Keeping Memorial Day

Those of you who follow this blog know that I am a fan of those who defend our freedom and protect us each day–police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, those who maintain vital services–and our Armed Forces service members, whatever their branch of the service, and whether they are active or a veteran.

Let us especially observe this Memorial Day with love in our hearts for all our brothers and sisters who have so valiantly given all for our country. Remember that patriots come in all colors, from all faith traditions, and from a variety of gender identifications. On this Memorial Day, let us resolve to reach out in love, not create divisions out of hatred, bias and suspicion.

I know. Easy to say, harder to do. But not as hard as what they did for us.

IMAGES: I am indebted to the Crossfit Reston/Crossfit Fairfax blog for the composite image at the top of this post, and to Dorian deWind’s 2013 article on the Huffington Post for the “three faiths” headstone image.

ConQuesT Photos of My Art Display

I’ve been having a great time at ConQuesT 46 in Kansas City. I’m not sure I’ve ever had a show where I sold more–at least, not more paper sculpture! Here’s a look at my display before the buyers descended.

You can sort of see the Dealers’ Room being set up behind these two panels. 
Here’s the third panel. ConQuesT Art Show panels are 2 feet wide.

I’m scheduled for ten program items at ConQuesT, including a demonstration called “How I Make Paper Sculpture,” on Sunday. It will include a PowerPoint slide show and hands-on paper sculpture experience for attendees.

Also on Sunday (immediately after the demonstration), I’ll do a reading. A bunch of people have signed up–I hope to see them there! (And I hope my voice holds up!).

Sunday afternoon will be the first time anyone outside my writers’ group has heard Chapter One of my novel Dogged Pursuit. It’s an sf novel about a genetically-engineered police dog who must prove he is sapient (and thus worthy of freedom) by helping to solve an important case before the Director of the project that made him and his Packmates can “recall” and destroy the “batch that turned out too smart.” The Director claims they are “defective,” because he hopes to keep control over the lucrative canine forensic tools the Project has created–something he can’t do if they are declared “sapient” and set free. I hope my listeners enjoy Chapter One!

In the next few months, I’ll be collaborating with my friend and fellow artist Lucy A. Synk, to create character images of my XK9 protagonist Rex, and his friends and colleagues from Chayko IV Habitat Space Station. Followers of my blog will be the first to see them!

 IMAGES: the photos in today’s blog are by me, Jan S. Gephardt, of my artwork display at the ConQuesT 46 art show. You may re-post these images if you will please not alter them, and give an attribution and a link back to this site.

Voice Actor Tribute: Efrem Zimbalist, Jr.

Voices touch our lives in ways we may not even realize. For many of my friends, this is one of the voices of their childhood.

Gone a year. Still not forgotten.

IMAGE CREDIT: Many thanks to Sheila M. Gagne for this tribute collage. See more of her work on her Facebook Page. Thanks also to Ty’s Shufflings, for alerting me to this material.