Monday, July 31, 2006

Dumpster Spirit Evocation

I took a walk this evening looking for tiger swallowtail butterflies.
Noticed the patterns on a raggedy old dumpster by my neighbor's curb instead.

There is a lot to see & learn in this world if only we open to it. No matter how jaded or clever or slick or wise we think we are... there is always more, inside & out. The beauty that surrounds us...

These images reminded me of the spiritual & formal qualities embedded in my good friend Eve Hennessa's paintings... a sincere & skilled soul seeker.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Survivor's Fund

I have been documenting people impacted by the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001 for
The Survivors Fund, under the auspices of the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region.
The Fund provides services to care for the victims & their loved ones.
These portraits depict a range of the folks they care for- including people wounded, those who lost family & friends, rescuers, flight crews, and others directly affected by the tragedy.
Additional resources are provided by Northern Virgina Family Services.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Shakespeare & Teachers

The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC has a summer institute for training high school teachers about the best way to explore & communicate the works of the Bard of Avon.

"I, thus neglecting worldly ends, all dedicated
To closeness and the bettering of my mind."
"The Tempest", Act 1 scene 2

Dayspring Farm

Charlie & Miriam Maloney own Dayspring Farm, an organic farm in Cologne, Virginia. They are Quakers, dedicated to spiritually-centered, community-based agriculture and to sustainable farming practices. Their farmhands are mainly university students interested in practicing these principles.

Dayspring grows a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, herbs, flowers, eggs, & has a membership subscription service for their produce. Best tomatoes I have ever eaten. Lovely folks, too.

The farm can be reached at:
The story was for Byronchild, an interesting magazine based in Australia