Monday, March 21, 2016

In praise of disruption

This evening I made my way to Arts Westchester to attend a talk by the Gorilla Girls, a collective of determined and dynamic women who seek to challenge the status quo to raise awareness of the lack of women, people of color and marginalized populations all ignored by the cultural institutions of our time.

Years back, their subversive actions in the forms of billboards and posters shattered the complacency of the art world. Why were there so few women artists represented on gallery walls? At auction, women's work commanded prices that reflected their lower status in the business of buying and selling art.

Most days despite whatever difficulties cross my path, I am grateful that my daughters are not forced to wear burkas and enjoy the same civil liberties of my son.  As long as women are valued less than men, that gay people, people of color and transgendered status have less economic opportunity than whites and experience social injustice, gatherings like this remind me that our skewed society requires reform, awareness and change.

(and their provocative thoughts reproduced below...)

Thursday, March 17, 2016


I''m working a regular routine now and I'm starting to get the hang of it. Spending more time away from the house than in it during the daylight hours and I'm meeting a lot of people, visiting firms and retailers and learning a different industry. Sometimes you can teach an old(er) dog some new tricks.

Friday, March 4, 2016

Of late


I've been absent on the blog and busy with life, tedium, and on-demand television (and today's return of my favorite fictional power couple, the Underwood's.)  The family hums and thrives, mostly each going in their own direction.

My seasonal job at a major retailer wrapped today. As many of my shifts were from 5  to 9 a.m. it was a little rocky on the sleep cycle. (My term as Village Trustee ends soon- beginnings and endings abound.)

I lunched with an old friend last month and the topic of working for his company came up.  Monday I embarked on this new chapter- so glad I did. There's masses and masses to learn.

(Above find a recent nail polish painting-layering shapes and colors.  Food for the soul.)