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How my stuck Christmas tree showed me we have to let go of our past to move forward

The fully decorated Christmas Tree was stuck in the hallway between the front door and the kitchen. I was dragging it by the branches from the front room to the family room in the back of the house. The tree was easy to move until it got stuck.

My stuck Christmas tree showed me we have to let go of our past to move forward.

Don’t think about making art, just get it done

Once you are dead you are dead.

So while you are alive. Make art. When you finish one painting, sign it, frame it, hang it. Then make another one.

Don’t think about making art, just get it done.

Are you willing to show the world who you are?

My daughter and I saw the movie, Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. In the movie, the mom tried to encourage her daughter after she was escorted off the stage in the middle of a school play, by saying, “You were willing to show the world who you are.”

Do you paint your house when you want to avoid a project?

This week I was supposed to format a book I wrote, “The Artist’s Manifesto,” for Create Space. It will be for sale on Amazon soon. When is soon? I don’t know because I haven’t formatted the book yet. I opened Create Space and started to create the file for Amazon. Then I thought. Hmm, this […]

Do not hand-wash all your dishes when the dishwasher breaks

The start button on my dishwasher broke. Yes, it did. “When did I buy it?” you ask.

You are so kind to ask. It was purchased on January 27th, 2014. Yes, you are right. I am very lucky it broke within the one year warranty.

The full load of dirty dishes has been emptied and all of my dirty dishes are in the sink and on the counter. My family and I keep taking clean plates and cups our of the cupboard to use. And, every single plate, glass,bowl, cup, spoon, fork, knife, pot, mixing bowl, and frying pan is dirty.

If you were a pair of shoes what would you be?

My husband and I were invited to a reception for a new office building. We were in the car and almost out of our development, on our way to the reception, when I said, “I am having a lot of anxiety.

He asked me, “Do you want to go?”

Good-bye lime-green jacket and pink polka-dot skirt. Good-bye.

It is time to say good-bye. It is time to say good-bye to my lime-green jacket and my pink polka-dot skirt. Why you ask? It is a long story. But.

The story has a happy ending.


I care for you.

But how do I show you? I care for you by washing your sheets and sweeping the floor in your room, carrying your dirty dishes, dried chicken bones, bread crusts, to the kitchen.

Smile at someone today and chase away their tears

This morning I stood in line to buy an extra-large latte in the basement of a hospital. Nurses, doctors, friends, family members of patients waiting to buy coffee. The barista was wearing a plaid shirt over a white t-shirt. Hanging down the front of his t-shirt was an ornate cross, brown on a long chain. His brown hair was short. He was wearing a smile.

After he handed me my coffee and I handed him four dollars, he looked past me and started to take the next order. I asked him, ” Excuse me, may I please have cold milk added to it.”

How old is old?

Will you please tell me how many candles are on your cake? Or is it a secret?

At what age do you stop telling how old you are? When do you decide you are old enough?

“I am old enough, thank you very much.”

And if you really don’t want to get older what age would you choose to stop at? When your children were in diapers? When you were thirty and lived in the small apartment? Or do you stop before you add a zero?