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Can you tuck me in?

My boys are growing older.  My eldest is 16 and stands 6 feet tall.  He could easily pass for a grown man. My youngest is almost nine and each day I see glimmers of the man he will become.  At night they ask for the same question, “Will you tuck me in?”  The nighttime rituals begin. I read them stories. I join them in their prayers. Before the light is extinguished, I unfurl blanket after blanket, tucking the edges close.  This is a moment to be cherished.  This is release of the day and the embrace of restful sleep.  This is a sacred moment and it relies on trust. When you are an adult, you greet the night alone.  No loving parent tucks you in and wards you against the dark and all its terrors.  I can think of only a few times in an adult life you will feel…

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The Grantsville Art Walk was a Success!

On December 11, 2014 the Grantsville Art Walk had a reception and silent auction at Penn Alps.  It was a lovely evening and the room was filled with friendship, culture and the giving feeling that abounds this time of year. We set the minimum bid at 25.00 per piece. Many pieces sold well over their minimum bid and every single piece of art sold!  We raised over $800.00 for a selection of charitable causes. We would like to thank all of the businesses that supported us during the month of the Art Walk by showing the work of the artists in their establishments.  Thank you Green Valley Foods, Blue Moon Antiques, 1st United Bank, Ruth Enlow Library, The Highland Thrift Shop, Medical Rehabilitation Systems, Somerset Trust, The Republican Newspaper, Buckel’s Laundromat, The Medicine Shoppe, Four Season’s Stitchery, Dr. Robin Bissell, Grant’s Mercantile and Kid’s Corner.  We especially want to thank the…

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The Business of Art

People often tell me that for an artist, I have a good understanding of business.  I would hope so!  I started working at the flea market in Sapulpa, Oklahoma at the age of seven.  I was paid two dollars a week under the table for my labors. I got first real job at the age of 15 as a teacher’s aid and part time art teacher at a summer school program.  The Private Industry Training Council of Sapulpa teamed local businesses with disadvantaged youths and helped pay part of our salaries.  So I owe my first job, and it was a job in the arts, to the willingness of businesses to work together to help the children of a small town get a chance to shine. I am very happy to say that I have been able to pay that gift forward. I now live in Grantsville, Maryland and I…

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Rolling the Dice

I paint the patient story.  Many people know that.  Others who closely follow my work know that my focus in advocacy is patient data access and the patient/caregiver role in the implementation and use of HIT (Health Information Technology). Last March, I was honored to do and interview with the elusive Tim from HIStalk about the current landscape in HIT. Tim is known only through his avatar and his writing. I met Lorre Wisham during the process of conducting the interview.  She is the public face of HIStalk. She attends conferences and oversees the day-to-day operations of HIStalk as the Chief Operating Officer.  She also has an avatar and that avatar is lovely.  The image is based upon her real face.  She almost seems like a Disney princess, the image in the looking glass, the fairest of the land.  Lorre asked if she could join us in The Walking Gallery. …