Arting Around




At the spring arts festival, exploring the recesses of the artistic mind in a special threefer. This sequence of comic strips was based on an arts festival once held in April in the small town where I was living at the time it was drawn. Pursuant to our conversation yesterday, the festival set a standard for entry, perhaps a subjective standard but a standard nevertheless. That show was terminated, however, and replaced with another spring festival with—I guess—a broader appeal. Speaking of questionable art, we’re going to get to our own A&J art sale soon, and for a good cause, too.

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51 thoughts on “Arting Around”

  1. Note to Janis: If you want Arlo to hang on your every word, you just have to mix the right words in with them.

    Certain words from a woman will always get a man’s immediate and undivided attention.

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  2. Perhaps.

    About art, looking forward to your sale Jimmy.

    When and where are you doing your comics appearances? I am not that crazy a crazy cat lady! I am presentable and courteous in polite company.

    Three separate rosarians in Birmingham invited me to join their garden club! And I could have chunked a pine cone at Southern Living from the rose gardens, so I passed Alabama standards for Southern ladies.

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  3. When I was in college I used to go to the PlumNelly Arts Festival. (That’s Plum our of Georgia and Nelly out of Tennessee, for those that don’t know) I had no money so all I could do was walk around and look, but the handcrafted hats, scarves, blankets, and quilts were beautiful. Now I go to Art on the Square in Gainesville, and everything is made from recycled Coke cans, or by stuffing twinkle lights into wine bottles. Inventive, but not quite the same.

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  4. I agree. I put in my time standing in the heat-cold-rain-sleet-wind-heat (this was Texas) and the crafts were still beautiful in the 70s and 80s. Now I just rarely go, I don’t consider them even crafted, much less art.

    But I went to one at the St. Louis Botanical Gardens that blew me away with the quality and crafts, all from state of Missouri. Juries of course and wonderful.

    Since my old gift shop logo said “Handmade in Texas” on all the tags I think supporting local artists and craftsmen is essential.

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  5. Re post from yesterday:
    Debbe,
    Sorry to correct you but this Saturday is the Preakness Stakes, the second crown of the Triple Crown of horse racing. It is run at Pimlico. The Belmont, longest of the three races, is the first Saturday in June. Just a little trivia for the day.

    God bless us every one.

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  6. Just read the cutest little girl anecdote. I am friends with her grandfather, father and two uncles. Never met child but heard stories since birth. She has a boat design named for her. She is about 5 or 6. Playing with dolls, mama and two babies and a dog.

    Mama: “Things are too expensive, I can’t keep you. I can keep dog because he’s trained and you aren’t. You will just have to go live in the orphanage.”

    Coincidentally the two children were identical twins and adopted by two different families and never saw each other again.

    Don’t know why but I instantly thought of the Village orphans. Have we all been adopted by different families, never to see each other again?

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  7. I believe I mentioned a while back that ACT, Inc. gives an adult version of their test, and based in the results, awards three different levels of a National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). They state that “The NCRCยฎ is accepted by more than 10,000 employers nationwide as a reliable way to verify individuals’ work skills.” If you know someone who is seeking employment; looking to change jobs/careers; or wanting to get promoted, you might suggest they check and see if it is offered/accepted in their area.

    When I found out about it, I wondered if it might really do what ACT claims it does for employers, so I took (and did pretty well on) the test. Today I got an email from ACT, listing five careers (with their average wages) at which my test results indicated I might excel.

    1. Information systems manager – $131,000
    2. Public relations manager – $104,000 (I just had to make that manure joke the other day, didn’t I?)
    3. Industrial engineer – $83,000
    4. Web developer – $64,000
    and, believe it or not,
    5. Landscape architect* – $63,000

    *So, Jackie, I might turn out to be handy to have around, after all. ๐Ÿ˜€

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  8. My cousin, a bass fisherman, had a snake fall into his boat from a tree. He considered shooting it but decided to give the snake the boat and jumped into river. Unfortunately motor was running and boat went on down river leaving him behind. I do not recall how he got boat back but he did.

    Snake was still in Boat I think but cousin said he remembered last time he shot snake in his bedroom of our farm, shooting out sheet rock and the house roof.

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  9. Here’s a funny conversation from today’s shopping expedition with two store managers. First was a nice medium priced department store chain I like for separates, national chain with not cheap men’s, women’s and children’s wear. Manager discussing how upset she was with store’s policy of not prosecuting shoplifters.

    She said stolen panties out numbered sold panties about 3 to one.

    In Dollar General the other day my manager friend said it often ran at 90% panties stolen. I had asked why they never seemed to have inventory?

    Tonight I was shopping for floral wired deck baskets and as I was only customer in store I overheard manager telling clerk store policy on shop lifters, don’t do anything except call police, don’t approach, etc. Since this was also policy of other two stores, including not actually prosecuting I asked. Neither agreed with policy and we all agreed it was wrong, teaching especially young people it was OK to steal.

    Except clerk said “Doesn’t anyone actually PAY for panties? All ours get stolen.” So, I told her what my other two friends said and manager agreed panties were probably number one stolen item!

    Maybe they cost $10 to cover the stolen ones?

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  10. Can’t help but wonder what percentage of the purloined panties were taken by females, and what percentage by males.

    Panties would be more easily concealed than bras, I would think.

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  11. Good morning Villagers….

    “I hate snakes”…..quick, what movie!!!!

    domaucan1…thanks, in all the years of watching these triple crown races I can never keep them in order. Husband and I were married on June 5th, that day it was a Belmont states day….the only time I missed watching the race.

    I too, Steve, hope Nyquist can pull it off…he’s a beautiful horse. Every now and then we go down to Ellis Park outside of Evansville. Use to hot walk horses back in the day, they ran them every morning and then I would walk them around the barn to cool them down.

    Got to thinking (yeah, I know that’s dangerous). We cannot find an external source affecting plunge in egg production last week (got 192 yesterday…yeh), so I remembered they changed feed, adding something. Before the feed change my eggs were clean. During the feed chang my eggs were dirty (manure). Now production is back up and the past two days, my eggs are clean…so I feel it’s an internal problem….they had the ‘runs’. Now if one is sick, your body calls in the ‘Calvary’ (white blood cells). So, their bodies were ‘out sourcing’ to make themselves well….taking away from the energy that produces eggs….not bad for a blond, huh. I told the Boss this and he then went into further detail…agreeing with me. Thanked me for being an alert employee. (Old Bear…what do you think, you’ve raised hens???)

    …and Steve, the rolling hills here in SIN are absolutely beautiful, especially in the fall.

    ……and it’s payday…a seven day payday!!!!!

    ya’ll have a blessed day

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  12. Debbe: If you ever wanted a preview of the colors, Northern Michigan in the Fall is fantastic. Michigan has more than 100 different species of trees, such as oak, ash, birch, maple and sycamore. Between the trees and the lakes there is a lot to see. Of course the roads to get up there sometimes resemble a war zone….And the crazy drivers! But if you get off the highways and explore the National Forests, it’s worth it. I suppose I should collect some money from the Pure Michigan folks.

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  13. Two poor eaglets all exposed in the nest! Not to worry: a parent is out on a limb of the nest tree.

    Search ‘Decorah-eagles-north-nest’. Peace,

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  14. Good morning Villagers……

    Arrgghhh…..washing machine broke down just as it was getting ready to drain the rinse water…..but I did find my driver’s license ๐Ÿ™‚ Still smiling, Steve.

    I would love to see the fall view of northern MI….fall is my favorite season. The smell, the color, the crispness of the morning.

    Old Bear….the Boss is going to relay that info to The Corp man who came out and did a walk around looking for external sources for the egg drop…heh, got another 192 cases yesterday.

    Emb, I used the word Calvary rather loosely…would that be an analogy? Peace

    Going in to work today and tomorrow. Boss understands I don’t need to be home…busy hands are happy hands.

    Ya’ll have a happy Caturday…..

    Indy Mindy….you have my empathy and sympathy….let’s move to OK, I hear there’s a very kind lady that lives there and takes in strays!!!!

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  15. Mark, in that one scene where Indiana Jones is face to face with a snake, I had read somewhere that the glass that separated them shows a slight lighting on the glass. I think I tried looking for it, but I can’t remember if I saw it. I own it on VHS…and who has VHS players any more?

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