Off With Her Hair!

Never have I been more thankful for my hairdresser! And before you judge… yes, my cut was allowed following New Hampshire’s structured reopening plan and masks were worn by all. (I’ve obscured some of the text on these pages for privacy.)



Since a few of my in-person workshops this spring were cancelled I treated myself to a short workshop featuring one of my favorite illustrators, Ohn Mar Win. I’ve been following her on Instagram,  Ohn_Mar_Win, and I’ve been particularly taken with her recent floral illustrations. See for yourself, they’re exquisite!

The best part of taking her class has been revisiting my comic arts dip pen fitted with a flexible G nib. I used it with a favorite permanent ink, DeAtramentis Document Brown.




There’s nothing like learning something new to get me smiling.
In fact, I’m still smiling.

April Only Had 30 Days?

Whew!  Seemed like April was really long.




Globally we crested three million positive COVID-19 cases of which one million are cases here in the United States. I also heard that more Americans have died from COVID-19 than died over the twenty years we were in Vietnam.

In the face of these sobering statistics I searched for a little happiness.

I found myself laughing with Pluto, a very wise talking dog, and dancing in the kitchen with dj DNice and his Club Quarantine on Instagram.



Spirits lifted, I believe I’m ready for whatever’s coming my way in May.

Tough Times

The news media has given us a torrent of data.

It seems we can’t read any article without being inundated with assorted charts and tables. It’s too much to take in at once so I try to clarify the daily news as I work in my journal.

There are more tough times ahead but we’re tough too. It’s not easy but we’ve not been enlisted to fight in a physical war. Instead, we’ve been requested to stay home for the sake of essential workers, first responders, health care professionals, neighbors, friends, family… and people we don’t know but are as loved by someone as our family is loved by us.

Please stay safe and keep others safe too.