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Literary Friday: Everyday Matters: A Memoir

Friday, April 8, 2016

Happy Literary Friday, My Lovelies!  It has been quite the literary week here at Art @ Home. We've been reading King Lear for school, and this is the first time I've ever taught the play (I was a high school English teacher in a former life).  This semester has been full of Shakespeare as Shelley is completing an entire unit in one semester.  (She completed the Medieval British Literature class in the fall).  Only one more play to experience after King Lear, and then a couple of sonnets, and she will be finished with high school English forever!

King Lear has been time consuming: Shakespeare is meant to be heard, so I didn't have a lot of time to read this week.  I chose a memoir written by Danny Gregory after discovering his BLOG. We've been reading many art journaling books for Shelley's school curricula, and we've been enjoying art journaling (although I'm having a difficult time "finding my mark" probably because of my preference to oil paints).  

Everyday Matters chronicles Danny Gregory's art journal beginnings after his wife's tragic accident which left her paralyzed.  I enjoyed reading about Gregory's inspirations, motivations, and techniques for art journaling.  I like how he combines prose with his drawings; there's a little story on most pages.  One of my favorite pages is New York City booths and the people who work in them.  I also like his style and use of watercolors and ink.  His art journaling is not only entertaining and instructive, it's inspiring.  I also appreciate Gregory's wit and his ability to find beauty in the mundane.  I wish I'd discovered Gregory's blog and books when Shelley and I began this process her junior year, but better late than never!

Next I plan to read Art Before Breakfast.  

What have you been reading?  This is a link party!  

NOTE:  There will be no Literary Friday next week.  We'll be on a field trip!

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I am SO happy to read about some of the things that have been going on with the h-schooling. It sounds like I wish I were one of your students...I need a refresher course :)
    sending hugs...

  2. A field trip!? How exciting! I am still reading the same book as last week. I don't make much real progress until I start reading other than at bedtime.

  3. Your schedule has been busy but so interesting. Course work demanding for you and Shelley so I'm sure you two are looking forward a field trip………
    Hope your weekend is relaxing……..

  4. I love Danny Gregory's Books. I have Everyday Matters and have checked out several of his books from library.

  5. King Lear is one of my favorites and Merchant of Venice too. Gosh my daughter loved the sonnets. I use to have this or tape of sonnets and my daughter loved them. 130 was one of her favorites. Funny. But, he explains how much he loves her by explaining what she is not. xoxo Su


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