Day & Night – Yin & Yang – Sonja & Michelle

Hey, thanks for checking in with Project Give Thanks and me.  Surviving breast cancer is one of the many things I’ve experienced in the last 53 years.  I’ve also grown two beautiful children, Sarah & David, and helped raise my grandson, Bodhi.  My passions are people, plants and music.

My sister is the famous (sometimes infamous) artist Michelle Zindorf.  I’m just kidding, she’s a totally good egg.   But, it’s my privilege as the oldest to jerk her chain every now and then.  Being the oldest must have some rewards to make up for the “old age” jokes one endures.

While Michelle is the artist who makes radically awesome cards, pastels and water colors; I’m the writer who fills cards, journals and blog pages; the one who spent several teenage years locked in her bedroom writing cool & groovy poetry from under overgrown shaggy blonde bangs.

Lately, I’ve admired Michelle’s wonderful art community and watched for a way to join in.  I’m not a stamper.  In fact, on my first attempt at stamping it took me almost an hour to stamp three bees (in a straight line!) and Michelle is still laughing!  Finally, through PGT, I can connect with card-artists.  They are generous and fun loving people and I am confident they will help support Cancer Survivors by supplying beautiful handmade cards.  Just watch!

There are so many possibilities for people to connect, communicate and support one another.  I hope that this humble project will do all of that and more.  I Give Thanks for your interest and support.

Hugs, Sonja

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  1. Lynn March 11, 2011 at 10:56 pm #

    I found the link to this blog on Michelle’s (which I receive daily in my emails). I am so touched by this project! I too am the oldest (6 kids), and am a cancer surviver (20 years). Like most long-time stampers, I have accumulated lots of extra cards, and can’t think of a better cause to send them to. Lynn

    • Sonja Knaisch March 24, 2011 at 12:54 am #

      Hi Lynn,

      Boy do I love hearing 20 year cancer survivor stories – it gives me hope! Thanks in advance for sending cards. Everyone will appreciate it.

      Hugs, Sonja

  2. Ellen Adams August 22, 2011 at 5:14 pm #

    Sonja –

    I am also a cancer survivor, and a stamper, and saw your story and read about your project through your sister’s daily emails. I was fortunate that I did not need to go through chemotherapy however I did experience the overwhelming support of my family, friends and church family throughout my ordeal. I have decided that I am going to try to start a PGT here in Frederick, MD. I’m working with my Stamping Up distributor to help get the word out. Now I just have to find the center that would like to be the recipient of these beautiful cards. I’ll let you know how it goes.


  3. Kate Van Daele January 9, 2015 at 3:11 pm #

    Hi Sonja! I tried emailing you at the email address that you gave me but I must have written it down wrong as it bounced. Can you send me your email and I will send you the details for the gala and the conference. Thanks for your help and for being in the gala!


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