We have less than a month til Christmas! This has always been one of my favorite times of year. I have lots of memories of my childhood holidays, but these days it's pretty fun, too. My favorite part has always been trimming the tree. I love all the different kinds of Christmas ornaments out there, especially this one:
“…Rise then above it; and prove yourself superior to the adverse occurrences which have befallen you. It is by surmounting difficulties, not by sinking under them, that we discover our fortitude. True courage consists in not flying from the storms in life, but braving and steering through them with prudence. Avoid solitude. It is the bane of a disordered mind; though of great utility to a healthy one. Your once favorite amusements court your attention. Refuse not their solicitations…” — Lucy Sumner from The Coquette by Hannah Webster Foster
I should always remember this:
“Everybody has a secret world inside of them. All of the people in the whole world — I mean everybody. No matter how dull or boring they are on the outside, inside them they’ve all got unimaginable, magnificent, wonderful, stupid, amazing worlds.” — Neil Gaiman, The Sandman
Eric White, 1938 Dodge Brothers Business Coupé (Double Indemnity) 2011 oil on canvas 20 x 50 inches
"The painter Eric White elicits near-universal admiration from his peers. For one thing, his technique is immaculate and just about surgically precise. I was excited to see the new series of paintings he has been working on, especially since they are slated to be exhibited in Italy and this might be my only chance to see them. Right away I noticed in his studio, among the easels, brushes and palettes, cups of q-tips. But these were no ordinary q-tips; they were specially shaped ones intended for applying makeup. This indicates to me that he has many tricks up his sleeve. His paintings are tight! I can only imagine the hours of labor that go into each one."
It's true, you know. This might be funny but it's also true. Some of what resonates with me:
- Respect their need for privacy.
- Do not push them to make lots of friends. -- Because it's really one of the hardest things to do.
- Don't try to remake them into extraverts. -- Because you will only fail, I tell you.
“I must say that, beyond occasionally exposing me to laughter, my constitutional shyness has been no disadvantage whatever. In fact I can see that, on the contrary, it has been all to my advantage. My hesitancy in speech, which was once an annoyance, is now a pleasure. Its greatest benefit has been that it has taught me the economy of words. I have naturally formed the habit of restraining my thoughts. And I can now give myself the certificate that a thoughtless word hardly ever escapes my tongue or pen. I do not recollect ever having had to regret anything in my speech or writing. I have thus been spared many a mishap and waste of time. Experience has taught my that silence is part of the spiritual discipline of a votary of truth. Proneness to exaggerate, to suppress or modify the truth, wittingly or unwittingly, is a natural weakness of man, and silence is necessary in order to surmount it. A man of few words will rarely be thoughtless in his speech; he will measure every word. We find so many people impatient to talk. There is no chairman of a meeting who is not pestered with notes for permission to speak. And whenever the permission is given the speaker generally exceeds the time-limit, asks for more time, and keeps on talking without permission. All this talking can hardly be said to be of any benefit to the world. It is so much waste of time. My shyness has been in reality my shield and buckler. It has allowed me to grow. It has helped me in my discernment of truth.” - Gandhi
I've been really inspired by all the recent talk about Father's Day, that I decided to make some new designs. Since it is one of the most meaningful holidays in my family, it was pretty easy to come up with ideas. When I was younger, my brother, my Dad and I would always spend quality time with each other on Father's Day, leaving my Mom and Grandma at home. It would always change every year, but sometimes we went camping, other times hiking or fishing. Usually my Dad left it up to me and my brother to decide, but when we couldn't agree Dad would make the executive decision. Anyway, thinking about my childhood gave me the inspiration for these designs...Check em out:
So, according to this story in The New York Times, a majority of the U.S. Supreme Court has voted to follwo through with a two-year-old lower court order instructing the State of California to reduce its prison population to only 137% of capacity.
ROCHESTER, N.Y. (AP) — As photography continues its march toward digital dominance, a shrinking number of people are still devoted to shooting on film, the analog ancestor to today's technology.
In Rochester, Gary Thompson and his wife are the only two of 11 partners and resident artists at a private gallery who haven't switched to digital.
But that time may be near. He thinks he will eventually make the switch.
At the turn of the 21st century, American shutterbugs were buying close to a billion rolls of film annually. This year, the total could be a mere 20 million rolls.
Equally startling has been the plunge in film camera sales. Americans bought 19.7 million film cameras in 2000; that number might dip below 100,000 this year.