Saturday, January 30, 2010

New Journal for January and February!!!

Here's the cover of my new journal. It's collaged with various images and stickers. The Hambly transparency on the front is held on with glue dots. The stitching is one of my favorites (easier then it looks).

Teaching today at Zinnia in South Pasadena. Looking forward to it!

Thursday, January 28, 2010

January 21, 2010 journal page

More Howard Zinn from You Can't Be Neutral On A Moving Train-

"It is this change in consciousness that encourages me. Granted, racial hatred and sex discrimination are still with us, war and violence still poison our culture, we have a large underclass of poor, desperate people, and there is a hard core of the population content with the way things are, afraid of change.

But if we see only that, we have lost historical perspective, and then it is as if we were born yesterday and we know only the depressing stories in this morning's newspapers, this evening's television reports.

Consider the remarkable transformation, in just a few decades, in people's consciousness of racism, in the bold presence of women demanding their rightful place, in a growing public awareness that gays are not curiosities but sensate human beings, in the long-term growing skepticism about military intervention despite brief surges of military madness.

It is that long-term change that I think we must see if we are not to lose hope. Pessimism becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy; it reproduces itself by crippling our willingness to act.

There is a tendency to think that what we see in the present moment will continue. We forget how often in this century we have been astonished by the sudden crumbling of institutions, by extraordinary changes in people's thoughts, by unexpected eruptions of rebellion against tyrannies, by the quick collapse of systems of power that seemed invincible.

The bad things that happen are repetitions of bad things that have always happened — war, racism, maltreatment of women, religious and nationalist fanaticism, starvation. The good things that happen are unexpected.

Unexpected, and yet explainable by certain truths that spring at us from time to time, but which we tend to forget:

Political power, however formidable, is more fragile than we think. (Note how nervous are those who hold it.)

Ordinary people can be intimidated for a time, can be fooled for a time, but they have a down-deep common sense, and sooner or later they find a way to challenge the power that oppresses them.

People are not naturally violent or cruel or greedy, although they can be made so. Human beings everywhere want the same things: They are moved by the sight of abandoned children, homeless families, the casualties of war; they long for peace, for friendship and affection across lines of race and nationality.

Revolutionary change does not come as one cataclysmic moment (beware of such moments!) but as an endless succession of surprises, moving zigzag toward a more decent society.

We don't have to engage in grand, heroic actions to participate in the process of change. Small acts, when multiplied by millions of people, can transform the world.

To be hopeful in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human
history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.

What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places— and there are so many— where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.

And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory."

- Howard Zinn

Monday, January 25, 2010

Sunday, January 24, 2010

18 January page


One of my new favorite blogs, Joy The Baker!


David, Tristan and I watched A Thousand Clowns the other night. It's the second time I've seen it and I love it. Definitely one worth going out of your way to see! From the film-

"I just want him to stay with me until I can be sure he won't turn into Norman Nothing. I want to be sure he'll know when he's chickening out on himself. I want him to get to know exactly the special thing he is or else he won't notice it when it starts to go. I want him to stay awake and know who the phonies are, I want him to know how to holler and put up an argument, I want a little guts to show before I can let him go. I want to be sure he sees all the wild possibilities. I want him to know it's worth all the trouble just to give the world a little goosing when you get the chance. And I want him to know the subtle, sneaky, important reason why he was born a human being and not a chair."

Saturday, January 23, 2010

January 14 journal page

Interview with Barron Storey here.

Review of a new edition of Barron's long out of print Marat/Sade Journals (if you don't have it, you need it).


I finished my December/January journal last night. I'll have the last of the pages up here over the next week or so. I'll show you the new journal soon. I can't wait to start working in it!!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

11 January journal page

As I write this (Monday afternoon), it's pouring out (yay!). Our power keeps flickering off and on (no!). A day to listen to the rain pour down on the streets of L.A. A day to stay home and make stuff. One of those rare rain days (it's forecast to be a rain week) in La La Land.


Heads up! Teaching this Sunday at the Art Bar. Email them and ask about the film that they are screening, "Who Does She Think She Is?" after my class. I'll be there. Will you?


One of my students from Colorado is looking for a roommate for the weekend of my classes at Frenzy Stamper, Scottsdale AZ in February-

"I have reserved a room with 2 Queen beds up the street from Frenzy Stamper and need a roomie for Fri and Sat night the 5th and 6th of Feb! The cost per night is $40. to you. We can add more people if you aren't fussy about your own bed, or a rollaway. (and the cost would go down) Anyone else going to Scottsdale? Lori also wants to organize a dinner or breakfast meeting with the locals on Saturday?...I think you are local if you are anywhere in AZ or NM ...

Monday, January 18, 2010

Another Tribute to Martin Luther King Jr

For the past couple of years I've tried to create a journal page to honor Martin Luther King, Jr
utilizing the words of one of my favorite King speeches, Beyond Vietnam.

Past pages here and here.

Thursday, January 14, 2010


I posted this on my facebook page earlier today-

This is what bothers me most about what happened in Haiti.

No one gave a shit about them before.

No one gave a shit about them when President Aristide was ousted in a U.S. backed Coup.

Now millions of dollars will flood into that country and it will go right into the pockets of the multi national corporations that are already drooling at the mouth over their new opportunities to "fix" Haiti none of which will likely benefit the people who live there that so desperately need the help right now.

Make damn well sure you take a good look at the financial records and history of ANY organization that you donate money to and you know how that money is spent (how much of it goes directly to help victims vs. how much of it goes to line the pockets of certain individuals).

Some things from friends-

Karen Michel and her husband, Carlo Thertus have formed the Haiti Relief Organization. Carlo is from Haiti.

Peace journal page

New yummy masking tape over at-



Ginko Papers-new Airmail tape and Eiffel Tower tape

I have ordered, uh, a few times from both vendors. I just ordered a ton for my upcoming tape classes in AZ and CA!
Both vendors ship fast and are excellent to work with!

Still reading-
Upside Down by Eduarado Galeano

Films watched this week-
Claire's Knee (from the Six Moral Tales Box Set) -Can I get on a plane now and fly to Annecy? Please?
Check out the shots from the film here.