Altered Art Journal Swap – What Touches My Soul

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Two pages of what Touches My Soul

My altered art journal group meets once a month. There are now 22 of us and we all have a theme. We swap the journals and create our interpretation of what their theme means to us.  I had completed my journal pages in”What Touches My Soul,” and included the space shuttle program as one of the things that touched me.

Synchronicity showed up when I found out that Astronaut Leland Melvin was speaking at the Academy Center of the Arts here in Lynchburg. I brought the journal with me. Astronaut Melvin was sharing his photographs of earth and stories of his career. How could he not be changed by that experience. Check out some of his photographs


Astronaut Leland Melvin photo copyright NASA Twitter @Astro_Flow

I was so star struck. I lived in Florida during the entire Shuttle program. Every shuttle launch and landing brought tears to my eyes. The amazement touched my heart. I worked in broadcasting all my life and I had the opportunity to be two miles from a launch in the press area. What power!

I witnessed the explosion of Space Shuttle Challenger.

I scanned the news the day when Columbia was supposed to land. There was no breaking of the sound barrier BOOM on that Saturday. No one had to call or page me, I just went into work. You get a thick skin working in a news organization but this hurt.

I could watch the countdown on TV and go outside and see the shuttle go up. On one night launch, the horizon lit up and as the shuttle hit the clouds, (I was standing in the middle of my street) the wind from the force of its’ launch hit me. It was amazing! Mankind is capable of such achievements and such lows. I miss the Space Shuttle program.

I’ve met a lot of famous people in my career and never asked for anyone for an autograph. Astronaut Leland Melvin signed the journal. I admit, I was nervous when I asked him. The owner of this journal now has a special gift. I’m such a nerd.