Warm and Fuzzy Faces

  I will end this Blogaversary-palooza with a little poem I wrote years ago and shared early on this blog. I’m no Elizabeth Barret Browning, I know, but sometimes things come to me in rhyme. And, if you can, I would love for you to share a photo of your pet, if you have one, in the comments.  These are all pet portraits I’ve painted, so if you’re interested in having a portrait of your fur kids, please let me know. I love doing them!       Benson   Cosmo   Duffy   Ode to Pets By B. Hammond
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There is Always a Silver Lining

As we continue the retrospective here during Blogaversary month I thought I would share this post which has links to some of the darker moments I’ve written about but, also explains, (as best I ever could), how a positive attitude can keep your spirit alive. There’s also a link to a guest post I wrote for Daisy HIckman’s Sunny Room Studio. If you’re not familiar with Daisy I hope you will take the opportunity to explore her blog and get to know this amazing woman. b The entire Worst Step-father EVER series, (links are on the about me page), was very
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A Tribute to My Mother-in-law and, Welcome Owen!

While celebrating the 6th Blogoversary here, I’m sharing some of the favorite posts from years past. This one, from 2010, is definitely in my top 3 favorites. I miss her every day and with dad in hospice now I try to imagine them reuniting in a joyous way someday soon. I apologize for any technical glitches, the old posts don’t always cooperate, but the words stay the same. Comments and shares are always welcome! b I want to write about my mother-in-law today… so I will.  My friend Lee at Madness Mom and Me put up a funny guest post of
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Make Your Dreams Come True!

  It is blogaversary month and I’m sharing some of the early posts. I know many of you have been following this blog for all six years and I LOVE YOU ALL! But, for those who may be new to it, I thought we’d take a trip down memory lane this month. I hope you will share your thoughts in the comments. Thanks for keeping me going all these years! b (I apologize for the formatting issues. The old posts have a mind of their own.)   After writing about following my dream and getting a beach house, it made
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In the Beginning…

  This blog will be SIX years old next week. When I started it I never thought it would keep on going but, thankfully, many people liked it and continue to support it and I am eternally grateful to you all. So, I’ve decided to choose some of my favorite posts through the years and share them again. Many of you haven’t been reading since the beginning, so they’ll be new to you. I’m going to cut and paste them in because with design changes over the years some are a little hinky and it’s easier to cut and paste
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Optimism, Robert Burns and Haggis?

  I’m an optimist by nature. It’s probably how I survived childhood and I’m grateful for it. But, the first few weeks of 2016 have tested a lot of optimists.   Let’s start with David Bowie, 69, and Glenn Frey, 67. Legends in music. Gone too soon. Alan Rickman, esteemed British actor, also gone at 69 years old. Is this the time in my life when people near my age start dropping off the planet? Should we take better care of ourselves? Is it too late? I started blogging to sort through ambivalent feelings about turning 60. Now, at 65,
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Nightmares of Abuse

  Sexual abuse. Simply typing it makes me uneasy. How could anyone experience it and question their memory? This has been on my mind a lot while working on the memoir. I’ve even had nightmares. I recently discovered an amazing writer, Rachel Thompson, whose survival story is epic, in my mind. The piece I read was on The Good Men project and began with, “I did my first blow job at six years old.” That will get your attention. I’ve since read a lot of her work and it has resonated with me in many ways. On her blog today
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New Year, New Goals

  The holidays are over and it’s time to get down to business for the new year. I’m excited about many of the opportunities ahead this year.     I’ve signed up with a company offering to pay for endorsements on the blog. Not sure what will be offered but you can be sure I won’t endorse anything I don’t like or believe in. After almost six years of blogging, I think it’s time to make a few bucks for my work. Speaking of my work, the artwork, in particular, it was a good year for reconnecting with my first
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Tech the Halls With Balls of Folly!

  I can’t believe it’s been almost three weeks since my last post. Three weeks of tech hell and the saga continues. So, where were we? Oh, right…I decided to take the new laptop to the geek squad to transfer data from my beloved Vicky Vaio, (yes I named her and I love her), onto my shiny new HP Envy. I haven’t a clue about the name because my experience to date hasn’t been the envy of a soul. The big box store with the geek squad is over forty minutes away on a good day, but this had to
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Tech Headaches Are THE Worst!

  I bought a new laptop because my Sony Vaio is seven years old and showing its age. Merry Christmas to me! I was worried about losing all those fifty thousand words I labored over in November, so I moved them onto my external hard drive. Now that’s full up and I have nothing else to rely on. Sony no longer makes computers, which breaks my heart. However, I am typing this post on my trusty Vaio because I can’t do a damn thing on the new HP Envy. I am frustrated to tears every time I try. Isn’t it
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