For all those Ballibay kids who are campsick, here’s a lil’ video I shot of the rainstorm during the tornado warning last month! I was hiding out in the Art Barn. I loved how the horses stood there like statues.
It’s not every day that I get upset over celebrity news, but this one hit me hard. Robin Williams took his own life and it’s absolutely heartbreaking. One of my favorite adolescent movies was Dead Poets Society, which I played over and over until the VHS tape wore out.
Robin Williams’ character, John Keating, was the life mentor I longed for; his incredible performance inspired me to stop being so painfully timid, to follow my artistic dreams and “seize the day.” The sensitivity of Dead Poets Society, Goodwill Hunting, and The Fisher King will always grip a strong place in my heart. His death also comes at a time when my Mother’s anniversary just passed (8/9/08). She was a comedian in her own right; another deeply kind, funny and beautiful soul who died at 63.
Depression is real and I know it up close and personal. I hope this experience positively effects the way we treat one another and opens a better dialogue about mental health.
O Captain, My Captain, may you finally be at peace and sound your barbaric ”YAWP!” over the rooftops of the world.
illustration © 2014 Andrea Sparacio (artsparrow); Leaves of Grass © 1892 Walt Whitman
Don’t You Leave...illustration by Laura Lee Gulledge. (spray paint & gouache)
This text is part of a poem pulled from a letter I received from a young reader: Lily Hammon from Aurora, IN. Because sometimes when you’re depressed and detached and your resiliency is all used up, you need to make yourself a reminder using someone else’s words: to always come back.