batik and tie dye business for about 6 years.
Returned to college between 30-35 for my BA in Mechanical Engineering, moved to ME in 1990 permanently after visiting for decades, and have worked for the last 28 years for an engineering consulting firm specializing in renewable energy.
Bought my first home at 50, got married for the first time at 59, and never wanted or had any children - we're the kids of our home!
Learned to grow cannabis in 2017 under Maine's recreational cannabis program and discovered we have a real understanding and talent here - currently planning for retirement focused on organic gardening in 2020.


Friday, February 26, 2016


I drank tequila with Janis Joplin.
I built my log cabin in the woods.
I climbed Mt. Olympus and sat in the "Throne of Zeus".
I traveled the country doing performance art on the issue of domestic violece
I created a series of clandestine mosaic murals that brightened up the city of Springfield, MA.

Robert, age 68

Saturday, June 8, 2013


I lived in Mexico for two months with a Mexican Family.
I've had my heart broken twice and broke my soul mate's heart.
I ran a two mile race in 13:58
I spent an amazing night in Goblin Valley Utah in 1978.
I believe in another dimension.


Thursday, June 6, 2013


I lived in 3 countries.
I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane.
I walked on a bed of coals.
I married someone and then found out the diamond he gave me was a fake.
I connect with the universe on a regular basis.

Lori, age 46

Monday, June 3, 2013


i broke someones heart and then he stuck around six years to really break mine.
i learned that doing it on your own is better.
i finished Infinite Jest (in three weeks).
i found out that i am really good at shooting a gun.

i did everything i wanted to do.

Rebecca, age 27

Sunday, March 3, 2013


I have been raped.
I have been beaten.
I have numbed my pain.
I have been sober for 5 years.
I have learned to love despite it all. 

Desiree, age 32 

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


I have delivered 5 babies as an EMT.
Sang to a woman in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital as she was dying because it calmed her.
Swam with the dolphins.
Dance when I am alone from happiness.
Taught myself guitar and lead a folk group but can't read music.


Sunday, February 24, 2013


During my AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps term, I lived in a Yurt, in public park outside of Seattle, Washington for 6 cold weeks. From November to December.
I have confronted my fear of heights while working on a Habitat for Humanity house from the ground up. Putting the Roof on a house was the most terrifying and exciting experience in my life.
I sang for a room of 200+ strangers, after moving 3000 miles away from everyone I knew.
I know love, I give love. I work with children.
I learned to sew with my grandma, we made my junior prom dress.

Amalia, 24 

Friday, February 22, 2013


I have swam in the Dead Sea.
I have eaten Cows Tongue.
I have a best friend in my camera.
I have watched too much NCIS.
I have helped friends abandon suicide attempts.

Sarah, age 22

Thursday, February 21, 2013


I fought and lost.
I fell in love and haven't found the ground.
I left, and I don't miss them.
You are always in my thoughts.
It's not over, not even close.

Alyse, age 20

Sunday, January 13, 2013


Climbed trees and sang and danced in bliss.
Had a baby when I was 16.
Lost many lovers and learned things I did not want to know.
Searched for God and found a Guru.
Climbed trees and sang and danced in bliss.

Navya, age 39 (& 3/4) 

Thursday, January 3, 2013


Came out as gay to wife at 43 years old.
Walked away from a multiple rollover crash at 18 with no seat-belt.
Made a lot of art.
Moved to Santa Fe N.M. after years of dreaming about it.
Have felt my faith in humanity renewed countless times.


Tuesday, January 1, 2013


Sang Karaoke to "Hopelessly Devoted to You" in Los Angeles.
Sold a piece of my artwork to a well-known artist for his personal collection.
Spent a month in France exploring and working on my artwork.
Got married and didn't change my name.
Reread Watership Down every year from 8th grade to 12th grade.


Friday, December 28, 2012


Ate chocolate on the chamonix tram 3842 meters high.
Fell in love while running Central Park.
Made monopoly money in the 90s then lost it. 
Gave birth to two personalities.
Carried my sister's baby after cancer robbed her of the chance.

Alaina, age 43 

Mary Kay

Swam with sharks.
Stomped on the wrong man's toes.
Proven my parents wrong.
Outgrown Catholicism.
Supported myself.

Mary Kay, age 49

Saturday, December 15, 2012


Witnessed the dancing Aurora Borealis.
Traveled to Hawaii, Japan & Iceland.
Became a blessed Aunty.
Discovered my best friends for life.
Stood on a boat surrounded by whales.

Kimberlie, age 23

Wednesday, December 12, 2012


I lived in the USA
I lived in Poland
I lived in the UK
I lived in the Netherlands
I lived in Spain

Jessica, age 25




Tuesday, December 11, 2012


I knew the victim and perpetrator in a rape killing.
I saw the Berlin Wall fall behind the Berlin Wall.
I got married in German to a Spaniard in Germany.
I saw the birth of the Euro in Brussels.
I painted 303 Signatures and scared the CCP government.

ShawNshawN, age 41

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


Moved to NYC in 1956 to study with Martha Graham.
Met my partner of 56 years in 1956.
Sold my first paintings to Edward Albee.
Moved to Hawaii in 1989.
Moved to Seattle in 2012.

George, age 76

Monday, November 19, 2012


I gave birth to a little boy.
I gave birth when I was 17.
I gave birth to a child with autism.
I gave birth to a child who saved me.
I gave birth to my existence of love.


Saturday, November 3, 2012


Had a beautiful, amazing son against all odds.
Saw Pope John Paul II in Colorado surrounded by other faith-filled youth from all over the world.
Wrote stories and poems.
Painted pictures.
Found sunshine among the clouds.

Amy, age 37


Learned to love myself, therefore love and truly understand people.
Let go of fear and became more adventurous and joyful.
Experienced the thrill of being around loving people in other countries.
Felt the crashing waves of the open ocean and loved it.
Watched the world from above.

Sophia, age 23

Wednesday, October 31, 2012


I can love unconditionally as long as I retire superiority.
I found my highest high one summer in Nigeria.
I believe in supporting my fellow artists.
My ideas grow much faster than my rate of motivation.
I'm pretty sure I caught the tooth fairy putting $1 under my pillow when I was younger.

Kelli, age 31

Monday, October 29, 2012


I left my hometown on a whim, with a little over $300 cash and a car with a failing transmission.
I played hacky-sack outside "the" Quick Stop with total strangers.
I've danced at festival until the sun came up.  Then I danced some more.
I've written over a hundred poems, and participated in open mics.
I've been left breathless with gratitude at the beauty of the universe.

James, age 23 


Fell in love at first sight, have been married to him for 35 years.
Swam with giant sea turtles in Hawaii.
Watched both parents die of cancer in the same year.
Raised two little girls into competent women.
Became and artist Jack of all Trades from illustrating for children, to painting giant religious icons to being a sketch artist for Federal court.

Connie, age 56

Saturday, October 27, 2012


Ran away from home with a singer in a band.
Survived the suicide of my lover.
Became a mother.
Taught myself to play the piano.
Let go of all my jealousy.

Adrienne, age 33  

Thursday, October 11, 2012


I ran away at age 11.
I spent 5 years in hospitals for cutting myself.
I slept in Golden Gate park for two months.
I got married and had two kids.
I survived just to fail again.

Ashley, age 23


Swam to San Francisco from Alcatraz.
Taught East Oakland students how to write essays for college.
Birthed two boy humans.
Ate pomegranates.
Went crazy.

Libby, age 41

Monday, October 8, 2012


Married my soul mate.
Was lifted 3 feet off the ground by a giraffe at a petting zoo by the hair on my head.
Rescued a baby opossum from the road after witnessing its mom being hit by a car.
Was featured in the local newspaper for being the winner of a trashcan painting contest, but the newspaper spelled my name wrong.
Started my own successful business at the age of 21.

Kayla, age 23

Monday, October 1, 2012


Held free raffles, and called every single person to tell them if they won or if they lost.
Lived without electricity, plumbing, and refrigeration for months in the jungle.
Said yes to marriage after a week. (and still am)
Planted my child's placenta in a vortex.
Sent my toenails overseas.

Robyn 30

Sunday, September 30, 2012


Survived my childhood and learned to love.
Created and sustained my own business for over 20 years.
Remembered and kept current my Mother’s spaghetti sauce.
Became mother to an amazing daughter when she was 10 years old.
Had the courage to leave my then current life for a life more suitable to who I want to be. 

Chaya, age 62

Saturday, September 29, 2012


I've given birth to a 9 lb baby boy.
I've slept in cars and painted murals.
I've chained myself to a tree to save a forest.
I have jumped in the mosh pit of love and been fully shaken. 
I can cook a great baked ziti and grandma's potato soup.

Sarah, age 32  


I successfully hatched several "endangered" desert tortoises.
I rescued a bird, caught, tangled in a pond.
I drew a picture, as I watched water dripping down a shower door...the water-dripping image, looks like an elephant-woman.
I wrote, at 15 years, an automatic writing piece on "Astral Projection."
I complemented silversmith, Wolfe O'Meara, on his embroidered shirt he was wearing, while in Bisbee, AZ, and Wolfe took the shirt off and gave it to me.

Jerri, age 48  

Thursday, September 27, 2012


Smoked a blunt with half of Wu-Tang Clan.
Had a job that sucked my soul out of my nose.
Prolonged pleasure and taken pain.
Vocally blamed my parents for giving me a genetic chronic illness.
Made something that I think is wonderful.

Gabrielle, age 23

Wednesday, September 26, 2012


Auditioned for the NYC ballet company's summer production of the Nutcracker.
Became a licensed RN.
Brought two beautiful beings into this world.
Unleashed the passionate artist inside of me.
Tasted the sweet sunshine upon my lips on a dark cloudy day.

Annette, age 39


I stood on the top of the St. Louis Arch.
I gave birth to 3 beautiful sons.
I moved my family to Germany and back to Florida.
I watched a hurricane go by my front porch.
I watched my mother die.

Kathy, age 42

Monday, September 24, 2012


Met Patch Adams.
Taught a blind person to throw pottery on the wheel.
Moved a couch for the band "Guster".
Been in a viral video.
Helped make a painting that Justin Beiber purchased.

Rita, age 24

Thursday, September 20, 2012


I wondered at the babe in my arms.
I worked my hands in dirt and marble dust.
I watched the rain become a river.
I drank in the deep dark.
I never had a dull moment.

MaryJo, age 59

Friday, September 14, 2012


Became an Eagle Scout.
Graduated from college with Dyslexia.
Had a 14 wheel tracker trailer run over me while on bicycle at 39.
Adopted a dog that was run over by a car and lost a leg.
Wrote a novel about it all 'One Breath At a Time' on

David, age 44

Thursday, September 13, 2012


I found my true love.
I danced naked on the beach.
I faced the void.
I beat cancer.
I became unafraid to love.

RoByn, age 49


I had my portrait painted.
I applied unsuccessfully for a bra-modeling job.
I applied successfully for a messenger job.
I was the solo singer in a rock concert on a temporary stage at the NYC Port Authority bus terminal.
I took clown classes.

Constance, age 67

Thursday, September 6, 2012


Raised two fabulous daughters.
Loved too many men.
Felt trapped in Manhattan on September 11.
Gave as much as I could.
Wrote a prize winning poem.

Janice age 66

Monday, September 3, 2012


I have walked barefoot on burning hot coals at a seminar.
I spent a night out dancing with Jonah Hill and Ben Stiller in Atlanta.
I escaped from a Viper racing car that burst into flames after hitting 147mph.
I sat in on a live recording of the Adam Carolla podcast in Los Angeles.
I was featured on an NBC Reality Show called Escape Routes.

Ash, age 28


I have hiked to the bottom of the grand canyon and back up in the same day.
I was in downtown Chicago when Barack Obama won the presidential election in 2008.
I've watched over a thousand different bands produce tons of live music in many different genres! in so many different venues! ah, my ears.
I've lived with many different people from many different walks of life and have held many different kinds of jobs.
I have played interpretive guitar to a beautiful dancer's interpretive dance of someone conducting them with hand signals during a performance.

George, age 36


I have hurt someone.
I have loved someone.
I have been afraid.
I have lied while telling the truth.
I have ran naked through a hurricane.



I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower at night and saw the sparkling lights of Paris.
Walked along a beach and found a dark red stone shaped like a heart as the waves touched the shore.
I have been collecting lost bicycle pedal reflectors for years.
I drew a picture of a fish and then embroidered it.
I counted 13 yellow cars, not one of them a taxi, in one morning.

Adamandia, age 47