Do you also sometimes wonder why some bloggers have thousands and thousands of followers while others don’t?
I know I do and it makes me particularly sad when I just know that the person in question would really deserve a much bigger audience, because her words are ones that need to be heard.
One of those bloggers, who I’m very happy to call my friend, is Sharon Lynne Bonin-Pratt, and I truly hope that this post will inspire you all to go visit her wonderful blog and start following her.
Sharon began her writing career the way so many others have done: by first doing everything else. Winning entries in grade school art, story, and essay contests convinced her to become a writer, but the real world intruded in adulthood and demanded she pay bills, raise kids, be a contributing member of the community. Along that rutted path she worked in the commercial art field designing patterns for surfer shorts, bikinis, and Hawaiian style shirts, taught after-school art through a city recreation program, and structured an art curriculum for three private schools.
Now she has written her third novel, Where Did Mama Go? about the devastation Alzheimer’s disease inflicts on families. It’s in the process of being edited, and then she’ll start querying for an agent to represent her work. Her credentials for writing this story are eighteen years of assisting her mom through the labyrinth of this illness.
My mother suffered with Alzheimer’s for the last years of her life. She lived in a residence with hundreds of other folks who had memory loss. One was a wonderful man I’ll call Ben. Ben had been an artist before he became ill with Alzheimer’s. An intelligent, talented man who worked in various media, he pursued art as a passionate avocation all his life. He continued to create beautiful watercolor paintings all the years he lived at the residence.
As an art teacher for many decades, I explained to my students that creating art was an experience of Head, Hand, Heart – our class motto. The Head is what we know or see of our world, the Hand is the education about color, composition, and holding a paintbrush.
The Heart is the most important element. This is where a master artist transports the viewer beyond the canvas or marble into…
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