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The Dowager



Having returned to my hometown, I was volunteering in the church kitchen with a prominent elderly widow. We were doing the dishes after the coffee hour. 

“I’m so glad that you’ve come home, Susan,” she said. “I just can’t stand all these outsiders coming in and wanting to change things! If they want it to be different why didn’t they just stay where they were.” 

“I think the secret is to embrace them,” I said. “Show them all the things that we cherish about the community.” 

“What?” She was outraged.

“If we can highlight to them all the things that subconsciously attracted them here in the first place, and share with them what we love. They will be strong advocates for preserving those things too. There is nothing like the zeal of the newly converted.” I replied. 

She harrumphed and returned to washing dishes looking at me sideways as she slowly began to smile. 

Part of An American Story: The Phasianidae Family & Friends Exhibition

This work was done in response to the 2016 Election and Black Lives Matters protests. Each work was exhibited with a story or quote. Below is the introduction to the overall exhibit. 

I am a story addict. I want to know where a story will go but as any reader knows there are different sides to the same story paradoxes that make the story richer for the contrast. Right now I don’t recognize the story that America is telling. I hear words like “Great, Better, Best, Wealthiest, Melting Pot,  and at the same time words like “Sh*thole, Walls, Sons of B*tches, America First.” from the mouth of the man elected to lead us.

I love our country. The promise of the story started with the Declaration of Independence, The Constitution and it’s Bill of Rights.

 These ideals and documents that have been fought for, bled for and lead people to our shores to be part of this land. I love that our Revolution inspired the French and to honor our part in their history they gifted us the Statue of Liberty. I love the poem on her base. These are the ideas that have balanced the daily news stories that have torn at my soul while I worked on the paintings for this exhibit. 

What story is our country telling you?     

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Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 20 × 30 × 2 in


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