Wow, this is my first legitimate crack at a blog.Let me jump right in about who I am and what I hope to achieve out of blog writing.The title of this first blog is essentially “This is my Boat”. I have been discussing it with family and friends that this was going to be the title of a book that I hoped to one day write about. Now I see perhaps not a book yet but a blog to start. So here I begin…My name is Patti Prince and I’m an artist. Who I am is how I behave. A dear friend told me that once and it has forever changed me. Now I hope to change you. And I have …if you continue to read what I have to say.Who am I? Honestly? HONESTLY… I am the oddest mix of cheerful naivety and forthright honesty you may ever meet. Don’t get me wrong when I say it. I have had my rose coloured glasses taken away several times over and each time they are less and less rosy. But I do know that I have to hope that this world is as beautiful as the beauty I seem to catch glimpses of in my field of view with my camera.What is it with the boat is a question I know I would hear if left unwritten so I shall explain. I’ve been a simple believer in the saying that unless you walk in another man’s shoes or sat in the boat that he sits in; we as people can’t possibly begin to judge or assume why that person behaves in the way that they do. People can assume and judge others so harshly. This can be a cruel world as I’m sure you know.I think the idea for a book first came when I saw the wrongs in the world of my daughter who has a diagnosis of ASD. The insights into how I help her get to where she needs to go started me on the path of advocating for her which led to interactions I found to be quite disheartening in a world I haven’t always understood but have always held hope in. That has caused a ripple effect that has spread out to all areas of my life. I now advocate something more. I advocate me and I advocate my voice and my heart.I know I have always been and continue to be an expressive person through art, music, and the written word. My naïve innocence combined with my brutal honesty about life has had people wondering about me for most of my life. I now begin to understand that its because I speak with such belief in the good in a way that so very few people ever do that it can be quite awing if you are not prepared. And with a smile I say …now perhaps you would like to meet me and see if what I say is true. Can I possibly live up to my own hype? Well I am sure going to try if you’ll let me.I understand that’s quite the undertaking to ponder so I think I shall leave you to ponder what I have said for today and hope that I will see you tomorrow as I talk about my life in only a way that I myself can.