Friday, September 2, 2011


Contrary to the hollow echo, I'm still here.
  I've been back in Maine visiting my family.  
Two days into it, my sister had a stroke.  
She's okay now, but it was a reality check for us all.  
If lobster counts, we did a lot of self-medicating.  

The weather was as beautiful as only Maine 
can serve up in August.
 Then that bad girl, Irene, 
 delayed our flight back to Boulder.
  I'm being as stoic as us down-easterners are supposed to be 
when I say,
 it was a hell of a vacation. 

I found this large acrylic hanging 
in my dad's workshop in the basement.  
 I painted it in my parents' guest room the summer of 1969.  
The world was in upheaval.  
Five months later, I dropped out of college
 and moved to Colorado.  

As you can tell, breathing was important.  
Still is.


Shelley Smart said...

Wow! I was actually thinking about you last night and wondered if the vacation to Maine went okay, Irene and all (although my sister said it wasn't bad). So sorry about your sister's stroke. We are none of us immune. But glad all is okay and you got home in one dry piece. I like your art from '69. I wanted to do art in college in '69 but didn't. You've still got it!

hw (hallie) farber said...

1969 was the year I realized the importance of breathing; I spent two weeks hospitalized with the Hong Kong flu. I like your painting. I'm glad your sister's okay, that you had great Maine weather and lobster, and that you made it back to Colorado.

Katherine van Schoonhoven said...

I am so sorry to hear about your sister! How great to re-discover your old painting -- what a treasure!!

SamArtDog said...

I thought about you, too. Especially whenever we went to Day's for a lobster fix.

I sometimes wonder how I survived '69.

Seeing former art is like reading a diary.

Kathy Hodge said...

Really sorry to hear about your sister, and glad she is going to get through it ok. It's a sad fact of life that we expect our parents to have health issues eventually,but a shock to face it in a sibling (peer). None of us get through this life without a few scars I guess, we just have to look out for one another as best we can.

Jala Pfaff said...

You were a talented artist way way back. (When I was four years old. ;))

word verif.: whine

cohen labelle said...

I'm so sorry to hear about illness of your sister which I meant to say a few days ago and I hope for your sister's complete recovery and in the meantime, faith and patience on everyone's part.
I like the modular painting you did way back when! Most therapeutic thing in the world - making of art!

Mary Sheehan Winn said...

by way of encouragement, a friend of mine had a serious stroke and recovered completely.
I'll keep your sis in my thoughts.
Meanwhile, that piece still holds up. Hang in there!

SamArtDog said...

Thanks for all the kind words, everyone. Fortunately, my sister is feeling well now.

Celeste Bergin said...

wow.. I don't know how I missed this! I am glad your sister is ok---what an ordeal that had to be for her---and for you and your family! I do love your articulated person-art and I have just learned you are older than I had you figured for!