If You See One Of These… RUN!

So, this week Kyle had to do a persuasive presentation for school. He decided to talk about the “world’s most fearless (and aggressive) animal”  — the Honey Badger. His persuasion title was “If you see a Honey Badger — RUN!”. I was shocked and am now convinced that if you see one, you should probably run. Here’s a paraphrased version of his presentation for you. Prepare yourself.

“Today I’m here to tell you about the Honey Badger. Let me warn you, it may love honey but it’s no Winnie the Pooh. So let’s imagine you’re just walking along and you see one of these.

“You think it’s cool, so you stop and smile and check it out. But now, he’s got his eye on you!

“And boy is he mad!

“My advice? RUN! And here’s why…

“Reason #1: Even though it’s only the size of a medium dog, it’s been known to fight lions, wildebeests, water-buffalos, and people — and win!

“JUST RUN AWAY!

“Reason #2: It has thick, loose skin so it’s hard to kill with even a machete!  Even if a lion were to bite it in the back, it can turn around in its skin and keep attacking!

“JUST RUN AWAY!

“Reason #3: It likes to snack on the world’s most poisonous scorpions and snakes like King Cobras and Adders. No big deal… And if it does get bit it can just sleep it off like a bad hangover (Okay I’ll admit it, I added that part).

“JUST RUN AWAY!

“So if you see a Honey Badger, don’t just stand there. RUN AWAY!”

I’m proud to report that he got an A+ on his presentation.

P.S. If you see a Honey Badger, what are you going to do?

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Help One Another Like Birds Of A Feather

Seth Fitts bird drawing

Artwork by Seth Fitts

Blank. So much potential. So much work to be done. Gah!

That’s how I feel sometimes before starting a new piece. It can be a daunting feeling, and sometimes I have no idea what to do or where to start. Luckily, the beauty of art is that there are so many places to draw inspiration and motivation from. Here’s a preview of a talented artist from down in Peach country whose simple, yet allusive work has been so energizing for me lately.

Crow Listen Bird Painting Seth Fitts

Seth Fitts Bird Painting

Seth Fitts Bird Painting

He doesn’t just draw birds, I promise…

Fox Painting by Seth Fitts

See!

P.S. Check out more great stuff at www.sethfitts.com.

*All rights to artworks belong to Seth Fitts

Why I Haven’t Changed The World Yet

Tired, Cat, Sleep, Funny

"Tired" by Zemex of DeviantART

I find that as the day progresses I become more and more ambitious. By nighttime of each day, I am ready to change the world. Unfortunately, I’m also ready to go to bed.

Of course…

P.S. This picture is so cool!

Ways I’ve Become Like My Parents: #1

Parents, Old, Father, Mother, Wedding

By Hamster-ltd of DeviantART

“Is anyone using this light?”

“Are you watching the T.V. downstairs?”

“Alright, that’s long enough. Get out of the shower.”

 

Ugh, my dad was a frugal man. Always saving money at the expense of my laziness. I hated it. Though it was for different reasons, you could say my dad was years ahead of the “Go Green” movement. “A penny found is a penny earned” was practically one of our family golden rules. I’ll spare you the rest of his “A penny lost…” adage. It wasn’t pretty.

I always told my dad that he was being absurd, and that I would never make my kids do things like unplug the toaster after each use. At that time, I was in the I-know-everything-and-my-parents-are-stupid stage. Now I get it.

Irony is a trick of time I guess because now I find myself saying the same things. I’m always telling Kyle that the fridge is for food — not cooling down. Have no worries though, I don’t go so far as to have a “If it’s yellow, let it mellow; if it’s brown, flush it down” policy. In short, I’ve realized money looks a lot different when it’s yours. That’s part of growing up I guess.

P.S. Have you become like your parents at all in ways you never thought you would?

How To Make The Best Decisions

Sweet, Sweet Art To My Ears

Artwork by Katie Barron

Awhile back, shortly after moving here, I found an excellent stretch of road in the heart of Columbus, Ohio called the “Short North”. There are art galleries galore, upscale bistros, bustling brasseries, quaint antique shops, and so much more. All in one place! If you ever visit Columbus, it’s a must. Especially during an event called “gallery hop” (which occurs the first Saturday of every month). Every time I go it is an adventure.

You know how you get excited when you find a gem of a new song? And how it’s an even sweeter feeling when you find the song before anyone else has heard of it?

Well let me tell you, that same feeling applies to finding artists. Recently, in a small, somewhat obscure gallery, I saw the work of Katie Barron. It blew me away. It’s a little feminine for my usual tastes, but the talent and potential are undeniable. She’s only my age (20) and in school, so I figure that’s why she is still one of the best kept secrets in the Columbus art community.

I haven’t met her, but after seeing her work I’m going to say she’s a pretty magnificent person. I hope you think so too.

*All rights to artworks belong to Katie Barron

Post Script: Visit artworkofkatiebarron.tumblr.com to see so much more.

Help The Homeless?

Bearded Man by DawnAllynnStock of deviantART

“Damned if I do. Damned if I don’t.” That’s how I feel sometimes.

“When I see a homeless man standing by the road, I can’t look him in the eye. He says he’s homeless. His frazzled hair and scribbled sign are convincing, but his designer jacket is suspicious. I say I’m not in a position to help. My wallet supports me, but my conscience defeats my rationalizing. I can’t look him in the eye because I don’t know which of us is lying.”

Kyle and I have been keeping up with the latest on Japan. Which is likely one of the most well documented catastrophes ever. It’s hard to watch without pulling all that is yours a little closer. Kyle gives me an inquisitive glance every time a commercial asking for relief donations comes up. His heart for others impresses me, but oddly annoys me too. Makes me feel like a selfish prick in comparison because I don’t respond to those requests for aid.

“We can’t.”

“Why not?”

“Because I don’t have the money! Stop asking about it!”

See, I feel like a jerk about it. There’s just so many reasons not to donate. I have to look out for us first. And a lot of these foundations waste so much of the money on unnecessary practices so that only a small percentage of your donation actually helps. And some aid programs are fake. So I keep telling myself anyway. The guilt of inaction doesn’t go away though.

It’s not just Japan though. There’s a tragedy standing just a block away in every direction it seems. The homeless man laying in front of Starbucks. The single mother with two kids with no incoming child support. The little kid walking down the street in sagging pants during school hours. You know what I’m talking about.

Is it better to be naive and think your money is helping another when actually it’s not? Or to be suspicious and withhold your aid not knowing whether it could help or not?

I don’t think it’s right that I should expect others to help on my behalf. I’m also not a big fan of those who only believe in “creating awareness” for something. Who of us are unaware of the problems around us? Throwing money at problems seems ineffective too. So what’s left? Action, I guess.

You better yourself best through bettering others.

P.S. Do you ever think about this?