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As a former foster child, my passion is advocating for and with foster care youth, publicizing the challenges that they face and addressing their developmental and emotional needs through workshops.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Moments of clarity - and murkier days

"She felt she should know. She felt that if she were truly magical she should know. The knowledge should be very solid and bright. She shouldn't be filled with such uncertainties."

~ A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee

Monday, October 05, 2015

#RealTalk

"Most people who have rough backgrounds will admit there's something unsettling about finding happiness after difficulty -- that even after we unwrap this gift, we don't know how to stop searching, rummaging, pilfering for something else. We walk haltingly through life, ready for the other shoe to drop. The question is not if, but when."

 ~ Life From Scratch by Sasha Martin

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Time has a way of molding people...

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"Time had a way of molding people into shapes they themselves no longer recognized."
~ Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Mercurial mothers and longing for stability


"With a mother as mercurial as mine I was constantly searching for absolutes...."
~ Always Watching by Chevy Stevens


Definition of mercurial: "characterized by rapid and unpredictable changeableness of mood." 

Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy


"It made her feel very despondent 
to be a one-pocketed girl." 

 ~ Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy


 Ophelia Jane Worthington-Whittard doesn't believe in anything that can't be proven by science -- until she discovers a boy locked away in a long forgotten room.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014


"I can't keep defining myself as the person who has to save everyone else."
~ Kaaberbol, Lene, Death of A Nightingale

Wednesday, December 04, 2013


"The human spirit does more than animate the face. It lends character and definition."
~ Sue Grafton, W is for Wasted



Monday, April 01, 2013

Two of My Favorite Artists

Two of my favorite artists incorporate collage and mixed media into their work...

Jonathan Darby is an artist from the UK whose artwork deals with themes of socio-political and humanitarian issues. His work portrays people in a cultural context where innocence and the vulnerable have been impacted by forces of social, economic and political change.

Example of Jonathan Darby's artwork
His focus is on children as he believes they can and will determine the future. The experiences they encounter now may have severe consequences for them and for society as a whole.

Jonathan Darby at work on an art project

French illustrator Stephanie Ledoux is a traveling artist, who began keeping traveling diaries when she was 13 years old. Today, she has more than 60 travel diaries, which she uses as inspiration for larger paintings when she is in her home studio in Toulouse.

Some of Stephanie's work on display
She gets to know local residents by drawing them, and incorporates local newspapers, old school books, locally made paper into her collage portraits.

Example of Stephanie Ledoux's artwork