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“I want to see you be brave.” An encouraging word from Sarah Bareilles

A few days ago, as I was driving home from the grocery store, I heard a song on the radio. I recognized the melody, but I had never really listened to the words before. The woman kept singing, “I want to see you be brave,”  And as I listened to her tell me over and […]

The first robin of Spring

    Today  I saw a robin. robin The first Robin of spring. spring And my first thought was, I have to call my dad and tell him. him For a split second my dad was still alive. alive And then I remembered. remembered My dad is dead. dead He died in March. March Seventeen years ago. ago […]

Stop drinking coffee even when your mother wants you to

I was going to quit drinking coffee. Until my mother suggested I quit. Because my mother thought I should stop drinking coffee, I went out that same day and had a cup of coffee. Don’t tell me what to do.  Last night I stayed awake until 2:30 this morning. I drank coffee late in the afternoon and […]

Don’t let an overflowing toilet keep you from painting or writing or reading or …

This afternoon I ignored  the dirty dishes on the counter. And I ignored the clean dishes in the dishwasher. And I ignored the dog and cat hair on the staircase. They were yelling at me. “Clean me! Put me away!” I ignored their demands and went downstairs to paint. At the bottom of the stairs […]

You can’t edit a story you never wrote

Do you have books on how to submit manuscripts to an agent? Do you have books on how to write? Do you have your outfit picked out to wear to your book launch party? Do you spend more time reading books about writing than actually writing?

Thinking of Angel Food Cake and Batman on my brother’s birthday

It has been years since I sang “Happy Birthday to you,” to my brother’s face, and years since I carried his Angel food birthday cake to him on a TV tray from the kitchen to the living room at five o’clock on Avenue K in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. I left home when I was nineteen […]

Don’t die with your stories and your paintings still inside of you

When we die we leave behind; the milk in the refrigerator that expires in three days, our dirty laundry, the bed we slept in, our hair brush, the people we love and the stories we have told.

Don’t die with your stories and your paintings still inside of you.

How to deal with the haters and the one star reviews

One my desk is a book I have written; I am drawing cartoons for it, and formalizing the details to publish the book later this year. And, some days I just look at the book and don’t work on it, because I worry that someone might not like it.   Don’t pay attention to the […]

Encouragement is everything, even if it’s from a pink ice-cream cone

I have a pink ice-cream cone by Marc Johns on my bulletin board. Every day I look at my pink ice-cream cone, and every day she says the same thing, “You can do it.”

Some days I believe her. And some days I don’t.

The 2 worst parenting mistakes you can make

Now, as a parent, you may have your own idea about the two worst parenting mistakes you can make. Or perhaps you are perfect, and don’t make any parenting mistakes. However, please consider these questions; Who cleans the frying pan?  Do your children’s board books need to be in alphabetical order? Is a bed really made if there are […]