Friday, January 27, 2017

The Name Game

“It ain't what they call you, it's what you answer to.” 
― W.C. Fields

     Seventy-six years and a few months ago, this adorable little girl was born.  Her parents named her Mary Jacqueline with the plan of nicknaming her Jackie. Her paternal grandfather was called Jack even though his name was Jesse.

Mary Jacqueline
Paternal grandfather-Jesse better known as Jack (deceased before Jay was born)

       This baby, Jackie, had a big sister, Judy, who was 21/2 years older than she.  Judy had trouble prounouncing "Jackie"; her version was more of a "Jay" everyone called Jackie, Jay.
Big sister, Judy
As "Jay" grew, everyone called her that and as far as she knew....that was her name!  Her paternal grandmother always insisted on calling her Jackie.  That really irritated Jay because THAT sounded like a boy's name!!!!

Paternal grandmother who insisted on Jackie!
     When Jay was nine, her baby brother was born!  So cute...his name was John (maternal grandfather-deceased) Carnes (mother's maiden name)....and here we go...wait for it...Jack is a nickname for new baby became Jackie!  Whew! Pressure off Jay...Grandma now has a Jack in the family!

Baby JACK!
    Time goes by...Jay graduates from high school and is heading to college.  By now she has decided that Jacqueline..or much cooler than JAY!

Mary Jacqueline graduating from HS
     So off to Mizzou goes Jackie...but it didn't stick...18 years of being Jay was just too much.  It actually wasn't too bad...she even gotten invited to a fraternity smoker (that's what they called frat pledge parties) to which she accepted but didn't get to attend once her gender was discovered. ahead about 60 years.  Jay often signs her name Mary J. as that is her legal name on all legal documents but she still often uses Jay and wouldn't you know, she gets a lot of Mr. Jay...mail and phone calls.  She has become more vocal on line lately and decided it is time for another name change!  So rather than sign my name "Jay" I am feminizing (is that a word) my name by adding an "E".   So for now on, I will be signing my name "Jaye"...a long time coming!  We'll see how it goes! (This creative name change usually happens in junior high! I'm a little  slow!) 


Thursday, January 26, 2017

A Little Bit of Everything

You may say that I'm a dreamer
But I'm not the only one
I hope someday you'll join us
And the world will be as one” 

― John LennonImagine

       This quote is from one of my favorite songs "Imagine" by John Lennon...if we would just listen to these words and live by them...the world would be as one! Now, to my up and down life with social media!  I stayed off  FB from the election until the inauguration... a nice dry spell to get my head cleared.  I am back on now but am trying to regulate my time and what I actually repost.  I have decided that one cannot sit idly by...that if I am not happy with the world the way it is, I need to say something..I am fact checking what I put out there...I do think there is way too much of reposting whatever is out there just because it sounds outrageous...and that is one of the reasons we are in the mess we are in.

Charlie Rose
       And I have returned to listening to/watching a few talk shows.  One of my favorites on tv is the Charlie Rose Show.  My friend Joy got me interested in him quite a few months ago and I have picked up on him again.  He has a daily M-F show on PBS and has had for years.  He is very non-partisan, has guests from all walks of life...actors, authors, inventors, musicians, etc. I really enjoy hearing his guests, whether I agree with them or not. He can really pull stuff out of them in a very interesting and educational manner.  I tape everything on tv, even the news.  That way I can just fast forward through anything I don't want to hear or see!
       Which leads me to my next topic!!  The last couple of days I have been thinking about cleaning up my studio a bit!  I have drawers and boxes full of scraps of fabric...pieces left over from past projects.  I just couldn't throw it away!!  So I decided to just start sewing pieces  together and see what happens!  While sewing, I usually have the radio, tv or an audio book on.  This particular project has a lot of getting up and down with it, so I decided to get caught up on my Charlie Rose shows.  I am now caught up to today!!! So here is where I am so far on the purging of fabric.....

Just a FEW of my scraps of fabric
What I have done so far on my design wall
I am actually kind of liking this!  I am going to make a table cloth  (82"x52") out of all these blocks.  My daily dishes are multi-colored Fiestaware...bright I think this will be a good solution of what to do with these chunks of fabric that I hate to think of just throwing away!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

We Are Woman

"Women may be the one group that grows more radical with age." Gloria Steinem

       I didn't march with my sisters today because of a long range previous plan, but I did wear my shirt and I did stand at lunch at the Modern and gave a toast to my sisters in solidarity!! Now back home, I am so proud of my sisters. I am just glued to my iPad watching all the coverage of the day from everywhere!  Here is a link to New York Times pictures from around the world! Please check it out if you have not seen is amazing! It brings to mind the positive reception we had worldwide after 9/11!

Gloria Steinem
       This is a picture of one of my longtime heroes as she spoke in Washington DC today. I am also giving you a link to her marvelous speech....all the speeches were really inspiring!
Washington DC
     And here is a link to some videos in Fort Worth and Dallas. And kudos to all the men who march with the women in support. Of course, many of the concerns...medicare, social security, education, environment, emigration, LGBT,  etc. are not just women-related but human rights.
     I just texted my church to say we should sing Helen Reddy's "I Am Woman" as our closing song tomorrow! (I've given you a link to the 1975 song if you would like to hear it!)

     My day was very fun too!  My SAQA gals got together to visit the KAWS exhibit at the Modern and have lunch together. Andrea and I also walked over to the Kimbell to see the Monet which will be leaving at the end of the month.  Tremendous crowds there...and parking was getting pretty crazy because the Fort Worth Stock Show is also going on.  
My Women's March Shirt!
My SAQA sisters...some not all were here
Every time, and this was my third, I have seen the KAWS, I discover something new!  This time, I found there was a sculpture outside...Elmo in the water!

SAQA with Elmo in the background 

Does This Look Familiar?

We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Obama Campaign Poster Hope created by Shepard Fairy
     Shepard Fairey is a  young artist who became well-known after his campaign poster for Barack Obama's first presidential campaign long, long ago!  Since then he has developed a whole bunch of posters with this similar design  that are very appropriate for the times.

Shepard Fairey
Self Portrait
New poster for the times
New Poster for the times
And another Poster for the times
     But these are not the only things this talented young man has on the link (his hi lighted name) to see much more of his talent.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Goodbye, Mr. and Mrs. President

“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” 
― William Arthur Ward

We are going to miss these guys!!
     There have been several videos on FB of the Obamas and their leave taking from the White House.  I had said I would not be political on my blog and I'm not, but to give homage to such a wonderful couple is not political....showing admiration for and a heart felt feeling of loss at their going, to me, is not political....just putting it out there!!! Here are a couple of my favorite videos! A good bye to Mr. President. And a memorable speech from one fabulous first lady!

Here is a link to his top 50 achievements. 

This is the picture that came with the article in Washington Monthly..notice the article was written in 2012
 so there are more accomplishments that could be added!

Or here they are listed in an abbreviated on the picture to be able to read it better!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Strong Women

Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them. Unknown  

     On Saturday, millions of women all over the world are marching to proclaim their solidarity with each other (and some men who are marching  in their support).  These Marches are particularly emphasized in the United States. The immobilization of these forces have been brought about through the fear of not just the loss of women's rights, but the deep concerns for the loss of human rights with the inauguration of a new president.
     There has been no explanation or comforting words from the new administration that alleviates these fears  which stem from the rhetoric spouted daily. The people who are being selected for high, responsible postitions also do nothing to  soothe our concerns.  
      I am reminded of the way our nation was so split over Civil Rights and the Vietnam War back in the '60s and '70's. Do we need to relive those horrific times in order to bring justice and common sense to our nation again?
    I have many friends who plan to march in Washington; my state capital-Austin; and even here in Fort Worth.  I cannot be with them in body as I have a long standing date with my SAQA group to attend the last day of the KAWS exhibit. But I will definitely be with them in spirit!!

     We must be vigilante and heed the words of Edmund Burke-Philosopher and Statesman-1729-1797: "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing." And I will have to add-good women! Now, I can't say I agree with much of Burke's philosophy because he was pretty conservative ...but I do agree with this statement! So, come on all you good people!  Speak up!!!!

Monday, January 16, 2017


 "Good teaching is more a giving of right questions than a giving of right answers."   Josef Albers
Josef Albers
      Today was my monthly meeting with studioQ, my local art quilters' group.  Our challenge this month was based on a painting by the artist Josef Albers, "Variant: Four Reds Around Blue-1948"
Our January Challenge
I think I had written about this last month, after our December meeting.  A few us had ours ready to show  as it was given to us in November....then remembering that we had extended our deadline to January because of the busy holidays, most of the group were not ready to show.  I had mine pieced then but not quilted.  I now have it quilted as well so am showing it again...along with all the ones from our meeting today. I apologize for the quality of the pictures...where we met doesn't have very good lighting and I didn't think to put my flash on.
All of our Albers together
       It is always fun to see how each of us interpret our challenges. A couple of our members work with paper rather than fabric.  Somehow I didn't get closeups of either of those but here are some of the individual fiber quilts.
Michelle ('s a little fuzzy)
Wendy (but for some reason the colors are not very true to her quilt-you can see  better or colors in the group pic.

Colorful aren't we!!! We also showed some other things we were working on and Kay did a demo on using a glue as an aid when creating hexagons to sew.

Kay has her challenge for another group ready...from the KAWS collection
Bethany is making a quilt for a baby shower. The top pink is her own dyed fabric.
Wendy works with blue-
Wendy has been working with shirting stripes lately and has been getting her fabric from men's shirts she has found at  Good Will and other resale shops.
This is the back of Wendy's quilt...we always admire the backs of her quilts as much as  the fronts!
Kay worked with hexagons..the inner stars are from a variety of shibori blues, some she has dyed and some purchased.
Andrea is working on a colorful quilt from fabrics by Caryl Bryer Fallert
"Hope" a smaller quilt made by Andrea from the scraps she had left over from the above quilt.
"A Ray of Hope"...this is a small quilt (6" x 8") that I have made for my donation to the SAQA conference
 for the 2017 Spotlight silent auction.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Creative Souls

Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity. - T.S. Eliot -
     My Daily Good Website which comes to me  via email daily had an interesting article "11 Tips to Living a Creative Life" but I was first attracted to it by the above quote.  And I think there is a lot of truth to that comment.
Elizabeth Gilbert
The article and subsequent TED talk are from Elizabeth Gilbert, author of "Eat, Pray, Love" and has a new book out "Big Magic" which I have not read as yet. Pretty interesting.
      We have all heard of actors, writers, musicians, visual artists who have been tortured with anxious feelings about their some cases, what may seem like a super ego may well be just the angst from which they are suffering.
       A few years ago, Dick and I had the privilege of attending a stage play at the Bass Hall, Fort Worth, Texas by invitation from one of my best buddies from college who is married to a guy whose family owns a Sound business for stage plays in New York City..(.the guys who work with the mikes, make sure all sound is good, compatible, etc.)  And Beth and Richard were here with the cast of "The Sunshine Boys" with Tony Randall and Jack Klugman,  Richard in charge of all the sound workings.
Play bill for the Sunshine Boys
       Beth sat with us in the audience while Richard was at work.  Apparently guys in this business often become very familiar with actors and on first name basis with many.  At intermission, Beth went to talk to Richard back stage;  she returned to say he really had his hands full! It seems that Klugman was not very happy....this was his first appearance on stage since he had suffered from throat cancer. They were trying it out away from NY because Klugman was very nervous about getting up in front of an audience.
      While on stage at the Bass, Klugman could not see the audience nor hear their reactions to the funny lines by either laughter or applause.  He was used to playing on Broadway in a much smaller venues!  And it was a week-day so the audience didn't fill up the hall like a weekend would. He had been used to being able to see beyond the stage and hear the audience applause and laughter.  At the Bass, being much larger than the theaters he was used to, (you know, everything is bigger in Texas!)  neither of these...seeing or hearing from the stage...was occurring. I guess Richard was able to convince him that all was well, because he seemed pretty jovial at the cast party after the show, which we were invited to attend! Quite an evening! 
     I bought myself a calendar for 2017 with my activities written on it. I look at it every day to see what, if anything, I am supposed to do.  This calendar happens to be about this very subject!  Artist's Angst!  Here is a picture for the month of January!
The though for January!
And, although age has soften the anxiety with each new work of art..(.I am now really just trying to please myself)...Most of my artist friends and I do go through a similar process!!

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Standing on the Side of Right

"General Motors, General Mills, General Foods, general ignorance, general apathy, and general cussedness elect presidents and Congressmen and maintain them in power.” 
― Herbert M. Shelton

     I feel that I may have misled some of you by my last blog and maybe past ones.  Although I am not reading newspapers or listening to most news, I do record the nightly news from PBS and when I watch it, I just fast forward anything I don't want to hear....specific persons whose voices I do not want to hear, etc.  And I am a fan of Charlie Rose on PBS who is very current with what's happening. I also like Washington Week on PBS which I again record.  What I don't buy into is all the FB stuff that is negative, negative, negative!!  Before the election, I was out there signing every petition I could and I was reposting all kinds of stuff!  I am no longer doing that....only posting good stuff. I just wanted to clarify that I don't suffer from the ostrich syndrome...burying my head in the sand (do ostriches really do that?).
     Last night I attended the Stonewall Democrats monthly meeting, the first one of the new year.  I have been to a few other meetings with them but had not joined.  This is a great bunch of folk who really have their hearts and heads in the right place so I joined and am now a card-carrying member of this fine organization.

Merchant logo

     Another reason I went last night was because I knew that a speaker from the local chapter of Moms Demand Action was going to be there.  I have been a member of this organization for a couple of years and believe strongly in what they stand for.

     Last Saturday, the MOMS held a letter-writing campaign which I was not able to attend, so at the meeting last night, I got the info to do so on my own. This campaign is to try to defeat a few bills in the Texas State Government that are very serious to the idea of open carry.  Now, contrary to popular belief, this national organization of MOMS, in conjunction with EVERYTOWN, is not for gun control but for sensible gun use and care. These bills which are being proposed will allow more people to carry  guns in more places with less restrictions than we have now. I am going to spend a little time contacting my legislatures to let them know of my displeasure of these bills.  If anyone who reads this wants more information, just let me know.

      Another website link I got at the Stonewall Meeting was from a site "" which has a guide called "Indivisible:A Practical Guide for Resisting the Trump Agenda".  I am downloading it as I write so haven't read it yet.  It was suggested to me that it has many strategies on how to overcome that person's agenda.

    And I also feel I better rewrite my introduction about no politics!!!