Monday, December 13, 2010


Julia's mom drove her 2 1/2 hours to come to the Mamacita Holiday Show
Julia (13) didn't know when they set off on Sunday morning that she was going to meet me!
She's had my book for a year. And her journals? They are brimming over with thoughts, color, art and joy.
Going through this young artist/journaler's books brought such happiness deep inside. To see her copy of my book, well used and tattered: this is why I wrote Journal Spilling. So many people over the past year have been generous in sending me emails, artwork and love. I thank each one of you. 

Julia's favorite passage from the book (she circled it!) is on page 21, under Time to Play:

"...I've seen plenty of blank journals. We don't often get the opportunity to see the journals that are just started and brimming with promise,  half-full and beginning to splay. full to bursting, spilling over with bits of paper, overflowing with color, words, images ... .

If you go through one of my journals, you will find incomplete pages, messy ugly pages, beautiful pages. Pages full of writing and some with art. ... In this way, a journal imitates life. It is not a TV family or an ad with a successful woman wearing great boots. It is wabi-sabi; beautiful and dying; ugly and alive. It has a true, deep beauty like a woman over 50."

Thank you Julia and your mom/chauffeur.

Also ... a beautiful show.

Now, I drink tea, bundled in my blankie and give in to the cold that is coming my way.


BonnieRose said...

it is so very wonderful when we hear our art matters.. how wonderful. xo

freebird said...

How nice for her mother to take her daughter to something that obviously mattered a lot to the girl. What a gift!

Diana Trout {} said...

Yes! absolutely! what a supportive mom. It really makes my heart happy and reminds us all how far that extra mile we go for our kids (globally as well) means.

Jeannie said...

What a fantastic mom and daughter! Her journal pages are so alive. Thanks for sharing this.

TJ said...

How cool to get to meet Julia and see her amazing journal! Thank you for sharing that. Happy creations from germany, tj

Jill Berry said...

what a wonderful, wonderful affirmation that you have made a difference like this. Makes me want to cry! So very sweet and encouraging, on so many levels

Anonymous said...

Oh isn't this what it's all about - inspiring others and seeing their happiness. That child has far to go I reckon, and how brilliant that her mother is so understanding.

Anonymous said...

Wow, what a wonderful post, and wonderful Mom for supporting her gal in doing the creative thing. I too have your book and enjoy the raw freedom of it. Feel better. xox Corrine

Anonymous said...

One person truly can change lives. Thanks for sharing this beautiful example, Diana, of your own contribution. xo

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Jane LaFazio said...

oh Julia!! what a wonderful post, and one of those moments when you know you're doing the right thing. very cool, Diana.

Elizabeth said...

How incredibly THRILLING for boht of YOU!!!!!! I hope that warm glow helped to fight off your cold!! We all came down with it on Christmas Eve and we are still ahcking away!! Making soup today though!!!!!
Happy New Year to You!! THank you so very much for all of your inspiration with and REALNESS!!!!