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Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Pages from the Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition Project
I CANNOT believe I have blogged 2 days in a row! I think that is the sum of all of my blogs for this past year! Of course, I don't want to disappoint my one follower: Kelly Kilmer, my dear friend! I was off from work today. Yesterday, I was supposed to have part 2 of the root canal I had 2 weeks ago. Unfortunately, things didn't go well: on Friday, I felt something odd and thought I had cracked my temporary filling. Instead, yesterday while in the dentist's chair, I found out I broke part of my tooth, the dentist had to change the game plan and do a partial extraction, and I have an infection in the area where the root canal was done 2 weeks ago! Needless-to-say, I didn't get any sleep last night. I had a fever all night and was in a lot of pain. I have NEVER wanted so badly to have part 2 of a root canal like I do now. So, back to the blogging and what the hell is the significance of this blog post... while taking it easy today, I surfed the internet and came across our project, "Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition", and the project and our books have landed in the U.K. I joined the "Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition" last year for several reasons: 1) I abhor censorship, 2) it involved a subject close to my heart, the Middle East and current events occurring in the region, 3) the project included using book arts as the medium, 4) Kelly talked me into it (!), and most importantly, 5) it involved expressing the themes of social justice and justice through my artwork. Here is a link to the U.K. show: http://www.bookarts.uwe.ac.uk/mainmut12/754.htm. And if you go to my blog, I have the "Al-Mutanabbi Street Coalition" listed in the section labeled, "Get Involved In Our World". I posted these specific pages to honor an old friend of mine and his mother, who passed last week. These pages are dedicated to Mary Samara.