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Free Valentine’s Day Art For You

Thank you for all your support!

You may give this card to anyone who you think appreciates you with all your oddities. Or likes foxes. Both is good.

Download a large version here.

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(The usual small print, don’t sell it yaddda yadda, please don’t remove my watermark, blah blah. This is supposed to be free and fun.)

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Make What You Love

This isn’t a blog post about how to be successful because I’m not even getting into how hard that is to measure and I don’t know shit about it. This post is about love.

Go big or go home. I see that concept as a fun battle cry to shout at friends before regrettable decisions that provide an experience to laugh about later over mending egos and bones.
 I don’t see it as fuel to belittle those who would try.

On a few occasions artists, mentors, and creative idols have said things like
(and I am paraphrasing – and luckily it’s rare):
If art/writing is hard for you, don’t do it.”

Or how about:
Find what you’re good at, and do that.”

Its like they take a dump, shine it up with awards and followers, then fling it at people as if it was some kind of gift. When they do that, it makes me feel like they think I shouldn’t even TRY, ’cause if it can’t be the best, then it’s not worth the effort. Like mediocrity is some kind of horrible, banal sin instead of a step in a process.

Maybe people who say such things have always been “gifted” and don’t know what its like to have to learn to draw, paint, sculpt, write, and more. Maybe their dark secret is that they used to struggle at things, like the rest of us, and they fling these polished turds to feel special.

The rest of us fight to learn those things we are terrible at because we love them.
We try and fail because we love.
We hope maybe one day it won’t be a battle to art or write.

Turdslingers can’t keep us from trying to be better than we were yesterday.
 Make what you love! 

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Shut Yer Pie Hole!

Possible t-shirt graphics for a line I am calling for my own personal giggles “SHUT YER PIE HOLE!”
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Paroosing the Blog-Osphere – Depression and Salvation

A thursday thought for the day. This blog post stood out to me because of the honesty that seemed to permeate through the words and the uplifting vibe it left me with.   It deals with a common but possibly debilitating condition: depression. When you have a moment, I recommend you read it. If you know someone who suffers from depression, or if you do, there are many others too. There is always help, you aren’t alone. You matter.

Here is an exerpt:

<To read the full article click here>

I feel like I’ve crawled out of a very dark and deep hole, clawing the earth with bruised and broken fingers on my laborious ascent. To say that I found motherhood an adjustment would be the grossest of understatements—the ground opened up below me and swallowed me whole as I fell, Alice/Persephone/Innana-like, skirts ballooning, into the worst hell I’ve ever known. No one tells you how difficult taking care of an infant is, how the intolerable sleep deprivation and the endless divination of the needs of an inconsolable creature who cannot tell you what it wants will tax every last reserve of strength, dragging you to the brink of sanity before smashing you on the rocks of utter madness.

I’ve written about my history with depression before. When I became pregnant last year, my doctor weaned me off the antidepressants that had been so pivotal in my functioning as a normal, productive human being. So when the full fury of post-partum depression slammed into me just days after I first cradled my newborn daughter, I was completely armorless, like a burn victim without any protective skin…

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We Can Help Haiti

Whatever, and wherever you can give –

I am posting links to the relief efforts and projects that I trust and have donated to myself. Pick one, or all, and pass it on. We CAN help, and we do, even if we aren’t there.

While Facebook and cell phone donating is a great way to collect funds from people who would not otherwise donate, I encourage you to make your contributions directly to the organizations of your choice.  Cutting out the middleman removes unnecessary fees that reduce the impact of your gift.

http://www.clintonfoundation.org/haitiearthquake/

http://www.redcross.org/

I am a member of Child Fund. Its a fantastic organization that focuses on the healthy growth of children while combating starvation and poverty. They don’t have any stations set up in Haiti yet, but they have a few contacts and would like donations to be able to get started in Haiti. I have donated, because I believe in their mission and their methods for dealing with the aftermath of such a terrible disaster. Check them out when you have a moment.

http://www.childfund.org/help-haiti/

And also, Soles4Souls is mounting a massive response of emergency relief to the victims of Haiti’s 7.0-magnitude earthquake near the capital city of Port-au-Prince. 3 million people are directly affected by the damage, and are in immediate need of the most basic necessities, like food, water, AND SHOES.

Soles4Souls is partnering with local shoe and sporting goods retailers to collect used shoes for men, women and children to be immediately shipped to Haiti, to help survivors locate others trapped in the rubble and begin the rebuilding process. As you can imagine, the amount of broken glass, twisted metal and raw sewage is staggering.  S4S is also partnering with others to supply new boots and shoes, tents, blankets, duffle bags, food and water.

You may donate gently worn shoes at one of their many local donation sites, http://www.soles4souls.org/

An excellent source for finding out how charities are doing with the efficiency of their funds.

http://www.charitynavigator.org/