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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 […]

Where did The Last Supper plate at the thrift store come from?

In the middle of a stack of decorative commemorative plates at the thrift store was a plate of The Last Supper. I put the plate on top of the stack and took a photograph.  I didn’t turn the plate over. I was content to just take a photograph. A plate of The Last Supper was […]

I am sorry I burnt the bacon again

I am sorry I burnt the bacon again. I wasn’t paying attention. The pan was too hot and I burnt the bacon. Will you forgive me? I am sorry. Wil you forgive me? I am sorry I burnt the bacon. Will you forgive me? “Forgiveness is the final form of love.” ― Reinhold Niebuhr Making […]