Friday, December 28, 2012

Alaina


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

Kimberlie

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

Jessica

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

Gera

exploring
creating
loving
laughing
helping.


Gera

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

ShawNshawN


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

George


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

Margarita

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.


Margarita

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Amy


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

Sophia

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

Kelli

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

James

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 

Connie

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

Adrienne


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

Ashley


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

Libby

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

Kayla


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

Robyn

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

Chaya


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

Sarah

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  

Jerri

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

Gabrielle

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

Annette

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

Kathy

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

Rita

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

MaryJo


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

David


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 amazon.com

David, age 44

Thursday, September 13, 2012

RoByn


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

Constance


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

Janice


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

Ash


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

George


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

Sarah


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.

Sarah 

Adamandia


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

Friday, August 31, 2012

Tamara


I performed the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram.
I sliced and fried peaches and plums in a cast-iron skillet.
I took photos of three wild iguanas.
I laughed until I peed in my pants.
I made a print of my hand.

Tamara



Friday, August 24, 2012

Luke


I have done yoga on a skyscraper in NYC at sunrise.
I have swam underneath a sea turtle on black sands beaches in Hawaii.
I have smoked meth with a one eyed drug dealer in San Felipe, Mexico.
I have seen ghosts of cows in an old creamery building.
I have hiked thru bamboo forests outside of Kyoto, Japan.

Luke, age 29

Rehema


I put myself through college and grad school and received degrees in Art History.
I drove by myself from Connecticut to Missouri and back again.
I spent two weeks in Japan and fell in love with the country.
I've had several careers in my life working as a student loan officer, art teacher, curator,administrative assistant, writer, professor and arts administrator.
AND
After years and years of doubting my place in this universe, I became a believer.

Rehema, age 36

Rachelle


Watched my sister take her first breath.
Masturbated with an Isreali cucumber and then ate it.
Shared tea with the US Ambassador to India.
Ran away from a falling World Trade Center Tower.
Kissed my mother goodbye.

Rachelle, age 41

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Bibiana


I have stayed true to myself.
I have said I'm allergic to things I simply dislike.
I have had a baby after being told I would never be able to.
I have apologized when I hurt people.
I have said I love you only to the ones I do.

Bibiana, age 38 

Maria


traveled around Europe by train alone.
I traveled as a sailor to Corsica.
I became an assistant of a famous sculptor.
I became widow.
I picked up my pieces and continued in art.

Maria, age 48

Guido

I made a lot of art.
I learned critical thinking.
I helped many people live creatively.
I enjoyed sex.
I gave up the mind traps of metaphysics.

Guido

John

I looked at a potato chip.
I changed my shorts.
I held a coin.
I dropped my hat.
I named a grain of sand.


John

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

James


Smoked enough pot to choke a bull.
Saw the green flash.
Exchanged "hullo" with John Lennon on Ibiza 1972.
Caught 2 halibut of over 100 pounds.
Developed an art career.

James, age 61 

ISA


Sculptural idea for building.
Designing a park, compound with artworks.
Eco-friendly sculptures.
Wall branding.
Decorating a home with paintings and drawing.

ISA, age 28

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Leni


Ate things from the woods when I was a kid, like sweetgrass, chokecherries, and fox grapes.
Followed my instincts to find my way.
Cried as I said I do.
Let too much time go by without making art.
Connected birth to death as looking the same, at 8 years old.

Leni, age 49

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Marybeth


I barely survived my father' death at the age of 22.
I learned how to be a painter in Venice.
I raised a learning disabled son as a single parent.
I fell madly in love with Vladimir. He became homesick, returned to Moscow.
I think, sometimes, that hope is all we have.

Marybeth, age 57

Saturday, August 11, 2012

Tracy


I went from hairdressing to a double degree in Criminology and Religious Studies.
I explained to my mother the difference between Religious Studies and Theology.
I got a tattooed by a meth head at a Motorcycle Club.
I watched Dad die of cancer, and watched Mum kick cancer's ass.
I have read the Qu'ran, The Bible, the Mahaparinirvana Sutra and working on the book of Mormon - all just for fun.

Tracy

N

Danced in my undies on a city street.
Spat in someone's coffee because they asked for a more attractive waitress.
Stood on a glass and broke it into my foot.
Climbed up 1000 steps to watch the sun set from a fort.
Bake a killer New York cheesecake.


N

Friday, August 10, 2012

Emily


First and only person in my family to finish high school, I now have higher degrees earned on 3 continents.
I both lived and worked in a zoo, fortunately not as an exhibit.
I got an intimate piercing.
I became fluent in Mandarin by living in Taiwan for many years.
I gave a really good black eye to someone who needed it.

Emily, age 33

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Jessica

I had heart surgery.
I have performed in parades.
I have been licked by a cow.
I have cried every night for a year.
I fell in love.


Jessica, age 30

Grace

I've showed up.
I've listened.
I've loved women.
I've loved men.
I've loved someone in-between.


Grace, age 30 

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Deborah


Had a miscarriage when 2 months along.
Sang jazz professionally.
Learned conversational Italian.
Graduated from Baking and Pastry school.
Took 3 1/2 years to read a book about ethnobotanists because I did not want it to end.

Deborah Lee, age 60

Jamie

I was young and wild.
Married my true love
Laughed with my children.
I found Jesus.
I see miracles everyday.


Jamie, age 35


Monday, July 30, 2012

Julie

Traveled across the country.
Touched a piece of the Titanic.
Captured LIFE.
Saved a LIFE.
Gave LIFE.


Julie, age 42 

Friday, July 27, 2012

Cindy

Looked at Mt. Washington as my Conquest then became afraid of heights.
Began  referencing my age after 50 by using 1/2 & 3/4.
Delivered the message of kindness and generosity while raising 3 wonderful children.
Offered the world hope with the birth of each grandchild.
Opened an Art Studio.


Cindy, age 52

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Seth


Reinvented my life while living alone at age 19.
Wrote a screenplay that got into a festival at age 19.
Had a short film get into a film festival.
Became the youngest media designer in town.
Lived, and am still living, life by my own rules.

Seth, age 22

Chris

Dropped out of art school.
Became a drug addict/alcoholic.
Engaged in years of inflicting pain and misery on the ones who love me.
Eventually got sober.
Found purpose in living.


Chris, age 37

Antonio

I got my college degree in Fine Arts in 2010, fulfilling a childhood dream.
I went to Paris to learn from and soak up museum culture and visit French castles, all paid by my patrons.
I have site on facebook: antonio imaginarium, in English, without knowing how to speak or write English.
They say that I am a great artist, but I am completely unknown.
I spend all day every day painting.  Painting is my life.


Antonio, age 58


(Antonio's list was translated from Portuguese with an free online translation site so I'm hoping for the best here.) 

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Cynthia

I lost my Dad when I was 8 years old.
I lost the rest of my family at 17 when I told my mother her boyfriend had abused me.
I married my soul mate at 19 & had two beautiful babies.
I found Grace.
I forgave my mother.


Cynthia, age 47 

Monday, July 23, 2012

Therese

Gave birth to 4 great boys.
Broke the chain of abuse.
Disowned my parents.
Stayed in my marriage.
Learned to love myself.


Therese, age 53

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pam

I "survived" losing my only sister to murder and wonder how my parents did.
I raced cars in my 20's and 30's, and once when I was 5 months pregnant at age 34.
I asked for forgiveness for an unforgivable sin, and got it.
I went back to school at 42 and earned two degrees while working two jobs and raising two children.
I do good deeds in secret.


Pam, age 58  

Brooke


I spent summers in front of the Red Roof on Long Sands Beach.
By age 29 I had stepped foot on 6 continents.
My career spawned from my love of learning and children.
I painfully watched my mom fight ovarian cancer for 2.5 years.
I am so blessed and grateful to have an enormous loving family!


Brooke, age 31

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Wanda

I raised a son as a single parent.
I learned how to downhill ski at 50.
I've hiked up 10,000 ft peaks and camped in the back country by myself.
I've seen cougars, bears (grizzly, black & cinnamon), wolves and elk in the wild.
I keep moving through life with joy -- painting and writing.


Wanda, age 60

Lisa

Escaped from a stuck high-rise elevator in another county, after being trapped alone in the dark for an hour. 
Gave a stranger $300 cash, because another stranger had once done the same for me.
Imagined the face of my twin sister's kidnapper. 

Crawled on top of a darted, anesthetized adult tiger in a stone cove, to draw blood from its jugular vein, and marveled over its beauty. 
Finally learned how to forgive. 


Lisa, age 50

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Judith

I kissed a girl and liked it very much.
I wrote my first song.  Then I wrote another.  And another.
I told a friend I loved her.  She didn't say it back.  Then I did it again.
I got stuck in a crevasse.  I made it out alive.
I laughed so hard I cried.


Judith, age 24

Paige

Ran a 5K
Got up most everyday with lots of energy, light, love, and enthusiasm, so much so it annoyed many and inspired more
Studied in Ghana Africa, where I grew up
Have been the dancing queen on innumerable occasions including with my former Nigerian lover on Ghanaian dance floors
Swam a lot in oceans, lakes, ponds, pools...


Paige, age 31  

Taryn

I worked as a nude model for a painter.
I moved to China.
I moved to Argentina.
I fell in love.
I learned how to cook, more or less.


Taryn, age 23 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Soraya

I've had group-therapy for almost 7 years (since 2006) and haven't progressed at all.
I have spent 7 years on a 5 year-high school education because there was no help for kids like me at the time. There still isn't.
My father and I had a car accident which was not our fault according to the police and the victim's family, even though I asked for a detour. I still feel guilty after 4 years and no closure.
I proposed to an older guy (26) December last year, while I was still in a destructive relationship, he said yes and we're getting married over a year.
I have prevented several suicide attempts by friends, yet I am still contemplating my own.


Soraya, age 19

Monday, June 25, 2012

Jo Anne

Held my first art exhibition in the Castella de Spannochia, Italy.
Rode a gold tandem bike up along the Hudson pier, through Manhattan, and across the Brooklyn Bridge--in the rain.
Almost burned down the university's art annex. (six fire trucks later no one was hurt except the welding table)
Started a dance party on the lightrail in Milan.
Dated my best friend even when everyone told me not to. best friend of 6 years, boyfriend of exactly 1.

Jo Anne,  age 25


Suzanne

I thought I was smarter than my parents, so I married a rebel and kept his secrets.
I bore a child. I lost a child. I bore another child. These three children taught me who I really was.
I left my husband because I needed to breathe again. I’m still learning how.
I met a man who made me feel like a queen, for just one night. It broke my heart, but it was worth it.
I told the truth.

Suzanne, 46

Friday, June 15, 2012

Bonnie Jean

My father died the Christmas I was 12.
I was secretly married when I was 18 and I kept that secret for 20 years.
I started university when I was 32 and earned 2 degrees in 41/2 years, while I was a single parent.
At age 51 I drove across North America by myself with 2 Bichon Frises dogs (23,000kms) and 3 months later I got safely home. I slept several nights in my minivan.
When I was 60 I married a woman. We are still together.

Bonnie Jean, age 65

Lauren

I drifted under the Bridge of Sighs.
I was carried out of a burning building.
I sang with my grandfather in the church choir.
I took my daughter to Paris.
I married the right man.

Lauren, age 50

Chelsea


I learned to be more patient, and through that I learned how to breathe.
I found that letting go is necessary.
I traveled to all four corners of the world.
I tried to learn Japanese. I'm still trying.
I fell in love.


Chelsea, age 22

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Tom

I was a sperm donor.
I stopped a crime.
I moonlit as a private detective.
I spent the summer in a fleabag hotel with criminals and runaways.
I helped my Dad.

-Tom age 53

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Carey


I made a painting of some trash in 2007. 
I made a painting of the edge of the trash painting hanging on the wall named it after a sentence from the dictionary illustrating one meaning of the word 'thing'. 
This was 2008 and a little later I made a painting of the second painting in front of a window and then I did it again. 
In 2009 I made a cake that looked like the second painting. 
And then we ate it and our tongues were eerily dyed black and purple from all the food coloring I had to use.

Carey, age 30

Monday, June 11, 2012

Hannah


Traveled the world with my family, having the best childhood I could have asked for.
Let good friendships fall apart, but blamed fate. In fact it was just that I didn't fight hard enough for them.
Had a total identity crisis when I moved away from home for the first time.
Let myself lose control of what I want to please a man multiple times. One of the most destructive and damaging things I have learnt, is that I do it to myself. I am not the girl with no backbone, but lust fades out the reality I like to feel so in touch with. It was like getting high on thoughts.
Fallen in love with a painting.

Hannah, age 20

Jan


I became a Nun but after 5 years I moved on.
I became a professional Belly Dancer until the knees gave out.
I became a mother and learned to let my child go her own way.
I became an artist who worked with prisoners.
I continue becoming a human being.


Jan, age 68

Ralph

I co-founded and ran for over thirty years a consulting firm addressing the selection and application of stainless steels for critical applications.
although originally shy about public speaking, I have preached over 25 Sunday sermons at St George's Episcopal Church in York Harbor, I am good at this.
I have participated in two search committees for new rectors at St. George's and served six years on the Standing Committee of the Diocese.
I have been a Red Sox fan since 1963.
I am an excellent cook, particularly for Italian and Mexican cuisine, and do much of the cooking at our house.
I spent a week in New Orleans with the Episcopal clergy of Maine helping to deal with the damage of Katrina.  It was a wonderful experience.


Ralph, age 68   

Monday, June 4, 2012

Katherine


I spend two years running away from home.
I lost contact with my father in 2010, he lives in Peru.
I secretly wished my mother vanished, her lack of support drained me.
I constructed a list of words turned to poetry, it saved me. 
I lost my cool many times.


Katherine Garcia, age 24

Alex


I was born, afraid to die.
I wanted to be loved, I looked everywhere.
I got high, then higher, then higher, and finally hit my low.
I got clean, and scrubbed myself raw.
I learned how to love. but more love myself.

Alex, age 19

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Christina


I have made many things.
I have loved openly.
I have forgiven people who didn't deserve it.
I have paid my own way through college.
I have had my first art gallery show right out of school.


Christina, age 23

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Venita


I fell in love for the first time at the age of 33.
I went natural by giving my hair the big chop.
I started my art program for toddlers.
I'm a pin-up model.
I'm finally comfortable with myself.

Venita, age 35

Monday, May 28, 2012

Paulo

Create a beautiful child.
Have the world view my poetry.
Got married and divorced.
Stayed alive through my late teens to present.
Learned I have more to discover about life.

Paulo, age 38

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Erin

Battled a stormy childhood
Escaped in the music of Ben Folds
Conquered my education
Discovered my purpose in life
Found myself.



Erin, age 32

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Ashley

Survived never-ending adolescence, mercifully.
Cried uncontrollably reading Kundera.
Worked up the courage to drop out, finally.
Stopped lying to myself about myself.
Booked as many layovers as possible, always.

Ashley, age 26

Monday, May 21, 2012

Shannon

Sailed around Mexico when I was 18 with nothing but $20.
Lived with scorpions and hunted lobster when I was 5
Watched a stranger die.
Slept in a tree.
Paraglided over a mountain.


Shannon, age 30

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Larry


Got my Certificate in Draftsmanship and Classical painting.
Won an award from Sheila Hugh Mackay Foundation in  2003.
Runeworker.
Got a B.A. in Math and Stats.
Pretty good artist.


Larry, age 49 

Friday, May 18, 2012

Amber


Turned my bath into a tidal wave.
Spent hours doing not very much
Made new years resolutions every year 
Broke those resolutions every year.
Went to art school.

Amber, age 20

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Juliet

I grew up in Poland, Ohio, with 3 sisters and 4 brothers.
I quit being Catholic the minute I turned 18 and converted to Judaism at the age of 49.
I raised 4 sons who gave me joy and put me on a pedestal.
I practiced law for 20 years before deciding I’d rather be a writer.
I married the right man, thank God.


Juliet, age 52 

Friday, May 4, 2012

Samantha


Grew up listening to cows moaning in the backyard as I fell asleep.
Fell in love with all of the wrong people (drug addicts, religious fanatic, etc.)
Dropped everything and moved to Paris.
Cut everyone's (including the "right" kind lover) hair in exchange for food.
Stopped wanting to run away.


Samantha, age 20

Georgia


As a child, I could fly.
I once turned a rock into a spaceship.
I grew up and became the mother of women.
Fell in love with a sweet sick boy and never recovered.
Dreamed of being rescued by angels.

Georgia

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Janelou


I spent most of my childhood living on an indian reservation.

I enlisted in the Marine Corps, even though I needed a waiver for my short stature.
I raised two beautiful children.
I spent over 20 years in a high tech design career.
At 42, after a near death experience, I went to art school in Mexico to start life over again and finally pursue my real dream as an artist.

Janelou, age 52

Vita


Intending to climb Mt. St. Helen in Washington State 10 years before it erupted, my boyfriend Jeff and I had stepped off the trail to drink juice, when the biggest rock fell down where we had just been walking. Inside activity or melting snow? It happened around noon, in any case too late for snow climbing.....
Followed my dreams about who I wanted to be, at least regarding spouse, occupations, residence. Perseverance helps....Didn't know the meaning of the words VISION and SPIRITUALITY for a long time, although having been living it all along.
Married my first high school boyfriend pro forma in my mid twenties in order to qualify for a 2 room flat without a proper bathroom - in a slum area. After the divorce it coincidentally  qualified him as well to take over his mother's flat, when she moved into a house. Where are you now, Paul?
Injured a leg just before or during visits to Denmark, Holland, Germany, Australia, and Israel. Still had fun and saw lots of things.
Learned the importance of social skills, intuition, and creativity. Get grandchildren if possible...


Vita, age 65

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Jeen Na


In fourth grade I gave mouth to mouth to my dead hamster.
I've been on my own since I was 16.
I called in a Black Hawk helicopter
I survived war twice.
I woke up from a coma.

Jeen Na, age 28

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Peg


I told myself at age 11 that there was no reason for me to be shy anymore.
I took my dog Joe to the vet when she was 13 to be euthanized. 
I pumped gas on the south rim of the Grand Canyon when it was novel for a girl to pump gas.
I planted a fig tree in the back yard by the light of the moon.
I was grumpy on a conference call this morning.

Peg, age 51



Elena

I credit my Jewish, Shinto, and Buddhist upbringing for my present atheism.
I fell in love with my best friend who left me for someone else.
I was in denial about having clinical depression even after attempting to hang myself two years ago.

I feel like the biggest fake when my peers enthusiastically voice how they channel their despondency and frustration through writing and producing art.
I recently rolled on molly and went to a show with my closest friends from high school. I haven't felt so safe, so happy with myself, in a very long time.

Elena, age 22  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Marilyn

My first out-of-state experience was flying to Seattle, WA at 22-years-old to visit my homesick boyfriend for the weekend.
I was about five-years-old when my mother threatened to take the bottle away.  In return, I vowed never to drink whole milk for as long as I live.  I've held onto that grudge/promise for 18 years.
It took less than 24 hours to fall in love with my boyfriend.  We've been together for three years now.
I lost my 17-year-old cousin to a staph infection four years ago.  I dedicated my college graduation to him in the family invitations.
I've been having panic attacks for the past six months and I've just realized that I'm experiencing a quarter-life crisis.


Marilyn, age 23
   

Kristen

I have loved.
I have lost.
I have given birth to a beautiful baby girl.
I have been strong.
And weak.


Kristen, age 20

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Carter

I had a house burn down around me while I was "lounging in my robe and slippers," as was reported in the local paper.
I've seen the sun set on Mt. Katahdin, Delicate Arch, and the Great Western Divide.
I served as a chaplain on a geriatric psychiatry ward.
I've actively considered suicide.
I've eaten wild strawberry pie.


Carter, age 55

Scott

I built a raft out of drift wood, Huck Finn style, and spent a month floating the magical wilderness of the Yukon River.
I fell in love three times and am afraid it won't happen again.
I broke into an abandoned house, fixed it up, and lived in it.
I fell in love with life and dared to live like it, despite my battle with depression and anxiety.
I laid in the Sun with my eyes closed and smiled.

Scott, age 29

Friday, April 20, 2012

Jodi

I have been in love 3.5 times
I was a teenage runaway.
I worked for an international arts organization creating sculpture parks.
I have been in a psychiatric hospital over 5 times.
I was abandoned as a child. 


Jodi, age 32

David

I had 1 love.
2 children.
I was in 2 wars.
I drank too much.
And ran for 30 years and now I can barely walk.

David, age 50

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Megan

I went skydiving for my 18th birthday.
I stole a pair of pink UGG rainboots from a department store.
When I was younger I told my mother that I hated her, and now make art about my love for her.
Got back at a roommate by putting garlic powder in her powdered creamer.
Went to a baseball game at Fenway Park.

Megan, age 24

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Jeanette

As a child never went to the same school for more than a few months, was always the new kid put in class after the school year already started.
My first job was at the famous "Train Station McDonalds" in Barstow, CA.
Taught myself how to snowboard and am very good at it.
I make jewelry and other crafty things.
Quit my job, sold most of my belongings and moved to Maryland.

Jeanette

Monday, April 16, 2012

Pamela

i lived in an Eskimo village without running water.
I played in the alleys of the housing projects of Detroit and loved it!
I thumb wrestled with the Duchess of York, Sara Ferguson.
I acted on stage in my underwear in Minneapolis.
I play the straw in my armpit!

Pamela

Jason

When I was a child, I threw a chair at my mother.
Now that I'm an adult, my mother and I are good friends.
I lived on rice and beans, and peanut butter sandwiches for a whole year while living on my own, looking for work and doing art.
I've drank with the homeless in the park during broad daylight.
And I've danced freely under the stars.

Jason, age 30

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Jerald

I started www.tpaging.com (2012) .
I was homeless in New Orleans for two years.
I graduated from college without a diploma.
I married and raised the best step-son I could ever have.
I am thirty years old , and I learned how to play the guitar in one year!

Jerald, age 30

Friday, April 13, 2012

Andrew

Grew up with two conflicting cultures, neither of which is completely my own.
Seen Mao's preserved corpse.
Touched a Gauguin in a museum when no one was looking.
Backpacked through South East Asia looking for adventure with limited success.
Fallen in and out of love to the point where it doesn't seem worthwhile anymore.

Andrew, age 24


Rachel

I went to Poland and visited the Old Warsaw Ghetto, Auschwitz, Majdanek and Treblinka when I was 17.
I lost my best friend and broke my back in a car accident.
I bought 2 turntables and a mixer and DJ'd some big EDM events in Hollywood, CA.
I fell in love with my biggest supporter and married him.
Had Twins at 34...and life continues

Rachel, age 34

Monday, April 9, 2012

Janet

Saw the Beatles during their first appearance at Shea Stadium.
Interviewed Woody Allen for my high school newspaper in 1968.
Transitioned from "victim" to "survivor" of stranger rape.
Lived on a houseboat in Sausalito and in a farmhouse in rural New England.
Made friends with almost every kid or dog I've ever met.

Janet, age 60

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Clare

Born and lived in Africa.
Met and married Peter.
Traveled across the Sahara Desert.
Had three outstanding kids.
Thrived after third bone marrow transplant.

and that's not all......................................

Clare, age 57

Sue

I argued with the man with the gun.
I thought cannoli started with a "G" until I was 28.
I went to Venice, and I heard what it had to tell me.
I fought for my daughters.
The man I loved when I was 20 is the man I love at 50.

Sue, age 48

Zach

I practiced skidding my bike tires on my dirt road.
I drank malt liquor on the abandoned bleachers with friends.
I nearly got stuck forever in the Bolivian jungle.
I fell in love with two best friends. It ended in heartbreak.
I built a table and it was gorgeous.

Zach, age 25

Sarah

I started masturbating at the age of three.
I got arrested at the age of six for breaking into someone's house and stealing jewelry then trying to sell it on the street.
I was told by my mother to lay on the couch so she could break my legs after I got caught drinking at school.
I listened to hardcore underground rap when I was an angry teenager.
I moved to New York with my backpack and a dream.

Sarah, age 23

Friday, April 6, 2012

JC

Tried to wash off my freckles with lemon juice and failed.
Learned how to make a snail come out of its shell - literally!
Getting to see my daughter play with the women she is named after - her great grandmother.
Bought my 4 year old a film camera, because I want her to know the art of photography.
Lost over fifty pounds and learned to love my body.

JC

Chandra

I survived my awkward younger years and made so many mistakes, that I don't regret.
I met my soul mate and married him.
I realized the law of attraction works in mysterious way.
I had three babies within four years.
I was given confidence, friendship and encouragement to pursue my dreams.

Chandra, age 27

Naomi

I AM GLAD TO BE ALIVE. I DON'T WANT TO LEAVE THE CELESTIAL PARTY YET. THE NEWS IS SO INTERESTING, I WANT TO SEE WHAT HAPPENS NEXT.
I TOLD THE WORLD I LOVED IT AND I PRAYED FOR PEACE. I THOUGHT MOST PEOPLE PREFER PEACE SO THEY CAN TEND THEIR GARDENS AND JUST MAKE A LIVING WITHOUT DISTURBING PEOPLE OVERSEAS WHO DESERVE TO BE LEFT ALONE.
I BOUGHT A MARIACHI TRAJE AND SOMBRERO JUST BECAUSE I WANTED TO.
I THOUGHT HOW MUSIC MAKES EVERYTHING BETTER.
LOOKING FORWARD TO PASSOVER SEDER AT MY SYNAGOGUE AND WISHING THE CHRISTIANS AND THE OTHER PEOPLE A BEAUTIFUL AND HAPPY HOLY TIME!

Naomi, age 84

Esther

MY EYES HAVE SEEN THE NEWS OF THE WORLD AS IT HAPPENED.
I SEWED DOLLS AND TOYS FOR ORPHANS AND DISPLACED CHILDREN IN THE BATTERED WOMEN SHELTERS TO HUG SINCE I COULD NOT BE THERE TO HUG THEM ALL IN PERSON AND TELL THEM THAT I LOVED THEM.
I LEARNED HOW TO SPIT SHINE A PAIR OF BOOTS.
I HAVE BEEN AN EXTRA IN SEVERAL FILMS THAT WERE DONE AROUND HERE.
I LEARNED HOW TO FIND THE NEWS ON THE INTERNET AND MY LIFE HAS NOT BEEN THE SAME.

Esther, age 79


Thea

I found a place where I can belong and be me.
I am now the age where I can speak my mind and I often do.
I see how absolutely stupid unprovoked war is. How obscene, unnatural and disruptive. Maybe we should let mothers,musicians, cooks and dog owners run the world.
I can't save the world but I can give the homeless person a warm blanket in the winter, a bottle of water in the summer and a job lead and I often do. My world starts here in my neighborhood when I see my brothers and sisters in dire need while politicians worldwide on all sides help themselves to the best of everything and, lo, their expensive pockets are flush with cash.
Today I said my prayers and felt that someone had heard me.

Thea, (lady of a certain age.)

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Joe

I returned to Judaism and davened a High Holy Days Service.
I became a certified Texas peace officer at 38 years old.
I fell in love with mariachi music all over again.
I lost my mother in 21 March 2011 and my father Feb 4, 1993 and my stepfather October 8, 2010
I have never noticed how intense the colors of a Central Texas Spring were before and how much I have wanted to do with this life now that it appears time for me to leave it and go onward to new adventures in the life after this...

Joe, age 62

Tara

I was born outside, under a tree.
I wandered through the Swaziland countryside by myself.
I sang songs on the beach, and scared away policemen.
I found a dead mouse in my sink.
I went to four different colleges.

Tara, age 23

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Jacob

I saw my best friend die in front of me.
I finished high school after a long struggle with drugs.
I jumped out of a plane and touched a cloud.
I learned how to quilt.
I found happiness with myself.

Jacob, age 23

Kate

Got my Art Degree and struggled as I watched every average Joe on the street gain success without formal training.
Loved and lost my soul mate, my Grandpa Truck.
Got married too young.
Learned to grow and cook delicious meals.
Gave up my dreams of being a singer so I could headline every night in the shower while my husband brushes his teeth.

Kate, age 25

Adam

I got out of high school as quickly as possible.
I trekked through the Himalayas in India and smoked hash.
I ate goat stew on an island in Bangladesh.
I turned down the job of being a male prostitute for Hollywood directors.
I recorded an album called "Drowned in the Sky".

Adam, age 22

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Alexis

Met my father.
Gave birth to my son.
Lived on the beach in Michoacan, Mexico for 6 mos.
Wrote a book.
Ate an entire apple pie in the sun!

Alexis, age 33