For my Guru, Dr. Mishra.
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Once upon a time, a long long time ago, in 1942 to be exact,
in a very small village in upstate New York called Saugerties [()] there was born a girl-child [()] named Linda Mary Montano. Her father told her she was
named after an independent businesswoman who lived in the village.
So her name meant independence and loveliness. What a tall order
but a noble goal for Little Linda! And her middle name Mary [()] was the Catholic component. Linda had two brothers, one
sister, and very creative parents. [()] Her father [()] played in an orchestra that he helped found and her mother
[()] sang in the
orchestra and was a painter.
Linda's childhood was like the childhood of all girls born in the
early 1940's and raised in a conservative village atmosphere. Memories
of outdoor winter sports, horseback riding, swimming and tap dance
lessons plus hours in church observing the Catholic Saints, ceremonies
and rituals filled her days. [()] Her mother said that she was a wonderful child.
But Little Linda had a mixed heritage and mixed emotions. Her stately
silent and dignified Italian grandparents fascinated her as did
her other incredible grandmother, Nan. [()] She visited Nan everyday and watched her sew clothes,
quilts, make food from road kill and often Nan would take her teeth
out and sing at holiday gatherings. All of her grandparents fascinated
her. She studied them closely and Little Linda felt lucky to be
part of this fairy tale.
LINDA LEARNED FROM THE YEARS 1942 - 1952
Parents change diapers, make trillions of meals to feed us, spend
untold amounts of money on our clothing, education and well-being.
2. Adult art is a collage of childhood images, dreams, memories
3. Gratitude goes to our parents and grandparents for handing down
their love of creativity.
4. Reproducing the "smells" of childhood that produced our early
ecstasies is a subconscious agenda of artists.
5. There is always a creative way to empower a seeming lack of power.
6. Influencing others is a constant conscious choice for some and
inevitably comes with age. Like it or not we are always visible.