Thursday, October 31, 2013


…….at Rose and Ken’s…..especially at Halloween! Be afraid, be very afraid.  Rosie the Riveter cut these steel figures herself.  Is there anything she can’t do?


Scarier to the left…..


And it doesn’t get any easier once you’re inside! I took lots of pictures for evidence!


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I thought I got a better picture of Britta but she was so busy tending bar it was hard to catch her.


Ken, who’s your short friend?


Everyone asked….”Who’s that?”  Why Hildegard answered I…..not fooled one bit!


Michael was easy to spot. That hat didn’t fool anyone!


Carol always looks elegant, even in costume.


Rose suggested I go with Joan and we met at mom’s but I decided at the last minute to drive myself as I turn into a pumpkin at 9:00.


You can always count on Sue and Marty to have clever, fun get-ups….they’re the cutest and Dracula even had bloodied teeth! Dig his nail polish….word has it he does it all himself! Expect a call from Central Casting!


O.K. Foodies……I know you’re waiting for it….

Outside on the patio where the bar was, we had a delicious chicken dip, little quiche squares and some little shells with a sweet/savory yummy inside. 023  Dinner was set up in four areas….

The salad was wonderful with bits of oranges and pomegranates and a lovely dressing.


Then to the kitchen where there were two huge pots that started out full to the top…..Here’s the chili….(what’s that in the way?….Oh, it’s my bowl!  I was soooo eager.) I added shredded cheese and sour cream to mine.soooo yummy!


Of course you know I had to go back for a bowl of the squash soup before it was all gone!


I know, you’re waiting for the dessert.

Home made cream puffs with the most delicious fudge sauce.  I took some home for Charles, mom, Vicki & Nikka & was very popular!


I had this DELICIOUS Apple Crumble….oh my it was good and the vanilla ice cream didn’t hurt one bit!


Rose makes absolutely the best carmel corn in the world and I’m the happy recipient of my ‘take home’ treat! Thank you Rosie Girl!!!

042 I tried all evening to get a picture of Blondie….she continually evaded me until Ken had her contained.  Happy first year on planet earth Blondie!




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I've come to realize two foundational principals, there are no accidents and everyone has a purpose. More and more I'm desiring everyone to come into a full realization of their purpose as we all find our way on this little jewel of a planet.

For me, as a professional 'Western style artist', I stumbled into Chinese Brush Painting after a trip in 1980 to Monet's home/garden. Seeing all of his collection of Japanese woodblock prints was an ahh haa moment for me and when I returned to the States I started painting in the Chinese manner and never looked back. The first year was extremely painful for me as I felt that I should be able to master the technique since I was a 'trained' artist. Not a chance ... that just gets in your way.

Now, after teaching close to 3,000 students and having my book 'The Ch'i of the Brush' published by Watson Guptill, I can say that every one of my students does better their first day than I did my first year! Why? Because I insist that they leave their critical parent outside and just enjoy the journey, respecting the work that they do. I never let anyone throw anything away because that just ingrains frustration and defeat.

We really only begin to learn when we stop and figure out how to 'save' a painting. It works every time.I am so proud of my students, their receptivity and eagerness to express themselves is a continuing blessing for me.So, back to finding your purpose. Perhaps it starts with realizing 'it's not about me'. It so easy to want our needs met and to filter everything thru this attitude. When we realize that we're here to be of benefit to every life that we touch the universe really provides the ways and means.

The best part is that it's really exciting to not have yourself on your mind all the time!I'm re-reading a wonderful book about authenticity and in my next meandering I'll tell you about it. In the meantime I'd love to hear about your journey and am here to answer any and all questions about Chinese Brush Painting.