Category Archives: Rest in Peace

Creative Juice #345

Creative Juice #345

A little something for everyone today.

Rest in Peace, Tina Turner


We knew her first as one half of Ike and Tina Turner:

Her undeniable energy and talent carried her into prominence as a solo performer after her divorce from Ike, who physically abused her.

She was raised a baptist, but as an adult embraced the Buddhist faith. She found love again 1986 with Erwin Bach, whom she married in 2013. He’s been her rock through health crises such as stroke, cancer, and kidney failure.

We’ll never forget her.

R.I.P. Gordon Lightfoot


I just learned today that Gordon Lightfoot passed away Monday at the age of 84.

Rick Beato put together this little tribute. In it, he points out all the little details that made Lightfoot such a phenomenal songwriter. I’m thankful for this; I heard little riffs that I’d never noticed before.

My absolute favorite Gordon Lightfoot song is this:

Amazing poetry, right?

This is the video Rick Beato talked about, with Joni Mitchell and Bob Dylan and Roger McGuinn jamming at Lightfoot’s house (that’s Gordon in the back, smoking by the windows):

Lightfoot was well-respected by songwriters and fans alike. Rest in peace, Gordon.

Rest in Peace, David Crosby


In Memoriam: Doreen Auger

In Memoriam: Doreen Auger

I learned today that one of my favorite bloggers, Doreen Auger, passed away on Monday. When I first discovered blogs, I stumbled across hers, Treadlemusic, in which she shared her life, her love of riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle, and her talent for free-motion quilting. Read her obituary. I featured her in a profile on ARHtistic License two years ago. She was a kind soul. I never met her in person, but I miss her already.

Rest in Peace, Beverly Cleary


Beverly Cleary, the beloved children’s author, passed away yesterday at age 104. She is especially remembered for her series about Ramona Quimby.

Happy National Cat Day


Our last cat, Zoe, passed away this past June.

In June, 2001, Greg took four of our kids to a former student’s house to look at some kittens. I gave him permission to choose one or two to adopt. (We’d previously owned two cats, and then three more cats. We were catless at the time.)

He came home with four kittens.

“Why?” I asked.

“I couldn’t break up the family, could I?”

Each kid got to name a kitten. They were Channing, Cloud, Bruce, and Zoe.

They all lived fairly long lives. I think Bruce was first to pass, then Channing. Then last year, Cloud.

Zoe, who had been quite fat at one point in her life, weighed only 3 pounds the day she died. She started hanging out in the shower, which was what Bruce did when he was ready to die. I took Zoey to the vet and stayed with her while they administered the shots. Little sweetie. I miss her so. She was nineteen years old, the oldest cat we’d ever had.

But I’d gotten really tired of cat hair everywhere. There will be no more cats at this Huelsenbeck house. Three of our kids, though, have cats.

Here’s a wonderful article about an artist who draws illustrations from cat photos online. They will make you laugh. Enjoy. And pet a cat today.

R.I.P. Ennio Morricone (November 10, 1928–July 6, 2020)



Ennio Morricone at Cannes Film Festival in 2012; photo by Georges Biard; used under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License

The great, award-winning movie composer Ennio Morricone passed away this morning. He was 92 years old.

You’ve heard his music.

RIP: Mary Oliver


September 10, 1935 – January 17, 2019

My heart is heavy. One of America’s greatest poets.

For more about Mary Oliver, click here. And here.

Rest in Peace, Queen Aretha