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Reacting to Life Experiences as an Artist by Jeannine Cook

I recently had an exchange of e-mails with a fellow artist friend, whose wife had suddenly become very ill.  Both of us commented on the fact that there is such a change of optic when one is struck by serious family illness or some other type of trauma.  Everything important comes back into sharp focus and the “small stuff” falls away.

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Election Time and Art by Jeannine Cook

Listening to the vitriol of the American Presidential campaign from overseas, it sounded pretty extraordinary. Now that I am back in the United States, I am saddened to hear the tones of stress and angst in many peoples' voices as they talk during these last days of the campaign. My reaction is to wonder how and if people can take refuge in the beauties of nature, of art, of music, dance and other forms of art. Some form of balance is always necessary, even when the stakes are so high for the future of this country and, indeed, the world.

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