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MAMF’s new Artist-in-Residence

Diane Page Harper, the 2020-2222 MAMF Artist-in-Residence has spent more than a decade putting together her own personal puzzle through drawing, painting, and collage. . Her innate curiosity and playfulness shine through in each composition, and by inviting dialogue to develop organically on blank surfaces and by channeling her understanding of color theory and intuition, Diane draws forth underlying narratives from her subconscious. These stories often reach back to her youth as the child of a military family, and the travels, travails and triumphs that accompany that lifestyle. Her father was a forensic photographer with the US Army Crime Lab who taught himself photography by using his family as his subjects. He left behind a treasure trove of photographs providing inspiration for Diane’s work

Trained as a social worker, she returned to school and earned her studio art degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She believes in helping others connect with their most creative selves, and teaches through various venues, including her own studio, as a faculty member at the Museum School of the Arkansas Arts Center, and previously as an adjunct instructor at Henderson State University in Arkadelphia.


Christmas Far Away

by Falina Cooper Henline

1968. I was 8 and we were stationed at Torrejón AFB, Spain, but my father actually worked at a small communications site called Humosa.

He and several others had to work on Christmas Day, so we packed up a 23lbs. bird plus all the fixings, and took it up to the site to make a Christmas dinner feast for the whole crew. (They had a full kitchen there.) Some of the other families brought ham, pies, and other desserts too.  What a feast we all sat down to!

I got a magic set that year and was bound and determined to put on a magic show for the troops.  Every single trick backfired on me, but it appeared to be just as entertaining for the troops as I had had hoped.  There was plenty of laughter, and all of us got a brief phone call to a loved one back in the US. (At the time, that was almost unheard of.)

There were several single airmen that year who were obviously appreciative, and that Christmas taught me what to do when I later became an Army Wife overseas.  We’ve spent many Christmases bringing food and companionship to those who were on duty, on Christmas, far away from their own loved ones and homes.  Families aren’t always flesh and blood.



There’s still time to complete the TCK survey

If you are a TCK/Brat, employed and are interested in helping out a PhD student, this survey is quite easy to take…

My name is Jennifer Kuhne and I am currently working on my PhD on the topic of “Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs)” and I am looking for participants for my survey. My goal is to get answers from as many participants together – at least 1000 by the mid of April 2019.

Here are the key facts about the PhD survey: Adult Third Culture Kids (ATCKs):

Selection Criteria:

The survey participants must please

• currently be 20 years of age or older, and

• have lived in two or more countries for at least one year each between age of 0-18, but not as part of an educational exchange program and,

• be a salaried employee, (not self-employed), and working 20 hours or more per week.

Time & Language:

approx. 10 minutes; easy English


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Jennifer Kuhne

Johannes Gutenberg-University in Mainz/Germany


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