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I apologize. . .


. . . for not having a fresh post today. I was at the hospital.


Because yesterday my daughter gave birth. To identical twin girls. Robin Magdalena (4 lb. 8 oz.) and Henrietta (Etta) Lyn (3 lb. 14 oz.). Our first grandchildren.

Mother, father, and daughters are doing well.

More info and pictures will be forthcoming someday soon.

From a Thankful Heart


Monday Morning Wisdom #370

Monday Morning Wisdom #370

See everything, overlook a great deal, correct a little.

~Pope John XXIII

#Thursday Tree Love – 132: Fig Tree

Fig tree

I captured this lovely on a walk around the neighborhood.

Click link for more Thursday Tree Love.

From a Thankful Heart


#dyicad2021 Day 49


I chose not to paint today.

Day 49

#dyicad2021 Day 3


Drawing a person every day in June and July for the Index-Card-a-Day Challenge.

Day 3

Creative Juice #219

Creative Juice #219

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.

Letter to My 18-Year-Old Self

Taken shortly after my high school graduation, June, 1970. I am holding my diploma in a black folder. The girl in the gold dress is my friend and classmate Jan Oborne (Furtado). The other girl is my cousin Bärbel, who was visiting from Germany, and in front of her my brother, Bill. I wouldn’t turn 18 until November.

Dear Andie,

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

Inktober 2020 Day 2


The prompt is wisp. Rendered in white gelly roll pen on blue paper.