Friday, October 16, 2015


Twyla Tharp leaps like a puppet, legs and arms extended
Over my head with a horde of other women bold in their days
Women who have jumped, vaulted, rattled into our consciousness,
Thwarting our culture's stand against women.
Gloria Steinem, Maya Angelou, Billie Jean King, to name a few,
Fly with Tharp, baiting me with their triumphs.
How to leave a legacy of a life well-lived, one person among many.
My belief: we are all connected dots in the universe
When I am gone, something else will rise like Spring and replace me


I would like one little moment in the sun.

  by Martha Slavin

Does someone really inspire you?

Twyla Tharp, dancer and choreographer, is coming to Berkeley this month with a new production. Long ago, Tharp caught my attention because of her unusual name.

 I longed to be a dancer all through my school days into college. Yet, I didn't have the early, strenuous practice needed to land on the stage as a dancer. Twyla Tharp did.

I watched a documentary about Tharp as she explained how her mother drove her each day to excel. She was in class starting early in the morning till late at night. Instead of burnout, her extreme practice developed her perfectionism which heightened her skill as a dancer and choreographer. She is an example to me of someone who turned a negative into a positive. She is still performing at 74, working hard, looking beautiful, and sharing with us her inspiring creativity.

Read more about Twyla Tharp here:

Who has inspired you?

Here are this week's Inktober challenge:


  1. I especially enjoy reading your blogs in the early morning hours when I'm fresh and ready for new ideas.

    Will need to think about inspiration today. I love the Inkotbers. Did you draw those for us to color?

  2. Hi, Letty,
    Thanks for reading my posts. As a fellow blogger, I appreciate that you check in! And yes, these designs are for you to color.

  3. Thank you Martha. After I saw the books that you have doodles in, I went looking through my few Zentangles. Sadly, I don't have any of your pictures, but isn't it a small world where we discover the bestest surprises about each other. I love to draw and color in zentangles, so glad someone is out there helping us discover ways to utilize and enjoy our skills.

    1. Thank you, Letty! I enjoy reading your blog too. Now, we have more in common with Zentangles!


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