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  • I found a dead carp on the beach, photographed, and painted a picture of it for a project I am working on. I've painted dead carp before and always enjoyed painting them. I spent a lot of time on this first painting, but I didn't like it. I was bummed out. (I felt like I'd wasted my day, and I have so much to do!)

    Carp die. We all die. I'm pretty much okay with that. (Well, intellectually, anyway. Sort of.) Death is a part of life.

    BUT for some reason, I felt displeased with the painting. I decided this particular fish needed a second chance at life. I gave the fish that chance--I painted over the painting.

    I almost never do that. Today, I did.


    I am reading James Potter and the Hall of Elder's Crossing, by G. Norman Lippert. It's fan fiction based on the world of Harry Potter, it's quite good, if you like Harry Potter, and it's free. A free download for Kindle or Nook. I love the "magic" paintings in the Harry Potter and James Potter books. I can't tell you, in case you read the book, but I was just so taken by a painting-related incident. Now I feel as if I have done something magical with my painting. Yes, yes, magical thinking, but on the level of spirit, magic happens. It really does.


    Note: I am leaving Tuesday morning, after I vote, for a week-long trip to upstate NY for my grandson's second birthday. While I probably can get online there, I want to concentrate on spending time with my grandson who I rarely see, my daughters and other friends and relatives. I am already behind from the Shaman trip, because I had so much catching up to do in other areas of my life as well as here, and I apologize. Will try to catch up over the winter, when I travel less. Please be patient.
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