Old and New

planner2013 Last year's planner, out of focus, in a tree, because it looks pretty.

A few New Year's resolutions:

1) Go to more museums and other interesting places. I'm now living in the Houston area, and Houston is full of museums, zoos, aquariums, parks, and stands selling fireworks. (I'll avoid the stands selling fireworks.)

2) Write. I'm finally on a writing schedule that works. My aim is to keep doing what I'm already doing, and if possible, more of it.

3) Learn to paint with oils. I've become frustrated lately with watercolors, and I want to try something different.

4) Learn to fight with a sword. This will be a useful skill if the zombie apocalypse happens, and if it doesn't, it's still a useful skill for a fantasy writer and artist. There's a local chapter of the ARMA that hosts classes.


This will be the year of the purple planner.

The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.

~G.K. Chesterton: 'Daily News.'


After winter, comes spring.  After night, comes day.  After death, comes life.

These beautiful Pysanky Easter Eggs were decorated by Miss Emily, a very remarkable ninety year-old lady.  She has spent her life learning every art and skill she could, from woodcarving to jewel cutting, but her real speciality is egg decorating.  These eggs haven't been blown, so the yolk and egg white are still floating around inside.  (Another reason to make sure I don't break them.) 

Pysanky is a Ukrainian art form which uses layers of wax and dyes to gradually create fabulously complex designs on an egg. 

Like these.

Happy Easter!  Christus resurrexit!