Thises and Thats

Mother’s Day for Peace, 2011 at the Rongovian Embassy, Q. Cassetti, 2011, pen and in, colored in Photoshop CS5, type in Adobe Illustrator CS5Heather Hallagan is busy putting together an event inspired by the historical reason for Mother’s Day—inspired by Julia Ward Howe’s Mother’s Day Proclamation ( 1879)

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“In 1870, Julia Ward Howe took on a new issue and a new cause. Distressed by her experience of the realities of war, determined that peace was one of the two most important causes of the world (the other being equality in its many forms) and seeing war arise again in the world in the Franco-Prussian War, she called in 1870 for women to rise up and oppose war in all its forms. She wanted women to come together across national lines, to recognize what we hold in common above what divides us, and commit to finding peaceful resolutions to conflicts. She issued a Declaration, hoping to gather together women in a congress of action.

She failed in her attempt to get formal recognition of a Mother’s Day for Peace. Her idea was influenced by Anna Jarvis, a young Appalachian homemaker who had attempted starting in 1858 to improve sanitation through what she called Mothers’ Work Days. She organized women throughout the Civil War to work for better sanitary conditions for both sides, and in 1868 she began work to reconcile Union and Confederate neighbors.”

So, our Tburg Mothers Day for Peace has some wonderful musicians and if its at the Rongo, there will be the staunch supporters which will make it fun.

We are getting Alex ramped up with time at Ithaca College this summer in voice and music composition. We hopefully will be arranging for him to have private lessons as well…and he seems fine with our bossiness. He is so sweet and kind to put up with our crap…and is nice to everyone. I want success and happiness for him.

Speaking of music,  The Community College of the Finger Lakes is having Gregg Gillis/ Girl Talk this summer in their outdoor amphitheatre. Tickets are winging their way here as Alex, Rob and I are big fans. Should be fun.

Some nice things on the web. I have found two wonderful blogs who have posted my work and thought I would share them with you:

A Polar Bear’s Tale: The author, Aputsiaq, posted this: By the illustrator, Q. Cassetti.

And the designer, Kim Carney, posted this about my work>>

Also, another job just came in via the web. Again, no idea who what where this art director saw the work, but it is a good job with a very good designer. I would say a good fit for my skills and what they are looking for. Wow. Its been four of these in the first quarter of this year. Maybe a trend. I think its too early to think about this…but there is a regular consistency that is rewarding and fun. Maybe something is happening?

Closing in on the  yearbook. Too exciting for words.

Another highlight: got my printer to work. How you ask? After futzing around with cables and the like, discovered that throwing away all the printer drivers and reloading them was the trick. Small pleasures. Huge frustrations.

Phone calls, post office, more printing, and of course some design work is in order. Gotta go.