The Book of Mistakes – Showing No Telling in a Picture Book

It started with what the artist believed to be a poorly drawn eye. And the mistakes grew–one by one– And the “…big space between the ground and the bottom of the girl’s shoe–was a little bit of a mistake, too,”   “But the roller skates? Those were definitely not a mistake.” In her precious picture…

Emotional Bankruptcy Caused by Alienation from Nature

In Women Who Run With the Wolves, Estes associates Nature with the Wild Woman Self. She describes her childhood, during which she grew up and into nature. “ I was raised up near the Michigan state line, surrounded by woodlands, orchards, and farmland and near the Great Lakes. There, thunder and lightning were my main nutrition….

Tillie Olsen and Silences: Writer’s Block

Tillie Olsen wrote Silences which describes the periods during which the creator becomes incapable of creating. For a painter, it is a time of blank, white canvases. Writers might call this Writer’s Block. In my case, the silences that Olsen describes are normally caused by depression or by becoming too busy to hear myself think…

The Little Red Hen – A Picture Book Classic from1918

Character Study Show Don’t Tell The Little Red Hen Retold and Illustrated by FLORENCE WHITE WILLIAMS The Saalfield Publishing Company Chicago – Akron, Ohio – New York PRINTED IN U. S. A. COPYRIGHT, 1918 BY THE SAALFIELD PUBLISHING COMPANY   Little Red Hen lived in a barnyard. She spent almost all of her time walking…

Loss of Intuition Is A Centuries-Old Problem for Both Women and Men

Romanticism is a Cultural Movement that is almost 300 years old. It began with the teachings of Jean Jacques Rousseau in the 1700s. I discovered Romanticism when my 10th-grade English teacher introduced me to William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and Experience. Blake’s Experience is a state of alienation and emotional exile. I grew up in…