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Collaboration (2014)

25 Nov


My 8 year old daughter, Lydia, and I painted this over the weekend.  She was visiting my home and our creative natures combined to make a very enjoyable painting.  🙂  When we were adding some splashes of paint splatter to the painting we had a cute dialogue about what one can and can’t do with art.  When I started to add paint splatter on the piece she looked up and said, “You can do that?”  I said, “Oh, yeah!”  And she started joining me with this huge grin on her face.  She was like, “Do you think that’s too much?”  I said, “Not if you don’t!”  And we kept splattering for a while.

I love her innocence and excitement at trying something with art that seems outside the normal rules.  You know, when you color in coloring books you’re told to stay inside the lines.  I want her to be a critical, outside the lines of the normal expectations kind of thinker.  Maybe this was a positive step in that direction for her.  Either way, it was a lovely time well-spent!

About Time

13 Aug

Today our nation’s Attorney General, Eric Holder, announced that he put together a task force of deputy U.S. Attorneys to look at the issue of mandatory sentencing for drug related offenses. While aiding and abetting addicts in the pursuit of their addictive behaviors should never be the stance we take nationally or personally we must also employ the use of common sense sentencing policies for crimes involving possession of currently illegal substances. I agree with Holder that filling our nation’s prisons with repeat drug offenders is not helping rid our communities of illegal drugs, but is instead a veiled war on ethnic communities perceived to be more inclined to use illegal drugs. The war on drugs has failed and it’s about time we acknowledge it and map a better way for the future.

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