As old as 1968

Kwanzaa yenu iwe nahari. This means, “may your Kwanzaa be a happy one.”

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The Gift is available as prints or greeting cards at Fine Art America.

This holiday was started in 1968 by Maulana Ron Karenga after the Watts riots and is celebrated by millions of people of African decent in the US and the Caribbean. Continue reading

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Maybe this will be the year

Every year we here it – Peace on Earth, etc.

IM000883.JPGMost of the time we can pull it off between Thanksgiving and Christmas, but then by January 2nd, something happens and we go right back to our bitter, angry miserable ways. I think after this year’s presidential election, things are probably worse.

I have all of the “stuff” I need and lots of “stuff” that I don’t need. The thing I want the most for Christmas this year is genuine kindness, understanding and LOVE. Not just for the holiday season, but as a way we act toward one another.

Wouldn’t this be a grand world if love became our habit? Maybe we have gotten all of the hate out of our systems – maybe this will be the year.

May everyone have a great holiday!!!!

This painting Christmas Eve  is not for sale.

Fried chicken anyone???

Humble Gratitude

Humble Gratitude

This original has been sold. Purchase prints at Fine Art America.

I got straight D’s in Home Ec, back in the days when girls were required  to take cooking and sewing and boys were required to take shop class. Back in my school, girls could not take shop and boys could not take home ec even if they wanted to. The good old days weren’t all that good in that respect.

Anyway, back to the D’s. It wasn’t that I can’t cook (even though it’s not my favorite pasttime), its that I am a visual cook. I can see how much oregano to add to the spaghetti sauce by the color (even then I was the artist.) Besides, I could care less how many teaspoons go into a tablespoon because I have the whole set of measuring spoons. You can buy a set at the dollar store even today, so I imagine measuring spoons were only a few cents back in the day. Continue reading