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Comment by Chris Callen on May 5, 2012 at 7:57pm

Hey everyone, I've been busy creating lately so that's why I haven't been on a here lately.  Deby, sorry to hear about your voice. It's nice to have you back on here. I also really enjoyed your paintings.  You're very talented.   Welcome back Brad, even if it's just every now and then. 

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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 5, 2012 at 6:01pm

Brad, sad you won't be around much cause you liven the place up with your comments. :-) Great to hear that the boys are well. I understand the eating everything they can find part. Our Elijah is 17 and it doesn't matter how much I buy . . . it's never enough!

It's awesome that Hunter is getting into the arts magnet school! Wish they'd had those when I was in school. If I'd gone to one I'm sure I'd be famous by now . . . :-)

Thanks for the prayers . .  that means a lot!

Anita, thank you for pouring your heart out. Your words are wise and I take them to heart.

Patti, so glad you are here too.

Roy, it's awesome that you stopped by. We love to have an opinion from the other side of the pond. Hey, I'm sending my boy to your neck of the woods this summer. He'll be in Southampton for 3 months. I know he'll come home talking like you.  Cheerio, ole chap! :-)

Love you guys! You're the best!

Comment by Brad Leslie on May 5, 2012 at 8:31am
It's good to be back, Deby! I still won't be able to be here as often as I'd like--still have no computer of my own--but I'll pop in as often as I can.
Thanks for asking about the boys; they're doing well, which means, of course, being kids, driving me insane, and eating everything they can find.
Hunter has bee accepted to Western Middle School for next year, which is a magnet school for visual and performing arts, and I'm incredibly happy and proud of him.
I just read about your vocal problems, Deby, and while I am praying for speedy healing for you, I think it's wonderful that you're using your creativity in other ways. I think that God sometimes tells us "Hey, I'm happy that you're using the gifts I gave you so well, but there are other gifts I gave you, too--take some time off from this one so you can (re)discover some of the others."
I hope everyone's doing well--and doing good--and have a great Saturday!
Comment by Patti Landrum on May 5, 2012 at 6:29am

Anita, I just read your comments and you brought a beautiful explanation of things that happen during our lifetime.  That Joanne Miller is such a special lady.  Thank you for sharing your experience and comforting words.

Comment by anita foss on May 5, 2012 at 5:33am


Thanks for openly sharing your struggles. I’ve wondered what you’ve been up to. I can only imagine how you must feel, but I really like your new work.

When our children were young, I home-schooled the oldest two. Then when our youngest was kindergarten age, we moved into a good school district and they all went off to school. All at once. No ease of transition. In an instant, I went from being a stay-at-home mother-of-preschoolers to something new and undefined. It's not like I lost them! It seemed ridiculous, but as I packed their preschool toys away, I deeply grieved the loss of that identity and that season of my life. I can still remember the intensity of that feeling.

I have a friend who went through a job-title change at work that was crushing to her. We can become pretty heavily invested in our identities. I wonder if God has to pry us away from them sometimes so we’ll be ready to embrace something new.

Joanne Miller wrote a wonderful piece about the puzzle of life. I hope it’s still available on her blog because she writes it much better than I can recount it. But in it, she likens our lives to a puzzle that God is putting together. The catch is, only He can see the box lid. We can see parts of the frame and sections here and there that are complete, but we can’t yet see the full picture. Only He can. That really spoke to me and the idea has stayed with me.

Not long after reading what Joanne wrote, I had an opportunity to catch up with a relative that I don’t often see. She showed us photos from a trip to Hawaii, including some gorgeous sunset photos. As the conversation progressed, she told us about a nightmarish experience that she had been through. Her story was so dark, I could do nothing more than simply be present and listen. I had no words of comfort or advice. 

Later, as I was reflecting on the deep blackness of her experience, I was reminded of the sunset photo and Joanne’s metaphor. 

I couldn’t help thinking that if the colors of the sunset were replaced with all sunshine and blue skies, it would no longer be a sunset. It would be more ordinary, less stunning. I was reminded that a sunset would never be a sunset without deep blacks.

I love learning about people’s journeys. I’m continually fascinated to see how the things people pick up along a seemingly meandering life path end up contributing mightily to their big picture.

We can’t yet see what God is working on in the puzzle of your life, but we can rest assured that He works ALL things together for good. I feel confident that you will come away from this more fully-equipped for what’s next.

Thanks for all you do to encourage us and to enrich our lives.


Comment by Roy Simmons on May 4, 2012 at 3:51pm

The un connected are now connected...You just need patience and a love of your Art, Artists can no longer rely on 'connections' in the old world way of working. The Artist who does not engage with his fans and audience, will soon seem boring and anachronistic.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 4, 2012 at 2:50pm

Brad & Nate, I agree with you, and for those of us who listen to Dan Miller I think he would agree with us too. He talks about change and how we must learn to change with the times. It seems Vince is stuck in the way things used to be thinking. With the Internet and Social Media fans expect more. The wise artists are giving the fans what they want and learning to roll with the changes. I wish Vince the best, but I think he better start reading some Seth Godin and Dan Miller!

Brad, it's great to see you back! I miss your regular updates. I hope the boys are doing well. I'm gonna go check out you blog.

Comment by Brad Leslie on May 3, 2012 at 5:45pm
The music industry is changing...just like the publishing industry, the fine arts industry; in fact, just like the world is changing. I think that rather than lamenting those changes, we (along with professionals in every changing marketplace) need to evolve along with it.
Just earlier today, coincidentally, I read an article about a musician named Amanda ( I'm blanking on her last name right now) who, without a label or manager or contract, made $250,000 in sales in one day, through social networking and communication with fans.
In one day.
Let folks have their silly apps, because they're the ones who also buy music online.
And professionals who adapt and evolve will still profit.

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Comment by Deby Dearman on May 3, 2012 at 4:51pm
A quote from a recent Vince Gill interview --- "Income streams are dwindling. Record sales aren't what they used to be. The devaluation of music and what it's now deemed to be worth is laughable to me. My single costs 99 cents. That's what a (single) cost in 1960. On my phone, I can get an app for 99 cents that makes fart noises -- the same price as the thing I create and speak to the world with. Some would say the fart app is more important. It's an awkward time. Creative brains are being sorely mistreated."

Interesting  . . . what are your thoughts?

Comment by Bonnie Hardison on April 29, 2012 at 5:21pm
So thrilled to see your beautiful paintings posted, Deby. Wonderful work. Palette knives are so freeing.


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