Tattered Past

Tattered Past: My ongoing journey through genealogy, history, writing, self-exploration and art. ~~~ Rita Ackerman

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Art Pal and a Rooster

Barbara and I have been meeting most Thursdays at Barnes & Noble and arting. What a difference it makes to work on journals with somebody else. Especially somebody as talented as Barbara.

In her last post here she showed some things she worked on while we were together and challenged me to post my rooster which is what I spent the day on.

I started working in this Canson mixed-media journal a couple of months ago and it quickly became my bird book. I've been adding bits and pieces to the cover whenever I find some fun bird thing. This is the book I did my owls in.

My latest is this rooster. Done with RapidoSketch pens.
Doing all those feathers was so relaxing. Besides being with a friend and drinking a hot chai. Can't get much better than that.

Your turn, Barbara.
I am honored to be the recipient of the Kreativ Blogger award from my friend Amy Elizabeth. Thank you Amy. You can visit her blog here.
It isn't your usual blog. It is fun, informative and, well, you just never know what to expect.

The requirements are that I thank the person who sent this to me.
List seven interesting things about yourself that readers might find interesting. Hmmmmm
1. I can't sleep unless I have a pile of blankets.
2. Steamed snow crab is my favorite food.
3. I spend one day a week writing at Starbucks.
4. My dog has a bandanna for every holiday and days in between.
5. I have at least six art journals going at this time.
6. I don't know what to do with them when I finish.
7. I'm baking Amish Friendship Bread today.

Thank the blogger who gave you the award and provide a link.
List 7 interesting things about yourself that your readers might find interesting
Nominate 7 other bloggers, provide links, and let them know.

So who do I choose?
Barbara at ArtiphyThe Heart
My art journaling buddy who has taught me so much.
Bonnie at Collage Candy
Great fun stuff and collage happiness.
A little bit of everything, just like life.
A lady who has found her "voice" in art and shares it beautifully.
Nikara Nikira Art
These sketches always astound me. I want to do this.
Ophelia at Ophelias Art
Great collage and mixed-media.
It is unbelievable what people do with things found my the side of the road. I'm always amazed!

I have many others on my blog roll but these are the
ones who caught my eye today.

Congratulations Ladies. I may not always leave comments
but I do enjoy reading.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Happy Birthday Arizona

One hundred years ago today Arizona became the 48th State. Here are some excerpts from my article on this event in the Tombstone Times.

WASHINGTON, D. C., Feb. 14. -- To the accompaniment of the whirr of three moving picture machines and the click of a battery of cameras lined along the wall of the executive office, President Taft at 10 o’clock this morning signed the proclamation admitting Arizona to the Union as the forty-eighth state, and at the same time completed the chain of states from ocean to ocean, and eliminated the last territorial form of government in continental United States except that of the District of Columbia. After he signed the duplicate which is to be forwarded to Arizona for filing in the state's archives, the President looked up smilingly, and said, "Well, there you are." (Arizona Journal-Miner, Prescott, Arizona, February 21, 1912.)

            The road to statehood was long and hard for Arizona. Ironically it was first proclaimed a Confederate Territory on Valentine's Day, 1862 by Confederate President Jefferson Davis.) United States President Abraham Lincoln made it a territory on February 24, 1863 and the 1912 delegation to Washington hoped President Taft would sign the proclamation making it a state on that esteemed President's birthday. But Taft was preparing for a trip to New York on February 12, 1912 and it wasn't until two days later, St. Valentine's Day, that Arizona became a state. For the first time Arizona pioneers would be able to vote for their own government leadership instead of territorial governors and aides being appointed by the president.

Happy Valentine's Day Friends and Family.



Monday, February 13, 2012


I apologize for being away from my Blogland friends for so long but I guess I just needed some time to cope with life and maybe re-find myself. Doug loosing his job on Dec. 9 threw us both into a major funk and two months of trying to learn new ways to get by and appealing with the DES for funds (we won.)

I'm so happy to announce that Doug went back to work today with a new company, doing more of what he has wanted to do for a long time and with high hopes. Now that I have the house and my desk back I'm using this time to get myself back in gear too.

Well, actually I'm celebrating by having a large hot chai at my favorite Starbucks. Getting back in writer mode. I have been busy and am happy to announce my new Web site for my research and writing business: Please visit here.

Tomorrow is the 100th Birthday for Arizona the 48th State. We went to the celebration at the state capitol on Saturday. Here's a few of my favorite photos:
Street art.
 Rescued wildlife.

Youth corp and the Civil War

Low riders and vintage cars.

Bi-Plane Flyover

Gunfights in the tradition of the Old West

Older transportation.


Chinese Cultural Center

 Spanish Village - Dia de los muertes.

As we were leaving  Jesse McGuire played "The Star-Spangled Banner" Most everybody
stopped: bikers, African-Americans, Latinos, children, adults, cowboys, musicians,
Caucasians, police, vendors. . .