Category: From Martha’s Desk
Remembering Goodie’s Greetings
Cleven “Goodie” Goudeau (1932-2015) was a talented painter and cartoonist, art director, and the creator of the first African American greeting card line in the United States in the 1960s. Goodie’s friend, and film Director TJ Walkup, follows Goodie through New York City and Oakland, California, discussing the successful greeting card line that made history.
Martin Luther King, Water and Indigenous Wisdom
While the official folks pass around carbon credits, the People should restore stewardship of the land to the people who know best how to get on the path to restoring cool, clean water to the landscape, the ones who never forgot. If we can take their guidance, we can avoid wars over water and render…
Poetry and Blues at the Brandy Bar in Hendersonville
Some of the reasons why we should indeed revisit Sandburg as an American icon are his prolific accomplishments, and his self-professed role as a poet of the people. On this MLK weekend I found myself imagining what kind of conversation they might have had together if they met. I’m sure there would have been some…
Learning and Sweating
Davyne Dial was generous with her time and knowledge. I learned quite a bit about becoming a licensed radio station, and what it takes to keep it running. She is an inspiration to me, and a possible mentor, as I work toward establishing the Listen & Be Heard Network here in Greenville.
Getting off the Ground
Even though we are connected globally, we are still living locally. As my roots roam and reach and replenish me, the Upstate of South Carolina has become the new home base for Listen & Be Heard, which will only serve to expand on the connections and creations that came before. Listen and be heard in…
Circling around the Unspoken
We need to be heard. It is important, even if no one else listens. We need to be able to listen to our own inner voice.
I’m reading you the previous chapters of Listen & Be Heard from my faulty memory, because there is another chapter coming. But in many ways that story is my story. I said I wanted to be really, real with y’all. So here is another angle of the same story.
Why would anyone host an open mic?
It seems to me, from the vantage point of a 59 year-old woman, that some of the most brilliant people are also some of the most kind and encouraging. Maybe I wouldn’t have started Sunday Afternoon Stories if he hadn’t spoken to me that night. He listened to me. He heard me. He gave me…
Listening and Being Heard
Being heard isn’t as easy. Opportunities to be heard are rare, and it’s even more rare to feel heard.
Artstars as Ordinary People
Any practicing artist in any medium will recognize the existential struggles of the mostly ordinary people who are the Artstars.
Remembering Cleven "Goodie" Goudeau
He gave generously of his time to everyone, and his knowledge of every aspect of the visual arts was vast. But he didn’t just know a lot, and he wasn’t just helpful and kind, he was also prolific.