“I really believe the universe rewards the courageous.”
“I really believe the universe rewards the courageous.”
Daily drawing prompt:
I’ve noticed that people keep secret stuff in shoeboxes: valuables, vices and momentos.
“All sadness is a tantrum.”
It is a war with what is (reality).
I used to read Highlights Magazine from cover to cover as a kid. I loved the stories, the nature articles, the riddles and, of course, Goofus and Gallant. I was heartened to read the CEO’s plea of humanity in his letter to the public lately. Indeed, we need to separate politics from “human decency”:
“As a company that helps children become their best selves—curious, creative, caring, and confident—we want kids to understand the importance of having moral courage. Moral courage means standing up for what we believe is right, honest, and ethical—even when it is hard.
Our company’s core belief, stated each month in Highlights magazine, is that ‘Children are the world’s most important people.’ This is a belief about ALL children.
With this core belief in our minds and hearts, we denounce the practice of separating immigrant children from their families and urge our government to cease this activity, which is unconscionable and causes irreparable damage to young lives.
This is not a political statement about immigration policy. This is a statement about human decency, plain and simple. This is a plea for recognition that these are not simply the children of strangers for whom others are accountable. This is an appeal to elevate the inalienable right of all children to feel safe and to have the opportunity to become their best selves.
We invite you—regardless of your political leanings—to join us in speaking out against family separation and to call for more humane treatment of immigrant children currently being held in detention facilities. Write, call, or email your government representatives.
Let our children draw strength and inspiration from our collective display of moral courage. They are watching.”
Kent Johnson, CEO
*20 Ways to Draw Everything
They sound like percussion for Tuvan throat singers.
On June 24, a news article described the first ever recorded video of the giant squid in U.S. waters. You can read the article here: www.sciencealert.com
“I don’t like to judge…until someone says ‘libarry’ and then I do. The place with all the words? You know what word is not there? Libarry.”
Today marks 22 years since we said, “I do.”
My mom used to work as an Avon lady and at the Macy’s cosmetic counter. My parents don’t throw much away, so they have many cologne bottles in the house: some broken, some empty. I like to draw them and study the text, logos and bottle shapes.
“There is a huge amount of freedom that comes to you when you take nothing personally.”
Don Miguel Ruiz, The Four Agreements
Fortunately for serious minds, a bias recognized is a bias sterilized.
Benjamin Haydon, British painter (1786-1846)
I found this graffiti in the back of a building in a small parking lot near ASU-Tempe. The shadow and detail work are amazing.
“To “retire” means to me to begin to die. The man who works and is never bored is never old. Work and interest in worthwhile things are the best remedy for age.”
“…Casals argues, we renew ourselves through purposeful work. (He) lived and worked for another four years, dying eight weeks before his ninety-seventh birthday.”
Dropping ink on wet watercolor paper creates a “tie-dye” effect. I like it. However, I found myself trying to manipulate the result into solid rounds for my flowers. Trying new things reveals my tendencies to myself and gives me an opportunity for reflection. I’m going to do it again and not take a brush to it at all…and see what happens. I find that I prefer using lighter ink colors so that the pen can show through more clearly.
“Fifteen minutes of fun exercise each day is the equivalent of one anti-depressant.”
Shawn Achor, The Happiness Advantage
It’s on Amazon.
People ask me why I don’t market it more and try to maximize sales. At this point, I’m not trying to make profits or “become known.” I’m honing my craft and still learning a lot about art and writing.
My goal right now is to make meaningful work in my own voice and to do better with each project.
I’ve adopted Seth Godin’s philosophy (and James Altucher’s ideology) of “choosing myself” and that’s why I’ve chosen self-publishing.
Her hips are giving her trouble.
These are the words I’ve been fighting for: “Print Previewer didn’t find any issues that will prevent you from submitting your book for publication.”
I’ve been working on this intermittently for a week. Trying to learn Adobe Photoshop just to get the cover done. I didn’t have to use Photoshop for “Esther” although I do recall having a challenging time with the cover page. I’m learning the benefits and downfalls of linking layers vs. grouping themin Photoshop. This is much more than I ever thought I needed to know when self-publishing, but it’s interesting and pretty fun.
Just ordered a proof. After I’ve received it and checked it over, it’s publishing time!
“The thing that will give you your body and nervous system back is physical exercise. I can’t stress it enough. That’s how I got my body and nervous system back. You have to go to boot camp. It makes you feel better. It’s the only thing that does. Eventually, it scours the devil out of you.“
James Taylor on his addiction to heroin and alcohol
Old photos of my daughter with someone else’s puppy.
“Carlos and Minji accepted his apology and they all were friends once again.” p. 36 of Kevin the Complainer
I considered using the one below, but it doesn’t fit the character properly.
Publishing date (Target): June 7th, 2019.
In the silence that followed, Kevin felt calmer. Lily’s reaction (or, rather, lack of reaction) to his complaints gave him space to think.
She left a lot of space.
And he realized that he just might be wrong.
Kevin muttered, “I knew this was going to be a bad day.”
“Kevin felt something in his chameleon gut. It felt all wrong.”
“Public School Teacher Attrition and Mobility in the First Five Years,” found that 10 percent of new teachers in 2007-08 didn’t return the following year, increasing cumulatively to 12 percent in year three, 15 percent in year four and 17 percent in the fifth year. The totals include teachers who were let go and subsequently didn’t find a job teaching in another district.
“Two important findings support what NEA has advocated for a long time. That high-quality mentors and competitive salaries make a difference in keeping teachers,” said Segun Eubanks, director for Teacher Quality at the National Education Association.
Data from edsource.org
Your path is your character defining itself more and more everyday like a photograph coming into focus.”
We don’t need fixing, we need loving.
Kris Carr, cancer thriver, on self-care
If it takes a lab to make it, it takes a lab to break it down.
Kris Carr, cancer thriver, on nutrition
Dad passed away three days before he turned 78. He was loved dearly and he knew it.