If you’ve found this site, you know who I am but are probably very surprised about my breast cancer diagnosis.
So am I.
Also surprising is the amount of travel I’ve enjoyed during the past year as part of my responsibilities at Fund for Teachers. I attended a workshop in San Francisco, an event for Connecticut grant recipients in New Haven, a brainstorming session in Boston and a partnering organization’s conference in Detroit. At the same time, my son’s prowess as a lacrosse goalie took the two of us to Denver and Dallas, and Houston’s world-class cultural offerings regularly beckon my daughter and me.
Along the way, I finagled visits to San Francisco’s Museum of Modern Art and de Young Museum; Boston’s Museum of Fine Art and Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; the Yale University Art Gallery; the Detroit Institute of Art; the Denver Museum of Art; and the Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas. Off the clock, I love being a member of the Rothko Chapel Guild and last year began a Masters of Liberal Arts program with an emphasis in art history on the Philip Johnson-designed University of St. Thomas campus, which was funded through the generosity of John and Dominque de Menil, my heroine.
What does any of this have to do with a cancer diagnosis?
Absolutely nothing, which is the point.
I refuse to have a Caring Bridge, because those sites rarely seem to end well and this cancer experience will. I decided to combine my recent diagnosis with my mid-life discovery of art in order to:
1) Provide those interested with a way to know what’s going on and,
2) Continue focusing on what I love.
Therefore, this is really a venue for me to chronicle my past year with art, with a few medical updates thrown in.
This picture was taken by Sarah Caton Wynne at Houston’s Smither Park. I highly recommend checking out Sarah’s work and also taking your family to Smither Park for a picnic, especially on Wednesday – Sunday from 12-5 pm when the Orange Show is open. Here are some more pictures from our fun day there: