20 March 2009

In Gratitude

After some time away and much needed rest, I'm back in Chicago and counting my blessings. There are so many reasons I'm grateful. Working with Veterans and helping them communicate their wisdom to others is THE MOST REWARDING work I have ever done. It's the best way to create art:
--contributing something positive to the world, 
--helping others, and 
--being artistically satisfied.
It doesn't get any better than this.

I'm very grateful, too, for the wonderful work by Lynette of Chicago Public Radio. She spent hours recording our workshops, interviewing participants, and creating a wonderful feature for 848 and All Things Considered and it continues to bring us additional support in a variety of ways. Lynette continues to offer assistance to the project. People don't come any better than this! Thank you Lynette! (Thanks, too, to Karin McKie who helped me build this connection many months ago.)

More veterans are asking to be a part of the project.

More artists are reaching out and asking to be part of the project.

Artists already connected to the project continue to offer their assistance in new ways as we grow the Vet Art Project forward.

And just today I received a wonderful unsolicited vote of support for the work we do from the good people of the Orgie Theatre Committee who write:
"Best of luck with the wonderful work you do."

I feel very fortunate to live in this time and in this great land because it provides me with opportunities to assist others and make a difference.

And lastly, and ABSOLUTELY FIRST on my gratitude list, is my husband Ted who is supportive in so many ways. Without him, none of this would be possible.