Collage Journal 2014 Part I

Collages made based on images and text remixed from a daily New York Times. Please see this post for more information about this project.  I am continuing this project in 2014.

Military Coup in Thailand (May 25, 2014)
More Love. (May 26, 2014)
What Did the Framers Really Mean? (May 27, 2014)
Leave Afghanistan (May 28, 2014)
"It's the economy, stupid." (May 29, 2014)
Kids Learn about Social Class through Home Visits (May 30, 2014)
National Identity in Europe (May 31, 2014)
Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Freed (June 1, 2014)
South Bronx on the Map (June 2, 2014)
The Watchmen's Misdirected Gaze (June 3, 2014)
Ireland: Orphanage’s Mass Grave (June 4, 2014)

Today's collage is personal. The image of the child in the collage is the only image I have of myself from when I was living in a Catholic orphanage in Dublin, Ireland. I was 2. Today's brief story in the New York Times about the 800 bodies found in a mass grave was chilling. I hope in some small way I might stand for all those faceless babies so neglected by the Roman Catholic Church.

Sustaining Genocide (June 5, 2015) 
Remembering D-Day (June 6, 2014)
A New Story at Ground Zero (June 7, 2014)
Stop Holding Us Back (June 8, 2014)

An interesting column by Robert Balfanz about what might be done to increase the low graduation rate
for African American and Latino boys. You can access the article here.
Tipped into Poverty (June 9, 2014)
Driven Out of Mosul (June 10, 2014)

ISIS (June 11, 2014)
Mission Accomplished? (June 12, 2014)
500,000 Flee (June 13, 2014)
Immigration: The Way North (June 14, 2014)
Brother Kills Brother (June 15, 2014)
Seeking Justice for George Stinney (June 16, 2014)

George Stinney, Jr. is the youngest person to be executed in the 20th century. He was just 14. He was arrested  for the murder of two white girls, tried, found guilty by an all white South Carolina jury in 1944 and executed in less than 3 months from his arrest.  The trial lasted for one day. The jury deliberated for 10 minutes. You access the story here.  You can help to stand up for this child, here
Displaced (June 17, 2014)

Thinking about all of the displaced people in Syria and Iraq. 
A Message to the World (June 18, 2014)
A Makeshift Haven? (June 19, 2014)
"Children caught trying to cross the Mexican border slept Wednesday at a customs processing facility in Brownsville, Tex." from here.
Justice. (June 20, 2014)
Voted to Divest (June 21, 2014)
Baltimore's Youth Curfew (June 22, 2014)
A Gloomy Assessment (June 23, 2014)
Release Journalists Now! (June 24, 2014)
Deconstructing the Perfect Burger (June 25, 2014)
Christie Vows to Save the 1 Percent (June 26, 2014)
Detroit: A Dream Deferred (June 27, 2104)
Our Divisions Are Deep (June 28, 2014)
Reconstructing History (June 29, 2014)
Two Mothers (June 30, 2014)
Bereft: Two Mothers (June 30, 2014 - Updated)
The Boys Are Back in Town (July 1, 2014)
I Scream, You Scream (July 2 2014)
Walter Dean Myers (July 3, 2014)
For Want of a Home (July 4, 2014)

Perhaps it's because I am an immigrant to the US --a naturalized citizen that I find such harshness about children so appalling.  Such sentiment about immigrant children tarnishes us.
Refugee Camp & The Longing for Home (July 5, 2014)
The GOP: Too Boxed In (July 6, 2014)
This Is Absolute Evil (July 7, 2014)

The murder of the teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, by Israeli youths makes me so sad.
Mothers of the world must unite for peace.
May Peace Prevail on Earth (July 8, 2014)
'Cutting the Grass' (July 9, 2014)

The operative metaphor, “cutting the grass,” means a task that must be performed regularly and has no end.
It's Simple. Welcome Them. (July 10, 2014)
Let 'Em Eat Dirt (July 11, 2014)
Raped for Her Brother's Crime (July 12, 2014)
A Reported Rape & College Football (July 13, 2014)
It's Always been About Story (July 14, 2014)
She Fought Apartheid with Words (July 15, 2014) 
Cease-Fire Fails (July 16, 2014)
No Safe Place in Gaza (July 17, 2014)
On a Flowered Wheat Field (July 18, 2014)
Tired of the Violence (July 19, 2014)
Lost Young Man? Meeks as Meme (July 20, 2014)
More Than 100 Children (July 21, 2014)
Become (Other)Wise  (July 22, 2014)
 three trucks, 22 wheelbarrows, 3,700 pairs of gloves, three dogs and one old man (July 23, 2014)
Who Will Protect the Children? (July 24, 2014)
Seeking Haven--Gaza School Bombed (July 25, 2014)
Push for Gaza Cease-Fire (July 26, 2014)
Repeal Marijuana Ban (July 27, 2014)
Bearing Witness through Social Media (7.28.14)
Kickstart Democracy with MAYDAY.US (7.29.14)
Pls Yell Stop Thief: Steven A. Cohen (7.30.14)
Nothing is More Shameful Than Attacking Sleeping Children (7.31.14)
A 72-Hour Pause (8.1.14)
The No Work Congress Off On Holiday (8.2.14)
Experts at Building Tunnels & Walls (8.3.14)
Israel Has No Moral High Ground (8.4.14)
Why We Need Gun Control (8.5.14)

Holland Cotter: A Lifetime of Looking (8.6.14)
Access the essay here
Respect Our Girls (8.7.14)
When Home Is So Very Far Away (8.8.14)
Gun Control Now! (8.9.14)
Hit the Reset Button in Your Brain (8.10.14)
Another Mother's Grief (8.11.14)

Reconciliation Can Happen Between Equals (8.12.14)
#IfTheyGunnedMeDown (8.13.14)
Justice is What Love Looks Like in Public (8.14.14)
The Police State's A War Zone (8.15.14)
Rick Perry & the Power of Prayer (8.16.14)
We Need Answers. (8.17.14)
The Definition of Excessive Force (8.18.14)
Tenure Reform Is a Misdirection (8.19.14)
We Cannot Stay Silent (August 20, 2014)
James Foley: An Extraordinary Son (August 21, 2014)
The Middle Class Ain't Buyin' It (August 22, 2014)
This is Hamas! (August 23, 2014)
An 11-Story Apartment Tower in Gaza City Destroyed by Israeli Bomb (August 24, 2014)
God is Great, The Flames Are Rising (August 25, 2014)
A Son's Murder Upsets the Order of Things (August 26, 2014) 
Separate, But Equal, Again?  NYC's Rich & Poor Doors (August 27, 2014)

A Russian Invasion? (Auguste 28, 2014)
Ebola and Social Chaos in Monrovia (August 29, 2014)
Protecting Women's Rights in Texas (August 30, 2014)
A World of Risk & Randomness (August 31, 2014)
Community Policing in Camden (September 1, 2014)


  1. Love it. More! You always do such interesting and beautiful things. I'm a fan.

    1. Thanks Aaron. I began creating a collage journal based on my reading of the daily NYT in 2012. Decided to continue.

  2. Sounds and looks like a most excellent project mary ann

    1. Its a lot of fun and helps me to read the newspaper differently.

  3. I was hoping you would not see the story about the Irish babies. When I saw it, I thought of you and how diminished my life would be without you in it. How diminished are we all without those 800 precious children. What an amazing tribute.

    1. Yes it was disturbing. It is why I made the collage. Thx:)

  4. “War is the spectacular and bloody projection of our everyday life, is it not? War is merely an outward expression of our inward state, an enlargement of our daily action. It is more spectacular, more bloody, more destructive, but it is the collective result of our individual activities. Therefore, you and I are responsible for war and what can we do to stop it? Obviously the ever-impending war cannot be stopped by you and me, because it is already in movement; it is already taking place, though at present chiefly on the psychological level. As it is already in movement, it cannot be stopped - the issues are too many, too great, and are already committed. But you and I, seeing that the house is on fire, can understand the causes of that fire, can go away from it and build in a new place with different materials that are not combustible, that will not produce other wars. That is all that we can do. You and I can see what creates wars, and if we are interested in stopping wars, then we can begin to transform ourselves, who are the causes of war.”
    -J. Krishnamurti. First and Last Freedom

    1. Yes. A way to reconsider, begin again, different though.

  5. We start by accepting the fact that we are responsible for what is happening in the world because, as K said elsewhere, "we are the world" - we have made it into what it is, a projection of our inward state. From that starting point, one can then ask: what are the causes of war and why does war (human conflict leading to armed conflict) exist at all? Not a particular war, but war itself, that has perpetuated itself for thousands of years?

    1. So altering our inward state will alter the world?
      Your last question is essential. "From that starting point, one can then ask: what are the causes of war and why does war (human conflict leading to armed conflict) exist at all? Not a particular war, but war itself, that has perpetuated itself for thousands of years?"

    2. Yes – the real revolution is inward (in our minds and hearts), not outward. The outward (physical) revolutions have all failed (obviously, since war and every form of violence--both physical and psychological, overt and subtle-- continue). After thousands of years of “evolution,” we don’t seem to have moved an inch, psychologically, but that is where real change must take place, and we can start by asking fundamental questions (starting from “I don’t know”). Should we accept that war is inevitable? That violence is part of human nature, as so many of us have been taught? We need not accept that. Instead, we can ask: what are the root causes of war and violence (in all of its myriad forms)?

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