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Tuesday:) Talking To The Artists~ McKinney Creative Community

14 Nov

“The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate actions of its members.”

~Coretta Scott King

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Last night was our monthly McKinney Creative Community monthly pot-luck and gathering. Everyone is welcome, and the members and visitors are artists, writers, dancers, musicians, and pretty much anyone interested in sharing or learning creative endeavors. We gather at The Cove the second Monday of each month at 5:30, sharing food, drink, and all the wonderful

things happening in our world,

Our guest speaker was Amy Rosenthal, Main Street Program Director, who gave a wonderful presentation on the history of McKinney and how the community has changed over the past few decades. But, the exciting news Amy shared was that McKinney recently received the honor of being a Designated Texas Cultural District. She said that the local artists, musicians, etc. have been an integral part of making that honor happen.

The group did some brainstorming and making suggestions on how the arts community can participate and contribute to the growth of the city and how the city can help promote and support local artists. It was a very productive and inspirational meeting.

McKinney is a great place to live. I have been blessed with so many creative and talented friends.

Montage Monday and McKinney Helps Fill the Truck for the Samaritan Inn

13 Nov

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”

― Charles Dickens

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Thanksgiving and Christmas are always considered the seasons of giving and sharing. People are more generous during the holidays. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could feel that spirit all year round?

My friends Johnny and Julie B. have been braving the frigid temperatures today for the annual FILL THE TRUCK for the Samaritan Inn food drive. This is community shelter that is always filled to capacity, with a waiting list, with hundreds of people being turned away each year because of lack of available rooms. Sad.

The truck will remain parked in front of Super 1 Foods on Virginia and 75 Tuesday and Wednesday.

The Samaritan Inn’s Mission

We are a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence.

I stopped by with a bag of groceries this afternoon. It was bitterly cold, but Johnny B and J J Gato were out there accepting contributions and donations.

It was inspiring to see these folks out there, but it was sad to see that there were hardly any donations in the truck. Look at this almost empty truck after almost ten hours of these brave volunteers waiting for the community to bring some donations. They will be out there Tuesday and Wednesday, so you still have time to help fill the truck.

Look!!! Not much in there.

Julie B. was inside Super 1 for a few minutes to warm up and check on the volunteers inside the store. People can also purchase already packaged donation bags inside the store while they shop.

Consider stopping by and supporting this great cause. While you’re outside on these gloomy cold days, try and remember that there are so many hungry and homeless people right in your own community. A little help goes a long way.

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Now, for a week in a peek and Montage Monday.

Sunday Sermon and Honoring Those Who Served Our Country

12 Nov

“The valor and courage of our young women and men in the armed services are a shining example to all of the world, and we owe them and their families our deepest respect.”

~Bill Frist

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A very cold and breezy Sunday morning. How cold was it Miss Toni? It was SO called, I searched the closet for my warm gloves and sock monkey hat. Yay! It was sock monkey hat weather. And yes, I wear my silly hat to church. So, not only did I get a lot of hugs this morning while greeting at the door before 9 o’clock Mass, but, I also received dozens of compliments on my hat from the adults and smiles from the young children. I was warm and toasty out there.

Don’t worry, I did take my hat off when I got inside.

Today’s Gospel was the story of Jesus observing people putting money into the treasury. The rich gave large sums, but a poor widow gave all she had, just two small coins, and He considered that to be worth more than all the other contributions.

“Amen, I say to you, this poor widow put in more

than all the other contributors to the treasury.

For they have all contributed from their surplus wealth,

but she, from her poverty, has contributed all she had,

her whole livelihood.”

My take on it……it’s not the quantity but rather the quality of giving that counts most in life. This applies not only to contributions to charity, but also to love , friendship, and relationships. I think that giving your time and sharing your talents means so much more than writing out a check.

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This evening, my good friend and world’s greatest realtor (did I say that again?) Linda Grossman and I, joined by our friend and Viet Nam veteran, Bob Dunkerley, went over to the Veterans Memorial Park for the Veteran’s Day Sundown Ceremony.

The public was invited to join the City of McKinney and McKinney Armed Services Memorial Board in honoring the brave men and women who have served in the U.S. military. This year, there will be two ceremonies at Veterans Memorial Park. A sundown ceremony was held at Veterans Memorial Park that included the reading of over four hundred names displayed on the Wall of Honor followed by the playing of taps.

As we stood against the glossy black cold stone walls of the monument, it was difficult to hold back the tears as the many names of fallen heroes were read in the silence, in the stillness of the night, followed by the clanging of the bell and playing of taps. The photos will tell the story.

I’d like to thank all those who sacrificed so much for our freedom. Thank you.

Saturday:) MAST McKinney Art Studio Tour

11 Nov

“Artists to my mind are the real architects of change, and not the political legislators who implement change after the fact. ”

― William S. Burroughs

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McKinney has recently been designated as a cultural District by the Texas Arts Commission, and the annual MAST, McKINNEY ART STUDIO TOUR, is a perfect demonstration of how local artists have created a thriving artist community.

This afternoon, my dear friend AND world’s great realtor, Linda Grossman and I visited a number of studios on the tour. And as always, it’s wonderful to see the talented artists that just so happen to be good friends of mine.

Kim Guthrie is known for her whimsical paper maché sculptures and adorable painted creatures, but also a wonderful teacher, sharing her many talents. She call The Cove her studio home away from home.

There were several artists at The Martin Place.

Jan Martin, Helen Bailey and other artist were demonstrating their various mediums. Patricia Crain. Elaine Herold, and Sheilian Lonian at The Martin Place.

Guy Giersch and Pernie Fallon opened their home to share their photography, pastel paintings and collaborative artworks, as seen on the wall behind them. Linda and I strolled through their lovely backyard to see Pernie’s backyard studio. I called it, “Pernie’s She Shed.

I commented how neat and organized Pernie is. Oh my, I could never have anyone go through my studio. I call it my “crap room.” Appropriately named.

A visit to the McKinney Art Studio made me have a hankerin’ to take a pottery class. So many talented artists with so many different and original techniques.

Over at the McKinney Art House, my friend Wendolin Mercado (top) gave me a few pointers on knife and star throwing. She’s a talented photographer, leather crafter, and artist of all trades.

My star throwing adventure.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OaMT-ObO3V

The McKinney Art House family. (Above)

My dear friends and amazing potters at Three Dog Studio. Steve, Alex and Minda Macias.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IIu9sOXlh9s

Here a really cool video of a raku firing.

JB Phipps and Kerry Randol-Johnson also at Three Dog Studio.

Our final stop for the day was the gorgeous home of Jeffrey Jensen at his Cedar Street Studio. His architectural background lends itself to his intricate and beautiful watercolors.

Friday:) Friends, Fun Music, and (Yep) More Firemen)

10 Nov

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.”

~Plato

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Wow! Woke up to chilly weather, and had to bundle up to take Bella for a walk. Ok, I know youse guys (Chicago talk) up North got snow, but this is Texas, for goodness sakes. But, that doesn’t slow me down. I enjoyed the challenge. The vibrant fall colored leaves were scattered on the sidewalks as I walked.

I was looking forward to dinner and a concert with my Single Mingle friends tonight. But first, a stop at the fire station. I had a few brownies left and Miss Pat said I could take the leftover cookies from karaoke over to “my firemen.”

Our group met at Mellow Mushroom for dinner.

Then, over to MPAC for the concert Red, White and Big Band, featuring the McKinney Dance Band and the Swazzy Singers. They were honoring veterans with patriotic music and big band music of the different eras gone by.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6GjiEO-Gowk

It was a fun day, and a great evening. Music always brightens my soul.

Thursday:) The Art Club of McKinney

9 Nov

“When people tell me that they can’t even draw a stickman, I tell them that the secret isn’t being born a great artist, the secret is having a great art teacher.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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This morning was our November meeting of the Art Club of McKinney. The early agenda and discussion was busy reporting minutes, upcoming events, the artist of the month contest, a raffle and a wonderful break for refreshments before the artist demonstration.

Our guest artist today was Magda Dia, who is also a club member, a fine potter, lives in and has a teaching studio in the historic district, and is also a sweet friend.

Magda demonstrated all the steps to throwing small clay bowls on the wheel, along with tips and tricks for creative throwing. (A little throwing of clay splatters did occur on the front row spectators)

Volunteer, Gena Roberson, tried her hand at making a bowl. She did a great job.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0I2UgIIXUA

We had a very fun and informative meeting and demonstration today.

Magda’s classes and studio can be found on Facebook at Jump Into Art.

Wednesday:) Words of Wisdom

8 Nov

“When the going gets tough, the tough bake brownies. That pretty much cures anything.”

~Toni Armenta Andrukaitis

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My friend, Miss Pat, posted on Facebook last week that Kroger had brownie mixes on sale, with store card for… wait for it… 79cents a box. Be still my heart. She also posted that everyone better get to the store before Toni buys them all. Hmm? Why would she say such a thing?

Funny, as I’m writing this, I have two more batches in the oven. Hold on. I’ll go take a picture…. I’m back…

I’m going to take some for my church group tonight at 7. They’ll still be warm. It’s after 6 already. Then, I’ll have some for tomorrow’s karaoke potluck at the VFW.

I think I’ve gone through 8 boxes in the past week. Every time I bake for an event, I bake an extra batch for my firemen at Station 9. I asked them yesterday if they were getting tired of my brownies yet. They said, “NO MAM!We gobble them up and we don’t leave any for the next shift.” Aw, high praises. I also asked them if they’d save my container, and that I’d swap it out for a new one with more brownies or cookies. I go through a lot of containers too. They were happy to oblige.

Now, you see why I was so excited about the sale. I didn’t buy all of them on the shelf. But, I did take all the dark fudge chocolate boxes, leaving the milk chocolate ones for the less discerning bakers.

That should last me till Christmas…I hope.