On My Mind

-thoughts of a wife, mom, author, illustrator, juggler, toy designer, teacher, camp director, ...



Tuesday, March 18, 2014

I remember you...


 

Those who know me well know that every year on March 18th, I write a short dedication post. I think of them on other days when there are triggers that remind me of their strength and of our loss but this day is theirs. I feel cheated like a carrot dangled in front of a horse not that they were carrots or that I was a horse but that is one of the feelings that surrounds me on March 18th (and really, for most of March). I feel suffocated, sad, scared, empty, and lonely. I know that I could take the optimistic perspective and be happy that we had a few days together and I am glad that we did but on this day, the pessimist takes over until it is difficult to breathe. I have a lot of work to do this week and I will do my best to push through but the memory of them is on my mind, in my heart, and weighs on my chest.


I Remember You...
It’s March 18th again and I'm hit with a storm full of emotions. I’m sad. I feel cheated. I wish I could turn back time but don’t want to go through that again. I didn’t have a lot of time to get to know you and yet I did know you. I talked to you. I held you. I listened to you. I even saw you before this day, but on March 18th, you looked at me for the first time. You squeezed my finger. People have asked and I have no answers. I don’t know what happened. I don’t think that I did anything wrong but I can’t help but feel that I must have because I lost you. You would be ten today. I remember you and I will light a candle for you today.


Those who have no idea what I'm talking about or who this post is dedicated to may not have known me in 2004 or heard about this since then. You can read last year's dedication post by clicking HERE.

Mourner’s Kaddish
Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba b’alma di v’ra khir’utei, v’yamlikh malkhutei b’hayeikhon u-v’yomeikhon u-v’hayei d’khol beit yisrael, ba-agala u-vi-z’mon kariv v’imru amen.
Y’hei sh’mei raba m’varakh l’alam u-l’almei almaya.
Yitbarakh v’yishtabah v’yitpa’ar v’yitromam v’yitnase, v’yit-hadar v’yit-aleh v’yit-halal sh’mei d’kudsha, b’rikh hu l’ela (l’ela mi-kol) min kol birkhata v’shirata, tushb’hata v’nehemata da-amiran b’alma, v’imru amen.
Y’hei sh’lama raba min sh’maya v’hayim aleinu v’al kol yisrael, v’imru amen.
Oseh shalom bi-m’romav, hu ya-aseh shalom aleinu v’al kol yisrael, v’imru amen.


To read 2012's dedication - A Lion in the Storm, click on the image below.
 
 
 

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Doodle Day 2014: March INTERACTIONS Month



We are sixteen days into INTERACTIONS month in Doodle Day and the doodles have been fantastic! I have been working on a book dummy and a hidden pictures puzzle so while I have been drawing every day, I have not completed every prompt. That's okay. I want all of the Doodle Day participants to know that if something else inspires your drawings for a day or a week or a month, go with it. The point of Doodle Day is to draw every day and the prompts and themes are there for challenge and inspiration. It is a lot of fun to check out the prompt list and doodle that day's prompt without having to stare at your page or screen and come up with something to draw.

Last week, I also created a short video in Powtoons to share what Doodle Day is all about and inspire a few more doodlers to join in. Check it out:




Here are the doodles that I have created so far this month:


PARENT AND CHILD

MEETING

LEAVING

HELPING

BUILDING UP
 
KNOCKING DOWN

RIDING ON

SURPRISED

PUSHING

PULLING

This one was just for fun...

Just playing some more...

Inspired by Pi Day on March 14th

One of my mottos in life...
 
Come back for more doodles this month and join us if you are interested.
Click on the link below to go to the group page:
 
Leave a comment below if you have questions about Doodle Day or
have an idea for a great doodle theme we should use, or just want to say hello.

 

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Doodle Day 2014: February Creature Month Week 4

Creature Month for Doodle Day is officially completed. For week 4, I created a combination of a Kangaroo and a Monkey - a Monkeyroo.






 
 
 
 
 
I also created some circles that I Zentangled and added watercolor to: 
 
 
and created this doodle for fun, too:


 
To see my Creatures for Doodle Day for weeks 1, 2, and 3, click on the links below:
 
March is INTERACTIONS month in Doodle Day so come back for those summary posts, too! If you want to join Doodle Day, click on this LINK.
 
Keep Doodling!