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Great Stories for Young Readers

My parents were lovers of books. Dad especially was a voracious reader. He would often keep two or three books going on at once. Mom’s appetite for books was more perfunctory. She enjoyed stories and had a collection of Reader’s … Continue reading

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Eagles and Hawks and Lead Poisoning

So everyone knows that lead ammunition just about wiped out the California condors. However, between lead poisoning and DDT, we nearly lost the bald eagle in the lower 48 states.     I’m illustrating this little blog soapbox with some … Continue reading

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Slate Week

“Bring me your liars, your whores; your huddled bastards yearning to breed greed.” The Statue of Liberty must be cringing on her pedestal right now. I apologize to all immigrants for our sad excuse for a president. This is not … Continue reading

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Watercolor Week

Watercolors have mass appeal; it seems to me they are the most popular among mediums. I’ve never  been sure exactly why. It might be their unique softness and easily recognizable transparency. Transparency can be an appealing quality, for sure.   … Continue reading

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A Snake Called Narcissus

My little pond with its rocks and pebbles and shrubs has attracted a garter snake I call Athena, as I explained in a previous post. (Snakes… Why Did It Have To Be Snakes?) Athena ‘charmed’ me with what appears to … Continue reading

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Snakes! Why Did It Have To Be Snakes…

I like snakes so much that I was pretty excited to see one in my pond area today. I took a bunch of photos of it, a beautiful green and yellow-ish garter snake thicker than my thumb and over two … Continue reading

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52 Elephants For Empathy: Day 2

I kicked off day 2 by designing this logo for my 52 Elephants idea, which is inspired by the Orlando shootings. As I explained in yesterday’s post, my goal is to “make empathy cool again” — so I am offering … Continue reading

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Orlando and Empathy in Elephants

Gun-toting maniacs are out of control but the problem is not ISIL or guns or Muslims or homophobes. The world is rife with narcissism. We are surrounded by haters. We have to make hatred not cool. Unfortunately, hatred has become … Continue reading

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The Trouble With Masking Fluid

Today’s watercolor, a chickadee and milkweed, turned into an accidental mixed media. The problem started when I lost interest in the painting after masking it out. I let it sit with the masking fluid on it over the winter — … Continue reading

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It’s In the Stars

Like many others, I fell a little in love with the Blood Moon last night — so much so that I was inspired to paint it today.  It’s a big week/month/year for those of us with eyes on the skies. … Continue reading

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