Nature Made It Rain

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My wet shoes

These are my soaked shoes from the other day.

I was walking around the neighborhoods one evening, just as most people were returning home from work. It was gloomy and getting ready to rain.

It seemed like an unproductive day because I didn’t make $50,000 for my boss so that my life could feel validated as a contributing human to society. But I did play with a cat that day!

Just as I reached Lake Michigan, it started to downpour.

My umbrella protected me pretty well, except my feet. That’s when my shoes got soaked. And it felt amazing. The rain was warm and it was like an exfoliating foot massage with each squishy step I took.

Santana Supernatural CD

On my walk back, I couldn’t have felt loved by nature more until I encountered a free CD lying on the sidewalk.

Nature works in mysterious ways, even if it is a little old-fashioned. Anyone got a CD player I could borrow?

A Lesson On Improvement and Improvisation From A Flower

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“Improve-isation” is an illustration I created in 2009, while living in Peoria Heights, IL. A couple days ago, I saw this little sunflower growing on a highway in Milwaukee, WI, while on the way to the Paul McCartney concert.

When I created the artwork, I was inspired by the nature preserve I lived next to, where I went hiking in the trails nearly every morning. This real sunflower is very persistent on growing, even in the asphalt, because that’s what sunflowers do!

Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? This is great example that sometimes all a little seed needs is a little dirt and a little water to create something beautiful in the most unexpected place. Go on to bigger and better things, little sunflower!