Sisters

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Sisters are a funny thing. You share so much and have so much in common -- history, memories, laughs, tears, and those genetics.

My sister Michelle is 7 years older than I, and is a fascinating woman, but we are total opposites. She's bright, serious, and capable. She is a talented artist, with a master's degree in fine art.

I, on the other hand, don't have an artistic bone in my body.

She can at times be extremely shy (She dreaded that wedding toast, trust me.), and as you know, I am more on the outgoing side.

She is also a great wife and mother. I hope to replicate her devotion to her family as I build my own. Her daughters are Eva, the 4-year-old firecracker, who happens to be smart and gorgeous; and Elena, not yet 2, and already more observant, sensitive, and sweet than most of the rest of us.

Anyway, I write today because I was just reminded of the other side of my big sister's life, her work as an artist, which is always a part of her life and her soul, but has been sidelined for the past few years as she focused on family.

She has a painting up for auction to benefit the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. (That's it above. Just click it for a better look.) If you haven't been there, go if you get a chance.There is so much to see and contemplate, admittedly a lot of it I "don't get," but I still gain from taking it in.

If you have an art lover in your life, please refer them to www.moca.org/auction, and look up Michelle's painting, titled "Bottoms Up" from last year. It is an oil-and-pencil work, and it makes me giggle, which is a form of art appreciation, right?

The paintings are donated and auctioned to raise proceeds for the museum. Take a look at Michelle's and the dozens of other creations on the site. Its almost as fun as a an actual trip to the museum.