Our Sunday Best: Auspicious Beginnings

Every year I make the same resolution and I break the same resolution.  My yearly resolution is to write more letters.  That’s it.  The sum total of my New Year’s ambitions.

While I’m cool with the resolution making of others, I’m on the fence as to whether I’m going to make, and break, my annual resolution.

Meanwhile, I’d love to share with you some folks who put their shoulder to the wheel of a passion for a subject and followed this passion with due diligence.

These auspicious beginnings have made for extraordinary art.

I first saw Ayun Halliday’s “East Village Inky,” a tiny, hand-drawn, small print-run comic book at a friend’s house in Los Angeles. A lot has happened for Halliday in the interim years of the last decade— her husband became famous for a hit Broadway play, her regular comic became so popular it lead to book deals, and then books.

Halliday writes and draws with equal virtuosity.

She’s also talented and a hard-worker, and I love that. Go join in Halliday’s fun here.

Gertie’s New Blog To Better Sewing is a site I came across last summer as I was trying to talk myself into relearning how to sew… again. (Still hasn’t happened, but you’d think Gertie’s good cheer and natural talent would have done the trick.)

Here’s why I make that statement: Gertie started teaching herself to sew only a few years ago when she picked up a vintage Vogue New Book For Better Sewing from the 1950s. As you can see from her blog, which is right here, she took classes, kept reading, and has become somewhat of a couture fine-sewing icon. She’s so generous with her knowledge! Love that.

I love dance; I studied dance seriously for more than half of my life. (Yet another activity I am trying to talk myself into studying again. Dance is transformative.) The most current rising star of the ballet world is Misty Copeland. She is a classical dancer from the tips of her toe …. Read on, Reader!