In this Friendships With Benefits, Charlie helps me spice up my apartment by teaching me an awesome way to make art. We had a lot of fun and my painting is now hanging above my bed. Friends like Charlie is one of the many reasons why I love SF. I met Charlie through my friend, Tracy (who taught me how to make a mean margarita). They went to college at UNH together. In SF, it’s so easy to connect with friends of friends. He’s an awesome and hilarious guy and obviously, an amazing and resourceful artist. Thanks Charlie for teaching me how to do a geometric painting and again, if you want to buy one of our pieces, just let us know!
(Cameo by the most famous dog on Dolores-Ginger!)
My friend, Leigh, taught me sign language this weekend while celebrating her birthday. We were brainstorming a couple weeks back where she claimed she had nothing to teach me but that was far from the truth. She grew up communicating with her voice but also her hands. I remember signing a lot as a child thanks to Linda from Sesame Street and was reintroduced while working with toddlers with autism. It’s an amazing skill that opens your world to so many more people and I would definitely like to become more fluent. We had a great day celebrating as well as reflecting on how lucky we all are in our lives while appreciating and recognizing the challenges and strengths of other people, families and communities. Thanks again, Leigh, for my ASL lesson and here’s to a great year ahead!!!