Monday, April 16, 2018

Being Social, A Photo Diary


My friend, who is a wonderful ceramic artist, had another show of her work this week, and the gang was in attendance. That's Janice, my incredibly talented friend, in the photo below.



Also this week, the national gun violence prevention spokesperson for Everytown.org and Moms Demand Action, whose book I have just completed—and who is now running for Congress—was a featured panelist at Vanity Fair's Founders Fair. She and two other women were asked to speak about being first time candidates for public office and why they decided to run for office. Lucy was polished, warm, and authentic as she told of her 17-year-old son being shot and killed for playing music too loud on a car stereo in a Jacksonville, Florida gas station. Since then, Lucy has become a powerful advocate for gun law reform, and after Parkland, she decided now was the time to step into the ring as a candidate herself. I was so beaming proud of her, and felt privileged to be associated with her story. Afterward, in the green room, she took pictures with her agent and me, and introduced us to everyone as her "dream team." Indeed, it was a wonderful collaboration from start the finish. Her book is coming out from Simon & Schuster in August. Stay tuned. And if you're reading this in Georgia's 6th District, vote for Lucy McBath. She is the real true deal.


All of this made for a rather social week for me, which I enjoyed, but I am so happy this morning to be inside, looking out at the driving rain, not having to go anywhere until later this evening when I have choir rehearsal. It's like a monsoon out there right now, and I'm aware of how lucky I am to be able to meander in the peace and quiet of my house, working under my own steam.

On Sunday I made my Mercy Pie, with a quiche-like filling of spinach and sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese over a sweet potato crust. I looked great but I was too reticent with the salt, and at the last minute I discovered I didn't have fresh garlic. Oh well.


The last photo is of my daughter, who went bike riding with her boyfriend in the park on Saturday. With gale force winds outside my window today, it's hard to believe it was a sunny 75 degrees then. She posted this photo on Insta and I swiped it, because it makes me happy to see her joy.

11 comments:

  1. Whoa! That is a lot of socializing! I hope you are as proud of your work as you should be. You create change. A lot of it may be behind the scenes but it is profound.
    Mercy Pie? Is that because when you eat it you say, "Mercy! This is amazing!"? Looks like it.
    And your daughter...her light is boundless.

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  2. The change your work can inspire is profound. Stand tall. Like you, your daughter is a light and I can see just where she got her cooking gene.

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  3. That is a full week. Or it would be for me, anyway!

    Your mercy pie photo is mouthwatering. People can salt their own food :)

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  4. Bravo to your friend running for office -- may these women sweep into office and smash the patriarchy to bits! I am so excited to read her/your book and know that you will keep us posted about publication. Your daughter is sublime -- her skin and warm smile just radiate peace and happiness. I know I don't really know her, but I've grown to love her through your words and pictures. She is infectious.

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  5. You're famous!

    I'm glad a decent woman is running for congress. The photos are lovely, especially you and your daughter.

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  6. That pie looks amazing! And what a week it's been -- you know some fascinating and, hopefully, high-powered people!

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  7. Your week sounded wonderful in every way, even the quiet rainy day. That pie does look amazing and delicious...YUM!

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  8. I am so happy to see that this lovely mother can smile again after the injustice causing her son's death. Look forward to reading the book. LN

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  9. What a great post! Love your friend's work, your daughter is lovely, like her mama and that pie...oh my XXOO

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  10. Such a great post. Impressive, creative, caring people.

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  11. Such a heartening post! So much to be grateful for. Perseverance furthers.

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