Credit: Constantin Hansen, Portrait of Little Girl, Elise Købke, with Cup, 1850. National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen, Denmark

Dear Faraway Friend,

How I identify with the sturdy girl drinking tea in the painting here! She’s forthright and intimate. She wants to take the world on.

In my blog, I encounter subjects of personal, political, aesthetic, and philosophical importance to me: beauty, illness, animals, violence, trees and flowers, racism and hate crimes, words, dreams, aging, how we know what we know, poetry, death, and survival. 

I hope some day to have a dialogue with you, and I welcome your comments and opinions.

Best Wishes, Joan