Better than a Lemonade Stand

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Jerry Lewis had a Muscular Distrophy telethon every summer and encouraged kids to have a summer carnival in order to raise money for the cause.

Every year right after school ended, the neighborhood kids got together to plan the annual carnival. The planning included lots of arguments and sometimes divided the neighborhood into two factions ending in two separate carnivals, but sometime in August, we would pull it off. Continue reading

Next Time Kid’s Meal

Killer Meal

Killer Meal

I stopped at a fast food restaurant the other day and ordered one of those low-priced combo meals for $5.

Back in the day, a $5 meal would hold you over until you could get home for a real dinner. We are no longer back in the day.

The menu was innocent enough, a cheeseburger, small fries and a small drink, just enough to hold me over for dinner in a few hours. All for about $5.

When my order was ready, the teenager handed me a bag large enough to hold a week’s worth of groceries. Continue reading

Prize Fighting

IM000744.JPGI never got cereal prizes because I had a great mother and 3 siblings.

My mother was concerned about our nutrition, so she never bought pre-sweetened cereal – the good stuff with the prize. Instead we were treated to Shredded Wheat and Special K – they never had prizes. Plus – having 3 siblings, there would be no way we would share the prizes without a fair degree of bloodshed. Continue reading

Walk-ins Welcome

Warm Friend on a Cold Day is available as duvet cover, pillow, prints and more on Fine Art America.IM000777.JPG

My only grandchild lives 1500 miles away. He is six years old. My husband and I went to visit him last month – this is how it went:

ME: May I speak to Andre?

PERSON ON THE OTHER END: Is he expecting your call?

ME: No.

PERSON ON THE OTHER END: Whom shall I say is calling?

ME: Grandma. Continue reading

Thanks, Obama

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Black Love is Black Power

Politics aside, I’d like to thank President and Mrs. Obama for bringing 8 years of class, elegance, love, grace and warmth to the White House.

Wishing the Obama family much success in their future endeavors. You will be missed.

This original print is also available as a shower curtain, pillow, phone case, coffee mug and much more.

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

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

Thanks….

IM000854.JPGThat’s a painting of my husband and I. He has been retired for over 10 years. He joined the USAF in 1980. He volunteered a few years after they ended the draft.

Back when there was a draft, just about everyone in America knew a soldier.

With the all volunteer force, I am surprised at how many people have never met a soldier. I am even more surprised by the number of people who don’t realize that we are at war.

Back in the day, just about everyone I knew wore POW and MIA bracelets. They sold for a few dollars and were imprinted with the name of either a prisoner of war or a soldier who was missing in action. The idea was to keep your bracelet on until the soldier came home. Continue reading