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Veritable Plethora



In high school, our drama/speech crew loved the words “veritable plethora” and used it as often as possible.  I drew these crazy circles and buttons first, and then staring at them, those words came spilling back to me, along with all the memories and laughs.

We were having FUN.  Enjoying all the choices of joy in our lives.  And it is so true.  My friends, I am so inspired by the choices we make to find the fun, to find the laughter, to measure the moments of joy outweighed by the heaviness that can surround us.

I looked up that Hemingway quote the other morning from Just Going to Post it, and had such fun reading a whole list of his words.  I, honestly, have never read one of his books.  (I fully admit to reading more of Oprah’s and Target’s picks than the classics the last fifteen years).  But, I think he may be next on my list.  As I looked through quotes I enjoyed his words.  Many of them were, perhaps, not appropriate for this space.  But here are some that spoke to me, just for fun, and what drew me to them.

The world breaks everyone and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.  A Farewell to Arms

There’s no one thing that’s true. It’s all true.  For Whom the Bell Tolls  (Each and all of our perspectives and histories are true to each of us, true?)

Never confuse movement with action. Papa Hemingway  (An excellent example of the plethora of words and the importance of using them correctly, and perceiving them correctly.)

Eschew the monumental. Shun the Epic. All the guys who can paint great big pictures can paint great small ones.  Published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–1961  (See, little artworks are important, too!)

Pound’s crazy. All poets are…. They have to be. You don’t put a poet like Pound in the loony bin. For history’s sake we shouldn’t keep him there.  Published in Ernest Hemingway: Selected Letters 1917–196   (Ah, yes, us crazies have to be out, history needs us!)

There are so many choices of words in this world.  We can choose to quote the nasty, the evil, the bitter, the political. I am not saying that  we should not face the bad and use it to create change. But we can choose to find the words, in that veritable plethora floating in our air space, that will make our hearts, mind, and world better.


Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.




Do you remember that book The Purpose Driven Life  by Rick Warren.  I never got through it.  I was too young really.  I was in the baby steps stages.

Heck, I am still in the baby steps!

But I think I know my purpose.  God is showing it to me right here.  I am supposed to be sharing my faith through art and supporting the faith of others.

Now….I still don’t know my right from my left.  (Sad, but true.)  I have NO IDEA what 90% of the roads around me are named (just turn left at the yellow tree, right at the green house, go by the duck in rain gear).  I still measure how long it takes to get somewhere in songs and time (it is 3 movies to my parents, 2 songs to the grocery store, and an hour to go anywhere in Chicago).  I struggle with GPS (she recalculates constantly and is always telling me to make legal u-turns).

BUT, I know where my paints are!  Where and When are up in the air.  I hope Jesus calls me to big things.  We’ll see!

How about you?  What is your where or when in this giant Candy Land game of Life?

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Onions, really

IMG_0019-001I have spent the last few years dissecting my own psyche.  Coming back from the brink of a breakdown and re-energizing your faith will bring that on I have learned.  I have studied my past–from my viewpoint, and have tried really hard to look at it from other people’s viewpoints.  I have looked really hard at my present–how the past affected/is currently affecting my current actions and choices, and how I need to move forward with this knowledge.

And really, it is like an onion.

Just when I think I have it all figured out, I peel back another layer and find an even deeper understanding.

I have realized my role in how things played out with my family, my in-laws, my friends over the years, my career, my faith.  There have been times that I blamed a situation on others.  Because I had my truth, and I was only going by that.  I wasn’t taking into account other viewpoints, and what is their truth.  And the more I find myself standing back and thinking, “How did s/he see this?”  The more I am understanding all of our reactions.  All of the assumptions we make.  And I am learning soooo much about myself, layer by layer.

We are human.  We react to our own thinking.  That saying, “Walk a mile in his shoes” or whatever it is, is HARD to do.  No matter how hard we try not to be, we are selfish.  We assume we are right.  We assume everyone is coming from the same thinking (even when we KNOW that is not the truth).  It is a huge part of natural, human survival.

But being able to peel the onion, being able to dig deeper, it is so rewarding.  It is filled with strife, but also peace.  At least for me, it is.  I am learning.  I am re-categorizing.  I am assessing.  I am growing and becoming a better, stronger person.

I highly encourage it.  🙂



Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

C Joybell C

I visited a dear friend this spring.  She was my neighbor in Cleveland and we have remained close despite our distance.  While we were there, she shared several quotes with me by a writer named C. Joybell C.  Her words are deeply emotional and poetic


I find these quotes amazingly true.  I know I am in the process of letting go of some seriously heavy baggage.  And with every string I cut, I feel lighter–mentally, emotionally, physically.  I know that I will be able to move not only forward but up and beyond my current dreams.  I hope this art piece and quote inspire you to cut some strings and soar.

***Update March 16, 2017…in the process of editing the blog, I deleted several posts and am sharing all of her quotes here.  🙂  Three years later and I still love all of these quotes–I could delete the posts, but couldn’t keep from sharing the artwork.

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Do what you do

IMG_0006This can be so hard.

I look at other artists blogs, artwork, and more.  I want to learn their techniques.  I want to learn how they blog.  I want to emulate their success (or at least what I believe them to have).

And then I realize.  They are not me.  I am.  God has created me to do something very special.

I went to a workshop years ago (pre-kids) in Detroit with  artist/teacher Peter London.  He wrote a book, No More Secondhand Art.  That workshop had a huge impact on me.  He helped us realize that no matter what every single person has a different viewpoint and voice.  We all see the world completely differently through the lens of our own eyes and brains.  NO ONE else sees and perceives the way anyone else does.  This was huge in my teaching.  I never made the kids all copy the same artwork, or follow exactly what I did.  I showed them HOW, but then they were expected to make it their own.

So why do should I expect myself to create artwork like anyone else?  Why should any of our homes look the same?  Wear the same outfits?  Create the same meal?  Parent the same?  Run a business the same?  Have the same faith relationship needs?  I tell the kids all the time how much I love how original they are.

It is time to start telling myself, again, and believe it.  For good.

How about you?  What is God inspiring YOU to do?

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So good can enter

#2 in the Peach Keeper  series of journal entries.  This is the link to the author: Sarah Addison Allen  .

IMG_0010How true is that???????  Holy schmoly!  The truth in this, people, should rock some of our worlds.  Especially burnt out, over volunteered mamas/and papas.  If I leave an open spot in my home, in my heart, good things could fit in there!  I know I have things on my plate that I want to feed the dog under the table.  And I should!  Because if there is room on the plate, there is room for dessert!  GOOD things.  Yummy chocolate gooey-ness with whipped cream and butter and flaky pastry.  That, was a lot of metaphors.  But you get it.

If I give up things that are annoying, or I am doing just to please someone else, or out of a sense of duty, I can make room for time with my kids and husband, time to paint, time to read good books like The Peach Keeper.  Good things that fill me with joy, that  bring me closer to love, and ultimately make me a better person.  Far better than the one who fulfills obligations with dragging feet and mumbling under the breath.  There is someone else out there that will find joy in that duty.  LET THEM DO IT!

Make room for the good things.  Whether it is in your house, in your heart, in your mind, on your plate.  DO IT.  Today.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

I am chaos

IMG_0004-001Love it. So me. I am chaos…my brain, my speech sometimes, my art.  But it shines bright.  And seems to be good most of the time.  I would rather be chaos and a dancing star personally than the alternatives.  And I have felt the alternatives.  Yes, happy shiny chaos is best.


Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

No More Daydreams

What have you been dreaming of doing?

Today is the time.  It can be possible.  It can be life right now.

I have been dreaming of going somewhere with my art for years.  That dream has changed over the years, but it has always been there in some form.  This blog is the next step in that dream.  I want to share my art with the world first and foremost.  Whether it is on cards, calendars, or in a book someday, it doesn’t really matter.
IMG_0006I am making this my life and I thank you for helping me from the bottom of my heart.

Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

Act on It

There are so many ways to love people, so many different kinds of love.  What an amazing gift it is to love others.  How amazing that we are wired to feel that emotion.  Sometimes words are enough.  Sometimes an action means more.  Don’t sit still today–SHOW someone you care.  Whether it is someone you know or not, let that love shine out.  Don’t let the words get in the way.  Act on it.


Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

Honoring Mandela

The glaze pens arrived!!!!  You have no idea how excited I got!  The funny thing is that it was the backordered/thought it was canceled order that came.  So another box of pens should be coming soon.  I should have almost fifty pens.  Which is awesome, because I used up THREE of them yesterday finishing/creating artworks.  All of them scanned, uploaded and waiting to go onto the blog and zazzle.  Happy me.

I had these two backgrounds waiting and waiting for the right quotes.  The death of a great man who worked for great change inspired me to look for some of the wisdom of this amazing person, Nelson Mandela.  That search led me right where I needed– to words that show his sense, his courage, his heart.  Words that touched me, and I hope inspire you as well.  Enjoy.  IMG_0016


Go, Tell, and make disciples of all nations--spread the good news.

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