Betty J. Slade

 

  • Traveling with Sweet Al

    Some of you will be traveling over the summer. Al and I are staying home and I am relieved. I thought I would send you off on your travels with some vacation humor. You would think if you lived with someone for fifty years, you would have learned how to travel together. Al takes everything in his closet, and I am learning how to take just enough. Ten items are enough for a two week stay; one or two pair of shoes which will go with everything, colors which I can interchange with several outfits; …

  • Rising to the Surface

    Artists seem to think out loud, live out loud, process out loud and want to be understood out loud. We can so easily suck the air out of the room with all our great ideas. We also get shot down quickly because we do not know how to temper our enthusiasm. We are made to express and that we do wholeheartedly. We are the keepers of beauty, and we want everyone to see beautiful things. True artists run deep. Do we mean to be annoying, or the butt of the joke? No, we do not even notice, we are too b…

  • He Needs A Good Wife

    My friend asked about a recent party I went to for writers. It was a lot of fun and went very well except for one little hiccup. My Sweet Al wore a very expensive shirt, which he received as a Christmas gift. He was determined he was going to pin his nametag on his new silk shirt. I had to wrestle him to the floor and forcibly take his nametag away from him so he wouldn’t poke a hole in it. He was not happy because he was the only one without a nametag. I told him whoever asked him, he could jus…

  • The Artist Rules

    "In a healthy society, the artist is the ruler" is a quote from my last article. I thought it would be fun to embellish the thought. I am sure that statement would make the concrete thinkers shake in their boots. This world would surely go crazy. Would checkbooks ever be balanced again? Would meetings ever start on time? Would businesses succeed? If it is spontaneous, then that's the way it will be. If artists ruled! The thought became humorous to me. I got a glimpse of flowers and all kinds of …


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