POSTCARDS FROM CUBA: behind closed eyelids

This week, instead of asking you to donate to the Postcards from Cuba project, I’m asking you to make a small donation to the Red Cross to support the people affected by the on-going wildfires in Northern Alberta. Our government is matching all donated funds. Text “REDCROSS” to 30333 to automatically donate $5; “REDCROSS” to 45678 to donate $10. Visit MobileGiving or the Red Cross Alberta Fires Emergency Appeal for more information.

26-Fort McMurray


To discuss another time: should we bother to make art, share art during a crisis? I’ve struggled with the release of this postcard for a couple of days. It’s frivolous, really. Pretty pictures. Why bother?

Because… life is complicated, and we need to find the beautiful amidst the hard.

So, for you: from behind closed eyelids.

& especially for Mark. Who would have seen it another way yet.


This is what I saw:

25-Vshape Changed

This is what it really looked like:

25-Vshape Original

This is the part of the image that’s permanently carved behind my eyelids when they’re closed:

25-Vshape Close Up


LANDED here for the first time? Let me catch you up:

Series 1 of Postcards from Cuba is now fully live. Check out the annotated table of contents for a tour, or, if you prefer, hop over to the chronological table of contents.

And if you like what you read/hear/see, please consider expressing your delight by becoming a patron of this project via PayPal:

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You: Why?

Jane: Because you’ve always wanted to be a patron of the arts, and you know that artists can’t pay for groceries with exposure.

You: How much?

Jane: Buy me a cup of coffee, a Cuba Libre, or a Cuban cigar.

You: That’s all?

Jane: My avarice is happy to match your affluence. But I get $1 in royalties for each copy my other self sells of a traditionally published book. It is impossible to disappoint me.

If you would like to make a contribution, but have PayPal issues (I get it), please email me at nothingbythebook at, and we’ll work something out.

Thank you!

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