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My attempt at painting Christmas cards for family turned out okay.

At least you can tell what it is supposed to be. I painted various renditions of the card for everyone, and with hands besmirched with shades of black and brown, I'm typing this during a break in painting the last six. I thought I was done, but I found more relatives.

I found a quote by Ann Lamott earlier today in trading email with a friend.

We write to expose the unexposed. If there is one door in the castle you have been told not to go through, you must. Otherwise, you're just be rearranging the furniture in rooms you've already been in. Most human beings are dedicated to keeping that one door shut. But the writer's job is to see what's behind it, too see the bleak unspeakable stuff, and to turn the unspeakable into words.

Risk being unliked. Tell the truth as you understand it. If you're a writer, you have a moral obligation to do this.

Life is too short to be afraid of mistakes.


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by Brett Rogers, 12/14/2004 12:00:00 AM

Getting Ready for Mother's Day


In kind of a sentimental mood, I painted this for my mom's Mother's Day card during lunch today. I've been thinking a lot about my daughter, who leaves my nest this year, and I've been reminiscing about my own childhood.

Understandably mushy stuff inside the card, of course. I love my mom.


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by Brett Rogers, 5/4/2005 7:01:40 PM

Another Card


It occurred to me the other day that my web site here can be construed as:

Be At Canvas

Heh - I kinda like that.

I had so much fun painting my mom's Mother's Day card yesterday that I painted her husband's card today, for Father's Day.

He lives for golf. And for taking care of my mom, which makes him a great guy.

I like this "paint a card on my lunchbreak" thing. It's fun.


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by Brett Rogers, 5/5/2005 7:45:44 PM