What Brings Me Here

Another trip in The Way Back Machine for today’s post. Most of you have probably never even heard of, let alone read anything by Always, one of our authors who is no longer actively writing for us. But man, she wrote some really good pieces. Here is the first.

Something Real For All Of You

So here is your first look into past Canvas posts, and guess who’s first on the table? Not surprising, given that I’m doing these chronologically.

Short, not quite sweet, and a glimpse of my history. From August 2011.

Ruby Buys A Vowel

RubyLadies and gentleman, boys and girls, loves of my heart. . .

Last week I was going through my old Canvas posts, looking for one in particular that I needed to give me a frame of for reference on something.  And I found the particular post, and I said to myself, ‘Damn, I wrote some pretty good stuff here.’  I did, too, and I am not the only one, not even close. Continue reading


Oy With The Poodles Already*

SSGI find myself absolutely and completely demotivated as of yesterday. In one of my worse hermit modes too. Don’t want to see people, don’t want to talk to anyone, don’t want to shower and get dressed, don’t want to leave my cave.

Such a stark contrast with the day before yesterday (and the previous two weeks). And while this time around the reason is a no brainer, I have had to deal with this annoying mood switching all my life.

It would seem like I only have to modes, super excited or super indifferent/hermit. Continue reading

You Can’t Win at the Insurance Game

DeeDee newI am extraordinarily lucky: I have complete coverage health insurance. That means all therapy, lab tests, prescriptions, and other services – even chiropractic – are covered 100%. It sounds too good to be true, right?

It is.

The catch is that it’s a high deductible plan, and while my husband’s employer pays the bulk of the $11K deductible, we pay about $2K. Continue reading

To my fellow Artists …

GravatarLately I have been feeling the weight of not contributing to Canvas as much as I had originally planned. Even on my own blog I have barely had the time or energy to sketch, post and read updates from others. But not posting on my own blog burdens me less for some reason.

I keep quiet mostly about my illness, a stupid male pride thing. But on Canvas I found a means to express and share – partly to help myself process some thoughts and feelings and also in the hope I may be able to help others in some small way by sharing.

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” ~Aristotle

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Rare Time, Rare People, Rare Earth

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Yep, that time of year has come ’round! *the rare time  So. . . Continue reading