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About Pamela

Hi, My name is Pamela. Thank you for coming over to say hello. 🙂

You are an artist, and you can draw, even if you think you can’t. Let me show you how.

I write about art and creativity when I am not feeding my six cats or cleaning my seven litter boxes.

Please don’t hesitate to comment on the posts or drop me a line. I love to hear from you. [email protected]
And I would love to give you my sort of a comic book, “You Are An Artist.”

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Let me encourage you with stories about art, creativity and everyday life with cat barf and seven litter boxes.

 I promise to never give your email address to my cat. 

I will send you my stories right to your e-mail, and I will send you a free copy of You Are An Artist: You Can Draw. 


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

Pamela Hodges takes everyday moments and objects and makes them magical. Joe Bunting — The Write Practice


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


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

I started  this blog on January 1st, 2012 because I wanted to fight the desire to be perfect. And isn’t that what life is about? Living it imperfectly?

If you would like to join a community of creative people living imperfectly, please join. I would love to meet you.


A little bit about me written in the third person.

Pamela Fernuik Hodges attended the Alberta College of Art & Design in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, where she studied photography. After four years at ACAD, she flew to Tokyo, Japan on a one-way ticket to Bangkok, Thailand.   She had a small portfolio of black and white 8 by 10’s stuffed into her small  backpack, and a 35 ml. camera.

She lived in Tokyo for seven years working as a fashion photographer for a variety of clients including Marie Claire, Elle, Chase Manhattan Bank, Cresson and Men’s Bigi. She worked on location for fashion catalogs in Paris, Morocco, Canada, Florida and Japan. She exhibited at the Polaroid Gallery in Tokyo, using  Polaroid’s 8 x 10 camera.

In the early 90’s she moved to California to marry Nick, an officer and a gentleman she met in Tokyo. She worked on several personal projects, who are now 21, 17 and 14.  While teaching her children at home, she has worked as a photographer , written stories, woven large pieces on a floor loom, built fences and goat pens and painted large canvases of people as cats.

68 Random Things About Pamela Written in the First Person

I write about art. Stop saying, “I can’t draw.” If you can eat, you can draw.

And I write about art, creativity, and random weird stuff.

I am the typist for my cat Harper. She dictates and I type. She blogs at www.thecatwhowrites.com

I graduated from the Alberta College Of Art in 1983 with a diploma in Photography.
I did the degree completion program and graduated with a BA in photography in 1983.
I wrote about how to draw an egg.
I paint large paintings of cats.
I had a cat named Blacky when I was a child. He was all black.
We have four cats. Pooh, Charlie, Nepeta and JR.
I was born in Canada.
In 1975 I was Snoopy in Your A Good Man Charlie Brown
My father taught me how to skin animals.
My first job was skinning animals. For my father.
I shot and skinned a bear.
In 1981, my father and I traveled on the Saskatchewan River for a week in a riverboat.
I blog every second Tuesday at The Write Practice
My favorite book is the Bible.
My favorite name is William.
My dad’s name was William. He died in 1998.
I have my father’s moosehide jacket. Indians made it.
I don’t eat sugar. At all.
I get really crabby if I eat sugar. So I don’t.
My favorite TED talk is “Embrace the Shake,: by Phil Hansen
I am 5 feet and 6 and 3/4 inches tall. Literally.
I lie and say I am 5 feet 7 inches tall.
I don’t like to wear dresses.
My favorite restaurant is Chipotle.
I hate to wash dishes.
I wash my dishes with Joy soap.
I met my husband in Japan.
I like to walk.
Running is silly.
I have three children. One husband.
I lived on Kibbutz Reshafim in Israel in 1978.
In 1978 I hitchhiked through Israel.
I don’t like flying.  But I fly.
I almost always order a Chicken Caesar salad at restaurants.
I was a Market Goat Leader for Felton 4-H in Felton California.
I came in sixth for Market Goat showmanship. There were six entrants.
I was Project Leader for The Road Kill Project. I taught how to skin animals. (see #10)
I can not sing. But I sing loudly.
I like to draw cartoons.
I don’t have a favorite movie.
My father is my favorite poet.
I like Superman.
I took the Tribe Writers course by Jeff Goins.
I was in love with Doug in grade 2. I spelled his name Dug.
I was President of my high school in 1976.
I miss my mom. She lives in Canada.
When I was four I cut off all of my curls.
I cut my husband’s hair.
I moved to Japan in 1983. I lived there for seven years.
I went to Morocco on a photography assignment.
I had a photography exhibit at the Polaraid Gallery in Tokyo in 1988.
I worked for Marie Claire and Elle taking portraits, and doing fashion photography.
I have lived in the Yukon, Saskatchewan, Alberta in Canada.
I have lived in California, Illinois, Minnesota and Pennsylvania in The United States.
I have lived in Israel and Japan.
I love to eat butter, with popcorn.
I don’t like to watch television.
I don’t like math.
In college, I won a hairy legs contest, against all men.
I collect lego mini figures.
I had skin cancer in 2012.
And that is a somber note to end this list with. Skin-cancer.

But, I will leave it there, as the last thing on my list. To remind you that life is precious and valuable, and don’t waste it.

  • Sohma Rae Hathaway

    ​Jeff Goins mentioned you briefly in a recent webinar that you were an artist so I had to google ya. I am also an artist, Tribe Writer, cat owner, Caesar salad eater (as in, I order chicken at Red Lobster), cancer survivor, bible reader, believer in real butter (and lots of it) loud singer, adder of 1/4 inch to my heighth, mother, hater of tv, dishes and math AND I have one husband TOO. Wow, what are the odds.

    • Hello Sohma Rae Hathaway,
      Wow, so nice to meet you. Yes, what are the odds. Hopefully one day I will meet you in person. Thank you for introducing yourself.

      • Sohma Rae Hathaway

        Isn’t it crazy that not an hour after writing this, I saw a message from Sandy Kreps inviting me to the dinner at the Frothy Monkey. I love it when life does that!

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  • Caroline DePalatis

    Absolutely love, love, love your humor, your brutal honesty, and the strand of faith and joy that runs through it, Pamela! Energizing! So look forward to getting to know you better as the years roll on. Be blessed!!!

    • Hi Caroline,
      Thank you for sending me a smile in your comment. I look forward to getting to know you too.

  • Mary Dolan

    This message is for Harper. I couldn’t get my laptop to give me the comments block where he asks for ideas about books to read. My black and white cat, Figaro, recommends anything by Shirley Rousseau Murphy and any of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries (co-written with Rita Mae.) He s surely has already read “Dewey”. Figaro is in bed for the night now where he does most of his reading, but will contact Harper again if any more ideas surface.

    • Harper Hodges

      Hello Mary Dolan and Figaro,
      Thank you for suggesting books for me to read. Oh dear, I have never read Dewey, I will add it to my list.
      Figaro, did you find a sunbeam today to nap it?

  • Cecily Mahoney

    Good to find you. Hairy legs go away as you get older. (mine did)

  • Your front page is great. i love your list ! Big and small events in one page ! 🙂

  • DA Schuhow

    Oh, I learned a lot about you now……brave to share such random thoughts.

  • Happy day! I found you today! (Not that you went missing but you know what I mean.)

    • Dear Indre Hello My Goddess,
      I am happy you are happy to find me! And I am happy to find you too. I know what you mean, you couldn’t have been missing because I didn’t know you were there.
      All my best,

  • Hi Pamela — found you at My 500 Words today. Enjoying your writing. And I love your name. Each time I was pregnant (3) if the baby had been a girl she was gonna be Pamela!! God blessed me with a Matt, Ben and Dan!! Looking forward to reading more of you. PS I dont eat sugar EVER either!! My body reacts poorly. Blessings to you and yours…

    • Oh Shelia,
      Thank you for stopping by to say hello. I’ll bet Matt, Ben and Dan are glad you did not name one of them Pamela. 🙂 ( About a month ago was when my cat, Pooh Hodges died. Please forgive me for taking so long to say hello.)
      Blessing to you and your family too.

  • Christa Sterken

    What a fun page, I learned so many new things today

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  • Please will you share with me Mrs. Hodges?

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