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30 years of wedded bliss today. Spending it

looking for a second car, but we're together.

Family photo album: https://photos.app.goo.gl/knko6J6TEvtCR9sa6

"Celebrating July 2, America's other Independence Day"

Fifty-nine years ago today, legal apartheid in America came to an abrupt end. President Lyndon Johnson addressed the nation from the East Room of the White House:

"I am about to sign into law the Civil Rights Act of 1964 …. Let us close the springs of racial poison."

Afterward, ours was a changed nation, prohibiting discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, and national origin. The back of Jim Crow, with its false promise of "separate but equal" public accommodations, was broken, as America fulfilled its most sacred ideal: "All men are created equal."

Since then, the Civil Rights Act has become as fundamental to our national identity as any of our founding documents, deeply rooted in the fabric of a nation that strives to be "more perfect" and to move ever forward.


Some experiments in my journal with watercolor and watercolor pencils.

Which painting to put in the show?

So I'm doing a library fundraiser. The rules are my painting has to be done within a certain locale and painted within 6 continuous hours. I have done 2, both of which will be in the online auction, but only one can be in the library show. Which one is more likely to sell?

Today's Paint the Peninsula piece.

I thought it was dead, so someone went out to collect it only to have it wake up in the Art room. Sorry, li'l buddy!

Just got the Merlin app installed, but there are no birds around

to ID. 😢

Why I'm proud of this watercolor

*It's for Paint the Peninsula and had to be done in 6 hours, which made me nervous.

*I didn't have my best supplies with me, though my friend provided me with great paper.

*I only had about 4oz of water with me. I had to use a water brush on the sky. (I didn't want to use saltwater on my good travel brushes.)

*I only erased twice. Usually my perfectionism kicks in and I wind up redrawing the same line for an hour, messing up my paper surface.

It might not sell at the show, but at least I got it done. Phew!

Watercolor sketch of West Quoddy Head Light.

Asian tea set, water color sketch. ( and yes, it's displayed on a cat perch. Lol)

Mont St.-Michel Turns 1000 - Celebrating with a painting.

Exactly 1,000 years ago this month, construction started on a magnificent island building off the coast of France that, as it rose improbably from the choppy waters of the Atlantic Ocean, would become a lasting symbol of national fortitude.

The medieval abbey atop Mont Saint-Michel, a cascade of walls and buttresses descending from a lofty central spire, was a spectacular creation which has played crucial roles in French history over the centuries.

Today, as it marks a millennium since work began, it’s one of the country’s most popular tourist attractions outside of Paris – at times overwhelmed by its own popularity to such a degree that its custodians have urged people to stay away.

The abbey, which lies off the coast of France’s Normandy region, west of Paris, has pulled in legions of pilgrims over the centuries. Today, it attracts 1.3 million tourists each year.

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