These are a few of our favorite art things!


Am I a shameless beggar or what? I can be. Though I suspect I need to work on my tech savvy, string pulling and emotional manipulation in order to increase effectiveness and reach. Apologies to anyone feeling put upon. But I swear that I will write a poem, topic of their choice, for anyone who swallows this hook. Really I will. Just be forewarned that you only pick the topic–not how I might treat it poetically.  On the odd chance that someone out there in the cyberswamplands might take the bait I’m on another fishing trip.  A quick gander at the photo subjects and no doubt everyone knows what’s on this shopping list. Yes, ART supplies.  Remember those third graders without any winter coats? Well, their teacher would very much like to have them do a little art. Just the usual child’s play with pencils, crayons, markers, and maybe some watercolor paints. Nothing elaborate. They are third graders after all–not oil painting Picasso hopefuls. They probably haven’t heard of Picasso–much less dreamt of following his artistic path.  At least not yet. No, don’t expect them to get any notions about Picasso or Monet from their school library or some computer the rest of us here take for granted.  That is highly unlikely all real life things considered on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. The bottom line here is that Cheryl’s third graders do not create any of the usual child art in school because they have no colored pencils, markers, crayons, construction paper (primary colors), glue sticks, pencils (no.2), tissue paper, or poster board. Clearly no one can supply 18 children with all these supplies. But if each person who visits this blogcasa were to send just one box of Crayola crayons or one package of construction paper or one pan of watercolors. Just a single item, one by one would do the trick. If you’re inclined to yank my poetic strings send Cheryl Locke’s third grade students an art supply– and then state your item choice and poem topic request in the comments. So, who wants a poem?

Mailing address:

Cheryl Locke

P.O. Box 264

Porcupine, SD   57772



  1. pixilated2 said,

    December 18, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    Do you have an email? I would like to ask you a question on this. Thanks, Lynda

    • December 18, 2012 at 6:57 pm

      Hello, Lynda. I do indeed have email. I have sent you an email. Found yours via the “comments” information on my dashboard.
      Actually I sent you two emails–to show that I really can type the word “have” when my fingers play nice.

      • pixilated2 said,

        December 19, 2012 at 1:38 pm

        LOL! I didn’t realize that I hadn’t changed the information for my *blog email address. I wondered where you found that one. 😉
        As for the poem topic, it is “Canyon.” Thank you Eva for the invitation to give, and for the promise of a poem.
        (*Please feel free to use it anytime you like.)

      • December 19, 2012 at 9:47 pm

        Likewise, Lynda!
        “Canyon” –Poem coming soon!
        Thank you for kindly considering making an art gift. 🙂

  2. Roxie said,

    December 19, 2012 at 2:12 am

    excellent, Eva! I’m in…shopping tomorrow, so sharpen that pencil for my poem!

    • December 19, 2012 at 4:36 am

      OOO Roxie! Sharp and at the ready! Hey, add an “e” = Sharpe and we get the last name of Richard Sharpe of Bernard Cornwell’s historical novels and films. I wonder if Sharpe is part of sean Bean’s alter ego? Hmm… Hey, we all need our guilty pleasures. 🙂

      • Roxie said,

        January 11, 2013 at 3:27 am

        according to the post office, the package should arrive tomorrow!!! yay! just one poem, for the kids in Cheryl’s class, kay? guilty pleasures…dish my dear, dish!

  3. Ezekiel said,

    December 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm

    obviously like your website but you have to check the spelling on several of your posts.
    Many of them are rife with spelling problems and I find it very troublesome
    to tell the truth however I will definitely come back again.

    • December 19, 2012 at 3:30 pm

      Hello Ezekiel! Mea Culpa regarding all typos and spelling errors. Color me slightly dyslexic with a dash of aphasia. In other words, sometimes it’s a question of moving too fast and other times–well–it can’t be helped. And sometimes–yes, I confess–I make errors in order to annoy readers who love red ink like some English teachers who glory in covering students’ writing with red marks to indicate all the spelling and grammar errors but never spare a line for any of the THOUGHT. Sorry, I lack more conventional vices.
      Btw, you forgot to capitalize the first letter of the first word of your first sentence. And I’m a tad confused about your use of the word “truth”. Are you implying I’ve lied somewhere? Or are are you unsure about which word precisely conveys your intended meaning? Either way, I’ll happily forgive/overlook your typing errors if you’ll be so kind as to forgive mine. Fair enough? After all, neither of us is blogging for a Pulitzer are we?

  4. Mindy Klimkiewicz said,

    January 17, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I would love to contact you regarding partnering w/ help for the rez…how do I contact you via email?

    • January 17, 2013 at 8:25 pm

      Hello Mindy K. I have sent you an email. Wondering what’s simmering in your brainpan!

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