With a little love, and some tenderness
We'll walk upon the water
We'll rise above this mess
With a little peace, and some harmony
We'll take the world together
We'll take 'em by the hand
--------Hootie and The Blowfish
In a couple weeks we'll be in New York to promote Journal Revolution at a huge book convention. It's kind of a weird time for us as we try to put the finishing touches on the book and prepare ourselves for what happens next. We've just received our "author edit" copies of the book and the one thing that jumped out at both of us and the one thing we aren't feeling at all weird about, is the amazing bravery of the eleven women who have art in our book. It's not just art. These women are sharing moments of their lives, their truths with the world. One thing we know we will encounter at this big convention is conservative white men who don't think that books written by strong women that include art by a diverse group of women belong on the shelves of their big chain craft stores. When did art become something only certain people can do? We've got news for you: Art does not discriminate against its creator. Paper and canvas do not care if you are black or white, fat or thin, gay or straight, rich or poor, Jewish or Christian or Muslim. Paper and canvas are ready to absorb your truth, waiting for you to attach your life to them. Little bits of images, splashes of paint, swirls of ink...this is art. Your life is art. And art is for everyone. Art is for everyone. There's nothing wrong with expressing your truth in art. NOTHING AT ALL. It is what connects us. It is what heals us. And, we are not stopped, worried, or slowed down because conservative big chain craft stores are made nervous by women who are: Brave. Outspoken. Happy. Sad. Lost. Found. Mothers. Wives. Lesbians. Not Lesbians. Jews. Single. Single Mothers. Christians. Lawyers. Teachers. Aid Workers. ARTISTS! We are honored to stand hand in hand -connected- to each of these women as we celebrate the birth of a revolution and encourage ALL OF YOU to express yourselves.
Roben-Marie Smith: Shares good brownie recipes, goes on Medical Missions, loves Starbucks.
Holly Dye: Really good at math, is a patient teacher of crafty things, totally gets what it is like to feel blue.
Tonia Davenport: Can make anything out of plastic, eats pizza everyday, hates talking on the phone.
Marlene Hazlewood: Wrote the bible for legal secretaries, loves bright colors, always orders lettuce wraps.
Sheila Wilson: Thinks she's better at kissing than cooking, takes great self portraits, loves wallpaper.
Rosie O'Donnell: The best hugger, prefers normal chocolate over that 85% bitter dark stuff, Donald Trump totally has the hots for her, has really good taste in music.
Erika Tysse: Excellent shoe shopper, cool Mom, speaks more than one language, architects in Norway love her.
Suzi Finer: Gives really good hello, encourages everyone, knows the best dining spots in Beverly Hills
Mary Ann Moss: Loves her sisters, takes road trips alone (well, who is really alone when you have a camera?), is really good at being silly.
Marissa Bowers: She loves Tennessee and the 4th of July, has no false idols, her house burned down.
Christine Polomsky: Has the best facial expressions, never makes anyone feel like an idiot, knows good antique malls.
* And of course there is a lot of art and writing by us- but you know us already. And we would've included art by men, too, but none sent us any.
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