My Family Is Very Extended

This entry is part 2 of 12 in the series Green Cycle Notebook

My family is very extended. I just moved into my first house. First, my mother and father got divorced when I was about 5. My dad remarried a Mexican woman with a daughter from her previous marriage. I stayed in Oak Park till the 4th grade. I moved to Morris Partly because my mother started the Gebhard Woods Dulcimer Festival and partly because she had a boyfriend in Bloomington. They broke up and my mom had other “Friends”. Last year she met a man from England he was over for a job in Bell Labs. He liked folk music and that’s how they met. They got married a few months ago, and now as I said before I have an international family. By the way, Rob, (my stepfather) has two kids David and Hazel both are a pain in the ass. They constantly fight. Hazel broke a window and David broke an antique vase in the time they have been over. They’re leaving in two days. Thank God.

08 24 1993 Pete Ippel Preblog
08 24 1993 Pete Ippel Preblog
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Pete Ippel, the son of a dancer and a musician, was born in Oak Park, Illinois and has been surrounded by the arts since birth. He moved to Morris, Illinois in 1989 and started to participate in athletics rather than dance. After high school, Pete attended Cornell University where he received a BA in psychology and a BFA in photo / digital art making. He continued to follow his sporting dreams in the high jump, which culminated in a school record leap of 7 feet 1/2 inch in 2001. In May 2004 he attained an MFA degree in the New Genres department of the San Francisco Art Institute. Presently Pete is a practicing artist whose work is in numerous private collections and has been exhibited in New York, California, and internationally. Mr. Ippel resides in Working Artists Ventura, a sustainable artist community in southern California. In addition, he teaches art, is a web developer, an active blogger, and still high jumps from time to time. As a passionate problem solver and a pragmatic optimist, Pete’s art and his life are full of exciting challenges.

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