my kinda cupid

enjoy this thoughtful day (I’m going to pretend back in 1913 Hallmark didn’t see the commercial opportunity that this historical day presented šŸ˜˜)


their game

inspired this afternoon observing my mom and three friends enjoying a lighthearted game of canasta

If I Was Eight Again…

Dear Friends,
I didn’t saveĀ my childhood Christmas lists, butĀ for some reason my 1971Ā Santa letter has followed me ’round from house to house.Ā Below is theĀ Santa letter I pennedĀ at eight-years-old. I remember my mom giving us these adorable cards to write our Christmas wish listsĀ on.
8 Year Old Xmas List - front( My penmanship was neatest at 8 years of age) –
8 Years Old Xmas-writtenI’ve read the list above manyĀ times since 1971 always thinking what if…
MyĀ 2014 Santa list (written by my eight-year-old, inner-child) would look like this-
2014 Xmas FrontMy 1971 Santa list, with a few 2014 inner-child edits-
8 Years Old Xmas 2014Thank you. May you dream of peace on earth and in every heart…
2014 Inner-child Christmas Card rendered today after shopping and before giving art lessons.

My 1971 Santa list resulted in a pink stuffed dog named Charlie, a small zither and no rabbit. Our German Shepherd would have eaten it. šŸ™‚
I still smiled wide every Christmas…my parents made Christmas wonderfulĀ whether we got our list or not.

Darkest Entertainment

Dear Friends,
Author ofĀ The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern vividly paints all mannerĀ of fantastical imagery within herĀ traveling, black and white-themed circus. The magicalĀ spectacleĀ only appears during the darkestĀ part of night. As you can imagine, there is a colorful troupe of carnivalĀ characters – each specializing in something extraordinary – one such person is a Fortuneteller. She reads tarot cards and sees into the beyond.

My delicate daughter bought her first set of tarot cards a few weeks ago. She couldn’t resist. Barnes and Noble cleverly places bewitching,Ā giant red dots on sales merchandise. She has since been learning the way of the cards. I was her first reading victim. According to the cards: My present looks hopeful. My future looks either quite amazingĀ or very frightening. The delicate daughter wasn’t sure which. I guess I’ll have to wait and see…

Heart Jester

Heart Jester


Thank you. May you dream of good fortune throughout your present and future…
Red card Jester created after speaking with my dad about his winning casino outing.