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Caricatures in Auburndale! – March 27th, 2016

by on Mar.27, 2016, under Caricatures, Cartooning

Been doin’ that interactive illustrative life coaching thing this evening! A return visit for this family event. Great folks that included fellow civil servants, educators and an opportunity to get some nifty photos of a really cool historic home, now hair salon, I’ve wanted to get closeup photos of in St. Cloud!

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Ocklawaha Painting in Process! – March 22nd, 2016

by on Mar.22, 2016, under Illusration

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Thought I would post an update to the painting I’m working on. Computer still extremely clunky. Freezing about every half hour. A bit hard right now to post as I usually do.
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Me at SpringsFest 2016 as Swampy’s Florida! – March 20th, 2016

by on Mar.20, 2016, under Cartooning, Swampy's Florida

Had a blast today “signing” (drawing in) Swampy’s Florida books during the Florida SpringsFest. Here are a few photos. The stories behind most of the photos can be found on the Swampy’s Florida page.

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I Gave a Talk of #Florida water Monday night & got Eggs! – March 8th, 2016

by on Mar.08, 2016, under What's New?

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Spoke to a group about water issues in Florida last night and was awarded for it by being given a carton of fresh chicken eggs from the Wilson family! Thank you, Donna Dollar Wilson, Ed Wilson and your chickens!
 
My talk was about where our water in #Florida comes from, what endangers it, sinkholes, the humongous cost to taxpayers to fix damage done by others and the problem of massive “infrastructure” construction. The latter being a part of the former.
 
I invited them (Including being sure each had a brochure) and all of you to come to our Florida SpringsFest to learn more about our state’s water and have fun doing it! I’ll be there at Florida’s Silver Springs State Park March 19th and 20th with my Swampy’s Florida! Hope to see you all there!
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What a father sets aside – March 2nd, 2016

by on Mar.02, 2016, under Cartooning

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Interesting what a father sets aside. Found a few decades of my artwork in a box of his. Newspaper art, comics strips, advertising pieces, comic books and personal artwork.

Spent weekend moving my father’s things to my house. Great thanks to brother Jeff Smith, his friend Steve and old pal James Goddard for the enormous amount of help! James even found a 40th birthday comic book I had done for him and his twin brother.

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Book: ‘Countdown for Agriculture’ by Henry F. Swanson – December 31st, 2015

by on Dec.31, 2015, under Books

Countdown for AgricultureCountdown for Agriculture by Henry F. Swanson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is an exceptional book of agriculture, Orange County and Florida history. Henry Swanson has laid out extensive, well-written and thorough history of the all facets of the agriculture business in Orange County. He even get into the public policy process and who has been involved. It’s an amazing work.

I’ve used this book for 30 years for reference. This is the first time, I believe, I’ve read the entire book cover to cover. I’ve always recommended it and now do so even stronger. Unfortunately the book is way out of print and hard to find.

I recommend this book. 10 out of ten points.

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Book: ‘Fear in a Desert Town’ by Roger Fuller

by on Dec.11, 2015, under Books

Fear in a Desert townFear in a Desert Town by Roger Fuller
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“Fuller” kicks off this entry in his various TV series adaptions with a perfect portrayal of paranoia of someone being sought. After the first few pages you’ll look over your own shoulder to see who’s watching. This all a half century before the digital eyes that watch us all now.

Beyond the excellent job of literally forming Dr. Richard Kimble, “Fuller” continues, what I’ve read in his other books, packing a packed story in 155 pages. Again, I wonder, why can’t this be done today????

The writing is direct and strong, as are the characters. I really like his depiction of a little boy caught in the web.

Before I wrote this I thought I’d track down the episode this book is based. Here is just another example of the book far outshining the filmed version. It’s almost startling at how different the two are. Same story with the same characters. Just with that “Fuller” touch added in.

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

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