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“…To be an Athenian is to cherish language because you believe it to be humankind’s most precious gift. In their use of language, Athenians strive for grace, precision, and variety. And they admire those who can achieve such skill. To a Visigoth, one word is as good as another, one sentence in distinguishable from another. A Visigoth’s language aspires to nothing higher than the cliche…”

This should be shared all over. Sadly America is going the way of the Visigoths.

Read the whole speech by following the link.

Smoking Mirrors – http://wp.me/p4Dj0-7Nr

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Christmas Decorating Made Easy

I couldn’t help myself when I came across this idea.  It didn’t help that I had some plywood in my backyard waiting to be transformed.  Enjoy!

Gridding off the plywood to scale up the picture.

                                    Gridding off the plywood to scale up the picture.

Completed scaled drawing, ready for the jigsaw.

                              Completed scaled drawing, ready for the jigsaw.

A coat of primer to seal the wood.

                                     A coat of primer to seal the wood.

Just about finished.  I didn't take many painting photos, because I get into the zone.

Just about finished. I didn’t take many painting photos, because I get into the zone.

I wanted to try out the effect and work on details before moving outside.

I wanted to try out the effect and work on details before moving outside.

The finished piece, a few staples, and we are now decorated.

The finished piece, a few staples, and we are now decorated. That damned Grinch, always stealing our decorations.

I’m still getting a tickle out of this idea every time I pull up in the drive.

HoHoDooDa was apparently way too much whimsy for me…

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HoHoDooDa was apparently way too much whimsy for me...

I don’t think I am much an illustrating cartoonist.
Been working on this lovely lady, though, so she can be ready for Christmas day! She may end up being a bit wet however. Hopefully there are no sticky fingers where she will be residing. Those men and their sometimes lack of insight on timelines. Hope the missus is happy.

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