I grew up in Raleigh at a time when the nuns taught at Our Lady Of Lourdes. They lived out back of the school and wore those imposing yet Holy Habits that commanded your adoration, attention, and, quite frankly, your fear. So, when they asked you to "sit up straight" with your "feet flat on the floor" and compose your letters properly according to the Palmer Method of Handwriting, you did just that! I believe it was at that impressionable age that I became infatuated with the formation of letters. When I was introduced to calligraphy in 1978, it was no wonder I fell in love with this beautiful art form. My first taste of the calligraphic world lasted no longer than one hour. The instructor turned a piece of chalk on its edge to form calligraphic works of art from A to Z on the chalkboard. That was that! But it was all I needed to fire the embers that had been sparked in elementary school. Watching the slow, rhythmical shaping of those letters was like listening to classical music. It was not until 1997 that I enrolled in my first formal calligraphy class. Boy, were my eyes opened! I knew I had a lifelong road of learning ahead of me. It's been 38 years since that white piece of chalk was laid on its side. I am still learning. Come learn with me!

Monday, July 26, 2010

Mom's 92nd Birthday Gift

I did this for my Mother. She turns 92 tomorrow! She and Daddy (also turning 92) are both sharp cookies, still live on their own, and Daddy still drives them everywhere. Amazing.

My Mother is an avid reader, and one of her all-time favorite authors is John Irving. If she ever hears that you have read A Prayer For Owen Meany, you will be on her short list. It is #1 on her list, and I must say that it is also #1 on mine. Best ending ever!

"Keep passing the open windows" is a recurring phrase that the Berry family uses in The Hotel New Hampshire. It is their way of telling each other to persevere.

Since my Mother has lived to be 92, I feel she is A Perseverer!

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