Actually, in Silicon Valley, some people check the "other" box on standardized forms. Maybe the category on those dreaded forms that confounds you is ethnicity or gender or even age (you might feel like a different age than you technically are.) For me, that category is "occupation" or "profession". I just don't fit into any of the standard options. Pretty much ever. My TEDx talk on the The Joys of Otherhood is about just that.
My first political act of the 2016 election season was to create a drawing for an “Election Collection” featured at the big box stores nationwide. Back in February, when the notion of Trump as a serious candidate was still far-fetched, I drew a picture of Trump’s hair. My ace greeting card maker/marketer friend, Lynn Felter of Across the Line submitted our card for consideration with the caption, “We Shall Overcomb” and it was actually selected for distribution as part of an Election Collection. I suggested that they change the background from red to blue when I reviewed the artists’ proof. They did.
826michigan's 2015 student publication, which features twenty Huron High ninth-graders and class of second-grade students from Mitchell Elementary. The students produced the collection of bedtime stories—they wrote the stories that they wish they'd had when they were younger. Each of the stories has been thoughtfully illustrated, with input from the student writers, by a different artist, including Caldecott winners. Available for purchase here
Fresh pen and watercolor illustrations by Lisa Van Dusen accompany Laurie Hunter's poetic words full of memories, objects and oddities from nature and the made world. And there's room at the back for the reader to capture his or her own memories, observations and oddities. Objects & Oddities sparks joy. Available for purchase here.