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Battle The False Belief That You Can’t Draw

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“This book looks simple but it will kick your butt.”

—Steven Pressfield // Best-selling Author, The War of Art

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Do you ever stare at what someone else made? Do you notice the attention they get? And, you want the attention. You want someone to notice you, you want the applause, the “Good job, Bob.” The, “Come to the front of the classroom and show your drawing Anne.” So, you copy what they did, you […]

Would you pay 15 dollars for a 5 dollar hair-cut?

Yes, I know, I should have asked how much they would charge me to shave the back of my neck. Just because the hair cutting place I usually go to charges me five dollars doesn’t mean everyone else will. I had a few hours free after I dropped my daughter off at an appointment. So why […]

Have you ever felt like a broken sewing machine, a tangled mess of thread?

The sewing machine kept breaking. The thread got caught under the fabric and the needle stopped moving. I followed all of the directions according to the manual. The thread was threaded properly, the needle was new, the bobbin was placed in the bobbin holder with the thread facing the right direction. The sewing machine would sew […]

I am a lying, sneaking, ice-cream eating in secret, mother who yells


Well, maybe I am not a liar. Maybe I didn’t lie. But I never told my children, or my husband, there were Klondike bars in the basement freezer either. I had bought the six count of the Original Klondike bars several weeks ago for my oldest daughter.

And I forgot to tell her, and then she moved out. And then I forgot about the ice-cream bars.

Taking Jeff Goins Potty Train Your Passion Challenge #ptypc

Last weekend I didn’t pick any weeds. The flower beds in the front of the house were neglected because I took up Jeff Goins  Potty Train Your Passion Challenge (#PTYPC). I have to learn a new skill and get paid for it in 48 hours. I will be painting original water color drawings and making prints to […]

My cat died, bravery, and advice from Winnie the Pooh


The last time I wrote was the last day in March. I wanted to see you be brave. Yes, I did. I wanted you to be brave. I wrote about being brave like I had it all figured out myself.

And the next day my cat, Pooh Hodges, died.

“I want to see you be brave.” An encouraging word from Sarah Bareilles

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A few days ago, as I was driving home from the grocery store, I heard a song on the radio. I recognized the melody, but I had never really listened to the words before. The woman kept singing, “I want to see you be brave,”  And as I listened to her tell me over and […]

The first robin of Spring

    Today  I saw a robin. robin The first Robin of spring. spring And my first thought was, I have to call my dad and tell him. him For a split second my dad was still alive. alive And then I remembered. remembered My dad is dead. dead He died in March. March Seventeen years ago. ago […]

Stop drinking coffee even when your mother wants you to

I was going to quit drinking coffee. Until my mother suggested I quit. Because my mother thought I should stop drinking coffee, I went out that same day and had a cup of coffee. Don’t tell me what to do.  Last night I stayed awake until 2:30 this morning. I drank coffee late in the afternoon and […]

Don’t let an overflowing toilet keep you from painting or writing or reading or …

This afternoon I ignored  the dirty dishes on the counter. And I ignored the clean dishes in the dishwasher. And I ignored the dog and cat hair on the staircase. They were yelling at me. “Clean me! Put me away!” I ignored their demands and went downstairs to paint. At the bottom of the stairs […]