Saturday, November 10, 2007


This is a VERY OLD portrait I did while in college. See....the paint is already peeling. Definitely NOT archival. Even though I was "young and "CAREFREE" in those days, I still have a fairly serious look about me, don't I? Just trying to look "mature" I suppose.

I'm feeling a bit melancholy at the moment. I just came back from visiting my 93 year old mother. There is definite evidence that in the past few weeks a few more lights have dimmed, for lack of a better term. I'm an only child, it's not easy to watch. I know it is all a part this thing we call life.

Sometimes it helps to see what other people think.......I traveled the net to find some quotes on aging. These are just a few that I wanted to read more than once. It's a mixed bag.

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." ~Mark Twain,

"The first sign of maturity is the discovery that the volume knob also turns to the left." ~Jerry M. Wright

"The great secret that all old people share is that you really haven't changed in seventy or eighty years. Your body changes, but you don't change at all. And that, of course, causes great confusion." ~Doris Lessing

"There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age."

- Sophia Loren

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future mingle and pull us backward, forward, or fix us in the present. We are made up of layers, cells, constellations. -Anais Nin

"How old would you be if you didn't know how old you were?" ~Satchel Paige

Sunday, November 4, 2007



Pastel drawing by Karen Cole

Many of you have made some reference to autumn in recent blogs. I took a walk this morning, marveling at the array of color that exists in this landscape and realized that it is far more in tune with my own palette, than any other season.