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use a bigger brush

met an esteemed doctor of neurology the other day when we interviewed him for a work project about creativity.


after we were through, he asked me if i painted. when i demurred and said, “not often, i have to think too hard about it.” he said, “use a bigger brush.”

a piece of advice that i just can’t seem to forget.


this work is something i have painted for an upcoming silent auction. when it goes online for pre-bidding, i’ll let you know.

let’s all remember, when things get rough, complicated, difficult, or seem out-of-reach, just “use a bigger brush.”


the thrill of the new (not a list of resolutions)


when the fog pulls back, and the new year is revealed, it’s a splendid opportunity to make a list or two.

i tease you, of course.  i would no more make a list of resolutions than you would dangle from the top of the burj khalifa a la tom cruise in “ghost protocol”.  [p.s. to tom cruise: darling, we get it.  you’re a man.  stop trying so hard, you’ll be happier. –rp]

you won’t find a top ten list here nor will there be a ‘best of’.  i loathe those kind of lists (but secretly use certain lists published in certain, uh, periodicals, as reading guides for the coming year, shhh!)

i will admit to making lists for work, organizational skills being what they are in 2012, a good to-do list is irreplaceable and frankly, je suis un homme d’un certain âge, and so a to-do list goes without saying, otherwise some little detail will be left behind, the dust of the highway coating its suitcase as it watches the backside of my car disappear in the setting sun.   (i shudder with the thought.)

there is the possibility that i will try to make a more concerted effort and tend the garden with a little more love this year than i did in 2011.  it is also possible that i will try to lose those few extra pounds that are hanging around my waist like so much excess baggage (i could take a tip from the airlines and charge myself for the extra weight, could i not?)  which, of course, means that i will have to eat less and exercise more.  dammit.

i could try to be a little less curmudgeonly and smile more around the neighborhood–although i may find that quite impossible all things considered–if you’ve never lived in an association — don’t.  take my advice and run in the opposite direction should you ever think it “can’t be that bad.”  it can and it will.

would it be too much to ask myself to stop laying on the horn when some idiot cuts in front of me without using their signal?  perhaps, i could first stop thinking of them as self-entitled idiots and more like myself, perfect in almost every way.  [he said without the slightest hint of irony.]

this is beginning to sound a bit like a list and as you know, i loathe lists.  so adieu, mes amis, and let’s all welcome 2012 with compassion for those less fortunate, a smile on our lips, a kind word for a stranger, a hand stretched out to those in need, and a little bit more love in our hearts.

i will if you will.



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