Fearless Girl Sculpture - lower Manhattan: 4.26.2017

I was surprised that I reacted as emotionally as I did to the Fearless Girl sculpture when I saw her in person. I loved the importance of the message right away and its importance to all women and men, but when stopping by to see her I was moved by the amazing nuance in her determined and resilient face to the point that I choked up a bit when I think of the evil that happens to so many women of all ages. Her little bronze face so clearly says, "Despite...I will." 

As with all art - especially great art - there of course is controversy.  That's not a bad thing as it raises more awareness and brings issues front and center.  For myself, I see the Fearless Girl as a symbol of the importance of feminism - which I say both as an artist and as a father of a young girl: a young girl who I see the same strength and resolve in, and one who I will encourage as best as I can to stand her ground and not let anything stand in her way.

My hats off to the fearless girl, and Kristen Visbal for sculpting her. I love art but am rarely genuinely moved by it.

Misconceptions of Chaplaincy - Illustrated! October 2016

I'm a chaplain (in hospice), and along with the other chaplains in my department I find it can be very difficult to define my role - a role which many people have preconceived (and incorrect) notions about.  As part of our Spiritual Care Month company-wide emails about spiritual care, I drew the following comics to help illustrate some misconceptions about chaplaincy, and then corrected those misconceptions in the captions below.  I drew the comics and co-wrote the captions with two of the other chaplains in my department, Chaplains Mae Wall and Deadra Moore.

They are of course meant to be humorous, but also to provide education about the role of chaplaincy.  Enjoy!