I was first introduced to Louise Erdrich by one of my dearest friends, a talented writer and feminist professor. I fell in love with her prose the first very line I read in The Blue Jay’s Dance. It is a must have for every new mother for comfort and every accomplished mother for memories.

Karen Louise Erdrich is a American author of novels, poetry, and children’s books. Her father is German American and mother is half Ojibwe and half French American. She is an enrolled member of the Anishinaabe nation (also known as Chippewa). She is widely acclaimed as one of the most significant Native writers of the second wave of what critic Kenneth Lincoln has called the Native American Renaissance. (source)


“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won’t either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”

Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum


“Women without children are also the best of mothers,often, with the patience,interest, and saving grace that the constant relationship with children cannot always sustain. I come to crave our talk and our daughters gain precious aunts. Women who are not mothering their own children have the clarity and focus to see deeply into the character of children webbed by family. A child is fortuante who feels witnessed as a peron,outside relationships with parents by another adult.”

Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay’s Dance: A Birth Year



“There will never come a time when I will be able to resist my emotions.”

Louise Erdrich, Tales of Burning Love


“What is this life but the sound of an appalling love.”

Louise Erdrich


“When every inch of the world is known, sleep may be the only wilderness that we have left.”

Louise Erdrich, The Blue Jay’s Dance


“To love another human in all of her splendor and imperfect perfection , it is a magnificent task…tremendous and foolish and human.”

Louise Erdrich, The Last Report on the Miracles at Little No Horse



“So many things in the world have happened before. But it’s like they never did. Every new thing that happens to a person, it’s a first… In that night I felt expansion, as if the world was branching out in shoots and growing faster than the eye could see. I felt smallness, how the earth divided into bits and kept dividing. I felt stars.”’

Louise Erdrich, Love Medicine





Picasso was baptized Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito Ruíz y Picasso. He was named after various saints and relatives. The “Picasso” is actually from his mother, Maria Picasso y Lopez. His father is named Jose Ruiz Blasco.



His birthing was so difficult and he was such a weak baby that when he was born, the midwife thought that he was stillborn so she left him on a table to attend his mother. It was his uncle, a doctor named Don Salvador, that saved him.



It wasn’t mama or dada it was pencil. It’s as if Picasso was born an artist: his first word was “piz,” short of lápiz the Spanish word for ‘pencil.’



Picasso and Marc Chagall, two of the greatest painters of the last century, were great friends. Chagall on Picasso “What a genius, that Picasso. It’s a pity he doesn’t paint.” Picasso on Chagall, “When Henri Matisse dies, Chagall will be the only painter left who understands what color really is.”



Actually no, but in 1911, when the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre, the police took in Picasso’s friend, the poet Guillaume Apollinaire. Apollinaire fingered Picasso as a suspect, so the police hauled him in for questioning. Both were later released.


☽◯☾ ASTROLOGY :: APRIL 2016 ☽◯☾



You are on energetic fire ready to rock into spring with a new mind, body, spirit challenge. You have all the courage and charisma you will need to blast through opposition and influence skeptics. This is sure to be a powerful manifesting month for you!

You’re feeling a tendency to take it easy which is a good. Listen to that because this month is all about following your intuition, without the noise of others opinions but that soft powerful place that whispers your truth to you. You know what you want to do you just need to conjure that brave part of yourself to voice it.

This month is like a marathon—your training, you feel high and ambitious one minute then unmotivated and exhausted the next. This metaphor symbolizes that project you’ve been working on. You will succeed but not without the beautiful battle of will. Hang tight, you will emerge with a renewed sense of self and amazing accolades.

Those decisions you’ve bend avoiding, well the time to decide is now. You’ve been recoiling as the crab you are choosing your cozy cave rather than the raucous sea of uncertainty, but once you set forth and activate your power you will succeed and be able to rest in a new way, knowing you did what you knew what was right to do.

There is a beautiful ambition within you this month, not that anxious kind or the overzealous kind you know so well, but that quiet, enthusiastic, patient power that comes form trusting your heart and mind. The key is to surround yourself with those precious few that evoke the same and then sit back and watch the magick that happens.

Your innate diplomacy will pay of this month. Literally. You’ve been diligently working hard for your money and now you will prosper. And just in time for either a new lover or a renewed sense of romance with the one you love.

Not your most balanced month. There will be extremes–work, relationships and health. Please take the time to slow down, clear the fluttered fog you feel and get clear. Find focus and renew your relationship to your spiritual discipline. It will ground you and give you a steady sense of self while you maneuver the ebb and flows this month.

You’re feeling unusually feisty, creative and ready to shift some mundane routines in your life. Get away, get out of town, find a new vision, get clarity and then go after your goal with love and vigor.

A wonderful month to conquer all of those lingering dreams you’ve swept aside. When you actually begin going after them you’ll realize how within your reach they actually are. Starting reaching for the stars.

You’re going to be thrust into the trenches whether you like or not, so my advice…like it. Get your gear ready, arm yourself with love, peace and truth and allow the support of the stars to carry you through.

You’ll be inspired by the forceful winds blowing in your direction to acquire a new radical way of realizing your closets dreams. Get your positive posse around you to celebrate the power of love, trust, and innovation.

A month to reinvent any of those aspects of your life that just aren’t seemingly flowing. Much of this is your thought, seek better ways for solutions and you’ll see a wave of harmony beginning to resonate.



“There’s a release and an immediacy there that helps me escape from my other projects. My mother is a huge art collector and she always encouraged me from a young age to invest in art. I travel a lot and I love going to art galleries and museums in different cities with my family and friends.”


When it comes to approaching art she said, “defining art is a really personal thing,” adding that “It makes me think of a Basquiat quote I read somewhere that said, ‘I don’t think about art when I’m working. I try to think about life.”


“Over time, I have learned to focus on the things I want to focus on in the time frame that I set,” she said. “I no longer have to work based on someone else’s expectations or pressure. I put enough pressure on myself! I love being 100-percent involved with all my projects and now I’m fortunate enough to do that.”

Her family takes center stage when it comes to the people who play important roles in her life. She said her mother, Tina Knowles, is her biggest hero. “She has taught me about caring for others, working hard and working smart,” she said. “Everything I know about being a mother comes from examples she has shown. My mother has instilled confidence in my sister and me and taught us to always be grateful.”
She added that her proudest moment was when she gave birth to her daughter, Blue Ivy.
She also gave a shout-out to What Will It Take To Make a Woman President? by Marianne Schnall, which the singer recommended her younger fans read. The collection includes work by Maya Angelou, Gloria Steinem and Melissa Etheridge. “They will inspire you to become a better leader,” she said.


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Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation, I slay, Okay, ladies, now let’s get in formation
You know you that bitch when you cause all this conversation
Y’all haters corny with that illuminati mess
Paparazzi, catch my fly, and my cocky fresh I’m so reckless when I rock my Givenchy dress
I dream it, I work hard I grind ‘til I own it I twirl all my haters I ride on Alligators
Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper

~ Beyoncé