You Never Know

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Something I always tell my students is, “you never know.” As in, you never know what making art and putting it out there in the world will create in your life. About two years ago, I received an email from a man named Josh. He had written a poem about the humanity on the NYC subway and […]

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Sakura!

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Sakura – the cherry blossoms – those fleeting, etherial flowers that arrive in early spring. No matter how much work you may have to do, or things you may have on your mind, when the cherry tree blooms you must take a little time to sit and appreciate it’s beauty. Ahhh….spring.

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Jacob Levine

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When I was doing the research for my picture book, I Was Dreaming to Come to America, I had the privilege to be present at a few interviews with people who had entered the US through Ellis Island. This is Jacob Levine, a Russian Jewish man who “stole the border” and emigrated from Russia in […]

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9.11 + 15

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This past Sunday was the 15th anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks on the United States. It seems impossible that it was that long ago, and for many, including myself, the emotions of that day are too easily brought forward again. I was talking to my freshman drawing class about 9/11 this week – most of […]

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