CACTUS AND GRASS
The Headstart program ended. I had met the owner of Greenfield Gallery. In exchange for a painting I had the use of a studio in a house he owned being refurbished. “Cactus and Grass” was the focused result. He also owned a business school. I wrote a speed writing course for Spanish for his school which was still in use years later. With my earnings from Headstart and the course, I purchased my aunt's van, put the lawn chair mattress in the back, and returned to NYC.
When it became apparent that there would be no sale at the Dorsky, it was stuck in cactus heaven again. I got a job as the director of the San Elizario Head Start program. I gathered the local parents to refurbish the salon in the church I had previously painted. I furnished the beer, the people furnished the rest. It was beautiful when done. With percussion instruments for kindergartners we made a rhythm orchestra. The noise was heavenly.