Thanks for your patience

As we celebrate ten years of blogging, almost eleven (!), I wanted to reach out and say thank you to my loyal readers. You have all been amazing.

I am in tune with what you do as far as habits go, that is, check back with my site to see if it is up and running, and be patient with me as I navigate the waters of the online world of blogging.

What have I learned in the last eleven years of blogging?

1. It is cool with most people if you make mistakes.

I recently learned that the word SIN in Sanskrit, an 3500+ year old Indian language, means missing the mark. That opened my eyes quite a bit to help me understand how the Bible says we are all sinners. I am a huge sports’ fan so I can only think of it is in sports terms and that is I will miss the mark a million times before I get the ball in the basket, or get from point A to point B without stepping on someone’s toes.

2. Once I push the red button that is currently top right and says Publish with a capital P on it, an email will automatically be sent out to anyone who has previously asked to subscribe to my blog. For example, you now.

This feature was included when I started blogging.

I really have no way to know if it is working or not except for the occasional phone call or text I get that tells me they read my blog. Or I can check my stats.

Also, I think that this email service only works sometimes. The reason I write this is because I have come to learn that when you subscribe to my blog, you can subscribe to either my newsletter, that I manage, or to my blog, which is managed by my website host.

I repeat that I am a slow learner but once I learn something, I do actually learn something, so again, thank you for your patience as I navigate the waters of blogging and publishing.

As a side note, I would like to say something true of me. I am impulsive so often I just finish writing and push the PUBLISH button to get my writing off my desk. Then I go back and read and edit and realize that my new post has already gone into your mailbox with errors and everything.

At that point, what I usually do is try to edit or delete the post thinking, goodness gracious girl, Julie, you just notified your entire two blog subscribers that you are an airhead.

I will chalk it up to part of blog learning.

2. I post infrequently.

The reason I don’t push the word Publish, red button, top right, capital P, in a rather dark pink color, is because then I actually create a page that needs maintenance in some form or another. I don’t want to eand up with thousands of pages that my visitors need to navigate through to find current information.

One thing I have been doing as a work around is updating old blog posts. That way an email is not sent out to blog subscribers.

3. Is it better to pusblish a page or a post?

Talk about a subject I would rather not talk about since each blog template is different, I can only say, that, my pages are the ones that you see in my menu bar. They usually end with a nice clean url such as double you double you my name dot com slash tickets or slash pay or slash events.

My favorite of course, is the slash baseball although that particular page needs to be updated. I also enjoy the page, or read, menu item that says, See my paintings. I like sharing my art online.

I have become better at sharing my art. I can only reckon my shyness to a school or class that gets asked to hold up their artwork only to be humiliated or lauded with praise.

I currently am having issues with my DNS mapping, meaning that if you go ro read this online, you most likely will get an error saying that this site is not private or there are security issues.

This is due to the fact that I had tried mapping or forwarding my blog to another domain name I own, and on further thought, changed my mind, and am going back to square one.

My blog will be fully functional within 24 to 48 hours, hence this brief note to thank you for your patience as I navigate my blog and learn from my mistakes, often missing the mark.


Pretty soon, like next week, school is starting again. There is defo a feeling of seasons changing, cool mornings, warm afternoons.

As for me and my house, we shall praise our Lord. Thanks for sticking by me and my art and my writing. I appreciate you.

As always, I hope this missive finds you happy, lovely, lucky and in love.

All my best.




I support my sister at her super fun runway event. #geauxpink #YouNight

CONGRATULATIONS LISA and friends, this show has sold out. To watch it online, click up on your menu, and add this page as a bookmark on your computer so you can find it easily.

General Entry Ticket $125 SOLD OUT
Table for your company with branding is $1200 SOLD OUT
VIP Packages Starting at $275 SOLD OUT

This is my real life sister’s event and brainchild. Watch video.


Next Show, Saturday July 27, 2019 in New Orleans at the Contemporary Arts Center. #geauxpink

You night is a runway event hosted, created, and ran by my real life sister Lisa along with the support of many people who love her as well as those who have just met her.

It is a spectacular, fun, laughter filled runway show that gets beautiful people together who have been given a positive cancer diagnosis to walk the catwalk as models and amazing inspirational role models.

These exceptional women are literally flooded with love and gifts as their friends and family show their support by attending and cheering them on. Also, the community gets involved by supporting these amazing people, including the men, called the Knights.

Get it? You Knights?

This will probably be a sold out event so book your tickets early. If you need tickets let us know.

Lisa, Celeste and company
Lisa, Celeste and company

As a little sister would — I like to follow my sister either in person or in this case online. My real life sister has been up to her amazing self again by having just completed a successful runway fashion show in order to increase breast cancer awareness.

Today, I’m sharing a letter that my sister Lisa received from one of the participants.

Have you added your mascara to your bag! Don’t forget it is important.


Geaux Lisa!


46 Ways to be a Better Person

Hello you.

Here’s a quick list that will get your started on having a nicer day now. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

1. Take a deep breath now, hold it as long as you can. Count to 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, release, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 and now another.

2. OK, two more deep breaths. Relax.

3. Concentrate on this word and close your eyes and take another two deep breaths, in through your nose out through your mouth.

4. Meditate. Concentrate on your third eye and just be peaceful. You can stop reading this! It’s okay!

5. Slow down. Try moving slowly.

6. Start each day as Gandhi did: Be the change you want to see.

7. Look for ways to help others.

It almost always seems impossible until it's done. ♡
It almost always seems impossible until it’s done.x♡o

8. Treat yourself great.

9. Be your own friend.

10. Go to the mirror and make funny faces.

11. Make yourself and/or a friend a nice cup of tea or coffee.

12. Take a long walk without music or distractions.

13. Clean. Go left to right, it works.

14. Be young in your heart.

15. Hug a tree.

16. Jump on one leg. Now the other. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

17. Spin like a child with your eyes closed. Do this in your mind’s eye. Or for real.

18. Hug someone. Even yourself.

19. Next time you see someone on facebook that’s down, get involved. Try sending links, messages.  Or, how about a phone call?

20. Write something.

21. Be inspirational.

22. Forgive yourself.

23. Push yourself to be a little bit better.

24. Count to ten before reacting, or better yet, just let it slide.

25. Pet an animal.

26. Turn off the tv.

27. Sell something.

28. Give something away to charity.

29. Treat yourself to a something special.

30. Take a nice long relaxing bath or shower.

31. Bake.

32. Organize.

33. Make a list of three things you don’t want to do then do them.

34. Eat well. How’s a salad sound for your next meal? A big one!

35. Exercise.

36. Take a risk with love.

37. Write a message to someone wall saying thank you for being there.

38. Enjoy this moment.

39. Listening to affirmations.

40. Shine the light that God has given you.

41. Tell someone you love them.

42. No matter what your age, dream — even big if you’d like.

43. Remember a moment when you were blissful. Hold on to it.

44. Accept yourself for exactly who you are.

45. Send a REAL letter in the mail.

46. Give yourself a little break.

Thanks for reading and have a great day. I believe in you. I do.

In the comment section, I’d like to know what you can hear, smell and feel in this exact moment. What is around you? I can hear boys playing, the washing machine spinning and a distant car passing.


An overactive imagination


Hello, good day.

One of the benefits of being a blogger is that you get to think of new blog topics as you go about your day.

I didn’t know that when I published my first blog post that I was opening a box as far as creativity goes.

There you go. I

pray a lot that God gives me the right words to convey my thoughts to the people who read my blog, God bless you who ever you are and where ever you are.

The message gets transmitted over the internet webs through the magic of electricity, wifi, engineering, programming, computers, technology, all sliced up into little tiny bits and then it magically re appears in your inbox and on your screens on the other side of the world.

The pretty picture that someone took at in the remote parts of the world are here for us to enjoy. Of course, people are going to be criticized for walking and bumping into poles with their phones, there is just too much to consume.

At the same time, writing is fun.

My overly creative imagination listens to masters who remind me that I have the ability to do this. One tells the story of when he and his twin were adopted by an aunt at a young age and she promised to never separate them. He tells the story of when he was looking for his first job and he asked the man if he needed some help and was sent away. He tells the story better than I do so please let him tell his story and I shall tell mine.

My story started in a small town.

My friends and I would hang out after school. When I was younger I found enormous satisfaction in taking the full sink of dishes and making the sink shine. Maybe that is how a carpenter works when they build furniture.

Yesterday, during my reading I came across a list of the 100 bloggers to watch this year. I had read and heard about three of them. The writer had put in some time to make the list but I couldn’t get through the entire reading in one sitting because it just seemed too big and too much information to me — though it is a good reference!

I would have liked it to have been different although I am not sure how. Everyone seems to be a marketer who gets synthesized into labels and as most creatives agree, they like to stay away from labels.

These interweb folk insist you need things like a funnel, a niche, a label, to be expert. Some really are down to earth and those are the ones I adore. You can tell because they will live stream in their pajamas with their hair wet.

I think about marketing goals and selling goals but let’s just be honest. I am not a sales person. I am a writer. I did make my course, and people who have taken it love it and appreciate it but I don’t like to sell. I don’t think any artist likes to sell. The fun part of art is in the making, at least for me.

It is the selling of the book or the painting or the song that the marketing folk step in and take over. Yet, I like to think that all people are writers, singers, artists and so on.

What happens is that as a life long dedicated learner the journalist in me takes over and remembers her lessons on the price, product, place and positioning from her ad days. One of goals of any marketer are to increase reach. That is why, when I started blogging, I got caught up in the numbers of haw many people I was reaching.

That is where box steps in and you will read about the overwhelming effect of too much information. I will break it down for you. I try not to speak over anyone’s heads. That’s what a lot of people will do, add all kinds of fancy words, like prefixes and suffixes to their names. Nothing against that, if that is your name with four words and an abbreviation.

Here is my second attempt to break it down for you. lol.

If you are going to talk to people, then just do that. Just talk to them. If you want to get your message out to more people then use what you have available. If you want to get fancy, then study and model how experts do it and then try your best to do how they have done without stealing.

I’ll give you an example. Once my friend saw a painting of mine and asked me to paint one for him. I took out a painting I absolutely loved and inspired me and looked at it and tried to copy a master. Of course, the painting didn’t look anything like the original because my hand is very different, every color was different, the subject was different, the brush strokes were heavier but in the end I loved the painting. I feel the original was my teacher for that painting.

I am not reinventing the wheel.

Does it feel like I am just talking about nothing, and blathering on?

The cat is making snoring sounds while I sleep. Not snoring more like erm ha chica mm sounds deep in her sleep. A new day has dawned full of hope, wonder, joy and anticipation of good things to come and for that I am truly thankful.

I appreciate it that you chose to follow my blog and read my missives. I wish you well today and every day.

My best to you and yours.


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I’m thinking about my friends clicking in here from all over the world. How awesome is the world wide web? Shout out to the www.

Hello World Wide Web.

Today I’m talking about twitter and how hard it is to understand as least for someone like me.

I’ve had some great great comments on my facebook page. Facebook rules by the way. Twitter, well, it’s new all new to me.

Go facebook, go!

I got comments about how to use twitter since it’s such an enigma for me. David Letterman figured it out by getting a laptop and one of his techies to turn on his twitter page so he can update it during the show.

If David Letterman can use twitter, certainly I can do it too. Right?
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