image-2I was between flights, waiting, so I decided to draw on my ipad. It wasn’t  until I was almost finished with the sketch that I realized everyone was looking down at their smartphones, cell phones, mobiles, whatever you call that handheld device with a computer in it. I was drawing on one, so I was looking down, too!

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Whoops, the passenger seat is on the other side!  No, you get in the backseat.You don’t need extra leg room. Daffodils are sprinkled in bunches around trees, near the roadside, by a pond. The Great Walk is so green. Close your eyes mom. We are going around the Round About. Going south. Perfect! We are on the M25 South. Everything is so green!  Sheep are mowing the green grass next to large areas of yellow rape.I love how the fog masks bits and pieces.Trees are silhouetted against the sky - the muted colors of England.

There wasn’t time to hang back and draw. I needed to keep up with the family. My sketchbook has only a few entries for this trip, but I had my cell phone with me. Sitting in the back of the car, leaning over and shooting a picture in front of the passenger on my left, I took a few photographs.

I really liked the row of beach huts for changing along the seaside in Brighton. When I look at these images I think of David Hockney’s wonderful paintings of the English countryside. Then he switched and went to Southern California to paint in oils. The color and stance of the figures seem very American. But, no jeans allowed.

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12:07 am – eyes pop open, wide awake

Must be about 5 am.

Wrong

It’s 12:07 am. I lie there

Composing a post for my blog

Then, another and another

What time is it?

Cell phone says 3:14 am

Take a screen shot

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Ha ha it came out all black

In England it is 4,5,6,  - eight hours difference

11 am. Time to get up.

So here I am at the computer composing a post for my blog

Wonder if I can stream Aintree Grand National? 

http://www.independent.co.uk/sport/racing/grand-national-2014-what-makes-the-aintree-race-unique-9227683.html

Too early for that

I’m hungry!

Time for breakfast

Shall I go to the Farmers Market today?

 

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Yesterday’s sketch reminds me of The Hunger Games: when she shoots an arrow into the sky.

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The epic selfie that broke Twitter: Ellen DeGeneres’s snap with Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Meryl Streep gets retweeted by millions

http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/03/us-oscars-selfie-idUSBREA220C320140303

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Wash out all those ghosts cobwebs worrywarts black cloud critters

chattering like monkeys in your swollen brain

swollen brain filled with piston-like repetiton

it’s wrong it’s wrong it’s wrong

not good enough for who? for tin man looking for his heart?

wash out all those ghosts cobwebs worrywarts and black cloud critters

chattering like monkeys in your swollen brain

quickly lay your thoughts out on the page

protect those tender shoots

close the book

walk away

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Among Marilyn Monroe
And a huge stuffed bear

They danced in the dark

Holding a scotch in their hands

Among photos of Presidents, a King
And memorabilia from God knows where

No fancy shoes
Or clothes to show

The President and his wife of 50 years
in well tuned rhythm moved as one

(He whispered softly in her ear)

That night

They were  just  Kate and Bill

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A white heron is my taxi,

my coat made of feathers

blends in with the ride.

Flying over the bridge

made of soft green grass

I hear a piano playing a tune.

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From post office below me

posted envelopes float,

they quietly land in a bin.

The wedding took place at the Harbor Hotel,

chocolate mulch covered Union Square

while birds sang an aria from La Traviata.

Yesterday, sprinkled with fairy dust

a color xerox of Sadie and Jim appeared

in The New York Times.

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Like a string of pearls, lay down your spine one vertebrae at a time.

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