treasure box art

All these origami boxes were made by Maggie Begun, my mother. Each box, in & of itself, is a treasure, BUT sometimes she puts things inside. Sometimes she makes Sculpey (polymer clay) buttons, she tumbles rocks, uses her own fused glass designs to decorate the top of each box. These boxes belong to me, lucky…

my Bat Mitzvah speech to my daughter

  Most people fall into categories to define who they are. I believe it is my nature to try to simplify my life by putting labels on things and on people. I tried to do so with you. When you were 2, I once watched you stack your wooden blocks into towers, red up, animals…

free antidepressant

I grew up in Vermont. My parents will tell you it was six months of winter. I remember it as, “this is life & what else is there?” My parents had lived in other places & disliked the length of Vermont winters. When my mother was feeling blue from winter, she would take us to…

phones can capture moments

that mean the most. photographs can be art & they can be the best moments captured. unplanned moments that squeeze our hearts when viewed later. at the time, this was my every weekday life. a chore. carpool with my dogs in the back of my old SAAB. I would get my youngest first, then to…

Most Americans came from somewhere…

Almost all of us are descended from immigrants. The people who believe themselves entitled to this country & have nothing to prove to anyone, are the people who make us fall behind the rest of the world, in education, health, pride in making our stuff.  People have always been wary of strangers, every generation hated…

My Bat Mitzvah speech or how we conquered Dragons

I was asked by my Rabbi if I wished to say something wonderful about my daughter for her Bat Mitzvah. For him to ask me, was a standard question. But for me, it was akin to asking me to fight dragons.  I told him I would think about it.  I used this delaying tactic for…

saved evidence

if you don’t send them to camp…this is evidence of my daughter & I, playing. the photo was taken about 9 years ago. I have been informed that I don’t do anything with my children. I love when I am able to come up with examples of me doing exactly that. Summer vacation is very…

and all I had was my iPhone

I, being the perfect daughter (dripping sarcasm, i write), visited with my mother (i am blessed) on Mother’s day. No camera, only iPhone (Ggrrr). I should know by now that I should never go home…(oops) to my parent’s house, without my (damn) camera. My mom made this piece of art (that I left behind 😦…