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Happy New Year and all that…

So. There’s new images on Cafe Press and more on the way…but what I really want to blab about is Dexter. If you don’t know about it, here you go-if you do-join in. Dexter is a Showtime series that is absolutely blowing my mind. (And I don’t think it’s because I’ve been without tv for over a year, I still keep up) Based on the book, Darkly Dreaming Dexter by Jeff Lindsay, this has got to be some of the best writing adapted for the modern tv culture. The story weaves together a great cast of characters, each extremely well-written, and solidly acted. Michael C. Hall, best known for his role in Six Feet Under, is perfection in this. The premise is a serial killer who kills serial killers. A forensics specialist employed by the Miami police department no less.

How Dexter became Dexter is the real story. On the grand scale, the series explores what it is to be human, all the complex spaces between black and white, good and evil, day and night, brother and sister, parent and child, friend and lover. Are there any real answers? Who can say? Take a ride on this train and you’re sure to find yourself thinking about some very interesting nuances between stops.

I guess I’ll leave it at that. For now.

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Just in time…

Well, that artwork I promised a while back has finally made it to the front of a few t-shirts. For now, just 2 new designs. Check ’em out, it might take care of a person or two on your Christmas list eh? More on the way. Now that the farming is over for the season and the band is on break I’m coming up for air. Only thing is…I went to the Beacon Animal Rescue Foundation today and fell in love. So I might get distracted again for a time. But I think it will be worth it!! If training goes well I’ll be back at the drawing board in no time!!
Be well.

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Coming soon!!

I’m not big on saying something is on the way, but hey I’ll make an exception. I have been asked if more of my artwork could show up on products so I will soon be adding to the offerings on Cafe Press. Original drawings, images and designs are being prepped for national release!! Doesn’t that sound ridiculous? Anyway it’s true so I’ll keep ya posted.

keep cool…fkp

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the forum…

Wow I cannot believe it’s almost the end of July already!!! I am committed to use this little forum to share and promote the things I believe in, that turn me on or make me giggle. So be sure to check the links as I will be adding them regularly. Today I have added a link to American Forests. I can’t remember how I came to know about them but for years I have used this as an opportunity for gift giving and memorials. Any time you donate for a gift in someone’s name or memory, a tree is planted for every dollar spent. It is such an incredible way to honor someone and at the same time honor the planet. Check out the site for loads more information than I could ever distill here…

Be well…

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pea pickin’!!!

Today at the farm we picked snap peas and lettuce mix. We’ve been getting some amazing greens; bok choy, kale, kohlrabi etc. It feels so good to go out there and weed or harvest or wash and then take home this bounty. We’re getting to know the chickens, there are 2 kinds, australorp and bard rock. They are so funny. They don’t freak out as much when we come around now. I guess they’re getting to know us too.

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funkykitty stuff!!!

OK I know you’ve been dying to find out where you could get your funkykittygear…so wait no more!!! RIGHT HERE!!!

Organic cotton t-shirts, men’s, women’s, doggie t’s, mugs, magnets, stickers and more thanks to Cafe Press. All to promote the funkykitty lifestyle!! If there is a product you want and don’t see be sure to let me know and I’ll do my best to get it going. I’m just having fun with this and I hope you will too!!!

go ahead, be funky…

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In the field…

…a different field. This morning I began to finally live out what had begun so long ago as just a wish. The wish turned into some solid research and over a year spent clarifying many different ideas. ‘IT’ turned into my thesis project for my BFA in design at SUNY New Paltz. So what the —- am I talking about?? I spent this morning hoeing weeds amongst leeks plants at Common Grounds farm at the Stonykill Environmental Center in Wappingers Falls. I finally belong to a CSA. We’re working the land for our part in a barter share. 2 hours work per week throughout the season and we receive a weekly harvest of fresh, organic, pesticide free, unadulterated produce!! Do I sound excited? I am. It is a simple exchange, as it should be. Life has gotten so removed from living. This is very grounding for me and a way that I can do my part in leaving the world a bit better off perhaps. And the people involved are so cool, so real.
How does any of this tie in with design? Well check out the link to 50mileRadius, my thesis site. I hope to be a part of educating more and more people to these very basic ideas.

Off for now to enjoy the rest of today, the only day we really have.

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Star Clients

Aren’t your favorite clients (or people for that matter) the ones that just let you do your thing? I have been so fortunate to have attracted a client base that lets me have free reign creatively. I find that I stay much more motivated when I don’t have to follow some sort of template of ‘the way it’s always been done’. And in the few cases where I have had to work within certain parameters, I have been able to provide alternative solutions or visual ideas that were considered and eventually implemented. Wow.

That feels huge when I hear so many people so unhappy with their jobs or bosses etc. I can’t imagine, nor could I tolerate for very long, being truly miserable somewhere where I have to spend such a considerable amount of time.

Gratitude and respect create gratitude and respect in return. It’s a beautiful little cycle!!!
Cheers!

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time

never enough of it. so many things i want to do in a day. i really need to be about 3 more people.

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like a runaway train…

that’s my head lately. but it’s a good thing. i am suddenly having a new flow of ideas and enthusiasm. one of the things i’m thinking about is creating just for the sake of creating again. how novel. not just to pay the rent. not to finish a project on time or to please a client, but just whatever might have my attention at the moment. and just run with it and see where it takes me. so off i go for now. i’ll let you know how it’s going.