Random Things for a Wednesday

“To practice any art, no matter how well or badly, is a way to make your soul grow. So do it.”

Kurt Vonnegut

I think I need to read more Vonnegut. I’ll add it to the “Big Ass To Do List.”

Internal conversations with myself lately have been asking where I find the balance between writing, art, and theater. And how do I accomplish that while still maintaining relationships with family and friends, finances, the house, the yard, the soon-to-be-ending day job.

Let’s not talk about the things that didn’t even make that list.

If you have the answers, feel free to put them in the comments.

Yesterday, I finished reading Austin Kleon’s Show Your Work. Austin is one of my favorite guys to follow on the Interwebz. He says he’s a writer who draws.

I don’t know. Maybe like me?

I can’t believe this book has been around since 2014 and I’m just finding it. I’ve previously read Steal Like an Artist and Keep Going and I’ll jump back to them periodically when I need some creative inspiration.

The basic message of this book is to show your work in whatever stage it’s in currently. That, and keep going.

To that end, I’ve come back to more consistent posting here, and I’m daily posting something artsy on Instagram.

I don’t know where this will take me. Perhaps it’s just doing the things I love.

If I don’t sell a million copies of my books, or my art, perhaps there’s the lottery.

Dear Virginia Lottery,

You don’t write. You don’t call.

At least once in every conversation with my 90-something-year-old Mother, she says “maybe we’ll win the lottery.”

We might. If we played.

I have played, and when the Powerball or Mega Millions get to certain amounts, I’ll play again. The irony, of course, being that with ever increase in the pot, my odds of winning decrease exponentially.

It’s Wednesday.

Use it wisely.


Hochul slammed for saying black kids in the Bronx don’t know what the word ‘computer’ means
New York Post
Bronx politicians ripped Gov. Kathy Hochul after she asserted that some black children in the borough don’t know what the word “computer” means.

Trump: “Our Constitution Is Much More Important Than Jail, I’ll Do That Sacrifice”
Real Clear Politics
DONALD TRUMP: I thought they were going to be finished today and they want 2-3 more weeks, they’re playing right into the judge’s hands. The judge is so happy about 2-3 more weeks, because they all want to keep me off the campaign trail. That’s all this is about. This is about election interference, how can you stop it? And it’s a disgrace.

A little bit of home.

Meet Virginia: Betsy Wood
So, in the early 2000s, with the support of the school board and principal, Wood created an elective on Appalachian culture, Giles County’s first. The class offered mostly 11th and 12th grade lessons in Appalachian history, writing, music, and crafts.

Uighur Slaves Struggling To Keep Up With Demand For Palestinian Headscarves
The Babylon Bee
XINJIANG, CHINA — Thanks to the recent uptick in awareness of worldwide injustices and inequalities, Uighur slaves are struggling to keep up with the demand for more Palestinian headscarves.

Am Yisrael Chai



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