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1. Christmas Bear Sketches

A very small and sweet story unfolded as I drew these.

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2. Inktober Day 2, 3, 4

I've gotten a little behind with #Inktober, but that's ok. I'm doing it for fun, so no harm. 
Last night I had so many ideas! I love it when that happens.

I have a spiffy new sketchbook from my birthday that I'm using. (Thank you Tracy!)

My St. Louis is showing. Go Cards!

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3. Cardinal #6 with Video

I felt like I had to do at least one more cardinal.  And since yesterday's cardinal was biking, I thought we should go old-school and have a cardinal flying today. I think this guy is enjoying the last of the warm weather before the snow moved in tomorrow. :(

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4. Cardinal #5

What better warm up for a Monday morning than drawing a bird on a bicycle?

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5. Cardinal #4

Today's cardinal is a sketch from life.  Well actually it's not from "life" because the bird was a dead. This is from a trip today to the Harvard Museum of Natural History where I went on a drawing field trip with some awesome kit lit peeps; Samantha Grenier, Eloise Narrigan, Jason Hart and Marcela Staudenmaier. Thanks everyone for a lovely day! 

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6. Cardinal #3

Today's cardinal is taking advantage of his natural Mohawk.  Sorry, I didn't have time to do a video today.

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7. illustration friday~children

i thought i'd share my sketches from the winter cover i did for SFC magazine last year. nothing like a little ring around the rosy with a group of children...and frosty of course ;)

seriously winter obsessed....i need to move to the arctic!

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8. The abdication of Pope Benedict XVI


By Gerald O’Collins, SJ

“Pope Benedict is 78 years of age. Father O’Collins, do you think he’ll resign at 80?” “Brian,” I said, “give him a chance. He hasn’t even started yet.” It was the afternoon of 19 April 2005, and I was high above St Peter’s Square standing on the BBC World TV platform with Brian Hanrahan. The senior cardinal deacon had just announced from the balcony of St Peter’s to a hundred thousand people gathered in the square: “Habemus Papam.” Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger had been elected pope.

Less than an hour earlier, white smoke pouring from a chimney poking up from the Sistine Chapel let the world know that the cardinal electors had chosen a successor to Pope John Paul II. The bells of Rome were supposed to ring out the news at once. But it took a quarter of an hour for them to chime in. When Hanrahan asked me why the bells hadn’t come in on cue, I pointed the finger at local inefficiency: “We’re in Italy, Brian.”

I was wrong. The keys to the telephone that should have let someone contact the bellringers were in the pocket of the dean of the college of cardinals, Joseph Ratzinger. He had gone into a change room to put on his white papal attire, and didn’t hand over the keys until he came out dressed as pope.

One of the oldest cardinals ever to be elected pope, after less than eight years in office Benedict XVI has now bravely decided to retire or, to use the “correct” word, abdicate. His declining health has made him surrender his role as Bishop of Rome, successor of St Peter, and visible head of the Catholic Christendom. He no longer has the stamina to give the Church the leadership it deserves and needs.

Years ago an Irish lady, after watching Benedict’s predecessor in action, said to me: “He popes well.” You didn’t need to be a specialized Vatican watcher to notice how John Paul II and Benedict “poped” very differently.

A charismatic, photogenic, and media-savvy leader, John Paul II proved a global, political figure who did as much as anyone to end European Communism. He more or less died on camera, with thousands of young people holding candles as they prayed and wept for their papal friend dying in his dimly lit apartment above St Peter’s Square.

Now Benedict’s papacy ends very differently. He will not be laid out for several million people to file past his open coffin. His fisherman’s ring will not be ceremoniously broken. There will be no official nine days of mourning or funeral service attended by world leaders and followed on television or radio by several billion people. He will not be lifted high above the crowd like a Viking king, as his coffin is carried for burial into the Basilica of St Peter’s. The first pope to use a pacemaker will quietly walk off the world stage.

In my latest book, an introduction to Catholicism, I naturally included a (smiling) picture of Pope Benedict. But he pales in comparison with the photos of John Paul II anointing and blessing the sick on a 1982 visit to the UK; meeting the Dalai Lama before going to pray for world peace in Assisi; in a prison cell visiting Mehmet Ali Agca, who had tried to assassinate him in May 1981; and hugging Mother Teresa of Calcutta after visiting one of her homes for the destitute and dying.

Yet the bibliography of that introduction contains no book written by John Paul II either before or after he became pope. But it does contain the enduring classic by Joseph Ratzinger, Introduction to Christianity (originally published 1967). Both as pope and earlier, it was through the force of his ideas rather than the force of his personality that Benedict XVI exercised his leadership.

The public relations record of Pope Benedict was far from perfect. He will be remembered for quoting some dismissive remarks about Islam made by a Byzantine emperor. That 2006  speech in Regensburg led to riots and worse in the Muslim world. Many have forgotten his visit later that year to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul when he turned towards Mecca and joined his hosts in silent prayer.

Catholics and other Christians around the world hope now for a forward-looking pope who can offer fresh leadership and deal quickly with some crying needs like the ordination of married men and the return to the local churches of the decision-making that some Vatican offices have arrogated to themselves.

When he speaks at midday from his apartment to the people gathered in St Peter’s Square on 24 February, the last Sunday before his resignation kicks in, Pope Benedict will be making his final public appearance before the people of Rome. A vast crowd will have streamed in from the city and suburbs to thank him with their thunderous applause. They cherished the clear, straightforward language of his sermons and homilies, and admire him for what will prove the defining moment of his papacy—his courageous decision to resign and pass the baton to a much younger person.

Gerald O’Collins received his Ph.D. in 1968 at the University of Cambridge, where he was a research fellow at Pembroke College. From 1973-2006, he taught at the Gregorian University (Rome) where he was also dean of the theology faculty (1985-91). Alone or with others, he has published fifty books, including Catholicism: A Very Short Introduction and The Second Vatican Council on Other Religions. As well as receiving over the years numerous honorary doctorates and other awards, in 2006 he was created a Companion of the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), the highest civil honour granted through the Australian government. Currently he is a research professor of theology at St Mary’s University College,Twickenham (UK).

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Image Credits: Pope Benedict XVI during general audition By Tadeusz Górny, public domain via Wikimedia Commons; Church of the Carmine, Martina Franca, Apulia, Italy. Statues of Mother Teresa and Pope John Paul II By Tango7174, creative commons licence via Wikimedia Commons

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9. Holiday Glimpses

My friend Jeannine over at Four Rooms decided to show a bit of her Christmas things each week. I really liked that idea, so here are a few things I did around the house yesterday to nudge me into the spirit of the holidays.
I do love to decorate!
This is our first tree in at least eight years. It's around 4' tall and sits on the dining room built-in nook.  Next week I'll show it decorated and lit up. 

~My little French piggy asked for a red ribbon~

~another view~

When we first moved back to Rhode Island, I bought this rooster for Brian.
Rhode Island's state bird is the Rhode Island red chicken.
I bought a candle centerpiece for under two dollars and wrapped it around her neck. 

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10. Where the Cardinals Sleep

cardinal_webWhere the Cardinals Sleep; 8.5 x 11 watercolor on paper

This is one of those pieces that had a very humble beginning.  I’m acquiring a much better habit of sketching to just draw and see where that takes me.

The other night Tim Burton’s Sleepy Hollow was on TV and with hot chocolate in hand (seems like there’s almost always hot chocolate involved any task I do!) I drew this lass, a cardinal friend.  Can you see references to the movie?  I think they kind of snuck in there unconsciously.

This watercolor and its sociable birds remind me of the time when I was younger…I was outside on my parents’ porch while my mom watered her garden.  The birds always liked to come by when she was doing this, perhaps because the fresh water was so much better than any standing pools they could find.  A house finch flew down from the birch trees and landed on my arm, Sleeping Beauty-style.  I was in a state of delight and concern for I had never experienced an encounter such as this - was this bird really friendly or was she trying to tell me something?  She looked at me and chirped and hopped from side to side a bit.  She jumped onto my shoulder just before tweeting her good-bye and flying back up into the trees.

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11. Happy December!!!

Hot off the press is this holiday snowman. I'm dreaming of snow, but the weather is still in the 60's and 70's. Please send me some seasonal weather! I haven't even gotten my sweaters out yet. Hope you all had a great long weekend. We did. Lots of food, family, and fun.

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12. New England in mourning

I realize no one in libraryland watches football except us marketing types and advertising affectionados, but I can't help but comment on the game last night. Who would have predicted it?

Just goes to show--it ain't over until it's over (unless there's only 1 second left on the clock...). Remember the Giants when you're in a tough funding situation, hiring situation, or new board members who are flexing their board member-right to question everything.

Most of us here woke up still dumb-founded!

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13. The Worst Superbowl Ad Vs. The Best Super Tuesday Coverage

Two stories caught my eye this busy Monday. Take them home with you and think deeply. But not too deeply. And when you finish thinking about it, check out my brand spanking new interview with novelist Tony D'Souza.

First of all, if you watched the Amazing, Novelistic Superbowl Upset That We Will All Tell Our Kids About last night, then you probably saw one of the two misguided, stereotypical ads done by SalesGenie during the game. According to the company, they fully intended to create The Worst Superbowl Ad.

I know you don't believe me, but read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch story for more details. Maybe it's a crazy-like-a-fox writing strategy--I'm drafting The Worst American Novel tonight, so don't even try it! Thanks, Mixed Media.

After all that badness, this new idea over at the AP made me happy with goodness. Politico reports how the wire service is trying to mix video, cultural reporting, and a little bit of personal opinion into the news organization famous for pithy, objective work.

I'll tune in for some Super Tuesday primary coverage tomorrow. Just like our site, print and video are learning how to get along. Check it out:

"in covering the presidential election, substance is being infused with a bit more style. A.P. veterans Ron Fournier and Ted Anthony will co-write the series, beginning with this week’s 'The Mythic Presidency,' a 2,600-word magazine-style piece accompanied by a five-part video series."

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14. Superbowl Sunday For Writers

As everybody, including myself, shuffles off for some weekend Superbowl viewing, I'd like to send you a couple links that will keep you thinking about writing even as the high (dare I say, novelistic) drama of two youthful-looking quarterbacks battling for their reputations unfolds this Sunday.

First of all, check out Rachel Kramer Bussel's excellent advice about sex writing, love letters, and staying sane with a bazillion projects. Don't forget to check out my lo-fi web video about the fine art of writing about sex as well.

Secondly, Slushpile is looking for answers to this burning question: "does anyone know of a book that involves the Super Bowl in the plot?"

Finally, if you really aren't interested in sports, you should check out Ed Champion's fun filled trip the U.S. Copyright Office. His reporting turned up some thought-provoking results, and provoked a lovely little post by Ed Park about teenaged writing memories.


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15. Why The Giants Should Eat Pasta


I just spent the weekend with my family and the excitement about the Giants making the Superbowl for the first time since 2000 was palatable. So I decided to do some research and see what my hometown team could do between now and next weekend to ensure a win. I found Michael Gleeson and Ronald J Maughan’s The Biochemical Basis of Sports Performance had my answer. Their book describes the biochemical processes involved in energy provision for different sports events and the way in which limitations in the energy supply can cause fatigue and thus limit performance. Below is an excerpt I hope will help the Giants! (more…)

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