Always think positive.
Almost everything has a positive side. A little change in the
way you think can make a big difference in your life.
The gas tank is half full not half empty.
"PRESS ON: NOTHING IN
THE WORLD CAN TAKE THE PLACE OF PERSISTENCE. TALENT WILL NOT; NOTHING
IS MORE COMMON THAN UNSUCCESSFUL MEN WITH TALENT. GENIUS WILL NOT;
UNREWARDED GENIUS IS ALMOST A PROVERB. EDUCATION ALONE WILL NOT; THE
WORLD IS FULL OF EDUCATED DERELICTS. PERSISTENCE AND DETERMINATION
ALONE ARE OMNIPOTENT." - Calvin Coolidge
"Great spirit ... help
me to always speak the truth quickly, to listen with an open mind when
others speak, and to remember the peace that may be found in
silence." - Cherokee prayer
"You will say the wrong
thing if you talk too much." - Proverbs 10:19
This also gives me an opportunity to showcase some of my pencil
art. I am a drawer of pictures. It is not quite good enough to be
called real art but it is better than doodling.
When I was a boy, I drew all of the time. But just men's heads.
nothing else - just the components of the
head, usually from a 3/4 profile view. No necks, no collars, no ties. Heads only.
Back then, I wouldn't let anyone see any of my work. I was
afraid someone might criticize it and I was not ready for that. I
quit drawing in 1964, when I joined the Navy. Oh, I doodled occasionally
through the years but nothing serious. I started drawing again in
December of 2016. I had doctors orders to find myself a hobby that I can
keep myself involved with. Drawing seemed to be a logical choice.
The work I do now is not bad for an old blind man. I have
travelled through time and it has taken its toll. I am afflicted with
Age Related Macular Degeneration and I will gradually lose my eyesight
over time. As of now, I see fairly good up
close - out to maybe 30 feet. I have to move my eyes around a lot to
see around the blind spots but I can still see well enough to draw. I
chuckle about it because I am classified as blind by the DMV. I cannot
get a driver's license in Indiana - which is understandable. My new
Indiana State ID card even reads that I am blind.
Oh well - I will keep drawing my pictures as long as I can see
to do it and have the strength to pick up a pencil. Drawing is relaxing
for me and it keeps me out of the wife's way.
Now I try to show
my work off every chance I get. Your comments - even
criticism - are welcomed.