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Sunday, September 26, 2010

The Isaiah Project - Part 1: The Branch

Medium: Mixed Media Altered Book, Glass Tip Pen & Ink, Gold Leaf, Oil Paintstik, Ink Pad, Paper.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

The Goblin and the Empty Chair by Mem Fox

I cried all the way through this book the first time I read it. These insightful and amazing creators, the Dillons and Mem Fox, obviously understand grief. The description of this pain in each of the characters is so simple, so perfect, so exact: "The goblin saw the woman sigh, set down her pail, and bury her head in her hands." Which is exactly what happens when faced with unbearable loss. The way that the Goblin is able to see and understand, and then, help each character in the way that was most meaningful to them was moving. In the end, kindness breeds kindness and all the characters receive healing. Gentle, insightful, sensitive. This book is a treasure.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Always Time for Chocolate Cake

Guess who was excited about this cake? I'm just grateful he didn't sneak his little toddler hand into the middle when I wasn't looking! It's a big weekend here at the Chen home. I am hosting a dinner for 8 tomorrow. Sunday is Kacey's birthday party. What was I thinking? At least I made the same dessert for both events. What could be better than one chocolate cake? Two, of course.