Archive | July 2015

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BUILDING AN ATTENTION SPAN


If you’re like most of us, you wonder what the internet is doing to your attention span. You check your e-mail several times a day, toggle over to check what people are saying on Facebook, and check the bank even in the smallest pause in real life. Somehow you feel those phantom vibes begging you […]

GIT ALONG LITTLE DOGGIES!


“Roundup” watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen We aren’t the only creatures longing for water. The golden hills are dry as tinder and crackle under the feet of the herd as they are moved toward a water source. A water truck makes its way painstakingly up the hill to replenish troughs which sizzle in the […]

A JUG OF WINE, A LOAF OF BREAD—AND THOU


“Luncheon of the Boating Party” by Pierre-Auguste Renoir We once ate a picnic in a small boat while floating down a river in the Perigord. I had hoped to eat an authentic Cassoulet for lunch. Instead, we opted for the nearby deli and a small rented boat. We had expected the French families in boats […]

A NEW FOOTPRINT


“Tulips” watercolor painting by kayti sweetland rasmussen I don’t remember the painting I first showed for the public amusement, but it was likely a landscape daubed out in oils. Possibly 38 years ago a small group of us asked the owner of a neighborhood tennis shop if we could set up a display of our […]

LITTLE GOODY TWO SHOES


Trading insults over a card table one evening, a friend tossed out a challenge in retaliation to one of my own: “OK, Little Goody Two Shoes!” It’s such an old saying, but where did it come from? We’ve all read the story of the little orphan girl who had only one shoe, and how smug […]

A MILD SHAKEUP


Charlie is a brave soul who shies away from stepping into the Pacific Ocean, and lives comfortably with the various wildlife sharing our garden. Though he was bred to destroy rattus norvegicus wherever they lived, he insists that our garden variety rat is a potential friend, and only gives them a bark or two. However, […]

Five Fascinating Facts about Thomas Paine


Five Fascinating Facts about Thomas Paine.