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Lots of artwork done! – May 13th, 2016

by on May.20, 2016, under Cartooning

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Hunkered down for a few hours at a newly discovered local coffee shop and knocked out a bunch of artwork. So much more to do! Will repeat process tomorrow with hopes of more successful results.

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Book: ‘The New Breed’ by Lee Costigan – May 20th, 2016

by on May.20, 2016, under Books

The New BreedThe New Breed by Lee Costigan
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This a very good police procedural story of the efforts to rescue a kidnapping victim. The story follows closely a good deal of steps and lengthy details of those efforts. Characters are all very well written. Always nice to read an author who knows how to delineate characters for the reader.

The settings are extremely well done throughout as so many make their way to try and solve this case. I was particularly impressed with the writing of the transportation routes.

The story foundation is pretty simple. It’s the telling and examination of the elements of the story that make this stand out.

The final paragraph that ends the case is the shakiest part of the book. Certain actions described are possible, but it is a stretch of the imagination. After so much well done, i had to read that paragraph 4 times to believe the fumbling. It’s not enough to mark the book.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 7 of 10 points.

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More piles of artwork done! – May 14th, 2016

by on May.14, 2016, under Cartooning

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Great deal of artwork done earlier tonight. Another night of successful artwork production. Lots of pages of an upcoming book penciled.

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Book: ‘The Secret of Happiness’ by Billy Graham – May 13th, 2016

by on May.13, 2016, under Books

The Secret of HappinessThe Secret of Happiness by Billy Graham
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

‘The Secret of Happiness’ by Billy Graham is a firm treatise as to how to secure happiness through the Christian faith. Well reasoned and well written, this is a volume to make even an athiest think about how to better lead their lives.

One thing interesting about Graham’s book is that it is a perfect example of someone obviously working through a well prepared outline. The numbered breakdown of ideas throughout the book along with the footnotes make this book easy to follow. The layout also makes this a great teaching tool.

This is a concise and lean examination of Grahma’s view of a road to happiness. Far better than other volumes I’ve read in the past. For example, Bertand Russell’s book of this subject is a meandering mess that more raises the question, “Why be happy?”.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 10 out 10 points.

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My #Cartoon hunker down time again! – May 13th, 2016

by on May.13, 2016, under What's New?

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Hunkered down for a few hours at a newly discovered local coffee shop and knocked out a bunch of artwork. So much more to do! Will repeat process tomorrow with hopes of more successful results.

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Graphic improvisational caricature in Maitland tonight – May 6th, 2016

by on May.06, 2016, under Caricatures

Been doing the graphic improvisational caricature thing tonight!

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Caricature illustrations to honor two! – May 4th, 2016

by on May.04, 2016, under Caricatures

Finished two illustrations as “Thank You”s to two great people who were our speakers for the Marion County Historical Commission, of which I am a Commissioner, lecture series.

The first is Nancy Bray Bowden who weaved tales of Marion County’s past in January. Roy Abshier spoke in April of the involvement of his family and himself in the practical development of Marion County.

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Next up is Kim Cullars May 15th and his presentation,”Sesquicentennial Civil War

2016-0504-MarionCoHistComm-RoyBoat Trip” through Florida. He’s not only speaking about the recreation of this historic boat trip, he is also bringing up from Orange County the boat he used for the lengthy journey for folks to see.

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Book: ‘The Winter of Our Discontent’ by John Steinbeck – May 1st, 2016

by on May.02, 2016, under Books

The Winter of Our DiscontentThe Winter of Our Discontent by John Steinbeck
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A very good tale of a store clerk and those that also live in his New York town. The reflections of life and it’s sentient inhabitants are the heart of the greatness of the story. There is also very clever plotting that must have an engaged reader or else all is lost. Seems to me the average American would have trouble getting through this book today.

It seemed to me the writing of this book was one of indecision. As i read, I kept getting the impression author Steinbeck had other intentions for pathways of the story. There seemed to me little literary pot holes that suggested editing and re-editing. One that stood out for me was the whole thing involving a gun that had obvious reasons, but it’s insertion into the story seemed odd and then how it is handled later is also odd. Though the story is well written, I found fluidity to be bumpy.

The characters are all, from front stage to back, so well written, it will be hard not to associate them to someone you know or have seen. I concur it is odd that I strongly associated the main character, Ethan, to W.C. Fields. Author Steinbeck writes Ethan as Fields spoke, with typical asides and witticisms. I guess for that reason I associated the next door bank pal with Jerry Lewis, who also was mostly written as Lewis performed. I would suggest not carrying that with you should you read the book. 🙂

The story is a light one heavily decorated with the life of the characters involved. It’s the interaction of these characters and consequences that rise this story above most other books. It has been well observed that the best books are the ones that start characters at one point and, by the end, have them at another. This book certainly does that.

The setting is described, but mostly involving the main structures and the interiors of those.

Bottom line: I recommend this book. 9 out of ten points.

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Peggy Peterson – April 30th, 2016

by on Apr.30, 2016, under Buddies

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Was helping cartoonist buddy George Pieper with his cartooning class booth here in The Villages, Florida, and who comes by? One of the most efficient people ever to work at Orlando City Hall, my fellow former City Hall pal, Peggy Peterson!!!

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Me #Cartoon ing a yellow-bellied slider! – April 29th, 2016

by on Apr.29, 2016, under Cartooning

Today been working on a new character for the Howard T. Odum Florida Springs Institute. Bouncing back and forth we got the yellow-bellied slider just where we want him! Now to create the book that he’s in!
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