Lavina's Gift, a project that has engaged my imagination for over forty years, was inspired by Lavina's own words, the essence of altruism, "People think I'm a little strange, but that doesn't bother me. The birds are always hungry and that's what matters."

This two minute slideshow is how I saw Lavina, and it introduces a cast of characters.

Looking at these pictures again and again, I've attributed meaning to each. I see a beginning almost imperceptible, vulnerability and determination, obstacles and perseverance, and finally completion with the possibility of new beginnings - a reassuring meditation. I created a unique calligraphic symbol, a glyph, to represent each of the forty images.

 
 
 
 Forty Glyphs - the story of Lavina's Gift on five lines.

Forty Glyphs - the story of Lavina's Gift on five lines.

To learn more about the project LAVINA’S GIFT click here.