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 see the newspaper article from 1977 that launched this project, click here.

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