The National Park Service Rocks

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 @ 4:20 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Journal, Nature, Science

Some years ago, Claire received a Junior Ranger Night Explorer booklet. I think it was at Bryce Canyon. She didn’t have a chance to complete it during our camping trip, so we brought it home.

A couple of years later, while at Glacier National Park, she completed the booklet. However, they didn’t have any on hand. So I began a search to find someone, someplace at the NPS to help us. I tried a few phone calls and emails to people I was referred to at the NPS directory, but no answer came.

Then one day I read someone’s blog that described getting one at Badlands National Park. So I called the office and spoke to the ranger. She told me to send the booklet to her attention and after review, it would be sent back with the patch. I mailed it off August 17, 2016.

Nothing came. Time passed. Still, nothing. September flew through our lives. We entered October. I gave it up as lost. I figured by now the park has closed for the season, so the earliest we’d ever see anything was in spring, if ever. Today, I came home to this in the mail:


We did a happy dance! Claire opened the envelope:


The booklet and my letter were enclosed. At first we thought that was it. Nothing else was in the envelope. Then the patch slipped out from the pages of the booklet. Happiness!


We give props to the staff at Badlands National Park for helping us!


Almost All Squared

Posted Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 @ 3:30 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal

Two of the last three paintings have been done on 10″ x 10″ canvas. Very different energies. One painting started one way and took an entirely different direction. The other unveiled itself entirely at the beginning. The third painting is tiny, and it too was conceived whole. All are available for purchase.

after the storm / 10" x 10" canvas with acrylic

After the Storm / 10″ x 10″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $40-$80 (+ shipping if out of area)
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full moon summer twilight / 10" x 10" canvas with acrylic

Full Moon Summer Twilight / 10″ x 10″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $40-$80 (+ shipping if out of area)
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time to fly / 4" x 5" canvas with acrylic

Time to Fly / 4″ x 5″ canvas with acrylic

Available for purchase: $10-$20 (+ shipping if out of area)
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I Am a Nasty Woman

Posted Thursday, October 20th, 2016 @ 4:02 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Community, Journal, Social Science

Donald Trump called Hillary Clinton “such a nasty woman” in the last debate, and with that, women rose up to embrace what he meant as an insult. In fact, calling her a “nasty woman” is just a shade cleaner and more acceptable than saying what he probably thought: cunt. When men feel viscerally threatened and rendered powerless by a woman they often resort to dismissing her by reducing her to that one body part.

If having agency over her life, speaking up, insisting on the right to take up space and be heard, asserting her rights as an equal, deciding that only she can make decisions about her health and body, and refusing to be defined by men’s expectations makes a woman nasty, then count me in. I am a nasty woman too.

I finished this painting just before the last debate. I called it The Alchemy of Feminine Wisdom. It is available for purchase. Just inquire.

the alchemy of feminine wisdom / 12" x 24" canvas with acrylic

The Alchemy of Feminine Wisdom / 12″ x 24″ canvas with acrylic

Autumn Love

Posted Monday, October 17th, 2016 @ 10:03 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Journal, Nature
"golden hour" / 18" x 24" canvas with acrylic

“Golden Hour” / 18″ x 24″ canvas with acrylic

“For these beings, fall is ever the normal season, the only weather, there be no choice beyond. Where do they come from? The dust. Where do they go? The grave. Does blood stir their veins? No: the night wind. What ticks in their head? The worm. What speaks from their mouth? The toad. What sees from their eye? The snake. What hears with their ear? The abyss between the stars. They sift the human storm for souls, eat the flesh of reason, fill tombs with sinners. They frenzy forth. Such are the autumn people.”

–Ray Bradbury

The Best Thing

Posted Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 @ 10:29 am by Kathryn
Categories: Education, Quotes

“The best thing for being sad,” replied Merlin, beginning to puff and blow, “is to learn something. That’s the only thing that never fails. You may grow old and trembling in your anatomies, you may lie awake at night listening to the disorder of your veins, you may miss your only love, you may see the world about you devastated by evil lunatics, or know your honour trampled in the sewers of baser minds. There is only one thing for it then — to learn. Learn why the world wags and what wags it. That is the only thing which the mind can never exhaust, never alienate, never be tortured by, never fear or distrust, and never dream of regretting. Learning is the only thing for you. Look what a lot of things there are to learn.”

–T.H. White, The Once and Future King

I’m With Her

Posted Monday, October 10th, 2016 @ 10:01 am by Kathryn
Categories: Community, Humanities, Journal, Social Science

I don’t post about politics. But this election is critical.

Here is a list: Hillary Clinton’s Record of Accomplishments.

Another record of Hillary Clinton’s accomplishments.

Trump is: a narcissist, pathological liar, sexual predator, sexist, and a sociopath.

Characteristics of a sociopath:

  • Glibness and superficial charm
  • Shallow emotions
  • Grandiose sense of self
  • Pathological lying
  • Manipulative and conning
  • Lack of empathy/callousness
  • Impulsive nature
  • Promiscuous sexuality
  • Contemptuous of others
  • Authoritarian
  • Has an emotional need to justify their bad actions
  • Unable to feel remorse or guilt
  • Desire for despotic control

Hillary Clinton should be our next president.

Recent Art

Posted Tuesday, October 4th, 2016 @ 1:39 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts

Two other pieces.

chaos / 5" x 7" canvas with acrylic

“Chaos” / 5″x7″ canvas with acrylic

bubbling up / 12" x 24" canvas with acrylic

“Bubbling Up” / 12″ x 24″ canvas with acrylic

More Please

Posted Saturday, October 1st, 2016 @ 11:28 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Nature

I haven’t been this content in ages.

"lakeside" / 12" x 16" canvas with acrylic

“Lakeside” / 12″ x 16″ canvas with acrylic

One More

Posted Saturday, October 1st, 2016 @ 5:24 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Nature

I’ve been painting since 10 a.m., and it’s 5:30 p.m. I’m starving and tired. But I’ve been so, so content.

untitled / 16" x 20" canvas with acrylic

“Twilight” / 16″ x 20″ canvas with acrylic

More Art

Posted Saturday, October 1st, 2016 @ 1:59 pm by Kathryn
Categories: Arts, Nature

In the beginning, the Creator laid out butcher paper and secured it to the floor with masking tape. She assembled all her materials.

art beginning

Then she proceeded to wet her paintbrushes and play. She felt peace and joy and forgot about thinking.

art in process

After awhile she finished one piece and stepped back to look at it. And the Creator saw it was good.

"birds on a wire" / 14" x 16" acrylic on canvas

“Birds on a Wire” / 14″ x 16″ acrylic on canvas