I gotta get back to work!
Friday, September 30, 2011
I gotta get back to work!
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
The big 4-0.
According to many people, 40 is considered "over the hill", that one has reached the climax of one's lifetime. To others, that thinking is outdated, and 40 is the new 30 . I'm not sure what turning 40 means to me, but it's certainly a milestone.
I look around at other 40 year olds. Some have had immense success and amazing lives, they've gone everywhere and done every thing. Others have had it rough, real rough. Some haven't moved at all (I know a few that are still living with their parents). I think when you reach a milestone like turning 40, you tend to pause and reflect on what you've accomplished. Have you reached your goals? Was your time well spent?
In my life (so far), I've lived in several states, gone on a lot of great vacations, worked a lot of jobs both good and bad, lived in apartments, mobile homes, basements and houses, had lots of money and been completely broke, met a lot of amazing people, fell in love a lot, got my heart broken a lot, had three amazing kids, been married, been divorced, got married again, lost many people dear to me, sat around and did nothing, wasted way too much time, took risks, played it safe, did some things I'm very proud of, had tons of regrets.
Hopefully at forty, you've reached a point in your life where you have accumulated some degree of wisdom and experience, and can pass that on to the next generation. Over time, I've assembled a bunch of quotes and sayings that I feel are relevant to my life, maybe they can help you too (you listening, kids?):
"Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it." Charles R. Swindoll
"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.” Albert Einstein
"I’ve never learned anything while I was talking." Larry King
"Our greatest glory is not IN NEVER falling, but in rising every time we fall." Confucius
"Patience is also a form of action." Auguste Rodin
"The quality of one’s thoughts is only as good as the quality of one’s language." George Carlin
What is understood, need not be discussed.
There is nothing more expensive than regret.
"If you want something done, ask a busy person to do it." Lucille Ball
Adapt and overcome.
Someday someone will walk into your life and make you realize why it never worked out with anyone else.
Anything is possible
"We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!" Benjamin Franklin
"Find a job you love and you'll never work a day in your life." - Confucius
"Man is most nearly himself when he achieves the seriousness of a child at play." - Heraclitus
I would also suggest to make plenty of mistakes and expect to FAIL a lot. Use your 20s to figure out WHO you are. Treat people the way you want to be treated. Stay away from people toxic to you. Take care of your mind, body and spirit. Don't smoke, it's stupid. Smile. Find pleasure and joy in everything. Work real hard, but treat yourself. Take the word "bored" out of your vocabulary, there's always something to do. Question things and be sure to sit quietly and think whenever possible. Listen to music. Engage your senses. Keep your mind open.
I've had a great life so far and have accomplished a lot. But I've got so much more that I want to do, and you can watch it all as it happens right here on this blog.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Google is in on the act as well.
Go now, TODAY, and have some fun.
I could go on and on about why Jim Henson was such a great man and a hero to me, but I think I'll just let him speak for himself:
"I know I drive some people crazy with what seems like ridiculous optimism, but it has always worked for me." ~Jim Henson
"It's a wonderful life and I love it." ~Jim Henson
“The most sophisticated people I know - inside they are all children. ”
― Jim Henson
“If you care about what you do and work hard at it, there isn't anything you can't do if you want to.”
― Jim Henson
“As children, we all live in a world of imagination, of fantasy, and for some of us that world of make-believe continues into adulthood.”
― Jim Henson
“I don't know exactly where ideas come from, but when I'm working well ideas just appear. I've heard other people say similar things - so it's one of the ways I know there's help and guidance out there. It's just a matter of our figuring out how to receive the ideas or information that are waiting to be heard.”― Jim Henson
"My hope is to leave the world a little better for my having been there." ~Jim Henson
Happy Birthday Jim.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Monday, September 19, 2011
The Muppets will be returning to the big screen on November 23rd, 2011 but Benjamin Sawinski and several other artists will be celebrating Jim Henson’s favorite characters a little early in Downtown Orlando for the Puppet, Muppet, & Marionette Art Show beginning with an opening night party on Thursday, October 20th 2011 from 6 PM – 9 PM.
Puppet, Muppet, & Marionette Art Show
The opening night events will be on October 20th, 2011 but the art show will be on display through November 11th, 2011. The Gallery at Avalon Island is the nicest gallery venue in Downtown Orlando and showcases some of the best art galleries throughout the year. Select pieces from the show will also make their way around the Orlando area including the Pinocchio’s Marionette Theater in Altamonte Springs. All events are free to attend.
Presenting artists Benjamin Sawinski goes on to describe his enthusiasm for the art show as:
“I personally am extremely excited to have the ability to put on such a show with the support of so many groups and artists. Its just a fun show that everyone can enjoy. Every person has a connection to a puppet of some sort. Every artist I talk to has at least one that they want to
The show will be a very diverse mix of styles and interpretations. We did a smaller show back in April and were amazed with the turn out and support. The fact that Avalon Gallery in Downtown Orlando is letting us host this there amazes me. We went from a tiny cafe in Metrowest to one of the most respected galleys in Central Florida. Just goes to show that everyone still holds a strong bond to their childhood memories. Memories we all share together, no matter what your age. Third Thursday in October really is going to be an impressive evening.”
Sunday, September 18, 2011
One of the stores I try to visit every time I come up to Wisconsin is a place called
Saturday, September 17, 2011
Thursday, however, I was able to attend the grand opening of the exhibit, One Fine Sunday in the Funny Pages.The exhibit featured original comic strip art from legendary funny strips like Family Circus, Broom Hilda, Garfield, Heathcliff, B.C., Funky Winkerbean, Ziggy, Nancy, Cathy, Popeye, Get Fuzzy, and many more. Also Argyle Sweater.Jett, Andi and original Family Circus art.Jett enjoying a slideshow of Tom Richmond's work.Several of the artists were on hand to meet and greet attendees and do some signings. I got to meet Tom Bancroft and catch up with old buddy and hero Tom Richmond.
The next day I attended a seminar about Marketing Yourself as an Artist in the Digital age.
Tom's presentation was incredible, moving and funny; the perfect ending to a wonderful festival. It was great to meet some the faces behind the comic strips and get a peek into their creative process. Don't know if there will be another Kenosha Cartooning Festival, but if so, I will definitely be there!
Friday, September 16, 2011
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Tomorrow Tom and Tom will be speaking with some of the other artists about "Marketing Yourself as an Artist in the Digital Age", a MUST-ATTEND event for me. Later Tom Richmond will have his presentation about Cartooning for the Troops. I'll give a full report after the event. Stay Tooned!
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Sunday, September 11, 2011
In this second video, I write the word "clap". You see Jett's immediate response. Then I write the word "kiss" and he kisses me.
He knows other words too, like hair, foot, whoosh, nose, daddy, Jett and more. He seems to learn at least one new word every day!