Category Archives: empathy

Don’t Be a Shunner

I am fortunate in that I have been on the other side of the Shun and I see how the join-up system works. This is the story: Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: Goldfinch on Ice

Yesterday, following the ice storm, I spied this goldfinch in a lilac bush, already transitioning to his summer hue of violent yellow. He looked quite out of place, but wasn’t the least bit embarrassed about it. So I painted him. … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: Red Fox Watercolor

The red fox moves through the willows looking for an errant bird to snag. The spring is so early that he hasn’t even shed his winter coat yet. But the colors are all about the bloom. This watercolor is no … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day: The Medicine Hat Filly

In the days when the horses were the most important mode of transportation (read: before the white man) there was the medicine hat horse. These sacred horses had dark ears and a spot crowning the head. The body was mostly … Continue reading

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A Painting A Day: I Try Oils (Again)

Painting in oils hasn’t been my thing.  Part of the reason is due to my impatience. I also realized, while working on “Night Heron”, that my style is not typical for someone who works with oils. I work fast, and tight. … Continue reading

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A Painting a Day

Painting is not always fun. For whatever reason, some of us are compelled to just keep on doing it. But when you are painting model horses, some kind of madness takes over. There are people who collect these things. Breyer, … Continue reading

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Willow the Wish

One of the greatest things about calling a place “home” throughout your life, especially in an area like the Eastern UP, is the way it changes, yet always stays the same. The landscape fades and blooms with each season. But … Continue reading

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When All of Life Is Magic

“We dance round in a ring and suppose. But the Secret sits in the middle and knows.”             – Robert Frost The eaves were dripping as the winter mantle sank in resignation, just a little. The weak … Continue reading

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You Know It’s a Party When They Call the Cops

Clifford the Horse helps Clean Water Action protest oil pipeline, Line 5, by going into Governor Snyder’s office building. But things got tricky very quickly. Continue reading

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For the Down Hearted: on Death, Love, God and Christmas

I try not to talk too much about my religious beliefs, not only because they are a private matter for everyone, not only because the topic is ripe for hot debate and self-righteous scolding, not only because I am not … Continue reading

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