Saturday, November 26, 2022

Happiness is...100!

(a Peanutized me)

Today marks 100 years since the birth of Charles Schulz, creator of the Peanuts comic strip. Over the years, my love and appreciation for the art Mr. Schulz gave to the world have hopefully been obvious. As a tribute, here are several blog posts I've done that reference my gratefulness for these large-headed kids and the mind that created them:

It Is What They Is - February 23, 2010
...includes a supportive essay for artists dealing with criticism.

I've Got Mail - June 7, 2011
...includes Blockhead & Son in matching shirts.

Book Tour 2011: Minnetonka - October 19, 2011
...includes sharing a root beer with Snoopy.

Highland PEANUTS - September 15, 2014
...includes meeting Mrs. Schulz.

50 States Against Bullying: MINNESOTA - January 14, 2015
...includes eating snow at Sparky's childhood home.

Not Just PEANUTS - September 15, 2017
...includes a high point of my life and career.

Sunday, May 15, 2022

Gifts Galore!

Visit my Redbubble page to view and purchase gifts either inspired by my books or simply inspired!

Design 1:
"If My Love" is a poem featured in Thirteen Reasons Why.

Design 2:
My favorite quote from Thirteen Reasons Why.

Design 3:
Your life is your masterpiece. Live like it! Live like art.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Happy Easter!

The following is my annual Easter re-post.

Every so often, a reader tells me their impression of something I wrote in a way that deepens my own understanding of my own words. Someone in Florida once told me how a decision one of my characters made helped her illustrate a sentiment she'd been trying to get across to her friends.

Here's what she told me:

In the past, I've had to help friends realize that life goes on even after you've made a poor decision. Not because you move on or get over it, but because you grow as a result of it. You build something new, something with a higher purpose, using what you've learned as one of your bricks.

When I read that, my heart leapt! Since there was no way I could say it any better, I immediately knew I'd be using her words in future speeches...and blog posts.

So what does this have to do with Easter?

One of the most beautiful ideas surrounding this holiday is that we're all given an opportunity to make corrections if we find ourselves traveling down a road we don't want to - or shouldn't - be on. In fact, we're given this opportunity to change every day. Every second! But sometimes we need a calendar to remind us.

Refresh. Repair. Rebirth. Whatever you want to call it...

Renewal is a wonderful blessing!