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“Outside of a dog, a book is man’s best friend. Inside of a dog it’s too dark to read.”Groucho Marx

I absolutely love this quote!  Dogs really aren’t your true friend though.  Who is smart enough to walk all over someone and have that someone still believe they have a best friend forever?  Only a dog!  Granted, some dogs may stand by even the most worthless of humans but, hey, has a dog ever invited you over for dinner?  Ever  brought you anything outside of a newspaper or fleas?  And where did the saying “work like a dog” come from?  Most of the dogs I know spend their days romping around outdoors or snoozing on a sofa.  I wish I could do the same.  Some friend.
In my own little world  what makes life worth living is the warmth and inner glow of loving family and the best of friends, a few dogs included.  Family is what life is all about but a variety of friends make my daily living interesting and diverse.  Friends are like those pebbles you pick up walking along the beach on vacation and bring home to put on your bookshelf or use as a paperweight.   Soon you have a nice little pile of pebbles of various sizes, shapes and colors.  Friends.

If you can count maybe two or three people who have been there with you along your trek through  life you are blessed.  These are people you can drop in to visit every few years or so and it still feels just like you live around the corner and visit every day.  You carry on just as if yesterday wasn’t a decade ago.   You really know each other and your shared history is a precious thing.  I have a few of these friends in my life and my life is so much richer because of them.




“Life is like a new hat. You don’t know if it suits you if you keep trying it on in  front of your own mirror.”  Shirley McLaine.

This is such a delightful quote from such a free spirited personality.   I adore it and only hope that I can move through life each day with a new hat perched upon my head.  Living life and sharing life is a gift received and passed on to others.  Today, time is the most cherished and sought after luxury in the world.  Have you ever thought about where all that time you didn’t know what to do with while growing up went?  Hopefully, it wasn’t wasted standing in front of your own mirror!  As I look forward to my future decades and think of ways to wear new hats, I wonder if when the circle is complete I will again reflect on what to do with all the time on my hands.  Only time and hats will tell.

This is one of the results from a live model session using vine charcoal and various paper, paint and embellishments.   Collages are so much fun and just like real life – made up of bits and pieces gathered from here and there.

I wonder if the British wear hats to shield their heads from the drizzle or is it because they live life to the fullest and don’t let the rain dampen their spirit.

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