Waking Instants

10 part series of gratitudes

GRATITUDE
WAKING INSTANTS 10: SHIRLEY In 1982 I was a student in a vocational graphic art certification program in Newport, Rhode Island. This was way before Adobe, Mac, and Twitter and with the use of our eyes, rulers, rubber cement and X-ACTO knives, we would, among other things, manually set type […]

WAKING INSTANTS 10: SHIRLEY


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WAKING INSTANTS 09: JOSEPHINE “To the left, to the left” she would chant to Beyonce’s “Irreplaceable”. Josephine’s chanting brought a gentle laughter to all of us, at any given time. With delivered acceptance. Jo, as she was often referred, didn’t fit into the culture of mainstream rules and regulations — […]

WAKING INSTANTS 09: JOSEPHINE


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WAKING INSTANTS 08: LISA “If I can do it, you can do it.” That is one thing Lisa instilled in me the 36 plus year’s I was blessed to have her in my life. With respect to her privacy, I’ll share what sums up those years for me in one […]

WAKING INSTANTS 08: LISA



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WAKING INSTANTS 07: MARY Purple. Anything purple — because it was Mary’s favorite colour. She loved 1970’s Cadillac Coupe de Ville’s, playing gin rummy, and she made a mean Portuguese kale soup. She crocheted blankets and table clothes in all sorts of intricate patterns and knitted cream coloured lace doilies […]

WAKING INSTANTS 07: MARY


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WAKING INSTANTS 06: SAM I call him Sam because I don’t know his name.  1988 — waiting for the bus on the East Side, Providence — Rhode Island, a dark haired guy — handsome, made his way toward me and began speaking partly to himself, partly to me. Half sage, […]

WAKING INSTANTS 06: SAM


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Mick, brought life with him wherever he went. He was a progressive man — generous with heart and he loved gardening, creating a comfortable home environment, and was a shrewd businessman. He always said that no one should stand in the way of another persons dreams. He believed in dreams […]

WAKING INSTANTS 05: MICK



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Waking Instants 04: RUTH Ruth was my second Mother. A friend of the family, she was there from beginning — the day I was born actually. Over the year’s our friendship grew and what we shared is indescribable. Ruth or “Ruthy” as I called her, lived next door and was […]

WAKING INSTANTS 04: RUTH


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WAKING INSTANTS: AMBROZINE About 18 years old, I worked in a small hardware store located about 100 feet from Narragansett Bay in Newport, Rhode Island — an international sailing port that brought people in from all over the world. Ambrozine was from Trinidad and spoke English in a way that […]

WAKING INSTANTS 03: AMBROZINE


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WAKING INSTANTS 02: LOUANN LouAnn lived much of her childhood and teen years in Southern California. In high school, I met her sister then subsequently met her. We would all hang out and talk about music, go for very long walks on the beach — and dream, about moving back […]

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Her name is Kay, she is a calligrapher, artist, friend of the family and my dad was her plumber. I had aways been an artist, though not in the traditional sense. My family didn’t encourage art or self expression. My mother told me my abstract paintings made her dizzy and […]

WAKING INSTANTS: KAY