Category Archives: Favorite People

Thanksgiving Tradition

My Thanksgiving tradition, that I want to share with you, is to read a letter written by my grandfather, Dr WW (Buck) Jones, to my grandmother, Adena, when he was a chaplain in the service during WWII.  I am thankful for them.

Reverend WW (Buck) and Adena Jones

Thanksgiving Day 1945

For some reason on this Thanksgiving day my thoughts have picked up that little phrase someone wrote us when we were married.  “May there be just enough clouds to make the sunset beautiful.”  Of course it would be quite a shallow view of life if we thanked God only for the bright and pleasant things.  For this would be such a dreadful place in which to live without the clouds and the rain.  Continue reading »

On This Thanksgiving Day

Grandmommie & DaddyBuck

A Thanksgiving Love Letter

My annual tradition is to read this letter on Thanksgiving morning before I begin preparing food, or as is the case this year get on my flight. I hope you enjoy it once again!

It was written on Thanksgiving Day, 1945 by my Grandfather, Rev. Dr. W.W. Jones to my Grandmother, Adena White Jones, before he returned home from serving as a chaplain in WW2. They were newlyweds and were expecting their first child – my father. I am thankful!

Thanksgiving Day, 1945

For some reason on this Thanksgiving day my thoughts have picked up that little phrase someone wrote us when we were married.  “May there be just enough clouds to make the sunset beautiful.”  Of course it would be quite a shallow view of life if we thanked God only for the bright and pleasant things.  For this would be such a dreadful place in which to live without the clouds and the rain.  So I’m especially thankful today that I have you for my sunshine, and we can look out all our windows at the clouds, which will make our sunset beautiful, and that you will always be there to warm my heart when it is cold, to be my strength when I would falter, to hold my hand when I have lost the way. Continue reading »

Hanging the Laundry

with my beautiful tribe…

Photographer Emily Evans Sloan

Photographer Emily Evans Sloan

As always my goal is to make my artwork look effortless. To blend a simple concept and materials so seamlessly as to look like the outcome is inevitable. “Laundry Day” was no exception. However, you must know that building and erecting a huge clothesline, and hanging fabric printed photographs (in strong winds) in a downtown park was not without its challenges. Thankfully, I have the best tribe of talented, hard working artists that helped me make it happen. I am humbled that so many of them took time away from their own art practices to help me realize this piece. And a special shout out to the talented photographer Emily Evans Sloan for capturing the process and my beautiful people. (all installation photos © Emily Evans Sloan) (all historic photos courtesy of Missouri Valley Collections, Kansas City Public Library)

(You can read more about the project “Laundry Day” and the historic images here.)

I am so, so thankful!

Marco Pascolini overseeing the muscle... Megan Crigger stopped by to get a preview of the imagesMegan Gallant my right hand girl through the whole process sewing finishing touches to the sheets. So lucky to have Megan Gallant, such a talented artist assisting me on this project. Her contribution was invaluable!Kyle and Chris Chapin All hands on deck to install the sheets in the strong winds that day!Chris Chapin keeping us all from blowing away.Marco Pascolini eyeing that still?Christina Robertson - good to have legal counsel present just in case! Jeff Freling playing in the laundry. While Erin McGrane and Christina Robertson try to get it all in place. Megan Gallant and I positioning the images. 25mph winds didn't make our job easy that day. Thankfully Kyle Dahlquist was home from touring just in time to make it all work (and be the presence that always calms my nerves!)How's it going up there Kyle?Chris Chapin installing clothespins.Ahhhh, look what we have done! Here's to my tribe! I couldn't have done it without them!And I have to say, I am proud.

 

Patterns of a Kaleidescope

Reverend W.W. and Adena Jones

Legacy

As I prepare to spend the day with loved ones, friends so dear that the line between family and friends was blurred long ago by a friendship forged with my grandparents and passed along the generations, I recall once again the legacy that was left to me in both big and small ways. The legacy of love, of gratitude, of faithfulness.

(Thank you for indulging me once again in my Thanksgiving tradition of reading and sharing this beautiful inheritance.)

Thanksgiving Love Letter

Written on Thanksgiving Day, 1945 by my Grandfather, Rev. Dr. W.W. Jones to my Grandmother, Adena White Jones, before he returned home from serving as a chaplain in WW2.

Thanksgiving Day, 1945

For some reason on this Thanksgiving day my thoughts have picked up that little phrase someone wrote us when we were married.  “May there be just enough clouds to make the sunset beautiful.”  Of course it would be quite a shallow view of life if we thanked God only for the bright and pleasant things.  For this would be such a dreadful place in which to live without the clouds and the rain.  So I’m especially thankful today that I have you for my sunshine, and we can look out all our windows at the clouds, which will make our sunset beautiful, and that you will always be there to warm my heart when it is cold, to be my strength when I would falter, to hold my hand when I have lost the way.

Grandmommie & DaddyBuck

Grandmommie & DaddyBuck

All my reams of paper couldn’t contain the mercies that I’m thankful for today, for they pass my imagination in an never-ending parade.  The rain of yesterday, the bright sunshine of today; the little ponds of ice I saw outside this morning, a shelter warm as toast; memories, rich and mellow, embroidered with hearty friendship and camaraderie; enemies – and the joy of being able not to hate them; cool water from a spring on a long, hot hike; good food that makes one comfortable inside; flitting glimpses out of the past that now seems so far away, so much apart of another world that one gives pause to think-could it be so and could that have been me? Continue reading »

Buy Personal

As the countdown to Christmas officially begins, I have been thinking about what is important to Kyle and me and how we live that through this season. The holidays are the perfect time to celebrate what is the center of our life – to live creatively and to support others that do the same.

For the last couple of years, we have been able to successfully embody that in our gift giving by only giving things we or our friends have made. We try to take buying local one step further and “Buy Personal”. Continue reading »

The mercies that I’m thankful for today…

Grandmommie & DaddyBuck

A Thanksgiving Love Letter

My annual tradition is to read this letter on Thanksgiving morning before I begin preparing food (and now apparently to post it on my blog). I hope you enjoy it once again!

It was written on Thanksgiving Day, 1945 by my Grandfather, Rev. Dr. W.W. Jones to my Grandmother, Adena White Jones, before he returned home from serving as a chaplain in WW2. They were newlyweds and were expecting their first child – my father. I am thankful!

Thanksgiving Day, 1945

For some reason on this Thanksgiving day my thoughts have picked up that little phrase someone wrote us when we were married.  “May there be just enough clouds to make the sunset beautiful.”  Of course it would be quite a shallow view of life if we thanked God only for the bright and pleasant things.  For this would be such a dreadful place in which to live without the clouds and the rain.  So I’m especially thankful today that I have you for my sunshine, and we can look out all our windows at the clouds, which will make our sunset beautiful, and that you will always be there to warm my heart when it is cold, to be my strength when I would falter, to hold my hand when I have lost the way. Continue reading »

Voices of Unbound: Madagascar

 The Voices of Unbound: Madagascar CD

I’m so proud of my friend Barclay Martin for his latest musical project, released yesterday. He, along with fellow musician and audio engineer Giuliano Mingucci, traveled to Madagascar to record and share the music of the Malagasy people. The CD takes you on a journey Continue reading »

Being Nice and Doing Good with Colectivo TAN 473

Kyle and I are missing our second home and the subject of my new Reliquaries series, Guanajuato, Mexico, a lot this year. Not because of the foot of snow and single digit temperatures here in Kansas City, but because of our beautiful friends there that are doing good work. Since this year we can’t be there to volunteer, we were hoping that you could lend a hand by Being Nice and Doing Good. Find out the campaign details to win free artwork.

What can you win this month besides the smiles on some precious faces? This!

update (3/5): This month’s winner has been selected. Congratulations Bruce!

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Pachydermal Cobbler – Mark Winter

Beth Bojarski & Mark Winter

Before the year is up I want to introduce you to just one more friend. I purposely didn’t do it before now because he was busy doing really important work and I was afraid you would bother him. Plus, I didn’t want to make you feel bad about what you weren’t doing with your holiday! Continue reading »

Sharing the love – Barclay Martin

Generous, Compassionate, Humble

Barclay Martin

You know those people that you meet that just seem too nice to be for real? Too good to be true? And way too talented to really be so humble. Yep, we were skeptical as we were getting to know our now good friend Barclay Martin. And, I have to admit, I retained a bit of that disbelief until I got to know his parents, and I understood where a person like this might come from. Thank you Barclay for being you, and for always inspiring me to be a better version of myself! (And thank you Jen and Howard for your part in that!) Continue reading »