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Practice: Thinking about Ricky Jay

  Writer, historian, magician, performer, actor, Ricky Jay died on Saturday, November 24,  at the age of 72. While a man who knew how to run all the classic short and long cons might not seem the ideal role model you need to take a closer look. Here is someone who spent his life observing […]

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The Truth Matters; Freedom of the Press Matters; Vote Today

Today, nothing matters more than getting out to vote.  By November 3, 2018 there were literally 6,420 reasons to vote against President Trump. That was the current tally of misstatements Trump had made in the 649 days of his presidency. Misstatements which have been misogenistic, racist, and simply insulting to caring, compassionate, and responsible humans. […]

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In Context—Philosophy

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Gregory Graham Art Auction

Do you like interesting views of the life that is all around us? Do you need some colorful and observant art for your walls?  My friend Gregory Graham is having a daily auction through September 6, Labor Day. Bidding starts at $75 for each 5 x 7 inch gouache painting.  The paintings all come in […]

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In Context: Minnesota Primary Election Today

Please vote in what might be the penultimate election before the oligarchy begins in November. The polls are still open for a couple hours! SaveSave SaveSave

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10th Anniversary—The Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Together

The dates have been posted, make your travel plans. Sketch Together organizer Marty Harris has the buttons ordered and we’ll be getting together on: Saturday, August 25 and Monday, August 27, 2018 The 10th Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Together  More details on meeting places and times closer to the event. 

Icelandic actor Porsteinn Gunnarsson as Eiríkur in "Trapped." Pentel Brush pen, watercolors, and acrylic marker.

Even More Television Viewing

Yep, a couple more TV show reviews today. I’ve been trying to keep track of what I’ve written about already.  Earlier this fall I watched “Trapped” on Amazon Prime. The action takes place in a remote Icelandic town. A headless torso shows up just as a storm blocks the town from outside help. The police […]

During an office visit I was able to quickly sketch this glorious white beard with a pen and watercolor. (8 x 8 inches)

World Beard Day—September 2, 2017

That’s right, today is World Beard Day. This celebration of beards falls on the first Saturday of September. (Click on the link if you want to find out more background.) Why am I writing about World Beard Day? Everyone who knows me knows that I love to draw men with beards. Beards are marvelous. Beards […]

Chicken sketch in pen and watercolor on a 9 x 12 inch watercolor board, made in the Poulty Barn in 2016.

The Great Minnesota State Fair Sketch Together Is Almost Here!

The name has changed slightly but don’t be confused, the best sketch out of the year still offers the same great fun—two sketch out days to choose from (attend them both if you can); four fun meetings to attend and meet other sketchers, and a whole world of live subjects to sketch and interesting buildings […]

Brush pen sketch made while watching "QI."

The Things You Learn Watching TV

I like to watch “QI” with Stephen Fry. Topics of all sorts get brought up. Other people have taken over as host in recent years, but I haven’t seen any of those episodes yet. Acorn streams episodes. Someone is always saying something funny as they try to answer Fry’s questions. For me it’s a good […]

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