Thursday, January 23, 2014


I can't believe that I am writing this, but this is post #500 for this little blog.  I started this blog in high school before the internet blew up and social media took over.  Facebook wasn't around yet, not to mention smart phones.  I'm still pretty behind the times on all this technology stuff and that's ok with me really. 

This blog has changed a lot since I started it as a teenager.  A lot has changed for me, I graduated high school, moved to Cleveland, OH, graduated college, traveled a lot, moved back to Durham, NC.  Most importantly I now focus mostly on my art and creative endeavors on this blog, with little bits of my personal life and my Durham community.  I know my posting has never been very regular and although it is New Years and I could make a resolution about posting more often, I won't.  I'll just say that I hope to have some really fun and exciting things coming up and when they do I'll be sure to record them here.

I'd like to dedicate this 500th post to my two grandmothers on my mom's side, her mother and her step-mother.  I lost them both recently.  They both died at 97 and a few months apart from each other.  They were both incredible women with many talents and I was lucky to have them in my life.

Here first are some images of my grandma Dorothy Darling, and wasn't she the most darling?  The black and whites are the oldest pictures I have of her,  before she joined the Miller family and married my grandfather.  The colors are from later in her life as a Miller.  That purple blanket now belongs to me; it was one of my favorite things of hers.

She had the most amazing cheekbones, no?

And this doll below is my grandma Betty.  She loved playing keyboard and did so until very near the end.  I can't stress enough what a kind, loving and understanding woman she was.  And check out that tribal print top she has on!  My mom always told me how stylish grandma was in the 60s and 70s while she was growing up.  

Loving and thinking of you always, Betty and Dorothy.