January 22, 2009...
We inherit a lot of things from our parents and grandparents. For instance, I get my blue eyes and abiding patience from my mom. Sarah Miriam and Anna Claypoole Peale are recognized as two of America's first professional female artists. But as UAB art professor Jessica Dallow tells WBHM's Tanya Ott, they would have had a much tougher time of it had they not inherited the artistic gifts of their father and not been mentored by their uncle.
Female artists have an easier time of it these days...but still, it's remarkable that when a family turns out two noteworthy artists. But Jessica Dallow says for African-American sisters Alison and Lezley Saar, the drive to create is buried deep in the DNA.
Sometimes, a chance encounter can change your outlook on life. It can challenge assumptions or reinforce convictions. When a young doctor questioning his choice of profession had a chance encounter with cinema icon Marlon Brando, the ensuing conversation proved surprisingly profound - not just for the doctor, but for Brando himself.
In our hectic modern world, people keep track of time in different ways: glancing at a watch or a calendar; checking a computer or a cell phone screen. Commentator Dan Carsen recently realized he was keeping track of time in another way that would seem very strange to the ancients...
Commentator Dan Carsen lives, and writes, in Birmingham.
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Tapestry is produced by Tanya Ott and Michael Krall, with help this week from Dan Carsen and Wayne Liebman. Next week, a different side of the man who played Mr. Spock. Meet Leonard Nimony the photographer. I'm Greg Bass, and we'll see you next week.