Saturday, March 10, 2018

Righting a past wrong

This week started off with a big family secret bouncing out of the darkness through DNA testing. My mind is still reeling with the facts from the past, revelations that are both devastating and thrilling ... I have a sister! 

I gave Matt and Bri a DNA testing kit for Christmas, they took the test and sent it in. We read all the results with fascination. It was interesting and David and I promised to take the test soon. 

 A few night ago Matt received an email from a women who came up as a match on his DNA testing as a relative. At first I told him to delete it thinking it was spam but the more he read, the more the facts shot out at me, the more I thought, there might be something here. I asked him to forward me the email so I could take a closer look. In five minutes, I had the person's info, where she lived, worked and her Facebook page so I knew it was a real person ... not a bot or someone from a foreign country phishing. After clicking through her photos on Facebook I came across one photo that had Matt, Bri and I falling out of our chairs. This beautiful woman, with hazel eyes, had my mom's eyes, nose and smile. Any one who knows my mom, has seen photos of my mom can not dispute the fact that she could be her twin!

Within 30 minutes I was emailing Susan, explaining I was Matthew's mother and I would like to talk to her about her DNA test. Another 30 minutes I had a response with her story.


Thank you for responding so quickly. I really wasn’t sure if anyone would actually respond. My best friend gave me the DNA test for my birthday and it took me a few months to decide to even send in the sample. And what a shock to see that I have a blood relative as close as a cousin. And then to have a response!!  I’m beyond excited.

I was born in Little Rock, Arkansas on 12/17/1957. I was in foster care for two years and adopted on 1/14/60. My parents raised me in Springdale Arkansas. I have a brother, Ross, who was also adopted. He is 2 years older than me (and was reunited with his birth mother several years ago).

I hired a private investigator who was able to find my birth mothers name but could never locate her. Dianne Moreland Hawkins was the name she said was my birth mother. I have nothing on paper, just the word of the PI. I have no information about my birth father.

According to records I received from social services in Arkansas, my birth mother was separated or divorced from her husband. She already had a daughter who, I think, was less than two years old. (A half sister!!) She conceived me with another man, left town to give birth then returned home, I assume.

Sincerely, Susan

I emailed her right back and said ... I think I am your sister! I think we were both taking a deep breath of reality? Unreality? I sent her several photos of mom and asked her to call me. And there ended her 20+ years of searching for a half-sister and the beginning of me having a sister I never knew about.

Now we are in the process of talking and learning about each other. Piecing together facts that we have and information from the adoption agency. Many tears. Many thoughts of gratitude. Many more of confusion of a secret so buried.

So now off Susan and I go into the future! More to come. ;)

PS a photo from Susan!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Andy Dixon

Seems like I am drawn to riotous color these days. Like these incredible paintings by Andy Dixon. Also find him on Instagram.

Saturday, February 24, 2018

City Palace, Jaipur

City Palace, Jaipur The colors! The patterns! The imagery! The texture!

Palau de la Musica Catalana

Palau de la Musica Catalana


Saturday, February 17, 2018

The thrill of looking down

Looking down never made me so happy as these images! Sebastian Erras shoots floors! More than floors: mainly tiles, mosaics, colors and gorgeous patterns. 

On Instagram, Parisian floors, one guy - one city - one perspective 

Saturday, February 03, 2018


New Cubist Tattoos by Peter Aurisch 

Tattoos by Expanded Eye

Mattia Mambo

Lionel Fahy

Amanda Chanfreau

Monday, January 01, 2018

Amanda Cobbett gives vegetables a hefty dose of love

From her studio in the Surrey Hills, Amanda Corbbett makes papier mâché and machine embroidered artworks inspired by nature in all it’s forms. Her website has little bird songs embedded in the pages. ;)

Box of Delights - Amanda Cobbett from R&A Collaborations on Vimeo.

Sunday, December 17, 2017

A new take on old designs

Les Namingha

See more at King Galleries