Surviving violence

You have to understand something about surviving violence. It is always with you. It is something you will never get over. And just as you are never going to get over it you incorporate the experience into the fabric of your life. It becomes a part of you.”

This resonated with me. Trauma has always been difficult for me to explain to people, particularly when the perpetrators are family, what society calls loved ones.


‘My personal story’

Bill posing with his painting of eggs and toast, inspired by breakfasts with his father.
Bill posing with his painting of eggs and toast, inspired by breakfasts with his father.

UPDATE: Tickets may still be available, using this link.

This Sunday, William W. Knight — known to many of us as Bill and the painter of what Holly Jacobson affectionately calls “The United States of Eggs and Toast” — will be sharing his personal story at the Unexpected Improv in Pike Place Market. The show is from 3 to 5 p.m.

Unfortunately, ticket sales have ended, but I want Bill to know that many of us will be there in spirit. The venue is probably at capacity. For more information, visit

I am curious about those behind this event. Perhaps Bill can share more with us sometime. Also, check out Bill’s painting called UFO, which he shared for the blog a few days ago.


An acclaimed painter from America’s past

Detail of a woman looking into a mirror from one of Pauline Palmer’s paintings
Detail from one of Pauline Palmer’s paintings

Pauline Palmer, one of the outstanding women artists in AmericaPauline Palmer was an American artist based in Chicago.

In 1919, Palmer became the first woman elected president of the Chicago Society of Artists. The New York Times, in 1938, upon her death, noted that many art critics celebrated her as one of the most important painters in America.

She was known for her portraits, but also did landscapes and still-life oils. Her work was widely exhibited during her lifetime.

Born in 1867, she died in Norway while on a trip to Europe with her sister.