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Posts tagged ‘friends’

Daily Prompt Catch-Up <3 Saying Thank You, Adult Children, & Peace

17 June 2017

Received several thank you emails from my online students today when our class finished. They never understand, I don’t think, how much I have to thank them for ❤

Create a thank you note (written, visual, musical, etc.) to someone else, someone who doesn’t realize how much gratitude your feel for them.


18 June 2017

My son came home this weekend, to celebrate Father’s Day with me 🙂 He says since I’ve been both mother and father, I get to celebrate both days. My mama always joked, If you can stand them til they’re twenty-two, you’ll get them back as friends. 🙂 I am so grateful for those kids, my three closest friends ❤ 

Make art about children as friends. 


19 June 2017

Make art about peacemakers, about working to heal division.

Daily Prompt Love Catch-Up <3 Small Lights

17 May 2017

I hate grocery shopping. But today while grudging my way through it, I ran into a retired colleague whom I adore and haven’t seen in a while. He made me laugh, like always. And I laughed through the rest of the shopping. 

Make art about something good arising from something you usually dread. 


18 May 2017

Dreamt I was lighting candles, thousands and thousands of candles, as far as I could see. 

Make art about the power small lights. 


Daily Prompt Catch-Up! Storms, and Shrines, and What We Can Learn <3


I grew up in Hurricane Alley, eastern North Carolina, so the preparation for these big storms is something I learned early. Hurricane Matthew has ripped through Haiti, and is on his way to the US East Coast. All my provisions are laid in, flashlights and emergency equipment in place and ready, and I’ve battened down as much as I can. But sometimes Mama Nature’s just too big and unpredictable for any kind of preparation.

Make art about preparing the best you can.



Thinking a lot today about all the ways people find their way to, or demonstrate faith. Took me immediately to one of my top three favorite songs, The Mountain, by Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer.

Excerpted Lyrics by Dave Carter

Some build temples and some find altars,
some come in tall hats and robes spun fine.
Some in rags, some in gemstone halters,
some push the pegs back in line.

I see the mountain, the mountain comes to me,
I see the mountain and that is all I see.

Make art about temples or altars or shrines, faith in some unexpected way.



Road Angel Andrea at Walmart today told me about her grandmama teaching her to sew, first by making curtains, long straight hems, she said, over and over again, summer curtains, winter curtains with their heavy lining. She said her grandmama was patient but tough, making her tear out crooked stitches, and try again til she got it right. “I learned to take my time,” she said. “I learned to take my time, look ahead of the foot, and how a pair of curtains can make all the difference in a room.”

Make art about curtains. Or about what you learned from an elder.



Daily Prompt Catch-Up! Grief, Gratitude, and Finding Best Friends

3 /4/2016

I have Complicated Grief-Related PTSD. Some days I’m okay. Some days I think I’m okay, then I’m just—not, not okay at all.

Make art about grief.



The only way I have survived the extreme loss I’ve experienced in my life is by making a choice every day, sometimes every moment, to live not in grief, but in Gratitude.

Make art about Gratitude.



Both my sons were home this weekend, and one of my greatest joys is to see them together as grown men, not just brothers, but friends. My best friend was my brother, and my oldest son once said, “How cool it is—to find your own best friend right in your family!”

Make art about siblings as friends.


Daily Prompt Catch-Up! A Little Help From Some Friends

So grateful to be blessed with good friends. Both prompts are inspired by the kindness of friends these last few days. 


My wise brother told me, in so many words, to remember that we can’t grasp the river. 

Make art about letting it all flow as it will. Or about a river.

hands in river


A sweet friend arrived with her tarot deck in hand and offered to give me a reading. 

Make art inspired by the tarot. 


Sometimes The Prompt Dares You Like a Big Dog

Daily Prompt
All mornin I keep hearing my teacher and friend Liam Rector 🙂 I called him Big Dog 🙂 say “What’s the next thing, girl?”
Make art about the next thing.

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