Saturday, October 29, 2011

Susu

I immigrated to New York from the middle-east when I was 20.
I studied fashion design, then studied fine art in Los Angeles.
I married a man 14 years my junior.
I visited Paris and exhibited my paintings.
I have my dream house in Florida.

Susu, age 55

Friday, October 28, 2011

Stacy

Relax on a Mexican beach with a Margarita.
View the city of Paris from atop the Eiffel Tower.
Climb the Great Wall of China.
Hike the Inka Trail to Machu Picchu.
Ride a bike through the Dutch countryside to the Van Gogh Museum.

Stacy, age 36

Adrian

Posed nude for artists including pleasure.
Been in the Territorial Army.
Been to the Royal Albert Hall every year since 1998.
Been in hospital as my heart beats too fast.
Taken part in the Naked Bike ride.

Adrian, age 48

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Luciana

I started drawing when I was 2.
I entered University when I was 17.
I moved alone from South America to Europe when I was 19.
Gave birth to my son when I was 21.
I got divorced when I was 38.

Luciana, age 40

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Kristina

Loved to the verge of rupture....and transformation (though not liberation.)
Thrived despite uncertainty and vulnerability.
Hurt someone I very deeply admire.
Been inspired by youth....and inspired them in return.
Become passionately energized & enamored of rhythm as it emanates from the heart and exits expands explodes via the extremities....

Kristina, age 27

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Ed

Lost everything, including my confidence and tried to kill myself.
After a lot of hard work finally became successful in the industry I always wanted to work in.
Posed naked for art classes, for private students and for fun.
Met and worked along side famous actors and directors, many of whom were my idols.
Got married to the most beautiful person I've ever met. Never again felt like life wasn't worth living.

Ed, age 29

Todd

Lived outside of Maryland for the first time in my 24 years of life.
Performed in 14 different plays, musicals, or movement pieces over the past eight years.
Graduated from college with a Bachelors of Science in Theater.
Worked at Starbucks for the past 10 months post-grad.
Wanted to be a musician for the past eight years.

Todd, age 24

Victoria

Mom of 5 great young people with dream of their own to fulfill.
Successful Career: Team leader, Assistant Manager, Classroom Teacher.
Earned a master's degree: Summa Cum Laude with a 3.97 GPA (just missed my 4.0 goal, but it will do.)
Taught my children "It is OK to walk away from an unhealthy relationship and to be alone."
Learned to believe in myself.

Victoria, age 45

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Hannah

Gave birth to a son on my friends dining room floor. (by choice, not accident)
Dove from the deck of a schooner and 44 feet down to pull a drowning friend from the bottom of the Caribbean Sea. (I was too late)
Jumped flaming double dutch ropes in front of 2,000. (Salt Lake City)
Had sex with my best friends boyfriend with her asleep next to us in bed.
Built a house with my own hands (and my partners) in a far-off mountain side.

Hannah, age 32

Renee

Peace Corps Volunteer.
Created a hug garden with hubby for growing our own food.
Completed my MFA in Visual Art.
Learned to breathe.
Learned to be gentle with myself.

Renee, age 35

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Wynde

Repressed a whole lot of memories.
Left my hometown and never went back.
Made a conscious effort to be vulnerable.
Built a 1/2-sized replica of my childhood home.
Successfully navigated a lot of bureaucratic red tape.

Wynde, age 31

Julia

Gave my life to Christ.
Washed dishes and toilets for cash.
Earned an MFA making perfume.
Explored cities alone.
I'd like to think my list isn't done, things yet to do.

Julia, age 32

Friday, October 21, 2011

Kat

Traveled the world alone for 3 months.
Omitted several truths from my parents.
Slept with a stranger in a photo-booth.
Exhibited paintings in the National Gallery.
Stole a bottle of scotch.

Kat, age 21

Jonah

Got molested by my babysitter.
Got placed in special ed for fighting.
Spent a year in a mental hospital.
Traveled the country in a van for two years.
Went back to school and received a BFA.

Jonah

Brigid

I went to a public primary school.
I walked 1200km on the camino de santiago.
I went to uni in spain for a year.
I choreographed a performance of cabaret.
I was rejected from 8 funding bodies in 2011.

Brigid, age 25

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Jenn

Survived Cancer at 20.
Went on the graduate from Art School 4 years later.
Illustrated a book cover that went on to be published.
Spent my free time at a hospital making art with kids who have cancer.
Working on the final touches to my first comic series.

Jenn, age 27

Jamie

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.

Jamie, age 31

Bridget

Refused to apply to any college but an Ivy League one that I had minimal chance of getting accepted to much less being able to afford (got accepted, went, still paying off student loans).
Completed the Paris Marathon (walking/running) even though I weighed over 200 pounds.
Adopted a baby beagle on the spur of the moment from some guy at the shopping mall.
Got naked in a hot springs under a full moon and laughed out loud by myself.
Found homes for not one but three desert tortoises who have appeared in my life at solitary times in very odd places.

Bridget, age 44

Vanya

Had a job wrestling alligators, and wrangling all sorts of other animals, on tour from Colorado to Niagara Falls.
Won a blue ribbon in horse show jumping.
Accepted a position as "kept woman" in Kansas City for about 2 days, when I got fed up and went home.
Traveled to 4 continents while making less than 15K a year throughout my adult life. When I ran out of money, I lost sleep, cuddling up to castle walls, or drifting from tea house to tea house.
Occasional work as a figure drawing model leaves me uncertain as to whether being naked in public is dream or remembrance.

Vanya, age 41

Andi

Smoked my first cigarette at 15.
Pierced my own nose.
Drove 700 miles to be with someone for one night.
Served drinks at the British Consul's apartment.
Opened my own business at age 21.

Andi, age 23

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Berta

Hopped on a random bus just to see where it went.
Let out all frustration and stress at 10,000 feet.
Reconnected with my mother.
Found comfort in art and baking after deciding to go to an engineering school.
Almost drowned at the age of three and have been inseparable from the water ever since.

Berta, age 19


Monday, October 17, 2011

Joan

Gotten lost and escaped from a rattlesnake encounter in the Badlands.
Created abstract landscapes in ceramics, acrylics, beading, bread, textiles and other medium for fifty-odd years and not bored yet.
Cooked and hosted a dinner party every night this week.
Received a "Thank You" for helping edit an academic book as a lay person.
Sat holding the hand of each of my in-laws as they left this world.

Joan, age 57

Tanya

Started exhibiting my photos.
Celebrated my 50th birthday.
Went to Greece, Italy and Africa.
Helped my mother survive breast cancer.
Started sewing again after 20 year hiatus.

Tanya, age 50

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Richie

I served two tours in South Vietnam as a Marine.
I hitchhiked from New York to California and back.
I was featured in a Sports Illustrated article on championship Scrabble.
I got Rousseau's The Dream tattooed on my back.
I marched in the Greenwich Village Halloween Parade as Pinhead from "Hellraiser".

Richie, age 64

Katie

Rescued multiple animals close to death.
Became a Vegetarian at age 7, continued to this day.
Said goodbye to my best friend before she moved cross country.
ride my horses everyday, rain, shine, 115 degrees or 30 degrees.
Snuck out of my house on my birthday with my friends, only to be stopped be the police & taken back home.

Katie, age 16

Jamie

Witnessed a large bird flying frantically into the ground until he died.
Cried while walking around the O'Hare Airport in a sea foam green sparkling prom dress.
Lived in an amusement park for a summer.
Went to Italy twice.
Moved to Portland Oregon without a job or apartment, having never been there before.

Jamie, age 30

Tara

Hitchhiked across the USA then stowed away on a train coming back.
Lived/studied Art in Italy.
Parented two beautiful creative daughters.
Ran marathons and triathlons.
Worked as a "fluffer" fluffing pillows and beds in a fancy department store boutique.

Tara, age 50

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Sharon

I fell asleep on the pink parlor sofa to the sounds of laughter and card playing.
I sat on an open tail gate while dust devils rose like burning flames fueled by our tail lights.
I scratched chigger bites on my panty line after chasing fireflies on the lawn.
I waded through cat tails and sticky mud to float the red Cimarron river.
I lit sparklers and signed my name in the warm summers' night air.

Sharon, age 46

Alex

I broke off relationships that I didn't want to sustain.
I moved alone across country.
I married at 41, which is 10-15 years later than I had expected.
I fell in love with my first dog after my cat was killed.
I started performing as a dancer at age 45.

Alex

Nancy

I became an artist at 7, a writer at 9 and a musician at 10.
I wrote a dissertation that is a standard reference work.
My husband and I were chased by an elephant in South Africa.
I showed my etchings in Japan.
I found a nice assisted living place for my mother.

Nancy, 67 so far.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Jessica

In 3 months from March to June 2008, I:

Started a new job.
Found out I was pregnant.
Sold a house.
Bought a house.
Planned a wedding & got married in 89 days.

Jessica, age 33

Carma

Took a curling lesson.
Began belly dancing despite not being a natural dancer. It shows.
Gone back to college for a new degree 20 years after my prior degree.
Bounce juggled 11 balls with my insanely awesome teenage son.
Tried to eat a veggie burger. Still can't stomach it. -And I'm a vegetarian.

Carma, age 44

Cliff

Hitchhiked 20 miles each way back and forth to high school.
Sang in the shower with Jay black of Jay and the Americans when I was in the Army.
Stood on the sidewalk in Louisville Kentucky in 1968 and watched Thomas Merton's funeral procession go by.
Swam in the ocean off the coast of Maine every day for three straight months.
Have walked at least 3 miles a day virtually every day for the past 55 years.

Cliff, age 65

Christy X

Had my first child at 17.
Went to film school at 36.
Had my first professional hair foiling at 38.
Pitched my first documentary proposal at 38.
Enjoyed my second run at the Local Sightings Film Festival in Seattle, WA in 2011.

Christy X, age 38

Natalia

I danced in the spotlight for 13 years.
I became a vegetarian.
I ran the Catalina Marathon.
I received my BA in Art.
I meditated in various temples in Japan.

Natalia, age 26

Bethany

I have paraglided over the Swiss Alps.
I have hitchhiked.
I have spent four months backpacking across Europe.
I have eaten alligator.
I have taken a cross-country road trip.

Bethany, age 26

Sarah

Found a baby squirrel in Milwaukee and brought him home to Chicago.
Slept overnight in a cemetery in Buffalo NY.
Punched my hand through a window.
Was in a baking competition on a TV show and lost.
Fell in love with a man who is a word wizard.

Sarah, age 24

Shurvon

Went to Disneyland.
Wore a back brace.
Went inner-tubing down Mt. Rainier.
Soaked in a Jacuzzi in the middle of the ocean aboard a cruise ship at midnight.
Went back to school to finish my college degree.

Shurvon, age: over 20 under 50

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Paul

Born in a home for unwed mothers in 1946.
Docked sheep with my teeth.
Spent my 18th, 19th, and 20th birthdays in Vietnam.
Found the love of my life at age 40.
Caught a 52" Muskie last week.

Paul, age 65

Nina

I have broken up with and gotten back together with someone over and over.
I have ended friendships without giving the friend an explanation.
I have told other people's secrets.
I have kept other people's secrets.
I have let people treat me other than I should be treated.

Nina, age 36

Lele

I learned to love & trust again after years of sexual abuse.
I succeeded after being told I wouldn't.
I found happiness after severe depression.
I danced in LA, Boston and NYC.
I modeled for photographers, artists and sculptors.

Lele, age 22

Mary

I survived on the ice.
I learned to cook.
I fixed my car.
I built good fires.
I listened.

Mary, age 28

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Gabrielle

Woke up next to a beautiful man.
Missed my flight.
Learned how to cook.
Learned how to clean.
Drank some coffee.

Gabrielle, age 21

Kira

Hiked the Inca trail to Macchu Picchu.
Beat myself up until I was swollen and bruised.
Grew up on an organic fruit, herb, and flower farm.
Been part of a pornographic film.
Flown in an airplane more than 150 times.

Kira, 20

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Mirela

My earliest childhood memories consist of war. I survived said war.
I have lived in 4 different countries.
I have created (and continue to create) beautiful works of art.
I have recently purchased a brand new car. A red one. It's the first (and only) thing I truly own.
My first step towards independence.
I am the first college graduate in my entire family.

Mirela, age 23

Eileen

I secretly sliced my dead goldfish to see if his heart was broken too.
I married for Love.
I adopted the child of my heart not my belly.
I stood up to my Stalker and won.
I've proudly become my Mother.

Eileen, age 50

Monday, October 10, 2011

Liz

I played in the woods as a child.
I was Miep Gies in an Anne Frank re-enactment at age 14.
I received my BFA in ceramics and am pursuing art.
I traveled to Florence, Italy, to eat real Italian food with my friend and husband.
I have loved and been loved.

Liz, age 25

Jessika

I married the purest, loveliest man to ever live.
I was constrained for 30-plus hours in a straight-jacket.
I spent the majority of 10 years in the Pacific Ocean.
I forgave people who I never thought I'd be able to.
I learned the hard way, but learned early in life.

Jessika, age 23

Sunday, October 9, 2011

Calgano

I lost my eye and nearly lost my life in a car accident when I was 16.
I've sent 553 letters and counting to strangers in New York.
I received my MFA and then got an arts job.
I had a solo show of my work in San Francisco.
I married the love of my life and conquered the country on a quest for "greener grass".

Calgano, age 28

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Alyson

When I was 4 years old, I saved my best friend from being molested by her father.
For many years, in chat-rooms I pretended I was a 19 year old sexpot from California, because people would pay attention to me.
I held hands with an orangutan underneath the cage bars at the Madrid zoo.
After college, I moved to France so I could change dirty diapers and do dishes.
I fell in love with a 6'8" man and a three-legged cat.

Alyson, age 25

Lulu

I wished I was a goldfish at the age of 5 so I wouldn't be judged.
Experienced the death of a father at the age of 9.
I left my family and country at the age of 18.
I lie to my mother everyday.
I fell in love, for the first time, at the age of 24.

Lulu, age 25

Friday, October 7, 2011

Gina Marie

I survived the death of my mother when I was 18.
I lived in Hong Kong for 17 years.
I gave birth to twins in 1993.
I went to Paris on a blind date.
I rode a white stallion around the Pyramids of Egypt.

Gina Marie, age 56

Jen

From my tree house, I dropped a lunchbox full of rocks on the neighbor girl's head.
I watched a plane hit the world trade center -- and then watched the towers fall.
I taught grade school kids about "managing emotions" using a puppet show.
I loved (and still love) with relish, zest and gusto.
I lied.

Jen, age 41

Thursday, October 6, 2011

London

Went on tour with 6 other girls, a film crew and a rock band and performed on big stages - as the main attraction for 3 months.
Developed a panic Disorder at the age of 11.
Won awards for my work and was published many times.
Worked as a peep show girl in an adult club that was part video store
Got married.

London, age 34

Emory

I adopted 3 special needs children at different times and raised them.
I went to a therapeutic art program for a year.
I was my daughters labor coach and witnessed my grandson's amazing birth.
I became a mentor for an artist with disabilities at an art program.
I traveled to the U.K. two times and explored the country.

Emory, age 47

Lin

I moved across the country at 21 and stayed there for 17 years before returning to B.C.
I graduated college with honors when I was 27.
I did the eulogy for my mother when she died.
I have loved, laughed, cried, been depressed and been high on happiness and am in gratitude for it all.
I am co-contractor with my builder and have designed and am building a new home to retire to.

Lin, age 60

Atzin

Learned how to play 4 instruments.
Meet the word love.
Share my life with more than 1 person.
Understand how beautiful it is to drink a coffee and read a nice book.
Run in a field of flowers.

Atzin, age 17

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Louise

Went to Woodstock with friends in a milk truck.
Completed my masters degree while working full time.
Confronted someone who had abused me, 30 years later.
Raised 2 children who are happy, healthy, kind and full of love.
Married 43 years and still love my husband.

Louise, age 59

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Johanna

I learned how the law of attraction works.
I had kittens born in my lap.
I moved to the Caribbean at 33, knowing no one there.
I held my mother's hand as she died.
I slowed down to smell the roses and the coffee.

Johanna

Corey

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.

Corey, age 34

Tamar

Came into this world, brought 4 children into this world.

Tamar, age 48