Talked with a dear friend who is entering college with the goal of becoming a veterinarian, so I bought her the five omnibus books of James Herriot's biography. A biology professor friend told me that at least some universities, when a student applies for admission to veterinarian studies, ask if he/she has read these books, since having done so at least shows real interest in the field. If you know someone going into this field, I recommend buying these books for that person--it's Christmastime! The book titles, in chronological order of the story, are:
All Creatures Great and Small.
All Things Bright and Beautiful.
All Things Wise and Wonderful.
The Lord God Made Them All.
Every Living Thing.
A friend thanked me for this tip and is giving these books to an Urban Project family with whom he’s involved.
Talked with another dear friend, this one a college student going into art. She showed me how to draw onscreen with the electronic pen and the various drawing widths and other methods the equipment can use. Interesting. I cartoon a bit myself, and, while my first attempt was with felt-tip width and therefore not able to do much detail, I was then shown additional choices and now I want to produce my cartoons this way! Yes! Now I just need to learn the shading, etc. A few years ago I presented some drawings to a publisher and he thought some of the work looked 'unfinished' and he felt I had 'latent talent there'. I wonder what he thinks of James Thurber's drawings—if he's ever seen them. I remember reading that in Europe for a while many critics thought the Impressionists work was 'unfinished'. Well, I gave the young lady a couple of books on art techniques, and I'm sure she can learn as we all can learn something from even a source that is basic to us—somewhere in it is something we can use. She's probably taught me more than I have her.
Remembering Christmas in Goa, 2014, when I was recovering from being hit by a truck: 'Happy Christmas to all and to all a good night.' 'God bless us, every one.' After I went to town to resupply medically, including restocking on pain medicine (not taken internally, but sprayed on muscles), then attended a children's Christmas Eve program. They did quite well on the song-and-choreography parts, and two teens were the featured actors in two skits. I videotaped the whole thing (it’s on Stanley Scism channel Youtube). Then a friend videotaped me handing out prizes at a local pastor's request. And best of all: finishing the day with chocolate truffle cake! I'm happy that I was able, after sitting through the program, to hand out prizes without having to keep the slings or tape on my arms and, by being careful, no re-spraining of the leg. Getting better. For a while, I wondered if, after everything healed, the scar on my forehead remained and people asked how I got it, I could tell them I was in a fight with Zorro and he tried to mark me but I nailed him while his 'Z' was in motion, so he couldn't complete it. So I bear on my body the marks of the victory! Yes!