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There are so many ways

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Cinderella, Cinderella & Mozzarella!

The guest artist would be your one and only Frank over at Tech Jaws and it sits along side a gift that him and Victoria from Victoria’s Recipes gave me.

A gift that keeps on giving and reminds me each and every day, there are so many ways.. Cinderella states, there are so many ways to dance.

There are also so many ways, not only to  Dance, To Work, To Love, To Share, To Understand and to make it through your day.  There are so many ways to be a friend, a confidant, a believer in the human race.

Spread the positive!!Yeah, at some point and time, someone will let you down, but it is only a learning experience to your higher self!

I read a book a few years back, called Messages in Water by Masaru Emoto, basically, it solidifies the vibes that come off negative thoughts and energy vs. positive thoughts and energy.   Where crystals form within the water when they are frozen, the water that was surrounded by positive energy formed beautifully formed crystals when it was frozen as to where the water surrounded by negative thoughts and energy couldn’t form jack!

Within us all is the ability to be an influence, to be a teacher, to be a friend… this silly little gift reminds me each and everyday, there are people out there that are willing to be just that.  There are people out there, ready to make you laugh.

Just open your eyes!.

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Reach Out & Rejoice

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As a society, we used to hold each other up, without questions, without judgment, without any kudo’s needed at the end of the day.

There are a few things that lead me to this post and I am not quite sure the direction it will end up in, but look at Stevie over there.. opening his arms and his heart towards the end of his life, celebrating what?

We all live on different railroad tracks of life, but there are times that those tracks intersect, for reasons that you should not question so deeply, because in the midst of those questions, the true meaning of the intersection get’s lost.

I got a surprise phone call from someone with an apology that was long overdue, and the conversation rejuvenated my faith.

I heard about a father who lost his 6 year old son, 2 days before Christmas, that sent chills up my spine.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, remember 9/11 and the courtesy that strangers offered?

Is our time best spent on….

if Michael Jackson’s doctor is guilty?
if Fergie is wearing a bikini?
if there is something on TV we don’t like?
if people have different interests than our own?
if we don’t agree with the next person?
if we pray to our God with only the difference of his name?

We are human and we may not agree, have a like for, or understand what the person next to you is thinking, doing or saying or feeling, but we can reach out and rejoice if it is what is making them happy and we can reach out and give  support when that is what is needed.

Selflessly and  unconditionally……..

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Who walks through your doors?

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He walked in, tall, lanky and his eyes hidden behind shades.  Requesting something unusual, but not far fetched.  A customer, someone who shared a small portion of himself in a 10 minute conversation.

A few days later, he returned for yet another visit which was right after Memorial Day, during which I put on my POW/MIA bracelet, something that is not seen much these days.  He made his purchase and as I handed him a receipt, he held my arm..and asked about the bracelet.

He explained and began to go into detail of his past and having served in Vietnam, he said he had worn one of these for a friend that was MIA – after further conversation, he explained his lack of internet savvy, he found no real use for it.  I mentioned I’d look when I could online to see if there was any info I could find on his friend.

A few hours later, in the quiet of the store, I sat and looked up the name he had given me, I found him and a lot of information about his remains being returned home.  The lanky, shade covered gentleman came in a few days later to pick up his order and with it, I handed him the information I had found.. he sat quietly and read, you could feel the emotion it brought back to him.

He filled me in on more details of his life and his time overseas, I can only imagine the thoughts that ran through his mind.  It was in the next conversation that he asked if I “wouldn’t” mind ordering him a bracelet with his friends information engraved on it.   It was my pleasure…

We never know who is going to walk through our door, we never know what sort of emotion or lessons they can or may be able to instill in us.   Taking a moment out of our days to help others can give you one of the greatest satisfactions….next time your door opens, make sure your eyes and hearts are too!.

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We all have hero's

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Pencil Sketch, Brett Favre, Johnny Depp, Bob DylanHave you ever wondered what it would be like to meet your “hero”?

In life you may not get that chance, but you can get it on paper.  Here is a sketch I did for a gift, from a father to his son.

Titled appropriately “The Magnificent Four” Featuring his son, Bob Dylan, Brett Favre and Johnny Depp.

We all have hero’s, mentor’s and teachers, have you ever wondered what you would talk about if you met one of them? I do often, and I also wonder if perhaps, I would be to tongue tied to ask them anything.

I’d like to have met Crazy Horse and listen to the thoughts of a warrior fighting for all he believes in.

I’d like to have been able to sit down with Jim Morrison and ask him how some of his music was so enchanting, yet his poetry so disturbing.

I’d like to ask Stevie Ray where he felt his passion came from, and hear his stories of his teen years.

I’d like to sit down with Morgan Freeman and just listen to one of his stories, about anything, he has a great story telling voice that is somewhat hypnotic.

Can you imagine going out with the girls for cocktails if you were in the company of  Katherine Hepburn, Betty White and Candice Bergen?

Whose your hero in the real world? What would you like to ask yours?.

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Crosses to Bare

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birch-bark-crossI painted this cross about two years ago, in front of a church in Wauconda, about 10 feet high and 6 feet wide.. it’s made to look like birch bark and it was befitting to add to this post.

We all have our crosses to bare, and we all have issues in our lives that keep us from being the true people we can be.


Let your true self come through! You will be amazed at what you can accomplish and how it will effect you as well as those around you!

Dwelling on the crosses that we have to bare will only drain your soul.  We make decisions for a reason, we are in situations for a reason, learning to understand those reasons is one big mystery, but it can also be a lesson plan for our future..

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Breaking Through The Clouds

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I’d like to think that for every corner, north,south,east & west there is a balance… I stare out the window today at a damp, dreary and puddle filled picture.

Somewhere, the sun is shining, above or below us – here in Chicago it is not and it’s the beginning of a dismal season in my book.  But, so be it – here I am.

The weather and this nasty bug that has gone through 5 or 6 houses, 2 or 3 places of employment and back home again.

WAHHHHHHHHHHHHH – I feel like whining today!

My sister posted on facebook today, what is one thing to be happy about or something like that, the fog of those mucinex people are sifting through my head and I ain’t all that clear today..

One thing that came to mind when I thought of that was…

The moment when after the plane lifts off and you break through miles of cloud cover, and the sun is revealed.  It’s there, even though we don’t see it..

It would be nice to grow wings today! Or book a flight!


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Being Among Friends – Wake Up Call

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There is something said to being among friends! I won’t put any names here, and I know within a few short hours, I’ll be getting a call!

Yesterday, I got a call, one that made me realize what terrific friends are out there to be had, not only in one instance, but in several yesterday.  What a wake up call … if we pay attention to the little things.

The beautiful woman, who made us dance!

The kind gentleman who told us even if it was overcast, what a glorious day it was to dance,  as he sipped his lemonade!

The old friend who gave us many wise words that have meaning for all.  Here is only one line….(When you point a finger at someone, stop….look…. how many fingers are pointing back at you??)

The first text message wishing me a happy birthday from someone whose sense of humor is over the top.. go look at, he’s expanded my vocabulary.

The friend that said he left me a voice mail singing me happy birthday, which I never got, and not sure I believe he did, but I could actually use that as a marketing piece.

Lastly, but not least, the friend that called and called me a dumb ass, when HE didn’t know when my birthday was!  That friend called to talk about some issue’s that could have turned to larger issue’s, for that I thank him!

This is where friendship becomes a bridge in your life, and you realize there are people out there that are willing to put themselves, their troubles and their joy on the line.  Concern over fallout, of issue’s in our lives, of emotions that we may be struggling with, of situations that don’t make us look the best when exposed.

A garbage can is a garbage can, no matter what you choose to use it for, it holds our trash!

Friends don’t see it that way, it’s all of that, the that’s  that draws one to a another, the good, the bad, the ugly and of course the joy we feel when we know we are loved, in every way, shape or form.

Wake Up…

Wake Up Call

Wake Up Call


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Lend a Hand

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This was an original sketch that was on put on the chopping block for Children of Fallen Riders,  the one that made the cut for the T-Shirts can be seen below, but I thought it a good one to go with this post.

Lend a hand…why? BECAUSE you can!

Yes, Buck, Mickey & all anyone else that would like to chime in, I am one of the worse culprits of taking help.  My strong suit is giving it, I have now worked for two months on the COFR project, it’s brought some interesting folks into my life.

I am not a rider, but have listened to some stories that raised the erector pili’s (look it up), and have heard the passion in several voices about the cause.  This is not a post to push the cause, it’s a post to push lending a hand, no matter what or where you do so, you will walk away with a sense of pride and satisfaction.

It’s all about learning, walking away with an education on something you know nothing about.   Forming new networks, whether in your everyday life, or online, there is a plethora of people out there that can help, IF they so choose.

Realizing that what you hold passionate, other’s may not, but you know…respect them for trying!

There are those that step up to the plate, and there are those that just sit in the dug out.  Do you want to be in the dug out all the time? Or do you want to get up to bat and give it your all?

I am not sure where you can find a driving force but when you look deep down within yourself, you can find something to put your all into.  Why is it, that so many people seem to be putting their all into Negative B.S. ? Move on folks, and spread your wings, be happy for someone.  Learn from someone, take a chance and put your B.S. to rest!

If you don’t, it will come back to you someday, in some way and you may have just bitten off the hand that holds your fate..

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How Deep are the Waters – Shark Week

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Andy McKeeThe week has wrapped up at Tech Jaws Shark Week – Frank over there is a good friend of mine and I am always amazed at all the information and people he finds online.

After all, he found me, over at.. the  defunct entrecard – Frank has taught me about friends, family and fun.. as well taking me under his wing and teaching me the in’s and outs of blogging.  As well as Business Plan’s – which my friend, I’ve done nothing with…yet..

Frank never fails to be a stumble away or an instant message answering my questions! THANKS MAN! CHEERS!

This is a sketch of Andy McKee, I am using this picture of him and him as a reference because this is not normally something I would listen to and online networking is something not all people are into, but the possibilities are so unlimited.

No matter how deep the waters are, we need to test them to find our place.

Stepping into shallow waters is your best bet when it comes to finding your niche.   Don’t dive into the pool until your certain the waters are deep enough or shallow enough in some cases.   My son introduced me to Andy McKee and when I read his bio – it explains how he brings something new to the industry.

We should all bring something new to our own lives, whether it’s people, hobbies or music.

Frank – thanks for showing me some of the ropes and opening my eyes to many things.. we love you with all our hearts..

Everyone else reading this, learn from others, teach others and never forget to listen to someone that you may not always listen too.. no matter what, there is something they can teach you..

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What Happened to Gravity?

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Hands and Feet Pencil SketchIt’s been all around us and no one seems to have a good solid answer.

Do you recently feel that you do not have your feet planted firmly on the ground?

Are they being cradled by faith or held up by some unknown force?

I have listened lately to several people say things, things that are out of character for them.  So many of the stories and feelings are very similar, that I have to question what the driving force is, why now, why so many people have so many questions that are along the same lines?

What is the feeling in the air? Is it the economy? Are the planets shifting? Is it the negativity flying through the air waves on the nightly news?

What happens to us when we feel that our feet are not on the ground? We begin to see things from a different perspective, albeit, that’s not a bad thing.  Focus seems lost and concentration is at a minimum.

Are those that are closest to you feeling the same or have your emotions just overflowed onto them? I find that when my feet are not on the ground that I begin to ask questions that I normally wouldn’t.

When our feet are planted firmly, answers do come more  easily, but is life supposed to be easy? Is uncertainty part of our growth process?  Can we live in a world of constant questioning, no way, can we live with the constant negative spin of the world around us.

When was the last time you turned on the television and picked up a positive story?

Do you hear from co-workers, family members and friends…

“I’ve been wronged”

“They owe me this, that, the other thing”

“That’s not how I would do it”

Take the great depression, do you think that anyone that lived through that era would be able to make a negative spin out of a “free loaf of bread?”

Perhaps our feet may not be grounded, feelings out of sync, questions flying around about the uncertain economy and the future, but somewhere out there, there is someone to hold you up, someone that is in your corner.  That is the positive force that we as a country have lost.

Everyone is aware of 9/11, it rocked our country to the core – do you recall the emotion it brought out in people across the country, people became kind and concerned about others,  people held doors for strangers, they said good morning, people took time for others…

Someone, something, somehow can help us get our feet back on the ground, it’s a matter of believing not only in others, but in yourself as well..

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