Monday, May 6, 2013

My Daughters

I have two of the cutest daughters on the entire planet. I am not sure how I am so blessed. They are funny and smart. I am glad they like each other. I really hope they grow up liking each other too. It is a sad thing to see siblings that don’t get along. I would think with as close as they are in age that they would be friends. I really wonder what kind of parenting encourages (or discourages) siblings being friends. I am lucky to have the girls I have, but I also think my girls are lucky to have each other.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Why and How I Write

I know that writing is really something that helps me. It helps to organize my thought. It helps me to clear my mind. It helps me to feel accomplished. It helps me to not waste time. It helps me to understand what I am thinking. It helps me to remember what I am thinking. It helps to come up with ideas that are hopefully good enough to share. It helps me to work more diligently. I really don't have any good reason not to write everyday. I seem to be pretty good at making excuses. I have had a few times that I have run out of things to write, but that doesn't happen very often.* And lately I have had tons of things to write and tons of ideas that I would like to remember and tons of good things that I happened to me.

I have set up for my web browser (Chrome) to open up to 3 pages.
One of the pages is This is a site that is basically what it says. You create a list of daily things you want to do and then you track it and it shows up over time. I just recently found it.
Another page is This is a site that is also very simple. It tries to encourage you to write 750 words every day. I have been on the site for a while, but I have a difficult time getting up to 750 words, mostly because it takes a while and I have distractions that get in the way.
The third webpage is (which is the site I am writing this on). I am more likely to write on this page because I know how long it will take me to write and I can focus (fairly) easily for 10 minutes.

*If you ever feel like you would run out of things to write about, I suggest checking out There are daily prompts to write about that are usually pretty good. I have set up to be notified each day and even though I rarely write about the prompt, I use it as a conversation piece.
Tomorrow I will be graduating with my Master’s degree. I am pretty excited.

Friday, March 16, 2012

5 Blogs Featuring Great Artists & Illustrators

I follow quite a few blogs and I don't usually have time to read every word of every blog. It is nice to have a few blogs that deal mainly in pictures rather than words. Here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Matte Stephens
  3. iotacons by Andy Rash

I considered writing a description of each of the blogs, but pictures speak louder than words so go to the blogs and let me know what you think. What are your favorite blogs with art and illustration?

Monday, March 5, 2012

Music Memories: The Early Years

Music Memories  is a series of blog posts that include musical memories and the role that music has played in my life. To see other posts in this series, click here.

The earliest memories of music that I have of music include record players and cassette tape players or maybe the voices of my mom and dad.

Care Bear’s records at my parents house
I remember in kindergarten singing “This Land is My Land” or was it “America the Beautiful”... (maybe both). Mrs. McDougal talked about the lyric about purple mountain majesty and showed us all a picture of the mountains that seemed to be purple. In that class we also listened to records about different personified letters of the alphabet.

I was in a singing group which was called Talent Sprouts for 8 years starting when I was 3 or 4 years old. I remember a couple of songs that we used to sing.

When I was little I remember quite a few Wee Sing cassette tapes. I also remember a few videos that my brother and I used to watch with my cousins, especially Wee Sing in Sillyville and Wee Sing The Big Rock Candy Mountain.

I also probably listened to and sang many songs from the Children’s Songbook, but I don’t have any specific stories or examples.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Music Memories: The Influence of My Dad

Music Memories is a series of blog posts that include musical memories and the role that music has played in my life. To see other posts in this series, click here.

My Dad has been a big influence in my life. Especially musical influence. My dad loves music and some of that love for music has brushed off on me.

The first concert I went to was Boston with my dad. My aunt Lana bought tickets. We had floor seats. Everyone on the floor stood up the entire concert. I was 12 or so and not very tall. I couldn’t see a lot of the concert. But I do remember a cool spaceship thing above the stage that was lowered down and it moved. I also remember an organ solo.

My dad listened to the Beatles a lot growing up. I am a big fan of the Beatles, especially Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The first album I remember owning was given to me by my father. It was Weird Al Yankovich in 3D. He gave to my brother a best of Men at Work CD. I also remember convincing my dad to buy me a collection of cartoon theme songs.

Riding in the car and listening to music with my dad is fun. He knows a lot of music and will sing along and even harmonize with many songs.

Other musicians that I claim to know about and love thanks to my father include: The Who, Billy Joel, Peter Gabriel, The Eagles, Joe Walsh, Elton John, The Cars, Pink Floyd, Wings, and many others.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Huntsman Holiday Card Contest

I created the Holiday Card in a very short amount of time.
The Jon M. Huntsman School of Business is doing a Holiday Card Contest. The school is looking for holiday cards that they can use... I suppose to send to alumni or whomever they feel like. Students create a holiday card and upload it via a Facebook app. Then people will vote for the card that is the best. I wasn't going to participate in the contest, but late Sunday night I noticed a Twitter post from the Huntsman School say their was only 45 minutes left to enter, so on a whim I decided to create the greatest holiday card the world has ever seen. 

(You can vote for my card here.) 

I used a picture that I had drawn in the margin of one of my notebooks that I had colored and scanned. Then I used the built-in Creative Kit in Google+ to play with some of the color and contrast settings and add text. Here is my finished product/submission: 

If you would like to vote for my submission to win the prize, you have until Friday, December 9. You can vote once every 24 hours. I have decided that if I win the grand prize, I will send a holiday card to everyone who voted for me. Here is the link to vote: Thanks in advance.

And happy holidays.