Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges' new book Unspeakable is 2$ on kindle right now. It's an interview with a lot about his personal story.

An older Hedges quote:
"Those who fail to exhibit positive attitudes, no matter the external reality, are seen as maladjusted and in need of assistance. Their attitudes need correction. Once we adopt an upbeat vision of reality, positive things will happen. This belief encourages us to flee from reality when reality does not elicit positive feelings. These specialists in "happiness" have formulated something they call the "Law of Attraction." It argues that we attract those things in life, whether it is money, relationships or employment, which we focus on. Suddenly, abused and battered wives or children, the unemployed, the depressed and mentally ill, the illiterate, the lonely, those grieving for lost loved ones, those crushed by poverty, the terminally ill, those fighting with addictions, those suffering from trauma, those trapped in menial and poorly paid jobs, those whose homes are in foreclosure or who are filing for bankruptcy because they cannot pay their medical bills, are to blame for their negativity. The ideology justifies the cruelty of unfettered capitalism, shifting the blame from the power elite to those they oppress. And many of us have internalized this pernicious message, which in times of difficulty leads to personal despair, passivity and disillusionment."
- Love this. 

Drew this portrait last March.

Thursday, October 6, 2016

A brain, a heart, and a mouth walk into a bar...

Drew this for my dad's diet blog, The blog gives you diet tips and encourages you to develop your own diet plan.  There are lots of silly posts so I call it "diettainment". Circle T, circle C - as far as I know, that's a new word! I'm claiming it!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Softie design: how much stuffing are you going to use?

Something to consider when designing softies: if you want to stuff them so they are more firm, which is nice, it's going to change the shape a bit. 

The cat above has less stuffing than the cat below. 

Monday, September 12, 2016

Magical Marketplace

Fort Softie will be at an art show November 18 at Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church called Magical Marketplace. 

20% of the proceeds will benefit Mitchell's Place Scholarship Fund. Mitchell's Place is a school and center for kids with Autism. 

My parents' neighbors, my neighbors growing up, started the school for their son.  I hear it's great and I'm glad to know this resource is here in Birmingham.

Made this cat yesterday, by the way.  All my softies have slightly different expressions and personalities.