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I subscribe to a several newsletters. They include many topics that interest me such as visual art, spiritual awakening, professional writing, art and healing, and lots of other things.

I don’t know about you, but I often get confused as to who is sending me this or that newsletter. Sometimes I subscribe because they offer something for free and I want it. I may have no intention of reading the newsletter and intend to unsubscribe as soon as I get my freebee. Sometimes I am actually interested in the content of the newsletter and want to read what the person has to say.

But as I said, I get several of them and get a bit confused and rather annoyed when the letter reads something like: “Hi, VirginiaLS: it’s me, Joan.” I’m like, “Who the heck is Joan”?

The other day I got this letter in my inbox, which was very interesting because it talked about depression, which I struggle with each and every day. The person apologized for not writing for so long. But I didn’t miss him because I had no idea who he was anyway. The name did not ring a bell. Neither did the long and awkward email address. I read the entire email (something I rarely do) and by the time I got to the end still had no clue who had written it.

The person gave homage and a link to someone who had helped him so I knew who that was, but whoever wrote the newsletter didn’t provide a link to their own website, no slogan or catch phrase to jog my memory, nothing. Well, there was something. A link to a dropbox page.

With a little sleuthing I finally did find the web site of the person who sent the letter. Once it came up I immediately knew who I had been reading about.

I am a visual person so putting your name on a newsletter without a familiar logo or banner leaves me confused and a bit perturbed. I am not good with names.

Now, I don’t produce a newsletter yet so who am I to talk? But those of you who do, please use your logo, or at least a link to your site so those of us who get a bit foggy at times can quickly identify you. Including the name of your business with a link would be most helpful.

Which brings up another point. I can’t understand why some people choose to name their businesses after themselves. I’m sure there is a very good reason. I would have to ask someone why that is done so often. IMHO johnsmith dot com doesn’t tell me a darn thing about who you are and what you do. Johnsmith is not a brand. Something like Rainbow Kitten Arts dot com might jog my memory and give me a clue as to who is writing me.

As I said, it’s just my opinion.


I spent some time last week making mermaids. I have always been fascinated with chimeras and the mermaid is one of them.

In case you don’t know what a chimera is, it is an unblended combination or hybrid of two or more beings. Or to turn it around, a single being that contains two or more separate sets of DNA. In the case of the mermaid/merman, the human and fish are not blended into something resembling the Creature from the Black Lagoon. The human part is 100% human and the fish part is 100% fish.

When I made my first mermaids and gave them as gifts I started learning a little about them.

Datebook cover front 2015 sm

My 2015 planner cover

They represent transition. They represent being caught between two worlds as in the classic story by Hans Christian Anderson. I have heard people with certain disabilities refer to themselves as mermaids. I found out that the African Goddess Oshun is the goddess of fresh water and is sometimes depicted as a beautiful young mermaid.

The back of my vision board

The back of my vision board

I have given them four arms or wings to show their goddess status. I have sometimes given them faces and sometimes not.

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I have made a series of mercats. For some reason I could not bring myself to call them catfish.

One of my mercats

One of my mercats

Two mer beings

Two mer beings

Some quick updates

Holy kow. Has it been this long since I posted? Sorry about that. Actually I’ve been posting updates to Facebook.

Let’s see. What’s been happening?

I have been attending the Right Brain Business Plan online summit by Jennifer Lee. It’s been fun, but I really need a master mind art group to interact with. I applied for the scholarship but I again didn’t get it. The story of my life.

I gave a poetry presentation at my local women’s group. What fun. I am writing more poetry these day. I won’t say it’s good poetry, but I am having a ball doing it.

An artist friend and I are getting together to work on our illustrated book projects.

The arts council is moving across the street from me. I have no excuse now, not to attend their gatherings. My little section of the world is a bona fide arts district, and I live right in the middle of it. There are murals and huge art pieces cropping up all over the place.

That’s a quick down and dirty update for now. I’ll be back.

Back after computer trouble

I was gone for a while.

My computer started acting funky. It had been for a long time but I thought I could do a home fix. The problems just got worse until it wouldn’t work at all. so I had to find a local good computer repair company.

After days of talking to everyone’s cousin and nephew I finally found a place I trusted.

I had to find someone who could get me and my computer to the place. It stayed there for at least a week while they figured out what was wrong with it

They finally had to format the main hard drive and reinstall WIN XP because my computer is too old to handle the newest OS. I spent another week putting all my programs back on. I also had hundreds of emails to deal with.

So all that added up to many days of having a non-working computer.

I cannot yet afford a new computer so I am using this one for a while longer. Anyone who feels generous enough to give me a new computer, be my guest. Hey. It’s worth a shot.

Well, I’m back up and running now. I thought I would update my Zebracorn site so that the four of you who read my blog would know what was going on.