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Would you like to learn how to draw?

When I walked out of Costco with my receipt I asked Mike, standing at the exit checking receipts, if he would draw a smiley face on my receipt. He said, “I can’t draw. I failed drawing.” Mike hesitated to draw a simple smiley face because he thought he couldn’t draw. He didn’t believe in himself. I […]

Where is my father?

Where is my father? He died on March 17th, 1998. He was cremated and put in an urn. His wife, who is not my mother, has his ashes. After he died she took his dog to the veterinarian and had it put down, had a yard sale without telling me and my brother, sold the […]

Finding hope while digging up a root ball

Last fall I cut all of the branches off of a holly bush that the previous owners had planted on the corner of the house. It had grown too big, and I wanted to take it out and plant flowers instead. The ground was hard. I couldn’t get the shovel to break the ground. I […]

I broke my finger and learned two valuable lessons

I broke the ring finger on my right hand at 7:15 p.m., Saturday, April 22nd. The dog leash wrapped around the ring finger of my right hand as I was putting Annie, our Golden Retriever in the back of the van. She jumped out of the van before I could close the van door, or […]

Do life afraid – facing fear in a two hour drive to Hoboken

In 1983, I flew on a one-way ticket to Bangkok, with a layover in Tokyo. I got off the plane at Narita Airport, took the train into Tokyo, and stayed for seven years working as a photographer. In 1978, I hitchhiked in occupied territory in the south of Israel with a woman I met weeding […]

Who are you as an artist? Create a self-portrait.

Who are you? Who are you as an artist? Please don’t ask me how I see you, because what I think doesn’t matter. I have an opinion, but my opinion is clouded by where I went to school, where I grew up, and what I like to eat for breakfast. If you ask someone else […]

Why artist’s need to believe in themselves

Last week I saw on a friend’s  facebook post that the Freyberger Gallery at Penn State Berks was taking art submissions for a gallery exhibit. They took submissions that Saturday, and were open for one more day, the following Monday, to take in art. It was a juried show, which means, they don’t hang all […]

Do you like your nose? And why it matters.

Do you like your nose? Yes, your nose. It is in the middle of your face and you see it every day when you look in the mirror. Some people have small dainty noses, and other people have noses that are wider and round at the end. Why does it matter if you like your […]

How to find Joy when you run out

When I went to hand-wash my dishes, all three bottles of Joy dishwasher liquid were empty. There was no joy in my house. I had run out of Joy to wash my dishes; I had run out of joy to smile. My friend’s name is Joy. Several years ago I promised to pray for her […]

What would your life be like if you started doing all the things you are afraid to do?

On page 301 of James Altucher’s book Reinvent Yourself, in the section, The 20 things I learned from Larry Paige, James asks the question, “I wonder what my life would be like if I started doing all the things I’m afraid to do.”   The sentence, “I wonder what my life would be like if […]