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Mom-athy Part 2

I finally got back to work as an Artist (Writer) in Residence at the children’s hospital last week. My warm-up was an art project at a tree lighting ceremony for chronically ill kids. It went beautifully, but when I got home and discovered I just missed tucking my baby into bed, I was a wreck. All I could think was, how do moms do this? How did my mom do this? Late that night I was as actually happy to wake up at 1 and 4 and 6 a.m. to feed and snuggle my little one. I didn’t know how I was going to leave her for eight hours that day and worried over whether or not I’d left enough milk for her. This must be the Italian mama in me. You know the ones who cook the ten course meal and wonder if that’s enough. In any case, getting back into the swing of things went more smoothly than I expected. It helped that the other artist and dancer I worked with are amazing and that one of the first patients I met said she loved, loved, loved Shakespeare. What I didn’t expect was how much it would affect me to see unwell babies and their parents.

A few weeks ago, I created the word, mom-athy. Now I feel that its definition needs to be expanded. Evidently this sort of deep empathy extends not only to your own ailing child, but also to those of total strangers. You don’t usually take an infant to the hospital unless something is very wrong, so you can imagine the condition of the babies I saw when I first walked through the automatic doors.

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A Plea for Funding the Arts

MicAt an awards luncheon, you expect familiar faces, mediocre food, and thank you speeches. Everything proceeded as foreseen at the Buffalo Art Council’s Art Awards, including technical hiccoughs in the video presentations. That is– until the founder of the Art Voice stood at the podium to collect his award. His speech was scathing.

“The county executive isn’t even here, and Mayor Brown walked out forty minutes ago. What does that tell you? The county has cut funding for the arts and there’s no city funding at all. Yet there’s money for the Bills and money for street and highway projects…”

Jamie Moses talked of growing up in Greenwich Village, the inspiration for Jane Jacobs’ book The Death and Life of Great American Cities, where the arts and artists thrive. The inspiration for his Village Voice- like paper? The “incredible population of talented artists, actors, musicians, and writers” he saw working in Buffalo, NY.

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