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Friday:) Firemen, Friends, and a Fabulous Art Show

19 Mar

“Tis the privilege of friendship to talk nonsense, and to have her nonsense respected.” ― Charles Lamb


Despite my swollen face, sore jaw, and bleeding empty tooth socket, I was going stir crazy in the house after lying around all morning. I couldn’t go to kickboxing or take my usual brisk walk, so I got dressed and went to the square to visit friends, get a smoothie, and stop at the art show. 

I stopped at Fire Station 2 on my way. I finally was  able to take over those brownies that I had baked. They always appreciate my visits. Say hello to Fire Fighter Carr.

I stopped at Sweet Spot Bakery for yet another smoothie, and  visited with Miss Kathy a while. Miss Elizabeth was baking cookies. I asked if I could dip some in chocolate, and Miss Kathy let me play in the kitchen.

Off to the Annual Collin County Adult and Student Art Show.

Amazing young artists in the exhibit downstairs.

My dear friend, Bonita Comarnitsky, won a blue ribbon.

Jeni Tomlinson always has a show stopper and wins a ribbon.
President to the Art Club of McKinney, Lynda Kingsley, addressed the packed room, ready to introduce the winners.

I didn’t stay very long, I started feeling queasy, so I decided it was time to get home for my meds, another smoothie and some rest.  My wild Friday night. NO Black Russian Friday for a few weeks with my meds and healing mouth. Dang!

Not being able to have solid food yet, I miss my spinach salads, so I said, “Aha!” ( I do that a lot when I am brilliant.) I just put some spinach in my smoothie. Actually, not too bad. But, not especially great either.


Green smoothie. I should have had that yesterday for St. Patrick’s Day. A good Friday.

Theme Song Thursday: Artists

11 Apr

“All forms of madness, bizarre habits, awkwardness in society, general clumsiness, are justified in the person who creates good art.”
― Roman Payne, Rooftop Soliloquy
Yes, artists are weird. Their world revolves around creating, expressing and sharing. On the most part, artists know that they will never become rich and famous, but that doesn’t stop them. Many artists band together to help one another and their community. And, this is most evident by the Art Club of McKinney volunteers.

This weekend, the Art Club of McKinney will sponsor the 50th Annual Collin County Art Show and Student Art Show at MPAC on the Square. There is soooo much work involved in setting up and hosting this event, and there are always those selfless, hardworking, generous people who do all that work, silently, behind the scenes.

Yesterday and today, I spent a few hours helping out with collecting artwork and setting up the show and the silent auction. But, there are some tireless folks that are spending eight to ten hours each day, for weeks, preparing, working, hanging work, hosting, and taking down. Hats off to you!

McKinney Performing Arts Center (MPAC), 111 N. Tennessee
McKinney, Texas 75069
Reception and Awards April 11, 2014 Friday, 7pm – 9pm
Show Open to the Public April 11-13, 2014
Friday, Noon – 9pm
Saturday, 10am – 9pm
Sunday, Noon – 2pm

Here’s a cute theme song in honor of all the crazy artists in the world.







Friday and Friends

6 Apr

How do people become friends? Is it serendipity, predestination, or in the stars? I’m not sure what the answer is, but I’ll tell you How I make friends. It’s very complicated and difficult to remember, so take notes now. I’ll wait while you get a pen and paper… Ready? Here ya go! Just say, “Hello.” Or, maybe say, “Hey. How’s it going?” Simple as that! Have a kind word for a stranger.

Will Rogers said it best- “A stranger is just a friend I haven’t met yet.”

This morning, I met my friend Gary Piña for breakfast at Snug on the Square, then walked over to Goodies Texas candy store before he had to leave. I don’t even remember how or when we met. I guess we corresponded via email at first. He works for the Dallas Morning News, and I was submitting stories here and there, always asking dumb questions and making weird comments. I invited him to different events in McKinney. Anyway, somewhere along the line we became friends. Here is Gary, just a kid in a “candy store.”


Snug is also a fun place to bump into friends. I ran into Michele and Kay there. Later, my friend Sherry M. stopped by. I met these gals a while ago. We just started talking, yada, yada. Next thing we knew…friends. Here’s Sherry!


On way way home, I stopped at the Collin County Art Show at the Heard-Craig Auditorium. I saw a lot of artist friends there. My friend Sherry J. was volunteering. I met Sherry about 5 or 6 years ago when I wrote a story for McKinney Magazine about her fabulous Santa Claus’ she paints. Instant friends! Then, in walks another friend, Lynne H. She was elated to find that her piece, “Quiet Vision” won the prestigious Mary Berry Award. Here’s Lynne!


I stopped at Papa Murphy’s before heading home to pick up a bake-yourself pizza for dinner. Kerri and Justin who work there have become friends. How? Just chatting and laughing. Then home to pack up, have a quick lunch, then off to Towne Creek to volunteer with my senior art friends. MAN!!! I have a lot of friends! And this is just one day, and a typical Friday. Life is good!

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship.- Thomas Aquinas