Sunday, April 22, 2012

What's Going On

You may think I've fallen off the edge of the earth, but no, I haven't. I haven't been able to post, because my already ancient and ailing computer got very sick- it was infected with well over 300 viruses. So, long story short, it survived, but I now have no software. No Microsoft Office, and even worse, no Photoshop. I cannot scan anything, even though my scanner works, because there is no program to receive the scan, and I can't edit photos to make them a reasonable, internet-acceptable size.

The good news is that I will be getting a brand new computer in about a month. In the meantime, I wanted to update you on a couple of things. I have 2 pieces in this exhibit at the Living Arts and Science Center in Lexington, Kentucky.

I've always felt that animals are special, that they have a sort of ageless, wordless wisdom that humans, with all our sophistication, have lost. That's why I began writing my mythic folk tale about Raven and Crane, and why I found the theme of this exhibit so intriguing.

The Living Arts and Science Center is intriguing, too, both because of the historic building it's housed in, and because of the variety of creative and educational opportunities they offer the community.

According to their website, LASC "...annually presents more than 400 art classes and workshops for children 18 months-old to adults, 6 – 8 art exhibits, participatory field trips for over 6000 students, monthly Discovery Night programs, community arts projects, numerous free and low-cost family events, and on-going free art classes for thousands of at-risk, special needs and underserved children, teens and adults." It is a very cool place, so please visit if you get a chance.

Other news and observations:

I don't know how to make the links work in this new interface, so I apologize if they don't. I don't know what "Add mime type" or "MIME type is invalid " mean. Hopefully I catch on soon, so please bear with me.

I've started to make the rounds to some of your blogs again, and am having so much fun catching up on what all of you are doing. I will continue to do this, and look forward to visiting everyone.

I'm thinking that I can email my photos (the ones already on my computer) to my son; then he can edit them, and email them back to me so I can put them into posts. Should work, right? So, expect another post very soon.

Of course, I can't download any new photos from my camera, so I guess you'll have to wait to see what I'm working on now. Unless I figure something else out, which is possible. Anything's possible, right?


  1. Gosh, what a frustrating predicament, Sharmon - Your new machine will be a pleasure! Congratulations on your exhibit. I feel the same about animals, they are wise friends. Hope your son is up for helping edit photos - happy week, sus

  2. I would be crippled without scannability and photo editing too. What a nightmare!
    Good luck with your show.
    xoxo Kim

  3. How Awful! My computer guy is expected in about an hour and we shall see. I think I might me getting out my wallet for a new computer...not such a big fan of new bells and whistles when the comfort factor is disrupted. Limping along as well!

  4. Does your library have computers? Sometimes I use the computer there or on campus to post/edit etc. I gave up and got a new laptop last year, now just working on buying all the software it needs! Always something!

  5. wondered where you were... congrats on your show! and hope you get your computer troubles figured out your posts and still chewing on .."what is art?"

  6. Hi Sus! My computer has given me fits for a long time now, so it will be nice to get one that's from this decade. My son is a wiz at photo- editing; it will take him all of 3 seconds. Thanks for stopping by.

    Thanks, Kim. I like the word "scannability", and I do hate being without it.

    Mary Ann, I know what you mean about the comfort factor, but I think I've gotten to the point where I have no choice- just have to suck it up! I'm so fortunate that my children are helping me foot the bill, as a Mother's Day/ Birthday present. Good luck with your computer guy!

    Hi Deb! Yes, I could also use my computer at work to edit photos, maybe. I think it must have some kind of photo software on it. I'll give it a try!

    Thanks, Cat. What did we ever do without computers?

  7. I've missed you lately. Congrats on your exhibit, Sharmon!

    I am sorry you are having troubles with your PC...that's truly frustrating. Hope you will get your new computer soon!

    Gaby xo

  8. This Living arts Center sounds like a fabulous place. THank god there still are places like this in this budget slashing world!!! ooooo yes, new blogger and then computer troubles on top of it...I feel for you,,,I think some chocolate would realllllly help you cope....don´t you????

  9. Hi Gaby! Thank you so much. I've missed you, too. It's frustrating indeed, and I've missed so many wonderful posts on everyone's blogs, I know. I'll be getting around to checking them all out soon, I hope. xo

    Hi Cynnie, thanks for visiting. LASC is a cool place; I'm not sure where their funding comes from, but it's great that these places still exist. I hope they can continue to do so. And yes! Is there anything that can't be improved by chocolate? I certainly can't think of any! xo

  10. Wow that is A LOT of viruses!! I truly hope it all gets worked out- and you are once again able to share your lovely creativity soon! PS- I know about mothers day/birthday presents. My husband calls this time of year, "The Feast of St Therese" (my given name) ... my birthday, mothers day and our anniversary are within a week.


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