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Painting is Propaganda

I have embarked on an adventure to paint whatever I want and as much as I can—and to give it all away. When I decided to retire, I knew I wanted a focus to take me into the next chapter of my life. I had to retrain my brain from running a business for so … Continue reading


Leaving oneself is a bold act that can not be undone. 2018 marks the beginning of my 8th decade on this planet. I have moved linearly through time—and along that journey I have collided with many folks. Some of these collusions have bruised me; others have strengthened me. All have had some impact on my … Continue reading

2+0+1+8 = 1+1 = 2 = L O V E

As with anything, we make our own story and lives by how we interact with others, ourselves and those we don’t even know. Our actions, large and small, impact those we see and can not see. 2017 (or 11 or 2) was a tough year for me and, I realize, many others. Not because of … Continue reading

Dogs, Coke and Cleanliness

This photo was taken at my father’s Texaco Service Station located at 5600 Rogers Avenue in Fort Smith, Arkansas. The likely date of the photograph is 1953 when I was about 5 years old. This is the same age as my granddaughter, Olive Soucy, today. In the picture are three Proustian moments: My cocker spaniel. … Continue reading

2018: Stepping Away to Step Inside

After reading Maria Popova’s recent blog post, In Praise of the Telescopic Perspective: A Reflection on Living Through Turbulent Times, I was reminded that at the end of each year we collectivley try and assess the year’s events and attempt, through resolutions, corrective measures. Like most resolutions, they usually fall prey to inertia and, for … Continue reading

Italy 2017.10.14>20.042

We arrived in Florence on Sunday, September 15 in the early evening. Bright and early the next morning I began classes at Amy Florence Mosley’s studio located on Piazzale Donatello (just 10 minutes further walk north from Angel Academy and 3o minutes from my apartment.) I will study with Amy until November 8. The first … Continue reading

MX 2017.08.26-.09.01.35

Week 35 started with a national crisis after Hurricane Harvey slammed into Houston, Texas. This event created havoc in the southwest coastal areas of Texas. On Facebook, I posted the statement Place not Prayer will save Houston. Several folks wondered what I meant (and I suspect many felt I was insulting their religiousness). Here is what … Continue reading

US 2017.08.19-25.034

Week 34 was spent in Minnesota dealing with a dental appointment, recovering from the light-treatment of my scalp and visiting with friends. I was also able to meet with Dan Vercruysse, Kate Michaud and Eric Amel (the recipients of the first three awards—and now on the jury) to discuss the essay question for the 2018 … Continue reading

Mérida + US: 2017.08.12-18.033

The first part of week 33 was spent in Mérida settling back into my daily routine. I tidied my studio in preparation for getting back to work. The rest of the week I traveled to the US to have  photoradiation therapy. Aminolevulinic acid is a drug that’s put right on the skin—in my case my … Continue reading

Back Home 2017.07.08-14.028 Week 28

Last week I visited my children and their families. I also had three wonderful meals with former colleagues at Meyer, Scherer & Rockcastle, Ltd. and with former employees from 1989 (John Cook) and 1991 (Joan Sorrano), now friends (Tim Carls, the CEO of HGA Architects was also there). Sharing a meal and good conversation is … Continue reading