My adopted Mom has passed and is no longer in pain. I wrote in a prior post about her illness. For more than 20 years and before JL and I moved to Washington 12 years ago, Mom and I met for lunch at least once a month sometimes more. Lunch was either at a restaurant or at her house. After Dad and then JL retired they joined us for our lunches. During every lunch I ever had with Mom she had Pinot Grigio. Mom liked flowers and often had carefully curated displays of them in a vase somewhere in her house. She commented on them in the restaurants. Dad had what Mom called “flower blindness” he just didn’t notice the flowers. Lay a book somewhere and he saw it immediately – but new flower arrangements flew above his radar. So I did my best to notice and say something about Mom’s flowers. What I learned and the love I got from Mom would fill a galaxy and could start a new one.
Before getting the news about Mom I had begun working on this blog as follows below. Because my head isn’t here right now I’m leaving this blog unedited as it was in draft form typos, raw text, unended sentences, no links and all… I’ll be back again next week. If ever anyone taught good coping skills it was my Mom. Anyway here’s what I’d planned to share…
I delivered 3 new works to Burnt Bridge Cellars and Kim put them up after Amy from Caplan Art Designs took the sold ones down to be sent to their new homes.
BLAHBLAH about the visit
Close ups of the newest ones, titles etc
After the delivery I worked on the digital files of Ant Hology for Storyberries and sent those in. Photos and such will come later.
I also changed the name of my email newsletter from Clancy’s Coffee with the Green Dragon to “A.M. Sketching”. It’s less of a mouthful and more directly to the point. https://sueclancy.substack.com/
Below is one of the sketchbok pages I shared via A.M. Sketching- I really leaned this week on my alphabetical list of things I enjoy and am still working on the list. So more on this later.
The bulk of the week was busy and stressful so the only work I got done towards the newest childrensbook is some sketchbook drawings of bears bicycling.
I found the Supreme Court decisions stressful. If anyone thinks the ruling about Roe v Wade and the probable striking birthcontrol only affects young women – in 2018 my middle aged lady parts went haywire and an IUD basically saved my life. All of the artwork I’ve created since then is thanks to the availability of women’s healthcare. So after the ruling today I keep thinking about what might have happened to me if the current Supreme Court ruling had been in place and I had lived in a red state in 2018.
I might not have lived. I might not have been here to be photographed working in my artstudio on a hedgehog
The next morning I drew this in my sketchbook and we donated to several orgs including After Roe: Help protect choice everywhere — Donate via ActBlue
I’ve been happily having coffee with my sweetie every morning for 26 plus years and I plan to continue no matter what. We’ve both fought for womensrights and for gay rights and we will keep doing that too.
Damnit I’m sad, upset and angry about the current Supreme Court rulings and the likelihood of the anti birth control and anti gay rulings to come. I go into action when upset … BTW I consider all forms of creativity practical actions. Maintaining our humanity is direct action. Hang on to your heart, your mind and love wins.
Below are our favorite morning mugs. I had a time in my creative life when I did ceramics.
Here’s a post I saw that resonated
Anyway, becaus we can’t really live in rage let us now go to our happy places … the bookshelves in our living room are one of my favorite places s. Sometimes I like to just look at the shelves and what’s on them.
Please hang on to your heart and be gentle with yourself and each other this week as we all gear up for a fight for basic human rights.
See you next Monday.
15 thoughts on “Mom, Odditerrarium, A.M. Sketching and rulings IRL”
I am so very sorry about your mom. I know relief can form part of the bereavement experience when your loved one has been contending with pain and other challenges but that just makes the grief journey different and not easier. Your mom sounds like a thoroughly splendid human being and I am sure all of the wonderful memories you have of time spent with her will be a salve in the future. For now, however, while the grief is raw, I wish you gentle days ahead.
Thank you so much for your kind, accurate, insightful and true words. They help. ❤
I’m so sorry to hear about your mother’s death, Sue. Keep those good memories of her strong and close to your heart.
Thank you ❤ I will do that!
You’re welcome, Sue.
I am so sorry for your loss 🌿🕯🌿
Thank you ❤
Sue, please accept my sympathy and empathy about the passing of your mom. I know you have MANY wonderful memories that will give you strength now and in the future! In your art, I love the bears on the bicycles and the wordplay of “biological” vs. “logical” family:)
Thank you so much. Believe it or not thinking about the illustration of the bears is helping…
Good! We each find comfort in different things.
My condolences Sue. Your mom will remain alive in your memory and you will think of her each time you see flowers. I think of my mother so often and even though she passed away in 2015, I still have to stop myself from calling her whenever something out of the ordinary happens in my life. Wishing you strength for this difficult week.
Thank you so much. ❤
I’m so sorry to read you’ve lost your Mom and glad that you have her wise words to hang on to, and your ABCs. ‘The love I got from Mom would fill a galaxy’ made me feel a kind of reflected glow. It was very apt to leave the post unfinished. I hope your blog break will help – look after yourself.
Thank you so much for your gentle support. I appreciate it.