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The toys come alive again, midnight November 30th #toycember

There is magic in the imagination. My plastic toys come alive in December. Ever since 2012 when I brought them home from Target, at midnight on November 30th, the elephant, giraffe, lion, cheetah and tiger come alive and wreak havoc in my home. “Everything you can imagine is real.” ― Pablo Picasso   The toys have wrapped my table in […]

A Thanksgiving memory from November 23rd, 1978, on the island of Corfu, Greece

It is the night before Thanksgiving, and I am reading my journal from 1978. I wanted to see if I had written anything about a memory I have from Thanksgiving night, November 23rd, 1978, on the island of Corfu, Greece.   There were no notes about Thanksgiving. My only notes from that day are: November 23/78 […]

My favorite pens and paper to make a coloring book

Right now I am in the middle of drawing thirty-seven cats for a cat coloring book. Color The Cats: 37 Cat Coloring Pages to Calm The Spirit. It is coming out on Amazon the beginning of December.

I want to share my favorite pens and paper with you.

Lets cover 1 year old Ryder The Fighters Hospital walls with Christmas Cards and Drawings

Let’s cover Ryder’s hospital walls with Birthday Cards, Christmas Cards and drawings. His birthday is December 25th! He is battling cancer at Texas Children’s hospital.

The Costco Smiley Face Manifesto


When my children were little — little as in small enough to sit in the front basket of the cart in Costco — the Costco employee at the exit door always drew a smiley face on the back of the receipt. It has been years since I thought about the hand drawn smiley face on the […]

B-HAPPYY, a thoughtful message from a license plate

It was raining hard today as I drove north on Highway 100. I wasn’t thinking if I was happy or sad or angry or fearful, I just was driving, just living. Breathing in and out. Sort of neutral. I was not smiling. Then the license plate on the Black Buick Enclave in front of me […]

Today is someday —right Roy Miller, or Tom Cruise, or Patrick O’Neill?


“Someday” always feels like it will be tomorrow. “Tomorrow I will work on that project.” But then, tomorrow is your birthday, and you realize another year has gone by and you didn’t do any work on your project. My birthday was a few days ago. I don’t feel older, each day slipped into the next, and […]

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?