Friday, January 9, 2009


My girl "Tolerance" shall hold my place here to
greet you with this subtle reminder until I have
completed some works in progress.

She is entirely handmade by me, cloth duds and all.

My inspiration for her was a documentary I
watched some time ago called "Paper Clips"
see trailer here:

You can learn more about their project here at

"The opposite of love is not hate, it's
indifference.The opposite of art is not
ugliness, it's indifference. The opposite of faith
is not heresy, it's indifference. The opposite of
life is not death, it's indifference.- Elie Wiesel

Elie Wiesel
(awarded Nobel Prize for Peace in 1986) and
his wife Marion established the "Elie Wiesel
Foundation for Humanity" I am a strong
supporter of their foundation, mission
statement and goals to educate people
about the injustice, indifference and
intolerance that still exists in our world today.

I was saddened to here how this
wonderful charitable organization has been
bilked by the corrupt Bernard Madoff and now
their foundation is at risk. You can learn
more about their foundation here.

Another wonderful center I fondly support is
The Simon Wiesenthal Center-
Museum of Tolerance Los Angeles, CA

While chaos ensues in the Middle East,
we are reminded, we still have a long way to

Be tolerant, be mindful, be charitable. Peace.

Thank you for your kind words and visits.
My other blog locale: "The Way I See It"


John M. Mora said...

You are amazing - art and words and human international vision ....I am so glad our paths crossed and continue to do so.

Anonymous said...

WOW this is so amazing! I think you posted this right at the time I need it! Tolerance and Peace so which more people had it! Your dolls is amazing! I love her!


Godinla said...

Madoff again? Is there anything that isn't going down the proverbial tubes because of this guy?

Your post is so positive and nice that it almost makes me feel guilty about my last post. I said almost. I cringed when I did it but I did it anyway. I can be a bad boy.

Janet Kincaid said...

I love this post, Andrea! Why is peace such a difficult state to achieve in this day and age?

Joy Logan said...

I love this doll! I am so looking forward to this new prez and changes!

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful doll! Did you make her? Thanks for sharing the link to this awesome project. The video got me all choked up. I want to read more about it. And a huge thank you for your support on my quitting smoking! Wow, 13 years old, huh? I'm so glad you were strong about it and gave it up before too long. The associations are the toughest part, but with all the supportive comments I've gotten I feel ready to forge through them. Also thank you for your lovely compliments on my journal and warm wishes while I was down this past week!! Blessings and hugs ~ Serena Pia

The Artful Eye said...

Thank-you. I made her from scratch with love and made her few friends too.

Kris Cahill said...

I love this doll. What beautiful work! I love the spirit of her name. I used to make dolls when I was young, and it was so fun to do.

You are right, it is time for us to begin to see each other as who we are, rather than how our outer surfaces look. That is the challenge we all signed up for. Elie Wiesel says it so beautifully.

There is a documentary you might really enjoy called "Forgiving Dr. Mengele". It came out in 2006? and last I saw you could rent it at Blockbuster. Very powerful. I got to see a screening of it in Chicago with the woman it's about present. She basically decided to heal herself from the concentration camp the Nazis put her in, so she forgave them. Amazing.

Will you make more dolls?

Tami Bayer said...

A beautiful post. Tolerance is such a basic thing, that it amazes me it's as rare as it is. I love your beautiful doll. On to check out what else you've been up to lately.

Virginia said...

Very powerful message. Thank you so very much for sharing it with us.

Godinla said...

I live a few silly miles from the Museum of Tolerance and I'm ashamed to admit that I've never been. My wife (who is Jewish) and daughter and son have all been. Here I am, ungoing. That is definitely not a word but it should be.

Will you take me one day?

Anonymous said...

I'm with John.
This is great, a real art doll and a glimpse of your artist heart. I agree with you and your wish for peace and tolerance. We all need more.
Go well.

Debi said...

This doll is wonderful! Just looking at her makes me remember all the good things about handmade dolls, most I remember came from my grandmother.

I think Tolerance is a very good word and message. The Unitarian church here has above its door:
"Reason Knowledge Tolerance"

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