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Leap Year Lazarus

March 17, 2016

1.iris reticulata.KS

(Iris Reticulata in March)

Well, the final digital files – the book – have been sent off to the printer. One proof copy and then   THEY’RE  MADE !!!

And shipped out to those who ordered the books.

Unbelievable journey of 4½ years (7 total for the project, but who’s counting), always working on some further aspect of this.  Gory details are on the right under “The Long and Winding Road”, for the curious.

Eternal gratitude, and apologies not only for such late delivery but for my silence as I became mute in gestation, not knowing myself what was happening.

If you need to update your shipping address please do so.

Deeply blessed Spring to you.

If anyone’s interested in info about either treating Lyme with a serious herbal protocol or fending off the ticks to begin with, please drop me an email.


the swamp de-mystifies

February 13, 2009

YYAYYY! Just got word they put the ART back in HEART down there in Congress. YYAYYY!

from Americans for the Arts:

A United Voice
This is an important victory for all of you as arts advocates.  More than 85,000 letters were sent to Congress, thousands of calls were made, and hundreds of op-eds, letters to the editor, news stories, and blog entries were generated in print and online media about the role of the arts in the economy.  Artists, business leaders, mayors, governors, and a full range of national, state, and local arts groups all united together on this advocacy issue.  This outcome marks a stunning turnaround of events and exemplifies the power of grassroots arts advocacy. 


mucking through the swamp

February 8, 2009
Porch Chair (further info on website)

Porch Chair (further info on website)








I’d intended to begin here with lovely life-affirming words and pictures, tripping gently through February. Instead I’m confronted by harrying news from the U.S., my country tis of thee. : 

Distracted this morning, by whimpers from the swamp that is the U.S. Congress.  In the big Recovery plans, they’re lumping nonprofit arts org’s together with casinos, stadiums and golf courses. Typical.
The U.S. is way way way WAY behind every other civilized country in acknowledging the essential nature of Art for a thriving economy/culture/society. Now, in the scramble to salvage our country… they’re threatening to pinch off the meager lifeline that the arts currently have:  the NEA.

To paraphrase Willy: “Do we not bleed?” and “Is our money not green?”

If you click the link below and enter your zip code it’ll tell you if your people voted to delete nonprofit arts funding from any recovery measures, and it’ll give you a very quick way to send feedback:

If this kind of feedback meant nothing, as is rumored, would these tenuous or’gs bother?

The letter they offer, as amended by me, is pasted below. I’m relieved to say that RI voted against the measure.

Many thanks for your vote against S.Amdt.309 offered by Sen. Tom Coburn (Roll Call #51)which prohibits funding for “museums, theaters, and arts centers” in the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act.

The lumping of nonprofit organizations and our cultural beacons together with the plagues of casinos et al was a bizarrely misguided veer off a cliff in the attempt to trim excess. This is precious-baby-with-the-bathwater time!  Shocking.

There are approximately 100,000 nonprofit arts organizations, which spend $63.1 billion annually. Without an economic stimulus for the nonprofit arts industry, experts expect about 10% of these organizations (ranging from large arts institutions like museums and orchestras to small community-based organizations in suburban, urban and rural areas) to shut their doors in 2009 a loss of 260,000 jobs.
According to the Americans for the Arts, a $50 million investment to the National Endowment for the Arts will provide critical funding to save 14,422 jobs from being lost in the U.S. economy. This is based on the ability of the NEA to leverage $7 in additional support through local, state and private donations, for every $1 in NEA support.
In a report released in mid-January, the National Governor’s Association stated, “Arts and culture are important to state economies. Arts and culture-related industries, also known as “creative industries,” provide direct economic benefits to states and communities: They create jobs, attract investments, generate tax revenues, and stimulate local economies through tourism and consumer purchases.”