Unless compassion is translated into action, it is powerless.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
A Quilt by Laverne Brackens
Ms. Brackens, an African-American textile artist from Fairfield, Texas,
was named a 2011 NEA National Heritage Fellow. I bought this fanciful quilt,
rendered in red and blue on white, in Ms. Brackens' home several years ago.
People who really know me would describe me as a bright, talented, caring guy. Although I see myself as somewhat an introvert, people tell me that I’m gregarious. I enjoy social settings that fit me, but I need down time on a regular basis, some time alone with myself and to just get things done. I’m no dreamer (okay, a little dreaming never hurt anyone, right?). Active expression of compassion for others is essential. Sentiments need to be translated into behavior. A Houston native, I have a home on family land northeast of Bryan/College Station Texas, but live most of the year in northern New Mexico. I enjoy the arts, including film and theatre, but I am even more interested in exploring the historic Southwest. I collect American primitive arts. In Texas my garden is populated with native plants, perennials, old garden roses, and a few old-fashioned annuals. I read quite a bit and enjoy a variety of music. Although I love treasure hunting, the greatest treasure is family and friends.