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Leave room in your day for joy and flowers

This year I wasn’t going to plant flowers in the flower beds in the front yard. This growing season I was only going to work on my writing and painting. There was no time in my day to plant flower seeds.   I forgot about flowers until I went to the hardware store to buy […]

Blowing birthday kisses to my mom

Today is my mother’s birthday. I woke up with the sun, hoping to see the shadow of the moon from last night. “Moon, will you take my birthday kisses to my mom?” It is raining. I can’t see the moon. The moon can’t see me. Maybe a rain cloud can deliver my kisses? My mom […]

An early morning walk to remember to breathe

This morning Annie and I went for a walk. We watched the sun come up. Somehow, I forgot how to breathe. The slow kind of breathing, where you are not worried about a deadline. The kind of breathing where you have time to walk your dog and watch the sun come up. We left the […]

How to overcome the stupid comments people make about your art

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In 2002, on a hot day in July,  I drove from my home, on 719 East Jessamine Avenue, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, to the Fine Art Building at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on 1265 Snelling Avenue in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I was driving to the art building to drop off a painting I was going […]

When your life is like a radish seed that was planted too close together

The radish seeds that we planted two weeks ago have sprouted. The seeds were planted too close together. If the seedlings aren’t thinned out the radishes won’t have any room to grow. When your life is like a radish seed that was planted too close together. Each radish seed has the potential to grow into a […]

How to water a dream like you water a sugar snap pea seed

A few weeks ago I planted sugar snap pea seeds in the front yard. Every day I go outside to see if the seeds have sprouted. The information on the package said we could harvest the peas in sixty-five days. Our dreams need water just like the sugar snap peas do. Then I realized we won’t […]

Dear Mother on the highway texting with your baby in the back-seat

The black car almost side-swiped me. The tires of the black four-door sedan crossed the orange line and they were partially in my lane. Dear Mother on the highway texting with your baby in the backseat, put down your phone. Dear Mother, I saw you today, 2:38 PM, on Highway 422 West. You were driving […]

What did you eat for breakfast today?

This morning I ate sardines and peas. And, not just any sardines and peas. The sardines are Season brand imported Sardines, skinless and boneless with a new easy open lid. The peas are organic from Watt’s Brothers farms. 24% of one serving of peas has   6 grams of dietary fiber. What did you eat […]

The #1 reason why it’s bad to procrastinate

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Late at night, like, at the last-minute, I write my story for a writing challenge I’m in. Write a slice of life story every day in March. Tonight I sat down to write, and then it happened. The #1 reason why it’s bad to procrastinate.   Can you guess the #1 reason why it’s bad […]

On pets, death and remembering

Harper, my cat, sat in my lap today when I was writing a review of  two Fleischer animations: Tantalizing Fly, 1919; and Betty Boop’s Kerchoo, 1932, for my animation class, Art 238 Animation 1. Harper placed her paw on top of my hand and fell asleep. She reminded me of Pooh, Pooh Hodges, the cat […]