I chose not to paint today.
Drawing a person every day in June and July for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge.
It’s beginning to look a little like Christmas. I put a new Christmas bedspread and pillow shams on our bed.
- Awesome photographs of nature’s power.
- For the musicians and the music teachers: young composers get to hear their works performed by the New York Philharmonic.
- Beautiful zentangles.
- Ways to beat writer’s block.
- For the writers: flabby characters? Put them through some exercises.
- Have you taken your Christmas card picture yet?
- Ways to use your books to decorate for Christmas. (I am seriously thinking of turning my TBR pile into a tree. The books are already stacked on the floor…)
- In case you need to laugh, here’s a story about what to do when your husband says you can’t buy any more towels.
- Some ingenious Christmas tree tools.
- We all know what we should be doing in order to live our best lives. Read this to get it all in one place.
- Interview with illustrator Jim Starr.
- Christmas movies to stream.
Wow—1970 has been a year of firsts for you. First semester of music school, first time living away from home, first time living in a big city, first taste of independence. I know you’re loving it, and you should. This is the best time of your life so far.
A word of warning: watch what you eat. So much of what you see in the cafeteria looks delicious, but not all of it is nutritious. You’ve already put on a few pounds, and if you keep eating everything you want, you’ll be struggling with your weight all your life. Think of food as fuel—eat what will turn you into a lean, mean learning machine. Eat to live, don’t live to eat.
The people you surround yourself with now will influence your next decade. Choose wisely. Some will be life-long friends; others will forget you as soon as they’re out of your sight.
While your first responsibility is your studies, this is also a time for experiences. Accompany your friends on trips and activities. Go to concerts. See a waterfall. Explore a museum. Walk the city. Go to tourist traps. You’ll remember these occasions all your life.
Do some things for others. Help a friend. Volunteer for a charity. Do something to benefit the university. You’ll develop some skills and do some good.
Write or call home. Although it takes effort, Mom will appreciate getting a weekly letter. Throw in a photograph when you can. Long distance calls are expensive, but once in a while treat Mom and Dad to the sound of your voice.
You will fall in love more than once. You will be vulnerable. You will be hurt. Be careful. Be choosy. But a life-long love is in your future. Be good to him.
You are living in a time of great change—and the changes will be even greater and swifter as time goes on. Don’t be rigid; your success is dependent on how well you can adapt. Even that job you’re looking forward to will change before you graduate. Over your lifetime, you will have opportunities to do many things. Be flexible.
Your life will be a series of challenges. Some will be very hard, but you will get through them all. I’ll tell you a secret—you will have divine help. Even though you don’t trust Him now, God will be with you, and He will see you through.
Yourself from a half-century in the future
The prompt is wisp. Rendered in white gelly roll pen on blue paper.
Why did you change my blog to your stupid new block editor?
I was happy with the classic one.
Why would you replace it with something so unintuitive?
Wow! Creative stuff this week.
- How museums are re-thinking their collections in light of the Black Lives Matter movement.
- The joy and beauty of raising a child with special needs.
- Shark merch that Donna found on Etsy a couple of years ago.
- Incredibly beautiful quilts.
- What you can do with $1, vision, and skill.
- Remember when kids used to go back to school? It could happen, and if it does, you may want to take special photographs to record the momentous occasion.
- Do you like sci-fi short stories? This article from two years ago tells you where to find some good ones.
- Do you like to read YA? Here’s a list of particularly intense books.
- Different interpretations of a Zentangle challenge.
- Gorgeous drone photography. There are so many pictures in this article, I never made it to the end. . .
- An artist’s watercolor journey.
- I love this artist’s work.