Happy 2012! It’s that time to reflect on all the highs and lows of last year and make some hopefully-not-empty promises for this new one. In that sort of spirit, I’ve compiled this list of some of my posts that were favorites, personally meaningful or popular from this site and the Huffington Post.
1. Things really kicked off for me in September after the WIE Symposium with interviewing people. I spoke with Senator Nanci Pelosi, Nobel Peace Prize winner Leymah Gbowee and others. But my first interview was with my dear friend, Tatiana Wills. Her book Heroes and Villains came out last year. H & V features portraits of street artists and others. Here’s the link for Part 2 of the interview where Tatiana talks about her process as an artist and from there you can buy the book (so convenient!): The Voice of Inner Necessity: Part 2.
2. Talking Abby Disney and getting to meet her just before Women, War & Peace aired on PBS was personal highlight for me. I’ve written about this before, but there’s one comment Abby made that has really stayed with me.
“I’m probably one of the happier people you’ll meet because I’m happy that I’m not ducking and dodging the hard news about the world. I really believe that if you can go out there and greet the world with open arms and let it wash over you in all its bad and goodness, you’ll find that it’s better than you think it is. That’s really what gets you through.”
This was one of my first Huffington Post pieces. Here’s the link: Abby Disney’s ‘Women, War & Peace’ Looks Past the Obvious.
3. I’m planning a change for my site this year as my focus has moved from parenting into the big, wide world. But I think I’ll always include writings about motherhood. Here’s a post that has little stories about both of girls and hopefully captures their spirit. 40 Digits of Pi and A Feral Cat comes up often when people Google search feral cat walking in circles. So I feel of service, though I’m not sure my post is all that helpful for diagnosing this strange behavior. The little movie of Amalia at the end was shot by Scott.
4. I am still building traffic to the site so feel free to share this with all of your nearest and dearest. The closest I’ve gotten to viral was my interview with Anya Ayoung-Chee from Project Runway. Aside from getting a good number of hits on this post, I was quite proud of the interview and having the opportunity to highlight Anya as a well-spoken, thoughtful young artist. Here are links to the two parts of that interview: Project Runway Winner Anya Ayoung-Chee on Finding Her Voice & Profile: Anya Ayoung-Chee-Project Runway Finalist.
5. And finally, my search continues in finding the elusive element of time for my poetry. I’ve written about this challenge quite a bit. With Boots, pancakes & poems I don’t find any answers, but connecting with Izzy was a good thing.
So there’s my top 5 list. But while I’m being self-indulgent and reliving my glory. Here’s one more post from the year.
6. With How did I become HER?, I worked through some frustration, but neglected to thank my mother. She’s my constant sounding board and shoulder (even though the left one got caught up in a sling and surgery). Thank you mom. And Izzy and Amalia thank you even though they don’t know it yet. I wouldn’t be the mother I am without your support and love.
Here’s to the New Year. May it be a lucky one.