Rusty’s Sun

I’m an avid viewer of the CBS Sunday Morning Show & thanks to DVR, I rarely miss a show.  I was especially delighted to see the 1/27/19 segment about Jessica Frank, the “keeper of the suns.”  For 20 years, Jessica has been collecting and “handpicking every shining example of sun artwork to appear on the program – about 9000 and counting!”  I absolutely loved this segment & the story is fascinating!

Jessica Frank, CBS SUnday
Jessica Frank, CBS Sunday – “The Keeper of the Suns”

I immediately called my mother, told her about the show & asked her to send me a photo of the ceramic sun I had made when I was a little girl.  She has had it hanging in her kitchen for years.  So, in addition to a little background story about my art and the inspiration behind it, I eagerly submitted my sun to CBS Sunday Morning.  Maybe one day it’ll make its television debut!

 

~ It was summertime in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.  I believe I was in the second or third grade at the time, so I suppose the year was 1973 or 1974.  My parents were in the midst of divorce, so my mother made sure my brother & I had a variety of activities to keep us busy… including art classes.  At the time, I didn’t realize just how powerful those art classes were & how they would end up affecting my life today!  I’m forever grateful for my art teacher, Rusty Garner.  Everything about her was pure magic (at least in my eyes)!  Her studio was a large barn-like structure, detached from the back of her house.  I remember the musty smell of clay, paints & other art supplies – This aroma permeated the entire studio, our clothes & I loved it all!  I couldn’t wait to enter Rusty’s world!  She made sure there would always be something new in store for us to create & explore.

Sadly, my summers with Rusty came to a close in 1976 when my family moved to Texas.  To this day, all my pottery & artwork lives with family, so I get to see it all the time.  In my childhood works, I also see Rusty & realize I never had a chance to thank her for all she had taught me.  I never had a chance to tell her just how much of an impact she had made on me all those years ago – An impact still palpable to this day.

Rusty had a “larger than life” personality – she exuded joy, passion & purpose.  She was an enigmatic light in my life which continues to shine as bright as the sun!

 

Sun

 

Author: Mary

ABOUT MARY ~ Mary is a "late-blooming" writer from Texas who enjoys exploring a variety of different styles & genres, however her deep passion for creative writing (poetry, essay, narrative interview & non-fiction) remains unwavering & most purposeful. Mary's personal & professional background is filled with an eclectic combination of business & art (e.g., music, performing arts, 15 years sales/marketing & special events planning in the private club industry). Mary is a 1990 graduate from The University of North Texas with a B.S. in Hotel/Restaurant Management. In 2001, life as she knew it would be dramatically & forever altered by the diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis (MS) at age 35. Several years passed, searching for answers to unknown questions. This loss of reality, normalcy, & PURPOSE needed to be reinvented - renewed - rewritten. This disease is not a "one size firs all." MS affects everyone differently & can morph unpredictably, silently, relentlessly... day to day. It's not easy to figure out how to deal with disease & this vile invasion of an uninvited, unwanted "internal room-mate." Eventually, Mary also sought the help of a professional therapist which helped her learn important coping skills needed to tame/calm mood disorders & to encourage healthy ways in which to purge the noisy chaos inside the brain. And so the writing began... as did a newfound passion & purpose. This journey of reinvention became plausible via Mary's background & her desire to discover new creative outlets. As a student for life, Mary continues to explore & study the health benefits from turning off our "auto pilot switch" & instead focus on learning - consume new information & participate in new activities (Neuroplasticity). The gift of "resilience" is a glorious, powerful tool which stems from the endurance of life & it's many challenges. Resilience forces us to rise up & learn face issues (new & old) head on. Focus on the important things in life. Laugh & live selflessly with compassion, purose & passion. Connect with Mary at: 🔸Twitter: @pettigrew66, @MSpals 🔸Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MaryPettigrew48 🔸LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/maryppettigrew 🔸Instagram: 🔸http://www.mspals.org Acknowledgments and Press ~ * Creator & Co-founder of MSpals: A Global Organization (2014 - present) * Administrator & contributing author of content, posts, & interviews: MSpals blog: https:/:www.mspals.wordpress.com ~ The Summer of Sport: Forward Poetry 2012 ~ Poetry Rivals Collection 2013 ~ Something On Our Minds Vol.III ~ Something On Our Minds Vol IV. Interviews: National Multiple Sclerosis Society's "Momentum Magazine" ~ 2013 = Art Therapy & MS ~ 2015 = Connecting Via Social Media Other works also featured on a variety of blogs, websites, videos, as well as other multimedia platforms including: www.pajamadaze.com www.disabled-world.com www.HealthCentral.com www.MyCounterpane.com www.MS&MeRadio/TBI Network iConquerMS/The Accelerated Cure Project WEGO Health HealtheVoices MS Focus - Monthly contributor

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