In Memorium




Turkey Doodle Day


the giving of thanks

the filling of tanks

the closing of banks


with the choosing of words

the stories were once again heard

as we gathered around the roasted bird


I am a snob.

not always. but I can be.

let me set the scene:

Child C and I are in Fred Meyers shopping for shoes (torturing) me. Since we were already there, we picked up some groceries before heading home. C noticed something that he wanted me to get.

C: Can we get some of those? I want those for my dinner.

(I was making chili which he doesn’t like. I had told him he could get something to eat instead.)

Me: (After lamenting about how much more they cost than when I was buying them years ago.) I guess we can get these, but you have to get this brand.

C: Why? I like that one.

Me: No, we’re getting this one, it tastes much better.

C: Why do we haaave to get Maruchan Ramen? Can’t we get Top Ramen?

Me: There’s something weird about the Top Ramen noodles. I don’t like them.

That’s right.

I am a ramen noodle snob.

noodle doodle


Six Word Friday: Happy (June)

Happy? Ask me after next week.

more HAPPY six word fridays

On Dancing With Mistakes

”The seed of your next art work lies embedded in the imperfections of your current piece. Such imperfections (or mistakes, if you’re feeling particularly depressed about them today) are your guides — valuable, reliable, objective, non-judgmental guides — to matters you need to reconsider or develop further.”
— David Bayles and Ted Orland, Art and Fear.

My dance teacher had a saying, “There are no mistakes, only variations. Some intentional, some not.”

Edison is credited with saying, “I didn’t fail 1000 times, I found 1000 ways that didn’t work.” (paraphrased)

In my art and art history classes we often talk about Action Painting. Where the artist isn’t trying to use the painting to create an illusion, but the painting is evidence of the action taken. If I move my arm in this manner, the paint falls in this way and the canvas takes record of it.

In this same manner, I think that mistakes, failures, and detours are evidence of our having taken action. If you are moving forward, acting to make progress, trying and doing, then not everything will go according to plan. But it will go how it is supposed to go and you will get where you need to be, even if you take the long way to get there.

Self Portrait Saturday: Doodle

So the other day I drew a quick picture of myself to use as my profile picture on Facebook. Of course, I was supposed to be doing homework, but at least it was very quick. I actually think it looks quite like me. Especially the way my hair is behaving right now. (I really need a trim 🙂 ) This is drawn with big, chisel tip Sharpie pens. I ♥ Sharpies! I really need a bunch more.