• Hello! I am Shyam Kumar, and I seek harmony! I love to explore the deeper dimensions of life and express my presence of life through various mediums (art, architecture, music, poetry, theater). Currently, I am

    • Your work is just fascinating!

    • Shyam, I love your statement, “Eventually I realized I should not make efforts to paint, it should flower effortlessly.” It is so true, and your work is evidence of that! Thank you for sharing your watercolor journey with us.

  • Today is Easter and for those of you celebrating, I hope you had a wonderful one! As a kid, I used to love dyeing Easter eggs on the days leading up to today, but each time I pointed the kits out at the store,

    • A big hugs right back to you!, And where is this book, curious and coveting minds want to know!

    • Thank you for the hug, and here’s one right back! I’m looking forward to the Sketchbook Revival – it starts Monday, I think? Is the book preview part of the Revival? I’ve got quite a lot going on the next couple of days, but I’ll fit the videos somehow!

    • Lisa replied 17 hours ago

      What a great day and weekend! Weather, √, great food, √, wonderful company, √. Joe’s sister and family came and among them are two littles, five and three years old. One highlight of the after dinner festivities was the walk next door to visit the paddock full of eight donkeys! They are very loud when they bray. I can hear them in my house with the windows closed. One of them decided to give us a demo while we stood right there! The kids loved it. So did i!

    • I’m a hugger too, so bring it in! 😁. Glad you had some down time with family and friends this weekend and that you, Phillipe, and Phineas spent some quality time together. Can’t wait to see your newest book, and I’m looking forward to Sketchbook Revival and your air time. I’ll see you soon, Charlie! 😘

    • Sending a hug and looking forward to the Sketchbook Revival and your new book. I love dying eggs, too! I like to make them really dark jewel tones, rather than pastels.

    • Love those bunnies and hugs back to you! We spent a wonderful celebrating Easter and Passover with 7 delightful, creative friends. It was a wonderful day of sharing stories and laughter and hugs. I love holidays!!! 🙂 Looking forward to Sketchbook Revival and you new book!

  • Oh wow! That sounds like modern technology at its best for sure!! hehe 😃💕 Love that JP!

  • Thanks so much, Crystal! 😃💕 What a lovely compliment! I’m so happy you enjoyed my writing!

  • I agree, Lori! 😃💕 There was such a magic in appointment viewing. Those annual events that you just had to be there for or you’d miss it, unless you could record on VHS, of course. But it was still only once a year. Though I’ve totally converted, mostly because of my site and online community… if the internet goes down this Admin has a very rough…[Read more]

  • Thanks so much, Lori! 😃💕 Yeah, drawing lots of spaghetti can make your eyes cross. I take my tips from tangle artists when I make something like this. 😉 And awww… you should come over here to have some! hehe

  • Thanks so much, Kelly! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve been totally enjoying rewatching The Twilight Zone… that’s a mark of really good storytelling when it’s still relevant today!

  • Oh wow! Yeah… I know, right? Those VHS tapes still seem precious somehow. Maybe just because they were so huge! hehe 😃💕

  • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Oh I think you’re still discerning… Hulu and Britbox are a great choice! And that’s awesome that you have a dish in your yard! Is it a satellite dish or a UFO? Please let it just be the latter… that’s awesome! lol

  • Thanks so much, Karen! 😃💕 Glad you liked the sketch and thrilled you like the new glasses! That makes me so happy! They were my father-in-laws, now passed, so they’re quite special to me.

  • Oh wow! You still have an 8 track? Those disappeared fast for me. I still me my 8 track with Ray Charles from when I was a little kid. And so true, Sandra! 😃💕I often wonder if technology is moving so fast that it can’t keep up with itself. We may have to all take a trip to the Twilight Zone in the future to relive our memories! 😉

  • hehe! Yeah, the cool colors were mostly in the cartoons that they sold like Rugrats and some Disney ones. So, I used those to spice things up a bit. 😉 And that’s awesome that you have all those tapes still! Yeah, if I ever find my performance tapes I think I might get them converted, but sort of want to watch them first. I might change my mind!…[Read more]

  • hehe! Thanks, Mary! 😃💕Yeah, my first thought was… ohhhh… were are those tapes, I should find them. My second was… ohhhh… I have nothing to play them on! lol

  • When I was a kid, and there was nothing I wanted to watch on television, the VHS tape was my hero. This wondrous and modern technology came out in the late 70’s, just in time for me to enjoy my favorite cartoons,

    • If you ever really need a VHS player i’m pretty sure there’s one hiding in one of our closets and I would be happy to send it to you. hehehe

      • hehe! Thanks, Mary! 😃💕Yeah, my first thought was… ohhhh… were are those tapes, I should find them. My second was… ohhhh… I have nothing to play them on! lol

    • I don’t remember our video tapes coming in those cool colours! Oh, the memories: the horrifying sound of the tape being chewed up or worse, someone daring to tape over mum’s soap operas.

      We managed to get a DVD/VHS combo, which meant there was no need to get rid of the tapes and free up some space – there are loads of them sitting in my room, and I do sometimes wonder what’s on them. My dad was going through some and watching some obscure aeroplane show from 1988 recently. There’s probably lots upstairs that can’t be found anywhere else!

      If you do find those performance tapes, you could get them converted to digital. There must be somewhere nearby that will do that for you.

      • hehe! Yeah, the cool colors were mostly in the cartoons that they sold like Rugrats and some Disney ones. So, I used those to spice things up a bit. 😉 And that’s awesome that you have all those tapes still! Yeah, if I ever find my performance tapes I think I might get them converted, but sort of want to watch them first. I might change my mind! 😊lol

    • Ah yes – the old VHS tapes I have piled up with with the discarded cassettes and even an 8-track or two. I remember each being hailed as a triumph of new technology. All of the new stuff coming out now, and I don’t think younger people will ever have that sense of wonder we had back then. I do have to say – at least with the physical items, some of it may last for the future. When today’s technology is outmoded, the data is probably going to be completely lost – existing only out there, somewhere in the Twilight Zone.

      • Oh wow! You still have an 8 track? Those disappeared fast for me. I still me my 8 track with Ray Charles from when I was a little kid. And so true, Sandra! 😃💕I often wonder if technology is moving so fast that it can’t keep up with itself. We may have to all take a trip to the Twilight Zone in the future to relive our memories! 😉

    • Not only do we still have a VHS player, I still use it once in a while to tape a show. Lol Any time you want to use it, you’re welcome.

      My old fashioned thing that you might get a kick out of, is that I have never had cable tv. Network was good enough for me. In the end, it was my cheapskate self showing. I just couldn’t make myself pay to watch TV! Now though I pay for specific things like Britbox and Hulu. So maybe I’m getting less frugal in my old age.

      This might tickle your funny bone. We live in the country on a couple of acres of land. When we moved here 20 odd years ago, there was one of those giant round metal dishes in the side yard. Seven foot diameter maybe? It’s still there! 😂😂 We could probably hook a laptop up to it and talk to aliens!

      • Thanks, Lisa! 😃💕 Oh I think you’re still discerning… Hulu and Britbox are a great choice! And that’s awesome that you have a dish in your yard! Is it a satellite dish or a UFO? Please let it just be the latter… that’s awesome! lol

    • My kids were small in the 90’s, so we recorded endless Mr. Rogers and Reading Rainbow episodes on VHS. In addition, we acquired all the Disney classics which the kids watched over and over. The century turned, the kids became teenagers, and DVDs took over. I still own a VHS player – not sure if it works, though. I’m stuck with an old dresser stuffed with VHS tapes that seem to precious to throw away (Bambi, Alice in Wonderland, Fantastia, etc.)!

    • I used to record stuff my son all the time when he was younger. At that time we did not have satelite. So any time a yearly show, like Charlie Brown specials would be on, I recorded it. All this digital stuff has taken the fun out of television in my eyes. Once a year the Wizard of Oz would be shown or the various Christmas specials. It was a big deal in our house! I still get excited when I see it is going to be, even thought I own the dvd. 😉 Yes I own several dvd’s but only because that it what I can watch in my craft room. Unless I want to stand on one foot holding a set of rabbit ear antena with tin foil strapped to it. Bahahaahwa! Oh the stories I will have for my grandbabes. On another note, the other day our internet service was down ALL day! Didn’t bother me, but my son was not too thrilled. ;P

      • I agree, Lori! 😃💕 There was such a magic in appointment viewing. Those annual events that you just had to be there for or you’d miss it, unless you could record on VHS, of course. But it was still only once a year. Though I’ve totally converted, mostly because of my site and online community… if the internet goes down this Admin has a very rough day! lol

    • Thanks so much, Kelly! 😃💕 Yeah, I’ve been totally enjoying rewatching The Twilight Zone… that’s a mark of really good storytelling when it’s still relevant today!

    • Oh wow! That sounds like modern technology at its best for sure!! hehe 😃💕 Love that JP!

  • Hehe… yeah, from a nutritional standpoint… maybe! 😉 Hope you have a wonderful Easter weekend as well! 😃💕

  • Yeah, comfort food is the best for sure! 😃💕 And milk, eh? hehe I don’t think that’s weird at all. Hope you have a wonderful time at the tulip festival. Happy Easter!

  • Thanks so much! 😃💕 hehe… nothing wrong with meatballs and spaghetti for breakfast in my book! Hope you have a good Easter as well!

  • Thanks, June! 😃💕 Yeah, I never liked Spaghetti O’s… always though it tasted weird. hehe Hope you have a very Happy Easter my friend!

  • Oh wow… that’s inspired!! 😃💕 I wouldn’t mind a little pepperoni as well… that sounds delicious!!

  • Awesome, Lisa! 😃💕 Hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter!!

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