Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Value of Art in the life of a child.....

Hello Luvs,

Today's blog will be short and sweet. I attended a Banned Books Art Event (in which I was a judge) last night and one of the artists who was chosen to be printed was 12 years old. Her parents did not inform her about this, and she found out when she walked in and saw her work enlarged. That my dears if a Heart Happy moment. The fire that is within that child has been tended and fed. I know that she will go on to do great things because she is truly talented.

So what happens to a child who has an artistic talent but does not receive praise or support? There is the chance that nothing will come of his or her passion. Yes, there are occasions when the person perseveres and finds themself living their dream. Unfortunately more often than not they don't. 

I have a profound sense of sadness when writing that because I know that it should not be the case. I have seen first hand how art expression has lifted a child out of their negative surroundings and given them a sense of self-confidence and helped them to shine. Art CAN do this. In it's many forms whether it is visual or performance based it can change the road that child is on.....even their destiny. Maybe they will not become an artist, but instead have confidence to to embrace another passion. The point is not to turn out more artists necesssarily. The goal is to give them wings in which they use to soar to their own personal destination.

We all need wings to fly....

Though the words may escape me
I see you
When the rest of the world says no
I support you
Down the road that you travel
I will guide you
No matter what it takes of me
I will embrace you

For YOU are the change
I have seen
A young mind who has yet
Realized their dream
The seed thirsty for knowledge
WE will water you
With kind words and the belief
That YOU are what's true

Til next time,


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Past Time for the Underdogs and People Who LIVE by their conscious!

Hello Luvs,

If you have had the chance to follow my periscopes (@katsmeoww11) lately you have probably heard  me talk about the trials I have been going through. It has been an uphill battle trying NOT to be dragged down by anothers negative outlook and actions. I strive to learn from my mistakes and live a life without dishonestly and selfishness. I witness these traits around me, and it really bothers me that others choose to live the exact opposite truth. 

I continue to feel like THE UNDERDOG....the one who spins a wheel trying over and over to do the right thing, but in turn receives no support and/or instead receives negative consequences for being true to myself. I know that I am not alone. Others like me are out there. We hear that if you work hard, do your best, work on your craft, and put your positives out there you will be rewarded for it. In truth I am seeeing the opposite. I see those who do not do the right thing, climb over others to succeed, place a fake fascade out there for the world, and only think of themselves succeeeding. There is something fundamentally wrong with that! When people say 'pull yourselves up by your boot straps' I want to scream! Guess what people...some do not even OWN said boots and their straps are ripping!
Words to live by....

So why is it this way? When did we become a society where people, no matter how much they put out there, still have an uphill battle? When did we switch and become no longer about the village and more about 'ME'? When did we lose site that when we help the lesser than we become stronger as a unit? Lastly, when did we decide that even when we see a child in harms way we weigh our liability BEFORE we decide to jump?

Well, the good news is that just as much as there are people who lead this charge of negativity there are others (even though the number seem fewer) that WILL jump in and help their fellow Human Being. There are those WHO WILL offer kind words to someone when needed. People who see a need and step in to fill it!
Key word...OUR!

So, who are you? Are you an underdog? If so, I am glad to be in the club with you! Let's band together and change the odds. Let's flip the table over, smash it, and build a new one. One that is designed for a community in which an invitiation to join is a given. That is the world I wish for myself, my children, you, your children, and ALL the generations of Human Beings to come!!!!

Til next time,


Wednesday, September 9, 2015

The Author Don Tate in all his GLORY...

Hello Luvs,

Happy Wednesday! I planned on doing this blog a couple of days ago, but we all know that as with life...the best laid plans fall aside. However, I have the opportunity now to tell you about an artist/author/storyteller (because he can tell a very entertaining story)/and an all around good guy.
Don working the room...

His name is Don Tate and his book 'The Remarkable Story of George Moses Horton' has been selling out wherever he visits. It is about a remarkable man who became the first African-American author to be published in the South. George taught himself to read at a young age, and even though he was a slave, his thirst for learning was not to be hindered. There is alot to learn about the incredible man who made his mark here in North Carolina/UNC. I suggest you read up on him. You WILL NOT regret it!

Now, back to Don. I got the chance to meet him and his wonderful wife Tamera at the Chapel Hill Library last Saturday. I was going to try to periscope the event, but alas that was not meant to be. In a way I am glad because it gave me the opportuniy to be in the moment and truly hear Don's story.

In the end I could not help but be in awe of his talent. He shared some renderings he did at various ages. I firmly believe that an artist should be told that you appreciate their work. So Don, if you are reading this (and I hope you are) please know that seeing the portraits you did earlier in your life showed that even at that time art is WHAT YOU ARE MEANT TO BE DOING! There was a little bit of everything. He has illustrated over 50 books. Don has also won several awards which include The Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Honor and the Booklist Editors Choice in 2012. Yet the Horton book is the first in which he not only did the illustration but also wrote! Taking on this additional responsibilty suits him well, and the love being shown for this book and his artistry proves that others recognize and embrace it. 
A pic of the book from his presentation.

To top things off he shared the fact that he won two trophies for a body building competiton he entered. Getting the feeling that he can do whatever he set his mind to! The future is bright and he is an author/artist to follow and embrace. I plan to keep an eye out for his upcoming works I believe his next book will be out in about 3 years. Our family has a copy of Horton via my mother-in-law. Support him any way you can. That is what a community of like-mided individuals should do.

So, pop onto facebook ( and start to follow his travels promoting the book. Also, find out when he is coming to your neck of the woods. You will not regret it!

Til next time,