I am intrigued by your new drawing titled, "Ever wonder why you
go 70 mpg and never move?"
Did you mean miles per hour?
Yes. But it is funny, after hearing a great radio program about Einstein today.)
then you have these Adam and Eve figures. Are you suggesting
that something about what—gender? history? the
fact and limitations of our bodies? God help us, original
makes it difficult for
us to progress or make changes?
Before the Garden of Eden we could do no wrong. Now we know right
you suggesting that or disagreeing?
Please tell me more.
It also seems like a drawing about rushing.
I went out today to do some errands. Everyone was rushing,
tailgating, long lines. It was a nightmare. I love this quote
by Wordsworth, "Getting and spending we lay waste our powers.
Little we know of nature that is ours.)
was a rushing day for me. A performance of our own, lunch
with you, a friend's performance,
a neighbor's holiday party
and then a 65th birthday party.
Several days social activity compressed into one.
I tried to stay focused in each activity but it was
a bit hard. I am tired
Thanks so much for coming to see our performance
of the DisAbility Project for the Girl Scouts at
It is a tremendous amount of work to put something
like that together. To partner with an organization
for the first time
in which we are
checking out each other's cultures. A large
organization with a lot of checks and balances and their own speed.
And to bring such a large group of the performers
to the show. Especially some of our folks
with cognitive disabilities. They
attention and assistance so they can remember
where they are trying to go and be reminded to focus.
What you are doing with the actors, and what you did for the
Girl Scouts was
Whenever possible, I prefer
to bring a large group as it gives more people a chance to
participate and also shows a wider range
and challenges to the audience.
But it is much more work that way and I need to make sure I have
or volunteers to support that
I am curious what you
thought about the performance.
I saw it as extremely engaging education (edutainment?)
you have an expectation?
(Kim: Since I saw it
before, I wasn't too surprised. But I loved the way the kids
Was it what you expected?
What struck you the most about
The openness of the actors about their disability. It reminded
me how important it is to focus on what one can do, as opposed
to what one can't do.)
(Kim: As I mentioned
at lunch. Most of us aren't trained at educating all but the
best students. What struck me was how this was such a good model
for so many different subjects.)
a memorable moment
from a performance
think that to
dance is to
that. And if
did. Movement suggests
a kind of life
force to me.
If you watch
or young children,
moving in some
I was never a dancer. Though I liked being close to girls so
much in high school that I'd dance every dance. Have not really
can dance, regardless
because of their
physicality. You can
dance if you
are paralyzed. You just
do it in a
your own way.
And that is fine.
I once met a
guy who was completely
the neck down.
tongue and with
A wonderful image.)
the show yesterday.
The unselfconscious readiness
which the girls
to participate. When
I taught them
a song, they
When I invited
practically all wanted
to come on
moment was when
if we had ever
names. Of course,
So when I asked
fashion, if they
had ever been
almost all of
love the possibilities
And the ability
to identify an
moment as a teaching
and learning and collective
So if there
was a "most," at
for me, I most loved the moment where I asked them
to take a pledge with
that we would never call someone
a mean name. That we would
never let someone
call us a mean name. And perhaps most importantly, we would
never let other kids call someone
else a mean name.
That was quick thinking on your part. If I was evaluating the
performance as a class, I'd make it glowing.)
we saw that
happening, we would
tell the other kid(s)
to stop or let a teacher or parent or
leader or another
adult we trust
know what was going on and ask for
the kind we
(Kim: There was a lot
of pain for me being a kid. I had trouble learning to speak,
trouble getting by in a competitive school. But I always loved
to work with my hands...and I loved art from the age of 12 to
this moment (without ever losing that love for a minute).