My flight got in a bit early, so Naveen dropped me off at a whimsical eatery near Livestrong called Hot Mamas.
The place was super cool with a lot of original art. I was drawn to a wall that was covered with peacock imagery. Then I sat down to eat one of the best salads I have ever enjoyed. It was so good I even tweeted a picture of it! Four years into twitter and I send my first food tweet.
Prior to leaving DC, I also spoke with Walking Gallery member Erin Gilmer, founder of Nebular Health Tech. She mentioned her desire to do a film screening of 73 Cents in Austin. She set up the eventbrite and began promotion, but a week prior to the event lost her screening location. Texas locals Joleen Chambers and Laura Slayton began searching for a venue. I began calling local Lutheran Churches and was so happy that St. Martin’s Lutheran Church near downtown was happy to oblige us! Erin met me that evening on crutches as she had hurt her foot badly and we had a great discussion about health and advocacy during dinner. I thank her for all her hard work putting this event together.
We had a wonderful screening and an excellent Q&A. I met so many wonderful people. My twitter friend Camea Kirkpatrick, who is a hospice nurse drove from three hours away to make it to the screening. She is as kind and loving in person as she has been on so many #eol chats. Both Walking Gallery member Laura Slayton and Margaret Crump from the American Nurse Practitioner Foundation were able to make it to the screening as was gallery member Joleen Chambers. One of the new faces in the room was Allison Peacock(which explained my peacock fixation earlier that day…). Allison is one of those delightful people that have triumphed over adversity and balances her advocacy between science and spirit. I am so glad we connected.
I was able to thank Robert Aaron from Microsoft for Microsoft’s generous sponsoring my Keynote that day.
Next I listened to a marketing pitch as scrolled the twitter feed and laughed out loud at this tweet and thought it must be incorporated into the painting.
On April 17th I painted again. This painting was called “Babel Revisited.”
Our two final speakers inspired the painting: Reed Smith and Warren Macdonald. Reed explained the power of social media as it is applied to healthcare. I painted him standing high upon a mountaintop. One hand embraces the tree of knowledge the other lets a twitter bird fly.