Tuesday, December 15, 2015

The Activist Artist

Here I am in my latest artistic adventure. I am one of the authors in this recently published book entitled "Passing It On, Moving Stories of Activists -1960 to 2000,"  by Bev Jenai Myers. 
I like to write, hence my blog. It was nice being a part of a larger aesthetic  venue. 
You can find me on page 143, under the chapter entitled " Equal Rights". There are eight Sedona writers in this volume. Bev went far and wide for her stories, so authors are from all over.
I lived in Venice, CA. back in the seventies and early eighties. I got involved in politics, kind of by default.  The quote from my chapter reads": I know it made me angry that outsiders could come into my community with nary a thought of the humans they impacted. If my ocean view was going away, then I wanted it to mean something".
 We fought city hall for the developers to  include low cost housing. We lost.
I know it took a lot out of me. When I left the city in 1984, I was looking to take  a breather from politics. I found this small community called Sedona, in northern Arizona. Here I thought I would simply create my ceramics and seek new  new horizons with my calligraphy. Politics in the wilderness? Well, yes. 
The human condition is always with us, isn't it?

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