Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Oktoberfest! Friends of Hospice annual fundraiser and auction

A Buddha in Your Garden, mixed media on canvas, 18" x 36"

Between Heaven and Earth, oil on canvas, 12" x 36"

Fly Away, mixed media on canvas, 16" x 20"

Journey of a Thousand, oil on canvas, 12" x 36"

I've donated these works to Friends of Hospice's 26th Annual Oktoberfest event! They'll be available for auction--go bid if you're in town and help support Hospice of Santa Cruz County in doing the compassionate work they've been doing for the last 30 years.

When: Sunday, October 4, 12 PM to 4 PM

Where: Santa Cruz Elks Lodge, 150 Jewell Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060-1718

Phone: (831) 423-8240


Friday, September 04, 2009

Get along now

As part of my integration and separation of my various passions (wow, I can call them passions now), I'm going to briefly introduce you to my new relationship advice column on

I started a few days ago and my first article, "How to stop complaining and get what you want," is up and ready for you to read and share!

The URL for my column is a bit unwieldy, so please use and it'll take you directly to the column (no fuss, no muss).

I've also started a new Twitter account, educatedfleas, where you can follow for updates on new articles and seek advice via Tweeting or sending me a Direct Message.

Please do send me all your relationship (family, friends, partners, coworkers, colleagues, etc.) questions, comments, and concerns for some fun and informative advice (I'll edit identifying features for confidentiality reasons, so you'll remain anonymous in the column itself). It won't be counseling and it won't be therapy--just solid tips and techniques for having better relationships with everybody around you.

I prefer that you write to me at, Twitter, or through my Examiner column. If you'd like to remain anonymous even to me, you can leave an anonymous comment on any of my articles or even here.

Many thanks for sharing my enthusiasm!

Let the lovin' begin.


Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Light my fire

Pivot Tealight Holder from Z Gallerie

I've been eyeing this tealight holder for some time now, and it's finally on sale!

I think it would look lovely in a fireplace or in a part of one's home designated as a fireplace (whether it is doesn't matter; imagination rules!).

Perhaps staggered, layered, or in some other configuration. Go all Lego-y with this tealight holder.

And hey, how about the difficult job of photographing something transparent?