I Dream of Winter

winterbirds
Here is a collage for the winter wonderland contest. It is made with DecoArt metallics and Americana paints.

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When in doubt, read!

Last night I watched TSOTU with Tami, Nugene and Bob.  It was a house of conservatives.  I couldn’t hear very well.  As usual I was my snide and cynical self.  I went home and ate chicken spaghetti leftovers and hogged the 1 1/2 leftover brownies that I hid from Lou and they were awesome!  I think I will make another batch today to share.  Anyway, the point being that this morning when I got up I still had my phone on the speech and began to read.  It was good.  I may not agree with everything in it but I was proud of what he said.  I want to like him.  I never will but he can give a good speech and I especially liked the last of the speech where he talked about the American people.  I hope we can be a force for good in this world.  “WE THE PEOPLE”  He had some wonderful things to say about us.  Like this excerpt:

They’re out there, those voices. They don’t get a lot of attention, nor do they seek it, but they are busy doing the work this country needs doing.

I see them everywhere I travel in this incredible country of ours. I see you. I know you’re there. You’re the reason why I have such incredible confidence in our future. Because I see your quiet, sturdy citizenship all the time.

Or this one:

But democracy does require basic bonds of trust between its citizens. It doesn’t work if we think the people who disagree with us are all motivated by malice, or that our political opponents are unpatriotic. Democracy grinds to a halt without a willingness to compromise; or when even basic facts are contested, and we listen only to those who agree with us. Our public life withers when only the most extreme voices get attention. Most of all, democracy breaks down when the average person feels their voice doesn’t matter; that the system is rigged in favor of the rich or the powerful or some narrow interest.

I will be reading all speeches from now on, especially in this important time to choose a new president.  I hope.  I hope that my choice is the right one and I am silly enough to still believe that good will win.

A blog for Nugene.

fish magicWell, here is one of my favorite paintings by Paul Klee.  A Swiss genius who really inspired me way back in the 70s.  This is called “Fish Magic” and I first saw it in our Childcraft Encyclopedias back when I was 5 or 6.  I get lost in it, it is a treasure.  This leads to my recent debacle with the antidepressant “Cymbalta” which is poison to me.  This I found out the hard way…and increasing it showed me how right I was to stop taking it.  I had become someone else.  NO benefit!  I have been off of it now since New Years Eve day.  I have had some withdrawals that I have tolerated with the help of my friends and my Mom.  It has been 9 days.  I am getting my silly self back.  Enough so that I have been creating things again, 2 pieces so far and will have another done by Monday.  I will do a little fish picture like Klee, too.  Gotta get me some thicker paint in tubes for that.  What has Nugene done that has caused me to get better?  She is a constant, as is Tami.  They are both a big part of my mental health, we will be plotting something for the future later today but I just want to say thank you to both of them and to Momma for helping me get through this, also a word of thanks to Jim for being there, too.  Because of my friends, I will make it.

On another note, I purposely watched the movie “Species” last night just because it is so bad and the dialogue is ridiculous and it is the worst casting ever!  I laughed out loud.  Then I watched the end and it occurred to me that I have never watched the ending of it…what a turd. It was funny though.  Lots of goo and monster parts.  Michael Madsen with his downward glance for 2 hrs.  Forest Whitaker with his squint and incredible empathetic self to annoy.  Board straight Ben Kingsley stating the obvious throuout the movie…Alfred Molina with a unibrow and lastly Marg Hemingway as a biologist with a bad hairdo.  It’s a festival of badness.

On my agenda for today is a football game.  The Texans.  I am afraid to see which head of the quarterback monster will be playing.  I will be cringing along with Nugene in a little bit.  I will be posting my artwork on Facebook later.  Hint, they are for sale…!  Today I started a savings account with 75.00.  I feel pretty good.  I am thankful to God for my new life.  I am moving up and out!  Peace.