Saturday, September 20, 2014
Thursday, September 18, 2014
On a recent summery afternoon, I had the fun experience of photographing Jo Ann Clark, Executive Director of the Hudson Valley Writers Center. You’ll find her thoughts below…
In light of the upcoming release of my new book, I really needed an author’s headshot. This should have presented me with no obstacles. But I honestly have had a life-long loathing of having my photograph taken. My mom’s the same way so perhaps it’s in the genes. My family’s photo albums—remember those?—are stuffed with images of Mom and me in which our facial expressions range from awkward to pissed off.
I also believe that it’s true of many writers that we instinctively like to feel ourselves invisible because then we are freer to observe the environment and people around us. To have a person observing back, well, that upends our writers’ way of moving through the world. I even have always felt great kinship with tribal peoples who believe that a photograph steals one’s soul. So profound is my aversion to cameras, that it has extended to neglecting to document the adorableness and growth of my only child. I do love pictures of him—and feel a lasting gratitude to the friends, family, and fellow parents who have captured him in action over the past 14 years. But it just never occurs to me to snap a picture of him myself. (No doubt I’ve set him up for decades of therapy….)
But back to that author headshot. I’d put off having it done for so long that my publisher was breathing down my neck. Enter Dorothy! Somehow, at the most harried end of a busy week, after a string of busy weeks, she succeeded in chilling me out, putting me at ease, and taking the shot that will adorn my modest tome. A combination of Dorothy’s grace, good humor, and artistry—and a glass of sparkling wine—enabled me to get over myself already and to embrace the collaboration—for it truly was that—of sitting for my portrait. She’s a real pro! Dare I admit that I even enjoyed having a bit of my soul stolen away by her, but in the loveliest, most memorable of ways.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
I had an awesome birthday this year- starting with a trip in to meet Ellen at the Museum of Modern Art to attend the show Production Line of Happiness, a very enigmatic exhibit, by the artist Christopher Williams. Monday proved to be an unhurried time to be there and best enough.....
taking pictures was permitted. Ellen was more than happy to be in my photos and help me document the show. Williams' work is completely thought provoking and I thoroughly enjoyed it even if....
I didn't understand it!! After we finished our exploration we made our to the museum's dining spot Terrace 5 and relaxed over lunch (and thanks to Ellen and Steve for my birthday treats!).
Later birthday wishes from some of my favorite people and then out for a yummy pizza dinner with d.h. and good friends (with a gift basket and a special card from James). What a nice way to start a new year....
Friday, September 12, 2014
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
I was searching the internet for a sliver of wisdom to help manage my parental anxiety as it feels like my 16 year son has left the premises mentally while still physically residing under our roof. This little bit of satire is a welcomed antidote and I'm grateful for the sympathetic minds who provide this (much needed) comic relief.