Thursday, March 27, 2008

About Sabina Miller

Sabina Albertine Miller was born in a little house on the Oak Alley Plantation property. Dr. Campbell made house calls in those days–no doubt. Currently, that little house is a bed and breakfast.

In 1985 Sabina served as an extra in the re-make of “The Long Hot Summer.” You can see her in that movie serving coffee to Cybill Sheppard. Sabina comments, “It was interesting to go back to the place of my birth.”

Sabina’s mother, Albertine Lewis, was born and raised at the neighboring St. Joe Plantation. Her ancestors are a mixture of American Indian and African-American. Her father, John Joseph Miller, was raised in an ostracized Creole family whose grandfather migrated from France and settled along the river road near Donaldsonville, LA. Jean Louis Abadie fell in love with and married a Negro woman. My father’s childhood friends were folks like Chef John Folse and his brother Jerry Folse.

Sabina has seven siblings: John David, Benedict Dean, Monica Juliana, Lorus Lambert, Gilbert Horatio, and Hilary Lancelot. She has been married twice. First, to a Sicilian immigrant and second to an Egyptian. She has three children: Jon-Josef Palermo, Blake Antonino, and Martine Gabriella. Currently divorced, Sabina spends much of her time devoted to making a positive change in her life and the lives of many others. Her present pursuit includes: A Master’s degree, serving as the Louisiana State Representative for the Medical Health Network’ free medical Health Wallboards Program, Sales Executive for the Winestein Company, Contemporary Artist (coining the term “MARDI ART”; look for the website soon), volunteer at the New Orleans Museum of Art, singer, and developer of a personalized love songs company (also to be online soon).

Sabina’s ultimate goal is to have a comprehensive business inclusive of songs, artwork, and lifestyle habits that will help to save the planet. Sabina expresses her feelings on the matter as such: “Mother Earth is sad and Mother Nature is mad. Father time is watchful and Brother wind is a little hyper these days.”

Finally, Sabina passionately feels that the best way to reach as many people as possible is via any medium that transcends all barriers of life and cultures. That medium is art in song, painting, and poetry.


“Nothing good comes easily.”

“Beware of people and things that drain your energy - Let go of them because you cannot give from an empty cup and they will drain yours if you let them. But never forget to pray for them.”

Favorite Written Work

The Desiderata by Max Ehrmann, cir. 1920s:

Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember what peace there may be in silence.
As far as possible, without surrender, be on good terms with all persons. Speak your truth quietly and clearly; and listen to others, even to the dull and the ignorant; they too have their story. Avoid loud and aggressive persons; they are vexatious to the spirit.
If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain or bitter, for always there will be greater and lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time.
Exercise caution in your business affairs, for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals, and everywhere life is full of heroism. Be yourself. Especially do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love, for in the face of all aridity and disenchantment, it is as perennial as the grass.
Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with dark imaginings. Many fears are born of fatigue and loneliness.
Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with yourself. You are a child of the universe no less than the trees and the stars; you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should.
Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be. And whatever your labors and aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life, keep peace in your soul.
With all its sham, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.


Mardi Art

Mardi Art is a term applied by artist Sabina Miller to art that was originally conceived on a Tuesday.

The art is totally current events apropos the world, Hurricane Katrina, nature, global warming, and basic instinctual behavior of all animals (including monsieur homo sapien). It is exotic, humorous, and thought-provoking in nature.

Sabina welcomes individual interpretation of her work because the hope here is that possibilities are unlimited in nature.

Individualized Love Songs

Wall Boards