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This. Week on Arizona, Illustrated, art. Moths a nod, to Mother's Day you're. Throwing this curveball this, is what you have and how do you make this work, deployment. Military. Families, making the sacrifice, saying. Goodbye will be very difficult and having, to explain to our younger ones that daddy is not coming home that night. Bulldog. Therapy. Meaningful. Connections, how. Can anything be so, ugly and so wonderful. And. From. The vault. Welcome. To Arizona, Illustrated I'm, Tom McNamara, a big, shout out to all the mothers in our audience during this Mother's, Day week it can be a tough job you. Know just managing, to pay the bills as an artist, can be a challenge, ad kids, to the mix and something's got to give right or perhaps. A different outlook emerges, a new way of seeing things, next. We take a very personal look into the lives of three Tucson, based artists, and how, motherhood. Influences. Their art. I. Can't. Imagine not being not, taking a photograph I really, can't I feel, like it would be like I suffered a limb or something like, I just would. Feel off, my. Name is Shannon Smith, I'm, a photographer a teacher. Mom. I. Have, a certain amount of artistic energy and it needs to be being. Directed, somewhere but that where, that somewhere is can be different but, it has to be so. My. Name is Natalie Brewster twin and I. Am a performance, artist and, yoga. Teacher. I'm. Katherine and I'm an artist and a mom. My. Mom was. An artist kind. Of like a Sunday, painter that also had five kids so she would. Bring. Out her art supplies and I. Would. Be really excited when they came out. When. I was pregnant as Lucy I guess I had all these ideas like all you know be an art an art mom you, know and it'll be great she'll be a little artists and we'll do things together and you don't realize like, she, needs me every, second, there's, a higher priority in some ways like taking care of your kid has to be your. Highest priority, having. A child really motivates, you to make good use of your time a lot, of people try to keep their, work separate, from what, you know their child. This. Is mine I'm doing this and. There. Comes a point where, it's kind of like I felt like you're fighting, it okay I'm just gonna take a test shot Lucy I get, on a shoot you. Know and I'd start doing it and then you know they were in their little pumpkins seat but again you know just the constant hey I'm, here pay attention to me and so.
That's, When I was like you know what okay, boy you're just gonna be in it and it, just went from there. Having. A kid is really hard it's physically difficult on your body there's a lot of pain involved for everybody and so. Doing. Yoga. Are doing movement I never wanted to have that practice, be totally, separated, from my kids and so I, was. Always trying to find ways to do, yoga with my daughter and to do acrobatics with my daughter and have these creative processes. We. Started doing collaborative drawings, together where, we. Will. Collaborate, on one piece of paper and, share. The paper and move the drawing paper around, and draw and write. Over each other's things, those. Are what really sparked my interest I thought that there was something really special to them this is a good example of a recreate at one because, Lucy's, first day of school of, kindergarten. Was mayhem just, parents everywhere, and I, didn't. Want to cry in front of her so, I. Went. Back the weekend after her first day of school. I. Just. Started recreating things I would see that. Happen in our lives but at the time you know I couldn't stop you, know and, oh well, I'm gonna take this picture because you know I'll wait on you you don't need me right now you know I'd take care of the kids and then okay, well we're gonna recreate, this, what, you did but I'm gonna have way better lighting and move things around and have it look the way I want it to look the. Balloon. Project is called love letters Leave No Trace and it. Was inspired by the imagery, of children's birthday parties. The. Process, of the project is each color, palette, deals with a particular theme related to childhood development, and, then each theme I choose a text, that. Text is then exploded, onto balloons and then. I give, my daughter or both of my daughters give, them the balloons and set. Them loose in an environment. Landscape and let them install the, balloons. And then it sort of becomes the process of what happens then like what text, becomes important, which, balloons, are the ones that pop and fly away. The. End result is, photograph's. Right, but, it's not really a photography, project it's, a collaborative project and it's like a ritual installation, project, and it is a performance in its own way I. Contacted. A certain, residency, and asked them if they would accept teams. Of a parent and child they, said we've never done this before but were interested so we started, that, project. In in. Buenos. Aires in, June. Of last, year let. Something, happen let, the chaos happen, and then, I come in and I make order out of the chaos you. Know and I've likened it to motherhood, it's like you're, throwing this curve ball this is what you have and how do you make this work how, do you make this this, cohesive. And happening, and pleasing, and wonderful, and and good. You know for both of us. My. Intention, was to make really, great, pieces of art not just to hang out and play with my daughter with some art stuff as a fine artist I wanted to the work to be good I wanted it to I wanted. It to be, exhibition, you know quality and, and. She takes me to a different place at. The end of the day usually isn't what, I set out for but. They always do like. I always, get something out of it and honestly what they do it was better than what I even thought, so got. Some pretty good little models I must pay them well and Dairy Queen is you should shall be their payment. Children. Can be a very, powerful image if you. Just. Mess with the record a little bit and so it's been it's been a really cool. Thing this is really pretty right here you like this pair, there's. Something, magical, about, children's. Artwork and that, free. Expression. That, comes, from this natural, place that. You can't you. Can't bottle it everyone, would buy it if you could. Sometimes. I can't imagine them when they do grow up and what am I gonna create but I'm sure I don't need to think about that right now think about it when it happens and it'll be fine, but, when. I first had kids it was hard and now I can't imagine them not being in my work I really can't I think. What I have wanted to pass on to her is is a sense of resourcefulness you, know that's the most important thing to me, we. Create art in the end but, what we do along the way is figure. It out with what we have available and, I, think that that's a really useful process to, learn both in art and in life. On. Any given day US, military, forces are deployed on missions, around the world many, of them in harm's way for service, members with families, the mission, at home comes, with its own sacrifices. And uncertainty. Last, year we visited with one military family, right, after receiving, deployment, orders. It's. A cool winter day in late December, as a Setting, Sun falls, on the zurich family home at davis-monthan, air force base, tonight.
They Make cookies. Tech. Sergeant Jonathan Zurich, is an avionics specialist. With the 355th. Fighter Wing he. His wife Nicole, and their five children gather. In the kitchen to carry on this family tradition. Mom's. Best, job ever. He. Took on a, woman with three kids so he went into an instant family and had, three. Older kids who from day one just had to call him daddy and. He's. Been daddy ever since. Well. Mike Anna is our oldest she's 16, she is a junior about, to be a senior she wants to be a band leader and a teacher when. We have Kayleigh and Jason, they are 13 year old twins and, with. Nothing alike absolutely. Nothing. We. Have a five year old Matthew, he. Loves airplanes, so obviously, living on the base is just a thrill for him when or you got that from. That. Would be me, and, our. Youngest Daniel, he's two. He. Suffers from something. Called mitochondrial. Disease. About. A year old he started having seizures and they. Diagnosed him with epilepsy, and. Running some tests they also found out that he cannot, swallow without, it going into his lungs aspirating. It. Is, it is terminal, but every child is different. He's. Up and walking now, that's something, that they told us he probably wouldn't ever do. We. Just take great, joy, in the fact that he is able to do what he does now and we, take it day by day. All. Of our kids are a blessing and we're very thankful, to have them in our lives. On. This day family. Time is most important, as jonathan has received, orders for an overseas deployment. It. Just kind of creeped, up on us and it's here, and so. Saying goodbye it will be very difficult and, having, to explain to our younger ones that Daddy is not. Coming home that night and, the. Next night will. Be very difficult. I will, likely end up with one or all of them in my bed at least everything, at. Some point I. Need. A bigger bed. As. Part. Of his ongoing role, Tech, sergeant Zurich works the night shift. This. Is the a-10 flight line at DM. Zurich. And his fellow Airmen work, round the clock to keep these planes ready for the pilots who fly them and the mission ahead. He's. Currently serving as an expediter, with the 355th. Aircraft, Maintenance Squadron, work. He will continue during, deployment. We. Just use a logbook to keep track of the, status of the Jets and pass, on. What. Work is actively, being done, as well as to keep a paper history, right. So they're gonna pull it in the bay and then we're gonna throw a tiger team on it it's okay do you know on Days Harry on nights this, happens, between, each shift in order to ensure the continuity. 3fm, see box in the back, sergeant Guffey in sergeant, mega Noddy they. Bear. The brunt of our, avionics. Work. My. Job, simply, consists, of giving. Out the tasks, for the night and. Ensuring. That the. Technicians. Have everything, that they need. Super. 6 good. ROG. So one six eight spot is up good. To go for the configs guys are moving on to palletizing. Knows. At. This point looking. At the calendar, is the hardest part. A couple. Short weeks on the hand and out the door. We're. Just like any average family average struggles. We. Don't ship our husbands off to work on alright go, get them you, know it's it's more of a keep. Us safe. The. Family, support is very very. Vital to military. Members whether male. Or female going. Out there and doing our job and making sure the mission can happen. Simple. Things like a family meal decorating. A Christmas tree, or a Father's hug are cherished, moments, especially. When time is short. When. We're together - it's awesome when. We are like we we do family nights all the time a lot, of times we watched movies cuz, that's like our favorite thing to do so.
It's Gonna be hard without him like then be gone for so long I. Like. That but at serving his, country but, in reality it's, it's pretty, difficult even if we. Personally aren't in the military it's, still hard being in the, family. I'm. Scared, I know. He's very scared, but. It's. Cuz no one I'm older I can actually understand, it more than when I was little but, it's. Just like that's. All that goes through my head. Nice. Told him not to go. I'll. Be missing their birthdays while I'm gone as. Well as Mother's, Day in May, and. Anniversary. Our anniversary. Birthday so. Those. Are some of the things that definitely, add to the struggle. But at the same time. The. Freedom that we enjoy in this country is, very much worth the sacrifice. Tech. Sergeant Zurich and his fellow service, members are here to begin the process of deployment, to Turkey in support. Of a combined joint task force, named, Operation, inherent resolve, a multinational. Effort, designed to weaken and destroy Isis. Airman. First class, jessica's, Ellison, helps service members inventory, their protective, equipment, sleeping. Bag canteen, web belt their gas mask which is an important thing for their deployment our. Joint, service first aid kit ammo. Pouches and four m16. Jalis. Coats so the suits that they'll wear if there was ever a chemical, attack go. And travel and the list goes on. They. Get briefed, on what, to expect both here and downrange and then they also fill, out any paperwork and, if there are any other medical things that they need like immunizations, that they can get those here as well they. Can also pick up a copy of the Koran the Torah or, the Bible, captain. Phil Holstein, is a chaplain, at DM one, of seven who provide spiritual, care to Airmen and their families. Typically. Everything breaks when one of the spouses is deployed so you know the washer the dryer the fridge whatever it is.
It's. Just the difficulties, of being separate especially. If you have small kids they take it the hardest I think at least for me that was the way it was just, not. Seeing dad for six, months or a year can be difficult. We. Can make war, is modern and efficient, and safe. As possible but that's not going to stop. The difficulties. Of being separate from families. You. Know we put the uniform on to serve not. To sit behind a desk and yet that's where you have the greatest sacrifice as, well. Several. Weeks pass and the day is here airmen. And their families arrive, to say their goodbyes. Jonathan, zurich and his family are here too. In. Some, ways it's, easier, for the, member. That goes away at, least those in a family, simply. Because the. Every day to day tasks. You. Don't have to worry about them I go. To work and I, fix. Airplanes, and make sure the mission happens. And. In, all reality. Nicole, will have the harder position, of the two. About. To leave all right that's all I got right now. You. Want to make sure that you don't leave things unsaid you, want to make sure that. He, knows that he's supported, and loved and the kids. Get to say that they love him. When. We're together outside. In the community and he's in uniform and he's thanked for his service, it's always an immense amount of pride and you can see that he feels it and it's. Wonderful, to know that there. Are people that do valet around, and support, our troops and. It's, back at home all we can really do is pray. For them and love them and support them through it. US. Military, forces are currently deployed throughout the world protecting, other nations as well as our own, since, our reporting on this story Jonathan, Zurich continues, his important, work in the United States Air Force. It's. Been proven pets can provide valuable, therapeutic. Benefits, to their owners, when, Ellen Morell adopted, lacy eight years ago she, never imagined, where their relationship would, lead they, are constant. Companions and, now they're sharing, that bond with others providing. Comfort, and friendship. I'm. Ellen Morrell and I'm, a chaplain for harmony Hospice. And. This, is Lacey and she's my therapy, dog goes with me to visit my patients, come on and we, just miss people and enjoy ourselves good, girl good. Girl. Hi. Donna, this is Ellen from harmony, I was, just checking in to see how you're doing you've, been through a difficult period and I hope that you will take a day or two to. Relax. And refresh and rejuvenate. Yourself, I. Try. To check, on, the diagnosis, before I go to see people because, sometimes. It makes a difference I have been a dental hygienist which, I did for ten years I have, been a planned, giving consultant. Which was lots of fun helping, rich people give money away it's not a bad way to make a living and then. Finally, I subbed, to, the call from God and became. An Episcopal, priest. On. My. Way when I decided, to move to Arizona on, my way here I had another call that, said you need to be a hospice, chaplain so. I came. And applied and got a job and Here I am. Let's. Go go see the veterans.
You. See. The puppy huh. Lacy can you sit. Now. Can you wave to little boy wave good, girl. Were. You in the army, we. Thank you for your service, it's. What you did made it possible for us to do what we do so, we really thank you. This. Is my husband, Babu, doc he's Vietnam. Vets he, worked he was in the army. This actually, is a wonderful, place we worked really hard to get him here and we're very excited and, you notice how alert he got and how excited, he was to see Lacey so, he's. Very receptive to. Therapy. He's a perceptive. To having. People come, and talk with him and he, enjoys it he smiles. Smiles. Yeah. Lacey. Has been my. Friend my sidekick, for years, and years she's eight years old I got, her when she was just a puppy my, son had her mother and I, went to see the puppies but told him I would not under, any circumstances. Take a puppy home and I. Don't know how it happened but on the way home I looked over and there she was. And. We. Have been pretty much inseparable, ever, since. So. If you go to our website harmony, Hospice org, and you look at meet the employees, Lacey, is very. On the very top. She. Has her own professional. Photo and so. She like, we, all we often joke again she's the boss I read. His book and, I thought I thought he was a good man oh yeah, yeah. I've, had lots of dogs in my life I always had, dogs and I've, loved them and I've cared for them but I've never had one that, I actually, called my sidekick, because it's, Lacey's, like that little poem you remember when you were in grade school I have, a little shadow that goes in and out with me and what can be the use of it is more than I can see well, that's Lacey everywhere. I go she goes if. I happen to come in without her the. Question, always is where's Lacey where's Lacey. Hi. I brought, Lacey to see you Lacey is Daisy Lacey, like lace on your dress likewise family at all how can anything be so, ugly and so wonderful. I'd. Like to tell the story about when we I first, took her to see some people there was a lady who had advanced, dementia who. Could not say anything, intelligible. Who sort, of just chattered all day I walked, in with Lacey and she looked down on her and said nice, dog. So. Lacey. Touches, people in, many, ways that are surprising more. Than once when she's been invited, she's, climbed up with in bed with somebody and laid with him as they were dying so. That they died with their hand on a nice soft furry head. She. Failed agility, she failed obedience. She, felt she really failed motherhood, because. It took us two and a half years to get her pregnant and then she ended up with three living puppies, and hated. Them it really. Hated them. Wave. Yeah good, girl. But she's finally found her color she's as good, a therapy, dog as you could have hey you've made a friend you, know how to make dogs happy. I. Consider. This part, of my service to God oh. And. Even though I'm. Not as religious, as a lot of chaplains, are I don't insist, that people pray I don't insist that they find, salvation. In Jesus I think. This is my ministry. To the world and. Lacey's. Ministry, to the world so we're doing this really, actually out of a sense of call as a minister, would say. May. Sixth kicked off national, travel and tourism week marking, the 35th, anniversary of, the Congressional resolution that, established, its recognition. Celebrating. The contributions of. The u.s. travel industry here's. A look back in 1988. When Tucson, was making its play for summer visitors, from, the Walt. Tucson. In the summer how, hard is it to sell, we're. Gonna tell anybody. That wants to listen that, we have special summer packages, and that, the hotel rates drop drastically and. Tallying some other things like all the wonderful attractions, that are here a lot. Of people when, it's hot in Tucson, it's still a lot better than it is back home it's, not too hot a day for you to be out here at all Tisza not with the breeze and it's not the humidity, from the east I love. It out here love, the weather mm-hmm. I was lying out at the pool. What. Brings folks out to places like old Tucson and. Put on my um gun, and. A little strip and then I'm they. Were hopped in a car well, he was here before so, he. Wanted to here in a short business trip and want to come back to see it again a little more detail I'm. Flabbergasted, by. The difference, here it's a whole different whole, different world it's.
A Charming, place will, the tourism, business drop, off this summer in Tucson despite, the efforts to keep the visitors coming well, probably especially, during the month of August according, to tyranny, but, he says as Tucson. Is hot so too are the prospects. For the convention and tourist business in Arizona and, across the nation, economists. Fully, believe that by the year 2000. He'll. Be the biggest business in the country already. It's number 2 business in Tucson and it is the, second largest business, in Arizona I've, been all over the place Vegas, and Disneyland. Knott's, Berry Farm and, I'll Tucson now I'm going home tomorrow, so, this, is greater. Summertime. It's. A Tucson. Candidates. In for a free brochure. Thank. You for joining us here on Arizona, Illustrated I'm. Tom McNamara, see, you next week. You.