(108 pages of Carol's art and Betina's poetry.)
My Mother died suddenly and tragically on November 9th, 2007, 3 weeks after my wedding. She was my best friend, my inspiration, my wisdom, and I didn't know what I would do without her.
My Father spent hours every day scanning over 700 of her drawings, pastels, watercolors into the computer and suddenly I could take her whole collection of art with me. Inspiration struck!
From July '07 to January '09 I would gaze through the pieces of art and then choose one to write a poem to. Every day. It was my hug to her, my closeness.
This book contains most of these poems and art pieces. May they inspire, comfort, tickle, and thrill you.
Betina Hershey Russo
January 11th, 2009
Betina Hershey Russo has always made up songs and poetry. She began journaling in 3rd grade, and got truly serious about poetry when she took Creative Writing from Tom Feigelson at LaGuardia H.S. She was an editor and contributor to her H.S. and college poetry review. She has written 5 childrens musicals, 4 CD collections of songs, and taken much joy in getting everyone around her to write poem and songs as well. For a living, Betina toured the world as Meg in Phantom of the Opera, Anybodys in West Side Story, Jackie in Pump Boys and Dinettes, Isabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and now she runs The Garden Players Musical Theater Program for Kids in Forest Hills, Queens. You can also find her teaching or performing swing dancing with her brother Shawn, and she has been brought to Bermuda to teach the president of the Bank of Bermuda to swing dance, a Parliament member to Tango Dance, and the head of the electric company to Merengue.