Do Your Best

Do Your Best

Dear friend, I’ve been thinking about the phrase “Do your best.” It’s a good phrase. A simple phrase. It sounds straightforward. However, I think we misunderstand it or add extra meaning to it. Sometimes I’ve thought “Do your best” means doing the best. Doing...
Handy Hands

Handy Hands

Dear friend, I use my hands a lot. They help me draw, write, and play guitar (among other things). I recently discovered that I have hypermobility syndrome. This means I have become fascinated with hands and how they work. I’d love to share with you what I’ve learned....
3 Ways to Make Cool Photos

3 Ways to Make Cool Photos

Dear friend, My first camera was one of those Fujifilm disposable cameras that my parents got us kids when we went on a family vacation. Most of those photos turned out pretty bad. I was proud of the fact that I had a camera that I could take pictures with. My dad got...
Would You Picture That?

Would You Picture That?

Dear friend, When I was a kid, my mom was constantly taking pictures of us, especially on trips and vacations. I admit I sometimes got annoyed by it. Why she couldn’t just enjoy the moment without always taking pictures of it? Then I got my own camera and I...
What In The World?

What In The World?

Dear friend, In my freshman year of high school, my end-of-the-year history project was to replicate an antique map. I chose a map of Iceland. I will admit to many moments of frustration, but I absolutely loved that project. It took me four months to finish. As it...
Have You Read Any Books Lately?

Have You Read Any Books Lately?

Dear friend, One of my favorite things to do when I need some inspiration is go to the library. I did this the other day, in fact. My favorite is getting a book from the new books shelf. I got a book about the past 100 years of Disney’s character designs and how to...
Drawing Inspiration

Drawing Inspiration

Dear friend, I don’t know about you, but I hear a lot of people say, “I can’t draw.” I’m pretty sure they’re talking about realistic pencil drawings, complete with the shading and background. But even if they don’t mean that kind of drawing (just look at Pablo...
Are You Talented?

Are You Talented?

Dear friend, Let’s talk about talents. When most people say talent, they mean the one that the dictionary defines as “Eminent abilities; superior genius.” But is that what talents actually are? According to Webster’s 1828 dictionary the word talent,...
Are You Bored Yet?

Are You Bored Yet?

Dear friend, Have you ever been bored? I was bored once. I was fifteen and in a car with a bunch of friends driving to Michigan from Tennessee, which is a long drive. Like all-day kind of long. Mid-afternoon, everyone decided to take a nap. So there I was stuck in the...
For When You Feel Uninspired

For When You Feel Uninspired

Dear friend, Some days feel like a slog. You feel like you’re stuck, like every day is the same. Like nothing will change. I can definitely relate. Winter in the Mid-West has that effect. Take a breath. It’ll be okay. Here are three ways that you can shake up...

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