I cracked a hard-boiled egg on the Colosseum in Rome. I used to love to run. I once was obsessed with the game craps, and made craps sets for everyone in my family for Christmas gifts. I was a passenger in a 1958 Oldsmobile that drove from Oakland, CA to Portland, OR overnight so the driver could turn in her final paper for class. I sang a song in my grade-school variety show called Peanut Butter and Jelly in 3rd grade.
Taught english in a small village school in the Republic of Georgia. Stopped drinking alcohol. Helped my Uncle Mike thru the last year of his life (he was my age, died of the cancer.) Lost faith in my art. Moved (again.)
I was born and raised on a chicken farm in the New Jersey Pine Barrens and helped my Mom and Dad collect and candle the eggs. I discovered through a black and white negative developed afterward exactly where Socrates had walked, taught and held philosophical discourses in Athens. I climbed Mount Olympus behind a mule pack after a snow storm. I adopted 2 life-long companions (my cats, Nounou and Champagne), found among thorny bushes outside a stone windmill house on a Greek Island. I experienced war-torn Mogadishu, Somalia as a UN photographer during the period of Black Hawk Down.
I was diagnosed dyslexic and designated Educationally Handicapped in third grade, and became the first in my family to earn 3 associate's degrees and attend University (my grandfather had a third grade education.)
I developed arthritis in my early 20's (after I was married to my first husband) which made me finally realize that life is short and I better get busy and make a mark in this life or I would not live a worthy life.
After receiving my bachelors degree in art, I received a divorce from my ex-husband, because he fell in love with one of his students, therefore I decided to go to grad school for art.
I had my first child (Lucas the biggest love of my life) at 42 and have raised him on my own.
At 46 I married my second husband, Michael, and for the second time developed a severe case of arthritis.
Fell in love with someone who taught me to live for each day. Followed the sun to California. Traveled to the Amazon rain-forest at age 12 and basked in the glory of the wilderness. Learned I have the potential to be successful at everything I do. Cried a lot of tears, ate a lot of donuts, cooked a lot of meals for people I love.
When I was young I received my first camera. It was an exact replica of She-Ra's pink castle and took 110 film. I would save one week's allowance to buy film, and the next week's to develop the film. I always got doubles for some reason. I styled my Barbie dolls by chopping their hair and re-purposing their skirts for head-wear. Carefully placing them in around my yard, I cropped in close to give the viewer the feeling that Barbie was in the jungle, swimming in a pool, laying in the sand...
I held my Grandmother's hand and was singing Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me" (a favorite song of hers) while she took her last breath.
I contracted Lyme disease. It has become chronic but I cannot find a doctor to treat me, as the disease is controversial. Some days I cannot walk.
I became an obsessive technology uber geek. I used to think computers were the devil, and reading Sylvia Plath 24/7 was where it was at.
I gave a stranger in Stockholm the use of her hand when her doctors said she would never write again. She sent me a postcard.
I passed an impossible test given me by a Lakota medicine man...but he never knew it made me bleed when I shouldn't have.
I made 5 would-be rapists run away while totally unarmed.
I have paid the bills in many ways including tightrope walking, selling feathers, being a bouncer, cancan dancing, teaching people from toddlers to adults, doing shiatsu massage, and even for my artwork.
I have had my life changed by becoming a mother, and found new adventures, insights and challenges in it.