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Blogging Again

After a long absence from blogging – I’m back! The featured image was taken by my youngest daughter this past Thanksgiving weekend (two days ago). My husband Brent’s hair is wild, looking like Christopher Walken here! Normally he looks like he’s still in the Army, but he’s overdo for a haircut. I’ve been his barber for our whole marriage and sometimes I procrastinate cutting his hair. I expect he’ll drop heavy hints about a hair cut as soon as he has a bit of free time.

We were at the beach at Tybee Island, one of my favorite places in all the world. That includes my travels in Germany and Ireland. I’ll share more pictures I took this weekend, and my art inspired by Tybee. If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen these before, but maybe not. Sometimes my positive real-life news is immediately cluttered over by my political tweets.

It’s also not easy to be seen on Twitter, or any of the social media platforms. I’m not active on any other platforms, other than Twitter (new account after dumping my old one), but I’m heavily censored there too. My blog has become important to me again. I’m also open to writing letters and mailing them. Carrier pigeon may be my next option.

I’m often distracted by things happening in the news, as are you, as is everyone. How can we not be, when propaganda and events directly affect us? So, I’ll blog about what I see world event wise, but I’ll also share uplifting content like oil paintings, photos, and personal stories. Hopefully my depressing, infuriating, and defeating blogs will be out-shined by my encouraging blogs, but I make no promises. I blog honestly.

~ Tybee! And ramblings ~

It was a beautiful day. A little cool – no swimmers today. If you noticed that what I’m wearing in the featured photo is the same red trench coat and hat (turned around backwards) that I wore often in the Ireland blog pics – good eye. Trenchcoat is missing a few buttons, but it’s still such an awesome coat. It’s designed for travel, with many pockets. I saved money for each of us to have a coat or jacket from ScottEVest, to hold our passports and other essentials physically on us, without carrying a bag.

I usually buy my clothes at thrift stores, so this was a huge expense for me. I’ll probably wear this coat for the next twenty years! It happens to be on sale today, for CyberMonday, if you want to check it out. I recall getting it on sale when I bought it, but even so… way out of my price range normally. I usually don’t spend more than $20 per item on my clothes. I’ve gotten some shirts for only 39 cents each! Sometimes they still have the price tags on. Other people’s wastefulness is my family’s good fortune! Anyway… here are the Tybee pics and oil paintings:

I made these animations from photos I took at Tybee Island, Georgia on Saturday.

Some of my oil paintings inspired by Tybee

This one was inspired by a sunny day, when we were greeted by delightful graffiti. Watch me paint this. I want to eventually pay for an add-on that will allow me to host videos through my website, but for now I’m embedding videos I’ve uploaded to YouTube or BitChute, which isn’t ideal because they can change their services at any time.

I have several Tybee paintings, but I’m getting tired and I have to move on to other things, so I’ll just share one more. I love sharing this one, because it has special meaning for me. Most of you have probably already heard my stories about my father, who died from cancer at age 37. I was 16. Sharing my life stories often comes back to my parents, as that’s where we all begin, but I also do it as a community service, to help others.

I have lost many people I’ve loved – both parents, my grandparents, my dear cousin, uncle. I have no extended family who visits me, who is close to me. So, I do understand. And I hope that I can help. Those who are suffering through raw grief need encouragement that the pain softens… each day gets better. The sharpness that takes your breath away? It fades. One day, you can laugh again.

You can honor your loved one by being happy, living your best life, doing something good. And… by allowing their life to inspire yours. This brings me to my purpose in saying all of this, how it connects to the lighthouse painting.

My father was active duty Air Force, then later in the Air National Guard, while also a manager for a mid-sized company. While not an artist by trade, he liked to doodle. He made a cartoon booklet for work – it was part of an official management training guide (comic relief illustrations throughout the manual). He also painted a few custom signs. Beyond this, he did art as a hobby- like the Nativity set that I was inspired to paint. [store pages: Nativity cards or ornament]

He also painted a few watercolor sketches, when he was a young man. Mom had saved his sketchbook. He’d done a rough draft of a lighthouse, that one always caught my eye. About 30 years later, I painted a lighthouse too, this one, on Tybee Island (watch me paint it here). I thought of Dad, and knew he’d be happy about this. His life inspired mine. I want my life to inspire others.

I like the way the video of my painting session turned out. The melancholic music suits the mood that I often have when I think about the things happening in the United States and the world today. There’s a profound sadness, yet hope. Darkness, yet Light. It’s a wild time in history – as mysterious and deep as the ocean, as chaotic and frightening as a storm, and yet… it’s like a soft beam from a lighthouse, calling us home. We’ll be OK, America. We really will.

Well, I guess that’s all I have to say for now. I appreciate all of you who made the trip to my blog. I hope you will stay and chat. I believe we need to expand how we use the Internet to connect with each other. The power to shut down our voices rests in the hands of the elite. We can’t expect fairness or kindness. We need to make our own way.

I plan to blog often. If it works well, I might be helped by having my own store links always present. It would be nice to be less dependent on Twitter. But, if I find that I’m talking to myself like a crazy person, I will lose interest in blogging. For now, I’m committed to blogging regularly.

See you again soon ~ please feel free to chat with me via comments, or privately through my email contact. Thank you for connecting with me. God bless you and your family. xoxo

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