Stroke Update - "Not Leaving"

Rose Bush
11"x 14"
acrylic on gessoboard
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"The Book Thief", an audio book by Markus Zusak, takes place in the fictional town of Molching, Germany between 1939 and 1943. Often, a little girl in that town had nightmares and her Poppa, would come to her in the middle of the night and "not leave" her alone.....
A quote from the book:
                "A definition not found in the dictionary, 'not leaving'; an act of trust and love often deciphered by children."

I cried when I first heard this because, ever since my stroke, I've had to depend on people "not leaving" me. Everything I do, driving, walking and especially my one armed reverse double flip hand springs (just kidding!), requires having them near me.   
There have been many people in my life who are "not leaving": acquaintances, friends, 
but most of all my family. :)

Listening to while I paint:
Audiobook: The Tipping Point, by Malcolm Gladwell, read by the author
Podcasts: The Nerdist, by Chris Hardwick
                 Social Media Examinerby Michael Stelzner
              Artist Helping Artist, by Leslie Saeta
                 Oh So Pinteresting, hosted by Cynthia Sanchez
Music: my iPod


martinealison said...

Bonjour chère Annie,

La douceur et l'énergie des couleurs de ces magnifiques roses sont le témoignage de la faculté de votre endurance.
Un très joli billet... Vous êtes talentueuse et tellement courageuse.
Continuez à nous enchanter avec vos belles peintures.
Je vous fais de gros bisous ♡

Jerry Stocks said...

What a beautiful family you have, and I love the Rose painting. You are amazing.

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