i paint i write

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Pamela Hodges

Hello. Welcome to i paint i write.

My name is Pamela, not Pam. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

I write about my life: my past, my present and my future.  If I my life is a pizza, then my writing is a daily slice. Some of the pieces only have cheese on them, and some have pepperoni and black olives.

Now why would you want to read me every day? Read a few reasons here.

 Pamela is one of my favorite writers, funny as all get out, but always with a profoundly honest message.

Kathleen Caron – {full of life}


I love your stories even though I don’t read the same books as you!

Love from Mom


I so enjoy reading Pamela’s folksy, quirky words. Her writing is honest and brave and beautifully blunt. I paint I write has been a gem of a find.
Janelle Ross – My Men and Me


Steven Pressfield, the author of, The War of Art, said,

A writer is a writer when he says he is.

– Steven Pressfield

Sometimes I have to go and stand in front of a mirror and say it to myself. “Hey Pamela, you are what you say you are. Now say it.” Then I say to my reflection, “I am a writer. I am an artist.”

I started  this blog on January 1st, 2012 because I wanted to fight the desire to be perfect.

I have kept writing because I want to:

1. Find meaning in washing dishes every day.
2.  Heal from past hurts by exposing them to the light.
3.  Share my struggles  to help others.
4. Writing is fun.
5. If I am writing, I don’t have to clean out the basement.


Legal Disclaimer

What I write is my opinion. I am not a doctor or a licensed therapist. Please be careful when you try and cross the street. Always look both ways, and wear a bike helmet. If you want to take an excerpt from my writing please contact me via email. Please feel free to link to any of my posts.  Like Seth Godin said, “The law of linking is that you never need to ask.”


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62 Random Things About Me

1. I was born in 1958. In Canada.
2. I cut off all my curls when I was four years old.
3. I cut my husband’s hair.
4. I won a hairy leg contest in college. Against all men.
5. I have one brother.
6. I had a cat named Blacky when I was a child. He was all black.
7.I have four cats. Pooh, Charlie, Nepeta and JR.
8. I am the typist for Pooh. He blogs at www.thecatwhowrites.com
9. I was Snoopy in Your A Good Man Charlie Brown in 1975
10. My father taught me how to skin animals.
11. My first job was skinning animals. For my father.
12. I shot and skinned a bear.
13. I travelled on the Saskatchewan River for a week in a riverboat.
14. I blog every Tuesday at TwoWritingTeachers.wordpress.com
15. My favorite book is the Bible.
16. My favorite name is William.
17. My dad’s name was William. He died in 1998.
18.  I have my father’s moosehide jacket. Indians made it.
19. I don’t eat sugar. At all.
20. I get really crabby if I eat sugar. So I don’t.
21. I am teaching my daughter now to drive.
22. I love TED talks.
23. I am 5 feet and 3/4 inches tall. Literally.
24. I lie and say I am 5 feet 7 inches tall.
25. I don’t like to wear dresses.
26. My favorite restaurant is Chipotle.
27. I like to wash dishes.
28. I wash my dishes with Joy soap.
29. I met my husband in Japan.
30. I like to walk.
31. I don’t like to run.
32. I have three children. One husband.
33. I lived on Kibbutz Reshafim in Israel in 1978.
34. I hitchhiked through Israel in 1978.
35. I don’t like flying.  But I fly.
36. I almost always order a Chicken Caesar salad at restaurants.
37. I was a Market Goat Leader for Felton 4-H in Felton California.
38. I came in sixth for Market Goat showmanship. There were six entrants.
39. I was Project Leader for The Road Kill Project. I taught how to skin animals. (see #10)
40. I can not sing. But I sing loudly.
41. I like to draw cartoons.
42. I don’t have a favorite movie.
43. My father is my favorite poet.
44. I like Superman.
45. I took the Tribe Writers course.
46. I was in love with Doug in grade 2. I spelt his name Dug.
47. I was President of my high school in 1976.
48. I miss my mom. She lives in Canada.
49. I graduated from the Alberta College Of Art in 1983 with a diploma in Photography.
50. I did the degree completion program and graduated with a BA in photography in 1983.
51. I moved to Japan in 1983. I lived there for seven years.
52. I went to Morocco on a photography assignment.
53. I had a photography exhibit at the Poloraid Gallery in Tokyo in 1988.
54. I worked for Marie Claire and Elle taking portraits, and doing fashion photography.
55. I have lived in the Yukon, Saskatchewan and Alberta in Canada.
56. I have lived in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania in The United States.
57. I love to eat butter, with popcorn.
58. I don’t like to watch television.
59. I don’t like math.
60. I wrote about how to draw an egg.
1. I paint large paintings of cats.
62. I had skin cancer last year.


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About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

You are an artist. Yes, you are. Really.

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