Monthly Archives: May 2017

In Memory of Andrea Jay, Hilarious Assistant Principal (Retired)

Andrea Jay sent me a postcard about 3 years ago when she found my name on Mail Me Some Art. It was the beginning of a very interesting and entertaining exchange! I’m going to show you all the postcards she sent me that I could find. If you click on the picture, it should enlarge so you can read them easily.

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Her collages are fun, but her drawn figures are even better! I felt kind of intimidated when I first saw how talented she was.

A close friend of hers wrote to me recently, enclosing my postcards to her, and letting me know that she passed away last March.

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Most of the cards here don’t show the year, but I arranged them by season to put some kind of order on them.

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I was aware fairly early on that she was getting treatment for cancer, but it never seemed to make her depressed…at least, not in the mail.

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She signed hers “best fishes,” and I started responding with “best dishes,” and magazine cut-outs of stacks of dishes.

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“Learn to laugh at your problems, everyone else does.”

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She was a die-hard vegan, and I found a site that said she was a judge for a cookbook. There’s a nice photo of her on that page.  http://www.silive.com/cooking/staten-island-cookbook/index.ssf/2014/01/judge_profile_andrea_jay.html.

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She REALLY hated winter!

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Although my mail art style is very different from hers, she really inspired me to do my best to send something original back to her.

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I love it when people can draw like this… always wished I could.

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I know there is another one from her, because I distinctly remember her saying her wig made her look like Dolly Parton, but I can’t find that one…I have it somewhere, though.

IMG_0034She also wrote her own obituary.  Doesn’t she sound like someone you’d like to be around? I’m very lucky to have known her through the mail. She had many mail art friends who will miss her.

http://obits.silive.com/obituaries/siadvance/obituary.aspx?pid=184578741

Jeanne

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In Between “Real” Posts

IMG_0436Here’s a nice sunset picture I took when I was on Marrowstone Island in Washington last summer.
I’m not able to spend time on my next post just yet because Old Jules, from the So Far From Heaven blog (https://sofarfromheaven.com/), is in a hospital here being treated for GBS (Guillain-Barre Syndrome) and I’m spending a lot of time going there after work as well as making sure his apartment is in order (40 minutes the other direction). So this week I’ve learned far more about this auto-immune condition than I ever wanted to know. For those of you who were following his blog and “know” him, he’s incrementally better from the first treatment (plasma exchange) but they expect it to be some time before he’s strong enough to go back to his own apartment. I have his latest cat, Miss Say What? (she’s deaf) staying with me and she’s okay with the change so far. My plate is full.
I do have some rather nice art work to show you from a mail-art pen pal of mine for the next time I post, so I hope it won’t be long.
Jeanne