Friday, December 22, 2006


And on earth peace, goodwill toward men! Peace and love to all! I love you guys!

Friday, December 08, 2006


Well, daahling I've posted this before. But be a dear now, won"t you, and forgive me this itsy-bitsy oversight. I've been frightfully overstretched and this seemed simply too too apropos. Thanks ever so much!

Wednesday, December 06, 2006


If Sunshine Girl had realized she would be placed on the shelf betwixt the infamous gingham dog and calico cat she might have reconsidered.

Monday, November 27, 2006


Esmerelda Ackerdorf , girl genius, was delighted when her perpetual motion marble chute/time machine was voted numero uno at the Daisy Hill School's annual science fair.

Monday, November 20, 2006


Ragdoll"s friend was overjoyed and surprised (plus relieved) when Ragdoll prepared a scrumptious feast of specially roasted acorns.

"Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving" Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I'm just grateful for a holiday that is at least relatively noncommercial.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006


It came upon a midnight clear that glorious song of old from angels bending near the earth to touch their harps of gold.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006


Ragdoll lived way way out in the country. She was down to earth and grew all her own food and loved to bake her own bread.

Saturday, October 14, 2006


The mean dragon bothering the castle was smitten by the brave knight.

Wednesday, October 04, 2006


" quietness and trust is your strength..." from the book of Isaiah.

Tuesday, September 26, 2006


Fear of puppets or Pupaphobia - both debilitating and all encompassing.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006


"The falling leaves drift by my window, the autumn leaves of red and gold." My dad used to sing us that song - so bittersweet.

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Sunday, September 10, 2006


My youngest son used to be obsessed with scarecrows. He was always asking me to draw him pictures of scarecrows. So this goofy little guy is dedicated to him.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Friday, August 25, 2006


Despite running furiously Lucinda could not elude the relentless march of time.

Tuesday, August 22, 2006


When putting together an ensemble or designing your dream kitchen matching is always tops on the list of must-have specifications!

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


The right to play is every child's perogative. Play is a vital and intrinsic part of young children's intellectual, social and emotional development. Yet the powers that be seem to be conspiring to eliminate all freeplay time from a child's day. Structuring every moment of a child's day with one-dimensional rote memorization tasks while neglecting play and those activities which require generation of ideas and use of imagination results in diminished learning. So go play.

Sunday, July 30, 2006


Felt like adding this bonus image at the last minute.

Jack's mother slaved away just to keep their humble little cottage clean. And was Jack grateful?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006


What a prescient choice of topics! It has been raining all week here and the river keeps on rising!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006


I have just returned from the jungle (cloud forest to be exact) and my mind is still reverberating from all the spectacularly gorgeous sights. I had some trepidations about visiting Costa Rica in June anticipating heat but the cloud forest is cool and moist. What a thrill to see monkeys in the treetops and tons of hummingbirds.

Friday, May 26, 2006


Trust everyone will have a fun and safe holiday weekend. I'll be going to Costa Rica to visit my daughter who is teaching English there.

Monday, May 22, 2006


Albert immediately regretted venturing into the clutches of the great beast.

The Devil

A lttle addendum here to my last post concerning the devil. I believe there to be a devil but I believe obssession with devils or even angels for that matter is wrongheaded. I think the focus should rather be on God and we needn't obsess about the other stuff because if you are a Christian "greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world" He being the Holy Spirit. Just wanted to clarify. Thanks for bearing with me.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Angels and Devils

When I was a little kid living in Indiana there was this bump on the sidewalk where the concrete was all crumbled. Some kid told a friend and I this was because the devil was coming out from under the ground. At first we were very excited-Yah,let's see the devil- and tore into the sidewalk grabbing chunks and pounding to see if we could break it up more. Then we got really really scared and proceeded to reassemble the shattered pieces. Who knows if a couple of intrepid 4 year olds had not averted a major satanic eruption. So if you happen to be casually strolling down the sidewalk and you see a bump and it's all sort of crumbly like. You know what's going on.

Wednesday, May 10, 2006


My grandma is 98 years old and eats ice cream every day. She says the doctor told her that at 98 she can eat anything she wants.

Monday, April 24, 2006


My youngest son was into robots. His main thing was scarecrows but robots also had a big place in his heart.

Monday, April 17, 2006


"They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain" A Peaceable Kingdom vignette here.
So many creatures sport spots - frogs, fawns, bugs. I perhaps chose the most obvious. I trust all who celebrate Easter had a blessed one. "if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" Alleluia.

Monday, March 20, 2006


For an entire summer my friend Marilou and I went without shoes. Now mind you we lived in a city( we were military brats living in Germany) and that means we walked the city streets, rode on subways, streetcars and buses sans shoes and we're not talking sandals here . We revelled in our calloused, cinder embedded feet as badges of freedom. We could walk on broken glass our feet were so tough. Later Marilou would be deported as a bad example of an American how I eluded that fate I'll never know. Marilou now resides in an abandoned trailer in upstate Maine. She wears Birkenstocks all winter (with unmatched socks I might add) even in 10 feet of snow.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006


Tattoo of the bubblegum variety- the very best despite its tendency to flake off. The other variety - too much commitment.

Tuesday, March 07, 2006


What could possibly be the rationale behind this disturbing practice of attiring one's offspring in insect garb? No doubt naive ill-informed parents claim that such getup is "cute"and see no harm in it at all. But the very young vulnerable child utterly impressionable is apt to develope inalterable insect-like traits after exposure to such invidious stimuli. I have observed several cases firsthand and vouch for the dire nature of this concern.

Saturday, February 18, 2006


I still think of my sister Nancy as the little redheaded girl darting about. My other sister Cindy wrote a song when she was 7 years old. It was called "Pilly, Pilly, Polly, Poo". It went like this: "Oh, Pilly Pilly Polly Poo Oh Pilly Pilly Polly Poo When the answer is spread I suppose I'll be dead Said Pilly Pilly Polly Poo Verse 2 When I'm in the grave
I'll be with Dave Verse 3 When I'm in heaven I'll be 97 " Did you pick up the Death theme? All this to a very jaunty and rousing tune,and we still sing it. A bit morbid for a 7 year old but Cindy was a deep thinker.

Tuesday, February 14, 2006


The hammer may be a simple machine, but oh the havoc it can wreak! And thank you kind folks for requesting more of my magnum opus The Hammering Boy.

Saturday, February 04, 2006


This is from a little book I made for my youngest son over 10 years ago. He was obsessed with hammers and carried one around wherever he went. In the story this boy hammers his whole house down but then he discovers he can also make things with a hammer and not just break things (a bit of moralising here). So he proceeds to build an entire city singlehandedly including apartment buildings, supermarkets and bridges. Well anyway he liked it and I told it over and over and over again. This is cut paper and felt tip pen which I put into Photoshop today to clean up. My very first TV show I ever remember seeing was Gerald McBoing-Boing.

Sunday, January 29, 2006


For dress-up glitter is an essential, also anything sequined, shiny or jewel encrusted. Fingernail and toenail polish,particularly if they are sparkly, loom large. The more frilly and girly-girl the better. And if you can get ahold of some makeup, apply heavily.

Sunday, January 22, 2006


Cats, oh my, I'm ecstatic! Cats are so glamorous, so frou frou, so mysterioso! It's causing me to revert to my 60's self.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

E is for Effort

Miss Egglestein gave Ermatrude an E for effort on her Time Machine/Marble Ramp for although the Time Machine sent one back in time by measurable nanoseconds the Marble Ramp itself was rather slow and clumsy and contained a fair number of glitches.

Saturday, January 14, 2006


Earnestine and Edgar expertly eluded entrapment as they extensively explored their exotic environment. Eventually their exploration evolved into an endless expedition.