Government welfare was absolutely forbidden. My pride has been starched by a family who assumed unlimited authority in its own affairs. A grandmother who raised me, my brother, and her own two sons, owned a general merchandise store. She had begun her business in the early 1900s in Stamps, Arkansas, by selling meat pies to sawmen in a lumber mill, then racing across town in time to feed workers in a cotton-gin mill four miles away.
My beautiful mother, who ran business with autocratic power, taught me to row my own boat, paddle my own canoe, hoist my own sail. She warned, in fact, ‘If you want something done, do it yourself.’ There was no motive on earth which would bring me, bowed, to beg for aid from an institution which scorned me and a government which ignored me.”
Maya Angelou, Singin’ and Swingin’ and Gettin’ Merry Like Christmas (1976)
“ I steal from every movie. I steal from every single movie ever made. I love it. If my work has anything it’s that I’m taking this from this and that from that and mixing them together and if people don’t like them then tough titty, don’t go and see it, alright? I steal from everything. Great artists steal, they don’t do hommages. ”
A made a personal blog since this one has pretty much turned into an art blog. There’s not much there yet, but I’ll be posting political things, healthy food/fitness things, and cute animals. Feel free to follow.