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"Every calling is great when greatly pursued." (Favorite quote)
"Nothing is at last sacred but the integrity of your own mind."
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I am an artist. I am here to live out loud." - Émile Zola

"An unexamined life is not worth living." - Socrates
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Reading
: Blood and Money, Thomas Thompson
Watching: MLB (Go Nationals and Red Sox!)
Listening to: Drake Essentials mix on Apple Music
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July 17, 2018

I haven't written in a while, so I thought I'd check in. I am happy to report that I have
been painting and doing photography as of late. I read that if you are in a rut to try
something new, so that's what I did. I got some new colors of Golden paint - pastels - and
did a painting. Definitely different than my usual colors. I've been working on
ACEOs (Art
Card Originals and Editions - essentially artist trading cards) to sell on Ebay. I just learned
about them. We went on a shoot on Saturday - an abandoned Moose Lodge in PA. Pretty
cool venue. I have already post-processed 7 photos. I will post on my photography site
and do a blog when I have finished, some time in the next few weeks. And finally, I have
been writing a lot of poetry. So happy about that. I decided that once I have more new
poems, I am going to do a book of poetry, paintings, and photography to offer for sale on
Amazon, etc. I haven't seen a lot of books that offer both, so it might afford me the
opportunity to be in a smaller niche.

June 9, 2018

I have fabulous news - I'm engaged! My engagement ring is a garnet with two diamonds
on the sides. We had the ring custom made from a modern design we found online. We are
planning on a Halloween 2020 wedding. The wedding is going to be goth and very unique.
We are both very happy.

May 10, 2018

Posted a new poem. I haven't written a poem in years, so this is a significant
development. I believe my writing again is a result of working through
The Artist's Way
and my reading a poem a day every day.

I have exciting news - it will be reported here within the next month. Keep coming back!

May 6, 2018

Did a blog post.

April 20, 2018

Did a blog post.

April 14, 2018

Did a blog post on our trip to my favorite place on Earth -- Rapidan Camps.

March 31, 2018

The last day of March, ready for the warm weather! Just finished an excellent book - Helter
Skelter
, by Vincent Bugliosi. All about the Manson murders. It was fascinating; written by
the Deputy DA who prosecuted the case. Now I am on to a biography about Hitler, another
evil but fascinating person.

I am well on my way to achieving the goals I set for myself in the new year.As a reminder,
they are:

1. Build a good inventory of paintings
2. Make some "tiny art" to sell (8 x 10 and under, on paper, in a frame)
3. Work through
The Artist's Way with a friend and get back to writing poetry
4. Read more
5. Eat more healthy

I have already started on all of them. I am finally starting to feel like I am recovering from
the surgery. My friend Dawn and I have started on
The Artist's Way. We meet every week,
and I have been doing "Morning Pages" every day. Just did my
first painting of 2018.
I had my older camera converted to infrared. Can't wait to try it out. I plan to go to a
nearby park in the coming week; I like the look of really white trees with deep blacks.

Life is good.
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