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Live boldly, laugh and make art

Did someone say, “You can’t draw”? They are wrong.

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You don’t need permission to wear yellow shoes

I fell in love with the yellow Chuck Taylor, All Star, Rubber high top shoes the minute I saw them in the store. Pure, bright, intense yellow. The yellow of crayons and sunshine. They looked so happy on my feet when I tried them on.

But I didn’t buy them.

How to finish a project — a lesson from a black spider

Do you have trouble finishing what you start? Do you have ten million unfinished projects on your dining room table, on the floor in the kitchen, under your bed, in the attic, in boxes in the basement, in the attic, and on the back seat of your car?

A black spider taught me how to finish a project.

Would you like to #kick sugar with me and Teresa?


Do you sneak food while your family is asleep? Do you hide food? Do you dream about food? Does food bring you comfort in a cold cruel world?
Would you like to kick sugar?

Did you forget you are wonderful?

When you look in the mirror what do you think? Do you think, Wonderful? Do you think, I am worthy. I am loved, or are the words you use negative? How would you describe yourself?

Be careful how you hold a paper bag full of tomatoes

I was holding the top of the brown paper lunch bag of garden tomatoes with my left hand as I opened the front door.
The bag ripped and the tomatoes fell.

What if Andy Warhol had spent his life trying to improve his D in Trigonometry and never made art?

Andy Warhol got a D in Trigonometry when he graduated from Schenley High School, in Pittsburg Pennsylvania, on June 18th, 1945.

He got an AAAA in Art. D is passing. An A is outstanding. Andy got four A’s. He was outstanding, outstanding, outstanding, outstanding

If Jimmy Fallon almost lost his finger, I might lose mine too

If Jimmy Fallon tells you, “Don’t google ring avulsion,” listen to him. Of course I didn’t listen. As soon as I watched the video of him explaining why he was in the ICU for ten days, I googled “ring avulsion.”

Jimmy didn’t tell me why I shouldn’t look. And I hate being told not to do something.

23 truths every victim of child molestation needs to know


Did you find my blog because you searched, “stories of child molestation graphic?” In .34 seconds you were given over three million results on Google. My story is on the top of the list.

How do I know you searched for graphic stories of child molestation? Because you found my blog, and I have a record of what you searched.

There is more than one way to skin a cat or fix a mailbox

My father said, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” And, he was right. There is. You could pull off the skin like a sock, or you could cut down the center line on the stomach with a sharp knife and take off the skin like a coat. There is always more than one […]

be original

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 […]